Tag Archives: Texas

Beto O’Rourke Launches 2020 Presidential Bid [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest last year. In a video released in the early hours of Thursday morning, with his wife Amy by his side, O’Rourke announced, “This is a defining moment of truth for this country,” adding what appears will …

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Beto O’Rourke: I Want To Be In It, I’m Just Born For It

From a profile published today by Vanity Fair: Beto O’Rourke seems, in this moment, like a cliff diver trying to psych himself into the jump. And after playing coy all afternoon about whether he’ll run, he finally can’t deny the pull of his own gifts. “You can probably tell that I want to run,” he finally confides, smiling. “I do. …

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Beto O’Rourke Teases Coming “Big Announcement”

ABC News reports: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke teased a “big announcement” political future as speculation grows that the former senate candidate has his sights set on the White House in 2020. His camp sent out an email blast to supporters inviting them to be the first to know about O’Rourke’s next move but did not clarify the date when the …

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TEXAS: Anti-Vax Republican State Rep Claims Measles Can Be Treated With Antibiotics (It Totally Cannot)

The Texas Observer reports: Texas state Representative Bill Zedler doesn’t understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious diseases. “When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses,” he said, listing measles, mumps and chickenpox. “They wanted me to stay at home. But as far as being sick in bed, it wasn’t anything like that,” said Zedler, an …

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REPORT: Beto To Announce 2020 WH Bid Within Weeks

The Dallas Morning News reports: Beto O’Rourke has decided not to run for Senate next year against Republican incumbent John Cornyn and likely will announce a campaign for president soon, people close to the former El Paso congressman told The Dallas Morning News Wednesday. Numerous people close to O’Rourke said they expect him to announce his presidential campaign within weeks. …

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TEXAS: Judge Tosses Suit Seeking To Stop Houston From Paying Same-Sex Spousal Benefits, Appeal Likely

The Texas Tribune reports: A Houston judge has thrown out the six-year-old lawsuit a pair of Houston taxpayers filed to keep the city from paying spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of municipal employees. But the long-running legal saga is long from over, according to the side that was handed a loss this week. The lawsuit dates back to 2013, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Beto O’Rourke Hosts Anti-Trump Rally

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke are speaking less than half a mile — but worlds apart — from each other on Monday night. And hours before the dueling El Paso events, the president started in on his potential 2020 challenger. “We have a line that is very long already, I’m mean you see what’s going on,” …

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TEXAS: Beto O’Rourke To Speak At Anti-Trump March Across The Street From Trump’s El Paso Cultist Rally

CBS News reports: Potential 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke will speak at a march Monday in his hometown of El Paso against President Trump’s proposed border wall, O’Rourke said Friday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and O’Rourke is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., the same time Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” rally is set to start. …

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TEXAS: Christian Hate Group Launches New Campaign Claiming That LGBT Rights Laws Literally Ban The Bible

Fort Worth’s NBC affiliate reports: Controversy at the Texas capitol is heating up again over what some are calling “Ban the Bible” bills. #Banthebible is popping up online. It also came up this week at a Carrollton city council meeting when the city became the latest to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ people. The “Ban the Bible” campaign was …

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Texas Man Dies After Vaping Pen Explodes [VIDEO]

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: A 24-year-old Fort Worth man died last month after his vape pen exploded in his face, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. William Brown was at a vaporizer store in Keller when it happened. His grandmother, Alice Brown, said he had just purchased the device and was using it for the first time …

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TEXAS: Court Rules Families Of Mass Shooting Victims Can Sue Gun Shop That Sold High-Capacity Magazine

The Dallas Morning News reports: A Texas judge has decided that victims and families of the Sutherland Springs church massacre can sue the sporting goods store where the shooter purchased his gun and ammunition. In a case that could have implications for gun laws here and across the country, Bexar County District Court Judge Karen Pozza on Monday denied Academy …

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TEXAS: Wedding Venue Rejects Gay Couple Because Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t In “God’s Design” [VIDEO]

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Aaron Lucero and Jeff Cannon wanted a country wedding. They say they still do, even after what they thought was their dream venue turned them away. “It’s still the idea,” Lucero, 29, told McClatchy. “Planning your wedding is supposed to be this joyous, happy moment in your lives, and this was so jarring because it …

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Texas County GOP: “Leftism” Caused The Holocaust

The Houston Chronicle reports: The Harris County Republican Party on Sunday stirred up controversy after the group blamed the Holocaust on “leftism” in a public Facebook post. “Leftism kills,” the group wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post published on Sunday, Holocaust Remembrance Day. “In memory of the 6 million Jews lost to Nazi hatred in the name of National Socialism. …

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TEXAS: Unpaid NASA Employees Asked To Scrub Toilets

The Houston Chronicle reports: The 200 employees at NASA’s Johnson Space Center being asked to work without pay as shutdown surpasses the one month mark now are being asked to do something else for free: clean the bathrooms. A NASA manager tweeted Thursday a photo of a sign asking for volunteers to clean up the bathrooms once a week until …

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TEXAS: Two Men Charged With Federal Hate Crimes After Using Grindr To Lure, Beat, And Rob Gay Men

The Dallas Morning News reports: Two men have been charged with federal hate crimes for using the Grindr app to lure at least nine gay men to a vacant Dallas apartment where they allegedly beat, robbed, threatened and humiliated them, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Daniel Jenkins, 19, and Michael Atkinson, 24, committed the armed assaults during the first …

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TODAY: Julian Castro Launches 2020 WH Campaign

Reuters reports: Texas Democrat Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor who went on to be the top U.S. housing official, was expected to formally announce his White House bid on Saturday, the first Hispanic in what looks to be a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. Castro, 44, the grandson …

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Politico: Beto O’Rourke Is “Leaning Toward Running”

Politico reports: Beto O’Rourke is leaning toward running for president, according to four people who have spoken with him or his advisers in recent days. But for a presidential contender, his radio silence is becoming increasingly awkward. In Iowa and New Hampshire — where Democrats are accustomed to being courted aggressively by presidential contenders — calls from Democratic Party organizers …

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“Fake News MAGA” Sign Found At Holocaust Museum

The San Antonio Express News reports: A yard sign displaying two of President Donald Trump’s oft-used phrases, “Fake News,” and “#MAGA” — with an arrow pointing to the marquee of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio — was removed Tuesday morning from the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, officials said. The sign was placed so its arrow …

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TEXAS: World’s First “Christian Airline” To Launch

The Christian Post reports: Christians traveling around the world and locally for mission trips and religious tours may soon be able to kiss lost luggage and baggage fees goodbye as Judah 1, an aviation ministry out of Texas is set to become the world’s first Christian airline. The ministry announced that the FAA had accepted their application to switch from …

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Waiting Game: Beto’s In No Hurry To Declare For 2020

The Associated Press reports: If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O’Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait. The outgoing Texas congressman’s team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he’d like to parlay a surprisingly close loss to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz into …

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