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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Dallas Democrat asks Ken Paxton to weigh in on removing Confederate plaque outside his office

Rep. Eric Johnson is tired of waiting.

Six months ago, the Dallas Democrat asked the governor how to remove a 60-year-old Confederate plaque affixed to the wall outside his state Capitol office. But the plaque remains, so Johnson has decided to take matters into his own hands.

“He hasn’t found the answer,” Johnson told The News. “I think I’m going to have to go find it myself.”

On Friday, Johnson and El Paso Rep. Joe Moody asked the attorney general to tell him who has the authority to tear down the plaque — historical monument authorities, lawmakers, the governor or someone else?

The governor’s staff is still studying the issue, but said Gov. Greg Abbott believes lawmakers should have a role in deciding the plaque’s future because that's who voted to install it.

Read mopre: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2018/04/27/dallas-democrat-wants-attorney-general-weigh-insulting-confederate-plaque
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 06:04 AM (1 replies)

Dallas firm's 162-mile pipeline through nation's largest river swamp gets its day in court

One of the federal judges considering whether to allow construction of a crude oil pipeline to continue in an environmentally fragile Louisiana swamp seemed to downplay concerns Monday about the project's impact on forested wetlands.

The pipeline is a joint venture of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Houston-based Phillips 66. Energy Transfer Partners built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a project that sparked a string of violent clashes between protesters and police in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017.

The Bayou Bridge pipeline is the last link in a pipeline network connecting the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota with Louisiana refineries and export terminals.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Houston over whether to permanently throw out a lower court's preliminary injunction that initially stopped construction in the Atchafayala Basin.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/04/30/dallas-firms-162-mile-pipeline-nations-largest-river-swamp-gets-day-court

Cross-posted in the Louisiana Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 05:42 AM (0 replies)

Dallas firm's 162-mile pipeline through nation's largest river swamp gets its day in court

One of the federal judges considering whether to allow construction of a crude oil pipeline to continue in an environmentally fragile Louisiana swamp seemed to downplay concerns Monday about the project's impact on forested wetlands.

The pipeline is a joint venture of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Houston-based Phillips 66. Energy Transfer Partners built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a project that sparked a string of violent clashes between protesters and police in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017.

The Bayou Bridge pipeline is the last link in a pipeline network connecting the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota with Louisiana refineries and export terminals.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Houston over whether to permanently throw out a lower court's preliminary injunction that initially stopped construction in the Atchafayala Basin.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/energy/2018/04/30/dallas-firms-162-mile-pipeline-nations-largest-river-swamp-gets-day-court

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 05:42 AM (0 replies)

University of North Texas, Frisco to announce big plans for a new university campus

The University of North Texas and Frisco officials are expected to unveil plans for a new branch campus near the Dallas North Tollway on Tuesday.

Construction is expected to start within the next four years if the university gets final approval from state officials for a campus to serve the fast-growing area of Collin County.

UNT is to spend at least $100 million on developing the campus. The branch will be a part of the university itself but could be positioned to grow into a free-standing university someday.

Details of the plan — which includes about 150 acres of land in the city — are expected to be released Tuesday afternoon after officials from the university system, the Frisco City Council. the Frisco Economic Development Corporation and Frisco Community Development Corporation each vote to approve a handful of deals that will bring together the land needed for the new campus.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/higher-education/2018/04/30/unt-system-wants-open-new-branch-frisco

The primary UNT campus is located in Denton.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 05:32 AM (0 replies)

Lupe Valdez apologizes for not answering immigration question at forum, tries to explain her record

AUSTIN -- Gubernatorial hopeful Lupe Valdez has apologized for failing to address questions about her immigration track record Sunday during a candidate forum aimed at young Latino voters.

"This weekend, I fell short," the former Dallas County sheriff said Monday in a prepared statement. "A young woman asked me a question at a forum over the weekend regarding my track record, and she did not get the answer she deserved. I am sorry and I understand why people are disappointed."

The nearly 700-word statement comes as potential voters and left-leaning advocates have pressured Valdez to explain why she cooperated with immigration authorities' requests to hold people in her office's custody.

At the event organized by Jolt, a group focused on mobilizing Latinos to vote, Valdez said she supported immigration reform and a path to citizenship but did not address questions about her office's compliance with ICE detention orders.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/04/30/lupe-valdez-apologizes-not-answering-immigration-question-forum-tries-explain-record

This isn't the first time in this campaign where Valdez has appeared unprepared and left the audience unimpressed. She will need to be quicker with her responses if she is going to challenge Abbott effectively.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 05:19 AM (0 replies)

Kanye is 'a clown' and 'human car wreck,' Dallas Democrat says after West's pro-Trump tweets

AUSTIN — In between tweets about Confederate memorials and ballot fraud, one Dallas Democrat has weighed in on another hot-button political issue — Kanye West's burgeoning bromance with President Donald Trump.

Last week, West tweeted a photo of a Trump-autographed "Make America Great Again" hat. "My MAGA hat is signed," West tweeted with 30 fire emojis.

The tweet and several others defending the president have elicited a fierce backlash from fans and praise from many conservatives. The Republican Party retweeted West, urging people to "get your own [MAGA hat] here."

That's when Rep. Eric Johnson felt compelled to respond.

"I can't believe y'all let @kanyewest trick you into actually talking about him. He's a human car wreck; just keep driving," Johnson tweeted on April 26.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2018/04/30/kanye-west-clown-good-album-since-late-registration-says-dallas-democrat
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 05:08 AM (2 replies)

57 white supremacist gang members charged in North Texas drug trafficking, kidnapping conspiracy

Federal authorities have charged 57 members of several white supremacist prison gangs in a large North Texas drug trafficking and kidnapping conspiracy after an investigation by federal, state and local police agencies.

Officials arrested 42 of the gang members last week across the North Texas area, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said Monday during a news conference.

Nine others were already in custody for unrelated state charges, and six are still being sought, she said.

The defendants are linked to several violent and racist prison gangs that include the Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Peckerwoods, the Soldiers of Aryan Culture and the Dirty White Boys, the 55-count indictment says.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/04/30/takedown-violent-racist-prison-gangs-results-57-arrests-drug-trafficking-kidnapping-charges
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 04:54 AM (0 replies)

North Dakota's only castle under construction but open for tours

Rolette County, ND - North Dakota may be home to miles and miles of farmland, but there are quite a few hidden gems throughout the prairie.

For example, did you know that there's a castle here in the Peace Garden State?

Back in the early 1900s, Irish immigrant Maurice Coghlan went big when he moved to Dakota Territory, building a 4,000 square feet, 6 bedroom home.

It's the big size and the 12 feet diameter, two story turret that makes it the only castle in our state.

Read more and watch video: http://www.myndnow.com/news/minot-news/north-dakotas-only-castle-under-construction-but-open-for-tours/1151147090
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 04:10 AM (0 replies)

North Dakota refineries become part of Marathon Petroleum under merger

Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced Monday it is merging with Andeavor, the owner of North Dakota’s two oil refineries.

Marathon Petroleum is buying Andeavor for more than $23 billion, a transaction that would make the combined company the largest U.S. refiner.

The combined company will have headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, and will be called Marathon Petroleum, said Andeavor spokeswoman Destin Singleton.

Andeavor, recently known as Tesoro, employs 300 people at the Mandan Refinery and the Dickinson Refinery.

Read more: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/n-d-refineries-become-part-of-marathon-petroleum-under-merger/article_65f1de34-bafd-5d41-a368-aba242207cff.html#tracking-source=home-top-story
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 04:04 AM (0 replies)

Heitkamp's mother dies after battle with Parkinson's disease

BISMARCK — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's mother died Sunday, April 29, at the age of 88, the North Dakota Democrat announced on Facebook.

Doreen Heitkamp, of Mantador, N.D., was "the rock of our family," the senator said in a Facebook post accompanying a family photo. She was a "school cook with a high school degree," but "she told us we would go to college and change the world," Heidi Heitkamp added.

Heitkamp's post indicated her mother died after a battle with Parkinson's disease. Her father, Ray, died in 1982. Sunday was her parents' 66th wedding anniversary.

Doreen Heitkamp died at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge, Minn., according to an obituary.

Read more: http://www.inforum.com/news/government-and-politics/4438903-heitkamps-mother-dies-after-battle-parkinsons-disease
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 1, 2018, 03:32 AM (0 replies)
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