Sunday, May 31, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Just Signed A Limited Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 10:40 PM

Update: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill. Pigs are flying. Lone Star State Governor Greg Abbott says he'll sign a limited medical marijuana bill, the Texas Tribune reports. The bill, which is criticized by marijuana-reform activists because of its limited scope, would allow the use of non-euphoric oils...

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Early Runoff Voting Starts on Monday

Posted By on Sat, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Early voting for the runoff election for mayor and District 7 begins on Monday, June 1. The mayoral race features interim Mayor Ivy Taylor against former State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. District 7 voters will choose between incumbent Councilman Cris Medina and Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez. Early voting ends on...

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Texas About To Spend $310M More On Border Security

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 5:25 PM

The Texas Department of Public Safety will get more resources for it. And the Texas National Guard ain't going anywhere. Smugglers will face more charges than they typically get when caught. Talking about that seemingly perennial Lone Star State political issue: Border security. State leaders took it down to...

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Do You Make Enough To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Texas?

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 4:27 PM

A handy map was published this week to remind you that you don't make enough money. Fortunately, the infographic's blue and white tones will help soothe you as you come to terms with this very depressing reality. The National Low Income Housing Coalition released a study detailing how American...

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Republicans Attempted To Kill A Bunch Of Bills In Ridiculous Fashion

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:33 PM

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, spent Wednesday killing bills that could have improved and even saved lives throughout Texas. Allegedly, Stickland, among other Republicans (Molly White), attacked Democratic-endorsed bills out of retaliation after Texas Democrats led efforts to kill the right to open-carry on college campuses, which was revived...

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Castro Calls Out Feds For Family Detention Centers

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Reports out of family detention centers run by the Department of Homeland Security have been horrific. In detention centers in Texas and other southern states, women and children fleeing violence in Central America have been subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse. Some are denied necessary medical attention, compounding...

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How Much Water Has Fallen From Texas Skies? A Lot

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Imagine the state of Rhode Island submerged entirely under 10 feet of water. That is the amount of rain Texas has seen throughout the month of May. Texas has accumulated enough water to supply New York City for the next SEVEN years. Texas rain has also supplied enough water to...

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Endorsements Are Valuable As Mayoral Runoff Approaches

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM

The two remaining mayoral candidates, Mayor Ivy Taylor and former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, have both been endorsed by some heavy hitters. Announcing an endorsement makes for a nice press release. But what will those seals of approval be worth come Election Day? Quite a bit, according...

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Williamson County Judge Convicted Of Selling Guns Without A License

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM

A Williamson County judge admitted to selling more than 60 firearms since last June, some of which made their way to gun runners smuggling the weapons into Mexico, the federal government announced. Timothy L. Wright, 70, of Georgetown, pleaded guilty Thursday in Austin to engaging in the business of dealing...

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Mike Villarreal Won't Endorse Ivy Taylor Or Leticia Van De Putte

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM

This is probably no surprise, but Mike Villarreal won't be endorsing Ivy Taylor or Leticia Van De Putte in the June 13 runoff election for mayor. Villarreal narrowly lost in the May election. While he won't endorse a candidate, he did offer some advice to supporters. "If I offer...

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