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Texas governor: State, crowdsourcing will fund border wall

Jun. 16, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he will use $250 million in state money and crowdsourced financing to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico, part of an emerging proposal that also extends his political fight over immigration with the...

Florida gov heeds call from Texas, Arizona for border help

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis castigated the Biden administration for what he called “a disaster and an emergency” at the nation's border with Mexico and said Wednesday that he would send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona, whose Republican governors have appealed...

Senate Democrats press ahead on voting bill despite dim odds

Jun. 16, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats pledged to forge ahead with a likely doomed vote on their sprawling elections and voting bill next week, even as it faces universal opposition from Republicans, as well as from a key senator in their own party. Democrats have made the...

Senate Democrats press ahead on voting bill despite dim odds

Jun. 15, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats pledged Tuesday to forge ahead with a likely doomed vote on their sprawling elections and voting bill next week, even as it faces universal opposition from Republicans, as well as from a key senator in their own party. Democrats have...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 15, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Parson’s signature on gun bill violates US Constitution, makes Missourians less safe Missouri’s dangerous dance with anti-constitutionalism continued unabated Saturday, when Gov. Mike Parson signed the...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. June 9, 2021. Editorial: Only authentic artifacts to remember the Alamo Immortalized by a battle, the Alamo is destined to always be a site of contention. Sitting on the eastern edge of downtown San Antonio, the 18th-century...

Governor: Texas building new border barrier; no details yet

Jun. 11, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has offered no details on his plans to construct new barriers along the border with Mexico while also launching an aggressive campaign to arrest migrants — moves that set up another clash with the Biden administration over...

AP Exclusive: State bar investigating Texas attorney general

Jun. 09, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas bar association is investigating whether state Attorney General Ken Paxton's failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud amounted to professional misconduct. The State Bar of Texas initially declined...

Texas governor says power grid fixed; experts cite problems

Jun. 08, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite experts who say Texas' power grid remains vulnerable, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared Tuesday that new reforms “fix all of the flaws” that caused February's deadly winter blackout that left more than 4 million people without power in subfreezing...

US threatens legal action against Texas on shelter closures

Jun. 07, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

The Biden administration threatened Monday to pursue legal action if Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doesn't rescind his order shutting down federally funded shelters that house migrant children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents. In a letter obtained by The...