The U.S. Supreme Court gave Texas abortion clinics a victory in 2016. Then Trump was elected.
In 2016, the Supreme Court blocked onerous regulations that had shuttered half of Texas’ abortion providers. On Friday, the court’s new conservative majority cited that case in overturning the constitutional protection for abortion.
Wendy Davis and Donna Howard, defenders of abortion access, worry the worst is yet to come after Roe decision
In interviews, the two women expressed a sense of sorrow over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to ban abortions, adding even more enormous obstacles to what was already an uphill battle to protect reproductive rights in Texas.
Texas Democrats hope threat to Roe v. Wade will energize their voters ahead of the midterm election
Democrats are hopeful that the looming threat of such a stunning political sea change could provide the strongest opportunity yet to energize their voters heading into an election year in which Republicans have been expected to dominate in Texas and beyond.
City council to discuss animal advisory committee, Biden bus lawsuit
The San Marcos City Council will have a discussion regarding the expansion of the powers and duties of the Animal Advisory Committee as recommended by the committee.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
2 SMPD officers added to Biden Bus lawsuit as 911 transcripts show police dismissed calls for escort through San Marcos
Two San Marcos Police Department officers were added to a lawsuit stemming from a Biden campaign bus incident that occurred a year ago.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News, News - Mobile San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
This historically red Texas county diversified in the last decade. Now, Republicans are trying to divide up its voters of color.
Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, said the maps were drawn “race-blind.” But Democratic Sen. Beverly Powell, whose district would be turned into a majority-Republican district, said they’re an attempt to deny voters of color their voice in elections.
San Marcos Director of Public Safety, city involved in lawsuit over Biden Bus incident
San Marcos Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp and two other unnamed city employees are being sued over a Biden campaign bus incident that occurred in October 2020. Former State Sen.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Wendy Davis, others sue law enforcement and Trump supporters over “Trump Train” harassing Biden bus in Texas
The plaintiffs argue the Trump supporters engaged in political intimidation when they surrounded the Biden campaign bus in October, in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, and that police "turned a blind eye to the attack."
Republican lawmakers push to make Texas’ anti-abortion laws among the most restrictive in the nation
Anti-abortion advocates have urged them to challenge the Roe v. Wade decision that established the right to an abortion. Ad“I'm not at all surprised to see the the number, the depth and the breadth of the abortion bills that have been filed,” she said. There are additional Texas abortion laws before the courts, including one that would restrict access to the most common way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester. Circuit Court of Appeals], we have an even better Supreme Court and we need to catch up,” he said. The 5th Circuit, which hears cases from Texas, is considered one of the most conservative courts in the nation.
Republican lawmakers push to make Texas’ anti-abortion laws among the most restrictive in the nation
click to enlarge Jordan Vonderhaar / Texas TribuneProtesters demonstrate against abortion at the Texas Rally for Life on Jan. 23, 2021, at the state Capitol in Austin. “I'm not at all surprised to see the the number, the depth and the breadth of the abortion bills that have been filed,” she said. There are additional Texas abortion laws before the courts, including one that would restrict access to the most common way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester. Anti-abortion advocates have cited changes at the court in pushing for new state laws this session. Circuit Court of Appeals], we have an even better Supreme Court and we need to catch up,” he said.sacurrent.com
Analysis: Is the Texas Capitol a government building or a petri dish?
click to enlarge Bob Daemmrich / The Texas TribuneA crowd filled the Texas Senate gallery in 2013 when then-Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, began a filibuster of legislation tightening the state’s abortion regulations. State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, ended the first week of the Texas Legislature’s 2021 session with a positive COVID-19 test. The Texas House isn’t requiring members to be tested before they enter the House Chamber — the floor, they call it — for business. Testing, he noted, is available in a legislative office building near the Capitol or at the entrance where the public is tested. Most of the people who work in the Capitol don’t work in the chambers.sacurrent.com
Wendy Davis says Trump supporters harassing a Biden bus in Texas should have served as a warning before U.S. Capitol riot
A caravan of Trump supporters followed and harassed a Joe Biden campaign bus driving through Central Texas in October. A day after the incident, Trump tweeted a video of the Trump supporters following the Biden bus saying, “I LOVE TEXAS!” and falsely claimed his supporters were “protecting” the bus. All the cars on the road, we love what they did,” Rubio told Trump supporters. Davis’ campaign had refused to comment at the time as she wrapped up her campaign against U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, which she lost. He perpetuated false conspiracy theories in the hours after the insurrection that those who broke into the Capitol were not Trump supporters.
2020 races that haven’t been called yet
By midnight, Biden had racked up 205 electoral votes to Trump’s 171, according to the Associated Press. Congressional District 23UPDATE: Republican Tony Gonzales wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, AP reports. Gonzales' lead, which ballooned to 14,000 votes before midnight, is a much healthier advantage than past races in the district’s history, but it remained too close to call with only 78% of precincts reporting. “With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, the Gonzales campaign’s attempt to declare victory is premature,” Jones' campaign manager Lacey Morrison said. Flores stunned the Texas political landscape by winning the District 19 state senate seat.
Despite high hopes and lots of cash, Democrats fail to flip Texas House or land statewide seat
click to enlarge Flickr / Ed SchipulDemocrats spent big and dreamed even bigger in Texas this election cycle. The San Antonio seat of incumbent State Rep. Steve Allison — one Dems had targeted to flip — remains in Republican control with challenger Celina Montoya falling seven points short. "At the end of the day, they were trying to run against incumbents," said veteran Democratic political consultant Laura Barberena. "I think Democrats' success in 2018 in the Texas House was picking the low hanging fruit," he said. "Trinity University Political Science Professor Juan Sepulveda said Democrats had reason to be excited about 2020, especially new Latinx voters joining the rolls.sacurrent.com
Election results 2020: Balance of Power for Congress: Which party will control U.S. House, Senate?
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San Antonio man says he's the driver of the truck 'right behind' Biden campaign bus in I-35 incident
Videos of Donald Trump supporters swarming a Joe Biden campaign bus on Interstate 35 in Hays County have flooded social media since the Friday caravan. Among the videos to emerge is footage of a black Ford F-150 hitting a support SUV for the bus. In a now-deleted Facebook post, Eliazar Cisneros, of San Antonio, claimed to be the driver of the truck. Cisneros appears to have deactivated his Facebook page Monday afternoon, but in one of his last posts, he identified himself as "the truck right behind the bus." On his now-deleted Facebook page, Cisneros listed himself as a San Antonio College student and used a photo with Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw as his profile picture.mysanantonio.com
5 things to watch on Election Day in Texas
Editor’s note: Get election results on our homepage and Vote 2020 page. While the top of the ballot has received the most attention, the balance of the Texas House of Representatives is also at stake. For the first time in years, Democrats have a chance to flip the 150-member Texas House, which has been controlled by Republicans for more than a decade. There are 18 to 22 state House races that Democrats are targeting. More key races for Congress, Texas Senate, County CommissionersAside from the Texas House and president, there are several high-profile federal-, state- and county-level races that have local implications.
Election results 2020: Congressional races in the San Antonio area (South, Central, West Texas)
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Chip Roy and Wendy Davis go down to the wire in a tight TX-21 race that has Texas’ full attention
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, is in a close contest with Democratic challenger Wendy Davis. That brawl is between two Austin-based political heavyweights, Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy and Democratic former state Sen. Wendy Davis. “I’m Chip Roy, and here’s some Texas common sense: We can reopen safely. “Chip Roy is an elected leader, but he’s all over town not wearing a mask in crowded indoor places, dismisses reports about the danger to children and Chip Roy continues to advise an extreme plan to infect two-thirds of the population to stop the virus,” he said. And Davis re-emerged on the Texas political scene as the face of the Austin's Women's March in 2017, pink hat and all.
Republican Chip Roy wins reelection to U.S. House in Texas' 21st Congressional District, AP reports
Find other election results Type to search all races...U.S. Rep., District 21 View All CandidatesGet more election results on our homepage and Vote 2020 page. AP: Republican incumbent Chip Roy defeats Democratic challenger Wendy Davis in Congressional District 21 race1 a.m. : Republican incumbent Chip Roy is the projected winner in the race for Congressional District 21, defeating Democratic challenger Wendy Davis, the Associated Press reports. ---10:15: Republican incumbent Chip Roy has taken a wider lead against his Democratic challenger, Wendy Davis. 9:40: Republican incumbent Chip Roy has taken a narrow lead against his Democratic challenger, Wendy Davis. Texas Congressional District 21 (KSAT/Brittney Daniels)Campaign FundsAs of June 30, Davis has raised more than $4.4.
At debate, San Antonio U.S. Rep. Chip Roy cites document signed by — giggle — Dr. I.P. Freely
click to enlarge Twitter / @wenddavis (left); Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (right)Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (left) and U.S. Rep. Chip RoyDr. Harold Shipman, which18 of people listed as medical practitioners are self-declared homeopaths, or unlicensed healers who believe the body can repair itself with the help of plants and folk remedies. Among the 100 "therapists" who signed are massage artists, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists and a Mongolian singer who purports to be a "therapeutic sound practitioner". Freely, Person Fakename and Johnny Bananas. "“Congressman Chip Roy has spent his time during the pandemic downplaying the risk of COVID-19, spreading misinformation and raising the profile of dangerous, fringe conspiracy theories,” Davis campaign manager Rebecca Lipson said in an emailed statement. “Congressman Roy’s fringe beliefs, coziness with conspiracy theories, and inability to listen to the experts has risked lives and livelihoods."sacurrent.com
Republican Chip Roy defending his Congressional seat against former state Sen. Wendy Davis in District 21
The race for U.S. Congressional District 21 has been one to watch since the primaries when election officials announced Wendy Davis won the Democratic nomination and would challenge Republican incumbent Chip Roy on Election Day. Davis is a former state senator for State District 10 who led a 13-hour filibuster to block a bill restricting abortion rights in Texas. The AreaU.S. District 21 covers a vast area north of San Antonio and many communities along the I-35 North and I-10 West corridors, including parts of Bexar, Hays Travis, and Comal counties. Texas Congressional District 21 (ESRI/Chip Roy, U.S. House)Campaign FundsAs of June 30, Davis has raised more than $4.4. Voters will decide who they want as their next congressional district representative in less than one month.
How down-ballot candidates could help Democrats flip Texas
And a question that often elicits eyerolls is now a point of serious debate: Can Democrats flip Texas? "We have been through hell and back in the past decade, but all the while focused on building the infrastructure at the Texas Democratic Party necessary to meet this very moment," said Manny Garcia, the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. Some Democratic candidates are able to spend heavily on TV ads and own get-out-the-vote campaigns. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who's running for re-election against Democrat MJ Hegar, rang the alarm early about Democrats' Texas efforts ahead of 2020. Cornyn’s bid for a fourth term remains the central source of confidence among most Texas Republicans.
How down-ballot candidates could help Democrats flip Texas
click to enlarge Facebook / Joe BidenDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden cozies up with Beto O'Rourke during a pre-pandemic Texas campaign stop. And a question that often elicits eyerolls is now a point of serious debate: Can Democrats flip Texas? "We have been through hell and back in the past decade, but all the while focused on building the infrastructure at the Texas Democratic Party necessary to meet this very moment," said Manny Garcia, the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who's running for reelection against Democrat MJ Hegar, rang the alarm early about Democrats' Texas efforts ahead of 2020. Cornyn’s bid for a fourth term remains the central source of confidence among most Texas Republicans.sacurrent.com
TV ad blitz kicks off in high-profile battle between U.S. Rep. Chip Roy and Wendy Davis
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, is being challenged by Democratic former state Sen. Wendy Davis in Texas' 21st Congressional District. The TV ad campaign is getting a relatively early start in the race for Texas' 21st Congressional District, foretelling a contentious, expensive sprint to November for U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, and his well-known Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis. Davis' campaign is going up with a spot that highlights her biography and the fact that she's a grandmother. Meanwhile, the pro-Roy Club for Growth is starting to air an attack ad against Davis, whom the ad calls a "self-serving politician." Roy's seat is among seven that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting this fall in Texas.
Obama Endorses San Antonio Candidates Wendy Davis and Gina Ortiz Jones for U.S. House Seats
San Antonio-area Democrats Wendy Davis and Gina Ortiz Jones are among 27 Texas candidates endorsed by former President Barack Obama ahead of November 3 election. Davis is running for Texas’s 21st congressional district, which includes a part of northeast San Antonio. The Texas 23rd congressional district encompasses parts of western San Antonio and stretches across the southwestern portion of Texas all the way to El Paso. It will be either Tony Gonzales or Raul Reyes, Jr.“I’m so honored to be endorsed by President Barack Obama!,” Jones wrote on Twitter. Help share the good news and join our campaign to flip #TX23!”Following is the full list of Obama’s Texas endorsements:Sima Ladjevardian, U.S. House, Congressional District 2Lizzie Fletcher, U.S. House, Congressional District 7Adrienne Bell, U.S. House, Congressional District 14Wendy Davis, U.S. House, Congressional District 21Sri Preston Kulkarni, U.S. House, Congressional District 22Gina Ortiz Jones, U.S. House, Congressional District 23Candace Valenzuela, U.S. House, Congressional District 24Colin Allred, U.S. House, Congressional District 32Erin Zwiener, State House, District 45James Talarico, State House, District 52Keke Williams, State House, District 54Angela Brewer, State House, District 64Sharon Hirsch, State House, District 66Jeff Whitfield, State House, District 92Joe Drago, State House, District 96Elizabeth Beck, State House, District 97Jessica González, State House, District 104Terry Meza, State House, District 105Joanna Cattanach, State House, District 108Brandy Chambers, State House, District 112Rhetta Andrews Bowers, State House, District 113Celina Montoya, State House, District 121Natali Hurtado, State House, District 126Gina Calanni, State House, District 132Ann Johnson, State House, District 134Jon Rosenthal, State House, District 135Akilah Bacy, State House, District 138outinsa.com
Democrats in 2 Key San Antonio House Races Out-Raising Their Opponents
click to enlarge Courtesy PhotoGina Ortiz Jones is running to represent the South Texas district being vacated by retiring GOP House member Will Hurd. Voters will decide in a runoff which of two Republicans Tony Gonzales or Raul Reyes will face her in November. Gonzales ended the quarter with $272,000 in cash and Reyes with just over $45,000. Meanwhile, Davis raised $1.2 million during the quarter, giving her a nearly $2 million in total cash. Her opponent, freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy pulled in $456,000 for the quarter, bringing his cash on hand to $1.5 million.sacurrent.com
Texas Democrats weighing ballots, bullets in 2020 campaigns
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Democrats are pulling out a new playbook in this years congressional races, loudly backing gun control in a bet a strategy that paid off in Virginia can also win elections in a conservative-leaning state long associated with gun rights. FILE PHOTO: Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis smiles during the "Politicon" convention in Pasadena, California, U.S. June 25, 2016. Gun control will be a strong part of her campaign message as she takes aim at an Austin-area U.S. House of Representatives seat that Republicans have held for 41 years. For me, this is a moral courage issue.TRICKY BALANCELongtime observers of Texas politics warn that candidates backing gun control may want to rein in expectations. The gun issue is a good mobilizer for Democrats at this stage, early in the campaign, said James Henson, a University of Texas political scientist and pollster.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. Rep. Chip Roy Confirms He'll Run to Represent San Antonio Again, Setting Up Battle With Former State Sen. Wendy Davis
Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy this week confirmed he'll run for reelection, likely pitting him in a high-profile showdown with former State Sen. Wendy Davis, a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate.Both are vying to represent the 21st Congressional District, a longtime Republican stronghold that spans San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country. "Roy a former staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz has grabbed headlines as a conservative firebrand by emulating his former boss' polarizing playbook. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Former Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Will Run Against Chip Roy in 2020, Democratic Staffer Says
click to enlarge Jenelle EsparzaWendy Davis speaks with reporters at a #StandWithTXWomen rally. Former state Sen. Wendy Davis will run to unseat freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy in 2020, a staffer for Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, has informed the Austin American-Statesman Wendy spoke to the congressman directly that she plans on running, Abigail Sheppard, Vela's press secretary, told the newspaper.Davis is the Democratic lawmaker who grabbed national attention in 2013 for undertaking a 13-hour filibuster against restrictive anti-abortion legislation while wearing pink running shoes. She became the Democratic nominee for governor the following year but lost to Gov. Greg Abbott in a 20-point drubbing.Texas' 21st Congressional District district, which includes part of San Antonio, has historically been GOP territory, but Democrats targeted it after Joseph Kopser came within 3 points of defeating Roy in the 2018 midterms.It appears that Davis is already gaining high-powered support for a run.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders are pulling together a gathering of potential supporters to meet with Davis in early next week in Washington, D.C., according to an invitation obtained by The Texas Tribune . Nine of the 13 Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation are listed as co-hosts for the event.sacurrent.com