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High-octane, Austin-born Lobbyist to the Rich and Powerful

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Andrea McWilliams is an Austin-based lobbyist and philanthropist. She is co-founder of the Texas-based consulting firm, McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. For her work within the agency, McWilliams was rated by the Austin Business Journal as being the number one lobbyist in Texas during the year 2009. In addition to her work crafting policy within the legislative arena, Andrea McWilliams has also served on the boards of over 10 non-profit organizations including, Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, Austin Children in Crisis, Pioneer Farms, and many others. McWilliams is a native-Austinite, having been raised only a short distance from the Texas Capitol. Her father’s restaurant businesses, a hamburger place on Congress Avenue and later a cafeteria near the Texas Workforce Commission, always kept her in proximity with the political culture of Austin. She began working as a junior staffer at the Austin Capitol at the age of twenty and was subsequently granted the title of Chief of Staff the following year. Her political dexterity has been reported on by CNN, NPR, USA Today, and the BBC. In addition to her role as an influential lobbyist, Andrea McWilliams has wielded her authority in the sphere of public fundraising. Rooted in her own battle with cancer, Andrea McWilliams has helped to raise millions of dollars to aid cancer prevention within central Texas. During 2014, Austin’s Seton Breast Cancer Center named their screening room after McWilliams. During her career, Andrea has received the 2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year Finalist designation, the “Austin Under 40” Award, and has been featured in the Austin American-Statesman as a part of the “Glossy 8” list. Andrea McWilliams currently resides in the historic Enfield district of Austin with her husband and three children.

 

Betsy Devos showed her Dislike for President Trump’s Reversal of the Transgender Bathroom Issue

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Betsy Devos is America’s Education Secretary for the Trump Administration. She has recently showed her dislike for the President’s reversal of federal regulations concerning transgender bathroom use. On February 23, 2017; President Trump passed legislation that did away with the Obama’s Administration guidelines for allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their identifiable gender.

Many people came out to oppose Trump’s decision. Betsy Devos is one of those persons. Devos reasons for opposing trump had to do with her attitude towards transgender people. The Republican Education Secretary does not want to see more transgender people suffer because of their lifestyle choices. The reversal of Obama’s legislation upset millions of people around the country because they honestly believe this is a setback regarding this issue.

Devos showed firm opposition to Trump’s decision. Even though the president chose Devos to serve as the Secretary of Education for his administration; she did not agree with his stance. As a matter of fact, Devos was asked to resign if she did not stop opposing the president. Ultimately, the Education Secretary realized that it would be in her best interest to go along with Trump’s decision.

Betsy Devos is a business woman and a philanthropist. Her husband and she were the leading investors for Neurocore. This is a neurocognitive redevelopment group. She is involved within many leading philanthropic causes and they include The Prince Foundation, Acton Institute, the Kennedy Center and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which is a foundation designed to help families and society within key areas of society.

Devos is a busy woman and her position at the White House is keeping her schedule extremely full. Trump’s decision about the transgender bathroom issue also impacts Devos’s job. Since the transgender bathroom issue is primarily directed toward people within the education field; Devos is paying very close attention to it.

She does not want the transgender population to feel like they have been let down. The secretary’s hands are tied and their is very little she can do if she wants to remain in her position.

Under the Obama Administration, many schools around the U.S. had to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender choice based off of nondiscrimination laws. These laws were formed as a part of the Civil Rights that people enjoy within the U.S.

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The Trump Administration stated that these laws were not devised with the primary role that states and local school districts input. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to move swiftly to end this legislation because he knew that if he didn’t; the U.S. court system could have delayed this process by years.

Sessions has been a staunch critic of lesbian, gay and transgender rights. Devos has been more a liberal supporter these groups. Sessions and Devos even butted head over this decision. Once again, Devos had no choice but to relent her position on the matter or suffer the consequences. Right now, Trump’s actions is causing protest and reaction among many American organizations, groups and people all over the U.S.

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George Soros Calls Donald Trump A Potential Dictator

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The U.S. public has had the wool pulled over their eyes by a conman and potential dictator in the shape of President Donald Trump, according to hedge fund billionaire George Soros. Global democracy faces its biggest crisis of recent memory explains the founder of the Open Society Foundations as the promotion of democracy across the planet will be slowed y a Trump Presidency that Soros believes will continue with increasingly divisive social policies that will be used at every opportunity to increase the power of the President and his Administration; George Soros hopes the U.S. government system of checks and balances will be powerful enough to halt the march of right wing politics in the country that has spent much of its history as the most powerful in the world.

Upon winning the Presidential election in November 2016, Donald Trump was ill prepared for the position he was about to undertake as he had initially been involved in building his own brand over actually achieving an election victory on nytimes.com. Soros believes the appointments being made by Donald Trump as his major advisors and cabinet picks are designed to bring disorder to the U.S. and cause major problems for minority groups who will continue to be targeted by an increasingly right wing Administration. Examining the picks made by the incoming President for major positions in the democratic government of the U.S. Soros sees right wing extremists and retired generals in an assembled cabinet on Forbes that is more closely related to that of Russia than its traditional European allies of the U.K. and France.

Minority groups and those who are struggling to have their voices heard in the world have always had their cause taken up by George Soros, who is himself a World War II Holocaust survivor and former refugee. The Hungarian born Soros has been a major supporter of those seeking to gain independence from restrictive regimes, such as the “Solidarity” movement of Poland during the 1970s and 80s, and formed George Soros’ own Open Society Foundations in a bid to help provide an education for young black men at South Africa’s Cape Town University during the Apartheid regime.

In terms of the coming years, Soros believes the eradication of democratic norms in the U.S. will be sped up by Trump claiming his links to dictators and restrictive regimes is based upon his own need to conduct deals that will benefit the U.S. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland George Soros confirmed his belief the Trump Presidency on Business Insider is destined to fail as no would be dictator has taken on such a powerful government as that now seen in the U.S. as institutions within the country will block his attempts to seize any further levels of power.