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Texas Republicans are as effective as the ones in Washington

Kevin D. Williamson, Contributor

Can Republicans govern the United States? They cannot govern Texas.

If you want to understand what is up with Republicans in Washington, consider what Republicans are doing in Austin.

Republicans at the moment hold almost all of the cards in Washington: There is a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Republican majority in the Senate, while a Republican president is eager to put his signature on Republican health-care and tax-reform bills.

But Republicans, especially conservatives, remain frustrated: The so-called Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, taxes remain unreformed, and, much to the consternation of that nice blonde lady who substituted Donald Trump’s name for God’s in her 2016 campaign book, there is no wall under construction along the Mexican border and no Mexican tribute being paid to fund it.



Texas House gives initial approval to law increasing penalties for mail-in ballot fraud

James Barragán, State government reporter

AUSTIN — The Texas House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would increase penalties for mail-in election crimes.Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, was approved by a vote of 90-37 despite vociferous opposition from House Democrats who spent hours trying to amend and kill the bill. The House needs to approve the bill one more time before it can go back to the Senate for a final vote, after which it could head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Abbott, who has promised to fight voter fraud, made it one of his priorities for the special legislative session. The issue received little attention during the regular session, despite being the primary way experts believe voter fraud occurs. But it gained traction after allegations of mail-in ballot fraud in West Dallas and Grand Prairie this spring