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The current situation on the Texas border is a threat to the sovereignty of the state and the safety of Texas citizens. The condition on the international border of Texas is just as bad now as it was under the Obama administration. In some cases, the situation is actually worse than previous administrations.

RER’s Amazing Doc Greene and Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani discuss the Trump administrations job performance so far in his first term. They also discuss what action-oriented solutions should be employed to stop the border invasion.

Apostle Claver shares the shocking numbers that put the Texas border invasion at a higher number of illegal border crossings than the number of allied troops that stormed Normandy on D-Day. The number of illegal invaders that have crossed into Texas so far in FY2018 is larger than U.S. armed forces that participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan surges.

Greene and Kamau-Imani shine the spotlight on the lack of action being taken by Texas officeholders, as well.


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City of Leon Valley opposes Gov. Greg Abbott proposed red light camera ban

by David Caltabiano

SAN ANTONIO – Governor Greg Abbott is working to eliminate red light cameras.

Abbott said drivers, with red light cameras in mind might rear end other drivers.

“On behalf of the City of Leon Valley we oppose that type of legislation,” Leon Valley City Manager Kelly Kuenstler said.


Gov. Greg Abbott and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia still at impasse over election for Houston-area seat

By Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle

There is still no resolution in sight as Gov. Greg Abbott and Houston State Sen. Sylvia Garcia clash over when there will be a special election to assure nearly 850,000 Houston area residents are represented in the Texas Legislature at the start of 2019.

Garcia, a Democrat who is favored to win a congressional seat in November, has demanded Abbott call a special election promptly for her soon-to-be-vacant state Senate seat.

Abbott, a Republican, has repeatedly refused, saying Garcia failed to send him a proper resignation letter. In late July, Garcia wrote to the governor that she intends to resign on Jan. 2. Abbott and his staff say an intent to resign is not sufficient, and that Garcia needs to provide a date certain for her resignation. Garcia disagrees.


Trade deal helps Texas, but add Canada, too

Texas workers celebrating Labor Day got some potentially good news from the renegotiated trade deal between the United States and Mexico, but members of Congress from Texas must read the fine print. Texas will probably be affected by this agreement more than any other state because we have so much trade with Mexico. That’s all the more reason to vet it carefully during the approval process — and make sure that Canada is included later.

Even though Canada doesn’t have a lot of trade with Texas now, that could change if the Keystone XL pipeline is ever finished. It would bring Canadian oil to refineries in Port Arthur and Houston, either for processing here or export. Either option boosts the economy of Southeast Texas.

The pipeline is less important now with the surge in domestic oil production, but that picture could change in five or 10 years. What matters is that Canada has a resource it wants to sell (tar sands oil in the Alberta province) and the U.S. has refineries that can process it. If the pipeline’s path can overcome objections in Nebraska, it could be finished soon. The southern half of it, from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, has been operational for years.


Trooper Seized Thousands of Dollars Texas Man Said He Won Gambling

Williamson County, Texas, is directly north of the state capital of Austin. Because it sits along Interstate 35, many state troopers guard this roadway and other major highways in the county. Interstate 35 is a major drug trafficking route between the U.S. and Mexico border. A Texas multi-state trooper was conducting routine radar checks on the interstate when he saw a car speeding.

After the trooper pulled the car over, the driver, Marquis Overton, told him his story. And, what the trooper found in the car made his story interesting.

The Traffic Stop

The traffic stop occurred just north of the city of Round Rock where the interstate moves from a high-density traffic area to a more suburban traffic area.


Gov. Greg Abbott calls for end to red light cameras in Texas

By Andrea Zelinsk

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott wants to hit the brake on red light cameras in Texas, announcing Monday he will call for lawmakers to ban cities from using the traffic devices next year.

Abbott contends red light cameras can make intersections less safe by causing more rear-end wrecks due to sharp braking. He adds that the cameras can pose a constitutional issue by “rendering accused violators guilty until proven innocent,” and by accusing drivers of violating the law without a witness.

Lawmakers have already called for a renewed effort to unplug red light camera enforcement in Texas, promising to push for a ban in the 2019 Legislative session. However, past efforts have struggled to gain momentum in the Legislature, failing to reach the governor’s desk.


The math gets more complicated in the speaker’s race

As in state Rep. Walter “Four” Price IV, now the seventh announced candidate to become speaker of the Texas House. And before next week is out, the people who get paid to pay attention to these things think Price and his announced opponents will be joined by as many as two more in what has fast become a wide open race to replace outgoing Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

Price, R-Amarillo, filed his paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission Thursday; he’s the fourth candidate with ties to Straus, who did not run for reelection to his House seat. Price had long been rumored to covet the job and, according to several political experts, is the candidate Straus favors to succeed him.

Even before Price’s announcement, however, conservative lightning rod Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, posted this tweet, suggesting the number of Straus allies vying for speaker shows a coalition in disarray.


More than $4.3 billion in child support collected in Texas

by SBG San Antonio

AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that his Child Support Division has set a new nationwide record by collecting more than $4.3 billion in child support in Texas for the fiscal year, which ended on Aug. 31.

This fiscal year’s total is a 4 percent increase from the previous fiscal year, for a total growth of more than $160 million. The division handles more than 1.5 million cases annually and collects $10.33 for every $1 spent to run the program, according to a news release.


Over 5,000 price gouging complaints processed since Harvey

By: Wes Rapaport

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Representatives for the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton say the agency’s Consumer Protection Division has processed more than 5,000 complaints of potential price gouging following Hurricane Harvey.

People from the coastal bend to Dallas felt the financial effects of the storm, in the form of illegal price gouging. Now more than a year since Harvey hit Texas, lawmakers are reviewing the state’s price gouging laws.

It’s defined by Paxton’s office as “selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price; or demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity.”

Two members of Paxton’s team provided state lawmakers with an update in a Senate State Affairs hearing Monday, saying their office has recovered more than $180,000 in restitution for affected customers.


Texas’s Fetal Burial Law Is Struck Down For Now, I Guess


In 2017, the Republican-controlled Texas legislature passed a law requiring hospitals and abortion clinics to arrange for the burial or cremation of fetal remains. The law was set to take effect next February, and would have required these funerary rights regardless of the patient’s personal wishes or beliefs, and regardless of whether the pregnancy ended in an abortion or a miscarriage.

Last week, U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra issued a permanent injunction against the law.

The law is designed to shame women who get abortions, plain and simple. The Texas legislature has concocted some concern about preventing the remains from winding up in “landfills,” but they give up the game when they say this: