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Texas | May 11, 2021

Border crisis: 5 unaccompanied migrant girls found abandoned in Texas

Texas | May 11, 2021

A farmer says he discovered the ‘baby girls’ hungry and crying

Five abandoned migrant girls, all under the age of seven, were discovered Sunday by a Texas farmer on his land in Quemado, near the Rio Grande River.

Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, spoke with the farmer who said he discovered the “baby girls” hungry and crying. He said one was naked and was crawling because she was too young to walk…

(Excerpts from Fox News)

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California, Texas | May 11, 2021

Gas Shortage and Price Hike Expected This Summer

California, Texas | May 11, 2021

A gas shortage is expected this summer not because there won’t be enough fuel but because there aren’t enough highly trained and licensed tanker drivers to transport it.

Many tanker drivers retired last year after demand for oil and gas plummeted because fewer people were traveling during the height of the pandemic. And most driving schools where new drivers could have received their training were closed due to state-mandated shutdowns. The two factors combined is resulting in a shortage of roughly 25% of tanker truck drivers needed to transport fuel, says the National Tank Truck Carriers, the trade association representing the tanker truck industry.

“We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” the association’s executive vice president Ryan Streblow said in a statement.

With states now reopening and people already beginning to travel, demand for gas is increasing, and so is the price at the pump – because less fuel is getting there…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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Texas | May 10, 2021

Conservative Hispanic Leaders Explain Why Texas Voters Are Shifting Republican

Texas | May 10, 2021

The Republican party in Texas is drawing Hispanic voters disillusioned by the Democratic party’s extreme values, two female Hispanic Republican leaders with Democratic backgrounds told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

South Texas saw both a liberal decline and a conservative surge during the 2020 election, the New York Times reported, a surge that has emboldened Republicans hoping to win in Latino communities throughout the United States. Hispanic female Republicans are stepping up to the plate, the publication reported.

“I am starting to see this need to connect with the Hispanic community and let them know nationwide that it’s the Republican party that offers opportunities,” Adrienne Pena-Garza (pictured above), chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, told the DCNF.

Pena-Garza grew up in Texas as the daughter of a Democratic state legislator who switched parties and became a Republican around 2010. Pena-Garza told the DCNF that her father’s community reacted very strongly to his switch, noting that he had been beloved as a Democrat but was treated with incivility as a Republican….

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Texas | May 9, 2021

Bill to Protect Women’s Sports Gets New Life

Texas | May 9, 2021

After voting earlier this week to reject a bill to stop men from playing on women’s sports teams in Texas public schools, political retribution has given the bill new life.

On Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 29, the proposal to protect women’s sports, which is a legislative priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee voted and the bill failed to pass.

On Friday morning, the bill was brought up again in committee and passed by a vote of 8 in favor and 5 in opposition. What changed? It seems politics in the Texas House may be the answer….

(Excerpts from Texas Scorecard)

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Texas | May 9, 2021

Tick-Tock Goes the Legislative Clock

Texas | May 9, 2021
There are 25 days left in the Texas legislative session.
Texas House of Representatives
  • Convenes at 10 a.m.
  • Will consider 93 bills total, 47 for the first time (CALENDAR)
  • HB 1566 – State Rep. Jim Murphy (R–Houston) – Extends Ch. 313 tax abatements for 10 years
  • HB 4242 – State Rep. Morgan Meyer (R–Dallas) – Extends Ch. 313 tax abatements for two years
  • HB 1632 – State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R–Victoria) – Creates TX Music Incubator Program allowing eligible music venues and music festival promoters to apply for a rebate of mixed beverage gross receipts and sales taxes paid for up to $100K. It has a negative fiscal note of $20M+. Its Senate companion, SB 609 – State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D–Houston), will likely be substituted as it passed the Senate a few weeks ago….

(Excerpts from Texas Scorecard)

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Texas | May 9, 2021

Texas Senate Bill Would Ban Critical Race Theory In Schools

Texas | May 9, 2021

A new bill in Texas would make it illegal to teach race or sex-based guilt in public schools.

Senate Bill 2202, currently under review in the House Public Education Committee, seeks to ban the teaching of radical ideology associated with Critical Race Theory in Texas public schools. The bill also mandates a robust academic focus on the founding documents and ideas of America. ..

(Excerpts from the Daily Wire)

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