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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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Texas conservation groups use new formula to show their value

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by By Alejandra Martinez and Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-07-12 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Jenny Sanders, raised on Texas ranches by a wildlife biologist father, works to protect the environment in Lufkin, Texas. She coordinates various environmental projects, focusing on preventing the longleaf pine from vanishing. However, gaining donor support has been challenging due to insufficient data to demonstrate the impact of conservation efforts. In 2024, a report by Texan by Nature introduced formulas to calculate environmental benefits like water collection and carbon capture. This data helped Sanders secure significant funding, with Texas Longleaf Team receiving $825,000 in federal funding and nearly $1 million from private sources, enhancing their conservation capabilities.

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Allred punts on whether Biden should continue reelection bid

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-07-11 18:01:43

SUMMARY: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, a Dallas Democrat aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, commented on President Biden's poor debate performance, expressing disappointment but avoiding whether Biden should seek reelection. Allred, under pressure to address Biden's perceived lack of fitness for office, stated he hasn't been part of the conversations about Biden's next steps and remains focused on defeating Cruz. He has kept some distance from Biden, particularly on immigration issues. While some Texas Democrats like Rep. Lloyd Doggett have called for Biden to withdraw his candidacy, others have yet to clearly state their position on Biden's reelection.

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Among Texans, Kamala Harris is even less popular than Biden

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by By Juan Salinas II, The – 2024-07-11 16:52:31

SUMMARY: A recent poll by the University of Houston/Texas Southern University reveals Kamala Harris has a 56% unfavorability rating among Texas voters, worse than Biden's 55% and Trump's 49%. Conducted before the June 27 presidential debate, the poll suggests Harris faces challenges winning Texas voters. Despite this, national polls show Harris gaining ground against Trump. Renée Cross from Hobby School suggests Harris needs to improve outreach to voters of color and younger voters. Meanwhile, a Harris candidacy could benefit Democratic U.S. Rep. Colin Allred in his Senate race against Ted Cruz. Harris's favorability has risen slightly to 42% since January.

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