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Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing up to Texas' booming suburbs turning bluer, Republicans on Monday proposed new U.S. House maps that would fortify their slipping grip and shrink the number of seats where the majority of voters are Hispanic — even as they fuel the state's blistering growth. ...

As Texas Democrats mull return, GOP voting bill still awaits

Aug. 06, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Twenty-six days into refusing to come home, Texas Democrats who have twice now blocked a GOP voting bill face a choice: whether to go for Round 3. It is a decision that partly depends on if the group of more than 50 Democratic state legislators...

O'Rourke, protesters begin nearly 30-mile Texas voting march

Jul. 28, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — As Rebecca Flores set out on a nearly 30-mile voting rights march to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, she recalled another long distance: the drive her parents made from the outskirts of town in the 1950s to cast their ballot, after paying a $3 poll tax. ...

Texas GOP advances voting restrictions as hundreds push back

Jul. 11, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans advanced bills Sunday that would make voting harder in a state that already has some of the nation's toughest restrictions after hundreds spoke against the proposals — with some waiting to speak for almost 24 hours. Republicans...

Some Texas Democrats ready to walk as GOP digs in on voting

Jul. 10, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The possibility of Texas Democrats staging a second walkout to again stop one of America's most restrictive new voting measures grew louder Saturday, as hundreds of people waited hours to rail against the GOP's plan in the largest turnout this year at the state Capitol....

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...