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Cruz: City of Houston Crossed Line on Religious Liberty

HOUSTON, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz gathered with Houston area pastors on Thursday to address the City of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker’s “unchecked government power” and “assault on religious liberty.” Oct 16, 2014 11:55 AM PT

Abbott Solicits Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas to Pastors

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Houston City Attorney David Feldman today asking him to immediately withdraw subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area ministers. The subpoenas sought the production of sermons, private notes, and other information. Abbott called the action a “direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment.” Oct 16, 2014 5:44 AM PT

Fifth Circuit Rules In Favor Of Texas: Voter ID Law Remains In Effect

HOUSTON, Texas--The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has acted quickly to unanimously rule in favor of Texas, and the voter ID law will remain in effect for the November 2014 election. The decision stays the decision of Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, an Obama appointee sitting in the Corpus Christi Division of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas. Ramos issued a permanent injunction on October 11th requiring Texas to enforce the in-person voter identification requirements that existed before Senate Bill 14 became the law. Oct 14, 2014 7:12 PM PT

Obama Appointee Issues Injunction Preventing Texas Voter ID Enforcement

HOUSTON, Texas -- United States District Court Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos issued a permanent injunction on Saturday requiring Texas to return to enforcing the in-person voter identification requirements that existed before Senate Bill 14 became the law. Ramos is an Obama appointee serving in the Corpus Christi Division of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas. The fight over whether the voter ID law will be enforced is creating uncertainty for election officials in Texas. Early voting in Texas starts on Monday, October the 20th. Oct 13, 2014 5:15 AM PT

Breitbart Texas Bob Price discusses Oklahoma beheading on Fox News

HOUSTON, Texas -- Breitbart Texas News Contributor Bob Price appeared on the Kelly File Monday night. Price discussed the conversation he had with the mother of accused Islamic beheading suspect Alton Nolen. He also reminded Kelly’s audience that Nolen went to prison for beating an Oklahoma Trooper before he converted to Islam. Sep 30, 2014 7:14 AM PT

Secretary of State Nandita Berry: Texas is a State of Great Personal and Business Opportunity

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry spoke to the Houston Realty Business Coalition on Thursday and Breitbart Texas was there. Berry said she serves as the chief election official for Texas, as well as an ambassador on why companies should invest in Texas. Her message was one of great opportunity for anyone who moves to the state. Berry has a unique ability to connect with people and she said it was wonderful to see her friends in her hometown. Sep 22, 2014 5:58 AM PT

State Rep. Ron Reynolds: Criminal Charges, Texas Ethics Commission Fines, and Civil Lawsuits

HOUSTON, Texas—Democratic State Representative Ron Reynolds has made Texas Monthly magazine's list of Worst Representatives of 2013. He was arrested on 10 counts of barratry in Montgomery County last year. His "ambulance chasing" case is set for trial this October. He faces disbarment and a conviction of a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. He faced similar charges in 2012 in Harris County. Sep 21, 2014 6:24 AM PT

Over $10 Million in Attorney’s Fees Awarded by Judge in School Finance Lawsuit

HOUSTON, Texas -- The state judge in Austin, Texas hearing the school finance case has awarded plaintiffs approximately $10 million dollars in attorney’s fees. The award could be even higher depending on what kind of appeal is brought by the State. Judge John K. Dietz ruled that the award met the legal standard for attorney fee awards in Texas. He has ordered the fees paid by the State and other defendants as the non-prevailing parties. Judge Dietz ruled that the attorney’s fees are “reasonable and necessary” and “equitable and just.” Sep 12, 2014 5:17 AM PT

Texas Comptroller Campaign by Democrat Collier Against Republican Senator Hegar Negative but Ineffective

HOUSTON, Texas -- Political races typically heat-up after Labor Day; however, there is one statewide race that has been pretty heated, at least by one of the candidates, for many months prior to this holiday. The race for Texas Comptroller is a tale of contrasts. Senator Glenn Hegar is running a positive and effective grassroots effort and his internal polling numbers give him a 21-point lead. His opponent, Mike Collier, is running one of the most consistently negative campaigns in the state. Breitbart Texas was at the Democratic Convention this summer when Collier took the stage and campaigned against his Republican opponent. His campaign style has escalated and he has spent over $1 million dollars on negative television ads. Collier has also spent thousands of dollars on digital attack ads. Sep 10, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Houston METRO Using Heavy-Handed Tactics to Prevent Merger with Houston PD

HOUSTON, Texas – The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (“METRO”) has been sued by a decorated Master Peace Officer and immediate past statewide president of the Fraternal Order of Police (“FOP”). The officer has sued for harassment, racial discrimination, and retaliation. The officer told Breitbart Texas that he was demoted because of his support for FOP union activities, including his support for fellow METRO officers, and his support for the City of Houston Police Department and METRO merger. The lawsuit alleges that METRO officials have conceded that the retaliation was greatly influenced by the officer’s FOP activity. Lozano and the FOP actively supported Officer William Hernandez who had filed a discrimination and retaliation case against METRO. Hernandez won his suit in January after a federal jury found that METRO superiors retaliated when he challenged the hiring process. Sep 3, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Who Decides Perry’s Fate If Convicted?

HOUSTON, Texas – The recent indictments of Governor Rick Perry has brought attention to the criminal justice system in Texas. The question of who selects special prosecutors and grand jurors, and how a criminal case runs its course through the criminal judicial system, are all in the mind of the public. Tom Delay’s appeal was recently argued in the highest criminal court in Texas, but many voters are not acquainted with that court, or its candidates. More voters are now seeing the significance of their vote in these races where the constitutional issues of life, liberty, due process, and the death penalty are at stake. So who are the candidates seeking to determine these important constitutional issues? Sep 2, 2014 5:36 AM PT

Stilettos, Pick Axes, Bed Frames And Other Murder Trial Evidence

HOUSTON, Texas – The criminal evidence room maintained by Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel is full of history and drama. The famous bed Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler used to straddle a fellow prosecutor is in that room. Brandishing the knife used by Susan Wright in a famous murder case, Siegler showed the jury how Wright stabbed her husband 193 times after she strapped him to the bed. Sep 2, 2014 5:30 AM PT

Houston Family Stuck In Dillards Elevator

HOUSTON, Texas -- A 29-year-old father, his seven-month-old baby, and the baby’s mother were stranded in the elevator of the Houston area Baybrook Dillard Department store on Sunday. The father said that management knew that the elevator was not working but was negligent in not properly notifying customers. After they had been trapped in the elevator and were released, management pretended that customers had been notified of the problems with the elevator. The father asked Breitbart Texas “What if a small child had gotten on the elevator!?” Aug 19, 2014 6:04 AM PT

Analysis: Has Governor Perry Committed a Crime Under Texas Law?

HOUSTON, Texas -- Liberals and conservatives have criticized the indictments of Presidential contender and the longest-serving Governor of Texas, Governor Rick Perry. Left of center activists, and David Axelrod, a political consultant based in Chicago (a political advisor to both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), have seriously questioned the indictments. Senator Cruz, a former Texas Solicitor General and a Harvard Law graduate, called the indictments “highly suspect.” The Washington Post has published articles examining Texas law and concluded that the indictments are “unsound.” What does Texas criminal law provide, and has the Governor really committed an offense? Aug 18, 2014 8:54 AM PT

Texas Lawyers Being Trained To Help Eligible UAC Get Special Protections

HOUSTON, Texas -- Federal law gives eligible unaccompanied immigrant children (“UACs”) who have entered the country illegally special protections. Hundreds of lawyers and others in Houston, Texas, recently attended a legal seminar hosted by Democrat Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan. Breitbart Texas was there. The program was co-sponsored by area law schools and law firms, and a number of non-profit organizations, including Catholic Charities. The purpose of the seminar was to instruct lawyers how to provide pro bono (volunteer) representation to unaccompanied minors in Texas juvenile and family courts. Aug 11, 2014 8:53 AM PT

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