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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • Posted December 5, 2013
AUSTIN — Texas’ primary election is set for March 4, 2014, and the list of candidates for statewide office is largely settled, with Dec. 9as the filing deadline. Most recently gaining notice was state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 • Posted November 27, 2013
AUSTIN — Texans, Americans and citizens of the world in the past week remembered the shock and aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. Many newspapers and other media reflected on coverage of those days, some expanding on how the assassination changed views on public safety and kindled the public’s desire for a faster-moving stream of news. A ceremony was held in Dallas on Nov.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 22, 2013
AUSTIN — President Obama’s announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal “Affordable Care” law’s requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors’ visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry. Insurers could offer customers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014, without change, allowing them to keep their plans, the president said. Perry, in a Nov.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 15, 2013
AUSTIN — All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 5 election ballot passed. Texas Secretary of State John Steen, the state’s chief elections officer, on Nov. 6 commented that the 2013 constitutional amendment election “was our first statewide election with a photo ID requirement in place, and it was smooth, secure and successful.” The photo identification requirement took effect following a U.S.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being. The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state H ...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
Austin, TX – Rainwater harvesting is part of the new water culture in Texas, especially in the Texas Hill Country where water is scarce and precious. On Saturday, November 2, the Rainwater Revival returns to the Boerne Civic Center where rain harvesting experts and practitioners will speak throughout the day in tandem with a variety of exhibitor and vendor tents, a live auction of artful rain barrels, the Raindrop Stop for kids, food trailers, music, and fun for the whole family. The free, ...
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
Austin, TX- Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election. Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to outpace turnout in recent elections. The Secretary of State’s office reports daily voting totals for the 15 most populous counties in the state, and by the end of Oct.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
AUSTIN — A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees. On Oct. 16, the shutdown ended when both houses of Congress adopted a continuing appropriations act that does three things: increases the nation’s debt limit, allows the treasury to pay bills and returns the federal government to full operations, at least until mid-January. John Cornyn, Texas’ senior sen ...
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 18, 2013
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 3 rejected a case challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 Texas election law regulating deputy voter registrars. In a 2-1 ruling, the majority of the panel said the plaintiffs Voting for America Inc., Brad Richey, Penelope McFadden and Project Vote Inc.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013
AUSTIN — At midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion. Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013
AUSTIN —Wendy Davis in mid-September said she would publicly announce on Oct. 3 her decision to run, or not to run, for governor in 2014. Sen. Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat now in her second term in the state Senate, gained acclaim in June when she filibustered for 11 hours to prevent a vote on legislation that was crafted to rechannel state-supported women’s health care programs and greatly reduce access to abortion services.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
AUSTIN — The Texas Third Court of Appeals on Sept. 19 overturned former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction on charges of money-laundering and conspiracy in an ethics case brought by the State of Texas. In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish an element of the crime of money-laundering as alleged in the indictment. DeLay resigned from Congress in 2006 wh ...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 • Posted September 20, 2013
AUSTIN — Maryland is the next state in Gov. Rick Perry’s sights. He’s already been to California, Connecticut, Missouri and New York to court businesses, hoping they will pull up stakes and head to the Lone Star State. Perry announced on Sept. 12 that he would be in Maryland on Sept.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
Professional bull riding returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. when the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association sponsors the Fourth Annual Fredericksburg PBR. The evening also includes live music and a dance after the show featuring Zach Edwards. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
AUSTIN — A San Antonio federal court on Sept. 6 ordered that redistricting maps passed by the 2013 Texas Legislature will serve as interim plans and those plans would be used in upcoming elections, including 2014 elections. Plaintiffs challenging the maps allege racial discrimination in the drawing of boundaries in certain districts. In its order, a three-judge panel of the U.S.

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