Government & Public Policy

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Ryan Poppe

Texans from across the state are at the State Capitol in Austin today telling lawmakers how they feel about the Texas Privacy Act, better known as the Transgender Bathroom Bill.  More than 400 signed up to testify at the first public hearing on legislation that has implications for businesses and families.

Health Care Sets Tone For Texas Congressman's Contentious Town Hall

Mar 4, 2017
Cooper Neill / The Texas Tribune

 

In a rare congressional town hall in North Texas on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, withstood two hours of booing from hundreds of angry constituents at a local high school.

It was notable that Burgess was there in the flesh; many of his colleagues have avoided such events during the congressional recess, choosing virtual discussions over rowdy and combative public forums with residents outraged over the Trump administration's recent policies. 

There's nothing like being out of office for more than eight years to make a former president look happy and, maybe for some, human again.

George W. Bush appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night --laughing, cracking jokes and charming his host as he plugged his new book of portraits of veterans.

From Texas Standard:

Three months before Election Day, a federal judge issued an order forcing Texas to allow people to vote without a photo ID as long as they signed an affidavit claiming a reasonable impediment to obtaining one.

Only a small percentage of voters signed them but officials in Tarrant County are asking their district attorney to investigate 15 affidavits that may have been issued improperly.

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

In a statement Sen. Carlos Uresti said he was spending Thursday at the state legislature doing the people’s work.  But he was nowhere to be found.  State Rep. Tomas Uresti was there and defended his younger brother.

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