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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:26 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law discriminates; orders fix

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, giving more than a half-million registered voters a likely easier path to casting a ballot.

The ruling was a striking election-year victory for the administration of President Barack Obama, which took the unusual step of bringing the U.S. Justice Department into Texas to fight the case. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the ruling affirmed that the 2011 law — which Texas enforced in three elections — abridged the right to vote based on race or color.

Republicans were dealt a second blow in as many days to a new breed of strict voter ID measures that limits the kind of photo identifications that are valid. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that residents without a photo ID in that state will still be allowed to vote in November.

Elections experts widely agree that the Texas law, which accepted concealed handgun licenses but not college IDs, was the toughest in the nation.

Voters must still show identification at the polls in Texas under the decision by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is regarded as one of the most conservative panels in the country. But a lower court is now instructed to devise a way for Texas to accommodate those who cannot.

"It's a great day for civil rights across America, and it's a critically important achievement for voters throughout Texas who have as of late been routinely mistreated by state leaders," said Houston attorney Chad Dunn, who helped represent a team of Democrats and minority rights groups that challenged the law.

The 9-6 decision agreed with a lower court ruling that Texas had violated the federal Voting Rights Act. Elections experts have testified that Hispanics were twice as likely and blacks three times more likely than whites to lack an acceptable ID under the law. They also said lower-income Texas residents were more likely to lack underlying documents to obtain a free state voting ID.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed disappointment and must now work with opponents on putting a Band aid on the law with less than four months until Election Day.

"It is unfortunate that this common-sense law, providing protections against fraud, was not upheld in its entirety," Paxton said in a statement.

More than 30 states require some form of voter identification. But only about nine states, including Texas and Wisconsin, were considered to have especially restrictive laws prior to this week.

The decision could also have even broader ramifications: Aside from fixing the law for now, the court also ordered a later re-evaluation of whether Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature intentionally discriminated against minorities in pursuing the law. If a court ultimately finds that was the case, Texas could be punished and ordered to seek federal approval before changing future voting laws, Dunn said.

More than 600,000 Texas voters — or 4.5 percent of all registered voters in Texas — lacked a suitable ID under the law that was signed by then-Republican Gov. Rick Perry, a lower court found in 2014.

In a dissenting opinion, other judges warned the ruling Wednesday will "backfire."

"This decision will thus foster cynicism about the courts and more rather than less racial tension. Lawmakers at every level will be forced to be race-conscious, not race-neutral, in protecting the sanctity of the ballot and the integrity of political processes," they wrote.

The law required Texas residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification. The state and other supporters say the Texas law prevents fraud, while opponents say there are few cases of voter fraud. The court decision Wednesday came after a three-judge panel ruled last year that the law violated the Voting Rights Act, and Texas appealed.

Lawyers for Texas have argued that the state makes free IDs easy to obtain. They said any inconveniences or costs involved in getting one do not substantially burden the right to vote, and that the Justice Department and other plaintiffs had failed to prove that the law resulted in denying anyone the right to vote.

Opponents countered that trial testimony indicated various bureaucratic and economic burdens associated with the law — for instance, the difficulty in finding and purchasing a proper birth certificate to obtain an ID. A court filing by the American Civil Liberties Union cited testimony in other voter ID states indicating numerous difficulties faced by people, including burdensome travel and expenses to get required documentation to obtain IDs.
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Lyin Ted Cruz
Cruz REFUSED to endorse Donald Trump. SHAME on you!  At least Ted Cruz told Americans not to stay home when he spoke at the RNC convention July 20th.  The crowd boo'd Ted.  Good.  He needs booing.  In May, lyin Ted Cruz called Trump a pathological liar.  Actually that describes Cruz, obama and hellary - NOT Donald Trump.  

Cruz REFUSED to endorse Donald Trump
Ted Cruz shot himself in foot, refused to endorse Donald J. Trump, while the frenzied crowd booed him off the stage.
The crowd was with him for the majority of his talk.
Cruz is a bitter, ungracious, self-focused little luzer.

Wow, this is a good article!  
Has Ted entirely destroyed his career?  
When he signed the PLEDGE to endorse the candidate - he got stuff!  
He lied!  LYIN TED!  Now he proves he has NO INTEGRITY and CANT BE TRUS-TED by refusing to honor his PROMISE.  This is a very big deal.  Hellary and Obama are liars - do you want ANOTHER LIAR?

RNC pledge
What did the candidates get for signing the PLEDGE?
All of the Republican candidates were supposed to sign a loyalty pledge by the Republican National Committee.
The pledge read:
"I (name) affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is.''

Donald Trump Wants Consequences
Donald Trump said there should be consequences for not endorsing him.
Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ted Cruz should never be allowed to run for public office again.

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Texas sheriff's deputy shot, killed
July 25, 2016
 -  A veteran Texas sheriff's deputy was shot and killed at his Round Rock home.  Sgt. Craig Hutchinson used his law enforcement radio to call for help shortly before 1:30 a.m., and responding officers found Hutchinson laying in the back yard of his home.
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Balloon crashes in Texas
July 30, 2016
-  A hot air balloon caught on fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas.  At least 16 people dead.

A hot air balloon caught on fire and crashed in a pasture near Lockhart, Texas.  At least 16 people dead.

The balloon was operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, based in New Braunfels, outside of San Antonio. Local media outlets identified the pilot as Skip Nichols, who owned the business.  Saturday's crash may be one of the worst balloon disasters in U.S. history. The deadliest was in February 2013, when a balloon flying over Luxor, Egypt, caught fire and plunged 1,000 feet to the ground, killing at least 19 foreign tourists.

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Austin, Texas shootings
July 31, 2016
 -  One dead, 4 injured in separate shootings in downtown Austin.
Local media reports indicate that a woman in her 30s has been killed in the shooting.

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Bush urges Trump support
Aug 8, 2016
-  George P Bush urged Texas Republicans to support Donald Trump.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush is asking Texas Republicans to support the party's presidential nominee. Bush said its time to put aside animosity and get behind Trump.
From Team Bush, you get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton!

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Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama's transgender rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration's directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

On Monday — the first day of class for most public schools in Texas — hundreds of school districts awoke to news of the order by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor.

His decision dated Sunday comes after Texas and 12 other states challenged the Obama directive as unconstitutional. O'Connor ruled that the federal education law, Title IX, "is not ambiguous" about sex being defined as "the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth."

He also sided with Republican state leaders who argued that schools should have been allowed to weigh in before the directive was announced in May.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, had argued that halting the law before school began was necessary because districts risked losing federal education dollars if they didn't comply. Federal officials didn't explicitly make that threat upon issuing the directive, although they also never ruled out the possibility.

"This president is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threating to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform," Paxton said. "That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts."

The Education and Justice departments did not immediately react to the injunction.

Paul Castillo, a Dallas attorney for the gay rights group Lambda Legal that had urged the court to let the directive stand, said the ruling was a continuation of attacks on transgender people.

"I think today is going to be a hard day for transgender students," Castillo said. "The decision is certainly emotional, and certainly an attack on transgender students' dignity."

The federal government told U.S. public schools in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. That announcement came days after the Justice Department sued North Carolina over a state law that requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, which U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had likened to policies of racial segregation. Republicans have argued such laws are commonsense privacy safeguards.

The Obama administration had told the court that recipients of federal education dollars "are clearly on notice" that antidiscrimination polices must be followed. Texas alone gets roughly $10 billion in federal education funds.

The lawsuit was filed in May by Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, and the Republican governors of Maine, Mississippi and Kentucky. Two small school districts in Arizona and Texas, which have fewer than 600 students combined and no transgender persons on their campuses, also joined the effort to prevent the directive from being enforced.
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Chaos enveloping America by the end of 2016.
Houston destroyed and uninhabitable
.  Houston is a major port for receipt of the oil tankers.  Two prophecies for the destruction of Houston, Texas areas by a tsunami created by an offshore earthquake or hurricane.
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Texas schoolgirl shoots fellow student then kills herself: sheriff

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A 14-year-old girl shot and wounded a fellow student at Alpine High School in rural West Texas on Thursday and then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Brewster County sheriff told reporters.

The wounded girl, thought to be 16, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. No names have been released and no motive has been given for the incident in the town of about 6,000 people, Sheriff Ronny Dodson said.

The shooter is thought to have moved to Alpine, about 200 miles southeast of El Paso, with her family about six months ago, Dodson said. The girl was found dead in a bathroom and a pistol was recovered nearby.

"It's not supposed to happen here. It has got us all in shock. This is Alpine. It is a peaceful place to live and come," Dodson said, adding, "it could have been a lot worse."

The shootings prompted an evacuation of the high school and other schools were put on lockdown. Video on local media showed students consoling each other.

After the shooting, the sheriff's office received threats from a man to bomb nearby Sul Ross State University and attack a hospital. Dodson said the threats were not related to the shooting and saw them as sick pranks that diverted resources at a time of crisis.

"Right now, we think we have some nut who in the midst of one of our most emotional times at our school started calling in these threats," Dodson said.


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