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Dade Phelan’s primary is last stand for Texas GOP old guard

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by By Jasper Scherer and Zach Despart, The – 2024-05-21 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Prominent Republican power brokers gathered at pipeline mogul Kelcy Warren's mansion to support GOP Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan against far-right factions. This group, including figures like Karl Rove and former governor Rick Perry, aims to counter hardline conservatives pulling the party further to the right. Phelan's runoff against David Covey has become costly and pivotal for the party's ideological future. Critics, such as state Rep. Steve Toth, argue Phelan's alliances hinder conservative progress. Opponents also contend Phelan mishandled issues like school vouchers and border security. The primary underscores the GOP's internal struggle between establishment and insurgent factions.

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Beaumont, Texas: David Covey talks on the phone in Beaumont on Friday, Jan 26, 2024. Covey is running against House Speaker Dade Phelan in the Republican primary.

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State Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, asks Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, to sign a bill on the House floor before budget discussions at the state Capitol on April 6, 2023.

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The old guard

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Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Republican political consultant Karl Rove speaks on a panel at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

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Former Gov. Rick Perry attends a Get Out the Vote Rally in support of Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan on Thursday, February 29, 2024, in Vidor, Texas. Deep fissures within the Republican Party have placed Phelan as the No. 1 enemy of Texas' far-right conservatives.

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“Fire-breathing” conservatives

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Sandi Villarreal, deputy editor for digital at Texas Monthly, moderates a panel with US Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and former speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2022 in Austin, TX.

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“A fundamental shift”

House Democrats including Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, hold a press conference prior to the start of the 3rd-called special session of the 88th Legislature on October 92, 2023.

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House Speaker Dade Phelan listens to state Representatives on the House floor during Sine Die, the last day of the 88th Texas Legislative Session, at the Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2023.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas challenge to abortion pill

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by By Eleanor Klibanoff and Karen Brooks Harper, The – 2024-06-13 09:28:47

SUMMARY: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of mifepristone, a common abortion-inducing drug, rejecting an anti-abortion group's challenge. In its first abortion-related ruling since overturning Roe v. Wade, the court maintained the drug's market status, rebuking a prior judgment by the 5th Circuit and District Judge Kacsmaryk. Mifepristone, approved in 2000 and often used with misoprostol, is shown to be safe and effective. The ruling is a relief to abortion providers and pharmaceutical companies concerned about judicial overreach on drug approvals. The court noted the plaintiffs lacked standing as they neither use nor prescribe mifepristone.

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The mifepristone challenge from Texas

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Texas Dems to target GOP’s record on education this November

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Texas Democrats are focusing on education in their campaign to gain state House seats, criticizing GOP lawmakers for teacher shortages and school closures while opposing Governor Greg Abbott's school voucher policy. The strategy was underscored at the Texas Democratic Convention, with leaders like Gina Hinojosa emphasizing the need to elect more Democrats to prevent vouchers. Abbott's supporters argue that vouchers offer parental choice, while Republicans blame Democrats for obstructing education funding. The education debate contrasts Democrats' push for improved school funding with GOP efforts to control school curricula and support vouchers, framing public education as a crucial election issue.

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An LGBTQ+ center opens its doors in West Texas

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by By Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: At West Texas Pride Festival, Patty Reeves addressed the audience following the tragic suicide of Luna Harris, a 19-year-old gender-nonconforming community member. The events cast a shadow over what was to be a celebratory week, including the opening of the permanent Pride Center West Texas. Co-founded by Bryan and Clint Wilson, who moved to Midland in 2020, the center has relocated several times due to growth and eviction, now operating in a strip mall. The center and events like Bingo Night, which help fund it, are vital in a state where LGBTQ+ rights are under legislative threat. Despite challenges, the community remains resilient.

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PFLAG President, Peggy Reeves, discusses the intense need to help trans children in Texas during the Pride Festival hosted by Basin Pride at The Vine in Odessa, Texas.

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Youth Administrator, Zero Galindo pick board games with Bryson Beaman (14) and Michael Eayon during Youth Drop In and Group at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Pride Center Board President, Emily Parks answers interview questions from Texas Pride Impact Funds  members Ron Guillard and Míchél Macklin at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28,2024.

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Pride Center founder Bryan Wilson holds meeting with board members at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Eddie Almendariz, long time Bingo player participates in the first night of Bingo hosted by Pride Center West Texas at VFW Post 4372 in Odessa on May 20, 2024.

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