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After lawsuit threat, Texas agency changes voter registration policy

Responding to a threatened lawsuit, the Texas Workforce Commission has agreed to offer voter registration help to Texans with disabilities who receive job training help from the agency. Disability rights advocates had accused state officials of violating the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which requires state agencies that help people with disabilities to also offer help with registering to...


In crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his pick plain

In crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his pick plain

When U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith announced in November that he was calling it quits after 30 years in Washington, he left Republicans with scarcely four months to throw together campaigns and figure out how to stand out in what quickly became a field of 18 candidates with no clear front-runner. State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, unveiled a slogan, “Make America Like Texas.” William...
Six candidates compete for three places on Cedar Park City Council

Six candidates compete for three places on Cedar Park City Council

Three Cedar Park City Council seats and the mayor’s positions are all up for grabs in the May election. Corbin Van Arsdale, the incumbent on the Place 2 council seat, is running against Bob Cornelius, a chief executive officer, for the mayor’s position. Cedar Park’s current mayor, Matt Powell, is not seeking re-election. The two candidates running for Arsdale’s seat on the...
Democratic candidates compete to run against U.S. Rep. Bill Flores

Democratic candidates compete to run against U.S. Rep. Bill Flores

A political newcomer and a former Texas legislative staff member are facing off in the March 6 Democratic primary with hopes of unseating incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan. Rick Kennedy, a software engineer from Austin, is running against Dale Mantey, who previously worked for former state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, as a health policy analyst. Kennedy, 55, and Mantey, 28, are...
Early voting starts Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Early voting starts Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Early voting starts today for the Democratic and Republican party primaries. Here are five things to know before you go to the polls: 1. Your vote matters. Both parties are picking their contenders for a half-dozen congressional seats in Central Texas, as well as governor, lieutenant governor, state legislative seats, judicial posts and county commissioners courts. In many cases, though, the seats...
Two Georgetown City Council seats are up for election in May

Two Georgetown City Council seats are up for election in May

Two Georgetown City Council seats are up for election in May. Incumbent Anna Eby is running for her second term in District 1. She is being challenged by Mary Calixtro, an activist who is the co-founder of the nonprofit Southeast Georgetown Community Council. Kevin Pitts, the president of BBVA Compass Bank, is running unopposed for the District 5 seat. Incumbent Ty Gipson has announced he will not...

Growth, property taxes top issues in Hays Commissioners Court races

The makeup of the Hays County Commissioners Court has the potential to see big changes in 2018, with four of five seats up for election. County Judge Bert Cobb, who took a leave of absence last summer to begin treatment for leukemia, is not seeking a third term. Republican Will Conley stepped down as commissioner of Precinct 3 to run for county judge. Conley will face the winner of the Democratic...
Contentious 331st District race pits longtime judge against attorney

Contentious 331st District race pits longtime judge against attorney

The only contested judicial race in Travis County’s criminal district courts has gotten contentious, with challenger Chantal Eldridge saying taxpayers have been underserved by the incumbent while Eldridge faces questions of her own about the registered sex offender she employs in her law firm and intends to bring on as a judicial aide if she wins. Eldridge, a 53-year-old career defense lawyer...
6 Republicans, 4 Democrats try for Rep. Farenthold’s soon empty seat

6 Republicans, 4 Democrats try for Rep. Farenthold’s soon empty seat

Six Republicans and four Democrats are running for Congressional District 27, an open House seat that stretches from Bastrop to Corpus Christi. U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, currently occupies the spot but gave up his re-election bid in December after a House committee began investigating sexual harassment claims made against him by a former aide. Farenthold, who is wrapping up his...
Susan Steeg faces Democratic challenger in justice of the peace race

Susan Steeg faces Democratic challenger in justice of the peace race

Handling traffic citations, eviction or debt collection cases might not sound like the sexiest job on the ballot this March, but both Democratic Precinct 3 justice of the peace candidates said the job offers a unique chance to help residents. “Most people overlook JP court,” said Sylvia Holmes, associate director at the University of Texas’ Legal Services for Students. “But...
PolitiFact: Bush’s military career didn’t reach ‘retirement’ level

PolitiFact: Bush’s military career didn’t reach ‘retirement’ level

George P. Bush, seeking a second term as Texas land commissioner, touts his time in the Navy in a campaign mailer brought to our attention by his predecessor. “Did you know there are 1.7 million veterans in Texas alone?” Bush’s mailer opens. His message continues: “Retired U.S. Navy officer George P. Bush is committed to protecting our veterans who have served this great nation...
5 Democrats running with hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams

5 Democrats running with hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams

Five Democrats, ranging from political newcomers to a Central Health board member, are running to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in the staunchly Republican 25th Congressional District. Austin defense attorney Chris Perri leads the pack of Democrats in money raised — $102,668, which includes $16,890 he made in personal loans to his campaign as of Dec. 31. Following closely behind is former...
Four Republicans compete for Williamson County commissioner seat

Four Republicans compete for Williamson County commissioner seat

Four Republicans are competing for the chance to be Williamson County’s next Precinct 4 commissioner in the primary in March. Vying to face off against Democrat Carlos Salinas in November are Russ Boles, a commercial broker; David Marek, a truck driver for Williamson County’s Road and Bridge Division; Heather Peal, a managing partner of an engineering and construction firm; and Bobby Seiferman...
PolitiFact: State share of education spending declines

PolitiFact: State share of education spending declines

A candidate for lieutenant governor says state government has whoppingly slashed its share of spending on public schools since the 1980s. Scott Milder, a former Rockwall City Council member challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Republican primary, poses and answers questions on his campaign website including: “Does Texas spend enough on public education?” Milder’s posted response...
Court-at-Law No. 3 judge faces Democratic challenger

Court-at-Law No. 3 judge faces Democratic challenger

As Travis County faces racial disparities in its jails, both Democratic judicial candidates for Court-at-Law No. 3 said tackling the issue will be among the biggest challenges for the winner. This summer, the civil rights organization Grassroots Leadership revealed that, according to an analysis of 2015 jail booking data, African-Americans on average stayed in the Travis County Jail nearly twice as...
Miller faces 2 challengers in GOP agriculture commissioner primary

Miller faces 2 challengers in GOP agriculture commissioner primary

In the Republican contest for agriculture commissioner, incumbent Sid Miller’s spending, hiring and social media practices are front and center. Miller has been under fire in his first term for sharing insensitive posts and false information on social media, instituting rate increases for many services his agency provides, taking state-paid trips for personal reasons, and hiring the wife of...
Democratic candidates for Hays judge diverge on rail, water

Democratic candidates for Hays judge diverge on rail, water

The two Democratic candidates vying next month to face former Commissioner Will Conley, a Republican, in November to become the next Hays County judge are no strangers to the local election circuit. Abel Velasquez challenged the now-outgoing Judge Bert Cobb in 2014 and lost. Ruben Becerra narrowly lost to San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides by 42 votes in 2016. Now, Democratic voters will decide in the...
Playing to an audience of one, Dan Patrick doesn’t need your approval

Playing to an audience of one, Dan Patrick doesn’t need your approval

Dan Patrick has been a salesman of Paper Mate products and class rings, a local TV sportscaster and weatherman, a restaurant and nightclub owner, a conservative radio personality, an author, a filmmaker and a politician. He has attended Lutheran, Catholic and Baptist churches. He has gone by Dannie Scott Goeb, Danny Scott and Dan Patrick. He was hospitalized for depression, underwent a vasectomy live...
PolitiFact: Do Texas school districts offer sex education?

PolitiFact: Do Texas school districts offer sex education?

Houston businessman Andrew White, a Democratic aspirant for governor, said that when he’s elected, he’ll step up sex education in schools. White, speaking on Texas Public Radio, declared: “There is a large number of schools in Texas that don’t even offer sex education. Now that, to me, it’s bizarre. So we have to make these investments. If you really are serious about...
Herman: Politics, can we talk about it more please?

Herman: Politics, can we talk about it more please?

Texas, we need to talk. And we need to talk about what we talk about and what we don’t talk about. Apparently – surprisingly? – it turns out too few Texans talk about politics. A new study says that’s bad for our civic health. So, in the name of improving our civic health, please take time today get a political conversation going with somebody. Here are two suggested opening...
Abbott ad: You said ‘no’ to Wendy Davis. Now say ‘no’ to Sarah Davis.

Abbott ad: You said ‘no’ to Wendy Davis. Now say ‘no’ to Sarah Davis.

10:47 a.m. update: Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign is escalating the air war against Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis of Houston by launching a fourth commercial against the moderate renegade that likens her on the issue of abortion to her unrelated namesake, Wendy Davis. The Abbott campaign on Wednesday evening previewed the 30-second ad — which will go on TV next week — via the Texas...
Hays Court-at-Law judge faces first reelection challenge since arrest

Hays Court-at-Law judge faces first reelection challenge since arrest

The race for a Hays County Court-at-Law seat revolves around Judge David Glickler’s record: His work since joining the bench in 2015 and his arrest nearly three years ago for drunken driving. “I would encourage voters, if they can, to set aside and forgive the events of May of 2015 and look at my background, my history and my experience,” said Glickler, who is making his first bid...
Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy

Disability group threatens to sue Texas over voter registration policy

Disability rights advocates have accused state officials of violating federal law by declining to help Texans with disabilities register to vote when they receive job training from the state. Unless that policy changes, the state will be sued to force compliance with the law, lawyers for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities said in a warning letter sent Monday afternoon to the Texas Workforce...
New program expands voter registration effort at Travis County Jail

New program expands voter registration effort at Travis County Jail

The Travis County sheriff’s office on Monday began training about two dozen volunteers to help an underrepresented population register to vote — county jail inmates — as part of a new effort to increase Texas participation in elections. Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant said the vast majority of the county’s jail inmates are eligible to vote, because they are either...
New program expands voter registration effort at Travis County Jail

New program expands voter registration effort at Travis County Jail

About two dozen Travis County sheriff’s office volunteers on Monday received training to help an underrepresented population register to vote — county jail inmates — as part of a new initiative to increase Texas participation in elections. Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant said the vast majority of the county’s jail inmates are eligible to vote, either because they...
Republican candidates for Williamson County judge tout experience

Republican candidates for Williamson County judge tout experience

Both Republican candidates for Williamson County judge emphasize how much their experience with government would help them improve the county. Frank Leffingwell, a Round Rock City Council member and tax lawyer, is running against Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell in the Republican primary March 6. The winner will face Democrat Blane Conklin in the November election. Both Leffingwell and...
In race for Congress, 4 Austin Democrats echo national party debate

In race for Congress, 4 Austin Democrats echo national party debate

Texas’ sprawling 21st Congressional District was drawn to elect a Republican. After U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, announced in November that he was retiring after 30 years in office, 18 Republicans launched candidacies. The four Austin Democrats already in the race sensed opportunity. While the six Hill Country counties that make up most of the district’s territory remain as conservative...
Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ challengers nab Democratic support in HD 46 primary

Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ challengers nab Democratic support in HD 46 primary

With less than a month to go before the March 6 Democratic primary, 12-term incumbent state Rep. Dawnna Dukes has a campaign that’s deep in debt and short on buzz while her challengers gain ground among Democratic groups in the House District 46 race. Sheryl Cole, a former Austin City Council member, has gotten endorsements from notable Austin Democrats including state Sen. Kirk Watson, U.S...
Del Valle school board member takes on longtime Travis commissioner

Del Valle school board member takes on longtime Travis commissioner

A Del Valle school district board member promising to bring renewed energy will face off against longtime Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez in the Democratic primary March 6 to represent southeastern Travis County. But Susanna Woody faces an uphill battle. Gómez has the name recognition that comes with serving as the Precinct 4 commissioner since 1995. She’s surpassed Woody...
Herman: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mail ballot applications cause a stir

Herman: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mail ballot applications cause a stir

Gov. Greg Abbott is just trying to help some older folks vote. Oh sure, he hopes they’ll vote for him and that’s why his campaign staff picked out these particular older folks. But the overall goal of this effort can be couched as a helpful effort to help people vote. Maybe. I recently told you about it. Now I can tell you about how Abbott’s effort has caused woes for some local...
After standing up biz group, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lobs bombs their way

After standing up biz group, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick lobs bombs their way

In a speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in line with his brand of GOP politics, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday quoted the Bible, accused liberals of trying to turn Texas into California and joked that environmentalists have got Republicans all wrong. “Republicans and conservatives love the environment,” he said. “We love clean water, so we can...
EXCLUSIVE: George P. Bush slammed by audit over Alamo concerns

EXCLUSIVE: George P. Bush slammed by audit over Alamo concerns

On Dec. 5, the state Senate Finance Committee questioned Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the agency’s general counsel, Jeff Gordon, about the three nonprofits the General Land Office had set up to manage, promote and raise money for the Alamo — each with its own mission but with identical boards made up of Bush and 10 of the state’s most recognizable movers and shakers. What...
Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace

Four in the running for Dripping Springs area’s justice of the peace

A lawyer, a firefighter, a naval commander and an arms salesman walk into a Hays County justice of the peace race. OK, the firefighter and commander are lawyers too, much to the chagrin of the arms salesman, who emphasizes that you don’t need a law degree to be a JP. But it’s anyone’s game as Bill Davis, Robert Avera, John Burns and Jason Carter vie to replace retiring JP 4 Terry...
Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock film ‘Let Her Speak’ can’t be shot in Senate

Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock film ‘Let Her Speak’ can’t be shot in Senate

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced it once. I’m not going to let them do it again,&rdquo...
Federal trial on ending statewide election of Texas judges to begin

Federal trial on ending statewide election of Texas judges to begin

Democrats haven’t won an election to the state’s highest courts since 1994, but that record of futility could be broken as a little-noticed lawsuit heads to trial this week in a Corpus Christi federal court. Filed on behalf of seven Latino voters and an organization founded by the late civil rights activist César Chávez, the lawsuit argues that statewide elections for seats...
Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock & Co. can’t shoot Wendy Davis film in Senate

Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock & Co. can’t shoot Wendy Davis film in Senate

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber. “If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced it once. I’m not going to let them do it again,&rdquo...
Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk

Two years in, Hays County JP seeks reelection against court clerk

When Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Hernandez Moreno had her daughter baptized, she thought it would be safe to silence her phone for the short few minutes while she walked to the front of the church for the ritual. It wasn’t. She missed a call for a death inquest. “I underestimated how much that becomes a part of your life, because you’re on call 24/7,” Moreno said...
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt endorses Sheryl Cole in HD 46 race

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt endorses Sheryl Cole in HD 46 race

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is siding against longtime state Rep. Dawnna Dukes in the Democratic primary, announcing Tuesday an endorsement for Dukes’ challenger Sheryl Cole. Eckhardt, who presides over the county’s Commissioner’s Court, released a statement through Cole’s campaign, saying residents of Dukes’ House District 46 “deserve to share in the prosperity...

Judge facing complaint after outing domestic violence victim

A Dallas judge previously disciplined for 2014 comments saying a 14-year-old rape victim in her court wasn’t the “victim she claimed to be” is facing another complaint after calling out a domestic violence victim during a re-election event. The interaction happened Monday night at a candidate forum between state District Judge Jeanine Howard and her opponent in the Democratic primary...
Abbott calls for crackdown on sexual misconduct, crimes

Abbott calls for crackdown on sexual misconduct, crimes

Responding to growing reports of sexual misconduct raised by the #MeToo movement, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a series of proposals that included creating a “do not hire” list for school employees convicted of inappropriate student relationships and allowing the Texas Rangers to investigate harassment claims against state officials. The policy proposals, announced during a campaign...
Donald Trump Jr. tweets his support for George P. Bush’s re-election

Donald Trump Jr. tweets his support for George P. Bush’s re-election

Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday tweeted his support for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in his Republican primary campaign against his predecessor, Jerry Patterson, whose son is one of the pilots of Marine One, the Marine Corps helicopter that transports President Donald Trump. In the tweet, the president’s son says that, “Elections are about choices. In 2016, @GeorgePBush endorsed @realDonaldTrump...
Herman: A rough few days for Democratic governor candidate Lupe Valdez

Herman: A rough few days for Democratic governor candidate Lupe Valdez

Sometimes, political endorsements are more interesting for who doesn’t get them than for who does. In recent days, The Dallas Morning News and the Houston GLBT Political Caucus each endorsed Houston businessman Andrew White for the Democratic nomination to probably lose to GOP Gov. Greg Abbott in November. Those endorsements of White are solidly based. He’s working hard to get...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin” frame of a smiling Obama standing shoulder to shoulder...
Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to keep a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign team despite repeated complaints that he was sexually harassing a subordinate, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the situation, the Times reported that Clinton’s then-campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, recommended the firing of her faith...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.” “A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016.   The money appears to have been owed by shell companies...
REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

Noted climate-change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith — the whose district stretches into parts of Austin — saw the effects of the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May.  Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his fellow congressmen on the trip, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

WASHINGTON - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving open the possibility of a federal government shutdown toward the end of the week. "Will he sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for the border wall?"...
Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

A Republican member of Congress from Texas says that a CNN reporter should be fired for his persistent shouting of a question at President-elect Donald Trump. What’s more, CNN’s Jim Acosta should be banned from future news conferences, said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Alvin, in a tweet Thursday morning. Weber’s tweet came a day after a tense back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta at...
Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

5:30 p.m. update: The number of Williamson County residents hitting the polls Monday for the first day of early voting has surpassed the number of people who voted the first day of early voting in the 2012 presidential election. The Williamson County Elections Department reported 14,705 people have voted as of 5 p.m. compared to a total turnout of 9,223 voters on the first day of early voting in November...
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