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Texas AG Sued To Keep A Bible Quote In school Now Troubled By Muslim Prayers By
Every day at lunch, a handful of teenagers in Frisco, Texas, would pop into room C112, face a whiteboard and kneel for one of their five daily prayers. It was just a spare classroom, used for everything from teachers’ grading...
Federal Panel Rules Texas Must Redraw Intentionally Discriminatory Congressional Districts By
Some of Texas’ 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act, a panel of federal judges ruled Friday. In a long-delayed ruling, the judges ruled 2-1 that the Texas Legislature must redraw the political maps it most recently...
Texas Counties Trying To Kill Effort To Allow Public Access To Court Records By
(REPORT) — Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, has noticed a curious trend in the state’s legal system: Folks are increasingly representing themselves in legal disputes, forgoing lawyers altogether. “They really need legal help, but they don’t...
Proposed Sandra Bland Act Would Change Processes For Police, Jails By
(REPORT) — State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, on Thursday filed House Bill 2702, dubbed the Sandra Bland Act. The exhaustive piece of legislation would expand what qualifies as racial and ethnic profiling; mandate people experiencing a mental health crisis and substance...
Trump Team Confirms Plans To Drop Key Claim Against Texas Voter ID Law By
(REPORT) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday ditched its longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated against minority voters by passing the nation’s strictest voter identification law in 2011. The move came one day before a federal...
Texas Bathroom Bill Is Politics Disguised As Policy By
(ANALYSIS) — The proposed bathroom bill percolating in the Texas Legislature doesn’t do what its supporters say it is supposed to do. Here’s the caption — the legal description at the top of Senate Bill 6: “relating to regulations and policies for entering...
Texas Couldn’t Help This Sex-Trafficked Teen, So Authorities Sent Her To Jail By
HOUSTON (REPORT) — For three months in the fall of 2016, Lena was one of the youngest inmates in the Harris County Jail. The 17-year-old lived with two dozen women in a single room. She slept on a metal bunk and wore an oversized orange jumpsuit every day. She went to...
Civil Rights Group Denounces Discrimination As Texas Lawmakers Hold “Islamic Terrorism” Event By
After receiving a letter from Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann surveying their beliefs, mosque leaders and representatives of the Texas Muslim community made one request: Get to know us. “We feel betrayed and singled out and absolutely discriminated against — that’s...
Texas Governor Promises Crackdown On Officials That Support Sanctuary Cities By
(REPORT) — Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that he and state lawmakers will pursue legislation that would “remove from office any officeholder who promotes sanctuary cities,” raising a new consequence as Republicans crack down on local officials who do...
With Trump In Office, Feds May Alter Course In Texas Voter ID Case By
(ANALYSIS) — Hours after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Department of Justice filed to postpone a hearing on the Texas Voter ID law. The request was granted. The DOJ had previously argued that the law intentionally discriminated against minority voters,...