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“I will burn the session to the ground over this bill.”

Nebraska state Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh, regarding her three-week filibuster in opposition to a bill that would outlaw gender-affirming therapies for those 18 and younger. When the bill advanced out of committee, Cavanaugh promised to filibuster every bill that comes before the Legislature this year — even the ones she supports. March 15 is the halfway point of this year’s 90-day session and not a single bill has passed due to Cavanaugh’s filibustering; since she began her blockade, only three bills have advanced from the first of three rounds of debate required to pass a bill in Nebraska. (Associated Press — March 14, 2023)

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  • Ten-year-old Fabian Aguirre, a student at V.H. Lassen Academy of Science and Nutrition, regarding the challenge that it can be to learn while hungry. All students at Fabian’s Phoenix-area school are eligible to receive free meals. More than 34 million people, including 9 million children, across the country are food insecure. (Associated Press — March 11, 2023)
  • Gerald Harmon, president of the American Medical Association, regarding the fact that gun violence is now the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. The pandemic increased the rate of gun deaths in kids overall but also exacerbated the racial disparities among gun violence: Black children were 100 times more likely to be shot than white children between 2020 and the end of 2021; Hispanic and Asian children were 26 times and four times more likely to be shot than white children, respectively. (Ars Technica — March 9, 2023)
  • The license plate of Peter Starostecki, who is vegan, which was rejected in Maine’s effort to crack down on lewd and vulgar plates. The state determined that Starostecki’s tag could have been a reference to sex, while the motorist insists that there is no mistaking his intent. He has several tofu-related stickers on the back of his vehicle. Starostecki said the plate was his protest against eating meat and animal products. (Associated Press — March 9, 2023)
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