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Texas GOP's swing to far right cemented with party platform

Jun. 21, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years ago, the Texas Republican Party used its platform to oppose teaching critical thinking in schools. In 2014, it declared homosexuality a chosen behavior contrary to God and endorsed “reparative therapy” to reverse it. By 2020, the party was ready to remind the world...

O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's race

May. 30, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still mourning a Texas mass shooting, Democrat Beto O'Rourke gave his long-shot campaign a jolt by imploring a national audience that it was finally time for real action to curb the proliferation of high-powered guns in his home state and across America. That was...

Seven years later, still no trial for Texas AG Ken Paxton

May. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Not many people charged with felony crimes go seven years without ever standing trial. One of them is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The twists and turns of how the Republican, who is on the cusp of winning the GOP nomination for a third term Tuesday, has...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Apr. 25, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. April 24, 2022. Editorial: Property tax relief on May 7 ballot should get voters’ support Texas homeowners worried about their tax bills as their property values skyrocket could get some relief if voters approve two state constitutional...

'Soft on crime' attacks target Republicans who favor changes

Apr. 25, 2022 00:48 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With violent crime increasing in many parts of the U.S., Republicans see a winning strategy in portraying Democrats as soft on crime ahead of this year's elections. In ads, campaign appearances and interviews, the GOP has ripped liberal policies and blamed Democratic...

'Magic mushrooms' for therapy? Vets help sway conservatives

Apr. 16, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Matthew Butler spent 27 years in the Army, but it took a day in jail to convince him his post-traumatic stress disorder was out of control. The recently retired Green Beret had already tried antidepressants, therapy and a support dog. But his arrest for...