On election eve, Democrats and Republicans are feverishly working to get their voters out, especially in major metropolitan counties where voting margins might be as close as 1-2 percent in Texas’ gubernatorial race. But any effort to “turn Texas blue” won’t begin at the top.
A lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of the surgical gowns used by staff at the Dallas hospital where nurses were infected with Ebola, alleges the company falsely claimed that Ebola and other infectious disease couldn’t penetrate their material.
A California surgeon has filed a $500 million federal class action lawsuit, claiming the Dallas-based Kimberley-Clarke Corporation made fraudulent claims after industry tests proved their “MICROCOOL Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown was not impermeable to diseases such as Ebola.
Casting his ballot ahead of Tuesday’s election, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott remains confident about his chances amongst likely Hispanic voters. Abbott predicts his campaign will win a majority of votes throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
The lines for early voting were longer than in 2010, including for the Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who waited to cast a ballot for himself before the last day of early voting.
Standing in front of the San Antonio City Council, barely able to reach the microphone atop the broad wood podium, Verna Dement carried a stack of papers.
The Lee County woman had come to the Alamo City to ask the council to hold up on voting for the Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, a $3.4 billion, 142-mile pipeline, which would draw water from Dement’s neighboring Burleson County, to provide San Antonio and potentially, other cities along the I-35, water for decades to come.
With a unanimous vote, members of the Texas Ethics Commission approved new regulations that require that “Dark Money” groups reveal all political contributions.
The new regulation requires all politically active nonprofits that have donated more than 25 percent of their annual budgets to campaigns, disclose their list of anonymous donors. The chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, Jim Clancy, says he is troubled by the battle over whether our government would be run in secret.
Texas Democrats are taking a page from the Republican playbook, hoping to boost early voting numbers ahead of the November election by targeting voters that benefit from mail-in ballots. The party and political experts also sees absentee voting as a way-around Texas’ Voter voter ID Lawslaws.
New federal restrictions on people traveling from any of three countries on an Ebola high alert aren’t sitting well with Texas Governor Rick Perry, or some on the governor’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.
Dr. Peter Hotez, an expert on tropical diseases and a member of Gov. Perry’s task force, agreed that the current restrictions would serve as a way to play down fears. But he added, significantly, that without any advanced screening measures, airport security was likely to only stop one to two cases of Ebola from entering the country.