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Abbott Campaigns with Fiorina to Reach Women Voters

Appearing in downtown Austin Wednesday with former Hewlett-Packard CEO and prominent Republican Carly Fiorina, GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said women in Texas would keep the state red.

Campaigning with Fiorina is Abbott's latest attempt to appeal to women voters in Texas, a demographic with which Abbott held a slight lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in a recent Texas Lyceum Poll. The poll showed Abbott leading Davis 46 percent to 44 percent among women voters, though that difference was within the survey's margin of error. The poll showed Abbott leading 49 percent to 40 percent overall.

"I am winning the women's vote in the state of Texas," Abbott said at a campaign-organized women's lunch at the Four Seasons. "It will be Texas women who keep Texas red."

Davis, a state senator who shot to national fame with a filibuster against a bill restricting abortions, is also fighting for votes from women. She has repeatedly hit Abbott for his stance on abortion and equal pay, pointing to pay disparities in Abbott's own office. And this week, she is launching a radio ad featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/08/abbott-leading-among-women-despite-davis-efforts/

[font color=green]Way to go, Greg. That should rake in about 1% of the vote.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 08:59 PM (3 replies)

Bill Clinton email to Van de Putte donors takes shots at Patrick

AUSTIN — Former president Bill Clinton is throwing his support behind Democrat Leticia Van de Putte and urging donors to open their wallets to help her lieutenant governor campaign in the final weeks of the election.

In a fundraising email Tuesday, Clinton said “the eyes of the nation are on Texas. Leticia Van de Putte is a leader who’s ready and able to move it in the right direction.”

“As I said, the position of lieutenant governor is one of the most powerful in Texas. It’s urgent that we elect a responsible leader like Leticia to fill it — someone ready to work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to get the job done for Texas families,” Clinton wrote.

Clinton also dedicates an entire section of the fundraising pitch to taking shots — without naming names – at Van de Putte’s Republican challenger, Dan Patrick.

“Leticia’s opponent? He’s more interested in playing divisive politics than he is in bringing people together,” Clinton wrote.

Read more: http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2014/10/bill-clinton-to-donors-pony-up-for-van-de-putte/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 08:21 PM (2 replies)

Aftermath of Dallas County DA debate takes ugly turn

Republican district attorney candidate Susan Hawk on Tuesday suggested that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins had been drinking before a public forum on crimes against women and children.

Her comment came after a debate-style event in which Watkins, who is seeking his third term, complained of unfair time limits, occasionally would not sit down when the moderator told him time had expired and at one point asked a top aide how long he’d been in office.

As they left the event, Hawk muttered to her Democratic opponent, “Have another cocktail.”

Watkins later said he hadn’t been drinking before the event. He called Hawk a desperate politician with “no substance” and accused her of trying to make up for a lackluster debate performance.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20141007-aftermath-of-dallas-county-da-debate-takes-ugly-turn.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 08:17 PM (1 replies)

OMG, quarantine the cats--it's FLEABOLA!

Fleabola -- a highly transmissible parasitic organism that causes felines to scratch until they lose all of their fur.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 05:33 PM (7 replies)

Prosecutors seek recusal of judge for 'media whore' comments in Adrian Peterson case

Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking the removal of the judge in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, asserting that the judge has been involved in several highly publicized clashes with prosecutors and once referred to attorneys in the case as "whores" or "media whores."

Phil Grant, an assistant Montgomery County prosecutor, said the district attorney's office plans to file a motion for recusal Wednesday afternoon regarding Judge Kelly Case.

At a hearing in Conroe Wednesday morning, District Attorney Brett Ligon demanded that Case apologize for his remarks. Ligon alleged that on Oct. 2 the judge referred to Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, as a "whore" and that Case had also called Ligon "a 'whore' or 'media whore.'"

The judge seemed taken aback and said he had meant the remarks as a "humorous joke," but that sometimes humor is taken the wrong way. Ligon countered that there is now "very little humor" between the judge and the district attorney's office. He was apparently referring to a series of recent skirmishes between the judge and DA's office, each of which has led prosecutors to file court papers challenging the judge's orders and asking appellate courts to order him to follow the law.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/woodlands/news/article/Adrian-Peterson-to-answer-child-abuse-charge-in-5808772.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 04:15 PM (2 replies)

Cowboys safety C.J Spillman allegedly attempted to rape massage therapist last year, wasn't charged

Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman was accused of trying to rape a California massage therapist while with the San Francisco 49ers last December, according to police reports cited in a New York Daily News report.

Spillman denied the allegations, the report says. He wasn't charged.

“Yeah, no comment on anything where there hasn’t been a charge or an arrest made. I’ll leave it at that," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday.


Spillman has continued to play for the Cowboys while he’s under investigation for sexual assault in Grapevine. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made in connection with the incident, which reportedly occurred at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The alleged rape occurred in the early hours of Sept. 20, and the victim reported it to police that same day, he said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20141008-report-cowboys-safety-c.j-spillman-allegedly-attempted-to-rape-massage-therapist-last-year-wasn-t-charged.ece

[font color=green]The woman hired Gloria Allred for her attorney.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Oct 8, 2014, 04:06 PM (0 replies)

Lawmakers work toward windstorm insurance funding solutions

AUSTIN — Lawmakers came out of a state hearing learning about a more financially stable Texas Windstorm Insurance Association but still with worries about overreliance on debt for the Coastal Bend's insurer of last resort.

At a hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday, the Texas Department of Insurance and the windstorm association heads talked about the association recently getting $500 million in bonds ahead of a disaster.

Along with being regularly under budget, John Polak, the general manager of the windstorm association said, "We remain one of the lowest cost plans in the United States."

However, the chairman of the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, said after the Tuesday hearing that the association news "is kind of mixed."

Read more: http://www.caller.com/columnists/matthew-waller/lawmakers-work-toward-windstorm-insurance-funding-solutions_14483069
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 09:16 PM (0 replies)

Court agrees to speed Texas gay-marriage case

A federal appeals court agreed Tuesday to expedite a case that will determine whether Texas can continue banning same-sex marriage.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, without elaboration, to speed the case but did not schedule oral arguments. Attorney General Greg Abbott has until Friday to submit the final brief in the case.

The case has been pending at the appeals court since February, when a federal judge overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Two same-sex couples involved in the case asked the court to expedite the case because one of the couples — Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra De Leon of Austin — is expecting a second child in mid-March.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/court-agrees-to-speed-texas-gay-marriage-case/nhdgN/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 09:15 PM (1 replies)

Texas Tech fraternity punished after posting troubling signs encouraging rape at party

The international Phi Delta Theta fraternity is taking actions against its Texas Tech University branch, which drew national attention for posting signs at a party that seemed to encourage rape.

Phi Delta Theta has placed the Texas Epsilon Chapter's charter in escrow and kicked out its leaders and members "who directly violated organizational policy," according to a post on the fraternity's website. The actions come after the fraternity investigated the "inappropriate signage" at the Sept. 19 party, which the post says was unsanctioned.

The Phi Delta Theta punishment concludes one of a string of controversies at Texas Greek organizations in recent weeks. Others include a Texas Tech sorority under investigation for allegedly throwing a racially insensitive "Border Patrol" party and a University of Texas at Austin fraternity that has been suspended for allegedly denying membership to a student because he is openly gay.

Members left in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Texas Tech will have to take courses in sexual assault prevention -- and bring in a speaker to teach the entire Texas Tech Greek community about bystander behavior. The Tech chapter is also tasked with helping to provide sexual assault prevention education locally and throughout Phi Delta Theta.

The chapter must also dedicate more than 10,000 hours of community service to organizations dedicated to rape crisis and sexual assault prevention, the post said.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/local/education/campus-chronicles/article/Texas-Tech-fraternity-punished-after-posting-5806416.php

Ebola victim came to Dallas to realize his U.S. dreams

The first time Thomas Eric Duncan left Liberia, he was lucky.

He escaped a civil war that killed tens of thousands in the 1990s. From the safety of a refugee camp, he got an education, met a woman and had a son.

Even better, the woman took the boy to the United States for a life that would have been impossible in a war zone: high school quarterback in Dallas, then college.

But Duncan couldn’t follow his new family. He tried for years to get a U.S. visa while the war ebbed and a plague came to West Africa.

The second time Duncan left Liberia — for Dallas last month — his luck was gone. He finally had his visa. He had plans to marry the mother of his son. And he had the Ebola virus.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141006-ebola-victim-came-to-dallas-to-realize-his-u.s.-dreams.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 01:53 PM (0 replies)
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