Did Gov. Greg Abbott hire an armed paramilitary group to run security on a recent campaign stop?
That’s what Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, is trying to find out through two open records requests. The stop in question was held on July 15 in McAllen. When he stopped into the border town for lunch, the Rio Grande Guardian reported that the “Texas State Militia and McAllen Police Department were outside of the restaurant observing the protest.”
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SAN ANTONIO — A Dallas state representative said in federal court that there was a lack of a legislative process during the 2013 special session that redrew some of Texas’ electoral maps under court order.
“As a legislator, when we are trying to solve a problem … generally what we’ll do is bring in people who have a stake in the situation,” said Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas. “I don’t recall anything like that happening in 2013 with respect to redistricting.
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Two court rulings, one last month about how state legislators redrew congressional districts in 2011 and one this week about the restrictive voter ID law adopted that same year, stand a good chance of landing Texas back under required federal review of any future changes in its election laws or procedures.
Think about that. We’d need Washington’s blessing on almost every aspect of our elections.
We’ve been there before — for decades.
We only got off the federal review list when the Supreme Court struck a match to it in 2013, ruling that the Voting Rights Act procedure for determining who was on the list was so outdated as to be unfair.
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This afternoon, the United States District Court in the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division, ruled again that that the Texas Legislature acted with “discriminatory purpose” in passage of SB 14 in 2011, the state’s photo voter ID law.
Recently, a three-judge federal court in San Antonio issued a long-awaited ruling on the U.S. Congressional District map drawn by the 82nd Legislature in 2011. As House (more…)