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FBI Raid May Complicate Cuellar’s Bid for Reelection
Justice
FBI Raid May Complicate Cuellar’s Bid for Reelection
2022-01-25 21:04:54
by Reece Nations

LAREDO, Texas — Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is entangled in an FBI investigation stemming from his ties to the Republic of Azerbaijan ahead of a tightly contested March 1 primary election. It is unclear at this time whether Cuellar and... Read More

Biden Administration Defends Migrant Expulsion Policy in Court
Immigration
Biden Administration Defends Migrant Expulsion Policy in Court
2022-01-21 15:51:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration defended its use of a controversial migrant expulsion policy in court on Wednesday despite criticism from immigrant advocates and attorneys. Public health authority Title 42 was invoked by the Trump administration at the onset of... Read More

Justices Reject Request to Put Texas Abortion Case on Faster Track
Supreme Court
Justices Reject Request to Put Texas Abortion Case on Faster Track
2022-01-21 15:47:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from Texas abortion clinics to immediately return pending litigation over the state’s six-week abortion ban to a federal district court. The unsigned order, issued without comment, apparently divided the court... Read More

FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups
Law Enforcement
FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups
2022-01-18 21:53:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain potential targets of violent extremists. The letter followed an extremist’s attack this weekend on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The... Read More

Texas AG Ken Paxton Violated Open Records Law, DA Says
In The States
Texas AG Ken Paxton Violated Open Records Law, DA Says
2022-01-18 16:49:18
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Attorney’s Office issued a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that he had broken the state's open records law by failing to turn over communications related to the Jan. 6, 2021,... Read More

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Ted Cruz Campaign Loan
Campaign Finance
Supreme Court to Weigh In on Ted Cruz Campaign Loan
2022-01-14 22:28:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can use of post-election contributions to repay debts they owe to the candidates themselves violates the free speech clause of the... Read More

School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
In The States
School Year Delays, Virtual Learning Instituted Amid COVID-19 Spike
2022-01-06 00:14:47
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — COVID-19 infection rates continue to complicate the school year as some districts have either delayed their start dates or shifted to virtual learning in response to the growing spike in cases. As many schools nationwide have either... Read More

Preliminary Injunction Filed in Challenge to Texas Voting Law
In The States
Preliminary Injunction Filed in Challenge to Texas Voting Law
2021-12-30 21:17:22
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — A request for a preliminary injunction was filed on Tuesday by attorneys at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and the Harris County Attorney’s Office in a case challenging a provision... Read More

Book Bans Part of Texas Republican School Priorities
In The States
Book Bans Part of Texas Republican School Priorities
2021-12-28 18:25:19
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Complaints to Texas school districts regarding books that discuss topics of race and sexuality have emboldened Republican state lawmakers' calls for reviews of the reading material. Book reviews are now the latest priority of conservative groups which... Read More

Supreme Court Says Challenge to Texas Abortion Law Can Proceed
Litigation
Supreme Court Says Challenge to Texas Abortion Law Can Proceed
2021-12-10 17:12:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that abortion rights activists can continue their challenge to Texas’ controversial "heartbeat” abortion law, but only against some of the originally named defendants. To the disappointment of abortion rights advocates, however, the... Read More

Justice Department Sues Texas Over Redistricting Plan
Justice
Justice Department Sues Texas Over Redistricting Plan
2021-12-06 20:03:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sued Texas on Monday over the state’s new redistricting plan, alleging it violated Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act by diluting the Latino vote. “The attorney general has made clear that the Justice... Read More

Texas Law Prohibiting Critical Race Theory in Public Schools Goes Into Effect
In The States
Texas Law Prohibiting Critical Race Theory in Public Schools Goes Into Effect
2021-12-03 22:19:30
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas law restricting the teaching of critical race theory principles in public schools went into effect on Thursday after being enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott in June. The new law compels public school teachers to not... Read More

Rural Candidates Reckon with Mainstream Messaging
In The States
Rural Candidates Reckon with Mainstream Messaging
2021-11-29 14:40:59
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Although much of the state’s social and political fabric has changed since the last Texas Democrat won a statewide office in 1994, the party has repeatedly failed to capitalize through its messaging on Republicans’ miscues. Now, with... Read More

Bitcoin Miners Flocking to Texas for Cheap Energy May Bring Grid Problems
Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin Miners Flocking to Texas for Cheap Energy May Bring Grid Problems
2021-11-24 18:28:47
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ alluring low energy costs are drawing bitcoin miners from out of state despite the vulnerable condition of the electrical grid. Cryptocurrency mining is an energy-intensive process in which new cryptocurrencies are entered into circulation by using... Read More

Gohmert Joins Texas Attorney General Race
Political News
Gohmert Joins Texas Attorney General Race
2021-11-23 21:57:49
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, announced on Monday that he plans to join the Republican primary field for Texas attorney general in a bid to oust incumbent Ken Paxton. Gohmert, who has served in the House of Representatives... Read More

Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring from Congress
Political News
Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring from Congress
2021-11-22 16:59:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is retiring from Congress after nearly three decades in office, bringing to 16 the number of Democrats who are bowing out before the 2022 election. Johnson, a trailblazer her whole life, was the... Read More

Beto O’Rourke Announces Bid for Texas Governor
Political News
Beto O’Rourke Announces Bid for Texas Governor
2021-11-15 16:53:01
by Reece Nations

EL PASO, Texas — Former El Paso congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced on Monday that he is running for governor of Texas. In the video announcing his candidacy, O’Rourke focused closely on the Texas government’s slow... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Texas Mask Mandate Ban Violates ADA
Education
Federal Judge Rules Texas Mask Mandate Ban Violates ADA
2021-11-11 15:47:11
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge overturned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order banning mask mandates in public schools on Wednesday, freeing local officials to set their own masking orders once again. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Texas... Read More

Texas AG Paxton Balancing Legal Troubles Ahead of 2022 Primary
In The States
Texas AG Paxton Balancing Legal Troubles Ahead of 2022 Primary
2021-10-29 18:38:13
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Ahead of what is set to be a challenging primary contest before his 2022 reelection campaign for Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton is still wrestling with legal troubles that have plagued him since before he held... Read More

Justices To Hear Texas Abortion Case on Monday Nov. 1
Supreme Court
Justices To Hear Texas Abortion Case on Monday Nov. 1
2021-10-22 17:56:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from the federal government and abortion providers to Texas' 6-week abortion ban on Nov. 1, but will leave the law in place while it considers the cases, the court said on... Read More

Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
In The States
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP
Redistricting
Texas Lawmakers Pass New Congressional Maps Bolstering GOP

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state. The maps were approved... Read More

Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
In The States
Texans to Decide on Proposed State Constitutional Amendments
2021-10-18 23:57:52
by Reece Nations

Early voting for eight propositions to amend the Texas Constitution starts on Monday throughout the Lone Star state. The Texas Secretary of State’s office released explanatory statements for all of the constitutional amendments on the ballot ahead of the election.... Read More

Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
Mental Health
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension
In The States
Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated by Appeals Court Following Brief Suspension
2021-10-11 18:20:58
by Reece Nations

Just days after a preliminary injunction allowed health care providers to resume performing abortions, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily restored a Texas law banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy.... Read More

Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
Business
Elon Musk Announces Tesla Will Move Headquarters to Texas
2021-10-08 15:41:25
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., announced Thursday during an annual meeting of stockholders that the company will move its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. Musk is following through on his... Read More

Texas Secretary of State’s Office Announces Election Audits
In The News
Texas Secretary of State’s Office Announces Election Audits
2021-10-02 13:39:44
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas - What the Texas Secretary of State’s office is calling a “comprehensive” audit of the 2020 presidential election is now underway in the state’s largest Democratic and Republican counties -- Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin. In a brief... Read More

Nation’s Most Restrictive Abortion Law Back in Texas Court
In The States
Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law Back in Texas Court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge is hearing arguments Friday over whether Texas can leave in place the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions and sent women racing to get care... Read More

Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
In The States
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
Redistricting
Texas Republicans Redistricting Proposal Centers on Incumbency Protection
2021-09-28 18:22:09
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republican lawmakers in Texas’ state Senate released their proposal for congressional redistricting on Monday. Texas acquired two new Congressional seats after the 2020 census data was published, bringing its total to 38 seats and 40 electoral votes... Read More

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