When former staffer James Stevens released the secret recording he made of San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan, he felt her “anti-gay” comments would be her undoing. With a September vote upcoming to add gay and transgender people as a protected class in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, the resulting silence or absence of Chan would stand as a warning to anyone who dared speak out against the revision. Now with Chan neither silenced nor out of office, the plan appears to have backfired. Rather than a massive outcry calling for her ouster, Chan, though the subject of much criticism, has received praise for championing freedom of speech. Continue Reading
Just as reports surfaced of the U.S. government’s increasing number of requests for personal information on Twitter, the San Antonio Express News revealed an ongoing Texas Department of Public Safety investigation of two people, relating to Twitter posts advocating the death penalty for the Governor of Texas among others.
The suspicious posts, shown below, were made in response to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s signing of a bill restricting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy to prevent fetal pain. Continue Reading