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The Ambush and Murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

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LaVoy Finicum speaks to the media on January 15, 2016.

BURNS, OREGON (Last Updated 1/31/2016 3:46 am) – on January 26, 2015 the FBI and Oregon State Police ambushed and murdered Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.  Based upon two personal eye-witness accounts, it is clear that the stories being widely circulated are false (due to laziness, misguided motives, or wickedness) and the truth should interest the friends of liberty, and those who want to know the actual fate of LaVoy and how our government agents acted yesterday. (Update:  1/31/2015 FreeCapitalist.com has now published a new, exclusive interview with a second eyewitness.)

 

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I had just been to the Malheur Refuge to visit and interview LaVoy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and Shawna Cox the day before, and had only left yesterday morning in the very early hours.  I hadn’t gone there to ……… read more here. 

Rick Koerber

Public-Sector Union Abuse

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The abuse of taxpayer dollars by public-sector employee unions has become commonplace across Texas. Unlike private-sector unions, public sector unions aren’t limited by pesky factors such as market conditions — meaning there is no counter force preventing them from making unreasonable demands from local governments.

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Last year, Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), a chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), successfully won council’s approval of a minimum wage increase from  ……. read more here.

by Charles Blain

 

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Provision of Border Security Law

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Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, a national civil rights group announced Monday that it is suing the state.

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, filed suit Sunday against Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the Texas Public Safety Commission, which oversees the DPS. The group alleges that the state has violated the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause because immigration enforcement is ….. read more here.

Feds Tell Texas Ranchers the Government Owns Their Land Despite Owners Having Deeds Paying Property Taxes on the Land

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Ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma fear that the federal government may confiscate land used to raise cattle due to re-defined federal land boundaries along the Red River.

A group of Texas ranchers are furious after representatives from the federal Bureau of Land Management made claims that their land doesn’t actually belong to the ranchers, but rather it belonged to the federal government.

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The federal officials claim that despite each rancher having a deed for their property and having paid property taxes on the land each year, the land should never have been sold, as it is actually federal land. However, at least one rancher, Ken Aderholt, isn’t giving up his property without a fight. Aderholt notes that his family has lived and raised cattle on the ……… read more here.

By Tara West 

City Councilman Suddenly Flees After Being Pulled Over by Border Patrol — Agents Soon Find Out Why

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A Texas city councilman fled after being pulled over Saturday by a U.S. Border Patrol officer — and now it’s clear why.

Crystal City Council member Marco Rodriguez was allegedly transporting three illegal immigrants from the border to San Antonio when he was stopped by authorities. Rodriguez reportedly talked with the officer for a short time, but then took off again, KENS-TV reported.

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Border Patrol eventually caught up to Rodriquez and reportedly found the three illegal immigrants with him. Rodriquez admitted to being hired to ……… read more here. 

Lawyers Assail ‘Runaway Grand Jury’ in Indictments of Abortion Opponents

Terry Yates, left, and Jared Woodfill, lawyers for two indicted anti-abortion activists, spoke in Houston on Wednesday.

HOUSTON — Lawyers for anti-abortion activists, including one who was a leading figure in the defeat of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance last year, on Wednesday called this week’s indictments of Planned Parenthood critics legally flawed. They said they would ask the district attorney not to proceed with the case.

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Jared Woodfill, a lawyer and the former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, who was the spokesman for one of the main coalitions opposing the anti-discrimination ordinance, is part of the legal team representing David R. Daleiden, 27, and Sandra S. Merritt, 62, who were indicted by a grand jury here Monday on charges related to the use of fake IDs and offers to buy fetal tissue.

Mr. Woodfill and another lawyer representing Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt, Terry W. Yates, called for ……….. read more here. 

Jared Woodfill Starts Small in Bid to ‘Take Back’ Texas GOP

Jared Woodfill prays at a “Take Back Our Party” event in Spring on Jan. 26, 2016. Woodfill, who is running for Texas Republican party chairman, started the series of events to to “take back” the Republican party from what they see as the more moderate establishment.

SPRING — The crowd gathered in the church on a stormy Tuesday night was small — only about 30 people. But Jared Woodfill, the man who called them there, wasn’t worried.

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“You’ve got to start by finding a core group of people in every city, across the state of Texas, and you build from that — this is just the first round,” he said. “We’ll be coming back for a second round. And they’ll bring two, three, four — or 10 — friends.”

Standing before a stained-glass triptych depicting the crucifixion of Jesus, and flanked by images of triumphant elephants and the Texas state flag, Woodfill spoke at length about ……… read more here.

by Jordan Rudner

Julian Castro Supported by Hispanic Group for VP Bid in the US

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 14: U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro speaks onstage during the 2016 HOPE Global Forum at Atlanta Marriott Marquis on January 14, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro just got endorsed by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Latino business group says that they have come to know Castro well, and they believe in his advocacy and are confident in endorsing him for the VP bid.
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Politico reported that the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced their endorsement of Julian Castro on Saturday. Castro is a Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. The pair appeared in a “Latinos for Hillary” event in San Antonio, Texas last October.

Javier Palomarez, CEO of the ………. read more here.

Colleen Anne | staff@latinopost.com

Texas House of Representatives elections, 2016

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No significant changes will occur to political control in the state after the November 2016 Texas House of Representatives elections based on the seats up for election.

Even if Democrats win every race where they have a candidate, they cannot win back control of the chamber. That’s because there are too many races where Republicans have …… read more here.

 

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RERsports: Recruiting- TCU pulling top talent from Louisiana

TCU’s rise to national prominence has come on the shoulders of players from North Texas, the primary focus of Horned Frog recruiting.

However, the success of freshman KaVontae Turpin from Monroe, La., has highlighted a state that has provided some huge names for the program.

Turpin averaged 27 yards per return and ……. read more here.