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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...

Nevada governor 'optimistic' after legislative session ends

Jun. 02, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak said he's proud of what Nevada lawmakers accomplished during the legislative session that ended this week and believes policies to fuel economic growth, boost funding for schools and fix outdated infrastructure will set the state on a path toward...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 02, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 31 The Wall Street Journal on ‘melodrama’ in Texas Legislature: As the Texas legislative session drew near its end Sunday, lawmakers appeared set to pass a...

'Leave the building': Texas walkout escalates voting battles

May. 31, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Midnight was coming fast. Any moment now, the Texas House of Representatives would sign off on one of the most restrictive new voting laws in America. It was 10:35 p.m. Suddenly, every Democrat still on the floor got a text message. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 31, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

San Antonio Express-News. May 30, 2021. Editorial: Let’s honor all our fallen: soldiers and virus victims After a year in which we all seemed at war with an invisible enemy, we might have a firmer grasp of what Memorial Day means. ...

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. ...

EXPLAINER: How Texas Republicans aim to make voting harder

May. 30, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas took a major step Sunday toward becoming the nation’s largest state where the GOP is making voting harder following the 2020 elections , with the Senate approving a bill that would empower poll watchers, create criminal penalties and add new restrictions on...

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...

Texas lawmakers approve college athlete compensation bill

May. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved letting college athletes earn money with endorsements and sponsorship deals, pushing the state closer to joining others who have already opened the door to previously banned financial deals. Friday's Senate vote...

Texas missing chance to avert deadly blackouts, experts say

May. 26, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Elzie Ford lost power in his freezing home for nearly a week during February’s catastrophic blackouts in Texas. By the time the 68-year-old widower was found on the floor, his hands were purpled with frostbite. He died the next day. “The whole...