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The likely presidential nominee for the Republican Party adds one of his chief Texas critics as his possible pick to replace the late Supreme Court-Justice Antonin Scalia.

If elected president, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he would consider appointing Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the bench.   It’s a campaign strategy that Gov. Greg Abbott applauded following his latest book signing in Austin.  Abbott said it is essential that voters know who each presidential candidate would consider for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

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A non-binding legal opinion issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton states that Texas can withhold federal funding to nonprofit refugee resettlement groups if these groups ignore the state’s security verification program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being sent to the state.  

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One of the policy items that won overwhelming support at this weekend’s state GOP convention was a directive that lawmakers pass legislation in 2017 that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients.  But an effort to expand Texas’ marijuana laws may be over before they even begin.

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The theme of the Texas GOP Convention, which ended Saturday in Dallas, was “Unite to Win.”  But loyal Republicans gathered there didn’t appear to be ready to unite behind the anticipated party nominee, Donald Trump.  It’s another sign of how fractured the party is in Texas and beyond. 

 

  

In the Texas GOP Presidential Primary this past March, 44 percent voted for Texas’ Junior Senator Ted Cruz.   Donald Trump captured just 27 percent of the vote.

 

Texas Republican Party of Texas

Those attending this week’s Republican Party of Texas state convention in Dallas will vote on a number of ideas that will ultimately represent what Texas Republicans stand for.  Those ideas range from whether Texas should lead a constitutional convention of states to whether Texas should be allowed to secede from the United States.


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