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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is his choice for vice president on the GOP ticket.

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

An ordinance to restrict bathrooms based on the sex listed on one’s birth certificate failed to make it to a vote Monday May 2 nd in Rockwall. The ordinance introduced by Mayor Jim Pruitt had no other support from the council. Many transgender people and their allies gathered to voice their opposition to the ordinance and saw their wishes fulfilled with the proposal failing…but why it failed may still give pause. Texas has been a key player in the “bathroom bills” debate starting last year...

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

A proposed "bathroom bill" in Rockwall was introduced at a May 2 public meeting, but failed to receive the support from the city council to bring the measure to a vote.

Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt had no support on the city council for his ordinace to regulate bathroom use by birth sex on May 2.
Kevin Jefferies

ROCKWALL- After two rounds of open forum, over 30 people addressing the council, and almost four hours of city government in action, Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt’s proposed ordinance to regulate public restrooms according to biological sex failed when no other councilman seconded Pruitt’s call for a vote.

Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with incumbent John Ratcliffe.
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U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe will likely have at least one opponent in the upcoming Republican primary election. Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with Ratcliffe. Filing for the March 1, 2016, primary elections began on Nov. 14 and continues through Dec. 14. Early voting for the primary elections will occur Feb. 16-26. Ratcliffe represents Texas District 4 of the United States House of Representatives, which includes most of Northeast Texas. The...

Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning

May 10, 2014
NPR

Calling for millions of dollars in increased funding for online learning initiatives, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday — a proposal to increase access to the Texas Virtual School Network and to create several grant programs to fund the development and implementation of digital learning courses. Abbott’s plan , unveiled at an elementary school in Tyler, calls for increased reliance on digital and blended learning...

Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case

May 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn , R-Texas, is still waiting to find out whom he'll face in the November general election. In a May 27 primary runoff, Democrats will choose between Dallas dental center mogul David Alameel and Kesha Rogers , a Lyndon LaRouche disciple whom state Democratic leaders have shunned. ---- KUT News spoke with Alameel about why he's running for Senate.
"It's because I'm very very passionate about the working family. I myself started out very very poor, and I was working...

Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate

May 8, 2014
KETR / ketr.org

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on May 7. The animosity between the two candidates became apparent within the first few minutes of the event, a political roundtable hosted by WFAA-TV in Dallas that included Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey. Asked about the tone of the race, Patrick, a Houston state senator,...

SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge

May 8, 2014
www.thecurtisinitiative.com

Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board. Tea Party groups in the district, which includes Parker County and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties, have thrown their support behind Hardy's opponent, Eric Mahroum of Fort Worth, a restaurant manager who has no teaching or school administrative experience and is expected to vote with the...

Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech

May 4, 2014
'Significant weaknesses' were found in the General Land Office's contracting procedures that threaten the agency's ability ensure wise spending.
NPR

Nearly a year after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have forced some tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors, a hearing in the Texas House on Thursday showed that it remains as divisive a concept as ever. The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on the issue of “dark money,” the term for political spending done by nonprofits falling under 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Panelists in favor of disclosure said Texans should know who is funding ads...

For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf

May 4, 2014
NPR

State Rep. James Frank has been hearing from constituents since February about goings-on along the Red River: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management , citing a series of court rulings dating to the 1920s, had decided that a 116-mile stretch of land belonged to the federal government. The roughly 90,000 acres included property long ago deeded to residents who had raised crops and cattle and paid taxes on it. Questions had been swirling in North Texas since December, when BLM representatives came...

A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway

May 3, 2014
NPR


In modern-day Texas, the election that matters is usually the Republican primary. The winners who emerge from Tuesday’s Republican primary and subsequent May 27 runoff elections will in most cases be the prohibitive favorites to win in November. But the low turnout in the statewide primaries and the dominance of the Republican party in winning statewide elections — about 8 percent of the voting age population cast ballots in the 2012 primaries — means that a small subset of the state’s...

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