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  • Texas runoff election: Will Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan hang onto his seat? (today!)

    05/28/2024 3:46:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    Fox 7 Austin ^ | 5/27/24 | John Krinjak
    Will Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan hang onto his seat? And will Gov. Greg Abbott succeed in ousting Republicans who blocked his school choice voucher plan? Those are the big questions on the eve of Tuesday’s primary runoff elections in Texas. In order to keep his speakership, Phelan first has to win his primary runoff race in his home district Tuesday against GOP challenger David Covey. "It is a real knife fight there on the coast," said Scott Braddock, editor of Former President Trump has endorsed Covey, and Attorney General Ken Paxton blasted Phelan on social media Monday, exactly...
  • Texas runoffs put Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales, state's GOP House speaker in middle of party feud (today!)

    05/28/2024 3:38:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 5/28/24 | Him Vertuno
    U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas is out to save his job Tuesday in a GOP primary runoff that has put rifts within the party on display. Gonzales, who has clashed with some of his hard-right colleagues in Washington and drawn a rebuke from the state party, is in a race against Brandon Herrera, a gun-rights YouTube creator with more than 3 million followers. Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan also faces a tough challenge that could see him ousted from his powerful seat, upending the Republican-controlled Legislature. Phelan angered conservatives for leading the 2023 impeachment of state Attorney General Ken...
  • TOMORROW! Runoff elections in Texas

    05/27/2024 12:43:38 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    If you live in Texas and haven't already voted, go vote tomorrow! Let's hope Speaker Phelan gets the boot!
  • Texas Supreme Court considers case asking for personhood for frozen embryos

    05/26/2024 3:51:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 26, 2024 | Nancy Flanders
    The Texas Supreme Court is considering whether or not to take up the case of Caroline Antoun who is seeking personhood for her frozen embryos. The embryos are currently the property of Antoun’s ex-husband, Gaby Antoun, as the IVF contract had stated he would get custody in the event of a divorce. Antoun, however, is asking that the embryos be considered persons and placed in her custody. The former couple had welcomed twins through IVF and kept three remaining embryos frozen. Antoun said she did not fully understand the gravity of the contract she had signed regarding embryo custody and...
  • Trump rakes in millions at Texas fundraisers, promising pipelines and fracking

    05/24/2024 2:47:18 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2024 | Arathy Somasekhar
    HOUSTON, May 23 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised tens of millions of dollars during a fundraising swing through Texas this week, promising he would support the oil and gas industry by backing new pipelines and restoring fracking on federal land. [cut] A Houston fundraiser on Wednesday was hosted by oil billionaires Jeff Hildebrand, founder of Hilcorp Energy, the largest closely held U.S. oil firm; George Bishop, founder of GeoSouthern Energy; Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources; and Kelcy Warren, head of pipeline firm Energy Transfer Partners. Trump drew standing ovations when he promised to get more natural...
  • Top Republicans call for House Speaker Dade Phelan’s ouster at GOP convention (runoff election Tuesday!)

    05/24/2024 3:31:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/23/24 | Cayla Harris, Benjamin Wermund
    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton railed against House Speaker Dade Phelan at the Texas Republican Party’s convention Thursday in San Antonio, predicting voters would oust him in Tuesday’s primary runoff election. Phelan is fighting to keep his political career alive in a contentious race against oil and gas consultant David Covey. Patrick, Paxton and Texas GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi have all been instrumental in the campaign to unseat Phelan, a five-term Republican from Beaumont, and have derided him as a fake Republican who has handed too much power to Democrats.
  • Uvalde Families Sue State Police, School District for Response to School Shooting

    05/23/2024 9:26:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2024 | Elizabeth Findell
    Two years after 19 fourth-graders and two teachers died, families and survivors also announce $2 million settlement with the city.. UVALDE, Texas— Families of children killed in the mass shooting at an elementary school here two years ago and survivors filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 91 state police officers and the local school district, calling their response the “single greatest failure of law enforcement to confront an active shooter in American history.” ... Uvalde attack and failures of responding law enforcement to stop the killing shocked the nation. A gunman killed 19 fourth-graders and two teachers while nearly 400 officers...
  • Judge rules Exxon can sue activist shareholder over climate proposal

    05/22/2024 1:29:58 PM PDT · by CFW · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5/22/24 | Spencer Kimball
    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday said Exxon Mobil can sue to bar a climate change proposal from an activist investor, in a case that has raised concerns about its future effect on shareholder resolutions. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman for the Northern District of Texas ruled that Exxon’s lawsuit can proceed against Boston-based Arjuna Capital, but dismissed the oil major’s claim against a second activist shareholder, Follow This, because the firm is based in the Netherlands. Exxon sued the two investors in January after they submitted a proposal to be tabled at the May 29 annual shareholder meeting...
  • Elon’s Bloodbath Continues: Tesla Cuts 600+ More Jobs in California

    05/20/2024 9:24:55 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/20/2024 | LUCAS NOLAN
    Elon Musk’s Tesla is continuing to lay off employees as the company has slashed an additional 600 jobs across its California facilities, affecting a wide range of positions from factory workers to engineers. CNBC reports that Tesla has been grappling with a series of challenges that have led to multiple rounds of layoffs over the past month. The latest round of layoffs, reported in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act filing obtained by CNBC, impacted a wide range of positions, from entry-level roles to directors, spanning various departments such as factory workers, software developers, and robotics engineers. This...
  • Why The Texas Blackout Has The Greens So Scared-Deflecting blame to a more exciting apocalypse

    02/24/2021 4:19:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Feb 24, 2021 | Rael Jean Isaac
    Last month, President Biden signed a series of executive orders undermining fossil fuels, on the grounds the “climate crisis” forced his hand. “We can’t wait any longer. We see with our own eyes. We know it in our bones. It is time to act.” Within days, most of the country was seeing “with our own eyes” and feeling “in our bones” a cold wave so severe that five million people lost electricity and, in a special irony, nearly half of the ballyhooed wind turbines in Texas, which had risen to supply 23% of her energy, were left frozen (and inoperable)....
  • Why is New York, the Blackout Capital of America, Sneering at Texas?

    02/25/2021 7:06:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Feb 25, 2021 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Texas is paying the price. I hope they learned a lesson,” Senator Schumer said. “Texas thought it could go it alone,” Senator Schumer declared on the Lower East Side. “Now Texas is paying the price. I hope they learned a lesson." But Democrats never learn their lesson. And they’re never expected to learn. In 2003, New York City’s power went out because of a mistake by an operator in Ohio as part of the second biggest blackout in history which took down the grid in eight states and in Canada. Texas’ decision to go it alone was a whole lot...
  • Texas Is Heading Towards An Avoidable Blackout…Again

    05/20/2024 8:52:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2024, | Ariel Cohen
    With seven people killed and close to a million losing power, the recent storms hit Texas hard. Restoring electricity may take days and may not be completed by Wednesday. The isolation of the Texas power grid has become a symbol of the state’s independent streak and resistance to federal oversight in recent years. The massive outages during Winter Storm Uri in 2021 were a wake-up call to the vulnerabilities of Texas’ system. But Texas hit the snooze button, resulting in repeated crises in Summer 2022 and Winter 2023. Now it seems Texas is sleepwalking into another avoidable crisis ... ERCOT...
  • Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Secures Tem­po­rary Restrain­ing Order Against Biden Admin­is­tra­tion, Stop­ping Unlaw­ful ATF Rule from Tak­ing Effect

    05/19/2024 8:19:30 PM PDT · by CFW · 11 replies
    Texas Attorney General ^ | 5/19/24 | Ken Paxton
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has secured a temporary restraining order from a federal judge that prevents an unlawful rule promulgated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) from taking effect while the case is litigated. On May 1, Attorney General Paxton led a coalition suing the ATF to prevent a new regulatory restriction that unlawfully attempted to abridge Americans’ constitutional right to privately buy and sell firearms. The Final Rule was arbitrary and capricious and flagrantly violated the Second Amendment. Despite Congress having recognized the legality of private firearms sales by non-dealers, the Biden Administration issued...
  • Texas: Roman Catholic priest faces child sexual abuse and trafficking charges

    05/19/2024 7:09:03 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wed 21 Feb 2024 06.00 EST | Ramon Antonio Vargas
    A Roman Catholic priest near the US’s border with Mexico is facing criminal charges on allegations that he sexually molested a child, according to authorities.Fernando Gonzalez Ortega’s arrest for sexually abusing a minor and of trafficking of persons demonstrates that US Catholic bishops have not yet rooted out all molesters under their command despite reform prompted by the worldwide church’s decades-old clergy molestation scandal, abuse victims and their advocates have argued.
  • Oklahoma judge already facing wild Texas road rage shooting charges similarly accused of drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s house with gun he later reported stolen

    05/19/2024 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Law &Crime ^ | 5/13/24 | Matt Laham
    An Oklahoma judge already facing a felony case in Texas in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting and road rage crash now faces an indictment for allegedly perpetrating a drive-by shooting at his brother in-law’s house in the Sooner State. Investigators said the victim was stopped at a traffic light and Lovell “nearly” pushed her car “into cross traffic.” After his arrest, the judge allegedly claimed not to remember anything about the shooting but acknowledged rear-ending the other driver who “cut him off.” Cops said he “did not admit the collisions were intentional,” though. Read the Oklahoma indictment here. The...
  • TX: 2 customers shot over waitress' stolen cell phone in Denver Harbor area, HPD says

    05/19/2024 6:24:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies ^ | May 11, 2024 | Staff
    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are working to find out if charges will be filed against a man accused of shooting two customers over a waitress' stolen phone on Saturday. The Houston Police Department said the incident unfolded at a sports bar along Lyons Avenue and Boyles in the Denver Harbor area. Just before 2 a.m., a waitress reportedly noticed her phone had been stolen from behind the bar where two men were drinking together. Police said a manager looked at surveillance video showing one of the two customers at the bar had taken the phone. That's when the woman...
  • Trump Accepts NRA Endorsement, Urges Gun Owners to Get Out, Vote

    05/18/2024 6:37:30 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 18, 2024 | Eric Mack
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association at the NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas on Saturday afternoon. "It's a true honor to be here today to receive the endorsement of the proud American patriots at the NRA," Trump told the forum in a speech that aired live and in its entirety on Newsmax and the Newsmax2 streaming platform. "These are great patriots. These are great people, and we're going to do things like nobody can believe. "We're going to win this election at levels that nobody's ever seen before. Thank you very much...

    05/18/2024 7:39:16 AM PDT · by Lakeside Granny · 210 replies
  • Houston distributes water as more than 500,000 remain without power after devastating storms

    05/18/2024 1:24:24 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    Nbcnews ^ | 05/18/2024 | Phil Helsel
    The city of Houston on Saturday opened new distribution centers to give out water as around 500,000 customers remained without power following severe storms blamed in the deaths of seven people in the region. Houston was forecast to reach a high of 90 degrees Saturday as the city and Harris County recovers from tornadoes and 100 mph straight-line winds that struck with little warning on Thursday. Seven deaths — four in Houston and three in unincorporated Harris County — have been blamed on effects from the weather, including from falling trees and a fire sparked by lighting.
  • Powerful Storm Topples Transmission Towers in Texas, Plunges Millions into Darkness

    05/17/2024 7:00:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    Daily Fetched ^ | May 17, 2024 | Jason Walsh
    Millions of Texas residents are without power after massive storms tore through the state on Thursday and toppled transmission towers. The National Weather Service of Houston wrote on X: “Severe thunderstorms moving across the Houston metro area have a history of producing damaging winds!” “This destructive storm will contain wind gusts to 80 MPH! A tornado is possible!” Shocking footage of the toppled transmission towers was shared by users on X. Over a million Texans are without power, mainly in the eastern part of the state, reported. reported: Thunderstorms have killed four people and knocked out power to...