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Former Friend of Arkansas Sen. Linda Collins-Smith Arrested in Connection to Her Murder

[Screenshot from KOLR10 News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3js76et1t_4]   On Friday, a woman was arrested in connection to the murder of former Arkansas state politician Linda Collins-Smith. The Republican legislator — who divorced last fall from retired Judge Philip Smith — was found dead in her home on June 4th in the town of Pocahontas. Upon discovery, Linda’s former press secretary, Ken Yang, told Little Rock’s KATV she’d been shot to death. Furthermore, he explained, neighbors had reportedly ...
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Gov. Abbott vetoes bill requiring children under 2 to ride in rear-facing car seats

Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a bill that would have mandated that children under 2 years old be secured in rear-facing car seats. Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have required children under age 2 to be secured in rear-facing car seats while in a moving vehicle, and would have penalized drivers who fail to follow the new guidelines. House Bill 448, authored by state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand ...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs $250 billion budget with no line-item vetoes

Gov. Greg Abbott today signed the state’s roughly $250 billion budget into law. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state’s roughly $250 billion budget Saturday, bringing a session-long effort to address the Legislature’s top priorities — school funding and property taxes — to a close. A spokesman for Abbott confirmed that the governor signed the budget without issuing a single line-item veto, a mechanism that allows him to shrink the budget ...
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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Economic Bill of Rights’ Taken Nearly Verbatim From Stalin’s 1936 Soviet Constitution

  On Wednesday, 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders delivered a major speech about Democratic Socialism. Sanders understands that many Americans view the term “socialist” as a “slur” and sought the opportunity to clear up some of the myths and allow us to see how great socialism really can be. Sanders devotes most of his speech to railing about the oligarchs and warning us about how dangerous Trump is, all the while positioning himself as the solution Americans have been ...
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College With $887M Endowment Poor-Mouths That $33M Settlement for Misconduct Will Hurt Students

Well, this is certainly brazen. As I reported yesterday, Oberlin College got hit with punitive damages of $33M for coordinated attacks by their employees and students on a local bakery. The back story boils down to the fact that this bakery tried to stop three people from shop-lifting some wine. This led to sustained attacks, spurned on by #blacklivesmatters, based on false accusations of racism that caused serious harm to the business. Fox 8 in ...
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John Cornyn says candidates should notify FBI if contacted by foreign governments, but legislation isn't needed

U.S. Senator John Cornyn speaks to the press at the University of Texas at Austin. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at a news conference Friday that candidates for elected office should contact the FBI if offered political dirt by a foreign government. Speaking to reporters at the University of Texas at Austin after giving closing remarks for a youth conference, Cornyn made his position on the issue clear. "For ...
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Texans Beto O'Rourke and Julián Castro will share the same stage on first night of first 2020 debates

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (left) and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Robin Jerstad: Castro / Jorge Salgado: O'Rourke for The Texas Tribune. WASHINGTON — The state's two Democratic presidential candidates will face off on the same debate stage later this month, NBC News announced Friday. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will appear on the stage June 26, the first of two nights ...
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If Robert Mueller Thought Getting Foreign Opposition Research Was Probably Legal Then Obama’s FEC Chief Should Chill Out

Ellen Weintraub, Vice Chair of the FEC, interviewed on IVN Live during the Unrig the System Summit by IVN News, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original Yesterday, the internet was roiled by an interview President Trump gave with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos in which he said that if his campaign were offered derogatory information on an opponent by a foreign source that he’d consider taking it and he probably wouldn’t tell the FBI. Stephanopoulos: But should ...
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Advocates say lawmakers largely exempted themselves from Texas' public records law, prompting calls for a veto

House Bill 4181, by state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, would let lawmakers assert “legislative privilege” to withhold work-related records that are currently subject to the Texas Public Information Act. Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune Proponents of government transparency are warning that a little-noticed bill, now sitting on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, could gut public access to the Texas Legislature’s internal communications. Some are urging Abbott to reject the measure before the deadline to ...
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Analysis: The Texas legislative session’s over. Now, all lawmakers have to do is sell it to voters.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (front, second from left), Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak at a press conference on the $11.6 billion school finance reform bill. Abbott signed the bill into law Tuesday at Parmer Lane Elementary School in Austin. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The real end of the Texas Legislature’s work this year comes ...
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Agriculture Dept. Employees Are Really Upset They Might Have to Live Among the Rubes in Flyover Country

Want an example of how out of touch many government workers are? Here you go. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today that two research agencies would be re-locating to Kansas City. This makes perfect sense given that it puts the researchers much closer to the center of the industry they are supposed to be regulating. It also means the cost of living goes down for lots of these employees, which helps with wage adjustments later ...
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Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021 after legislature abolished it

Getty Images/iStockphoto Heading off the prospect of anyone in Texas being able to call themselves a plumber, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners until 2021 Thursday via an executive order. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners was on track to shut down by Sept. 1, 2020 after the Texas Legislature failed to extend its life during the 86th legislative session that ended last month. The board is responsible for ...
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