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Kay Bailey Hutchison to support Republican filibuster of bill containing DADT repeal

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Monday on her Facebook page that she’ll support a Republican filibuster of the Defense spending bill that includes a provision to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell.” In other words, she’s going to vote against both the LGBT community and the immigrant community, since the bill may  also be amended to include the DREAM Act. Here’s her statement: “The Defense Authorization legislation should be a clean bill solely focused on providing for our troops, many of whom are serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Senate Majority Leader is complicating what should be a straightforward piece of legislation by attaching important and unrelated provisions and prohibiting amendments. I will oppose tomorrow’s cloture vote so we can pursue an open process in which all members are able to offer amendments to this critically important bill.” This is hardly a surprise, and neither are the many comments in support of Hutchison’s position from her FB fans. But given that you don’t even have to “like” the page to comment, we’re a little surprised that a few more supporters of DADT repeal and the DREAM Act haven’t taken advantage of this little opportunity to tell Hutchison to “FILIBUSTER...

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Local gay veteran offers $500 for meeting with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to discuss DADT

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, apparently doesn’t give a damn what her constituents think about repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.” Dave Guy-Gainer, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who lives in Tarrant County, is offering $500 in cold hard cash to anyone who can set up a face-to-face meeting for him — pronto — with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. Gainer, a board member for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network who made the offer Monday morning, wants to speak with Hutchison about the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell,” which — God willing — will be voted on by the full Senate later this month. Hutchison has indicated she plans to vote against DADT repeal. But Gainer lamented that she’s seemingly made up her mind without ever even discussing the issue with constituents like himself who support repeal: “Despite many attempts over the years, we have never been able to discuss the issue with her face to face,” Gainer wrote to Instant Tea. “During SLDN Lobby Day last spring, we had a meeting arranged with a DC staffer. Myself, three other constituents and a retired Army Major General arrived at the appointed time. The staffer was not there. After a two hour wait in her lobby, we were told that ‘oh, we forgot you were here.’ Other Texans have attempted to meet with her and have met with...

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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't saying whether she'll support DADT repeal, but we doubt it

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas We’ve received no response from Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office to our weeks-old inquiry about whether she’ll support an amendment that would begin the process of repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.” But local activist Elizabeth Parker says she did receive a response from Hutchison’s office, and she’s forwarded it along to us. In her response to Parker, Hutchison doesn’t say whether she’ll vote for or against the amendment, which is expected to arrive on the Senate floor this summer. But Hutchison does indicate she’s concerned that “a drastic change in the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy could hurt morale, recruitment, retention, and overall combat readiness at a time when our armed forces need to maintain a strong presence at home and abroad.” Hutchison also says she wants to hear from “present and former leaders of our military how they expect this change in policy to impact the military.” As we said before, considering her recent record on gay rights, we’re pretty sure she’ll join fellow Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in voting against the amendment. But local gay veteran and DADT repeal advocate Dave Gainer has cautioned us before not to give up on Hutchison just yet. So once more, if you’d like to call her office about DADT repeal, the number is 202-224-5922. Read Hutchison’s full letter to Parker after the...

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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison once scored as high as 50 on gay rights report card

Dallas Log Cabin President Rob Schlein and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison In the process of researching this story about the Republican gubernatorial primary between Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry, I got my hands on copies of old Congressional Scorecards from the Human Rights Campaign dating back to when Hutchison first joined the Senate in 1993. What I found is that Hutchison hasn’t always scored a zero on the Scorecard. In fact, she once scored as high as 50, for the 103rd Congress is 1993-94, and she didn’t finally drop all the way to zero until the 108th Congress, in 2003-04. After the jump, a more detailed look at Hutchison’s record on LGBT issues. 103rd Congress, 1993-94, Overall Score: 50 Hutchison received points for voting in favor of the Hate Crimes Enhancement Act, which includes sexual orientation but applies only to federal crimes. However, she voted against domestic partner benefits for employees of the District of Columbia. She also lost points for voting against the confirmation of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. She received points for voting in favor of criminal penalties for people who block access to abortion clinics. At the time, HRC included abortion rights issues in the Scorecard. On the campaign trail in 1993, Hutchison stated that she was opposed to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” meaning she favored an outright ban on gay servicemembers. However,...

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