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FRIST ON CIVIL RIGHTS

FRIST ON CIVIL RIGHTS

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In honor of the recent holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (and in light of the pro-segregationist remarks that ousted Mississippi senator Trent Lott from his leadership position) we thought it might be a good time to explore Senate majority leader Bill Frist s brief but decidedly right-leaning voting record concerning civil rights issues. In September 1996, he voted against a bill that would have prohibited workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, while in October 97, he voted in favor of a bill to eliminate a program that helps businessses owned by women and minorities to compete for federally funded transportation. What does this mean for Frist s political career? Should the ancient, onetime segregationist Strom Thurmond keel over of a heart attack, the good doctor should probably not attempt resuscitation.

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