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  • 'Next Bush' makes campaign filing in Texas

    11/10/2012 3:13:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    My Way News ^ | 11-9-12 | By SCHUYLER DIXON
    George P. Bush, a nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of one-time Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has made a campaign filing in Texas that is required of candidates planning to run for state office, an official said Thursday night. The younger Bush, a Fort Worth resident, filed a campaign treasurer appointment Wednesday, a requirement for someone to become a candidate under campaign finance law, Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, told The Associated Press. Sorrells said the report does not specify what office Bush might seek, if any, and he had no other details...
  • Officials Want Military to Take Over Power Restoration on Long Island

    11/09/2012 10:30:39 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Nov 9, 2012 | Greg Cergol
    Some officials are calling for the U.S. military to take over the managerial structure of the Long Island Power Authority until power is restored on Long Island, where more than a quarter million homes and businesses are still in the dark after Sandy and a snowstorm. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and U.S. Rep. Peter King will ask the federal government for help, a spokesman for King tells NBC 4 New York. ... LIPA was warned as long ago as 2006 that it was not prepared to handle a major storm, that it badly needed to replace outdated technology and...
  • [South Texas:]Vela: Border Security a Priority

    BROWNSVILLE - The Rio Grande Valley's newest congressman is vowing to make the Obama administration aware of the security problems plaguing the region. Filemon Vela Jr. on Tuesday was elected to the newly created 34th Congressional District. He said the border region has changed and Washington needs to get that message. "We used to go eat (in Mexico) - once, maybe twice a week. We used to take people to shop ... people would come in from out of town. It was a very fun thing to do," he said at the B&M International Bridge in Brownsville. "That's a part...
  • George P. Bush, nephew of the former president, reportedly takes first step toward political office

    11/09/2012 6:36:42 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 48 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Nov 9 2012 | AP
    It turns out the calls for a stronger Hispanic voice in the GOP — more urgent than ever after Barack Obama’s massive support among the demographic Tuesday — were heard loud and clear in North Texas. George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, has taken his first step toward running for office by filing an “appointment of a campaign treasurer” with the Texas Ethics Commission, according to The New Republic.
  • Former CMU trustee pleads not guilty to laundering drug cartel money

    11/09/2012 6:36:22 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 2 replies
    Tribune Review & AP ^ | November 8 | debra Erdley
    A former Carnegie Mellon University trustee pleaded not guilty on Thursday to conspiring to launder $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel during a federal court hearing in El Paso. ... The university named a graduate fellowship for Hispanic students in public policy for Delgado and pledged $250,000 in matching funds to it after Delgado gave CMU $250,000 in 2003.
  • George P. Bush moves toward seeking office in Texas

    11/09/2012 12:17:58 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 109 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 11/9/12
    George P. Bush of Fort Worth, the son of a former governor, and a grandson and nephew of former U.S. presidents, has filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission, seemingly in preparation for a run for local or statewide office. As first reported by The New Republic, Bush, 36, filed what is called an "appointment of a campaign treasurer by a candidate" form, which Texas Ethics Commission general Counsel Tim Sorrells said is required of someone who is a candidate. The report, filed Wednesday, does not indicate which office Bush has his eye on. That might become more evident on...
  • ATI plans to lay off 172 workers in North Richland Hills

    11/08/2012 11:56:36 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache
    Star Telegram ^ | 11/9/12
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- ATI Schools & Colleges plans to lay off 172 employees by Dec. 31, according to notices sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week. ATI is laying off 122 people at its home office at 6331 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills, according to an Oct. 31 letter citing the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988. That notice explains that ATI has decided to reduce its workforce at that location. An additional 50 people are expected to be laid off from ATI Career Training Center No. 30, at nearby 6351 Boulevard 26, according to...
  • AMD Trims Austin Workforce - 400 Jobs Slashed

    11/08/2012 10:48:09 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 11/9/12
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ( AMD ) has eliminated approximately 400 jobs from its Austin workforce in order to reduce operational costs. This layoff is an attempt by AMD to optimize its cost structure and thereby improve its competitiveness. The restructuring announcement came as part of AMD's third-quarter 2012 earnings release. The company had planned to eliminate 15% of its workforce, or about 1,800 jobs but did not mention local layoffs. The company had nearly 2,500 workers in Austin at the time. These layoffs are expected to reduce the cost base by 25% and generate total annualized cost savings of...
  • Cigna to Lay Off 1,300 Workers Worldwide

    11/08/2012 10:34:50 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 13 replies
    KTEN-TV ^ | 11/9/12
    DENISON,TX--- One international company with local offices will be eliminating jobs. Cigna announced November 1st that 1,300 jobs will be cut worldwide now through June 2013. A cigna rep says only a small number of these jobs will in Denison. He says most of the layoffs will occur in Europe. "The largest impact in the United States is going to be in our home state, where our headquarters is, in Connecticut of about 200 people. Then all the other actions are going to be smaller and spread throughout all of our offices and operations throughout the United States," Cigna Corporation's...
  • RIM Reportedly Cuts 200 Jobs In Irving, Texas Office (4,800 more coming)

    11/08/2012 1:26:38 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/8/2012
    Research in Motion yesterday laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas, the Dallas Morning News is reporting. RIM confirmed that there were layoffs in Irving, the story says, but would not say how many jobs were cut. According to the newspaper, RIM denied that it has plans to close the Irving office, which according to the story had about 700 employees before the recent cuts. The story says that according to a source, most of the job cuts were to call center staff. Update: Here’s RIM’s official statement on the situation: RIM is on target...
  • We lost. But Palin still pulled out 2 new TP Senators: Deb Fischer and Ted Cruz

    11/07/2012 8:58:46 AM PST · by convertedtoreason · 33 replies
    Fischer, 61, a state legislator, easily won in a state that has trended more conservative in recent years. Elected to the Nebraska legislature in 2004, Fischer upset two better-known opponents to win the Republican primary. She will succeed retiring Democratic Senator Ben Nelson. Fischer has said she favors repeal of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms and supports passage of a balanced budget amendment. She also supports more oil drilling and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would go through Nebraska. Kerrey was elected governor of Nebraska in 1982. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1988, re-elected in...
  • What America Voted For Last Night

    11/07/2012 2:12:01 PM PST · by pwatson · 25 replies
    North Texas Tea Party ^ | 11/07/12 | Michael Openshaw
    America’s voice was quite clear last night. It voted, by a significant margin, for the Republicans to retain strong control of the House, for Democrats to have stronger control of the Senate, and to re-elect the man proven to have no inclination to work with either in such an environment. By voting the way they did, the American people did not vote to re-install the dream of 2008, but voted for the gridlock nightmare of 2010. They voted to support governance without budget, spending without revenue, and executive by diktat, not by the will of the people nor constitutional constraint....
  • Cruz Easily Wins U.S. Senate Race

    11/06/2012 11:14:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    kutnews.org ^ | November 6, 2012 | Jay Root
    Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the job. Cruz had a huge, insurmountable lead in early returns. In early statewide returns, his total was slightly behind Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's total, but the gap represented a relatively low number of split ballots. Romney was beating President Obama by more than 15 points with about 10 percent of the precincts reporting, according to early unofficial returns. The outcome of the U.S. Senate race was never much in doubt. Democrats haven’t won...
  • Cruz wins Texas' US Senate seat, beats Paul Sadler

    11/06/2012 9:14:26 PM PST · by South40 · 19 replies
    KLTV (AP) ^ | 11/6/2012
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat. Cruz beat former Democratic state representative Paul Sadler. The ex-state solicitor general was heavily favored since Texas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.
  • Complaint filed: Absentee ballots sent to San Antonio cemetery (TX)

    11/06/2012 2:04:57 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    KVUE ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Jeff Goldblatt / KENS 5
    Martinez said he obtained documents on Oct. 30 that show more than five dozen requests for absentee ballots from this address, despite the fact there's not a living soul there. He filed a formal complaint on Oct. 31 with the Secretary of State. He told KENS 5 the case has now been forwarded to the Attorney General. "We just want to be sure that things like this are not going on in the future and make sure that people's vote is appropriately counted," he said. Martinez did not provide any evidence that any fraudulent votes were cast as a result...
  • Galveston County Extends Voting Hours

    11/06/2012 12:34:33 PM PST · by 1riot1ranger · 29 replies
    city hall email ^ | 11/6/2012 | City of League City
    Galveston County has extended voting hours until 8:54 pm. Votes after 7:00 will be counted as provisional. County will have further details available at the polling location and on Galveston County website. Any idea what caused this extension?
  • NY Times claims Obama Slight Electoral Win- 5PM today

    11/05/2012 7:28:56 PM PST · by Individual Rights in NJ · 68 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/5/2012 | MICAH COHEN
    If the polls are correct, and President Obama wins a narrow Electoral College victory on Tuesday, the pivotal moment of the 2012 presidential race may have actually occurred in 2009. About two months after taking office, Mr. Obama set the terms of the government’s rescue of General Motors and
  • Running to remember those injured (Ft. Hood massacre)

    11/05/2012 5:42:06 PM PST · by bgill · 2 replies
    KXAN ^ | Nov. 5, 2012 | KXAN
    Thursday, Royal started an 80-mile journey in Killeen with the goal of running to the State Capitol The number on his shirt shows his mission: "32 Still Standing." It's for the 32 survivors who were wounded in the Fort Hood attacks -- 32 people Royal says are often forgotten.
  • School Skit Features Romney Getting Punched

    11/05/2012 3:39:16 PM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/5/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school marching band is facing criticism for a halftime performance that featured someone dressed like Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting assaulted.
  • This Might Be the First Legal Deer Ever Harvested with a Silencer in the State of Texas. Ever.

    11/05/2012 5:07:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 November, 2012 | Nick Leghorn
    Early this morning, just as the sun was coming up, I was sitting on a pair of buckets with Tyler Kee in his brand new deer blind when a beautiful love-struck buck wandered into our field following a doe that had run through a few seconds earlier. And as I lined up my scope for what would be the fourth headshot on wildlife in a row, the biggest thing that was running through my mind was “I might be about to make history…” The state of Texas has always made hunting with silencers illegal for game animals. Something about poaching...
  • Houston Poll Watcher Says NAACP ‘Ringleader’ Was Accused of Touching Voting Machine

    11/04/2012 6:29:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/4/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The poll watcher who said individuals in NAACP T-shirts took over a Houston polling site told TheBlaze Sunday that the “ringleader” of the group was also accused of touching an electronic voting machine that a voter was using.Eve Rockford said the woman in the NAACP attire first screamed at the poll supervisor and demanded that a clerk be removed during the Friday incident.“She starts screaming at [poll supervisor Rose Cochran] and she says ‘get this clerk out of here, get him out of here I’ve had enough of him,” Rockford, 51, told TheBlaze. “He starts calmly, using his voice, ‘she’s...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The AAA 500 from Texas on Sun. 11/4/12 - 2 pm ET on ESPN - 3 Chase races to go!

    11/03/2012 2:19:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 11/3/12
    Texas, Phoenix, Homestead.. 3 to go.. Sunday, it's Texas.. and looky who's on the pole.. GiDDyuP, CowBoys! Time to hit the BBQ buffet! Vote! and Don't Forget to Donate to FR!
  • Navistar to Close Garland, Texas, Plant to Reduce Costs(EPA induced)

    10/31/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/12
    Navistar International Corp. (NAV) plans to close its Garland, Texas, assembly plant, as the embattled truck maker shrinks it manufacturing capacity in response to falling demand for commercial trucks. The plant near Dallas employs about 900 workers and has been Navistar's primary site for assembling heavy-duty trucks in recent years. The company intends to cease operations at Garland during first half of next year. Closing Garland is expected to lower Navistar's costs by increasing the utilization of other plants. SNIP Navistar, which also makes military trucks and school buses, has lost $241 million during the first nine months of its...
  • U.N. to Monitor the U.S. Election? Exposé on the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

    11/03/2012 8:15:30 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 November 2012 | William F. Jasper
    Who Is Bolat Bersebayev and Why Is He Monitoring Our Elections? The New American 02 November 2012 Who are Bolat Bersebayev of Kazakhstan, Elchin Musaeyev of Azerbaijan, and their OSCE teammates who are "monitoring" the U.S. elections? ... As reported previously by The New American, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has warned the OSCE monitors that they will risk criminal prosecution if they interfere in the state’s election procedures. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has also warned OSCE that its monitors must obey Iowa election laws or face arrest (see here and here). Janez Lenarcic, the director of the...
  • Jeb Bush believes Texas will be “blue” by 2016

    11/03/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 88 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | Oct 16 2012 | Patricia Diez
    A lot can change in just four years. For former Florida Governor Jeb Bush a four-year timetable is enough for a significant shift for the Republican party. He tells Joe Hagan of New York magazine: “It’s a math question. Four years from now, Texas is going to be a so-called blue state. Imagine Texas as a blue state, how hard it would be to carry the presidency or gain control of the Senate.” Hagan starts the article for New York magazine with this idea that Texas’ rapidly changing demographic will unfavorably affect the Republican party. He writes: “Sitting down across...
  • DOJ sending voting observers to 23 states

    11/02/2012 6:29:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 11/2/12 | Dan Freedman
    With Election Day only four days off, the Justice Department is planning to send 780 observers to polls in 23 states including Texas, California and New York. DOJ lawyers and other employees will monitor voting in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas and Jefferson Counties in Texas; Alameda and Riverside Counties in California; and Orange County in New York. The Justice Department observers will join a growing throng of lawyers and poll watchers sent by the presidential candidates as well as state and local candidates. In addition, Houston-based True the Vote, self-proclaimed poll integrity organization, has pledged to deploy a virtual army...
  • DPS puts fatal La Joya chase officer back on duty

    11/01/2012 4:17:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Valley Central ^ | November 1, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    LA JOYA, TEXAS (AP) -- The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the name of the state trooper who fired on a fleeing pickup truck near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing two illegal immigrants who were hiding under a blanket in the bed.
  • Woman Blocked from Voting over 'Bible' T-Shirt

    11/01/2012 12:45:38 PM PDT · by massmike · 58 replies
    cbn.com ^ | 11/01/2012 | n/a
    A woman was blocked from early voting near Austin, Texas, last week after wearing a T-shirt that said "Vote the Bible." A pro-family group called Texas Values said election workers told resisdent Kay Hill at the Taylor City Hall polling place in Williamson County her shirt was quote "offensive." She was told to turn the shirt inside out, go home and change, or cover up the words "Vote the Bible." Hill tried to disagree but was eventually forced to cover up her Bible message. Poll workers reportedly provided a jacket for her to wear over the shirt. "It's outrageous that...
  • Are there any election watching events planned for Dallas/Fort Worth? (vanity)

    11/01/2012 9:00:47 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 5 replies
    Self | 11/1/12 | Self
    I and a small group of conservative friends would like to be around like-minded conservatives in some public venue to (hopefully) CELEBRATE the GOP victory.
  • Vestas changes its mind, says it will close Colorado R&D office

    11/01/2012 8:17:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | October 31, 2012 | Mark Harden
    Vestas Wind Systems said late Wednesday it will shut down its research and development offices in Louisville and in two other states, rather than consolidate them in Brighton as it announced less than a month ago... The Danish wind-turbine maker ... Vestas will close its three R&D offices in the United States by the end of the second quarter in 2013.” The other two offices are in Houston and Marlborough, Mass. ... Vestas repeatedly has blamed the pending expiration of a U.S. wind-power production tax credit for weakening demand for its products, leading to job cutbacks. That tax credit, which...
  • Cheap natural gas fuels plant expansions

    11/01/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 1, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    Here’s something to think about the next time you toss a plastic milk carton in the recycling bin: You’re part of the natural gas revolution, and a $15 billion expansion at chemical plants along the Texas Gulf Coast will bring it closer to home than ever. “We started watching a few years ago,” said Mark Lashier, executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins at Chevron Phillips Chemical. “We went from, ‘Gosh, is this something real?’ to convincing ourselves this is here to stay.” “This” is not only low natural gas prices but also the huge reserves of shale gas released...
  • Protests or not, they have a pipeline to build

    11/01/2012 7:08:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 1, 2012 | Zain Shauk
    The teams start rolling out before daybreak, a rumbling cacophony orchestrated under floodlights and black skies. They fan out, men carrying hardhats walking past trucks on the move, busloads of workers, and trailers carrying four-wheel-drive carts and heavy machinery. About 700 workers building TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in Texas move out from a Mount Pleasant lot every morning in a mobilization fit for a war zone. The size of the effort, for just one segment of Keystone XL, is part of TransCanada’s sophisticated, 4,000-person operation to dig through nearly 500 miles of land and install a 36-inch diameter oil pipeline...
  • Iowa warns international observers of arrest

    10/31/2012 12:31:03 PM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/31/12 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Iowa has joined Texas in warning international election observers of possible criminal prosecution if they violate state laws and get near polling places on Election Day. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz — like Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week — on Tuesday threatened Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe election observers with arrest if they came within 300 feet of a polling place’s entrance, in violation of state law. (In Texas, it’s 100 feet.)
  • “Vote the Bible” T-Shirt Banned In A Texas County, Called “Offensive”

    10/31/2012 11:22:14 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 44 replies
    Texas Values ^ | October 31, 2012 | David Walls
    Texas Values Assists Intimidated Voter Forced to Cover Up Her Religious T-Shirt Before Voting Austin, TX, October 31, 2012–During early voting last week, a Texas voter in Williamson County was banned from wearing a t-shirt with the words “Vote the Bible” printed on the front. On October 24, Williamson County election workers at the Taylor City Hall polling place told Kay Hill that before she would be allowed to vote she had to turn her shirt inside out, go home and change, or cover up the words “Vote the Bible” because they “may be offensive to some people.” After voicing...
  • Another Important Victory: The Holy Land Foundation Trial Redux

    10/30/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 29 Oct 12 | Unattributed
    Observers who follow such things know how important the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial has been in uncovering the spread of both violent and civilizational jihad in the USA. For those who may not be familiar with the Holy Land Foundation trial, here is a very brief synopsis: The Holy Land Foundation was the largest Islamic charity in the United States. It was headquartered in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. In 2007, federal prosecutors brought charges against the organization for funding Hamas and other Islamic terrorist organizations. The Holy Land Foundation’s assets were frozen by the European Union...
  • Police: Pastor of North Texas church killed

    10/29/2012 5:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29 4:08 PM EDT | Angela K. Brown
    Authorities say a North Texas pastor died after a man drove his car into the church and attacked the pastor with an electric guitar. Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis said officers arrived at the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church on Monday to find an assault in progress. …
  • Obama Backs UN-linked Election Monitors, but Texas Stands Firm

    10/29/2012 11:35:23 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 October 2012 | Alex Newman
    The national scandal over United Nations-linked "elections monitors" continues to grow after Texas threatened potential prosecutions. Obama Backs UN-linked Election Monitors, but Texas Stands Firm The New American 28 October 2012 Related articles:Texas Warns UN Affiliates Monitoring U.S. Election of Prosecution Risk Concerned About Conservatives, UN Affiliate to Monitor U.S. Election Leftists Call on United Nations to Monitor U.S. Election ACORN: Disenfranchising Voters Illegal Aliens Fraudulently Cast Ballots in New Mexico Hidden Camera Reveals How Easy It Is for Phantom Voters to Vote Democrats to State Secretaries: Keep Voting Requirements Loose Eric Holder Likens Texas Voter ID Law to "Poll...
  • Wounded Warrior downs record buck at McAlester(OK)

    10/28/2012 7:04:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 27 October, 2012 | NA
    Quinton Picone, 23, harvested this nine-point buck Oct. 12 at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant during a Wounded Warriors in Action hunt. Picone is undergoing rehabilitation after losing both lower legs in 2011 while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. His buck set a new base record for the heaviest deer taken on the property. I'm sharing the following release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation verbatim. A great hunt for one of our nation's best. --- For Quinton Picone, 23, a native of nearby Panola, first times seem to be the charm. At least first-time hunting trips, that...
  • Republicans appear to be winning early vote

    10/27/2012 6:37:28 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 18 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | 10/27/12 | Brian Chasnoff
    Red alert, local Democrats: One week into early voting, Republicans are beating you in turnout. This analysis comes courtesy of fourth-day data from early voting sites across Bexar County, comparing turnout in 2008 to this year's numbers. Democrats, of course, swept elections in 2008, when Barack Obama won the presidency and, incidentally, beat John McCain in Bexar County by more than five percentage points. In predicting the political loyalties of voters at early voting sites, local geography plays a role, according to consultants. “Typically, Bexar County's North Side are the heaviest Republican-voting precincts,” says Christian Anderson, who runs campaigns for...
  • Court: Texas Has the Right to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

    10/27/2012 2:48:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    Life News ^ | 10-26-2012 | Steven Ertelt
    October 26, 2012 Court: Texas Has the Right to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Steven Ertelt The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to grant an additional hearing to Planned Parenthood regarding Texas’ legislation to end taxpayer funding of abortion companies, including Planned Parenthood.The decision effectively ends the legal controversy surrounding the law and affirms Texas’ right to stop taxpayer dollars from flowing to abortion providers.Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, saying, “Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In...
  • Local Democrat Party running radio ads reminding people of benefits

    10/27/2012 7:19:44 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 9 replies
    Local Radio Station | 27 October 2012 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Our local radio station is running ads from the local Democrat Party reminding people of the Medicare benefits, etc. and telling people they would "be on their own" with the coupons proposed by Republicans. The ad urges them to vote Democrat and does not mention Obama.
  • State Department warns Texas AG not to arrest UN-affiliated election observers (list of locations)

    10/27/2012 5:32:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/27/12 | Doug Powers
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned a group of UN-affiliated “international election observers” that they could be subject to criminal prosecution if they breach state laws by being within 100 feet of polling place entrances.The US State Department issued a warning as well. No, not to the election observers — to Texas:International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have “full immunity” from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General.“I’m not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going...
  • Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From Health Program After Court Decision

    10/26/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | October 26, 2012 | Tina Burnside
    Texas Can Ban Planned Parenthood From Health Program After Court Decision Tina Burnside October 26 (CNN) -- Texas won another battle against Planned Parenthood this week. A federal appeals court, on Thursday, refused to grant another hearing to the organization, a decision that stops the organization's fight against Texas' effort to ban state funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates. Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. "Today's ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women's Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In...
  • State Dept: Texas can’t arrest international election observers

    10/26/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT · by Snuph · 194 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    International election observers planning to visit Texas polling places have “full immunity” from being arrested in the United States, the State Department said when discussing a letter from the Texas Attorney General. “I’m not going to get into any kind of hypothetical situations or predict where this is going to go other than to say we have every expectation that this will be worked out and to state the fact, which is that under U.S. law they are eligible for immunities,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Reporters tried to get her to state explicitly that Texas could not arrest...
  • Court date set after Planned Parenthood wins restraining order

    10/26/2012 5:52:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/26/12 | Gary Scharre
    Planned Parenthood won a temporary restraining order on Friday, preventing the state of Texas from excluding the group from participating in the Women's Health Program. Austin state District Judge Amy Clark Meachum set a Nov. 8 trial date on Planned Parenthood's claim that Texas' effort to bar the group from the Women's Health Program is invalid under Texas law. Rochelle Tafolla, a Planned Parenthood vice president in Houston, called the lawsuit important "because nearly 50,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood for this basic health care through the Women's Health Program, and the lawsuit today is to preserve their access to...
  • Police: Woman tries snatching child from mom

    10/26/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    ABC 13 KTRK-TV Houston ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Eric Barajas reporting
    LEAGUE CITY, TX (KTRK) -- A woman waiting for her husband to get off of work almost had her baby snatched from her, and now the woman accused of trying to kidnap the baby is in jail. The incident happened around 4:45pm in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 200 block of South Egret Bay Boulevard. The woman was waiting for her husband to finish his shift. She had her one-year-old son sitting on her lap in the front seat of the car when another woman approached and tried to pull the baby out of her lap....
  • Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items...

    10/26/2012 2:39:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2012/taiwanese-citizen-sentenced-to-prison-for-illegally-exporting-military-sensitive-items-from-the-united-states-to-iran Taiwanese Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Exporting Military-Sensitive Items from the United States to Iran U.S. Attorney’s Office October 24, 2012 Western District of Texas SAN ANTONIO—This afternoon in San Antonio, 35-year-old Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, a citizen of Taiwan, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for helping to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian trade embargo. The sentence was announced by Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Antonio Office Special Agent in Charge...
  • Scarlett O'Hara's dress restored, on display at UT

    10/25/2012 8:11:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    KXAN ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jim Vertuno
    AUSTIN (AP) — It turns out there will be another day for Scarlett O'Hara's green curtain dress. Many of them. The iconic dress and Scarlett's burgundy ball gown from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" have been saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The dresses worn by actress Vivien Leigh are now on display for the first time in nearly 30 years at London's Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a Hollywood costume exhibit. Ransom Center officials announced the project in 2010, noting the dresses were...
  • Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut

    10/25/2012 6:08:25 PM PDT · by Snuph · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:19pm EDT | Corrie MacLaggan
    Headline and link only http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/26/us-usa-health-texas-idUSBRE89P00A20121026?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655
  • Texas AG Abbott Threatens Foreign Election Observers with Arrest

    10/25/2012 8:05:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/25/2012
    AUSTIN – State Attorney General Greg Abbott's admonition that international election observers – part of what the Texas Secretary of State's office called a long-standing exchange program to promote learning – could be criminally prosecuted if they overstep Texas law was deemed "unacceptable" by the group's director. The flap was prompted when Abbott wrote a letter to Ambassador Daan Everts at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The Republican attorney general, in a press release announcing the letter, noted the group is "a United Nations partner." Some conservatives and...