Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

TX: Grand jury impaneled in Perry ethics case

April 14, 2014
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KTXS 12 News    

"A grand jury is being seated in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors. ... The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted of drunken-driving. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit." (04/14/14)

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TX: State serial killers kill convicted serial killer

April 3, 2014
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ABC News    

"Convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who was sent to prison in 1999 and claimed responsibility for dozens of murders across the country, was executed Thursday in Texas. Sells, 49, was convicted of killing 13-year-old Katy Harris while she slept in her Del Rio, Texas, home. Her murder landed Sells on death row, but he has been linked to at least 17 other killings and claims he has killed as dozens more. Sells declined to make final remarks before his death, then took a few breaths, closed his eyes and began to snore as the lethal-injection drugs took effect, The Associated Press reported. He soon stopped moving and was pronounced dead 13 minutes later at 6:27 p.m. CT." (04/03/14)

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TX: Federal judge halts state killings over secrecy

April 2, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A federal judge has halted the scheduled executions of two convicts in Texas until the state discloses details about the drugs that would be used to kill them. In a five-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore in Houston on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction stopping the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, set for Thursday, and of Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, scheduled for April 9. Both men have been convicted of murder and were set to be executed by lethal injection." (04/02/14)

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TX: Federal appeals court upholds new abortion rules

March 28, 2014
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USA Today    

"A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in the state. ... Texas lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion. The Republican-controlled Legislature required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and placed strict limits on doctors prescribing abortion-inducing pills." (03/27/14)

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TX: Federal judge strikes down marriage apartheid law

February 26, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A federal judge in San Antonio Wednesday struck down a Texas constitutional amendment and state statutes barring same-sex couples from marrying or having their out-of-state marriages officially recognized, saying such laws violate the couples’ right to equal treatment. US District Judge Orlando Garcia announced his decision two weeks after hearing arguments by lawyers for two same-sex couples challenging the Texas measures and by state officials defending those measures." (02/26/14)

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TX: Regime to invoke novel argument for preservation of marriage apartheid

February 12, 2014
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WOAI News    

"As the landmark lawsuit calling for gay marriage to be legalized in Texas heads to a federal court in San Antonio today, 1200 WOAI news has learned that the state will defend traditional marriage [sic] using a novel legal strategy. ... the state will tell U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia that no discrimination exists because the Texas law does not prohibit anybody from getting married." [editor's note: The argument is only "novel" as far as litigation is concerned. Anti-marriage/anti-family advocates have been using it for years: "Homosexuals are free to marry people of the opposite sex, just like heterosexuals are. See, no discrimination!" - TLK] (02/12/14)

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Federal court hears appeal to ease parts of Texas abortion law

January 6, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"A federal court heard an appeal from Planned Parenthood and other advocacy groups on Monday to a relax restrictive abortion law in Texas that has caused a dozen clinics to suspend services. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed in case women have complications. Given the vast size of Texas, the requirement places an unjust burden on clinics, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the appeal, told a three-judge panel in Louisiana." (01/06/14)

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SCOTUS declines to stop Texas law on abortion clinics

November 19, 2013
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that some womens' groups fear will prevent a third of the state’s clinics from performing the procedure. The court split along ideological lines in turning down an appeal to block the law that abortion rights advocates challenged as unconstitutional. The measure, adopted by Texas lawmakers in July, requires that abortion providers have a doctor on their staff who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic." (11/19/13)

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TX: Perry signs sweeping abortion restrictions

July 18, 2013
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USA Today    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure that has caused weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the Capitol. Supporters credited God's will and prayer as the governor signed the legislation, with protesters' chants of 'Shame! Shame! Shame!' echoing into the Capitol auditorium from the hallway. Opponents have vowed to fight the law, though no court challenges were immediately filed." (07/18/13)

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Texas: Abortion bill falls after dispute over vote

June 26, 2013
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Fox News    

"Texas'[s] lieutenant governor acknowledged early Wednesday that Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session's deadline. Initially, Republicans insisted they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place on Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, senators convened for a private meeting. An hour later, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was still insisting the 19-10 vote was in time, but said, 'with all the ruckus and noise going on, I couldn't sign the bill.'" (06/26/13)

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National 5-11 Campaign against REAL ID falters but Texans fight on

May 20, 2013
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"REAL ID is designed to turn every state's drivers license into an internal passport containing personal biometric and digital identifiers. Due to the pushback from huge numbers of individuals, groups and state political leaders the implementation of REAL ID has been continually postponed but never completely defeated." (05/18/13)

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Texas politicians still shoveling REAL ID manure

May 2, 2013
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"The Texas REAL ID bill, considered by many in the Lone Star State as horse manure, is scheduled to be heard on May 2, 2013, before the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee in Austin. REAL ID is like a dead horse that won't stay dead, which is why libertarians nationwide keep beating on it repeatedly until it finally stops kicking and gets carted off to the glue factory." (04/30/13)

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DoJ blocks Texas voter ID law

March 12, 2012
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CNN    

"A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration. In a letter Monday to state officials, the Justice Department said the legislation could have a discriminatory effect on Hispanics and other minorities." (03/12/12)

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TX: Myers announces for US Senate

March 11, 2012
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Dallas Libertarian Examiner    

"On Friday Dallas County Libertarian Party stalwart John Jay Myers announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party nomination for US Senator. ... With Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison vacating the seat she has held since 1993 dozens of Republican and Democrat names (along with independent Kinky Friedman) have surfaced as potential successors." (03/11/12)

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Keystone pipeline battle invades north Texas

February 23, 2012
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"North Texas libertarians and property rights groups are supporting the ongoing hearing in Paris TX Friday, Feburary 24, on the temporary restraining order issued against the TransCanada Corporation on behalf of property owners Julia Trigg Crawford and family. Even though President Obama rejected TransCanada's application to build their Keystone XL Pipeline for transporting heavy crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to the refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, the company is here, now, demanding that East Texas landowners give up their property or face eminent domain seizures." (02/23/12)

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TX: Constable, staffers indicted on bribery charges

January 12, 2012
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Houston Chronicle    

"Longtime Harris County Precinct One Constable Jack Abercia and two of his staffers were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of violating several federal laws, including conspiring to accept bribes and using the county office for private gain. ... A 13-count federal indictment returned on Tuesday and unsealed after the arrests accuses Abercia and Wiener of soliciting and accepting money from companies interested in running background checks on prospective employees through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, which is restricted to law enforcement use." (01/12/12)

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Federal appeals court unblocks Texas “ultrasound” abortion law

January 10, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"A Texas law requiring abortion providers to show or describe an ultrasound image to a pregnant woman and to play sounds of the fetal heartbeat does not violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a federal appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Tuesday overturned a federal judge's decision to block the law, ruling that the ultrasound requirements do not infringe on abortion providers' free speech rights." (01/10/12)

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SCOTUS struggles with Texas election case

January 9, 2012
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Raleigh News & Observer    

"The Supreme Court appeared to struggle Monday with what to do about holding elections in Texas for the state legislature and Congress in a case that could affect the federal Voting Rights Act and even the balance of power in the House. Texas'[s] primaries already have been pushed back once from March to early April amid a dispute between the GOP-dominated state government and minority groups." (01/09/12)

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TX: Jeffs to be gagged over religious speech

January 9, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Texas corrections officials said Monday that imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be without phone privileges for 90 days as punishment for making calls that were put on speakerphone -- presumably so he could preach to his followers. ... Jeffs was found to have broken the rules multiple times with calls used for conferencing, Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said." (01/09/12)

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SCOTUS to enter tangled Texas redistricting case

January 8, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A bitter dispute over minority voting rights in Texas arrives at the US Supreme Court on Monday where the justices must decide which legislative districts will be used in upcoming elections. At issue is whether federal judges in San Antonio overstepped their authority when they took it upon themselves to redraw congressional and state house election districts without any prior judicial determination that maps drawn for that purpose by the Texas Legislature were illegal or unconstitutional." (01/08/12)

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Rick Perry’s fair-weather federalism

July 31, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Mike Riggs  

"Christian conservatives had no qualms with Perry’s endorsement of a nonbinding resolution authored in the Texas legislature that reaffirmed the protections provided by the 10th Amendment .... Perry’s love for the 10th Amendment was fine and dandy until he said last week that New York’s gay marriage law was none of Texas’ business." (07/29/11)

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Does Rick Perry want to make Texas a no-fly zone?

June 29, 2011
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Mother Jones
by Josh Harkinson  

"Texas lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill Wednesday that would effectively outlaw many routine airport searches by the Transportation Security Administration. If it passes, a TSA screener who touches the 'anus, sexual organs, or breasts' of a passenger without probable cause could face jail time — a prospect that has the Obama administration threatening to sue the Lone Star state and even cancel flights. ... Some of the bill's most enthusiastic backers view it as a key first step towards an even bigger goal: The establishment of an independent Republic of Texas." (06/29/11)

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Texas anti-groping bill is back

June 23, 2011
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Apparently bowing to tea party supporters, as speculated by a 'straight news' AP article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Gov Rick Perry put the Transportation Security Administration anti-groping bill back on the legislature's special session agenda. The bill that would have made it a felony for TSA agents working Texas airports to touch (cover your eyes while reading this) 'the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person,' was pulled from the regular session before it could be voted on when TSA bullies threatened to turn the whole state into a No-Fly Zone." (06/22/11)

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TX: Perry adds anti-groping bill to legislative agenda

June 20, 2011
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San Antonio Express    

"Gov. Rick Perry, under pressure from tea party activists, on Monday added to lawmakers' to-do list a ban on airport security searches considered intrusive without probable cause to believe someone has committed an offense. The measure died in the regular legislative session in the wake of [threats] from federal officials .... The legislation would provide that federal employees, if they perform a search that involves touching a person's private parts without probable cause, commit the offense of official oppression." (06/20/11)

 

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TX: Woman shoots ex-husband

June 9, 2011
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Denton Record Chronicle    

"A woman shot and killed her former husband Wednesday morning after he apparently lay in wait for her and forced her into the home where she was living with her parents and children .... The woman told sheriff’s investigators that she dropped off her children at an activity and returned to the house. He was hiding in the yard and accosted her as she exited her vehicle, investigators said. 'She admits to shooting him and says it was self-defense,” said sheriff’s Lt. Rick Clark.'" (06/09/11)

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