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Beto O’Rourke’s Tour of Rural Texas Takes Progressive Message to GOP Strongholds

Beto O’Rourke’s Tour of Rural Texas Takes Progressive Message to GOP Strongholds

Brad Johnson 18 hours ago
O'Rourke's tour of the state will last 49 days, during which he'll traverse 5,600 miles across Texas.
Former Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka Jordan Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Bribery, Tax Fraud

Former Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka Jordan Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Bribery, Tax Fraud

Hayden Sparks August 5, 2022
The ex-mayor’s husband, Mark Jordan, received the same sentence after a jury convicted the couple of a bribery and tax evasion scheme.
Harris County Proposes New Billion-Dollar Bond Referendum Despite Millions Unspent from Previous Bond

Harris County Proposes New Billion-Dollar Bond Referendum Despite Millions Unspent from Previous Bond

Holly Hansen August 5, 2022
Despite $197 million in unspent funds from the 2015 bond package, the commissioners court voted to proceed with a new bond election in November.
Weekly Roundup Podcast: Election Law Struck Down, Dallas Abortion Resolution, Renewable Energy Tax Credits in Senate Deal

Weekly Roundup Podcast: Election Law Struck Down, Dallas Abortion Resolution, Renewable Energy Tax Credits in Senate Deal

Daniel Friend August 5, 2022
Catch up on the week's hottest stories in Texas politics with the reporting team at The Texan.
Dallas Jury Awards $5 Million to Former Southwest Flight Attendant Fired for Pro-Life Posts

Dallas Jury Awards $5 Million to Former Southwest Flight Attendant Fired for Pro-Life Posts

Kim Roberts August 5, 2022
A federal jury in Dallas awarded compensation and punitive damages to a Southwest flight attendant fired for her religious and political beliefs.
Paxton Among 19 State Attorneys General Investigating BlackRock for Statements on ESG

Paxton Among 19 State Attorneys General Investigating BlackRock for Statements on ESG

Brad Johnson August 5, 2022
The financial titan has been accused of saying one thing in public and doing another behind closed doors.
The Back Mic: Democrat Buys Ads on Joe Rogan, 2030 Employment Projections Released, Ethics Commission Requests Server Upgrade After Crash

The Back Mic: Democrat Buys Ads on Joe Rogan, 2030 Employment Projections Released, Ethics Commission Requests Server Upgrade After Crash

Brad Johnson August 5, 2022
This week — Mike Collier buys political ads in an unconventional place, the Texas Workforce Commission releases next-decade employment estimates, and Beto O’Rourke’s six-figure-paged finance report prompts an urgent request from a state agency.
Harris County Planning Legal Challenge to State’s Randomized Election Audit

Harris County Planning Legal Challenge to State’s Randomized Election Audit

Holly Hansen August 4, 2022
Commissioners voted along party lines to move forward with legal action to block a state audit of county elections from 2020 through 2022.
South Texas Democrat Says Biden Heeding ‘Immigration Activists’ Instead of Border Communities, Law Enforcement

South Texas Democrat Says Biden Heeding ‘Immigration Activists’ Instead of Border Communities, Law Enforcement

Hayden Sparks August 4, 2022
Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar has been a critic of the Biden administration on illegal immigration.
Texas Preparing ESG Retaliation as Obstacles Mount for Fossil Fuels Financing

Texas Preparing ESG Retaliation as Obstacles Mount for Fossil Fuels Financing

Brad Johnson August 4, 2022
When the final list is released, the state will begin the process of removing its pension dollars from those offending companies.
Biden Signs Second Executive Order to Protect Abortion After Overturn of Roe

Biden Signs Second Executive Order to Protect Abortion After Overturn of Roe

Rob Laucius August 4, 2022
The new order includes new directions for Health and Human Services to promote abortion access for those crossing state lines, including through Medicaid.
EPA to Conduct Flyover Inspections in Permian Basin for Oil and Gas Emissions

EPA to Conduct Flyover Inspections in Permian Basin for Oil and Gas Emissions

Brad Johnson August 4, 2022
The inspections began this month and will continue through mid-August.
Athens Voters to Decide ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ Proposition

Athens Voters to Decide ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’ Proposition

Hayden Sparks August 3, 2022
Athens was the setting for thousands of illegal abortions before the U.S. Supreme Court established abortion rights in Roe v. Wade.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Election Law Requiring Residence Verification of Voter Registration Addresses

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Election Law Requiring Residence Verification of Voter Registration Addresses

Brad Johnson August 3, 2022
The Texas attorney general had to intervene in the lawsuit to defend the law in question, as the state was not named an original defendant.
Dallas Resolution Seeking to Protect Abortion Clears First Hurdle in City Council Committee

Dallas Resolution Seeking to Protect Abortion Clears First Hurdle in City Council Committee

Hayden Sparks August 3, 2022
Council members passed a resolution in committee to protect abortion access, but the city must still comply with state laws against abortion.
After New Law, State Board of Education Reviews Work Group Proposals to Social Studies Curriculum

After New Law, State Board of Education Reviews Work Group Proposals to Social Studies Curriculum

Isaiah Mitchell August 2, 2022
The proposed changes would specify the social studies TEKS, begin lessons on slavery earlier, and include dashes of intersectional theory.
Fort Worth Proposes Short-Term Rental Regulations, Seeks Resident Feedback

Fort Worth Proposes Short-Term Rental Regulations, Seeks Resident Feedback

Kim Roberts August 2, 2022
Fort Worth is considering options for regulating short-term rentals within the city. Some residents are concerned about home values and housing supply.
Texas Lottery Broke All-Time Sales Record Prior to $1.33 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Texas Lottery Broke All-Time Sales Record Prior to $1.33 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot

Hayden Sparks August 2, 2022
The Texas Lottery Commission reported $264 million in sales the week of the historic Mega Millions drawing.
Court Rules Against State’s Attempt to Block San Antonio ISD Vaccine Mandate

Court Rules Against State’s Attempt to Block San Antonio ISD Vaccine Mandate

Isaiah Mitchell August 1, 2022
SAISD defended its vaccine mandate in court against the State of Texas, but cannot enforce it for the time being.
South Texas Man Who Sold Drugs for Mexican Mafia Faces Life Imprisonment, $10 Million Fine

South Texas Man Who Sold Drugs for Mexican Mafia Faces Life Imprisonment, $10 Million Fine

Hayden Sparks August 1, 2022
The 28-year-old defendant with previous convictions pleaded guilty to illegally possessing drugs and weapons.

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