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Brandon Herrera gains momentum against Tony Gonzales

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by Matthew Choi and Renzo Downey, The – 2024-03-25 17:40:01

SUMMARY: Brandon Herrera, a pro-gun influencer with 3.3 million YouTube subscribers, is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas, the state's sole GOP House member who voted for gun safety legislation after the Uvalde school shooting. Motivated by Gonzales' stance on gun rights, Herrera is making his first political bid. Known as “The AK Guy,” his outspoken and controversial online presence includes dark humor and political incorrectness, which has offended many people across the political spectrum. Despite having no formal political experience, Herrera's grassroots campaign has gained traction. Gonzales, despite facing backlash for perceived moderate stances, still garnered substantial campaign funding, endorsements, and performed well in the primary. Yet without securing a majority, Gonzales now faces Herrera in a May 28 primary runoff. Herrera's online following and campaign contributions have boosted his candidacy, contrasting Gonzales' establishment support.

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U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, gives an interview in his office at Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April 28, 2023. Gonzales is a member of the House Appropriations Committees.

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Getting into a gun fight

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To Tony's rescue

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Voting FAQ: 2024 Elections

  • What happens after the Texas primary election?



    There is also a May 4 local election, and subsequent June 15 runoff, during which some local governments, such as cities, school districts and water districts, hold a general election for their elected offices or special elections to fill vacancies.

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  • How are the runoffs and general election different?



  • What deadlines do I need to know to participate in the May local election?



    (For any local runoffs on June 15, the last day to register or update your voter registration is May 16. Applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk in your county — not postmarked — by June 4. Early voting is scheduled for June 3-11.)

  • What deadlines do I need to know to participate in the May primary runoffs?



  • What deadlines do I need to know to participate in the November general election?



  • Why does Texas have so many elections?



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Photos: Texas storms cause widespread damage in Houston area

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by By Marie D. De Jesús and Antranik Tavitian, Houston Landing, The – 2024-05-17 14:45:42

SUMMARY: Severe storms hit the Houston area on Thursday evening, resulting in widespread damage, four fatalities, and power outages affecting nearly 900,000 homes and businesses. The Houston Office of Emergency Management is beginning recovery efforts, while officials discourage unnecessary travel. Reports from Houston Landing detail the extent of the destruction, which includes knocked-down power lines and damaged buildings, such as the Wells Fargo Plaza and the CenterPoint Energy Plaza. Photos provided by Antranik Tavitian and Marie D. De Jesús illustrate the damage seen across the region.

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The Muncy family looks at damaged buildings in downtown after a storm broke windows in many of the skyscrapers on Louisiana Street, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

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A car roof is flattened after bricks from a partially collapsed wall of Conejo Malo fell on it in downtown, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

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The damaged Well Fargo Plaza building in downtown, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

A worker clears damaged windows in the CenterPoint Energy Plaza building in downtown, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

Debris after the storm on Louisiana Street in downtown, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

From left, Luke, 8, Ryan, 6, Jaqueline, and Tanner Muncy, 6, look at the damage and debris on Louisiana Street the morning after a storm in downtown, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Houston. (Antranik Tavitian / Houston Landing)

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Thursday evening, storms smashed several transmission power lines near Highway 99 on May 16, 2024, in Cypress. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

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A man stands by a fallen branch blocks TC Jester Blvd. heading south because a large tree is impeding the roadway after a storm, Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

Thursday evening storms smashed several transmission power lines near Highway 99 on May 16, 2024, in Cypress. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

Thursday storms brought in gusts of winds up to 80 mph, damaging homes in Cypress on May 16, 2024. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

Street signs down on the corner of Bridge Creek Terrace Drive and Westgreen Blvd. in Cypress, Friday, May 17, 2024. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

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Anastasia Gill, 38, takes a call in the darkness of her backyard after losing electricity on May 16, 2024, in Houston. The roof of her house sustained damages after a tree fell on it during the storm on Thursday. (Marie D. De Jesús / Houston Landing)

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Austin will now allow homes on smaller lots

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by By Joshua Fechter, The – 2024-05-17 14:08:36

SUMMARY: Austin City Council has passed significant land-use reforms, aiming to address the city's housing affordability crisis. Single-family homes can now be built on smaller lots, and apartment buildings are allowed to be closer to single-family residences and along a new light-rail line. The reforms were pushed for years by officials and housing advocates to increase housing supply and manage soaring prices and rents, particularly accelerated by the city's growth during the pandemic. Despite opposition fearing gentrification and displacing low-income residents, there's evidence that greater construction can contain housing costs. The policies represent a notable shift towards pro-housing attitudes, but their long-term impact remains to be observed, particularly with upcoming elections. Other Texas cities are considering similar measures to alleviate housing affordability issues.

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Council members and Austin Mayor Kirk Watson are present in person during the Austin city council meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Austin. Zohaib "Zo" Qadri, Paige Ellis, Mackenzie Kelly, Mayor Pro Tem Leslie Pool and José "Chito" Vela were in person with Mayor Kirk Watson

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Matt Mackowiak running for Texas GOP chair

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by By Robert Downen, The – 2024-05-17 08:05:06

SUMMARY: Matt Mackowiak is running for chair of the Republican Party of Texas, challenging the current leadership ahead of the party's San Antonio convention. Mackowiak, the Travis County GOP leader since 2017 and a political consultant, criticizes the deepening divisions and poor fundraising under Chair Matt Rinaldi, advocating for unity and competent fundraising. The internal party conflict involves far-right and moderate conservatives, influenced by West Texas oil billionaires Dunn and Wilks, significant donors under Rinaldi. Other candidates include Abraham George, Dana Meyers, Ben Armenta, Mike Garcia, and Weston Martinez. Mackowiak aims to address neglect, dishonesty, and improve Republican chances in upcoming elections.

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