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Rick Perry at the bottom again on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

By Joey Guerra

Rick Perry brought out the rhinestoned pitchfork for his second spin around the floor on “Dancing with the Stars.” And it still earned him the week’s lowest score.

The former Texas governor left no stereotype unturned with his quickstep to the theme song from classic TV show “Green Acres.” The only things missing were a few farm animals.

Perry skipped across the ballroom and planted a kiss on his wife, Anita, after the performance, which lacked any sort of musicality and drew mixed reactions from the judges.

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Gov. Abbott email reveals GOP fear of Texas turning blue

MaryAnn Martinez, KHOU

On Monday, one of the most prominent Republicans in Texas has a warning for supporters that Texas could go blue this election.

Gov. Greg Abbott is sounding the alarm, citing recent poll numbers.

Democrats couldn’t be happier, especially because the email from Abbott to supporters wasn’t meant to be seen publically. It was sent to the governor’s donors, and now Democrats are sensing a real opportunity to push ahead.

Anyone who knows anything about Texas politics knows Texas is a solid red. Although, polls have been showing Hillary Clinton running very close to Donald Trump in Texas.

The sobering email from Abbott is giving legitimacy to the possibility Texas could vote Democrat this year.

In the email, Abbott asks for donations to keep Texas red and get Republicans elected to Congress and state and local races.

 

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RERsports: James Harden bringing Rockets together after last season’s disharmony

The Rockets first official practices of the season are still days away, but James Harden has seen and felt enough to believe things had changed.

That might say as much about the issues of last season as the customary hopes for the season ahead, beginning with Saturday’s start of training camp. But Harden was happy to gush about the change he has already seen in attitude.

“It’s not even close,” Harden said of the mentality heading into camp compared to last season. “We’ve doing something I haven’t since I’ve been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team.”

Optimism in the NBA when summer gives way to fall comes more reliably than a change in the weather, but Harden said last season’s disharmony was “an extremely big problem.”

“On any team, in any sport, if you don’t have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you’re not going to be successful,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we’re going to build this together.”

Most of Harden’s session at an event for BodyArmor on Monday predictably focused on his enthusiasm for the start of this season, rather than the issues that led to the Rockets slide to 41-41 and a five-game exit from the playoff’s last season.

When asked by an audience member about Dwight Howard’s departure, he said that his goal is to win with whatever teammates he has. But when asked about what he hopes to accomplish beginning with Saturday’s first practices, he said, “To build something that I haven’t had since I’ve been here, that’s everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat.”

With that in mind, he repeatedly cited the mini-camps Rockets players held over the summer and the workouts in Houston since.

“This entire summer I thought about last season, how there was a terrible taste in my mouth,” Harden said. “I wanted to come back, get the guys together. I wanted to get the guys together, in Vegas in mid-July and in Miami (last month) just to hang out. I think the better you are off the court, the better you will be on the court. Just worked out with the guys, went to a concert, had dinner with the guys. It’s going to carry over to the court. This summer is really a team bonding thing.”

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Texas Gov. Abbott says burned feet have ‘healed miraculously’

BY BRYAN BASTIBLE

Gov. Greg Abbott explained how he got his burns that caused him to miss the Republication National Convention but added his feet have already started healing.

Abbott said he sustained third-degree burns on his feet while taking a shower on vacation in Wyoming.

“I was in a shower with scalding water on my feet,” he told the San Antonio Express-News.“Because of my paralysis, I couldn’t feel the burns that were taking place. And as a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes.”

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Trump Gets Nearly 26 Percent Of The Black Vote In New Poll

ALEX PFEIFFER

Republican nominee Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in South Carolina with 53 percent of the vote in a poll out Wednesday which also shows Trump getting 26 percent of the black vote.

Trump is leading with 53 percent, Clinton follows with with 37.57 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 3.4 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein got less than one percent in the Trafalgar Group poll. South Carolina is a solidly Republican state so Trump’s lead here isn’t surprising.

However, Trump is doing quite well with blacks in the poll. He has 25.75 percent support among black voters, and Clinton leads with 70 percent of the black vote. Clinton leads with Hispanic voters at 50.99 percent, Trump follows with 29.3 percent.

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Black voters are turning from Clinton to Trump in new poll

By Mary Kay Linge

Donald Trump is gaining support among African-American voters — whose enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is eroding, a tracking poll released Saturday revealed.

Trump saw a 16.5 percentage-point increase in backing from African-American voters in a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll, up from 3.1 percent on Sept. 10 to 19.6 percent through Friday.

Meanwhile, the same poll showed Clinton’s support among that group plummeting from 90.4 percent on Sept. 10 to 71.4 percent.

Clinton’s nearly 20-point crash began Sunday, said Dan Schnur of USC. Sunday was the day Clinton was recorded collapsing while entering a Secret Service van at a 9/11 event.

The survey, which spanned through Friday, included the days in which Trump reignited the divisive “birther” issue — which critics contend is a thinly veiled attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the country’s first black president.

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Abbott reveals severe burns came from shower

Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune , KVUE

TEXAS – Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday revealed new details about how he was severely burned earlier this year, saying it happened in the shower.

“I was in a shower with scalding water on my feet,” said Abbott, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. “Because of my paralysis, I couldn’t feel the burns that were taking place, and as a consequence, it was like having my feet in scalding water for several minutes. And it resulted in third-degree burns to my feet.”

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SCOTUS’s Extreme Pro-Abortion Ruling Kills Pro-Life’s Incremental Approach to Save Lives

By Lynn Wardle

Less than three months ago, on June 27, 2016, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt,579 U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 2292 (June 27, 2016), the Supreme Court sadly, but not surprisingly, struck down two common-sense Texas health regulations of abortion clinics.  The decision is sad because, once again, the Court has given priority to abortion providers over the health and safety of women.  It is not surprising because the Court (at least the liberal wind of the Court) is institutionally invested in propping up and maintaining its judicially-created abortion doctrine.

In the forty-three years since the ruling in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), the Supreme Court has decided fifty abortion cases that can be called important decisions, not counting about a dozen additional abortion decisions that were mostly procedural or peripheral to abortion access.

The Supreme Court’s abortion cases expose a very clear policy preference and very strong adult-autonomy and a continuing refusal to consider any countervailing interests of the unborn child or of morality or significant social and health consequences. In most of the cases, most of the justices have been very protective of access to abortion, and have ruled in favor of abortion providers (abortion clinics, doctors, etc.).  Most of the majority opinions in those Supreme Court cases have been very skeptical of, if not openly hostile to, attempts by state legislatures to restrict abortion – or even simply regulate abortion for health and safety reasons.

The decision in Whole Woman’s Health is a clear example of the willingness of the Court to invalidate even ordinary health and safety regulations applicable to abortion.

In 2013, Texas had enacted legislation requiring (1) abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their abortion facility, and (2) abortion clinics to meet the standards for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC). Those Texas regulations were enacted in response to the scandal involving Dr. Kermit Gosnell whose Philadelphia “House of Horrors” abortion clinic and practices led to his conviction and imprisonment that year for killing three children born alive during late-term abortions he performed, as well as the death of an immigrant young woman as a result of his abortion.

Texas was not alone in enacting such abortion safety regulations.  Nearly two dozen other states also enacted similar laws. The Guttmacher Institute reported in March 2016 complaining that many states had strict laws regulating abortion facilities (24 states), abortion licensing (22 states), and abortion personnel or clinicians (14 states).

A Texas abortion clinic, Whole Woman’s Health, sued seeking to enjoin enforcement of the new Texas abortion regulations, and a federal district court enjoined the new laws. On appeal, however, the 5th Circuit reversed, and held that the laws properly and constitutionally protect women’s health.

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Paxton and Melton: We can all help end modern-day slavery

By Ken Paxton and Kirsta Leeburg Melton

“All hands on deck,” originally a naval term summoning an entire ship’s crew, now is a clarion call used to marshal all personnel and resources available to tackle the job at hand. It is time to issue that call in the fight against human trafficking. The modern-day slavery of men, women and children can no longer be solely the province of victim’s services organizations, advocacy groups and law enforcement. This blight on the nation requires industry, media, government, thought leaders and the public to partner in innovative ways to make the exploitation of others for forced sex and labor a thing of the past.
Complex problems require creative collaborative solutions that first identify member resources, and then funnel those resources to where they can be used most effectively. Everyone can take a stand against human trafficking in their own community once they determine where they can be most effective. The public-private partnership between the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Truckers Against Trafficking and the Texas Trucking Association is an example of a successful creative collaboration.

With nearly 7 million members, the trucking industry’s reach spans the nation. Truck drivers often find themselves traveling the same dark and lonely roads where trafficking victims are exploited for sex and labor. Recognizing the potential impact of the trucking industry, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) began a trucking-specific training program to educate, equip and empower members of the trucking industry to identify victims and report trafficking. TAT was joined by the Texas Trucking Association and other national trucking associations, as well as by law enforcement partners brought together by state attorneys general, to build working relationships between law enforcement and the trucking industry. Carriers, travel plazas, truck stops and suppliers in the industry responded by training their employees, carrying TAT wallet cards, publicly displaying resource information for victims, and most important, by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline to report what they observed. Fourteen hundred calls later, hundreds of victims have been rescued, several brothels have been exposed, and an entire industry has been mobilized as the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways.

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RERsports: New F1 chairman Chase Carey wants to take F1 ‘to the great cities in the world’

New F1 chairman Chase Carey says the sport should be in places like “Los Angeles, New York or Miami”, as he seeks to take the sport to the “great cities in the world”.

Carey has been installed by F1’s new owners Liberty Media, who have agreed to purchase a controlling stake in the sport. The American, who used to be Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man at News Corportation, made his first paddock appearance at the Singapore Grand Prix.

American company Liberty spoke about evolving the current calendar shortly after announcing their takeover and Carey thinks F1 should be going to some of the most famous destinations in the world.

In a Q and A with the official F1 website, Carey was quizzed on a number of topics, including how Liberty will strengthen the sport in America and across the world.

“It is too early to have a clear plan, but we clearly will have a plan to develop America, to be in the right market,” Carey said. “As I said earlier, there is a big untapped audience in the US. I don’t want to criticise the efforts in the past, because I don’t know the efforts in the past.

“Formula One is a great premium brand and that means to me that you want to be at a location like Los Angeles, New York or Miami. Ideally in the great cities in the world!”

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who has been kept on as CEO by Liberty, has spent a long time trying to break the American market. Though F1 current has the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Ecclestone has recently talked about getting a race on the West Coast.

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