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Seemingly safe GOP incumbents under attack from right wing

Jul. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford would seem to have all the conservative credentials he'd need to coast to reelection in deep-red Oklahoma. A devout Baptist, Lankford was the director of the nation’s largest Christian youth camp for more than a...

Texas Democrats see walkout as the way out of party slump

Jul. 19, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jasmine Crockett, a Black civil rights lawyer and one of the youngest lawmakers in Texas, was just a few months into her first term in the Legislature when Republicans were on the cusp of passing new limits on when and how Texans could vote. Like...

Time on their side, Texas GOP waits for Democrats to return

Jul. 14, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On Day 3 of Texas Democrats hunkering down in Washington to block tighter voting laws, Republicans back home settled into a new routine that boils down to turning the Democrats' gambit into yet another advantage for the GOP in 2022. With time and a...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 09, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.; Eric Adams, Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City. ...

Texas GOP renews push for new voting laws, unfinished agenda

Jul. 08, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Thursday brought back efforts to ban 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting as Gov. Greg Abbott opened a special legislative session aimed at notching late victories on a lengthy conservative agenda left unfinished last month. ...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 05, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. July 4, 2021. Editorial: We’ve seen this border wall show before. Please spare us the rerun Donald Trump’s visit to the border this week had a distressingly familiar ring to it. The ex-president made the same baseless...

Allen West will challenge Texas Gov. Abbott in GOP primary

Jul. 04, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Allen West, the former Florida congressman and firebrand who rode into office on the tea party wave a decade ago, said Sunday that he will run for governor of Texas in a bid to again seize on restless anger from the right. His odds are...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 28, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. June 25, 2021. Editorial: ERCOT shouldn’t be exempt from laws of open government The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been described as a corporation, a nonprofit, a grid operator and a traffic cop. Now, with the...

States hesitant to adopt digital COVID vaccine verification

Jun. 26, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

Customers wanting to wine, dine and unwind to live music at the City Winery's flagship restaurant in New York must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to get in. But that's not required at most other dining establishments in the city. And it's not necessary at other City Winery sites around...