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We the Texans: Public Access to Government

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SUMMARY: The discussion focused on Texas' open records law, which is over 50 years old and aims to enhance government transparency following past scandals. First Amendment advocates argue that while some agencies comply diligently, others misuse the law to keep the public uninformed. is part of the Texas Tribune's project on democracy in Texas, addressing the challenges and potential solutions in implementing the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA). Panelists included professionals from media and legal backgrounds who highlighted issues such as delays, the overuse of exemptions, the need for stronger enforcement, and the importance of public access to government records. Effective communication, training, and potentially adjusting the legislative framework for better compliance were suggested as improvements. The event also emphasized the importance of public participation and utilizing available resources for open records requests.

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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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