Abbott asks Tex. legislature for ‘special’ committees on school safety
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked state lawmakers to convene a pair of “special legislative committees” to address the issues of school safety and mass violence in the wake of the shootings that left 19 children and two teachers dead inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex.washingtonpost.com
Beto O’Rourke confronts Gov. Abbott in Uvalde: ‘You’re doing nothing’
“Someone needs to stand up for the children of this state, or they will continue to be killed," O'Rourke told Abbott, before security escorted him out of the building. The two will face off in the race for Texas governor in November.washingtonpost.com
Ending Tenure For College Faculty: Texas Lt. Gov. to Target New Public Hires
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pledged to end tenure for new faculty hires at the state’s public universities and colleges when the Texas Legislature reconvenes next year. Patrick’s Feb. 18 attack on tenured college professors came days after the University of Texas at Austin Faculty Council passed a resolution Feb. 14 defending professors’ academic freedom, particularly […]news.yahoo.com
Abbott, other Texas Republicans urge court to reverse ruling on voter fraud prosecutions
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) and state Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) have urged the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reverse its ruling that Paxton cannot unilaterally prosecute voter fraud.Both Abbott and Patrick issued separate statements on Tuesday criticizing the court for undermining their push for "election integrity," a move that critics have called voter suppression for minorities who tend to vote Democratic,...news.yahoo.com
Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Patrick offered $25,000 for election-fraud tips. The first payout was for a Republican’s illegal vote.
After the 2020 election, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, said he would pay rewards to tipsters who found voter fraud. The first reward went to a Democratic poll watcher.washingtonpost.com
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick paid out his first voter fraud bounty to a progressive poll worker in Pennsylvania who caught a Republican voting illegally
The poll worker who received the prize said he was told he only received the minimum reward as larger ones were reserved for "bigger fish."news.yahoo.com
Don’t Scapegoat Black Texans for State’s COVID-19 Surge
Plain and simple, unvaccinated African Americans in Texas are not the cause of the surging cases of COVID-19 plaguing the state, nor is this the case across the country. To make such a statement so publicly is not just idiotic and sensationalized, it is patently wrong. It’s a false, racist GOP narrative that needs to be ended now, and a higher standard of conduct is demanded. Conveniently faulting the Black community, of course, is an age-old tactic that we’ve all seen time and again. In truth, as compared with Texas’ Black residents, nearly four million more white Texans have yet to be vaccinated, and some four million fewer Hispanics there are vaccinated vs. Black residents as well.thewestsidegazette.com
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says 'African Americans who have not been vaccinated' are driving covid surge
When Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was asked about the surge in coronavirus cases during a Thursday night appearance on Fox News, the Republican said "African Americans who have not been vaccinated" are "the biggest group in most states" contributing to the spike. Laura Ingraham had asked Patrick to respond to criticism from Democrats that covid-19 cases and deaths were on the rise in Texas due to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's policies. The governor has resisted public health mandates aimed at mitinews.yahoo.com
Whitewashing History and Suppressing Voters Go Hand in Hand
By Ben JealousThere’s been a lot of news about the Democratic legislators in Texas who fled the state to prevent Republicans from pushing through sweeping new voter suppression laws. Now it turns out that voter suppression is not the only “special” project Abbott has in mind. He and his fellow Republicans are pushing a far-reaching “memory law” that would limit teaching about racism and civil rights. Those laws give power to white students and parents to censor honest teaching of history. “The memory management enables the voter suppression.”“The history of denying Black people the vote is shameful,” he explained.thewestsidegazette.com
Texas GOP's strict voting bill on the verge of final vote
The Texas Legislature is on the verge of signing off on some of the most restrictive voting measures in the U.S. A vote was expected Sunday in the GOP-controlled Texas House that would send Republican Gov. Greg Abbott a raft of election changes that would eliminate drive-thru voting and empower partisan poll watchers.
Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban agreed to play the national anthem after the NBA reiterated its policy to require the song. “This tradition traces its roots back more than a century – even pre-dating the song’s adoption as the national anthem. No matter the scope, there is no penalty for violating the requirement, so even if the bar league softball team skipped the national anthem, there would be no repercussion under the law. Dan Patrick has said that requiring the national anthem at all Texas venues that receive public funding will be among his top legislative priorities this session. Although playing the national anthem before games is a staple of American sports at the professional and collegiate levels, it is far less common in other countries.
Tua Tagovailoa tries to not put focus on trade talks
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. The Miami Dolphins need a good game Sunday to ensure they get to keep playing, and that's especially true for Tua Tagovailoa. Tua Tagovailoa appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Monday. Like I said, I can’t control things I can’t control. The Dolphins quarterback laughed.
Texas takes on Biden but Republicans keep distance from AG
FILE - This Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump. That’s the real litmus test,” said Republican state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, who pointed toward the deportation lawsuit and challenges last year to mail-in ballot applications around his Houston district. Paxton's budget requests may yet force Republican lawmakers to consider the exodus from his office. Greg Abbott — who has previously said the accusations raise “serious concerns” — and Paxton also did not respond to questions. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he defrauded investors in a tech startup before becoming attorney general.
Sacrifice the old to help the economy? Texas officials remark prompts backlash
Dan Patrick faced a backlash Tuesday for suggesting that fellow seniors should risk their health for the sake of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those of us who are 70-plus, well take care of ourselves, but dont sacrifice the country, said Patrick, who turns 70 next week. More than a dozen Texas cities and counties have announced stay-home orders, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said hed like to see a uniform state and federal plan to combat the virus spread. AdvertisementPeople are going to be very careful about how we move back to the lives we used to have.latimes.com
Gunman in Texas church had trained worshippers to shoot: state prosecutor
(Reuters) - The gunman who opened fire in a Texas church on Sunday, killing two before dying from gunshot wounds, owned a shooting range and had taught its parishioners how to shoot, the Texas Attorney General said on Monday. The incident took place in White Settlement, a suburb northwest of Fort Worth, at the West Freeway Church of Christ. Two more people sustained minor injuries as they ducked for cover inside the church, Trusty said. Slideshow (2 Images)Patrick said a new state law allowing concealed carry in places of worship enabled the parishioners to stop the gunman. I do hope that through this tragedy, more churches will prepare the way this church did, not just in Texas but really across the nation, Paxton said.feeds.reuters.com