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Weekly Roundup Podcast: Pro-Choice District Attorneys’ Pledge, Power Grid Update, New Border Statistics

Weekly Roundup Podcast: Pro-Choice District Attorneys’ Pledge, Power Grid Update, New Border Statistics

Daniel Friend 10 hours ago
Catch up on the week's hottest stories in Texas politics with the reporting team at The Texan.
The Back Mic: Trump, Abbott, and Cruz Texas Runoff Endorsements Compared

The Back Mic: Trump, Abbott, and Cruz Texas Runoff Endorsements Compared

Brad Johnson 17 hours ago
This week — the endorsements for each state runoff race from former President Donald Trump, Governor Greg Abbott, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are compared.
Abbott Endorses Kitzman in Houston-Area Texas House Race After Incumbent Falsely Claims Governor’s Support

Abbott Endorses Kitzman in Houston-Area Texas House Race After Incumbent Falsely Claims Governor’s Support

Brad Johnson May 19, 2022
Rep. Stephenson has remained largely on an island during his re-election bid, lacking the support that is typical of House GOP incumbents.
Texas Voters Pass 104 of Whopping 205 Proposed School District Bonds

Texas Voters Pass 104 of Whopping 205 Proposed School District Bonds

Isaiah Mitchell May 19, 2022
The same motives that shaped bond and school board results in November seem to remain a factor in the May election results.
State GOP Claims Harris County’s Election Day Procedures Violate State Law

State GOP Claims Harris County’s Election Day Procedures Violate State Law

Holly Hansen May 19, 2022
Republican Party officials claim Longoria’s plan to have county employees transport ballots and equipment on election day violates election code.
Controversy, Conflict Define Sarah Stogner’s Weird and Wild Bid for Texas Railroad Commission

Controversy, Conflict Define Sarah Stogner’s Weird and Wild Bid for Texas Railroad Commission

Brad Johnson May 19, 2022
During her race, Stogner has been accused of holding beliefs antithetical to her party's while taking aim at the oil and gas establishment.
Attorney General Opinion on Sequential Election Ballot Numbering Still Pending After One Year

Attorney General Opinion on Sequential Election Ballot Numbering Still Pending After One Year

Kim Roberts May 18, 2022
The Texas attorney general has yet to weigh in on whether random numbering of electronic ballots complies with requirements in state law.
Indicted Austin Officer’s Lawyer Pushes Travis County District Attorney to Publish Witness List

Indicted Austin Officer’s Lawyer Pushes Travis County District Attorney to Publish Witness List

Brad Johnson May 18, 2022
A week after being ordered to provide a grand jury witness testimony list, the Travis County District Attorney's Office has yet to comply.
Texas Partisan Index: Rating Counties From Most Democratic to Most Republican

Texas Partisan Index: Rating Counties From Most Democratic to Most Republican

Daniel Friend May 18, 2022
Here’s a breakdown of the partisan leanings of each of Texas’ 254 counties based on the 2018-2020 election.
Judge Declines to Revoke Bond for Indicted Hidalgo Staffer in Harris County

Judge Declines to Revoke Bond for Indicted Hidalgo Staffer in Harris County

Holly Hansen May 18, 2022
Prosecutors allege Hidalgo’s chief of staff violated felony bond conditions, but a lack of court documents has led to a dispute over permitted activities.
Smith County Constable Facing Theft, Oppression Charges Arrested Again on Suspicion of Bail Violation

Smith County Constable Facing Theft, Oppression Charges Arrested Again on Suspicion of Bail Violation

Hayden Sparks May 18, 2022
Before the end of Constable Curtis Harris’ first year in office, prosecutors accused him of theft, abuse of office, and official oppression.
Border Agents in Texas Encountered 136,000 Illegal Aliens in April, per Court Documents

Border Agents in Texas Encountered 136,000 Illegal Aliens in April, per Court Documents

Hayden Sparks May 17, 2022
In April, the federal government released 110,000 illegal aliens into the country on parole or via notices to appear.
Today in Texas History: Battle of the San Gabriels

Today in Texas History: Battle of the San Gabriels

Isaiah Mitchell May 17, 2022
A skirmish near modern-day Georgetown uncovered a plot to end the nascent Republic of Texas and led to the Cherokee War.
Religious Liberty Group Moves to Stop DOD from Discriminating Against Christian Dog Tag Manufacturer

Religious Liberty Group Moves to Stop DOD from Discriminating Against Christian Dog Tag Manufacturer

Kim Roberts May 17, 2022
A Texas manufacturer of military jewelry is seeking to stop the Department of Defense from discriminating against it based on its religious messages.
Texas Law Anticipates Pro-Choice District Attorneys’ Refusal to Prosecute Abortion Crimes

Texas Law Anticipates Pro-Choice District Attorneys’ Refusal to Prosecute Abortion Crimes

Isaiah Mitchell May 17, 2022
Abortion would become a punishable felony in Texas if Roe v. Wade is overturned, but a new law provides for alternative enforcement.
ERCOT Expects Record Electricity Demand for Summer Heat But Projects Sufficient Generation for Power Grid

ERCOT Expects Record Electricity Demand for Summer Heat But Projects Sufficient Generation for Power Grid

Brad Johnson May 16, 2022
An unseasonably warm weekend coupled with unexpected mechanical issues caused Texas' grid regulator to issue a conservation request.
Poll Suggests Texans Support Abbott’s Border Policies but Divided on State Border Wall

Poll Suggests Texans Support Abbott’s Border Policies but Divided on State Border Wall

Hayden Sparks May 16, 2022
About half of registered voters in Texas disapprove of Gov. Greg Abbott’s job performance as he faces challenger Beto O’Rourke.
$42 Million in COVID Spending on Austin Council Agenda Two Months After Emergency Orders End

$42 Million in COVID Spending on Austin Council Agenda Two Months After Emergency Orders End

Brad Johnson May 16, 2022
The collection of expenditures is on the city council's May 19 agenda as their approval exceeded the city manager's authority.
Ted Cruz Campaign Wins Challenge Against Campaign Finance Regulation With Supreme Court Ruling

Ted Cruz Campaign Wins Challenge Against Campaign Finance Regulation With Supreme Court Ruling

Daniel Friend May 16, 2022
The Ted Cruz campaign won a challenge at the Supreme Court over a $250,000 limit on candidate loan forgiveness.
West Austin Home Turned Backyard Family Cemetery at Center of Dispute with Appraisal District

West Austin Home Turned Backyard Family Cemetery at Center of Dispute with Appraisal District

Brad Johnson May 16, 2022
Cemeteries in Texas are exempt from property taxation, requiring that the cemetery must be only used for burial purposes and does not turn a profit.
Round Rock Residents Sue School Board Trustees Over Speech Rules

Round Rock Residents Sue School Board Trustees Over Speech Rules

Isaiah Mitchell May 13, 2022
The plaintiffs say the school board's seating rules and requirement that public comment be germane violate the Constitution.

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