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Abbott, as threatened, vetoes budget for legislative staff

Jun. 18, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat and vetoed Friday the new state budget's line item providing for legislative staff pay. The Republican governor had threatened the veto after a walkout by House Democrats in the final hours of...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 07, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. June 3, 2021. Editorial: Failure to lead - the 2021 Texas Legislature in a nutshell If there were any legislative session when Texas lawmakers eschewed politics for serious policy, when class clowns got serious about life-or-death...

Texas GOP to revive voting bill, Democrats plot next move

Jun. 01, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats' weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary. GOP Gov. Greg Abbott prepared to...

Texas GOP's strict voting bill on the verge of final vote

May. 30, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature was on the verge Sunday of signing off on some of the most restrictive voting measures in the U.S., putting the GOP on the brink of a major victory in their nationwide effort to tighten voting access following the 2020 election. ...

Texas GOP puts final touches on sweeping voting restrictions

May. 29, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans dug in Saturday for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S., putting the last touches on a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-thru voting, empower partisan poll watchers and limit voting on Sundays, when...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 10, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. May 7, 2021. Editorial: Texas GOP lawmakers trust you with a gun — but not with the vote Texas Republican lawmakers say we should assume a person walking down the street, gun holstered to hip, is a law-abiding citizen...

Texas pushes closer to dropping handgun license requirement

Apr. 29, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In Texas, where gun laws are among the loosest in the U.S., there is one line the state has long resisted crossing: making it legal to carry a handgun in public without a permit, background check or training. Governors didn't champion it. Police...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Apr. 26, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. April 24, 2021. Editorial: Lawmakers must pick up where Chauvin’s jury left off The jury did its job. Now lawmakers must do theirs. The Minnesota jurors who convicted former police officer Derek...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...

In Texas, GOP voting bills zero in on Democratic Houston

Apr. 15, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation’s next big voting battle underway in Texas would outlaw 24-hour polling places, drive-thru voting and make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Put another way: Everything Houston — the...