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State Rep. Julie Johnson announces she is running for U.S. Rep. Colin Allred’s seat

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State Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, announced Tuesday she's running to replace U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, kicking off her campaign with a significant show of support from inside her party.

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In an announcement , Johnson highlighted her experience as an LGBTQ Texan, mother, lawyer and state legislator who unseated a Republican in 2018.

“From every table — the kitchen, to the courtroom, and in the Texas Legislature — I already know how to get the job done and win the toughest battles,” Johnson said, adding that she is running to “turn the tables in Washington and make government work for you.”

Johnson joins a crowded Democratic primary to succeed Allred, who is giving up his solidly blue seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz next year. Other Democrats who have announced campaigns include Dallas trauma surgeon Brian Williams, Dallas civil rights attorney Justin Moore, and prior North Texas congressional candidates Sandeep Srivastava and Jan McDowell.

Johnson's campaign has been long anticipated, and she begins with a list of notable endorsers. They include the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers; the Human Rights Campaign; state Reps. Venton Jones of Dallas and Donna Howard of Austin; and U.S. Reps. Ritchie Torres of New York and Mark Takano of California. Torres and Takano are co-chairs of the Congressional Equality Caucus.

Johnson has also assembled a finance committee with over 60 members. Its chair is Morgan Cox, the Dallas-based chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors.

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Johnson appears to be the only Democratic member of the Legislature who will run for the seat. Some others from the area, like Reps. Rhetta Bowers and Ana Maria Ramos, have already ruled out running.

Johnson's decision to run for Congress opens up her state House seat in northwest Dallas County. Shortly after Johnson announced her congressional campaign, Dallas lawyer Cassandra Hernandez announced she would run to succeed Johnson in Texas House District 115, which favors Democrats. Hernandez ran last year for a nearby state House district, losing in a Democratic primary runoff.

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Correction, :

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U.S. Rep. Mark Takano is from California, not Wisconsin as originally identified.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/20/congress-julie-johnson-colin-allred/.

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No changes made to 2024 RNC security plan after Donald Trump shooting, assassination attempt at rally: Secret Service

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SUMMARY: Officials report no known threats to the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, despite an attempted assassination of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. FBI has noted increased online threats, but security plans remain unchanged. The event is designated a national special security event, with significant preparation involving multiple agencies. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ request to ban guns within the convention’s outer perimeter remains unresolved. Amid heightened security, officials express confidence in their plans. The attempted assassination has bolstered GOP support for Trump, with ongoing calls to reduce political rhetoric. The Milwaukee police and Chicago Police Department are also on high alert for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

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Gillen to Rays in MLB Draft

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www.kxan.com – Noah Gross – 2024-07-14 22:09:38

SUMMARY: Austin’s Westlake star, Theo Gillen, was drafted 18th by the Tampa Bay Rays in the MLB Draft. Despite his commitment to Texas baseball, Gillen chose the professional route. He praised the Rays’ scouting and talent development, expressing excitement about joining their organization. The decision was challenging for Gillen, given his deep connection to the Longhorns, but he affirmed his dedication to the Rays. Surrounded by family and friends on draft night, Gillen experienced a whirlwind of emotions. The versatile infielder and outfielder looks forward to starting his professional career with the Rays soon.

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Harris County leaders call for civility as utility workers report safety concerns during post-Beryl power restoration efforts

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abc13.com – Alex Bozarjian – 2024-07-14 21:31:33

SUMMARY: Harris County leaders called for civility as electric utility workers report feeling unsafe on the job. Commissioner Adrian Garcia emphasized that violence against CenterPoint workers hinders power restoration efforts. Ed Allen from IBEW Local 66 urged the public to stop harassing workers striving to restore power after Beryl hit. Despite the majority responding with grace, incidents like a gun threat led to safety concerns and delays. Frustrations over CenterPoint’s communication exacerbated the situation. Leaders urged patience while legislative measures are proposed to increase penalties for attacking line workers. The focus remains on restoring power to affected areas.

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