Only in America
A candidate for the Texas state legislature has received the bulk of her campaign donations in the form of deer semen. The semen of prized deer is an alternative currency in rural Texas, and Democratic Judge Ana Garza should net around $51,000 when the vials of semen are sold at auction. “Semen is a very common way for us to donate,” said Fred Gonzalez of the Texas Deer Association.
Conservative groups have blocked a bill banning child marriage in Kentucky. Under current state law, girls of any age can marry if they are marrying a man who impregnated them. A bill setting a minimum marriage age of 17 was withdrawn this week, when Republicans said the Family Foundation of Kentucky objected to “replacing parents with government, and the precedent that sets.”
Boring but important
Carson cancels pricey dining set Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson became the latest Trump official to face scrutiny over his spending habits last week after he was forced to cancel a $31,000 furniture order for his HUD office, amid an investigation by the House Oversight Committee. The purchase of the custom-made, hardwood dining set came to light after HUD official Helen Foster claimed she was demoted for “resisting” attempts by Carson’s wife, Candy, to “get around” a $5,000 federal limit on office renovations. Carson, a former neurosurgeon, said the existing furniture was old and potentially “unsafe.” He said he expressed his preference for cheaper options, but “left this matter alone to concentrate on much bigger issues.”