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Texas GOP leader pays illegal voting 'bounty' to Democrat

Oct. 21, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The conservative Texas Republican leader who pledged bounties to those who prove fraud at the polls has paid a liberal Democratic poll watcher who reported illegal voting by a Pennsylvania Republican. Tipster Eric Frank deposited a $25,000 check...

Texas' new elections chief joined Trump's challenge in 2020

Oct. 21, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday picked as the state's new elections chief an attorney who briefly joined former President Donald Trump's legal team last year as it challenged the 2020 election results. John Scott is also a former state...

Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

Oct. 19, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were approved...

Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

Oct. 19, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were...

Texas Legislature approves new congressional district maps that bolster GOP, despite demographic shifts

Oct. 18, 2021 23:31 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Legislature approves new congressional district maps that bolster GOP, despite demographic shifts.

Texas passes new limits on transgender high school athletes

Oct. 18, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is poised to become the latest and most populous state to tighten restrictions on transgender athletes in public high school sports. State lawmakers on Sunday approved a measure that requires transgender athletes to play on teams that align...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: We blame legislative meddling for the Holocaust controversy in Southlake If any American community embodies the national frenzy about how we teach race in schools, it’s Southlake. The acrimony over...

The Latest: Fauci dismayed by Texas' move to ban mandates

Oct. 17, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

WASHNGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is saying Sunday that it is “really unfortunate” that Gov. Greg Abbott has moved to ban vaccine mandates in the state of Texas. The nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said that the Republican...

Repeal of Illinois abortion notification buoyed by Texas law

Oct. 17, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Alarmed and at the same time energized by a Texas law that bans most abortions, abortion-rights advocates in the General Assembly are targeting what people on both sides of the contentious issue consider the last restriction on access to abortion in Illinois. ...

Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip

Oct. 17, 2021 01:20 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. In a key late-night vote in the Texas House, Republicans gave...