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Some Texas Local Governments Spend Well Above Population Plus Inflation Line

Some Texas Local Governments Spend Well Above Population Plus Inflation Line

Brad Johnson July 1, 2022
In recent years, Republican legislators have placed more scrutiny on the spending practices of localities.
The Back Mic: Abbott Books $20 Million for Ads, Democratic Chair to Retire After Next Term, GOP Delegates Prefer Trump, DeSantis for 2024

The Back Mic: Abbott Books $20 Million for Ads, Democratic Chair to Retire After Next Term, GOP Delegates Prefer Trump, DeSantis for 2024

Brad Johnson July 1, 2022
This week — the Abbott campaign has purchased its first general election ad space, a Texas Democratic leader will retire after next term if he wins re-election, and Texas GOP delegates favor DeSantis as the non-Trump 2024 candidate.
Supreme Court Rules EPA’s Coal Restrictions Exceeded Authority as Texas Grid Sheds Thermal Generation

Supreme Court Rules EPA’s Coal Restrictions Exceeded Authority as Texas Grid Sheds Thermal Generation

Brad Johnson June 30, 2022
While coal is not king in Texas like it is in West Virginia, coal producers in Texas are taking note of the court's ruling that the EPA overstepped its bounds.
U.S. Supreme Court Decides Biden Administration May End Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Biden Administration May End Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

Hayden Sparks June 30, 2022
The State of Texas enjoyed a temporary victory last year when a federal judge ordered the Biden administration to reimplement the policy.
Harris County to Explore Taxpayer-Funded Options for Promoting Abortion

Harris County to Explore Taxpayer-Funded Options for Promoting Abortion

Holly Hansen June 30, 2022
Commissioners voted along party lines to explore ways to promote and expand access to abortion and contraception in the state’s most populous county.
‘War on Fossil Fuels’ Drives Uncertainty Among Texas Oil and Gas Producers

‘War on Fossil Fuels’ Drives Uncertainty Among Texas Oil and Gas Producers

Brad Johnson June 29, 2022
Oil and gas producers place much of the blame for their industry's turmoil with the federal government, and most notably with President Biden.
Texas House Reps. Harrison, Oliverson to File Abortion Drug Ban in Next Legislative Session

Texas House Reps. Harrison, Oliverson to File Abortion Drug Ban in Next Legislative Session

Isaiah Mitchell June 29, 2022
Even though Texas law already criminalizes abortion by any means, the two representatives say new law is needed to counter the White House.
Former Employee Shanna Granger Sues Tarrant Water District Over Rescinded Oktoberfest Permit

Former Employee Shanna Granger Sues Tarrant Water District Over Rescinded Oktoberfest Permit

Kim Roberts June 29, 2022
Granger, who worked for the water district for over 15 years as an event planner, had a permit to host Oktoberfest rescinded in June.
Title 42 Expulsions Continue as Suit Against COVID-19 Policy Proceeds

Title 42 Expulsions Continue as Suit Against COVID-19 Policy Proceeds

Hayden Sparks June 28, 2022
In April, a U.S. district judge blocked the Biden administration’s plans to end Title 42, a decision lauded by proponents of strong border security.
Judge Blocks District Attorneys in Major Texas Counties From Enforcing Pre-Roe Abortion Ban

Judge Blocks District Attorneys in Major Texas Counties From Enforcing Pre-Roe Abortion Ban

Isaiah Mitchell June 28, 2022
District attorneys in Travis, Bexar, Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Hidalgo, and Collin counties cannot enforce the old ban for now.
Harris County Criminal Court Judge Arrested on Charges of Official Oppression

Harris County Criminal Court Judge Arrested on Charges of Official Oppression

Holly Hansen June 28, 2022
Judge Darrell Jordan of Harris County Criminal Court 16 faces charges for punishing investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino without a hearing.
At Least 46 People Found Dead in 18-Wheeler in San Antonio in Apparent Human Smuggling Attempt

At Least 46 People Found Dead in 18-Wheeler in San Antonio in Apparent Human Smuggling Attempt

Hayden Sparks June 28, 2022
The San Antonio fire chief stated that 16 people, including four teenagers, were found alive and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Texas Officials Approve $100.5 Million Budget Transfer for School Safety Measures

Texas Officials Approve $100.5 Million Budget Transfer for School Safety Measures

Brad Johnson June 28, 2022
The expenditures were approved through the budget execution process, which allows a shift of appropriations without convening the state legislature.
Ongoing Redistricting Lawsuit Partially Closed by Texas Supreme Court, ‘County Line Rule’ Challenge May Proceed

Ongoing Redistricting Lawsuit Partially Closed by Texas Supreme Court, ‘County Line Rule’ Challenge May Proceed

Brad Johnson June 28, 2022
The ruling marks an endpoint for a portion of the lawsuit, but remands another portion back to a lower court for further review.
Only Half of Austin Council’s Redrawn Districts on November Ballot After Texas Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit

Only Half of Austin Council’s Redrawn Districts on November Ballot After Texas Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit

Brad Johnson June 28, 2022
The lawsuit objected to only half of the redrawn council districts appearing before voters this November.
Uvalde School Superintendent Places Embattled Police Chief Pete Arredondo on Administrative Leave

Uvalde School Superintendent Places Embattled Police Chief Pete Arredondo on Administrative Leave

Hayden Sparks June 27, 2022
Chief Pete Arredondo has faced withering criticism from elected officials and state police as they investigate his response to the shooting.
With His Job in Peril, Dallas City Manager Agrees to Address 911 Call Center Wait Times, Permitting Process

With His Job in Peril, Dallas City Manager Agrees to Address 911 Call Center Wait Times, Permitting Process

Hayden Sparks June 27, 2022
Earlier this month, the Dallas City Council was slated to consider firing the city manager after complaints from several council members.
Now that Roe is Overturned, Here’s What’s Covered in Texas’ Abortion Bans

Now that Roe is Overturned, Here’s What’s Covered in Texas’ Abortion Bans

Isaiah Mitchell June 27, 2022
Both bans outlaw elective abortions from the point of conception. The laws do not apply to treatments for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancy.
Grand Jury Indicts Frederick Frazier, GOP Texas House Candidate, on Impersonating Public Servant Charges

Grand Jury Indicts Frederick Frazier, GOP Texas House Candidate, on Impersonating Public Servant Charges

Hayden Sparks June 27, 2022
Frazier, a police officer, turned himself in and posted bond. The Dallas Police Department has placed him on administrative leave.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Affect Texas Lawsuit Meant to Extend Handgun Carry to Adults Under 21

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Affect Texas Lawsuit Meant to Extend Handgun Carry to Adults Under 21

Brad Johnson June 27, 2022
Judge Mark Pittman has asked parties in a Texas concealed carry lawsuit to submit briefs about the effects of a new SCOTUS decision on their case.
Texas Department of Transportation to Create Statewide Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Texas Department of Transportation to Create Statewide Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Rob Laucius June 27, 2022
Anticipating one million electric vehicles on the road by 2028, the state wants to build a network of charging stations starting with interstate routes.

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