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Former Republican Congressman Steve Stockman Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Criminal Charges

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4:21pm 4/12/2017 at 4:21pm

Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman plead “not guilty” to criminal conspiracy charges earlier this week. Stockman faces 28 federal corruption charges as well.

Stockman and Jason Posey, his aide, are accused of raising over $1 million under false pretenses and using almost $300,000 for personal interests, laundering most of it and...

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Federal Judge Rejects Texas Voter ID Law for the Second Time

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00pm 4/11/2017 at 1:00pm
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A federal judge has again rejected the 2011 Texas voter ID law, stating that the legislators meant to discriminate against minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos made this same ruling in 2014, which forced an appeal. The Fifth Circuit issued a stay against the order. The Supreme Court stepped in...

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Appeals Court Rules Texas School Board Can Pray Before Meetings

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00pm 3/20/2017 at 7:00pm
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Back in 2015, the American Humanist Association (AHA) sued the Birdville School District, located near Fort Worth, TX, because school board members started their meetings with a prayer. The AHA said this violated the First Amendment “through its practicing of promoting Christian prayers.”

Former student Isaiah Smith brought the case to AHA...

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Has the Mystery of Tom Brady’s Missing Super Bowl Jerseys Been Solved?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:30pm 3/20/2017 at 5:30pm
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Authorities found two Super Bowl jerseys worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The lost jerseys were found with a credentialed member of the international media. From KPRC:

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said that a tip from someone in Houston led investigators to a location in Mexico, where the jerseys...

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Man Who Sent Allegedly “Seizure-Inducing” Tweet to Journalist Arrested by FBI

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:00am 3/18/2017 at 7:00am
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This is a truly bizarre case.

Remember Kurt Eichenwald? The Journalist who claimed he was assaulted by a tweet? Well, the FBI confirmed Friday they’ve arrested John Rivello, the suspect they believe sent a “seizure-inducing” tweet to Dallas reporter, Kurt Eichenwald. Eichenwald claims the tweet triggered an epileptic seizure.

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Judge Dismisses Civil Claims Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:30pm 3/2/2017 at 5:30pm

A year and a half ago, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was arrested and charged with three counts of felony securities fraud violations, namely that he duped investors prior to being elected AG.

In 2015 we blogged:

Earlier, a grand jury handed down an indictment addressing Paxton’s July 2011 efforts to sell...

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Texas Governor Abbott Offers Reward for Info Leading to Arrest in Murder of 8-Yr-Old Girl

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:15pm 2/27/2017 at 1:15pm
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the murder of an eight-year-old girl.

After surviving a car crash early Saturday morning, eight-year-old DeMaree Adkins was shot and killed, reports Houston local news.

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U. of Texas Instructors Hold Office Hours at Bars to Avoid Campus Carry

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:30am 2/23/2017 at 11:30am

I will never fully understand the irrational fear of inanimate objects that leads people to do things like this.

A handful of instructors, mostly grad students, from the University of Texas are holding office hours in a bar after the state implemented campus carry laws. They’re hoping gun-free zones will keep...

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Mexican Woman Sentenced To Eight Years For Illegal Voting

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12:30pm 2/11/2017 at 12:30pm
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A Mexican woman living in Texas has been convicted on two counts of illegal voting.  She had falsely claimed to be an American citizen and voted—at least five times—in the 2012 and 2014 elections; she received a $5,000 fine and an eight-year prison sentence for her crimes.

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Texas Bathroom Bill Could Preclude Texas From Hosting Future Super Bowls

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:00pm 2/10/2017 at 7:00pm

Houston, TX, just hosted another Super Bowl to rave reviews, but it may be the last one for the Lone Star State if the state passes its own bathroom bill. From The Houston Chronicle:

“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that...

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Gov. Abbott Bans Sanctuary Cities in Texas

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:37pm 1/31/2017 at 5:37pm

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a ban on sanctuary cities in the state. He stated that elected officials do not get to choose which state and federal laws to enforce:

“As elected officials, it is our responsibility to protect all Texans,” Abbott said dur...

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Texas Governor Abbott Threatens to Cut Travis County Funding Over Sanctuary City Directive

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:30pm 1/23/2017 at 5:30pm
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The immigration battle is heating up in Texas.

Just last Friday, “the newly elected sheriff, who campaigned on the issue, announced Friday that her department would reduce its cooperation with federal immigration authorities when they request an inmate be flagged for possible deportation. Her office said it would still continue to hold...

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Texas State Senator Hopes to Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30am 1/10/2017 at 7:30am

As the Texas legislature meets for its biennial session, State Senator Konni Burton introduced legislation that would abolish civil asset forfeiture.

Taylor Millard blogs for HotAir:

Texas is looking to become the third state in the last year to abolish civil asset forfeiture, and replace it with criminal asset forfeiture. State Senator Konni Burton...

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Texas Mulls “Constitutional Carry”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 6, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/6/2017 at 4:30pm

Will Texas be the 11th state to allow “constitutional carry” — the ability to openly carry firearms without a license.

As the legislature congregates for its bi-annual meeting, lawmakers hope to inhibit limit...

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Meredith Vieira Shoots Down Criticism of Open Carry Law

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm 1/5/2017 at 3:00pm

As soon as Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga said she didn’t want to “turn political,” you knew that was precisely what she was about to do. But when Golodryga proceeded to criticize the Texas open-carry law this morning, you might be surprised that it was Meredith Vieira who—excuse the expression—shot her down.

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NY Times goes on safari to Texas, struggles to understand natives’ love for their “trucks”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 2, 2017 at 3:00pm 1/2/2017 at 3:00pm
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I remember traveling to Texas when I was in private practice, meeting a lawyer who was investigating a possible investment fraud case who wanted me to get involved.

I’m pretty sure it was in San Antonio.

What I remember most about the trip was the lawyer’s “truck,” or as we say in more...

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Texas Elector who sparked Electoral College revolt may have fabricated his past

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 16, 2016 at 2:30pm 12/16/2016 at 2:30pm

Republican elector Chris Suprun caused a ruckus when he announced he would not vote for President-elect Donald Trump even though Trump won the state in the November election.

But is it all a publicity stunt? WFAA investigated Suprun’s past and found numerous inconsistencies such as lying about working as a 9/11 first...

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