Monday, December 17, 2018

State Rep. Celia Israel Submits Bill Banning Conversion Therapy

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM

This article was originally published by our sister publication Out In SA. State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) of Texas House District 50 has filed a bill banning conversion therapy for consideration during the next session of the Texas Legislature which begins in January. Conversation therapy, also known as reparative...

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It's Not Just Liberals Who Think Judge's ACA Ruling is a Bad Idea — So Do Conservatives

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Reed O'Connor, the Texas District Judge who last week declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, isn't getting much love right now — not even from fellow conservatives. After his ruling late Friday — which could boot millions off health insurance and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions — he's been...

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Texas Still Hasn't Expanded Medicaid. That's Leaving a Gap in Coverage for Hundreds of Thousands.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 12:11 PM

This article was originally published by the Texas Tribune. In 2012, Tanya Walker took the $200 her father loaned her to see a doctor. She was in the aftermath of a divorce and needed a prescription for antidepressants, she said. But her doctor in Texarkana found signs of hypertension...

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Elon Musk's Car Company Tesla Switches on a Second San Antonio Location

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Telsa will open a second San Antonio showroom among the 11 stores it's bringing online this week. Eccentric, spliff-puffing billionaire Elon Musk's electric car company will open the new Alamo City location in the La Cantera shopping center, according to a Twitter announcement. The location joins Tesla's existing S.A. showroom...

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South Texas Officials Push Back at Trump Over Military Wire Near Laredo Parks

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Under pressure from South Texas elected officials, the army has removed military-grade wire along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border the Trump administration had targeted for higher security, according to ABC News. Army personnel took down two miles of wire from city-owned land in Laredo, the report said, citing...

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Friday, December 14, 2018

San Antonio Wins a Net Neutrality Concession from AT&T

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 5:16 PM

The City of San Antonio's latest contract with AT&T requires the telecom behemoth not to block lawful content or slow down connection speeds for internet service it provides to the city. Sounds like a reasonable concession to include in a city contract, right? But the contract reached earlier this...

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Beto O'Rourke Says Julián Castro's Likely 2020 Presidential Bid Won't Affect His Own Plans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 4:58 PM

This article was originally published by the Texas Tribune. EL PASO — U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke said Friday that his political future won't be dictated by fellow Texas Democrat Julián Castro's decision to seriously consider a run for the White House. “I think it’s something positive for the United...

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ICYMI, Alyssa Milano Came to San Antonio to Bring Attention to Family Separation Alongside RAICES

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:05 PM

Alyssa Milano spent some time in San Antonio earlier this week to bring attention to migrants seeking asylum. The actress and activist is plenty vocal about human rights issues, especially immigration, on Twitter, but she also put herself to work during her Texas trip. She joined RAICES, the locally-based immigrant...

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Texas Sees Uptick in Executions, Death Sentences in 2018

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM

This article was originally published by the Texas Tribune. Texas again executed far more inmates than any other state in 2018, according to year-end reports released Friday by two groups critical of the death penalty. With no other executions scheduled for the year, tallies from the Death Penalty Information...

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Julián Castro Said He'll Announce Next Month Whether He's Running for President. Joaquin Told Stephen Colbert He Is.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

A day after former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro said he'll soon announce his official decision about running for president, his twin brother Joaquin went on national television and declared it a done deal. Whether it's just wishful thinking or the truth, Joaquin — a Democratic congressman — committed...

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