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Elections

The long, ‘surreal’ days of the runaway Texas legislators

Photo: Democratic Texas State Sen. Carol Alvarado Houston, together with her fellow Texas legislators, speaks during a news conference. Sheltered in a downtown D.C. hotel, the Democratic lawmakers who left Texas to block a restrictive voting bill are living a life of stress and scrutiny. After bolting the state Monday in order to sabotage the

Border crisis

GOP donor funds South Dakota National Guard troops in Texas

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday she will use a donation from a Republican donor to fund a deployment of up to 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. Noem joined a growing list of Republican governors promising to send law enforcement officers to Texas as the GOP ramps

Holidays

Arizonans host a range of events to mark brand-new Juneteenth holiday

The federal Juneteenth holiday may be brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona. Juneteenth celebrations were scheduled to start Friday night – just one day after President Joe Biden signed the bill creating the new federal holiday – and continue through Saturday evening,

Elections

Texas GOP to revive voting bill, Democrats plot next move

Texas Republicans pressed ahead with their push for tougher election laws Tuesday, vowing to ensure Democrats’ weekend victory over one of the most restrictive voting measures in the country would only be temporary. GOP Gov. Greg Abbott prepared to call lawmakers back for a special session to revive the voting measure that died when Democrats

Elections

House runoff in Texas set between GOP’s Wright, Ellzey

A runoff for a U.S. House seat in Texas is set between Republican Susan Wright, whose husband was the first member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and Republican Jake Ellzey. Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez was narrowly locked out of the runoff in Texas’ 6th Congressional District, which has long been GOP

Population Changes

Fear, lack of funding hurt census in Sun Belt, advocates say

According to the new census, the booming Sun Belt isn’t booming quite like the experts thought. Population counts released Monday came as a shock to many demographers and politicians who expected to see growth that could add numerous congressional seats to a region that’s apparently been gaining people rapidly all decade. Instead, the census found

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