Elections


Democratic governor candidate Valdez owes $12,000 in property taxes

Lupe Valdez, who on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for governor, owes more than $12,000 in property taxes on seven different properties in two counties, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Valdez’s campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez acknowledged that Valdez owes the money and said she is paying it back in monthly installments. “Sheriff Valdez has made arrangements...


Central Texas congressional matchups take shape

Central Texas congressional matchups take shape

21st Congressional District In a district that includes swaths of Central and South Austin, as well as the north side of San Antonio and six Hill Country counties, Chip Roy, the former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and former first assistant attorney general under Attorney General Ken Paxton, defeated Matt McCall, who lives in Boerne and owns a business that provides human tissue...
Herman: Time for the look-at-me candidate to look ahead

Herman: Time for the look-at-me candidate to look ahead

In the end, as loser Andrew White sees it, “look at me” beat “listen to me” as Democrats, the relatively few who showed up to vote, picked former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez as their November candidate against GOP Gov. Greg Abbott. “It’s been an odd race,” White told me two hours before the polls closed as we sat in the garage apartment that served as...
Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

Election Digest: Lawyer edges out associate judge in 459th court race

TRAVIS COUNTY Attorney wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary Maya Guerra Gamble has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. In a close race, Guerra Gamble earned 25,122 votes, 51 percent, to Aurora Martinez Jones’ 23,962 votes. Turnout in Travis County for the primary runoffs was just 8.5 percent, compared with 21 percent in March for...
Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener win Democratic runoffs in Texas House races

Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener win Democratic runoffs in Texas House races

Former Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole narrowly defeated immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela in the Democratic runoff to replace embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes Tuesday night. With all precincts reporting, Cole pulled in 4,967 votes, or 50.9 percent, and Vela, earned 4,794 votes, or 49.1 percent. Cole will oppose Republican Gabriel Nila, a public school teacher, in November...
Democrat Julie Oliver to face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in November

Democrat Julie Oliver to face U.S. Rep. Roger Williams in November

Democrat Julie Oliver has clinched her party’s nomination in the fight to unseat U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, in the 25th Congressional District. Oliver won 52.2 percent of the vote to Chris Perri’s 47.8 percent. The district stretches from Wimberley to almost Fort Worth and includes Lakeway, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and other Austin neighborhoods. RELATED: Central Texas congressional...
Hegar wins Democratic nomination in 31st Congressional District

Hegar wins Democratic nomination in 31st Congressional District

Democrat Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar defeated Christine Eady Mann in the runoff for their party’s nomination, with 62.2 percent of the vote. Hegar, 42, of Round Rock, is an author and public speaker. She also is a former Air Force pilot who was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured in an ambush in Afghanistan. Mann, 53, of Leander, is a family practice physician. RELATED: Central...
Toth defeats Davidson in GOP race for 3rd Court of Appeals

Toth defeats Davidson in GOP race for 3rd Court of Appeals

Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, defeated longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Toth, who entered the runoff having raised more than three times more campaign money than Davidson, had 52.8 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting Tuesday night. Toth emerged...
Erin Zwiener defeats Rebecca Bell-Metereau in House District 45 runoff

Erin Zwiener defeats Rebecca Bell-Metereau in House District 45 runoff

9:30 p.m. update: Writer Erin Zwiener garnered enough election day results Tuesday to defeat Texas State University professor Rebecca Bell-Metereau in the Texas House District 45 Democratic runoff. Bell-Metereau had 2,783 votes, or 48.6 percent, while Zwiener had 2,946, or 51.4 percent of votes. Zwiener’s narrow win means she will face Republican nominee Ken Strange, who serves on the Wimberley...
Democrat Mike Siegel to face U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in November

Democrat Mike Siegel to face U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in November

Mike Siegel clinched the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District and will challenge U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, in November. Siegel won 70 percent of the vote to Tawana Walter-Cadien’s 30 percent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff. Walter-Cadien is a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Siegel, is an Austin assistant...
John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns wins race for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

John Burns has won the Republican nomination for Hays County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, according to unofficial final results posted Tuesday night. Burns won with 1,102 votes, nearly 66 percent, to Robert Avera’s 570. The pair were running to replace retiring justice of the peace Terry Kyle; a Democratic candidate did not run for that party’s nomination. Just 9,307 voters, 3.79...
Valdez defeats White in Democratic runoff for governor

Valdez defeats White in Democratic runoff for governor

Lupe Valdez defeated Andrew White in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial runoff election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Valdez won 227,141 votes, or 53.2 percent, to 200,205, or 46.8 percent for White. “Texas is changing,” Valdez told an ebullient victory celebration in a room at Ellen’s, a restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine in downtown Dallas. “Look...
Boles to run as GOP candidate in Wilco Commissioner Precinct 4 race

Boles to run as GOP candidate in Wilco Commissioner Precinct 4 race

10:20 p.m. update: Russ Boles won the runoff election Tuesday and will be the Republican candidate running for Williamson County Commissioner, Precinct 4, final return numbers show. Results from all 64 polling locations in Williamson County show Boles obtained 1,569 votes, or 59 percent. Rival Bobby Seiferman received 1,091 votes, or 41 percent. Boles, 50, will now face Democrat Carlos Salinas in...
Vikki Goodwin wins Democratic nod in Travis County legislative race

Vikki Goodwin wins Democratic nod in Travis County legislative race

10:22 p.m. update: With all precincts counted Tuesday night, real estate broker Vikki Goodwin easily defeated retiree association leader Elaina Fowler in the Democratic race in Texas House District 47. Goodwin earned 4,638 votes, or 58 percent, and Fowler got 3,359 votes, or 42 percent. Goodwin will face state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, in the November general election. RELATED: Cole, Goodwin, Zwiener...
Maya Guerra Gamble wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary

Maya Guerra Gamble wins Travis County Democratic 459th court primary

Maya Guerra Gamble has won the Democratic nomination for Travis County’s new 459th Civil District Court. In a close race, Guerra Gamble earned 25,122 votes, 51 percent, to Aurora Martinez Jones’ 23,962 votes. Turnout in Travis County for the primary runoffs was just 8.5 percent, compared with 21 percent in March for the regular primary election. Martinez Jones, an associate judge, emerged...
Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup

Joseph Kopser to face Chip Roy in 21st Congressional District matchup

Update 10:15 p.m.: Chip Roy has won the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District. He will face Joseph Kopser, the winner of the Democratic nomination, in the November general election. Roy won 52.7 percent of the vote and Kopser won 58 percent of the vote in their respective primaries. RELATED: Central Texas congressional matchups take shape Update 9:45 p.m.: The Associated Press has...
Cindy Allen beats Sherry Cook in Bastrop justice of the peace 1 race

Cindy Allen beats Sherry Cook in Bastrop justice of the peace 1 race

8:20 p.m. update: Cindy Allen has won the Republican nomination for Bastrop County Precinct 1 justice of the peace, results showed Tuesday evening. Allen, a business owner and former municipal judge, won with 634 votes, or 58.7 percent. Rival Sherry Cook received 446 votes, or 41.3 percent. All ten precincts in Bastrop had reported complete results by 8:15 p.m. In total, 4,154 out of 45,772 voters...
Sheryl Cole defeats Chito Vela in HD 46 runoff

Sheryl Cole defeats Chito Vela in HD 46 runoff

10:28 p.m. update: With all precincts reporting, Sheryl Cole has narrowly clinched the Democratic nomination in Texas House District 46 against Jose “Chito” Vela. Cole, a former Austin City Council member, won 4,967 votes, or 50.9 percent, and Vela, an immigration attorney, garnered 4,794 votes, or 49.1 percent. The overall voter turnout in the district was on par with the county&rsquo...
Four races to watch in Tuesday’s runoff elections

Four races to watch in Tuesday’s runoff elections

Runoff elections, ending the 2018 primary season, are being held Tuesday across the state. The polls are open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Voters can participate in a runoff if they participated in that party’s primary or didn’t vote at all in the primary. Here are four races to watch.: Valdez v. White: Who will Democrats nominate as their candidate to take on Gov. Greg Abbott in the fall &mdash...
Herman: Gubernatorial win for Valdez or White would be history-making

Herman: Gubernatorial win for Valdez or White would be history-making

Sometime Tuesday night the relatively few ballots will be tallied and we’ll bid a political farewell, possibly for all time, to one of the two contenders for the gubernatorial nomination of the once-great Democratic Party of Texas. The winner will advance to an upmountain (which is even steeper than uphill) battle with GOP Gov. Greg Abbott in November. So let’s pause to note the history...
Texas Democrats’ question: which governor candidate can help ticket?

Texas Democrats’ question: which governor candidate can help ticket?

Magda Gonzales has dreamt about Lupe Valdez. In the dream, Valdez is campaigning in the border community of El Cenizo, a one-time colonia 16 miles south of Laredo where Gonzales lives, and Gonzales is vainly running all over the barely half-square-mile city of about 800 households trying to find Valdez and get a picture with her. Wednesday night, at a lively rally at the Pan American Courts food truck...
Texas objects to proposed motor-voter fixes

Texas objects to proposed motor-voter fixes

After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans easily register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license on the Department...

Williamson County Democrats square off in congressional runoff

The two Democratic candidates in the primary runoff for the 31st Congressional District, which encompasses fast-growing suburbs north of Austin and stretches north to Fort Hood, seem determined to say nothing critical — or really much of anything — about each other. Mary Jennings Hegar, known as “MJ,” an author and former military helicopter pilot, and Christine Eady Mann,...
Toth, Davidson in GOP runoff for Austin appeals court

Toth, Davidson in GOP runoff for Austin appeals court

Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of the vote to Davidson’s 31.8 percent, and both candidates say their backgrounds have prepared them...
Proposed motor-voter fixes go too far, Texas tells U.S. judge

Proposed motor-voter fixes go too far, Texas tells U.S. judge

After losing a legal fight over the way Texas handles online voter registration, state lawyers are arguing that fixes proposed by a civil rights group go too far and should be rejected. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio had given both sides until Thursday to submit plans that will let Texans simultaneously register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license on the Department...
GOP runoff for Austin appeals court focuses on experience, money

GOP runoff for Austin appeals court focuses on experience, money

Longtime Austin lawyer Donna Davidson and Mike Toth, part of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s inner circle, are squaring off in the Republican primary runoff for a seat on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals. Early voting ends Friday and election day is Tuesday. Toth emerged from the four-way March primary with 39.2 percent of the vote to Davidson’s 31.8 percent, and both candidates...
A house divided: Central Texas families who cast opposite votes

A house divided: Central Texas families who cast opposite votes

Two years ago, as the campaign for president ran piping hot, Leeanner Burnell, a 63-year-old native Austinite who tends to vote Democratic, bought a gift for her husband, Edward Burnell, 77, a die-hard Republican: a bottle of Trump-branded cologne. “We agree to disagree,” Leeanner Burnell said. “But politics shouldn’t separate anybody.” In these hyperpartisan times...
Mexico frontrunner could stymie U.S. cooperation on cartels, migration

Mexico frontrunner could stymie U.S. cooperation on cartels, migration

The man who comfortably leads the pack in the race for Mexico’s presidency launched his campaign along the Mexico-Texas border, a few hundred yards from the border wall that has bolstered his candidacy. The location was no coincidence. “Neither Mexico nor its people will be the piñata of any foreign government,” Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador proclaimed in Ciudad...
Though runoff is still ahead, Andrew White focuses on Greg Abbott

Though runoff is still ahead, Andrew White focuses on Greg Abbott

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White offered a preview Wednesday night of how he’d run against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, though White has one hurdle to clear before the pair can appear on the same ballot in November: his primary opponent, Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff. At a Lake Travis Democrats-sponsored event that drew more than 100 people Wednesday, White hit...
Valdez, White raise little in low-budget race to face Gov. Abbott

Valdez, White raise little in low-budget race to face Gov. Abbott

Since late February, Lupe Valdez has out-raised Andrew White for the first time in their race for the Democratic nomination for governor, but it was a lot closer than initially believed after her campaign corrected mistakes in a finance report that overstated her contribution totals. As of May 12, White had nearly nine times as much cash on hand heading into the May 22 runoff. He said Tuesday his...
After dismal early voting turnout, Travis County clerk asks voters: ‘Where are you???’

After dismal early voting turnout, Travis County clerk asks voters: ‘Where are you???’

Reporting on the dismal turnout during the first day of early voting for the Texas primary runoff election, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir posed an urgent question to voters: “Where are you???” This is the question DeBeauvoir opened with as she announced Tuesday on Facebook that “an underwhelming 1.31 (percent) of registered voters cast ballots” on the first...
Valdez outraises White, but he has more money to spend in final sprint

Valdez outraises White, but he has more money to spend in final sprint

The Lupe Valdez campaign for governor outraised Andrew White’s campaign since late February, but White entered the last days before next Tuesday’s runoff with nearly four times as much money to spend. According to the Valdez campaign, it raised $208,000 between Feb. 25 and May 12, spent $88,000, had $115,000 in the bank and had $20,000 in outstanding loans. Those numbers will be contained...
Herman: Lupe Valdez and ‘newspaper language’

Herman: Lupe Valdez and ‘newspaper language’

Meepzat nipzor, kunder Pflugerville zingo calamari rondo kronanian. Oops. Sorry. Forgive me for slipping into the patois of my people, the jargon of journalism, a mysterious vocabulary branded recently by a Texas gubernatorial candidate as “newspaper language.” Frankly, I didn’t know there was such a thing. But Democrat Lupe Valdez, during the May 11 debate with runoff foe Andrew...
Kopser, Roy have big cash advantages over rivals in CD 21 runoffs

Kopser, Roy have big cash advantages over rivals in CD 21 runoffs

Joseph Kopser has a 23-1 cash advantage over Mary Wilson going into the homestretch of their runoff race for the Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District. On the Republican side, Chip Roy has a nearly 3-1 cash advantage over rival Matt McCall, campaign finance reports show. The numbers reflect the latest fundraising totals for each campaign in reports for the period from April 1 to...
What you should know about early voting for Texas primary runoffs

What you should know about early voting for Texas primary runoffs

Early voting for Texas primary runoff elections started Monday and will continue through Friday — no voting will occur on the weekend. Election day for the runoffs is May 22. You might be asking: Didn’t we just have an election? Yes, Central Texas voters went to the polls earlier this month, on May 5, to pick a slew of candidates to serve on school boards and city councils. But...
TODAY: Early voting for primary runoff elections begins, runs through Friday

TODAY: Early voting for primary runoff elections begins, runs through Friday

Early voting for Texas primary runoff elections start Monday and will continue through Friday – no voting will occur on the weekend. The formal Election Day for the runoffs is on May 22. You might be asking: Didn’t we just have an election? Yes, on March 6, Texans voted in primary races for statewide and federal offices. But in dozens of those races, no candidate won more than 50 percent...
Two Democrats vie for opportunity to challenge Rep. Michael McCaul

Two Democrats vie for opportunity to challenge Rep. Michael McCaul

A familiar challenger and a political newcomer are battling for the Democratic nomination in a race to see who will face Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in the vast 10th Congressional District that stretches from Austin almost to Houston. Tawana Walter-Cadien, a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Mike Siegel, an Austin assistant city attorney, are vying...
Valdez holds her own debating White, but questions on readiness remain

Valdez holds her own debating White, but questions on readiness remain

Lupe Valdez and Andrew White held their one and only debate Friday night in the campaign to earn the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott in November. Each of the candidates held their own, which was welcome news for supporters of Valdez, the front-runner whose sometimes shaky performances in answering questions on the campaign trail had raised doubts about whether she was well-versed...
Herman: A candidate running for a job he once couldn’t spell

Herman: A candidate running for a job he once couldn’t spell

Would you want a governor who once had trouble spelling governor? How about one who couldn’t remember his fourth-grade teacher’s name? Everybody remembers their fourth-grade teacher’s name, don’t they? And folks who want to be governor should be able to spell governor, particularly if they had a parent who had been governor. During a recent Austin stop, Democratic gubernatorial...
Judge gives Texas 1 week to fix motor-voter law violation

Judge gives Texas 1 week to fix motor-voter law violation

A federal judge has given state officials one week to create a plan to allow Texans to automatically register to vote when they go online to obtain or renew a driver’s license. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia last month issued a one-page ruling warning state officials that Texas’ online practices violate the “motor voter” provisions of the National Voter Registration Act...
Republican runoff in CD 27 reflects party’s political dynamic

Republican runoff in CD 27 reflects party’s political dynamic

The Republican runoff race in Congressional District 27, which sprawls along the Texas coast and takes in parts of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties, is emblematic of the current political dynamic within the Republican Party. Bech Bruun, a 39-year-old Corpus Christi native, has worked his way through an array of state jobs, including in the administrations of Govs. Greg Abbott and Rick Perry, most recently...
Herman: The whole world won’t be watching Friday’s Democratic debate

Herman: The whole world won’t be watching Friday’s Democratic debate

It’s not exactly “Friday Night Lights.” In fact, one crueler than I might call it “Friday Night Lightweights,” a debate between two Democratic gubernatorial candidates battling for the honor of being a prohibitive underdog in November. But as a member of the civic chorus that called for this debate, I’m looking forward to it. That — in addition to other things...
Forum reveals few differences between Cole, Vela on economic issues

Forum reveals few differences between Cole, Vela on economic issues

A forum focused on business and economic issues largely revealed little daylight Wednesday between Texas House District 46 Democratic candidates Sheryl Cole and Jose “Chito” Vela. That daylight, though, shone brightly in their answers to the first question: How much money should the state place in the Texas Enterprise Fund, a “deal-closing” fund that encourages companies to...
Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules

Trump can't block people on Twitter, judge rules

A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump can’t block people from his Twitter feed because doing so would violate their First Amendment rights, according to multiple reports. The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and others, Reuters...
Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

After months of speculation, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election come November, ending a two-decade career in Congress. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a journey well worth taking to be able to do my part to strengthen the American idea,” Ryan said. “That pursuit is never ending. Much work remains, but I like to think I...
Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

WASHINGTON - The White House released a photo Friday of its spring 2018 interns - and the internet quickly noted a lack of people of color. One reaction on Twitter: "I missed the fall intern photo, but last summer and this spring, the White House had a combined 206 interns. Among them: 3 black men. 0 black women. Out of 206." Another person tweeted: "The White House intern photo is...
Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle in response to an attack earlier this month on a former spy in the United Kingdom.
FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

The FBI investigated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury last year amid allegations that he misled lawmakers about his contacts with Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple reports. The investigation into Sessions started before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with probing Russian efforts to meddle in the election...
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

  Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, according to multiple reports. The subpoena is the first directly connected to one of Trump’s businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. The...
Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Russia probe

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and longtime aide to President Donald Trump, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview Tuesday as part of the group’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Associated Press reported that Hicks, who tends to shy away from the public eye, arrived at a rear entrance to...
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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 Manigault 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. Update Dec 13, 2017 8:44 PM EST: Manigault Newman's departure came after a dust-up with...
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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