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It was 50 years ago this week that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act.

The law that sought to end the Jim Crow practice of blocking African Americans from the voting booth. It was later expanded to include Latinos in Texas.

The Voting Rights Act is just part of a battery of civil rights reforms and anti-poverty laws that LBJ was responsible for. Yet some still wonder about what Johnson’s legacy will be as the passage of time brings new filters to examine his record of accomplishments and failures.

Ryan E. Poppe

This year, no Texas deer rancher has suffered more than Robert Patterson who owns the Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County. 

In June, a two-year old buck died from a broken neck at his ranch. Voluntary testing confirmed that it had Chronic Wasting Disease, an illness that prompts deer to stop eating.

Since then Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have euthanized 42 more of Patterson’s deer and found 3 positive for the disease. Patterson says that’s cost him almost a half-million dollars in livestock. 

City of San Antonio

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley has presented the city council with a $2.5 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 which begins in October of this year. The city is increasing funding for infrastructure projects while slightly lowering the property tax rate.

Perry for President Campaign

Texas will be well represented in the first GOP presidential debate Thursday that’s being broadcast by Fox TV.  But the Texan who led the state Republican Party for more than a decade didn’t make the cut. 

As expected Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul- all raised in Texas -will be invited to the first debate being held in Cleveland.  They’ve consistently polled in the top third of the 17 GOP candidates, and polling numbers were used to decide which 10 would be invited. 

Austin-born Carly Fiorina didn’t make it.