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Jailed Waco man found dead of apparent suicide

A Waco man in custody was found dead Sunday morning at the Jack Harwell Detention Center, officials announced Tuesday.

Michael Angelo Martinez, 25, was found unresponsive in his cell about 5:35 a.m., McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.


Martinez had been in jail since Aug. 18, jail records show. He was being held on unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine charges and also a federal detainer, according to county records.

Peterson said it appeared Martinez hanged himself in his cell with a piece of cloth. Peterson said jail officials told him they found Martinez hanging by the cloth and took his body down before the judge arrived.

Read more: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/police/jailed-waco-man-found-dead-of-apparent-suicide/article_74b15e1e-9738-53fa-9a71-d2130bb76727.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 04:31 AM (1 replies)

No joint declaration at Asia defense meet amid sea tensions

Source: AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Divisions within Asia over China's claims in the disputed South China Sea spilled over Wednesday to a meeting of U.S. and Asian defense ministers, where China insisted the group make no public mention of the strategic waters in a joint declaration intended as a public display of unity.

As a result, a joint statement was canceled, said Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, reflecting a split with China and perhaps other Asian nations over citing the South China Sea issue.

"What we sign on the joint declaration is not going to resolve the issue of duplicating claims nor is it going to wish vessels that are in the South China Sea away," he told a news conference while trying to downplay the dispute at the meeting. "To dwell on the joint declaration is not going to solve the real problem. Our concerns are more real ... unintended accidents at the high sea, which can spiral into something worse and that we must avoid."

Hishammuddin said that the Southeast Asian grouping will continue to engage China and the U.S. to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/apnews/no-joint-declaration-at-asia-defense-meet-amid-sea-tensions/article_8dc1a406-f196-5487-aac5-a83a2f2ac6ff.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 04:12 AM (0 replies)

Texas teacher doodled a penis on student's assignment to embarrass him

Instead of receiving a letter grade marking on an assignment, one El Paso high school student got a large doodle of a penis drawn across his work by his teacher.

Instead of receiving a letter grade on an assignment, one El Paso high school student got a large doodle of a penis drawn across an essay by his teacher.

Kim Juzdowski, a language arts teacher at Chapin High School, drew the outline on a submitted assignment of Sandra Green’s teenage son because she said he was being unproductive, according to ABC 7 News.

Green could not believe what she saw on her son’s work.

“I’m an educator myself so I said, 'there’s no way the teacher really did this',” she told ABC 7. “I didn’t to believe it.”

Read more: http://www.lmtonline.com/front-news/article_bb5f1b3a-7e7a-11e5-9b45-cb21515aa396.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 04:04 AM (5 replies)

$399 million in bonds on ballot didn't pass because nobody voted!

While $399 million worth of bonds were on the ballot for the Alpha Ranch Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 of Denton and Wise counties, no one showed up to vote.

Six propositions asked the voters — or voter — to approve issuing bonds for utilities and roads, forming a road district and taking over sewer powers. All failed without a single vote.

The district is located in the far southwest corner of Denton County, west of Fort Worth city limits.

Districts like these are governmental entities that developers often use to finance infrastructure for residential and commercial development. Other Denton County special districts with elections Tuesday each had just one to three voters who approved a total of $634.6 million of proposed bonds.

Read more: http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20151103-one-election-no-voters.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 03:54 AM (0 replies)

Could Texas Fatigue Affect Kevin Brady's Bid for Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will soon learn whether his goal of running the U.S. House's tax-writing committee will come to pass.

The Republican from The Woodlands has many things going in his favor to replace Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who left his old job as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to become the House speaker. Namely, Brady is popular among his colleagues and is the most senior contender for the job.

But he’s running against an equally popular congressman, Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio. And much of the conversation around the race — which comes to a head this week — is revolving around the fact that Brady is from Texas.

Six Texans chair standing committees in the U.S. House, and Brady appears to be on the receiving end of Texas fatigue on Capitol Hill, which could imperil his Ways and Means bid. It's a concern that even members of the Texas delegation acknowledge.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/03/texas-fatigue-weighs-kevin-brady/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Nov 4, 2015, 01:08 AM (1 replies)

Ken Paxton lawyers push to dismiss criminal charges

Defense lawyers launched a broad attack on the criminal charges against Ken Paxton late Monday, arguing that misconduct by prosecutors and a previous judge subverted the grand jury process and required the indictments against Paxton to be thrown out.

Prosecutor Brian Wice dismissed the allegations, contained in almost 190 pages of court filings, saying they were “so clearly baseless” that they did not merit a comment.

But defense lawyer Philip Hilder said the intent was to “bring to the court’s attention serious matters related to this prosecution.”

One defense motion lashed out at prosecutors Wice and Kent Schaffer, saying they improperly disclosed secret grand jury information to news reporters before Aug. 3, when the indictments were made public and Paxton was arrested, booked into Collin County Jail and quickly released on a signature bond on two counts of securities fraud and for failing to register with the State Securities Board.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/ken-paxton-lawyers-push-to-dismiss-criminal-charge/npFKS/

[font color=330099]The Paxton team is grasping for straws.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 06:22 PM (2 replies)

Texas' Changing Relationship To Obamacare

The online federal insurance marketplace opened for business Sunday. It's the third year of open enrollment for these subsidized plans, established by the Affordable Care Act. Many Texans still oppose the law, even though the state is home to the most uninsured people in the country.

For the moment, Texas Republicans still consider the Affordable Care Act to be political kryptonite. Sen. Ted Cruz continues to criticize it. Attorney General Ken Paxton just filed another lawsuit attacking part of it. Gov. Greg Abbott has said he won't consider the Medicaid expansion, because he considers Medicaid a dysfunctional entitlement program that should not be allowed to expand.

But the story on the local level is different. Harris County is home to Houston, where Judge Ed Emmett, a moderate Republican who is chief executive for the county, has supported it for years. The CEO of the taxpayer-supported Harris Health System, George Masi, says he needs the revenue that Medicaid expansion would bring. He's had to lay off more than 100 employees and cut back on charity care.

"What is even more profound is that money is going to other states that expanded Medicaid, like New York, California, Connecticut," Masi says. "And so the taxpayer of Texas is being penalized, if you will, for not taking advantage of that option."

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/02/453899238/affordable-care-act-sign-ups-lag-in-texas
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 12:44 AM (1 replies)

Governor Tweets That Discrimination Is A ‘Texas Value’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is the latest conservative leader to chime in on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which voters will consider at the ballot on Tuesday. HERO would create a wide swath of nondiscrimination protections, but Abbott joined opponents in spreading the myth that the protections for transgender people will somehow open the bathroom door to sexual predators.

Countering Hillary Clinton’s support for the measure, Abbott repeated the anti-HERO campaign’s mantra: “No men in women’s bathrooms.”

Greg Abbott


HOUSTON: Vote Texas values, not @HillaryClinton values. Vote NO on City of Houston Proposition 1. No men in women's bathrooms.
9:25 AM - 2 Nov 2015

ThinkProgress reached out to Abbott’s campaign to inquire which bathroom the governor believes transgender men should use, but did not receive a response.

Monica Roberts, a transgender woman in Houston working to pass the ordinance, told ThinkProgress that she is “sad that my governor and his party are proudly standing up for discrimination and oppression as usual.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/11/02/3718397/governor-tweets-that-discrimination-is-a-texas-value/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:30 PM (1 replies)

Poll: John Bel Edwards leads David Vitter in gubernatorial runoff

A new independent poll out in the Louisiana governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with a strong lead over Republican David Vitter with less than three weeks until election day.

The poll, conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling for Nexstar TV stations, including WVLA-TV out of Baton Rouge, puts Edwards at 52 percent in the Nov. 21 runoff, to Vitter’s 32 percent. Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they remain undecided.

Edwards, a state representative from Amite, and Vitter, a U.S. Senator from Metairie, came in first and second place, respectively, in Louisiana’s Oct. 24 primary. Because neither got more than 50 percent of the vote, the runoff will decide Gov. Bobby Jindal’s successor.

The poll found Edwards pulling in 41 percent of the white voters surveyed and 24 percent of Republicans. It also found him leading all areas surveyed, except Alexandria.

Read more: http://blogs.theadvocate.com/politicsblog/2015/11/02/6910/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:06 PM (4 replies)

Gov. Bobby Jindal edges Bush, Fiorina in new Iowa poll

Gov. Bobby Jindal is outpacing both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in a newly released poll from Iowa, thus besting two other Republican presidential candidates whose national poll numbers have landed them in the charmed circle of prime-time TV debaters that so far has eluded Jindal.

The Public Policy Polling survey, conducted from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, puts Jindal’s support at 6 percent, tied for fifth and a point ahead of both Bush and Fiorina. The margin of error is 3.9 percent.

Iowa hosts the Feb. 1 caucuses that launch the Republican nomination process. Jindal has spent more time in Iowa than all but one other candidate, and his supporters have shelled out millions on TV ads promoting him.

Jindal has been ticking up a bit in recent Iowa polls, although a Monmouth University poll, taken Oct. 22-25, pegged his support at 2 percent, in a three-way tie for eighth and trailing both Bush and Fiorina. The Real Clear Politics average of six recent Iowa polls has him alone in eighth place, with 3.3 percent.

Read more: http://blogs.theadvocate.com/politicsblog/2015/11/02/gov-bobby-jindal-edges-bush-fiorina-in-new-iowa-poll/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 10:57 PM (7 replies)
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