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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for illegally structuring money withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements, but he still has the backing of a few ex lawmakers he served with, according to BuzzFeed.

While the statute of limitations has run out, Hastert admitted Wednesday that he had abused young men on his wrestling team when he was their coach. Two Hastert allies, however, are standing by him even casting doubt on Hastert's guilt.

“I don’t know anything about the people who have come forward,” former Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) told BuzzFeed in an interview. “I know somebody was trying to extort him for money and instead of punishing that person, why I guess they’ve been given immunity so they can cook up some phony crime of structuring and go after Denny Hastert and try and hurt his reputation and everything. That bothers me.”

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North Carolina state Sen. Tom Apodaca (R), the state Senate Rules chairman, said on Tuesday that he's considering placing the bathroom provision in the new anti-LGBT law on the ballot in November.

"If it were up to me, I'd just put it out to a vote of the people. Let them decide what they want to do. And I floated that idea," he told North Carolina television station WLOS. "Let's put it on the ballot and get it over with once and for all. If the majority wants this, fine. If they don't, fine."

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