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Lina Hidalgo fined $500 for breaking state campaign law

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by By Joshua Fechter, The – 2024-06-26 12:37:09

SUMMARY: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo violated state law by endorsing Sean Teare, a candidate opposing District Attorney Kim Ogg, at a press conference using public funds, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Hidalgo endorsed Teare, Ogg's Democratic primary rival, and criticized Ogg during the conference. Teare defeated Ogg and will face Republican Dan Simons in November. Hidalgo acknowledged using public resources and agreed to pay a $500 fine. Hidalgo and Ogg have had public disputes, notably involving an investigation into Hidalgo's former staffers. Republican efforts have often targeted Harris County's policies since Hidalgo took office. The Texas Supreme Court may strike down the county's guaranteed income program.

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Colin Allred outraises Ted Cruz in latest quarter

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by By Isaac Yu, The – 2024-07-15 18:19:15

SUMMARY: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred's campaign raised $10.5 million in the second quarter of 2024, surpassing Sen. Ted Cruz's $7.9 million, though Cruz holds a larger campaign warchest at $12.1 million. National Democrats support Allred, but significant funding has yet to be allocated, despite tight polling. In other , the article includes details on voter registration and election dates for Texas, emphasizing the importance of civic engagement. The Texas Tribune also highlighted upcoming events and notable speakers at The Texas Tribune Festival. The site is testing AI-powered tools for audio narration and invites readers to participate in a survey on AI usage.

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Uvalde sheriff and school district ordered to release Robb Elementary records

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by By Alejandro Serrano, The – 2024-07-15 13:56:56

SUMMARY: A Texas district court ruled that the Uvalde school district and sheriff's office must release records related to the Robb Elementary School shooting, including police body camera footage and 911 calls. This judgment, deemed a victory for government transparency by media lawyers, stems from a lawsuit filed after repeated denials of open-records requests following the May 24, 2022 shooting. The shooting, which claimed 21 lives, was marked by numerous police failures. The judge's ruling mandates the release of documents by July 28. Similar records from the Department of Public Safety remain unreleased due to ongoing appeals.

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GOP-led states have sent hundreds of troops to Texas border

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by By Marisa Demarco, States Newsroom, The – 2024-07-15 05:00:00

SUMMARY: In February, Republican governors, responding to Texas Governor Greg Abbott's call, pledged to send more National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to address what they termed “President Joe Biden's border crisis.” This commitment follows a period of increased migrant encounters amid changing federal policies, despite a significant drop in January. Critics argue these troop deployments are more about political theatrics than practical solutions. States have provided varying amounts of personnel and funding for these operations, often facing criticism for diverting resources from local needs. Abbott's costly Operation Lone Star has seen extensive National Guard involvement but faces scrutiny for its effectiveness and impact on readiness.

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Gov. Greg Abbott arrives at a press conference with Republican governors from several other states at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass on Feb. 04, 2024.

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Two Ohio National Guard soldiers walk past a group of detained migrants in Eagle Pass on Sept. 12, 2023.

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