Texas’ Top Election Official Resigns, Abbott Names Replacement
In The States
Texas’ Top Election Official Resigns, Abbott Names Replacement
2022-12-06 16:57:53
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ top election official, Secretary of State John Scott, resigned from that post on Monday, saying he will relinquish the office at the end of the year. As a result, on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he... Read More

Supreme Court Justices Question Native American Adoption Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justices Question Native American Adoption Law
2022-11-10 22:04:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — For the second week in a row, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court showed that trying to get the law right is a marathon, not a sprint. For roughly four hours on Wednesday, the justices weighed arguments... Read More

Texas Sues Google for Alleged Unauthorized Use of Residents’ Biometric Data
Social Media
Texas Sues Google for Alleged Unauthorized Use of Residents’ Biometric Data
2022-10-20 17:36:06
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Google on Thursday, alleging the tech giant has unlawfully captured and used the biometric data of millions of Texans without properly obtaining their informed consent to do so.  The 32-page complaint, filed... Read More

Calls to Do ‘More’ Reverberate at Celebration of Bipartisan Gun Bill
White House
Calls to Do ‘More’ Reverberate at Celebration of Bipartisan Gun Bill
2022-07-12 20:45:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Monday morning to celebrate the “real progress” of the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and agreement across the aisle on gun control after... Read More

Texas Judge Allows Abortion Procedures to Resume Temporarily 
In The States
Texas Judge Allows Abortion Procedures to Resume Temporarily 
2022-06-29 23:09:13
by Reece Nations

HOUSTON — Abortions up to around six weeks of pregnancy were permitted to resume at some clinics in Texas after Harris County District Court Judge Christine Weems granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that blocks the state’s ban enacted... Read More

Republicans Flip South Texas Congressional District in Special Election 
Congress
Republicans Flip South Texas Congressional District in Special Election 
2022-06-15 20:14:08
by Reece Nations

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Republicans picked up a key victory in the special election for Texas's 34th Congressional District when Hidalgo County GOP Hispanic Outreach Chair Mayra Flores beat Democratic Cameron County Commissioner Dan Sanchez and two other candidates on Tuesday.... Read More

Governors Forming Task Force to Address Mass Shootings
Guns
Governors Forming Task Force to Address Mass Shootings

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leaders of the National Governors Association said Friday they're forming a bipartisan working group to come up with recommendations to stop mass shootings following the Texas school massacre. Reaching consensus could be a tall... Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Censorship Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Censorship Law
2022-05-31 23:11:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Social media companies scored a huge win late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily block a Texas law that would have barred them from taking action on hate speech and disinformation. NetChoice v. Paxton... Read More

Gun Control Advocates Rally for Action as NRA Convention Proceeds
Guns
Gun Control Advocates Rally for Action as NRA Convention Proceeds
2022-05-31 14:22:34
by Reece Nations

HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association commenced its annual meeting in Houston on Friday, days after the third-deadliest school shooting in United States history took place roughly 280 miles away. The NRA meeting was met with crowds of protesters who... Read More

Takeaways: Trump’s Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring
2022 Elections
Takeaways: Trump's Big Defeat; Election Denial Backfiring

Former President Donald Trump's crusade for vengeance suffered two devastating blows after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won their primaries Tuesday despite rejecting Trump's entreaties to reverse his 2020 election loss. It's a huge warning sign for... Read More

19 School Children, 2 Adults Killed in Mass Shooting in Texas
Crime
19 School Children, 2 Adults Killed in Mass Shooting in Texas
2022-05-24 21:54:20
by Dan McCue

UVALDE, Texas — Twenty-one people were killed, including 19 children, during a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. “He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Gov. Greg Abbott said... Read More

2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere
2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Georgia, Texas, Elsewhere

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia takes center stage in Tuesday's primary elections as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who is seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor... Read More

Showdowns Abound in Texas Primary Runoffs
In The States
Showdowns Abound in Texas Primary Runoffs
2022-05-19 17:54:45
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Dozens of Texas primary races around the state will be determined in runoff elections held on Tuesday, May 24, including those for U.S House seats, Texas Senate and House seats, attorney general, lieutenant governor and local offices.... Read More

Texas Supreme Court Rules to Allow Trans Abuse Inquiries 
In The States
Texas Supreme Court Rules to Allow Trans Abuse Inquiries 
2022-05-13 21:12:58
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that the state child welfare agency can continue investigating parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Gov. Greg Abbott’s February directive to the Texas Department of... Read More

Texans to Vote on Local Propositions, State Constitutional Amendments in Special Election 
In The States
Texans to Vote on Local Propositions, State Constitutional Amendments in Special Election 
2022-04-26 19:38:58
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Early voting for Texas’ joint constitutional amendment and local proposition election kicked off on Monday and is set to continue through May 3. There are two statewide propositions for Texans to vote on in addition to numerous... Read More

Texas Task Force on Concert Safety Issues Final Report
In The States
Texas Task Force on Concert Safety Issues Final Report
2022-04-20 14:58:57
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety had released its final report on Tuesday, submitting a new set of recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers in the state. The... Read More

Net Zero Carbon Plan Could Bolster Texas Economy
In The States
Net Zero Carbon Plan Could Bolster Texas Economy
2022-04-18 23:22:05
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Energy scientists at the University of Texas at Austin contend in a new report that their state could strengthen its economy while eliminating carbon pollution within the next 30 years. The report maintains Texas is well-positioned to... Read More

First Bus of Texas Migrants Arrives Near Capitol 
Immigration
First Bus of Texas Migrants Arrives Near Capitol 
2022-04-13 23:16:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to begin transporting busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., the first transport arrived blocks away from the Capitol building. At Abbott’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management chartered the... Read More

Special Election to be Held to Fill Vela’s House Seat
In The States
Special Election to be Held to Fill Vela’s House Seat
2022-04-05 17:01:39
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Following the announcement that Rep. Filemón Vela, D-Texas, would vacate his seat in the House of Representatives to join a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., Texas Gov. Greg Abbott set June 14 as the date for an... Read More

States Must Allow Prayer, Even Touch During Executions, Supreme Court Says
Criminal Justice
States Must Allow Prayer, Even Touch During Executions, Supreme Court Says
2022-03-25 15:36:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — States must accommodate the wishes of death row inmates who ask to have a priest or other representative of their faith pray aloud and even comfort them with a touch during their executions, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

Texas Firefighter Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Outbreaks
In The States
Texas Firefighter Crews Work to Contain Wildfire Outbreaks
2022-03-22 23:00:16
by Reece Nations

EASTLAND, Texas — Numerous wildfires that broke out last week are still being suppressed by firefighting crews in west-central and southwest Texas. Over the weekend, three new wildfire ignitions in Eastland County, west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, were absorbed... Read More

Texas Court Blocks Transgender Youth Abuse Inquiries
In The States
Texas Court Blocks Transgender Youth Abuse Inquiries
2022-03-14 21:49:46
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court issued an injunction on Friday temporarily preventing the enforcement of a directive compelling the state child welfare agency to investigate gender-transitioning medical treatment cases as child abuse. Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued... Read More

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Teacher Shortage Task Force
Education
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Teacher Shortage Task Force
2022-03-09 18:21:10
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is directing the state education agency to create a task force to help school districts address longstanding staffing shortages. Abbott’s letter, addressed to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, compels the agency to... Read More

Netflix Requests Federal Judge Block ‘Cuties’ Lawsuit
Litigation
Netflix Requests Federal Judge Block ‘Cuties’ Lawsuit
2022-03-04 20:37:18
by Reece Nations

TYLER, Texas — Lawyers for Netflix asked a U.S. District Court for injunctive relief in a lawsuit brought by Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin on Thursday. Netflix was indicted by Babin in September 2020 for promoting and streaming the... Read More

<strong>First Primaries of 2022 Election Cycle to Take Place in Texas </strong>
In The States
First Primaries of 2022 Election Cycle to Take Place in Texas 
2022-02-28 21:59:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Secretary of State John Scott’s office released information on the state’s primary election day taking place on Tuesday, the first in the country of this year’s election cycle. While over 1.6 million early voters have already... Read More

In Texas, Plan to End Tenure for CRT Professors Draws Ire
In The States
In Texas, Plan to End Tenure for CRT Professors Draws Ire
2022-02-28 19:54:21
by Reece Nations

PASADENA, Texas — Days after the University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council approved a resolution reaffirming instructors’ rights to teach critical race theory, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rebuked the move during a press call with reporters. Patrick, who presides... Read More

Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Texas Directive on Transgender Care
In The States
Prosecutors Refuse to Enforce Texas Directive on Transgender Care
2022-02-25 14:51:28
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a directive on Tuesday compelling the state child welfare agency to investigate reports of “gender-transitioning procedures” as child abuse, but some district attorneys are refusing to comply. The directive followed Texas Attorney... Read More

<strong>Texas Grid Reliability Still in Doubt One Year After Outages </strong>
In The States
Texas Grid Reliability Still in Doubt One Year After Outages 
2022-02-17 00:16:00
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — On the anniversary of Winter Storm Uri and its disastrous consequences for those who lived through it, a former advisor for the Public Utility Commission of Texas is warning that inaction could lead to more mass outages.... Read More

Early Voting Set to Begin in Texas Under State’s Tough New Election Rules
2022 Elections
Early Voting Set to Begin in Texas Under State’s Tough New Election Rules
2022-02-11 18:31:10
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans will begin heading to the polls Monday for early voting in the 2022 primary elections. The contests, the first to be held under the state’s restrictive new voting rules, have already been marred by controversial voting... Read More

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Campaign Trail Barbs
In The States
Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Campaign Trail Barbs
2022-02-11 16:24:02
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas’s dueling gubernatorial candidates took shots at one another during overlapping campaign events on Thursday. Both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate former United States Rep. Beto O’Rourke made stops in San Antonio to discuss their... Read More

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