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State Rep. Jim Murphy, chair of House GOP Caucus, won’t seek reelection

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. State Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston, announced Thursday he will not seek another term to the Texas House. Murphy, who represented House District 133 from 2007-09 and again since 2011, chairs...
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Humble ISD president Martina Dixon to challenge Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in 2022 election

Humble ISD School Board president Martina Lemond Dixon announced Wednesday she is running for Harris County Judge as a Republican candidate in the 2022 election. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo was one of the youngest candidates and first Latina ever elected to office after she beat out Republican incumbent Ed Emmett in 2018 to become judge of the third-largest county in the country.
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Candidates file for positions on Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees as November election approaches

Three incumbents and 11 newcomers are running for three positions on the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees. Courtney Spradley is in the first ballot position for Position 5 on the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees. Spradley has been a Cy-Fair resident for more than 14 years, with 15 years spent in a Title 1 school as the Science Department Chair while teaching middle school science.
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Editorial: What team are Texas political leaders on? Not the people's.

Once every four years, Texans of different races and generations and beliefs come together for a time-honored ritual that is at once divisive and unifying. No, it’s not Election Day. Think painted faces, meat roasting over pits, and battle lines that may divide families for a few hours but not for months or years.
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Harris County Won’t Have To Throw Out Mail-In Ballots From Voters 65 And Older Who Received Unsolicited Applications

Harris County will not have to throw out ballots from people 65 and older who received unsolicited mail-in voting applications, after the Texas Supreme Court denied a petition from a conservative activist and others on Friday. Activist Steven Hotze, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Houston ISD trustee candidate Gerry Munroe...
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Opinion: Republicans fought for Black rights 155 years ago. Now they're limiting them.

Regarding “Foreign terrorists never our biggest threat,” (Sept. 10): The Republicans giveth and the Republicans taketh away, to borrow and amend a biblical quote. The Abraham Lincoln Republicans of the 1860s were willing to embark upon a civil war that resulted in some 750,000 deaths and ended the crime against humanity: Black slavery. Now, 155 years after the war, the Republicans have another goal: limiting minority voting rights. And, that attempt is cloaked in other words — “protection of our elections” being foremost. Inflamed by the likes of the most unqualified, unprincipled man in our political history to be our president, people are putting our democracy in danger. Witness Jan. 6, 2021. Treason, pure and simple, with most of the perpetrators still walking the streets. Paul Krugman is a first-rate reporter and intellect. Take the time to read his column. Our country's democratic political system is truly endangered.
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Here comes another Texas voter purge, but this time with a wrinkle

Two years after Texas officials fumbled an effort to double-check the voting rolls on a hunt for noncitizens — and instead threatened the voting rights of nearly 60,000 eligible Texans — similar efforts to purge noncitizen voters are now the law of the land, thanks to provisions tucked into the massive elections bill enacted this month.
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Three things Houstonians need to know about Texas' new voting laws

Voting will look a lot differently in Texas after Governor Greg Abbott inked his signature on Senate Bill 1. The Texas voting bill tightens voting rules and clamps down on counties’ freedom to expand alternatives to in-personal ballot casting, though Abbott argues it will help fight voter fraud. The measure, which will take effect in time for the 2022 primary elections, targets voting methods Harris County used in the 2020 elections to boost voter turnout and accessibility, per Alexa Ura of the Texas Tribune.
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