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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott proposes bail reform after death of DPS trooper

Abbott said he wanted to fix a flawed system in Texas that allowed the man suspected of killing a trooper last year to get out of jail on bond despite having been previously accused of assaulting a deputy.

BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGH

WACO — Gov. Greg Abbott wants the Texas Legislature to pass a bail reform law next year.

On Tuesday, the Republican governor announced his proposed Damon Allen Act, named in honor of a 41-year-old highway patrol trooper who was gunned down last Thanksgiving during a traffic stop near Fairfield, about 60 miles east of Waco. The suspect, 33-year-old Dabrett Black, was out of jail on a $15,500 bond at the time after allegedly assaulting a Smith County deputy.

After his murder, Allen’s widow, Kasey, approached Abbott about the issue. Abbott said it was because of her that he is supporting bail reforms in the next session, which begins in January.

“Because of a flawed system, Kasey was robbed of a husband; her children were robbed of a father,” Abbott said at a Department of Public Safety office in Waco. “Texas must ensure that something like this never happens again.”

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Abbott tweets, then deletes fake Winston Churchill quote on fascists

By Johnathan Silver and W. Gardner Selby

Gov. Greg Abbott shared early Tuesday morning on Twitter former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s thoughts “on the leftwing.” He published the tweet shortly after midnight, then removed the post 10 hours later.

“The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists,” according to a meme the governor shared on his personal Twitter account before deleting it later Tuesday. “Some insights are timeless,” he added. The meme is credited to 9gag.com.

Churchill never made the comment, though.

Soren Geiger, who directs research for a Hillsdale College project publishing Churchill’s papers, told American-Statesman-based fact-checker PolitiFact Texas Tuesday that based on a review of the project’s comprehensive collection of Churchill’s writings, speeches and his official biography, he’s confident Churchill didn’t make the statement noted in Abbott’s tweet.

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2 Republicans File Grievances Because Tom Green County Doesn’t Pay Them Enough

By Yantis Green

SAN ANGELO, TX — Tom Green County Commissioner Bill Ford and County Clerk Liz McGill, both Republicans, have filed salary grievances over salaries proposed in the FY 2019 budget.  The commissioners court acknowledged the receipt of their grievance letters during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Back in July, Commissioner Ford argued for a ten percent raise for commissioners saying they are paid $10,000 to $15,000 less annually than their counterparts is similar sized counties with similar sized budgets.  The court voted 4 to one for a three percent raise for all elected officials.

According to the Texas Association of Counties, Tom Green County Commissioners are paid $49,476 with a car allowance of $11,259 for total compensation of $60,735.  The Tom Green County Clerk’s salary is $72,420 with a $1,485 car allowance for total annual compensation of $73,905.

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Texas Counties Are Struggling to Find Money to Replace Antiquated Voting Machines

An aging fleet of voting machines presents one of the biggest immediate challenges facing Texas elections, but state leaders have shown no interest in chipping in.

In the lobby of a North Austin hotel, Almina Cook is eating an ice cream sandwich as she and two of her deputies listen to a salesman pitch them on a soon-to-hit-the-market voting machine. Along with hundreds of other election administrators from across Texas, Cook, the top election official in Hunt County, has come to this biannual conference to get briefed by state and federal officials and shop for machines and software. Vendors get to entice election officials with private demos, dinners and other freebies.

This year is particularly important for Cook; she needs to replace the county’s 13-year-old machines, which have exceeded their recommended life cycle and require constant repair. But early in the salesman’s spiel, Cook makes one thing clear: She’s just window shopping for now.

Texas’ voting machines are deteriorating — and it’s not clear how the second-largest state in the country is going to pay for new ones.

Cook estimates that it would cost her small county northeast of Dallas around $1.2 million to upgrade voting machines. “All the counties have been put in a hard position to find money for new equipment,” she said. “And there’s no funds to help us.”

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DC Circuit Called to Defend Abortion Rights for Unaccompanied Minors

WASHINGTON (CN) – Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are urging the D.C. Circuit to uphold legal protections for young immigrants who seek abortions after they enter into the United States without a parent or guardian.

The case in Washington arose following a May 2017 policy change whereby Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, wanted to sign off personally on every abortion requested by a minor in federal custody.

Lloyd, who is famously anti-abortion, has so far rejected every request, said New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who is at the helm Monday of a 35-page amicus brief in the case Garza v. Azar.

“All women have a constitutionally protected right to access safe and effective abortion services — including unaccompanied minors,” Underwood in a statement about the brief.

The American Civil Liberties Union initiated the Garza challenge in October 2017 on behalf of an undocumented minor immigrant identified only as Jane Doe. Though the injunction issued in that case by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan applied classwide, Underwood notes in her brief that Lloyd later denied the request for an abortion by a minor who had been raped in her home country.

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Heartless Critics Mock Terminally Ill Texas Teen for His Make-a-Wish Request

Five months ago, Jeremiah Thomas was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.

The 16-year-old boy from Waco, Texas has since undergone a number of cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation. He has suffered a collapsed lung, and paralysis from the waist down. Living with cancer isn’t easy.

And as hard as he’s fighting, Jeremiah’s prognosis isn’t good. His cancer is terminal.

But the determined teenager isn’t spending any time feeling sorry for himself. When he was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and asked what his dying wish might be, he surprised everyone with his answer.

Most teens opt for an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World, or for the opportunity to meet their favorite athlete or celebrity.

Jeremiah, on the other hand, wants to see abortion abolished in his home state of Texas.

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RERvideo – BRYAN: GREEKS PROTEST “FAT AMERICANS” THAT ABUSE DONKEYS THEY RIDE (VIDEO)


RERcontributor for Pop Culture, Tina Moody Bryan, has been on vacation in Europe the last couple of weeks.  Tina being Tina and loving her RagingElephantsRadio.com family, has been posting video postcards during her travels with her loving husband, Timbo.

While enjoying the legendary scenery of the Greek Isles, Tina, Inc. experienced a demonstration of Greek citizens that found “fat” Americans to be abusive to the donkeys that haul them up the steep hills of the picturesque towns.

Check out Tina’s segment Friday’s at 1:30pm on RagingElephantsRadio.com.

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Austin considers renaming city over ties to slavery

By Lia Eustachewich

The city of Austin, Texas, could be headed for a name change because of founder Stephen F. Austin’s pro-slavery stance, according to a report recently drafted by officials.

The state capital’s city council is considering renaming dozens of streets, parks, monuments and landmarks with ties to the Confederacy.

The city name itself is included on that list — which designates it as “not directly tied to the Confederacy and/or the Civil War but within the spirit of the resolution representing slavery, segregation, and/or racism.”

Stephen F. Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” fought to defend slavery and saw it as vital to the city’s sugar and cotton production, says the report published last week by the city’s Equity Office.

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Beaumont ranks as third most dangerous city in Texas

Beaumont was ranked the third most dangerous city in the state of Texas by a study that was done by a Houston law firm.

The law firm compiled data that ranked the ten most dangerous cities in Texas. Beaumont was ranked third most dangerous, ahead of larger cities such as Houston and Dallas.

Alberta Brown, a 60 year resident of Beaumont is heartbroken to see crime in her hometown day after day.

“It’s just awful because that shouldn’t be, it shouldn’t be, it’s just too much killing and too much going on here and we don’t understand what’s going on” states Brown.

The Houston-based law firm compiled data from the FBI’s uniform crime reporting program, compiling data from cities with populations only above one hundred thousand people.

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Joe Straus: Let’s remove a plaque in the Texas Capitol that lies about Confederate history

Joe Straus, Contributor

It has been a year since a horrific tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., caused a loss of life and painfully reminded us that bigotry still exists and needs to be confronted.

It was bigotry also, and a backlash to the civil rights movement, that motivated state officials to hang a demonstrably false and incendiary plaque in our state Capitol during the late 1950s. We’ve made a lot of progress on civil rights since then. But amazingly, this plaque remains, because there is simply no political will among the state’s top elected officials to remove it.

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