Bringing a temporary halt to the swinging fortunes of the state of Texas’ controversial voter ID law, a three-judge panel at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court on Tuesday decided to reinstate it for the moment, staying an injunction on the law last week by a district court judge.
Ruling that the change in state election law happened just three weeks from the November election, the panel said it was too late to make changes before this election cycle.
The Supreme Court has rejected the United States Fifth Circuit Court decision allowing the state of Texas to begin enforcing ambulatory-surgical center requirements for clinics performing abortions. The Supreme Court ruled that the state could not begin enforcing the law without further appeal.
A group of clinics and abortion rights groups sued the state saying the law would shut down all but seven clinics, which they say would force south and west Texas women to drive hundreds of miles to be treated.
A new group with a curious name is looking to shake things up a bit on San Antonio’s Art Scene. That curious name is Alamo Basement, and if that phrase rings a bell, it’s not by accident. Think of that San Antonio scene in Pee-wee Herman’s first movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” The late, great Jan Hooks exclaimed to a befuddled Pee-wee, “There’s no basement at the Alamo!” (hit "Listen" above to hear that scene)
“Yeah, y’ know, it’s kind of a clever name. I’ve always been a fan of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’.”
Students at Palo Alto College are protesting the changes at the Alamo Colleges, which effectively removed declared majors from most degrees and transcripts. They tell Texas Public Radio they were not given the opportunity to either voice their concerns, or ample time to react
A senate committee is examining the State Board of Education’s efforts to streamline math and writing standards, amid new data showing Texas students SAT scores are at an all-time low, but some lawmakers remain leery about what will be taken out and whether Texas is really doing enough to prepare students for college.
Very soon Texas will be a state where the largest ethnic group is Latinos. California made the switch early this year. The two most populous states, with the most electoral college votes, are poised to remake the political landscape.
Laws in Texas and Wisconsin that required a photo I.D. to vote were discarded last week. In Wisconsin, the law was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Texas, a federal court judge in Corpus Christi threw the law out.
Ringing protest chants and flashy signs greeted security at the Karnes County Residential Center Saturday, southeast of San Antonio, where 60 people gathered in solidarity with immigrant women and children housed inside; immigrants who made it across the U.S. border after fleeing violence in Central America.