Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
In The States
Texas Passes Contentious Voting Bill After All Night Debate
2021-05-07 21:13:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following hours of debate over amendments proposed by Democratic lawmakers, the Texas House of Representatives approved new restrictions to state election rules early Friday morning. After Democrats proposed more than 130 amendments to the legislation, the lawmakers... Read More

Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
Elections
Texas 6th District House Special Election Headed to Runoff
2021-04-30 21:24:17
by Dan McCue

 Susan Wright, who is seeking the seat held since 2019 by her late husband, Republican Rep. Ron Wright, secured one of two slots in an as yet unscheduled runoff election. She was one of 23 candidates vying to replace her husband,... Read More

Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
In The States
Texas Legislature Poised to Pass State Voting Restrictions
2021-04-07 21:42:55
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans are moving to pass their own set of limits on voting as legislation restricting early voting access awaits a House committee assignment.  The Texas bill, one of 361 bills pending nationwide with restrictive provisions, passed... Read More

Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
In The States
Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
2021-04-07 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack

An executive order on Tuesday from Texas' governor that prohibits state agencies from using tax money for vaccine passports is kicking up a dispute over the breadth of public health laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines and other private companies... Read More

Filemón Vela Opts Out of Re-Election Bid
Congress
Filemón Vela Opts Out of Re-Election Bid
2021-03-23 15:27:22
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Filemón Vela, D-Texas, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022, becoming the second House Democrat to announce their retirement in what could be a difficult cycle for the majority party. Earlier this month, Rep. Ann... Read More

LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
In The States
LGBTQ Workers Win State-Level Protection in Texas
2021-03-15 21:00:15
by Reece Nations

DALLAS — Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in favor of a former Tarrant County College District employee who claimed she was fired from her job after disclosing her sexual orientation to a supervisor. Amanda Sims alleged in... Read More

Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
In The States
Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
2021-03-05 20:41:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has long been an attractive hotspot for individuals fleeing their states in search of low taxes and affordable housing. But the state’s reputation as an economical place to live might be in danger as cost-of-living expenses... Read More

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

Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
In The States
Intense Winter Weather Causing Blackouts and Complicating Texas’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
2021-02-17 17:23:19
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Rolling blackouts caused by an unprecedented winter storm have delayed the delivery of hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations across Texas, state health officials said Tuesday.  Texas was set to receive 407,650 first doses and... Read More

Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Deportation Plan
Immigration
Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Deportation Plan
2021-01-29 20:26:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a Biden administration plan to impose a 100-day moratorium on deportations. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee, granted a temporary restraining order sought by Texas Attorney General... Read More

Texas to Take Up Big-Ticket Items as 87th Legislature Convenes
In The News
Texas to Take Up Big-Ticket Items as 87th Legislature Convenes
2021-01-14 20:14:01
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The 87th session of the Texas Legislature began Tuesday as lawmakers try to determine how to parse out the state’s estimated $112.5 billion budget for general-purpose spending over the next two years.  Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on... 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

States Urge Supreme Court to Toss Out ‘Seditious’ Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Biden’s Win
Supreme Court
States Urge Supreme Court to Toss Out ‘Seditious’ Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Biden’s Win

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told the Supreme Court Thursday it should not tolerate “this seditious abuse of the judicial process” and should “send a clear and unmistakable signal” so that it does not happen again. He was... Read More

Texas Sues to Invalidate Election Outcome in Four Battleground States
Supreme Court
Texas Sues to Invalidate Election Outcome in Four Battleground States
2020-12-08 19:31:17
by Dan McCue

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the presidential election results in four key battleground states citing "unconstitutional irregularities" he says helped Joe Biden prevail over President Donald Trump. In a 154-page complaint, Paxton... 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

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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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-10: Mike Siegel (D)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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-03: Van Taylor (R)
House Watch
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)
House Watch
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

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