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Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures. bit.ly/2CycCJ0
Ted Cruz's 2012 Senate Campaign was fined $35,000 last month by the Federal Elections Commission for improperly disclosing $1.1 million in loans to from big banks. bit.ly/2On6vvx
Texas schools have dangerous levels of lead in students’ drinking water, according to Texas Public Interest Research Group. bit.ly/2CANjpp via @dallasnews
Under an expansion of Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy, asylum-seeking migrants in El Paso may now be sent to Mexico while they wait for court hearings. bit.ly/2UOTL3f
Texas is seeking tens of thousands of dollars in damages from the company behind the #DeerPark terminal fire. bit.ly/2ukZDFY
El Paso officials briefly considered turning a park into a staging area this week to help 150 immigrants released by immigration authorities. The Border Patrol's El Paso sector is averaging 570 apprehensions a day over the past month. bit.ly/2USIbEk
A flight attendant who grew up in Dallas was released Friday afternoon from an immigration detention center after six weeks facing deportation following a trip abroad for her job. bit.ly/2UMmZjg
RT @TexasTribAbby: Beto O’Rourke a few minutes ago from Charleston, SC on the Mueller report (abridged): https://t.co/H7N2Fe0MNu
We talk gender and politics at #txlege with ⁦@RepMaryGonzalez⁩, ⁦@RepToniRoseTX and⁩ ⁦@SarahforHD134⁩. "Women run to change things. Men run for power. Women recognize that there are a lot of things that need to be changed." bit.ly/2uw4Yuh
Lawsuits against electric scooter companies have a big challenge: The 18,404-word user contract riders agreed to, which limits the company’s liability to $100. That contract, by the way, would take 261 cellphone screens to read. bit.ly/2Fk0kEu via @expressnews
New: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against the company behind the Deer Park terminal fire bit.ly/2ukZDFY
RT @PatrickSvitek: Among those on board, per release: @vgescobar, @LaCongresista, @RepGonzalez and @RepFilemonVela. #txsen https://t.co/8eY…
RT @KiahCollier: Andddd @TCEQ has sued @CaresItc, per press release #txlege twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/…
RT @KiahCollier: @TCEQ @CaresItc Texas Attorney General @KenPaxtonTX on lawsuit against @CaresItc: “ITC has a history of environmental viol…
RT @PatrickSvitek: Both Texas 2020ers among Dems re-upping calls to release Mueller report amid latest news > twitter.com/JulianCastro/s… https…
We talk gender, policy and politics at #txlege with ⁦@RepMaryGonzalez⁩, ⁦@RepToniRoseTX and⁩ ⁦@SarahforHD134⁩. bit.ly/2uw4Yuh
At least two more tanks are on fire at the ITC plant in #DeerPark that was ablaze earlier this week, the @HoustonChron reports. bit.ly/2Cz4CYe
RT @TxPolProject: Texan's Views on Investigation, Collusion, and @realDonaldTrump as #MuellerReport Drops buff.ly/2Yfrc13 supplied…
Attorney General William Barr said he may be able to inform Congress's judiciary committees on the Mueller report's "principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.” bit.ly/2CAxO0P
🎧 These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off. Hear their voices here. #txlege bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
RT @rdmurphy: One last bespoke story hurrah with @alexazura, and I think it's one of our best. 🎉 These naturalized citizens belong on the…
Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before. For example: An estimate to put air conditioning into one prison changed from more than $20 million to $4 million last year. More: bit.ly/2HAOMjI
This is Josue Chaparro. He was one of the almost 100,000 registered voters who state officials singled out for citizenship reviews using flawed data. Hear from him and other Texans caught up in the voter roll review. #txlege bit.ly/2UP1Ipd https://t.co/7WZyQmfYQM
Beto O'Rourke hit six states in the first seven days of his White House bid, plowing through the ups and downs of the trail while maintaining a breakneck pace. bit.ly/2UOWaer
RT @AliyyaSwaby: Texas Charter Schools Association kicks Southwest Key out of its membership — after @nytimes exposes out improper use of p…
It is that time of year again when everyone gossips and speculates and wonders about a special session. Here's @rossramsey with a bucket of (mostly) cold water. #txlege bit.ly/2uq08yC
"Did I do something wrong? Am I going to go to jail? Should I not even vote because I'm going to have to deal with letters and calls or emails or being called a fraudulent voter?" #txlege bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
RT @amzam: These naturalized citizens belong on Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off. Hear several Texans explain w…
RT @PatrickSvitek: (1/2) In SC, O'Rourke gets another "fossil fuel money" Q. He still doesn't explicitly pledge against it but has more ref…
El Paso officials briefly considered turning a park into a staging area Tuesday to help 150 immigrants released by immigration authorities. The Border Patrol's El Paso sector is averaging 570 apprehensions a day over the past month. bit.ly/2USIbEk
Texas lawmakers will obviously need a special session, right? Only if they screw things up, says @rossramsey. #txlege bit.ly/2ujXWIS
Texas officials say it would cost $1B to cool prisons — but they've overestimated A/C costs before. 75 of Texas' 104 prisons and jails do not have A/C in most housing areas where temperatures often rise above 100° in the summer. From The @TexasTribune: kutne.ws/2TsiB7E
Hear from naturalized citizens whose voter eligibility was questioned as part of the state’s flawed review of the voter rolls. #txlege bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
Stop fretting about a special session — for now. #txlege bit.ly/2Fk9PUe
8/8 Hear from those naturalized citizens here. 🎧 bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
7/ But like other naturalized citizens across Texas, Josue Chaparro has been unable to move past the state’s decision to flag legitimate voters like him for review. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
6/ But then the data was found to be flawed. Lawsuits were filed. Demands to prove citizenships were put on hold. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
5/ In January, Texas loudly announced that counties should check on the citizenship of 95,000 registered voters. Many counties sent letters questioning the citizenship of registered voters flagged by the state for review. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
4/ His confusion morphed into frustration when he learned he was one of the almost 100,000 registered voters who state officials singled out for review using flawed data. He wasn’t alone. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd https://t.co/a8OtjCFQEe
3/ He was stunned. He had become a U.S. citizen in 2016. He had sought help from a lawyer to ensure everything was done right. Why then, he wondered, was the county voter registrar asking him to prove his citizenship? bit.ly/2UP1Ipd https://t.co/RiPH4SQqDn
2/ For Josue Chaparro, it started with a letter. “My office has received information concerning your registration to vote. Your registration status is being investigated because there is reason to believe you may not be a United States citizen.” bit.ly/2UP1Ipd https://t.co/QXDdCaXeZs
1/ These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd https://t.co/60iENTVXu0
These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off. bit.ly/2UP1Ipd
RT @eramshaw: These naturalized citizens belong on the Texas voter rolls. A state review could have kicked them off. In this beautiful a…
Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before. An estimate to put air conditioning into one prison changed from more than $20 million to $4 million last year. #txlege bit.ly/2ul18Uz
How did Texas’ voter citizenship reviews affect naturalized citizens, such as Dallas County resident María García? Get The Brief in your inbox to find out tomorrow morning. bit.ly/2VRH8W3 https://t.co/ADtNag4hSx
More than half of 400 incarcerated women surveyed said they didn’t have access to enough pads and tampons each month while in Texas prisons, and that the quality of products was poor. bit.ly/2FjeIxQ
Donald Trump's emergency declaration for border wall construction could divert nearly $265 million from military bases in Texas. bit.ly/2OhouDK
From pioneers (@Senfronia4Texas) to newcomers (@ErinForYall), this "Under the Dome" episode is all about #txlege women. This freshman class is young, diverse and — thanks to the women who came before them — treated as equals the Capitol. bit.ly/2Ct3PYw
Under an expansion of Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy, asylum-seeking migrants in El Paso may now be sent back while they wait for court hearings. bit.ly/2FiLQol
A rundown of the disaster recovery bills passed by the Senate: + #SB6 requires guides for local officials on disaster response and recovery + #SB7 revamps a fund that pays for flood control projects + #SB8 creates an official statewide flood plan #txlege bit.ly/2ukY1Mn
In 2015, McAllen refused to disclose how much it paid Enrique Iglesias for a concert appearance at a Christmas parade. The Texas AG agreed the city didn't have to. This bill would close that loophole in Texas public records laws. #txlege bit.ly/2Fqddx0
The shelter-in-place order has been lifted for Deer Park after air quality monitors reported "sustained period of improved readings." bit.ly/2FibUQu
The tax cuts could accelerate gentrification and inequality in Houston. bit.ly/2FepJze via @TexasObserver
The Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico has come to El Paso bit.ly/2ukNVLg
Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before. For example: An estimate to put air conditioning into one prison changed from more than $20 million to $4 million last year. #txlege bit.ly/2ul18Uz
We talk to Mary Gonzalez, Sarah Davis and Toni Rose of #txlege about gender, politics and public policy in a state where the population is majority female but elected officials are overwhelmingly male. bit.ly/2UOEKOX
RT @POTUSPressPool: At 3:45pm ET on SXM 124, Executive Editor for the @TexasTribune @rossramsey joins @juliemason on @POTUSPressPool to ta…
RT @jsmccullou: We're onto the prison heat bill. Rep. @TerryCanales40 says we're "cooking" Texas inmates. Canales doubts the # of heat-re…
RT @jsmccullou: @TerryCanales40 Regarding a $1.2 billion estimate by TDCJ to put A/C in Texas prisons, Canales says whoever came up with th…
This facility, designed to hold 1,500 migrants, was crammed with 2,200 when @CNN visited last week. cnn.it/2FhHm1o
City-mandated paid sick leave? "Red flag" gun laws? Those issues are popular among Texas voters. They are also dead on arrival at the Texas Capitol. #txlege bit.ly/2Crknjx
RT @forrestmilburn: Tens of thousands just east of Houston are being told to stay indoors after benzene and other volatile organic compound…
LIVE: We’re at the halfway point of the Texas legislative session. We’re talking about the big stuff — school finance and property taxes. We’re also discussing Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro’s runs for president. Got questions? Ask now! #txlege #tx2020 twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
In their first 24 hours as 2020 presidential candidates: @BetoORourke + 128,000 "unique contributions" + $6.1 million raised @BernieSanders + 225,000 individual donors + $5.9 million raised #tx2020 bit.ly/2CvvOH3
Texas lawmakers are considering a record-breaking rainy day fund withdrawal. Proposals in the Texas House would spend $6.6 billion from the state’s savings account; the Senate would spend $4.4 billion. #txlege bit.ly/2OhhhDz
Tens of thousands of people east of Houston are being told to stay indoors after benzene and other volatile organic compounds were found in the air within the city limits of Deer Park. bit.ly/2FpLPzc
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@BetoORourke, asked if his breakneck debut is meant to send message about energy to older rivals, deploys a regular lin…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@BetoORourke says he doesn’t know number of individual donors in first 24 hours, will check with staff and share it at…
From pioneers (@Senfronia4Texas) to newcomers (@ErinForYall), this "Under the Dome" episode is all about #txlege women. This freshman class is young, diverse and — thanks to the women who came before them — treated as equals at #txlege. bit.ly/2Ct3PYw
Issues like city-mandated paid sick leave and "red flag" gun laws are popular among Texas voters. But at #txlege, they're dead on arrival. bit.ly/2un5oTE
This freshman class of female legislators in Texas is young, diverse and — thanks to the women who came before them — treated as equals in the traditionally male-dominated chambers. bit.ly/2Crkhsb
In 2015, the city of McAllen refused to disclose how much it paid Enrique Iglesias for a concert appearance at a Christmas parade. The Texas AG agreed the city didn't have to. This bill would close that loophole in Texas public records laws. #txlege bit.ly/2FiJtBW
Residents in Deer Park, Texas are being ordered to stay inside because of air quality concerns from a plant fire. Some important context: Texas allows industrial facilities to spew unauthorized air pollution — with few consequences. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1108…
15/15 In Deer Park, residents are being asked to stay indoors because of elevated "levels of benzene..." Read more here from @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/events/11086…
14/ While some emission events may be truly unavoidable, experts say there’s no way most of them really are. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/ODXIaMM4HR
13/ Here is what the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said in response to advocates in 2017. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/1IinaIVFLN
12/ Environmental groups have told us TCEQ’s approach isn’t working. We found in 2017 that the same plants were exceeding limits over and over. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/rUikbyFPbR
11/ Watchdogs say companies save huge amounts of money by delaying maintenance that would’ve prevented the emissions from happening in the first place. And knowing the state probably won’t do anything about them means they have no incentive to do so. trib.it/2tiPlYN
10/ Let's say that again: Nine-hundred emission events over 4 years. And one fine that wasn't even for an unauthorized air emission. trib.it/2tiPlYN
9/ Take the Keystone Gas Plant near Kermit. From 2012-2016, it had *900* emissions events. It was fined once from that period. And that $76,500 fine wasn’t even for an unauthorized air emission. trib.it/2tiPlYN
8/ And Texas’ environmental regulators seem unwilling to challenge polluters. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/keoOG5XNSX
7/ These releases add up to a significant amount of excess pollution, like 57.9 million pounds in 2016. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/cB23P9NkYB
6/ These are some of the pollutants that industrial facilities are spewing from our 2017 investigation. Included here is Benzene. High levels of that chemical have forced Texans to stay indoors in Deer Park. trib.it/2tiPlYN https://t.co/g3aKiqx61E
5/ That’s thanks to a provision in Texas law that allows polluters to claim that such emission events are unavoidable to escape penalties. (Surprise: A review in 2017 of hundreds of reports to the state revealed none in which a company claimed fault.) trib.it/2tiPlYN
RT @AliyyaSwaby: Sen. Kirk Watson is now introducing Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath at Senate Nominations Committee. He's up for…
4/ And companies often get off easy for these "rogue releases." In 2017, we reported that Texas had levied fines over fewer than 1% of emissions events reported during 2016. trib.it/2tiPlYN
3/ When we say "rogue releases" or "emissions events" in this thread, this is what we're talking about: bit.ly/2ul29vS https://t.co/1FWIulkxwP
2/ In 2016, there were 3,723 of these rogue releases at 774 industrial sites across the state. That’s more than 10 per day on average. bit.ly/2ul29vS https://t.co/BZoioAPezS
1/ Texas allows industrial facilities to spew unauthorized air pollution with few consequences. As we watch the #DeerParkFire situation unfold, review our 2017 investigation. We found that thousands of rogue releases occur at industrial sites each year. bit.ly/2ul29vS https://t.co/kmc0X4PYQr
RT @jsmccullou: Good morning. Today, I'm at the #txlege House Corrections Committee, where we'll hear a lot of bills including one on priso…
A pair of proposals in the Texas House would spend a whopping $6.6 billion from the rainy day fund. That's the most — ever. #txlege bit.ly/2HzZmaP
Deer Par is under a shelter-in-place order over air quality conditions. More from @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1108…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@BetoORourke, asked about breaking up Big Tech companies, tells reporters he’s not sure it’s the best way to rein them…
Fort Hood. Joint Base San Antonio. Fort Bliss. All of those military bases could lose funding for construction projects if the president's emergency declaration plan — which diverts money from the military to a border wall — goes through. bit.ly/2FfwKzU
In their first 24 hours as 2020 presidential candidates: @BetoORourke + 128,000 "unique contributions" + $6.1 million raised @BernieSanders + 225,000 individual donors + $5.9 million raised bit.ly/2CuGSV7
After three days, the #DeerPark fire's out. The company who owns the Houston-area facility had a long history of environmental violations before the fire started on Sunday. bit.ly/2FfTm3r
A rundown of the disaster recovery bills passed by the Senate: + #SB6 requires guides for local officials on disaster response and recovery + #SB7 revamps a fund that pays for flood control projects + #SB8 creates an official statewide flood plan #txlege bit.ly/2CtsOLx
When patients are desperate for cannabis in Texas, they turn to a married couple who have quietly built an illegal business. bit.ly/2OeOTSA
Brett Busby's unanimous confirmation means the Texas Supreme Court is back at full capacity, after being down a member since the beginning of the year. #txlege bit.ly/2OdIE1g
Issues like paid sick leave and "red flag" gun laws are popular among Texas voters, polls suggest. Will opposing them at #txlege have consequences for lawmakers back home in 2020? Get The Brief in your inbox to read more, tomorrow morning. bit.ly/2VRH8W3 https://t.co/rkFdI0Yz48
 
 
 
 
 
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