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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

Crime

Police: Suspect on the run in fatal shooting of 3 in Texas

A manhunt was underway Sunday for a former sheriff’s deputy wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin, Texas, as an official said it wasn’t known if the suspect was still in the city. Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said those who live near where the shooting happened late Sunday morning no

Criminal Justice Reform

Opinion: Thousands of Texans Would Benefit from a “Clean Slate”

A Texas coalition comprised of advocates, faith leaders, and the business community recently announced support for legislation that would automate and expand record clearing eligibility for those with criminal history records. Right now, over 726,000 Texans face barriers to employment, housing, and education due to a criminal record. While felony convictions carry the most significant

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