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11 Democrats disagree on who can defeat Sen. John Cornyn, but all agree marijuana should be legal

AUSTIN — Eleven Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to take on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn clashed Tuesday night over their experience, climate change and health care, but agreed marijuana should be legal.

Hoping to end a 32-year drought in U.S. Senate races, the Democrats cast their life experiences and mostly progressive views as the ticket to exciting Texans this fall.

In a debate that was televised in Austin for only 30 minutes, former congressional candidate MJ Hegar of Round Rock, a Purple Heart winner and former health care company executive, said Texans “are looking for a fresh face.”

As the debate continued for another hour, veteran state Sen. Royce West of Dallas, asked about his 27 years in the Legislature, compared himself to former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2020/02/19/motley-crew-of-democrats-dispute-wholl-put-the-hook-on-texas-sen-john-cornyn/

During debate, Texas Democratic U.S. Senate candidates differ on best way to oust GOP John Cornyn

by Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats took to a crowded Austin debate stage Tuesday night as they vie for the nomination to take on Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the three-term incumbent.

The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate generally agreed in pushing the policies of President Barack Obama's administration further to the left. The contentions in the debate centered mostly around how far left each person was willing to go.

But the most contentious moment was about politics — specifically, the Senate Democratic campaign arm's endorsement of military veteran MJ Hegar, who narrowly lost a U.S. House race to Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in 2018.

"Of all of the endorsements we've received, and of all the endorsements on everybody in this race, the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] endorsement is the only one that only looks at viability," Hegar said. "All they care about is flipping the U.S. Senate and getting our government back up and running for working families again. So it was something we were very proud of, it was a nod to the grassroots campaign that we've built."

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/02/18/texas-democratic-primary-us-senate-debate-2020-super-tuesday/

'Leaning Tower of Dallas' survives implosion to become internet sensation

The Leaning Tower of Dallas was still leaning Monday — but it’s expected to tumble before long.

After Sunday’s implosion of an 11-story tower on Haskell Avenue near downtown Dallas failed to bring down the center of the structure, the lopsided landmark immediately became an internet sensation.

As video of the partial collapse spread, people began posting pictures of themselves pretending to prop up what remained of the former Affiliated Computer Services building.

Sooner or later, the stubborn core, which includes the elevator shaft, will make way for a $2.5 billion mixed-use project called The Central.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/02/18/leaning-tower-of-dallas-survives-implosion-to-become-internet-sensation/



Judge: Pipeline through Hill Country can move forward

A federal judge has rejected an effort to halt construction of a pipeline that would carry natural gas from West Texas to refineries on the Texas coast.

Officials from the city of Austin, Travis and Hays counties, and other local governments joined private landowners in arguing that the Permian Highway Pipeline would harm a rare species of bird and therefore violates the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, however, ruled Friday that the plaintiffs had not shown that the golden-cheeked warbler, which is an endangered species, would be irreparably harmed by the project.

The 42-inch, 430-mile-long natural gas pipeline would cut through 17 counties, including Hays, passing through environmentally sensitive areas along the way.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20200215/judge-pipeline-through-hill-country-can-move-forward

64 white supremacists in North Texas sentenced in federal investigation

Sixty-four people belonging to white supremacist gangs were sentenced recently to a combined 820 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas announced Friday.

The mass sentencing caps an investigation that began in 2014 and included 153 total defendants tied to white supremacist gangs, said Erin Dooley, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office. In 2017, 89 of those defendants were convicted and sentenced to a combined 1,070 years in federal prison.

In the second round, the remaining 64 suspects were charged in 2018. The last defendant in the second round, 51-year-old Garry Cody Jones, was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in federal prison on a drug charge.

In addition to drug and firearms charges, several defendants kidnapped, threatened and assaulted people who they believed had stolen drug money.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2020/02/15/64-white-supremacists-in-north-texas-sentenced-in-federal-investigation-officials-say/

Clayton Williams, oilman and colorful candidate for Texas governor, has died

by Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

Clayton Williams, a Midland oilman, banker and entrepreneur who spent millions of his own money on a wild 1990 race for governor, has died. He was 88.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram, quoting close associates, reported that Williams died Friday night from complications of a bout of pneumonia.

Williams, a Republican, lost a nationally watched race for governor to Democrat Ann Richards in 1990, after besting three well-known Republicans in the primary. He did it with a barrage of television ads and a knack for colorful and sometimes off-putting quotes.

In a race pitting two of the most colorful and interesting characters of modern Texas politics, "Claytie" said he wanted to return Texas to “the way it used to be,” while Richards was touting “a New Texas.” One set of Williams ads promised to introduce youthful criminals to “the joy of busting rocks.”

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/02/15/clayton-williams-oilman-and-colorful-candidate-texas-governor-dies/

Pete Buttigieg Private Fundraiser Interrupted by Protest from 'Queers Against Pete'

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was met with protesters representing the group Queers Against Pete outside of a private fundraising event at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Friday.

Inside the building, two activists attempted to disrupt the fundraiser after Buttigieg was asked about his husband, Chasten, by a member of the audience.

"I respect your activism," Buttigieg said, "but this is a gathering of supporters of our campaign and I just got a question about my husband and I'm really excited to answer it."

After being shouted down, the protesters were removed from the premises.

Outside the event, a Buttigieg supporter reportedly yelled at protesters calling them "homophobes." One of the protesters responded by saying, "We're all gay!"

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/pete-buttigieg-private-fundraiser-interrupted-protest-queers-against-pete-1487462

Dueling candidates with same name could cause confusion at the polls

You may think you're seeing double if you're voting in the Harris County Precinct 2 constable race. One candidate claims it's a 'dirty tactic' by his opponent.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Claims of dirty tricks and foul play have some wondering if a Harris County primary race is “Jerry-rigged.”

This time, it’s not your class case of name calling between candidates, but it is all about the name.

In the upcoming Democratic primary election for Harris County Precinct 2 constable, two candidates named Jerry Garcia appear on the ballot. Yes, they both have the same moniker as the late Grateful Dead guitarist and songwriter.

The first Jerry Garcia is a 21-year law enforcement veteran who has been campaigning for more than a year. The other Jerry Garcia, who has no law enforcement experience, submitted paperwork for his candidacy on the very last day to file.


Garcia said it’s even more deceiving, given that his opponent with the same name is related to the incumbent, Chris Diaz. He is the cousin of the current constable’s wife.

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/investigations/dueling-candidates-with-same-name-could-cause-confusion-at-the-polls/285-29086058-5276-473f-949f-93c9acbeeff4

Diversity Test: 2020 Democrats Seek Their Fortunes in Nevada

As the Democratic presidential race hurtles toward Nevada, candidates in the still-crowded field are jumping into their first test in a racially diverse state with solid union muscle and shaky plans for a presidential caucus.

Nevada has no obvious front-runner, though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders heads into the contest on strong footing. The state has received only a sliver of the attention of the first two states on the primary calendar, Iowa and New Hampshire. Looking at the jumbled field, the state’s most powerful union decided to take a pass on endorsing a candidate, rather than make a divisive choice or risk picking a loser. Most of the state’s most prominent officials have stayed neutral.

The open race has every Democrat spending much of the next week searching for fortunes in the state’s working-class neighborhoods, union halls, casino convention halls and stuccoed suburbs. For Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, it’s a chance to prove their staying power after strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. For former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, it could be a life preserver to rescue their bids after disappointing starts. For Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, it’s a chance to prove her third-place finish in New Hampshire wasn’t a fluke.

Candidates are making a get-out-the-vote push Saturday morning as early voting starts, and they plan to attend a Saturday night fundraising gala for the Las Vegas-based Clark County Democratic Party. Several candidates are making the hourlong flight up to Reno, a city newly flush with tech money and California transplants, and are due back in Las Vegas on Wednesday for the ninth Democratic debate.

Read more: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/diversity-test-2020-democrats-nevada/2217550/

Delaware GOP says Democratic Sen. Bryan Townsend should resign over Rush Limbaugh meme

The head of the Delaware Republican Party says a Democratic state senator should resign after the lawmaker posted a meme on social media likening conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh to a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

"As a member of the Senate, he's demeaned the entire body of the state Senate," said Delaware GOP Chairwoman Jane Brady. "What he did is offensive. ... I've already heard some people calling for his resignation."

She's referring to a meme that Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, posted on Twitter on Saturday.

It was a cartoon of several hooded figures in white cloaks, presumably made to look like members of the KKK. One of the figures appears to be wearing a medal, similar to the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh during the State of the Union speech last week. Shortly before receiving the medial, Limbaugh had revealed he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/11/delaware-gop-says-democratic-senator-should-resign-over-rush-limbaugh-meme/4727057002/

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