Tag Archives: Texas

San Antonio Mayor: Atheism Causes Poverty [VIDEO]

The San Antonio Current reports: At an April 3rd mayoral candidate forum, Mayor Ivy Taylor shared her surprising views on systemic poverty in San Antonio. To her, the “broken people” facing poverty just have a bad relationship with God. Now, weeks after the forum, a video of her answer has gone viral. The video shows Taylor and fellow candidate Councilman ...

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TEXAS: Court Rules Republican Lawmakers Intentionally Diluted Minority Clout When Drawing US House Districts

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted the political clout of minority voters in drawing the state’s House districts, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday. In a long-awaited ruling, the San Antonio-based judges found that lawmakers in 2011 either violated the U.S. Constitution or the Voting Rights Act by intentionally diluting the strength of minority voters statewide and ...

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TEXAS: Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Orders State To Pay $600K In Legal Fees To Marriage Equality Plaintiffs

The Dallas News reports: Two Texas couples who fought to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage were awarded more than $600,000 in attorneys fees and other costs, a federal appeals court decided this week. Mark Phariss and husband Vic Holmes and Cleopatra DeLeon and wife Nicole Dimetman waged a years-long legal battle to do away with Texas’ anti-gay-marriage laws. ...

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TEXAS: 61% Oppose Trump’s Proposed Border Wall

The Hill reports: Sixty-one percent of adult citizens living in Texas oppose President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a poll the nonprofit, nonpartisan Texas Lyceum released Tuesday. Thirty-five percent of Texas citizens in the survey favor constructing Trump’s long-promised barrier, which he says will reduce illegal immigration into the U.S. Pollsters found 50 percent believe Trump ...

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TEXAS: New Tourism Study Pegs Potential Annual Bathroom Bill Losses At $3.3B And 35,000 Jobs

The San Antonio Express-News reports: A proposed law to prevent transgender Texans from using bathrooms tied to their gender identity could cost the state more than $3 billion in annual tourism business, according to an economic impact study published Monday. The state’s nearly $129 billion tourism industry would take a $3.3 billion hit each year and see an annual loss ...

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TEXAS: Pizzagate Inventor Mike Cernovich Claims He Was Sucker-Punched At Anti-Trump Protest [VIDEO]

The Inquisitr reports: Mike Cernovich, a prominent figure on social media among the alt-right (although he has taken to describing himself as “new right” lately), has reportedly become the latest member of the alt-right to be punched in the face at an anti-Trump demonstration. According to a report by AOL News, Cernovich was attending the anti-Trump “Tax March” rally in ...

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TEXAS: Republican Bill Would Rescind All Local LGBT Right Ordinances And Ban Any New Ones

Relentless hatred. The Houston Chronicle reports: Entering the fray over where transgender Texans can use public bathrooms, a far-reaching bill that a powerful House committee is scheduled to hear next week would rescind several local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT people from discrimination. The one-page proposal, House Bill 2899, would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances and would ...

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TEXAS: State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Judges And Elected Officials To Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports: Legislators in the nation’s largest conservative state of Texas sought Tuesday to chip away at the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, voting to let county judges and other elected officials recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses if they have personal religious objections. The bill won preliminary approval in the Senate 21-10, with full Republican ...

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TEXAS: Federal Court Rules State’s Voter ID Law Was Written To Intentionally Discriminate Against Minorities

The Austin Statesman reports: The Texas voter ID law was enacted in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against minority voters, a federal judge ruled Monday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos followed a July decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the law had a disproportionate impact on minority voters because they ...

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Tony Perkins Exploits End Of NCAA’s North Carolina Boycott To Press For Texas Anti-Trans Hate Law

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: It would appear the NCAA is beginning to address the question that NCAA’s Mark Emmert raised in his press conference last week at the Final Four: ‘what’s the appropriate role for a national athletic association in public policy issues?’ The NCAA’s latest decision to accept the slight modifications the North Carolina ...

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GOP US House Rep On Food Stamps: The Bible Says If You’re Unemployed, You Don’t Get To Eat [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: One lawmaker is citing a godly reference to justify changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Tex.) quoted the New Testament to question the strength of current work requirements. The biblical passage, 2 Thessalonians 3-10, was a rebuttal to one of the hearing’s expert witnesses, a representative of the Jewish anti-hunger group MAZON. ...

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TEXAS: Homocon Horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez Launches Chapter Of Anti-LGBT Hate Group Mass Resistance

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports: Mass Resistance, a longtime anti-LGBT hate group based in Massachusetts, has been slowly expanding over the past few years. It currently claims an affiliate in Nebraska and chapters in Maine, Colorado, Missouri, California, Virginia, Nigeria and, now, Texas. According to the Mass Resistance website, the Texas chapter was started and is headed by Robert ...

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TEXAS: Pastors Present “Texas Toilet Seat Award” To Ten Senators For Opposing Bathroom Bill [VIDEO]

From the right wing Empower Texas: Opening up the press conference-style award ceremony was Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Pastor F.N. Williams, who said, “I never thought in my lifetime, that I would have to stand up, speak out, and even become the plaintiff in a lawsuit against our mayor to protect women and girls when they are using their restrooms, ...

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TEXAS: GOP House Speaker Blocks Bathroom Bill

The Austin Statesman reports: Flexing his parliamentary muscle and flashing his antipathy to efforts to regulate the use of bathrooms by transgender people, House Speaker Joe Straus prevented amendments on the matter from reaching the House floor on Tuesday. In a showdown with his most socially conservative members, Speaker Joe Straus ended debate on a bill about the fate of ...

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TEXAS: Attorney General Ken Paxton Leads 13-State Coalition In Brief Defending Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

The Dallas News reports: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order. In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power ...

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Rick Perry Accuses Texas A&M Of Rigging Student Body President Election In Favor Of Gay Winner

The Houston Chronicle reports: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor and Texas A&M University Aggies Yell Leader, said Wednesday the election of the first openly gay president of the institution’s student body was “stolen” and that the student who had the most votes was disqualified through a process that “made a mockery of due process and transparency.” ...

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Texas A&M Elects Gay Student Body President

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas A&M University’s first openly gay student body president is set to take office next month, marking a milestone for the largest public university in the state. Bobby Brooks, an economics junior at the flagship campus in College Station, was elected by A&M students as the university’s 74th student body president March 9. In an interview ...

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Thousands Shout Down GOP Rep. Pete Sessions After He Complains “You Don’t Know How To Listen” [VIDEO]

The Dallas News reports: Thousands of boisterous, angry North Texans on Saturday challenged Rep. Pete Sessions to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They also asked him to seriously investigate Russia’s tampering in the 2016 presidential race and to squash President Donald Trump’s controversial budget proposal. But at the contentious town hall meeting at Richardson High School, a ...

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DALLAS: Man Demands Answers After Husband Dies While 911 System Is Flooded With “Ghost Calls”

The Dallas Morning News reports: David Taffet came home last week to find his husband, Brian Cross, a little disoriented. Cross hadn’t eaten yet, so Taffet made him some dinner. But after he ate, Cross lay down, went to sleep and started snoring. Then Cross suddenly stopped snoring. The 52-year-old, whom Taffet met at a protest against the Defense of ...

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TEXAS: Teabagger Former House Rep. Steve Stockman Dragged Away In Handcuffs For Embezzlement

Houston’s NBC affiliate reports: Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed. He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It’s ...

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