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'Texas Monthly' names Paddie one of state's best lawmakers
(Marshall News Messenger © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 06:47:25 (Article ID 1377632192)

Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) has been named one of the top 10 legislators of the 85th Legislative Session by " Texas Monthly ." "Texas Monthly" focused on Paddie's passage of a statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies, expansion of job-creating "Buy America" provisions for iron and steel used in all state infrastructure projects, and his efforts to forge a compromis

 



 

6 key bills vetoed by Gov. Abbott
(KTRK 13 News © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377526466)

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott broke out his veto stamp to nix a total of 50 bills, more than he did last session, and more than any governor has done since former Gov. Rick Perry, who vetoed 56 bills in 2007. Abbott cited a number of reasons for rejecting the work of legislators, a number of which included a Senate or House companion already being signed or legislation bei

 



 

Abbott signs two Zika-related bills
(Brownsville Herald © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377599094)

zika Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law two bills this month that would vastly improve the states response to Zika.The first, Senate Bill 1680, establishes a border task force that would lead to better communication between state and local border health officials.The second, House Bill 3576, will provide more resources to the Department of S

 



 

Abbott's Executive Overreach: What all bills did the governor veto this time?
(Austin Chronicle © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 03:15:55 (Article ID 1377593198)

Gov. Greg Abbott took his big, red pen to the list of approved bills from this year's legislative session on Friday, vetoing 50 measures that had been passed through the House and Senate. Not surprisingly, a number of the bills would have proved directly beneficial to residents in Austin and other Texas municipalities had they been signed into law. Here's a smattering of the bills nixed by the Guv

 



 

AT&T's state legislative win means new tech is on its way to SA
(San Antonio Business Journal © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 03:15:55 (Article ID 1377463990)

Filling in the gaps where cell phone towers fall short is where ATT plans to invest across Texas after the capital investment got significantly cheaper. Subscribe to get the full story. Already a subscriber? Sign in

 



 

ATVs and golf carts still illegal on county roads
(Bay City Daily Tribune © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377524330)

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill penned by Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen addressing the operation of golf carts or utility vehicles on public highways on May 26. However, those types of vehicles are still illegal on Matagorda County roadways.Matagorda County attorney Denise Fortenberry sent out a press release late Friday afternoon stating that despite passage of House Bill 2968 and the misinformation be

 



 

Dawnna Dukes, Schwertner make Texas Monthly's worst legislators list
(KXAN (NBC) 36 - Austin © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377524158)

AUSTIN (KXAN) Texas Monthly has released their bi-annual ranking of the best and worst legislators in the state. Two local state legislators made the worst list, with no area representatives making the best list. The list ranks members not on how many bills they passed, but on how well they served their constituents. The best list consisted of names including State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsica

 



 

East Texas lawmakers Nichols, Schaefer make Texas Monthly's Top Ten
(Tyler Morning Telegraph © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377524487)

  Two East Texas lawmakers have been named to Texas Monthlyâ€(tm)s Top Ten lawmakers - and none have made the “Worst” list. State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, and state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, are among the best in Legislature, according to that magazine. Nichols was praised for his hard work before the session even began to hammer out a workable transportation bill tha

 



 

North Texas lawmakers will introduce two bathroom bills in special session
(San Antonio Express-News © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377525530)

AUSTIN -- After a brief respite, the bathroom wars are heating up again. Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, is expected to introduce two bills in the upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature that would regulate which public bathrooms transgender Texans, including schoolchildren, can use. WHAT THEY SAID: GOP Board of Ed members sound off on special session The first bill, which will clo

 



 

Political Buzz: Bush seeking another bid as land commissioner
(Galveston Daily News © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 03:15:55 (Article ID 1377549585)

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Monday that he would seek re-election next year. Bush, 41, is the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush , and nephew of former President George W. Bush . His father is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush . He was elected land commissioner in 2014. Since being elected, he’s been a vocal supporter of the construction of a coastal barrier s

 



 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

'Obstruction and resistance' fail the Democrats
(Washington Times © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377539751)

Democrats are still blinking in disbelief over Karen Handels victory over Jon Ossoff in a much ballyhooed special election in Georgia on Tuesday. Republicans observers mark that victory as more evidence that both Democratic strategists and the news media continue to ignore the authentic grass-roots appeal, which has been percolating in the Grand Old Party since the 2016 election. Applause is also

 



 

Acting FBI chief tells House committee he's never felt uncomfortable in meetings with Trump
(Washington Times © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377539764)

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Wednesday that he hasnt had any one-on-one meetings with President Trump and said the meetings he has had, with other people in the room, have never left him feeling uncomfortable. Mr. McCabe, testifying to the House Appropriations Committee, declined to answer whether Mr. Trump ever asked him for loyalty, but said his oath is to the U.S. itself. I dont thi

 



 

After Georgia loss, Democrats campaign chief says full House in reach in 2018
(USA Today © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377548322)

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY) With President Trump and Washington Republicans crowing over Tuesday's win in a hotly contested special Georgia House race, the head of the House Democrats' campaign arm said for the first time Wednesday he thinks the party can retake control next year. "Is

 



 

After Handel win, Trump tells Dems to join GOP on health care, tax cuts, security
(Politico.com © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377536825)

The day after Republican Karen Handel won the heated Georgia 6th Congressional District special election, President Donald Trump offered some advice to Democrats, recommending that they work to cut deals with Republicans on some of his top policy goals and suggesting that such a maneuver would ultimately be to their benefit. “Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with

 



 

AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law
(Fox News © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 04:46:07 (Article ID 1377616324)

WASHINGTON Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

 



 

AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law
(Washington Times © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377617492)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obamas health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say. After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to relea

 



 

Clinton fails to get popularity boost after election loss
(Politico.com © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377536813)

Hillary Clinton failed to see a bump in her favorability after losing last year's election, defying a trend in which past failed presidential candidates at least get a popularity boost after wrapping up their campaigns. According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, Clinton's 43 percent favorability rate in November 2016 dipped to 41 percent in December 2016 and stayed at that level since.

 



 

Concern spreads as GOP works in secret on health bill
(MSNBC © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 03:15:55 (Article ID 1377575089)

| MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show 06/21/17 Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, talks with Rachel Maddow about the threat of the Republican health bill to American women's health care. ... more Duration: {{video.duration.momentjs}} Up next in: Rachel Maddow Best of MSNBC The Trump Equation Morning Joe

 



 

Congress hears sinister tale of Russia election meddling
(USA Today © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377548327)

WASHINGTON A sinister portrait of Russias cyberattacks on the U.S. emerged Wednesday as current and former U.S. officials told Congress that Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign to undermine the American political process. The Russians used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information

 



 

Cummings: Why does Kushner still have a security clearance?
(Politico.com © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377536796)

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, wants the White House to explain why senior adviser Jared Kushner still has a security clearance despite reports he failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials and businessmen. Cummings sent a letter signed by all the Democrats on his committee to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Wednesday requesting docu

 



 

Homeland Security Department to Issue More Visas for Summer Workers
(The Wall Street Journal © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 06:06:16 (Article ID 1377621950)

WASHINGTON--The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it would make more visas available for seasonal summer workers, responding to complaints from businesses and members of Congress about a significant shortfall. By law, the number of H-2B visas is capped at 66,000, divided between the summer and winter seasons. This year, the allotment was exhausted in March. The visas, which are for

 



 

House Budget Republicans agree to boost military funding
(Washington Times © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377539857)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on a key House panel Wednesday agreed on a budget outline that would give the military more money than President Donald Trump requested while paving the way for Congress to tackle an overhaul of the tax code this fall. The plan, sealed among the conservatives who dominate the House Budget Committee, would largely reject cuts proposed by Trump and White House budget d

 



 

House budget writers reach tentative agreement
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377536794)

The House Budget Committee is planning to unveil a long-awaited budget resolution next week calling for a spending boost to the Pentagon alongside cuts to domestic programs, despite lingering disputes within the GOP conference. House budget writers reached a tentative agreement this afternoon to move ahead with a resolution that would set spending levels at $511 billion for domestic programs and

 



 

In Iowa, the president channels his inner candidate Trump
(Washington Times © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377617487)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters - the kind of event he relished before winning the White House. Trump touched down Wednesday evening in rainy Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college, where he got a look at agriculture technology innovations bef

 



 

Jeh Johnson: DNC did not want DHS help following election hack
(Politico.com © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377536822)

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday the Democratic National Committee “did not feel it needed” the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security following last yearâ€(tm)s election hack, which U.S. officials have since attributed to Russia. “Sometime in 2016 I became aware of a hack into systems of the Democratic National Committee,” Johnson said in prepared

 



 

Members of Congress commit to civility after Alexandria shooting
(CNN.com © 06/22/2017)
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Indexed 2017-06-22 07:36:34 (Article ID 1377540593)

Washington (CNN)Members of Congress recommitted to a pledge of civility Wednesday in the wake of the shooting at a practice for the GOP congressional baseball team in Alexandria last week.The co-presidents of the freshman class of the 115th Congress -- Reps. Nanette Diaz Barrag¡n, D-California, Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, Val Demings, D-Florida and Donald McEachin, R-Virginia -- hosted the signing w

 



 


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