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Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
In The States
Texas Ends Statewide Mask Mandate, Opens State 100%
2021-03-02 21:21:29
by TWN Staff

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the state’s face mask mandate Tuesday afternoon, declaring that it’s time for Texans to get back to business.   “Under no circumstance can someone be punished for not wearing a mask,” Abbott said... Read More

Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril
Immigration
Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A... Read More

National Lawyers Group Seeks Sanctions Against Texas AG
Ethics
National Lawyers Group Seeks Sanctions Against Texas AG

AUSTIN, Texas — A national lawyers group on Monday called for professional licensing bodies to investigate what it called a “breach of ethical rules” by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 17 of his counterparts in red states who sued... Read More

Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College
Political News
Cornyn Says Congress Has 'No Reason' to Overturn Electoral College

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a senior Republican and adviser to the majority leader, said flatly Thursday that President Donald Trump has no realistic path to overturning the election. After weeks of court defeats, he noted, Trump's legal team has yet to show evidence of... Read More

TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
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TX-17: Pete Sessions (R)
2020-11-13 19:15:08
by TWN Staff

About Sessions: Born and raised in Waco, Texas, Sessions distinguished himself early in life by earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor. In fact, accounts of his early life are absolutely idyllic. He attended... Read More

After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why
State News
After Sweeping Losses in Congressional Races, Texas Democrats Ask Why

WASHINGTON — When national Democrats helicoptered into Austin in April 2019 and set up an operation to flip GOP seats in the U.S. House in 2020 — a list that grew from six districts to 10 — they exuded confidence, and Republicans took notice. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was fresh off gaining... Read More

Federal Judge Slams Postal Service and Orders Search for Mail Ballots in Texas Facilities
State News
Federal Judge Slams Postal Service and Orders Search for Mail Ballots in Texas Facilities

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge harshly criticized the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, saying the agency had failed to comply with his order to sweep postal facilities for leftover mail-in ballots in battleground states where election officials continue to count votes. Judge Emmet... Read More

Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict
2020 Elections
Trump Fends Off Biden in Texas, But Too Many States Are Still Up for Grabs for a Verdict

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump survived a scare in Texas, though Election Day ended without a verdict on whether his tumultuous presidency will continue for another term — or the huge blue wave that Joe Biden's supporters had hoped for. The former vice president held a substantial lead in... Read More

TX-13: Ronny Jackson (R)
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TX-13: Ronny Jackson (R)
2020-11-04 12:34:12
by TWN Staff

About Jackson: Dr. Ronny Jackson is familiar name to some, his having served as the attending physician and later, a medical advisor, to President Donald Trump. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral in December 2019,after 25... Read More

TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
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TX-11: August Pfluger (R)
2020-11-04 12:30:31
by TWN Staff

About Pfluger: August Pfluger has served his country as a fighter pilot, member of the National Security Council and advisor to President Donald Trump. Pfluger entered the U.S. Air Force Academy immediately after high school and spent the next two... Read More

TX-32: Genevieve Collins (R)
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TX-32: Genevieve Collins (R)
2020-11-03 10:29:19
by TWN Staff

About Collins:   Genevieve Collins is a 7th Generation Texan. Her grandmother, Calvert Collins, was a trailblazer; the first woman elected to the Dallas City Council.  A graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business and renowned local businesswoman, Collins was... Read More

TX-32: Colin Allred (D)
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TX-32: Colin Allred (D)
2020-11-03 10:23:46
by TWN Staff

About Allred:  Colin Allread attended Dallas public schools, where his mom was a teacher for part of her 27-year career in public education. With the help of his family, community, and coaches, Allred was able to attend some of the... Read More

TX-03: Helane Seikaly (D)
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TX-03: Helane Seikaly (D)
2020-11-02 21:50:17
by TWN Staff

About Seikaly: Helane “Lulu” Seikaly is a first-generation American, the daughter of a pediatric specialist and a Registered Nurse who fled civil war in their native Lebanon. Raised in North Texas, Seikaly’s interest in service to her community began at... Read More

TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
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TX-10: Mike Siegel (D)
2020-11-02 21:31:25
by TWN Staff

About Siegel: Mike Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher running for Texas’s 10th Congressional district. He began his career in 1999, joining the Americorps national civil service program and teaching 3rd grade as a Teach... Read More

Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over
State News
Texas Court Rejects Bid to Toss 127,000 Harris County Votes, But Fight Isn't Over

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday rejected, without comment, a bid by three Republican candidates and a GOP activist to toss out almost 127,000 votes cast from drive-thru lanes in the emerging Democratic stronghold of Harris County. The votes, however, are... Read More

TX-24: Candace Valenzuela (D)
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TX-24: Candace Valenzuela (D)
2020-11-02 06:47:24
by TWN Staff

About Valenzuela: Candace Valenzuela is a mother, an educator, and a lifelong Texan. She first ran for her local school board to improve Texas schools, becoming the first Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school... Read More

TX-24: Beth Van Duyne (R)
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TX-24: Beth Van Duyne (R)
2020-11-02 06:38:26
by TWN Staff

About Van Duyne: Beth Van Duyne is a single, working-mother of two kids. She left home at the age of 17, put herself through college, became the first female mayor of her hometown, and then was asked to serve America... Read More

TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
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TX-10: Michael McCaul (R)
2020-11-02 06:24:46
by TWN Staff

About McCaul: Michael McCaul is the son of a World War II veteran and a fourth-generation Texan. He is chairman emeritus of the House Homeland Security Committee, as well as the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  McCaul... Read More

TX-07: Wesley Hunt (R)
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TX-07: Wesley Hunt (R)
2020-11-02 06:19:18
by TWN Staff

About Hunt:   Wesley Hunt was born and raised in Houston, Texas, in a military family and is an alumnus of St. John’s School. Upon graduation from St. John’s, Hunt accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy at... Read More

TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
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TX-07: Lizzie Fletcher (D)
2020-11-02 06:12:29
by TWN Staff

About Fletcher:  Lizzie Fletcher has lived in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District nearly all her life, and has made her home and built her career in the district.  After graduating from St. John’s School in 1993, Fletcher went to Kenyon College... Read More

TX-04: Pat Fallon (R)
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TX-04: Pat Fallon (R)
2020-11-02 06:07:56
by TWN Staff

About Fallon: Pat Fallon, during his eight year tenure in the Texas Legislature, has built a strong conservative record and a reputation for being an advocate for Texas taxpayers. He has supported securing the border, enforcing the ban on sanctuary... Read More

TX-03: Van Taylor (R)
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TX-03: Van Taylor (R)
2020-11-02 05:39:15
by TWN Staff

About Taylor: A seventh generation Texan, Van Taylor is a family man, businessman, and decorated Iraq War Veteran. Growing up, Taylor earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and had the honor bestowed on him... Read More

TX-23: Tony Gonzales (R)
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TX-23: Tony Gonzales (R)
2020-10-31 00:43:22
by TWN Staff

About Gonzales: As a career Cryptologist, Gonzales has been stationed at the Navy Information Operations Detachment Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., USS MICHAEL MURPHY in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Center for Information Warfare Training Center in Pensacola,... Read More

TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
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TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
2020-10-31 00:40:04
by TWN Staff

About Jones: Gina Ortiz Jones learned at an early age that it takes hard work and opportunity to create a better future. Her mother, who graduated from a prestigious university, left home and came to the United States as a... Read More

TX-22: Troy Nehls (R)
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TX-22: Troy Nehls (R)
2020-10-31 00:38:55
by TWN Staff

About Nehls: At the age of 19, Nehls enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was deployed on combat tours to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among other places. After 21 years of service, he retired with the rank of Major and... Read More

TX-22: Sri Preston Kulkarni (D)
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TX-22: Sri Preston Kulkarni (D)
2020-10-31 00:35:27
by TWN Staff

About Kulkarni: Sri Preston Kulkarni is a big Rockets fan, lover of languages, and lifelong public servant. He is also a national security expert who has spent his career overseas. He was raised in a middle class family by an... Read More

TX-21: Wendy Davis (D)
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TX-21: Wendy Davis (D)
2020-10-31 00:34:27
by TWN Staff

About Davis: Wendy Davis, with the help of scholarships and family support, went from community college to TCU and on to Harvard Law School. She worked hard to give her kids a better life than she had growing up.  As... Read More

TX-21: Chip Roy (R)
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TX-21: Chip Roy (R)
2020-10-31 00:33:20
by TWN Staff

About Roy: Chip Roy is a husband and father with experience in both the private sector and public service.  He is a former federal prosecutor, having served as special assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, and... Read More

TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
Senate Watch
TX Senate: John Cornyn (R)
2020-10-28 12:50:40
by TWN Staff

About Cornyn:  John Cornyn was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952 and grew up in San Antonio, the second of three children. Cornyn graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a degree in journalism in 1973. Later in... Read More

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