Bathroom legislation has become a wedge issue for Republicans, pitting the party's pro-business branch against social conservatives who have rallied around the measures and see them as protecting common-sense values, political scientists have said. "A Republican may want to avoid it altogether," Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston, said of the issue. "They may know that it can bad for the state but they also know that voting against it can be bad for their political career." A Republican worried about a primary election, where social conservative voters can be a decisive factor, might favor such legislation. A Republican in a general election, where moderates play a bigger role, knows the negative economic ramifications are too great to ignore, he said. Democrats have mostly been united in opposition to the legislation, which opponents see as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The four states where bathroom access bills have been filed are Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislation at the state level. BATHROOM BILL PRIORITY In Texas, the most populous Republican-controlled state, Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a Christian conservative who guides the legislative agenda in the state Senate, has said a bathroom bill will be a priority. "Legislation like this is essential to protect the safety and privacy of women and girls and is simple common sense and common decency," Patrick said in a statement on Thursday. In March, North Carolina's law made it the first state to bar transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity and put it at forefront in the U.S. battleground over LGBT rights. Fallout from the law hit the state's economy and rankled its politics.
Unfortunately, the Edition does not offer a code for a seasons pass to all of the future story and content downloads that can get pricey for Deus Ex fanatics. Skylanders Imaginators (Activision and Toys for Bob, Rated: E 10+, $74.99) The 5-year-old franchise that features 4.5-inch-tall toy plastic statues that transport into virtual third-person video game realms returns with a new group of warriors to spark a childs imaginations. The latest collection delivers over 30 new characters called Sensies to the mix and plunges a players avatars into a war against the evil Kaos and his clone army of Doomlanders, built after the villain tapped into the dangerous power of Mind Magic. Owners plug the castle-buttress-shaped Portal of Power into an entertainment console, place 4.5-inch-tall characters on the Portal, and they appear in the game for one or two players to control (both cooperatively or in competitive battles). That leads to many beautiful-looking adventures emphasizing puzzle-solving, collecting items, shooting, fighting and more minigames to break up the quests. However, heres the slick twist that requires the use of an included Magic Crystal housed in a 3-inch-tall container (a red crystal comes with the set). A player can create and customize his own Imaginator. Hell pick a fighting style through a group of battle classes as well as dozens of attributes including heads, body type, armor, upgrade powers, and even a catch phrase and theme music. Another welcomed addition allows a player to take his new, warrior, via the toy crystal, over to another players Skylanders world (cross compatible between PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 1, Xbox 360 and Wii U) to enter through the Portal and join his pal in battle. By the way, the detailed, plastic statues (the package comes with Master King Pen and Golden Queen) are certainly worthy of residing on a bedroom shelf to admire after many hard-fought, virtual battles. Action-enhancing gadgets or extras: First, a variety of new Sensei statues ($14.99 each) such as a Halloween-themed Candy-Coated Chopscotch with battle-ax along with Magic Creation Crystals ($9.99 each) are available.
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