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The Texas voter turnout problem: How can it be solved?

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www.youtube.com – The – 2024-02-29 10:09:20

SUMMARY: The discussion focused on the challenges of voter turnout in Texas, with emphasis on barriers such as lack of representation, voter suppression, and the complexity of the voting process. Suggestions for improvement included making voter registration easier, increasing education on voting, and rationalizing the number of elections. The impact of demographic factors, such as a young population and high poverty rates, was also discussed. Redistricting was highlighted as a critical issue to address voter apathy. The panelists also addressed the possibility of enfranchising legal residents and individuals in jail to vote, as well as the issue of having too many elections and elected positions. Overall, highlighted the need for structural changes to promote voter participation and democracy in Texas.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, The Texas Tribune convened a diverse group of Texans and experts in multiple fields for a daylong symposium in Houston examining the state of democracy in Texas, what can be done to reinvigorate trust and encourage civic engagement, and how we can work together to solve local, regional and statewide challenges.

• The Texas voter turnout problem: How can it be solved?
Panelists: Rochelle Garza, president, Texas Civil Rights Project; and Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, Rice University.
Moderator: Matthew Watkins, managing editor for politics and news, The Texas Tribune

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Texas DA faces removal under new “rogue” prosecutor law

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by By Becky Fogel, KUT News, The – 2024-04-20 17:03:34

SUMMARY: A Travis County individual aims to oust progressive DA José Garza, invoking a Texas law that allows for the removal of DAs for not prosecuting crimes like low-level marijuana offenses. When Gov. Abbott signed the law, he stated it was to hold “rogue” DAs accountable, particularly after some, including Garza, wouldn't prosecute abortion cases. The petitioner alleges Garza's misconduct includes charging police indiscriminately and not prosecuting certain crimes. Garza is summoned to court on May 16, with Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols appointed to represent Texas in the case. The law challenges the traditional prosecutorial discretion of district attorneys.

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Craig Goldman, John O’Shea vying for Texas’ CD-12

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by By Annie Xia, The – 2024-04-20 16:38:02

SUMMARY: Sign up for the “We the Texans” newsletter for updates on Texas civic engagement. In a GOP primary runoff, Rep. Craig Goldman and John O'Shea debate their conservative credentials for a North Texas congressional seat. Goldman highlights his legislative work, including border security and tax reduction. O'Shea, backed by Attorney General Ken Paxton, presents himself as anti-establishment. The race polarizes around Paxton's impeachment, which Goldman supported and which Paxton seeks to avenge. Both candidates advocate for border control and less federal educational involvement. The primary runoff is set for May 28, with Goldman leading in funding and endorsements.

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Texans in U.S. House split on Ukraine, Israel aid

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by By Matthew Choi, The – 2024-04-20 13:11:43

SUMMARY: The U.S. House passed a series of bills providing nearly $100 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which were hotly debated amongst Texas Republicans with differing views on foreign policy. While advocates like Rep. Michael McCaul supported the aid as essential for U.S. interests and combating global authoritarianism, hardline conservatives like Rep. Chip Roy opposed the measures, preferring a focus on U.S. border security. Despite resistance, the aid packages advanced and are slated for a Senate vote, with global events like Iranian strikes on Israel increasing the urgency of these legislative actions.

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