10 of the 13 Texas Senate Democrats voted in favor of the “Star Spangled Banner Protection Act,” which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named a legislative priority after the Dallas Mavericks stopped playing the national anthem before games. Democrats in the Texas Senate overwhelmingly crossed the aisle on Thursday to vote in favor of the “Star Spangled Banner Protection Act,” a conservative-backed bill that would require any professional sports teams with contracts with the state government to play the national anthem before the start of a game.
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“I think most white people and Black people are great people. I really believe that in my heart,” Barkley said. “But I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer.”
However, his political leanings have changed over the years, and he’s never been shy about criticizing both major parties, as he did on Saturday night. “We’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats,” Barkley continued. “And their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods. We all got money. Let’s make the whites and Blacks not like each other. Let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other. Let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Saturday decried efforts by Republican leaders in Texas to “mirror” recent action taken by Georgia Republicans to tighten their state’s election law, which critics argue is a bid to suppress Democratic votes. “I just think of our own state here in Texas, and we are doing the same things that just happened in Georgia as far as voting rights are concerned,” Popovich said. “We have a governor (Greg Abbott), a lieutenant governor (Dan Patrick) and an attorney general (Ken Paxton) who helped promote the idea that the election was stolen. They conducted themselves in such a way to help a lot of people to believe the big lie that Joe Biden did not win the election.