Tag: State Legislatures

Texas Removed an L.G.B.T.Q. Resource Page After a Candidate Complained

The State of Texas removed a web page that offered resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth after one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican primary challengers said its content was “offensive” and out of line with “Texas values.” The removal occurred shortly after the candidate, Don Huffines, denounced the website in a video that […]

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Texas’ Toxic Heart

But when she pointed to a subtle churn of the lawn in various spots and said that I had moles? That threw me. And that’s when I finally accepted that I hadn’t bought a house. I’d bought a zoo. I moved to my forested neighborhood in Chapel Hill, N.C., in mid-July, and in my first […]

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The Once and Future Threat of Trump

In one of Gellman’s imagined scenarios, teams of efficient and well-prepared Republican lawyers fan out across the country, turning challenges to vote counts into “a culminating phase of legal combat.” In reality, a variety of conservative lawyers delivered laughable arguments to skeptical judges and were ultimately swatted down by some of the same jurists — […]

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2nd Cuomo Investigation Expected to Confirm Harassment Claims

In the weeks before and after his resignation as governor, Andrew M. Cuomo defended his behavior, deflected blame and tried to discredit Letitia James, the state attorney general who concluded that he had sexually harassed multiple women while in office. As Ms. James put it this week, Mr. Cuomo “has never taken responsibility for his […]

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Voters Wanted Fair Redistricting. They May Get Gerrymandering Instead.

Democracy has been tested this year by divisive voting and election administration laws in states like Georgia and Texas. But those are not the only state moves that are putting strains on our democracy. From Arizona in 2000 to California, Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, Utah and Virginia since then, voters took it upon themselves via ballot […]

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Why Texas Republicans Are Proposing a New Congressional Map

Republicans in the Texas Legislature proposed a new congressional map on Monday that would preserve the party’s advantage in the state’s delegation to Washington amid booming population growth spurred by communities of color. The new map was designed with an eye toward incumbency and protecting Republicans’ current edge; the party now holds 23 of the […]

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Frances T. Farenthold, Liberal Force in Texas and Beyond, Dies at 94

(The winner was Thomas F. Eagleton, who would step down as George S. McGovern’s running mate after it was learned that he had been treated for depression. He was replaced by R. Sargent Shriver Jr.) Ms. Farenthold left electoral politics after her 1974 gubernatorial loss. “What I discovered,” she told The Texas Observer in 2007, “was that political office was […]

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