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Complexion in Jim Crow America could be a tricky thing. In the spring of 1955, Ebony magazine ran a curious story about the Platts, a family of Florida orange-pickers who had been “barred from the best schools because of a nose, [and] ostracized because of the tint of the skin” despite their claims of being white. According to teachers and law enforcement officials in Lake County, Florida, six of the Platts’ seven children had dusky complexions and “broad noses” befitting Negroes. Thus, the family had no place in the whites only community to which they belonged. Local authorities expelled the Platt kids from Lake’s white schools and forced the family to move out of their white neighborhood and into a house without running hot water and other basic amenities.

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Instead of remarking on the Confederate flag when the South Carolina legislature convened on Monday, state Sen. Lee Bright (R) used his time on the Senate floor to rail against same-sex marriage.

Bright noted that the White House was "lit up in the abomination colors" after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

"This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and they are under assault by men in black robes who were not elected by you," he said.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday lambasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for refusing to denounce comments made by fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants, calling the senator a hypocrite.

When asked on Sunday about Trump's remarks, Cruz said that he would not "attack" Trump because he refused to engage in "Republican on Republican violence."

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It’s been a wild couple of weeks at the Supreme Court, as a notoriously conservative court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, upheld the Fair Housing Act, and preserved Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans. Progressives were stunned and delighted at the Supreme Court’s seemingly leftward tilt, cheering Justice Anthony Kennedy for his decisive vote for marriage equality and commending Chief Justice John Roberts for strengthening Obamacare’s judicial footing.

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Wisconsin Republicans led by Gov. Scott Walker (R) swiftly reversed course over the holiday weekend and dropped a proposal that would have gutted Wisconsin's open records law.

Tucked into a larger budget motion, the proposal, as reported by The Capital Times on Friday, would have removed a number of legislative materials and communications from the law's auspices and would have allowed lawmakers to refuse to disclose certain documents.

As the backlash began to mount, Walker announced over the weekend that he and state lawmakers had agreed to remove the provisions changing state open record laws.

"We are steadfastly committed to open and accountable government," Walker said in a statement Saturday that was cosigned by state GOP legislative leaders. "The intended policy goal of these changes was to provide a reasonable solution to protect constituents' privacy and to encourage a deliberative process between elected officials and their staff in developing policy. It was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way."

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