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‘FLOT*TS’: Bette Midler Gets Mobbed for Attack on Melania

  On Wednesday, actress and singer Bette Midler struck out against that wretched woman, Melania Trump. Nasty, outspoken, big mouth Melania. Geez. What an odd position Mrs. Trump occupies; former First Lady Michelle was relentlessly hailed by the press as stylish, elegant, and beautiful. Melania gets no such treatment whatsoever, and she’s the first occupier of the White House — so far as I know — who is an actual model. The First Lady is ...
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Four candidates file for special election to replace Sylvia Garcia

At a press conference in Houston on Nov. 9, 2018, state Sen. Sylvia Garcia announces she will resign from her Senate seat effective 12:01 p.m. today. Garcia joins the U.S. House of Representatives in January. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune Four candidates have filed for the Dec. 11 special election to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston. The deadline was 5 p.m. Friday. The field includes two Democrats who announced their campaigns ...
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Texas lawmakers punt on setting a spending cap for 2019 session

U.S. Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton (left) and outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, at a Legislative Budget Board meeting in Austin on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Some of the state's political leaders, including House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, took the unusual step Friday afternoon of declining to set the state’s spending cap after calling a meeting to do just that. Straus and Patrick met ...
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State appeals court says Austin's paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional

The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin on Oct. 17, 2018. Rachel Zein for The Texas Tribune The Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals declared Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance unconstitutional Friday morning, saying the ordinance is preempted by the state's minimum wage law. In a 24-page opinion, a three-judge panel ordered a district court judge who originally heard the case to issue a temporary injunction against the ordinance. The judges also remanded the case ...
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Stacey Abrams Is Asking The Courts For A New Election

Stacy Abrams, who is essentially mathematically eliminated from a runoff at this point in Georgia, has decided to take one last shot to keep the grievances rolling in Georgia. Via the Associated Press: Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised. Abrams would then decide ...
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Straight-ticket voting ends in 2020. For some down-ballot Republicans, that wasn't soon enough.

Voting inside a Fiesta grocery story in Houston on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune As Harris County judge, Ed Emmett led the state's biggest county — 4.7 million people — through its most devastating natural disaster. That work won the moderate Republican bipartisan support, even in a county that overwhelmingly went blue in 2016. But last week, Emmett lost his re-election bid in a close race — the closest in ...
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Analysis: The neglected Texans responsible for 2018’s GOP wins

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns on the last weekend before the midterm elections before 300 people in Victoria, Texas Bob Daemmrich/BDP Inc. Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Rural Texans might feel neglected, but given the geography of this year's election results, they ought to be getting a lot of love from the state's majority party. Republicans hold all of the state’s 29 statewide offices ...
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BREAKING: Broward County Election Recount Finished, Then Invalidated

  Just when you thought it could not get worse in Broward, they discover cartons of new scandals. Look, I get it. I live here. I see it firsthand. When news that normally has most others looking to toss their television over the balcony we simply shrug and grapple with the latest bat-crap crazy occurrence. We have learned to deal with the insanity, otherwise you let it consume you and win. So in the flurry ...
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Pelosi's fate up in the air as band of Democrats – including one Texan – push for new speaker

U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, and Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Shelby Knowles: Vela/Erich Schlegel: Pelosi WASHINGTON – A small but determined band of House Democratic rebels – including one Texan – have spent the last several days assuring the world they have the votes to deprive House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of the speaker's gavel as the party prepares to take back control of the chamber. U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville has been among the ...
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Report: Toxic herbicide found in many Texans' drinking water

In 2015, atrazine was found in water systems serving nearly 30 million Americans in 27 states, according to a new report by the Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group. Getty Images/iStockphoto/sonsam More than 10 million Texans have consumed drinking water with some level of atrazine – a toxic herbicide – with 472 water utility systems statewide testing positive in at least one detection, according to a new report from an environmental group. Comparing the test results ...
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The week after Election Day, some Texas races remain in limbo

More than a week after the General Election, several Texas races are still being contested. Clockwise from top left: Gina Ortiz Jones and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes; state Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy and Gina Calanni; Adam Milasincic and state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston; and Joanna Cattanach and state Rep. Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas. Facebook campaign pages Election Day was more than a week ago. But a handful of Texas candidates who lost by roughly 1,000 ...
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Anti-Pelosi Democrats Search for Female to Challenge Pelosi for Speaker Position

Democrats are looking to fight fire with fire as they search for a viable female candidate to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) away from the House Majority Leader position. Many Democrats in the House do not want Pelosi to return as Speaker after months of bad moves that made Democrats in the House look weak and out of touch. As such, they’ve started a list, filling it with names of House Democrat members who will refuse ...
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