Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic voting group in the country, according to the Pew Research Center. And in Texas, there are sizable Asian American communities in key districts.
Texas TribuneHouston restaurant owner Debbie Chen works on Asian American and Pacific Islander voter turnout every year, but she feels even more motivated in 2020 following President Donald Trump and others' use of racist monikers for the coronavirus pandemic.
Blake Brickman and Lacey Mase, two whistleblowers who accused their boss of crimes including bribery and abuse of office, were both fired Tuesday.
Texas TribuneA second whistleblower was fired from the Texas attorney general’s office after accusing Ken Paxton of crimes that included bribery and abuse of office.
Employment attorneys say Paxton may be violating the Texas Whistleblower Act.
U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia says the degree of abuse is unclear because women said they weren't told what was being done to them, or spoken to in a language they could understand.
Texas TribuneMore than 100 members of Congress, led by U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, are calling for a congressional investigation following a September report about alleged forced hysterectomies on women in custody at a Georgia ICE detention center.
The Longhorn Band will not play the “The Eyes of Texas” at this Saturday’s football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University after a survey of members revealed several students are refusing to play the traditional alma...
Texas TribuneUT-Austin's band will not play "The Eyes of Texas" at this Saturday’s football game after a survey revealed many members are unwilling to play the school song, @thedailytexan reported.
The song has ties to minstrel shows where performers wore blackface.
Ian Prior, a Republican operative who promoted the story for the Texas attorney general's campaign, denied that the campaign had paid the Southeast Texas Record to publish it. “Definitive no,” he said.
Texas TribuneKen Paxton gave his first interview about recent criminal allegations to a website that has been identified as part of a network of some 1,300 pay-for-play news sites that publish on-demand coverage for Republican political campaigns and PR firms.
The departure "was not voluntary," said Lacey Mase, one of several senior aides who said Attorney General Ken Paxton used his office to serve the interests of a donor.
Texas TribuneSeveral senior aides in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office accused the state’s top lawyer of bribery and abuse of office.
On Tuesday, one of them was terminated.
"It was not voluntary," she said.
Experts say Texas is more prepared to handle another wave. But they fear that if the state fails to control the outbreak, it could quickly spiral out of control.
Texas TribuneNew coronavirus infections in Texas are rising again.
Experts attribute this latest surge in part to “pandemic fatigue” that’s leading more people to ignore precautions that help slow the spread of the virus. bit.ly/3m5GY9Opic.twitter.com/MK75qZnvLH
A federal judge had ordered the state to give voters a chance to resolve signature questions in time for their ballots to be counted. Now that won't happen unless counties do it voluntarily.
Texas TribuneTexas election officials may continue rejecting mail-in ballots if they decide the signature on the ballot can't be verified, without notifying voters until after the election that their ballot wasn't counted, an appeals court ruled Monday.
The census does not include an option for people to identify as Middle Eastern or North African Americans. That leaves Arab Texans to identify as white or “other” on the all-important national count.
Texas TribuneThe census doesn't include an option for people to identify as Middle Eastern or North African Americans.
Advocates say that makes it more difficult for Arab Americans to receive grant funding for health and social services, among other problems.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is proposing that people with certain criminal convictions be temporarily or permanently blocked from living in tax-supported developments that provide support services.
Texas TribuneA proposed new rule would block people with certain criminal convictions from living in tax-supported developments with support services.
Advocates say the rule will leave some of the state’s most vulnerable people with even few housing choices.
Experts blame social gatherings like birthday parties and football games for the recent upticks. They say there is widespread fatigue for following stringent guidelines to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid crowded indoor spaces.
Texas TribuneHospitals in some parts of Texas are filling with coronavirus patients, alarming officials who say Texas could be on the brink of another surge after a relative plateau in September.
Texas TribuneHospitals in some parts of Texas are filling with coronavirus patients, alarming health officials.
“We don't have any identified hot spots or large outbreaks. We just have lots and lots of community transmission.”
A professional organization of social workers called the change "incredibly disheartening," while Gov. Greg Abbott's office said it was necessary to conform with existing state law.
Texas TribuneThe Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners' code of conduct will no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Texas TribuneA new Texas rule, recommended by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, will no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Women in Texas can continue to access the most common procedure used to end a pregnancy in the second trimester, after a federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a state law that would have curtailed its use.
Texas TribuneWomen in Texas can continue to access the most common procedure used to end a pregnancy in the second trimester, after a federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a state law that would have curtailed its use.
The court filing just before early voting began is the latest GOP effort to tamp down voting options in the state's most populous county.
Texas TribuneIn the latest GOP effort to restrict voting options in Harris County, a largely Democratic county that is Texas' most populous, the Texas Republican Party filed a lawsuit asking a court to limit curbside voting and halt drive-thru voting programs.
An order from a federal appeals court Saturday set up another potential legal showdown over voting in Texas as mail-in ballots are already being collected and just days before early voting begins.
Texas TribuneTexas counties are now temporarily blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots after top Texas officials moved to halt a federal judge's Friday ruling that said counties could have multiple drop-off locations: bit.ly/36TGIGFpic.twitter.com/8ezXo8d6UP
Abbott sought to limit counties to one drop-off location for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 election. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman said the governor's order confused voters and restricted voter access.
Texas TribuneBreaking: Texas counties can have multiple absentee ballot drop-off locations, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The ruling blocks an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that had limited counties to just one drop-off location each.
Texas TribuneUPDATE: Texas counties are now temporarily blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots after top Texas officials moved to halt a federal judge's Friday ruling that said counties could have multiple drop-off locations.