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Texas abortion law foes target lawmakers' corporate donors

Oct. 10, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

Foes of Texas' strict abortion ban are taking aim at companies that donated money to the bill’s sponsors, hoping consumers will pressure corporate America to join the fight against a surge of restrictions. The television and digital ads begun this past week by the...

Texas Senate approves maps with fewer minority districts

Oct. 08, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate on Friday approved newly drawn district maps that would keep Republicans dominant in the state's congressional representation, even amid rapidly shifting demographics. Next the maps will go to the GOP-dominated Texas House of...

Fate of George Floyd pardon request now with Texas governor

Oct. 04, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas agency on Monday approved a request that George Floyd be granted a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug arrest made by a now-indicted ex-Houston police officer whose case history is under scrutiny following a deadly drug raid. The unanimous...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 04, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. Oct. 1, 2021. Editorial: What Texas is this? GOP maps ignore huge growth in minority populations If power reveals character, as LBJ biographer Robert Caro has argued, then what does the power of Texas Republican lawmakers in Austin...

Texas GOP's proposed statehouse maps aim to protect party

Sep. 30, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans released their proposals to redraw maps for their own seats Thursday, and their aspirations for the statehouse mirrored their plans for congressional representation: Keep the party in power amid big demographic shifts. Democrats...

Prisons, border wall: How GOP is looking to use COVID money

Sep. 30, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Democrats passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans called it liberal “pet projects” disguised as pandemic aid. But now that Republican governors and local leaders have the money in hand, they are using...

On climate change, Biden $3.5T plan making up for lost time

Sep. 28, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden visited one disaster site after another this summer — from California wildfires to hurricane-induced flooding in Louisiana and New York — he said climate change is “everybody’s crisis” and America must get serious about the “code red”...

Sissy Farenthold, reform-minded lawmaker touted for VP, dies

Sep. 27, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, a reform-minded liberal Democrat in the Texas House who was pushed for the party’s 1972 vice-presidential nomination, has died at age 94, her family said Monday. Farenthold died Sunday at her Houston apartment after a long struggle with...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: Biden administration misled America on Haitian migrants The most important leadership skill for any administration is to be frank, direct and purposeful — to say what they mean and mean what they say....

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

Sep. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against doctors who violate it. The legislation filed by Republican Rep. Webster...