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11:04 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Perry Slams Visit By U.S. Health Secretary Sebelius

Secretary Sebelius addresses seniors in Irving during previous Texas visit.

Governor Rick Perry is doing little to welcome U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ to Texas.

Sebelius is scheduled to meet today with officials in Austin and San Antonio to talk about how local communities can take advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) program as it rolls out later this year.

In a statement emailed to the media Perry said the program, which he calls Obamacare, is “increasingly convoluted”. 

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Government
2:31 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Road Funding Success May Depend On Who Approves Rainy Day Balance

Office of Rep. Villalba

State. Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, has identified a key change he says is needed before the Texas House will pass new transportation funding.

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Government
7:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Third Time's A Charm? Texas Lawmakers End 2nd Session, Start No. 3

State of Texas

Update, 7 a.m. Wednesday: Gov. Rick Perry didn't take long. An hour after the Legislature ended its second special session without a transportation deal, the governor called a third 30-day session. Both houses quickly started the session and then adjourned until Monday.

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Government
3:33 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Transportation Vote Fails In Texas House

State of Texas

UPDATE

It appears state lawmakers will not pass new transportation funding in the special session that ends tomorrow, though long-time observers say there are procedural moves that leave a small window of opportunity.

This afternoon the Texas House could not muster the 100 votes needed to  send HJR 2  to voters next year.  Just 84 representatives voted in favor of the bill but because it would amend the constitution the support of two-thirds of House members was necessary.  

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Government
8:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Takes On Texas Over Voting Rights

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General's Office

The U.S. Attorney General took aim at the Lone Star State yesterday, and his Texas counterpart reacted. Eric Holder and Greg Abbott strongly disagree over the Voting Rights Act.

          

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Parallels
1:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

For American Defectors To Russia, An Unhappy History

Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy in 1963, had defected to the Soviet Union several years earlier, but returned to the U.S. after becoming disillusioned with that country. He is shown here in a Dallas police station after his arrest for Kennedy's shooting.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:52 pm

If NSA leaker Edward Snowden is allowed to leave the Moscow airport and enter Russia, as some news reports suggest, he'll join a fairly small group of Americans who have sought refuge there.

So how did it work out for the others?

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2:15 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Grapevine PD Among Agencies Storing License Plate Scans

Most police agencies are using license plate scanners, but that's not what has the ACLU worried. A new report finds that some departments, like the Grapevine Police Department, have accumulated millions of scans and have been storing that data for years.
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: NPR
License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.
Government
12:43 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Texas Abortion Debate: Senate Version

Republican State Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville brought baby shoes to the Health and Human Services committee debate on Senate Bill 1, new abortion restrictions for Texas.
Texas Legislature Online streaming

More than 1700 people lined up this morning to speak before the Senate Health and Human Services committee on a bill that would add new abortion restrictions in Texas.

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9:15 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Abortion Bill Takes First Step In Second Session

After an all-afternoon (and almost all-night) hearing, a Texas House committee approved the abortion restrictions that protesters and filibustering state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) stalled last week.
Update: A Texas House panel voted early this morning along party lines to pass a bill to put more restrictions on abortion in the state.
Government
4:35 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Governor Calls Another Special Session To Vote On Abortion Restrictions

Shelley Kofler KERA News

A victory for those opposing new abortion restrictions in Texas may be short-lived.

Gov. Rick Perry has asked state lawmakers to take up strict new abortion rules in a second special session to start Monday.

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