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Supreme Court puts redrawing of Texas political maps on hold

September 13, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a serious setback to those hoping Texas would see new congressional and House district maps ahead of the 2018 elections.  

In separate orders issued Tuesday, the high court blocked two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of those maps where lawmakers were found to have discriminated against voters of color.…

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Federal court says Texas can use new voter ID law for November elections

September 7, 2017

The state of Texas can use its revised voter ID measure for the 2018 November elections, a divided federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.  

The 2-1 decision, first reported by Politico Tuesday night, came from a panel of three federal judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans — and it marks the latest in a series of winding legal battles on whether the state has intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters through its original voter ID law passed in 2011

In August, U.S.…

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A Number of Local Offices Up for Grabs in 2018 Election Cycle

September 6, 2017

While 9 1/2 weeks remain before the official start of the 2018 political cycle, some area politicians have been stumping their respective campaigns ahead of the Nov. 11 official filing date start.

Assumed candidates with Texas 19th Congressional District, 83rd Texas House District and 106th District Judge’s seats have sporadically been getting their names out publicly through forums or other forms of media, according to observations by the Seminole Sentinel.…

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Trump orders end to program protecting immigrant ‘dreamers’

September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling Barack Obama’s program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, declaring he loves the “dreamers” who could face deportation but insisting it’s up to Congress, not him, to address their plight.

Trump didn’t specify what he wanted done, essentially sending a six-month time bomb to his fellow Republicans in Congress who have no consensus on how to defuse it.…

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Appeals court stays injunction against Texas voter ID law

September 6, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday stayed a permanent injunction to throw out the Texas law requiring voters to present an accepted photo identification card.

By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel in New Orleans left in the injunction’s place a previous order by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos.…

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House to vote on $7.9B Harvey relief bill

September 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — With federal disaster reserves running out, the House is swiftly moving to pass President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.9 billion first installment of relief for victims of Harvey.

GOP leaders also hope to use the urgent Harvey aid bill to solve a far more vexing issue: Increasing the U.S.…

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Trump to Congress: ‘Get ready to do your job’ on immigration

September 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday it was up to Congress to ultimately decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, tweeting: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”

Trump was referring to former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.…

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Push to simplify taxes is on but don’t touch some deductions

August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation’s complex tax code. To slash taxes, they say they’ll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.

Problem is, they’re likely to run into a wall of resistance from people and groups drawn together by a singular warning: Don’t touch my deduction.…

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Burrows Recaps Recent Texas Legislature’s Special Session

August 25, 2017

Texas Dist. 83 State Representative Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, said the recently completed 85th Legislature and the special session that followed were successes.

“Was there more I wish we could have done? Absolutely,” the second term republican said in an early week interview. “Did we get some good things done for public education and for our district?…

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Texas slashes underperforming anti-abortion group’s contract

August 22, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — An anti-abortion group awarded nearly $7 million to boost women’s health and family planning after the state cut off Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers is falling short and will receive far less money as a result, Texas officials said Monday.

The decision comes a year after Texas hired the Heidi Group to help strengthen small clinics that specialize in women’s health like Planned Parenthood but don’t offer abortions.…

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