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Politics Oct 18Rights groups sue Texas as GOP redraws U.S. House maps
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court comes even before the Texas Legislature has given final passage to maps that sort the state's 30 million residents into new political districts for the next decade.
Politics Aug 31Texas Legislature sends sweeping GOP voting bill to governor
The nearly 75-page bill that won final approval Tuesday in both the House and Senate would ban 24-hour polling locations and empowers partisan poll watchers.
Politics Aug 27Texas GOP advances voting bill after Democrats’ holdout ends
Texas Republicans advanced new voting restrictions Thursday night after months of protests by Democrats, who after returning from a 38-day walkout are now all but out of ways to stop a bill that includes a ban on drive-thru voting and…
Politics Aug 19Texas Democrats return, end 38-day holdout over voting bill
Some Democrats who left Texas to block a GOP voting bill have ended a 38-day holdout. Enough Democrats returned to the state Capitol on Thursday to allow the Texas House to resume work for the first time since mid-July.
Nation Aug 13Census data sets up redistricting fight over growing suburbs
The once-a-decade battle over redistricting is set to be a showdown over the suburbs, as new census data showed rapid growth around some of the nation's largest cities and shrinking population in many rural counties.
Politics Aug 12Texas voting bill passes after 15-hour filibuster
The Republican-controlled Texas Senate on Thursday morning passed the measure just minutes after Democratic State Sen. Carol Alvarado wearily left the floor.
Nation May 31Dems walk, stop Texas GOP’s sweeping voting restrictions
A restrictive voting bill in Texas that was on the verge of reaching Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk failed to pass Sunday night after Democrats walked out of the House chamber before a midnight deadline.
Politics Apr 20WATCH: Advocates, lawmakers testify before Senate on voting laws
Democrats are escalating their charges that the Republican push for tighter state voting laws is designed to make it hard for people of color to vote.
Nation Oct 07Current and former soldiers speak out about Fort Hood sexual assault, harassment
Current and former soldiers at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, have taken to social media to report accounts of sexual assault and harassment following the disappearance and slaying this year of Spc. Vanessa Guillen.
Politics Aug 19Abbott proposes punishing Texas cities that ‘defund’ police
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has proposed punishing cities that cut police funding by freezing property tax revenue, the main funding source for local government services including schools, roads and law enforcement.