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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jul. 14, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 12 The Philadelphia Inquirer on continuing challenges to the 2020 presidential election: Nine months after the election and six months after the U.S. Capitol...

Texas Democrats leave state to try to stop GOP voting bill

Jul. 12, 2021 23:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats in the Texas Legislature bolted Monday for Washington, and said they were ready to remain there for weeks in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws, forcing a dramatic new showdown over voting rights in America. Private...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 12, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. July 8, 2021. Editorial: Forget, for a moment, the Alamo. Remember the First Amendment Silencing journalists and scholars, chasing dissent from the public square, distorting history to serve an ideological narrative —...

Texas GOP begins hurried second try at thwarted voting laws

Jul. 07, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday began a hurried second attempt to toughen election laws in Texas, weeks after Democrats' dramatic walkout from the state Capitol thwarted one of America's most restrictive voting measures. He demanded no...

Texas GOP backs off changes to Sunday voting before next try

Jul. 06, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans are backing off two contentious voting measures ahead of a second attempt to pass new election laws, after Democrats temporarily thwarted a restrictive bill in May by staging a dramatic walkout from the state Capitol. Lt. Gov. Dan...

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...