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2021 Texas politics in photos: An insurrection, legislative battles and emerging campaigns
Texas politics in 2021 were marked by a violent insurrection at the nation’s Capitol and state legislative fights over abortion, voting rights and redistricting. Our photojournalists were there every step of the way.
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
A month after Texas Democrats fled the state to protest the GOP voting restrictions bill, dozens still haven't returned home and it looks like the bill will become law anyway
With the US Senate on August recess, there's very little for Democratic state lawmakers to do in Washington, DC, but they're still there.news.yahoo.com
Governor Abbott to hold border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities
Governor Greg Abbott will hold a border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities at 12 p.m. Saturday at the Texas State Capitol. The Governor will be joined by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Adjutant General of Texas Tracy Norris, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
Protestors rally outside Texas Capitol in support of George Floyd Act
On Thursday, protestors rallied at the Texas State Capitol to advocate for the passing of the George Floyd Act, as first reported by Shawna M Reding, at KHOU. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was introduced in February with the goal of affecting change in policing. MEMORIALIZED IN HOUSTON: George Floyd honored with street mural in front of Jack Yates High SchoolMost importantly, the bill was designed to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in particular cases. George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled in his neck for nearly eight minutes. While these new bills mark progress in the right direction, reform in policing is long overdue.chron.com
Ask 2: Who is my state representative and how do I contact them?
The American and Texas flags fly outside of a building in Galveston, Texas, in this undated file image. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Who is my state representative and how do I contact them? Answer: The Texas State Capitol has a website where you can input your Texas city and address to see who represents you in your area. Links to contact the elected officials -- including phone numbers and email addresses -- can be found by clicking on their profiles.
Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests
Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. In the past few days, some extremists had warned others against falling into what they called a law enforcement trap. Some 25,000 National Guard troops from around the country are expected to arrive in the city in the coming days. More than a third of governors had called out the National Guard to help protect their capitols and assist local law enforcement. "The state Capitol has become a fortress,” said Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat.
Texas Capitol to close Saturday, before planned armed protests of Joe Biden’s inauguration
The Texas Capitol is closing from Saturday through Wednesday. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the closures come as armed protestors plan to rally there. The Texas Capitol in Austin will be closed Saturday through Wednesday, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. “The Texas Department of Public Safety is aware of armed protests planned at the Texas State Capitol this week and violent extremists who may seek to exploit constitutionally protected events to conduct criminal acts,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. Trump supporters had also gathered outside the state Capitol as chaos ensued in Washington, D.C., but media reports indicated that the event did not appear to be violent.
Texas shuts down its Capitol building after Trump supporters storm U.S. Congress
A temporary tent outside the north entrance to the Texas State Capitol offers complimentary rapid COVID-19 testing for all who may enter the building. Jan 4, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The TexasThe Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday closed the state Capitol and surrounding grounds after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the certification of the Electoral College. An official with the law enforcement agency confirmed the move in a statement to The Texas Tribune. The news comes as chaos erupted in Washington as Trump supporters protested the certification of the Electoral College. The shutdown of the Texas Capitol, which reopened to the public Monday after being closed for months, also comes days before the Texas Legislature is set to convene for its 2021 legislative session.
4 Republicans, 1 Democrat file to succeed Drew Springer in Jan. 23 Texas House special election
The south end of the Texas State Capitol. Credit: Spencer Selvidge for The Texas TribuneFour Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the special election to replace state Sen.-elect Drew Springer, R-Muenster, in the Texas House. They are competing for Springer's seat after he won a special election runoff last month to succeed Pat Fallon in the Texas Senate after the Prosper Republican's promotion to Congress. The special election for Springer's seat is happening on an accelerated schedule with the start of the legislative session — Jan. 12 — looming. Abbott announced the special election a week ago, and early voting begins Jan. 11.
Masks required, COVID-19 tests encouraged for opening day in the Texas House next month
If a House member tests positive for the virus, he wrote, "arrangements will be made ... to allow them to take the oath of office." "The duration of the ceremony will be shortened," he wrote, "and there will be a significant reduction in the number of people admitted to the House floor and gallery." Access to the House floor will be restricted to lawmakers, essential staff, ceremony participants, temporary officers and approved guests, according to Geren. Each lawmaker or incoming member will have two guest seats for family or friends either on the chamber floor or in the gallery. That spacing, coupled with the requirement of a face mask, "is acceptable to medical professionals consulted by the House," he wrote.
Trump supporters protest, Biden fans cheer at Texas Capitol after election results announced
Supporters of President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden gather in front of the state Capitol after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday. Supporters of President Donald Trump gather at the south entrance of the state Capitol after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneBiden and Trump supporters at the state Capitol on Saturday. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneSupporters show their support for President-elect Joe Biden at the Capitol in Austin. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneA man rides a donkey past fellow supporters of President-elect Joe Biden who celebrated his victory in the 2020 presidential election at the Texas Capitol.
Texas House majority in limbo as election results come in
Texas State Capitol. And bookmark our Texas election results page here. Democrats and Republicans fighting for control of the Texas House appeared to be holding their numbers as early vote returns came in Tuesday. In one Houston-area race, state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, was behind her Democratic challenger Ann Johnson by nearly 7 percentage points, according to early vote returns. Flores, the first Hispanic Republican to serve in the Texas Senate, was down by a margin of roughly 22 percentage points.
Texas pushes forward with business reopenings as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations slide, Gov. Abbott says
Texas is allowing more businesses, including retail stores, gyms and restaurants, to push forward with reopening plans after a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations over the summer has started to decline. Abbott said the state has been divided into 22 regions where officials will monitor hospital capacity and virus cases. That includes "all retail stores, all restaurants, all office buildings, all manufacturing, all museums and libraries and all gyms," he said. The number of new cases and new hospitalizations have been cut by more than two-thirds. Just yesterday we had the lowest number of hospitalizations in the past three months," Abbott said.cnbc.com
Texas hair, nail and tanning salons to reopen this week, gyms next, governor says
Texas hair and nail salons, barber shops and tanning salons will be allowed to reopen to customers with modifications starting this Friday, Gov. He said that hair and tanning salons that reopen this Friday must also maintain six feet between customers. He said there isn't a plan yet to reopen the state's bars while following proper social distancing guidelines. There are currently 1,888 people in the state's hospitals with Covid-19, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. The coronavirus has infected more than 33,400 in Texas, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.cnbc.com
Texas to lift coronavirus restrictions this week, businesses to reopen in phases
Texas will lift its most stringent statewide coronavirus restrictions this week and allow some businesses to reopen with safety precautions as the state's infection rate decelerates, Gov. Abbott will allow the current statewide stay-at-home order to expire on April 30, he said, adding that businesses will reopen in phases beginning May 1. Churches and religious sites were never closed under Texas' original restrictions, Abbott said, but under the new order they will be allowed to increase capacity. White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Deborah Birx said Texas' reopening plan "was great," according to Abbott. "We are Texans," Abbott said.cnbc.com