Texas (GOP Club)

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  • Jeb Hensarling, GOP committee chairman, won't seek re-election

    11/01/2017 4:07:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 31, 2017 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said Tuesday that he has decided not to seek re-election next year and will retire from Congress at the beginning of 2019. "Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned," the Texas Republican said in a note to supporters. Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said that he has an array of issues...
  • Wendy Davis Tracking ‘Electoral Climate in Texas’ With Eye on Future Run

    10/10/2017 11:27:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 10, 2017 | Brent Scher
    Failed Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is keeping an eye on the "electoral climate in Texas" as she decides when she should make another political run, she wrote in Cosmopolitan. Davis, in a piece on how she "came back stronger after losing" by over 20 points in her 2014 run for governor, says she still has hopes to run again for office some day. "I'm trying to figure out when I should put myself back out there, and when will the electoral climate in Texas be right for me," Davis wrote. "I want to serve this state," she wrote. "I...
  • Is Ted Cruz an abrasive Trump enabler? Senate rival Beto O'Rourke says so

    10/08/2017 7:58:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 8, 2017 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau Chief
    El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke isn't betting his bid for toppling Sen. Ted Cruz entirely on backlash against President Donald Trump, or probes of Russian ties to his campaign, or his efforts to ban Muslim visitors, or deport young immigrants, or wall off the southern border. But he isn't shy about raising those topics and using them to tar the polarizing senator for his coziness with an even more polarizing figure in the White House. This being Texas, where Democrats haven't won a statewide contest since 1994, stoking misgivings about Trump may be O'Rourke's best shot at stopping Cruz from...
  • Black lawmaker kneels on House floor in solidarity with athletes

    09/25/2017 11:12:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2017 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) kneeled on the House floor Monday night to show solidarity with NFL players defying President Trump to protest police brutality. Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, blasted Trump for attacking NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games to draw attention to the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement. Then she took a knee herself. "I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor," Jackson Lee declared. "I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is...
  • U.S. top court hands win to Republicans over Texas voting maps

    09/12/2017 7:59:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a win to Republicans in Texas by putting on hold rulings that said electoral districts drawn by state lawmakers discriminated against minority voters. On a 5-4 vote, with the court’s conservatives in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, the court in a brief order blocked two different lower court decisions that found fault with both congressional districts and state legislative districts drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature. In August, a federal court in Texas struck down two Republican-drawn congressional districts saying they were discriminatory and ordering new...
  • Chelsea Clinton Rips Trump's Harvey Comments

    09/03/2017 11:05:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    NewsMax ^ | September 2, 2017 | Todd Beamon
    Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter Saturday to slam President Donald Trump's comments that the response to Hurricane Harvey has been "a wonderful thing," noting that "people lost their lives, loved ones, homes, beloved pets." Here's Clinton's post: (TWEET-AT-LINK) While visiting NRG Stadium in Houston, where nearly 2,000 people are still being sheltered, President Trump said Saturday that "I saw a lot of happiness" despite the tragedy. "As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch it, for the world to watch," he said. Trump called the response he saw to the...
  • Ted Cruz says Americans should not 'sanitize history' by taking down Confederate monuments

    08/17/2017 8:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 17, 2017 | Gromer Jeffers, Jr.
    ADDISON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that cities should not get rid of Confederate statues and monuments in order to "sanitize history." "I don't think we should go through and simply try to erase from history prior chapters, even if they were wrong," Cruz said during a news conference. "But I think that's a decision each community has to make. ... I suspect different communities will approach this decision differently." President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was disappointed with the removal of Confederate monuments, saying on Twitter that the nation's cities were losing some of their beauty.....
  • Kay Granger follows Trump’s lead, condemns violence by both sides

    08/17/2017 2:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 16, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Fort Worth Rep. Kay Granger on Wednesday lined up with President Donald Trump, condeming violence coming from “both sides” and raising concerns about a rush to remove Confederate monuments. Speaking with North Texas conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday morning, Granger was asked whether in the wake of clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters last weekend in Charlottesville, violence perpetrated by left-of-center activists was being ignored. “[W]e need to recognize it and talk about it because it’s on both sides,” said Granger, who said people on both the left and right are guilty of escalating their political activism to...
  • Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger tries to steal his tea party support (Translation: Rontards)

    08/09/2017 6:02:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | August 9, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger is working overtime to drive a wedge between the senator and his base on one of his central issues — criminal justice reform. Over the past six months, Rep. Beto O’Rourke has reached out to members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to collaborate on the issue, hosted a Facebook Live event with them to talk marijuana policy, and sought support from the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks for a criminal justice bill he introduced in the House. While O’Rourke is no stranger to working with Republicans on issues relevant to his El Paso district, the lawmaker’s...
  • A new low: Texas Democrats don't have candidate for governor

    08/09/2017 12:57:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | August 8, 2017 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas—Democrats haven't won a Texas governor's race in nearly three decades, but a booming Hispanic population and the party's dominance of the state's largest cities have made them willing to invest in the contest to keep hopes of an eventual resurgence alive. After high-profile candidates lost decisively in the last two elections, though, the party now finds itself in unprecedented territory for the 2018 ballot: with no major candidate to run. Democratic leaders haven't yet lined up a substantial name to represent the party and its message despite months of trying. Any continued faith in a Democratic turnaround in...
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to visit East Texas on Friday

    08/02/2017 3:21:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Tyler Morning Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2017 | Roy Maynard
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will be in East Texas on Friday, touring local businesses and taking part in a roundtable discussion at Tyler Junior College. “East Texas is home to many hardworking Texans and job creators that contribute significantly to the engine of Texas’ economy,” Phil Novack, a spokesman for the senator, said. “Sen. Cruz looks forward to visiting with folks in Kilgore and Tyler, listening to their concerns and discussing solutions that will help create jobs and spur economic growth for the region.” At 10 a.m., Cruz will tour the Skeeter Boats manufacturing facility in Kilgore. At 11:30 a.m.,...
  • Beto O'Rourke campaign raises $2.1M, Cruz raises $1.6M in second quarter in bid for Senate seat

    07/14/2017 9:52:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | July 13, 2017 | Caroline Kelly, Washington Correspondent
    Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke received $2.1 million in donations in the second quarter for his campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who raised $1.6 million from April to June. Although O'Rourke raised more money in the second quarter, Cruz's campaign said in an email Thursday that the former Republican presidential candidate has $5.7 million cash on hand. O'Rourke's bid is considered a long shot because reliably GOP Texas hasn't had a Democratic senator since 1994, and although he has raised funds quickly since announcing his candidacy, O'Rourke had only $535,000 in campaign funds at the end of...
  • 2 House Democrats launch long shot bid to impeach Trump

    06/07/2017 9:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Columbian ^ | June 7, 2017 | Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press
    Two House Democrats are launching a long shot bid to impeach President Donald Trump, a step that illustrates the deep political divide engulfing Washington and much of the country. The effort by Reps. Al Green of Texas and Brad Sherman of California has little chance of success in the Republican-led House. They don’t even have the backing of many fellow Democrats. Nevertheless, the lawmakers said Wednesday they are drafting articles of impeachment. They say Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Federal authorities say they have definitive...
  • State Rep. Victoria Neave arrested for DWI in Dallas

    06/07/2017 11:01:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | June 7, 2017 | Jason Whitely and Rebecca Lopez
    DALLAS -- State Representative Victoria Neave was arrested by Dallas police for driving while intoxicated overnight, sources tell WFAA. Police got a call about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday that a vehicle had struck a tree at La Vista Drive and Abrams Road in Lakewood. When officers arrived there was a woman behind the wheel. Only later did police determine it was the 36-year-old state representative. An arrest warrant states that Neave had a strong odor of alcohol on her, was unsteady, and had bloodshot eyes. Her speech was slurred and she was uncooperative with officers, the warrant says, refusing to...
  • Parscale denies help from Russia on Trump digital campaign

    06/05/2017 2:18:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | May 31, 2017 | Samantha Ehlinger
    San Antonio digital strategist Brad Parscale denied that the work he did on President Donald Trump’s campaign was intertwined “in any way shape or form” with alleged Russian operatives to use social media to influence the election. “Absolutely not,” Parscale said on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Tuesday. He emphasized that the Trump campaign got the data it used here in America. “In the United States, we actually have access to some of the best data, and the data we used on this campaign directly came from the Republican National Committee, and what they did after the 2012...
  • Dem rep: Trump WH, conservatives are attacking black women

    04/05/2017 3:28:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Wednesday that she is “stunned” President Trump and conservatives for attacking three prominent black women. In a tweet, Jackson listed American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan, fellow Democratic lawmaker Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice as black women who have come under "attack" by the Trump administration and Republicans. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Jackson’s comments come hours after the president told The New York Times in an interview that he believes Rice likely committed a crime by requesting the names of Trump transition aides during an intelligence report....
  • House Democrat calls bid to unseat Cruz key to flipping Senate

    04/01/2017 12:52:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    News Fix ^ | April 1, 2017 | CNN Wire
    (CNN) — Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke knows most people are already writing off his long-shot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, but he argues his race could be the key to flipping the Senate in 2018. “I’d like nothing more for the establishment to count us out,” O’Rourke told CNN in a phone interview from El Paso. The 44-year-old third-term House Democrat isn’t hiring pollsters or campaign consultants and is sticking with a pledge he made during his first run for the House to refuse any corporate money or donations from political action committees. He pointed to his...
  • Ted Cruz finds a way to bury Obamacare once and for all

    03/13/2017 8:06:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Blasting News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Mark Whittington
    Who would have thought that Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, would find the Gordian knot that will change the #Obamacare impasse from a grinding campaign to try to pass a repeal and replace bill that no one is entirely satisfied with? The senator seems to have found a way to avoid a filibuster entirely in the effort to reform health care reform and pass a new, free-market law. Thus far the problem has been what and what not can be included in a reconciliation bill that only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate. The bill being presented does not contain...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. dine in Dallas

    03/11/2017 2:34:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | March 11, 2017 | Hannah Davis
    DALLAS -- Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. will headline the Reagan Day Dinner hosted by the Dallas County Republican's Party Saturday evening. The event will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas and includes a meet and greet with Republican leaders and dinner. Attendees have to purchase tickets starting at $150 and going up to $25,000. This is the second meeting between the Trump family and Ted Cruz in recent weeks. Senator Cruz and his wife recently had dinner with President Trump, tweeting a photo of the Cruz family's children with the President afterwards.
  • This Day in Trump, Day 48: Dinner with the Cruz family

    03/08/2017 6:05:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 8, 2017 | Jordan Rudner, Washington Correspondent
    President Donald Trump had a busy schedule Wednesday but stayed out of the public eye and kept his tweets to a minimum. Press secretary Sean Spicer emphasized Trump’s support for the House Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tonight, the president and first lady dined with Sen. Ted Cruz, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters. And Jon Huntsman may be the next ambassador to Russia. Here’s what you need to know. Highlight of the day Trump spent most of the day in private meetings. In the morning, he met with education activist Laurene Powell Jobs, who is...