The Supreme Court draft ruling puts Texas’ Henry Cuellar in hot seat over abortion votes ahead of runoff election

The Supreme Court draft ruling puts Texas’ Henry Cuellar in hot seat over abortion votes ahead of runoff election

This post was originally published on this site When Jessica Cisneros released the first TV ad of her Democratic primary runoff last week, it highlighted how her opponent, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo, was the only House Democrat to vote against legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. “But on...

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Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 19, 2022 “Pushing for “school choice,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that...

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Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

This post was originally published on this siteWhen three red states finalized severe restrictions on abortion over consecutive days last week, they highlighted the GOP’s rising militancy on the issue — and the political and legal calculations underpinning it.

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Beto O’Rourke threads careful needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

Beto O’Rourke threads careful needle on border policy as Democrats grapple with the issue

This post was originally published on this site By James Barragán and Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 18, 2022. Beto O’Rourke had called for an end to Title 42 for months. He said the emergency health order from the federal government, which allows officials to turn away migrants at...

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Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas

Democrats are in danger of losing three congressional strongholds in South Texas

This post was originally published on this site WASHINGTON — Fending off the Republican advance in South Texas this fall was already going to be a taller-than-usual order for Democrats. But few Democrats anticipated it would be this hard. Thanks to a succession of self-inflicted choices, fallout from redistricting and...

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US food supply is being disrupted by Greg Abbott’s delivery trucks battle at Texas border: White House

US food supply is being disrupted by Greg Abbott’s delivery trucks battle at Texas border: White House

This post was originally published on this site A long trail of delivery trucks are backed up at the U.S.-Mexico border because the Texas governor is refusing to allow them to come into the United States without additional inspections by the Texas state troopers. Typically it’s the federal government that...

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Texas military says it needs another $531 million to continue controversial state border operation

Texas military says it needs another $531 million to continue controversial state border operation

Texas lawmakers approved $3 billion last year to fund Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) controversial state border mission, Operation Lone Star, but that money has already run dry, the Texas Military Department told a state Senate panel. 
The Texas Legislature allocated $412 million to the TMD for Operation Lone Star and state officials transferred over another $480 million to keep the operation going through the spring, but the military department said it will need another $531 million by May 1 to keep the mission going through the end of the fiscal year in September, The Texas Tribune reported Tuesday. State troopers are also involved in the operation.
“I think, quite frankly, you can do the same job, border security, with a lot less troops,” state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, the only Democrat on the three-person Senate Border Security Committee and a supporter of the deployment, told Texas military officials. “I really don’t understand the number of having to use 10,000 National Guard troops for border security.”
Operation Lone Star has been marred by low morale, late paydays, and questions about its effectiveness, but Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer, appointed the Texas Military Department’s new leader in March, told the committee things are getting better.
State Sen. Bob Hall (R) asked Suelzer about the rash of suicides tied to Operation Lone Star last year. Suelzer said “every suicide’s a tragedy” and “we need to do better,” but the Texas Army National Guard’s suicide death rate has been below the Pentagon and Army National Guard rate for two of the last three years. “The general omitted that the state’s worst year of the three had been 2021,” the Tribune notes, when the Texas National Guard’s suicide rate was nearly double the National Guard average nationwide.
Abbott says his operation has had success against drug trafficking and violence. But the plurality or majority of arrests from Operation Lone Star have been for misdemeanor trespassing on private property, Abbott’s solution to sidestep constitutional restrictions on states enforcing border policy, the Tribune and ProPublica reported Monday. 
Those arrests have clogged local prisons and overwhelmed the justice systems of the participating counties, leading to migrants and asylum seekers spending months in jail awaiting trial or even charges, the Tribune reports. “There is also little evidence that trespassing arrests have lowered the levels of illegal crossings, which remain at record highs along the southern U.S. border, including in the regions heavily targeted by the operation.”

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Texas and other states want to ‘boycott’ fossil fuel divestment

Texas and other states want to ‘boycott’ fossil fuel divestment

This post was originally published on this site A Texas model law was written by the head of a group that opposes climate action and takes money from fossil fuel interests. It could shift billions away from major investment firms. (Image credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP)

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