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Texas GOP's voting restriction bill passes House

May. 07, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has become the latest Republican-dominated state to advance sweeping new limits on voting, despite no evidence of any problems with last year’s vote and a coalition of state and federal officials calling the 2020 presidential election the most secure in history....

Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too

May. 07, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

As Republicans march ahead with their campaign to tighten voting laws in political battlegrounds, some in their party are worried the restrictions will backfire by making it harder for GOP voters to cast ballots. The restrictions backed by Republicans in Georgia,...

Attorneys: Texas AG unblocks Twitter critics after lawsuit

May. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Twitter users who sued Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for blocking them on the social media platform have regained access to the Republican's posts, their attorneys said Thursday. The users blocked by Paxton included college students, a...

Texas Senate advances bill allowing handguns without license

May. 05, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas would allow people to carry a handgun without a license, and the background check and training that go with it, under a measure approved by the state Senate on Wednesday. Texas already has some of the loosest gun laws in the country and has...

Houston area officials at odds with chamber on voting bills

May. 05, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The top two elected officials in the Houston area on Wednesday expressed rare public criticism of the region’s largest chamber of commerce and canceled plans to hold high profile speeches before the group, citing its silence on GOP efforts to restrict voting access in...

Texas Republicans pushing abortion ban after 6 weeks

May. 05, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas would ban abortions after as early six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits against doctors and others under a measure given preliminary approval by the GOP-dominated state...

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 05, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Despite business warnings, GOP moves ahead with voting bills

May. 04, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate. More than 50 companies and business...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 03, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. April 30, 2021. Editorial: Who are my parents? Texas should give adoptees access to their original birth certificates In Texas, this story is all too typical. A child placed in foster care at birth is adopted and embarks on a...

House runoff in Texas set between GOP's Wright, Ellzey

May. 02, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A runoff for a U.S. House seat in Texas is set between Republican Susan Wright, whose husband was the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and Republican Jake Ellzey. Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez was narrowly...