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Ebola Task Force Witnesses Emphasize Lessons Learned from Texas Presbyterian

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, formed by Governor Rick Perry in response to the Ebola crisis, held its first official public hearing on Thursday, to hear testimony from several panels of witnesses representing hospitals, university health systems, associations of medical professionals, public health agencies, and other experts. The Task Force, headed by Dr. Brett Giroir, the executive Vice President and CEO of the Texas A&M Health Center, has had numerous meeting since they were formed and announced their initial recommendations earlier this month. Oct 24, 2014 10:39 AM PT

Texas Man Released from Death Row Not Eligible for Compensation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Earlier this month, Manuel Velez was released from prison in Huntsville, after being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, the murder of his girlfriend's infant son. Breitbart Texas had the full story on the day of Velez's release, including an exclusive interview with Brian Stull, one of Velez's attorneys. Velez's original defense attorneys had failed to notice the significance of a report by a neuropathologist that showed that the child's fatal head trauma had occurred when Velez was known to be out of state. However, because of the plea deal that was struck for Velez to be released, he will be unable to collect anything under the Texas law that compensates those who have been wrongly convicted. Oct 24, 2014 6:07 AM PT

True the Vote's Lawsuit Against IRS Gets Tossed by Federal Judge

AUSTIN, Texas -- On Thursday, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order dismissing a lawsuit filed by True the Vote, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit organization focused on "voters’ rights and election integrity" against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The order alleged that the IRS had improperly delayed granting their application for 501(c)(3) status and targeted them as a conservative organization. The opinion, by Judge Reggie B. Walton, found that the IRS had taken sufficient "remedial steps to address the alleged behavior." Oct 23, 2014 1:13 PM PT

Poll: Ebola Poses Risks for Democrats' Political Ambitions

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Ebola crisis could play a role in determining which party wins control over the House and Senate after the November midterms, according to a new poll by POLITICO. The poll, which tested public opinion among 840 likely voters in key battleground districts across the United States, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points and was conducted October 3 through 11, wrapping up just as the second Ebola patient, nurse Nina Pham, tested positive. Oct 22, 2014 6:04 AM PT

Greg Abbott Calls for Ebola Travel Ban

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott called for a travel ban from countries experiencing an outbreak of the Ebola virus. The call from Abbott came during an "#AskAbbott" Twitter town hall organized by his campaign Friday afternoon. Other Republican leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Perry are also calling for a travel ban from the West African countries experiencing the current Ebola outbreak. Perry reversed his prior statements and announced his support for a travel ban during a press conference Friday morning. Oct 17, 2014 6:30 PM PT

Democrat State Rep: Texas, not Feds, More at Fault for Ebola

AUSTIN, Texas -- As news broke over the past month of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan, followed by Duncan transmitting the virus to at least two of the health care workers who treated him, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, many have criticized the actions taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal public health agency whose mission includes combating infectious disease. For one State Representative, however, the blame lies more with the State of Texas than the federal government. Oct 17, 2014 11:32 AM PT

Abbott Reaps Benefits from Davis Ad Backlash

AUSTIN, Texas -- Democratic candidate for Texas Governor Wendy Davis has made national headlines in the past week for her shocking ad that uses the image of an empty wheelchair to attack her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott. Despite how the overwhelming majority of the reactions have been negative -- at best, questioning the ad's effectiveness, at worst, calling the ad "nasty" and "offensive" -- as well as coming from all across the partisan political spectrum, Davis has been defiantly unapologetic in continuing to promote the ad. Oct 17, 2014 5:58 AM PT

Supreme Court Blocks Part of Abortion Law

AUSTIN, Texas -- The wild pendulum swings of the litigation regarding Texas' abortion law, HB 2, continued Tuesday as the United States Supreme Court issued a short, five-sentence order ruling that parts of the law could not be enforced while the legal proceedings were still in process. The order was issued as a result of a 6-3 vote, with Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, three of the Court's most conservative members, in opposition.  Oct 14, 2014 4:50 PM PT

Bitcoin Supporters Hope Abbott's Acceptance of Bitcoin Donations Will Lead to Policy Changes

AUSTIN, Texas -- As polls continue to show Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott with a sizable lead over State Senator Wendy Davis, his Democratic opponent in the Governor's race, Abbott is poised to become one of the first governors in the country to win an election accepting donations in the form of Bitcoin, a new, decentralized, completely digital "cryptocurrency" that has attracted increasing media attention and acceptance within consumer markets within the past year, leading Bitcoin supporters to hope that his campaign's support of the new currency will lead to continued support from Abbott when he is in the Governor's office. Oct 7, 2014 1:59 PM PT

Davis: "I Do Not Understand How Women Can Support" Abbott

AUSTIN, Texas -- In an interview on MSNBC Monday afternoon, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, the Democrat nominee for Governor, attacked Texas women who have refused to support her campaign. Host Alex Wagner remarked on the number of abortion clinics that have closed after Texas' new abortion law went into effect, and said that one of the "most important questions" was whether this issue would affect the governor's race. Wagner cited the recent Texas Lyceum poll showing Davis trailing her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, by nearly ten points and asked the candidate for her reaction. Oct 7, 2014 10:57 AM PT

Cornyn: Senator Reid Has Turned The Senate into a "Killing Field" For Good Legislation

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a recent appearance at the University of Texas at Austin for the annual Texas Tribune Festival, Texas Senator John Cornyn voiced his frustration with a "dysfunctional" Senate "relegated to show votes" because of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's strict control and refusal to allow Republican bills to even be debated, much less come up for votes. One particular area of frustration for Cornyn was the lack of action on a bill he sponsored with Representative Henry Cuellar (D-San Antonio) regarding the surge of unaccompanied alien children (UACs), mostly from Central America, who had been crossing the border illegally from Mexico. Breitbart Texas interviewed Cornyn on this topic and about his hopes for the 2014 elections and beyond. Oct 2, 2014 5:22 AM PT

Without Winning Women Voters, Davis Campaign Doomed

AUSTIN, Texas -- As the second debate between State Senator Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott in their contest for the Texas Governor's race approaches, political commentators are wondering if there is anything at all that Davis could do to rescue her floundering campaign. One factor that may be dooming Davis is her poor showing with Texas women voters. Oct 1, 2014 5:19 AM PT


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