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Texas State Issues Recommended Campus Carry Rules

In recommending how Texas State University should comply with a new state campus carry law, a task force says it shouldn’t provide storage for handguns but should ban the guns from places where students are counseled or children come to campus.

The suggestions, which were issued this week, won't immediately go into effect. University President Denise Trauth is seeking input on the proposals, which need the Texas State University System Board of Regents’ approval. That probably won’t happen until the spring. The law doesn't go into effect until Aug. 1.

The university has called three public forums for next week to discuss the ideas.

The task force raised cost and security concerns about providing gun storage on campus. It noted that Texas State has many satellite parts of campus that aren't attached to the main campus in San Marcos, so the university would probably have to build multiple storage facilities. That, the task force said, would "greatly increase cost to the university."

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/14/texas-state-issues-recommended-campus-carry-rules/

Cruz: "No Meaningful Risk" of Christians Committing Terrorism

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday continued to call for Muslim refugees from Syria to be barred from entering the U.S. but opening the borders to displaced Christians, arguing there is not a "meaningful risk" that Christians will commit terrorist acts.

"There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror. If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation," Cruz told reporters in a middle school gym here.

"But it is precisely the Obama administration’s unwillingness to recognize that or ask those questions that makes them so unable to fight this enemy. Because they pretend as if there is no religious aspect to this," he said.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also said Sunday that any assistance going to refugees from the Middle East should be concentrated on Christians.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/15/cruz-discuses-opening-us-borders-christian-refugee/

Trophée Bompard figure skating event canceled in France

The Trophée Bompard Grand Prix figure skating competition in Bordeaux, France, was canceled “due to the state of emergency and national mourning days in France,” organizers announced shortly before the second half of competition was to begin Saturday.

“The International Skating Union (ISU) and the French Figure Skating Federation express their deepest sympathy to the victims of the despicable terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13,” the ISU said in a statement.


The event’s short programs took place Friday before the Paris attacks. The event was the fourth in a six-event Grand Prix series that serve as qualifiers for December’s Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating event behind the World Championships.

Gracie Gold and Japan’s Shoma Uno led after the women’s and men’s short programs Friday.

“I’ll propose that the results of the short program provide the basis for the selection to the {Grand Prix} Final, so that the skaters present here are not penalized by having participated in only one Grand Prix,” ISU figure skating manager Peter Krick said, according to Icenetwork.com. “This, however, is only a proposal, as the ISU Council will have to make a formal decision. But I am confident the council will follow it, so that no one will suffer to have only one Grand Prix event.”

Read more: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2015/11/14/trophee-bompard-canceled-figure-skating-france/

Gracie Gold was 7.69 points ahead of her nearest competitor Julia Lipnitskaia in the short program and skated a clean program with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination.

Patrick Chan of Canada was in 5th place and Max Aaron of the USA was in 7th place in the men's event. The two participants from France were in 10th and 11tth place.

The ice dance team of Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue were in 1st place in the ice dance competition.


Filing period opens for 2016 elections

AUSTIN — For all practical purposes, the 2016 Texas election cycle begins Saturday with a month-long registration period for the March 1 Democratic and Republican primaries.

“We’re ready,” said Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Carl Tepper, who expects a good number of competitive GOP races throughout the state, including the open seat in Congressional District 19 that departing U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock has represented since 2003.

There is also the possibility that former state Rep. Jim Landtroop, who represented House District 85 for two years when he lived in Plainview, might challenge three-term incumbent John Frullo in Lubbock-based HD 84.

Landtroop told A-J Media last month that if he decides to challenge Frullo in the Republican primary, his former House colleague would be the first to know. He has until Dec. 14, the filing deadline, to decide.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-11-13/filing-period-opens-2016-elections

Wendy Davis Will Ask High Court to Block Abortion Limits

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who rose to national prominence after filibustering a restrictive Texas abortion law in 2013, will join other lawmakers from across the country in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to strike down those regulations.

On the same day the high court announced it would consider the constitutionality of the abortion law known as House Bill 2, Davis, a former state senator and Democratic gubernatorial nominee, told The Texas Tribune the story of her abortion will be part of the “friend of the court” brief.

“There are a number of legislators across the country who have shared their own stories of abortion and why it is important that that access be continued,” Davis said in an interview. “I’ve shared my story about an abortion decision I had to make under very difficult circumstances with a fetal abnormality that made my pregnancy, unfortunately, one that would not sustain a child born with any sort of quality of life."

The Texas restrictions under challenge would require abortion facilities to meet hospital-like ambulatory surgical center standards, including minimum sizes for rooms and doorways, pipelines for anesthesia and other modifications. A separate provision — which has already gone into effect and led to the closure of about half of the state’s abortion clinics — requires doctors who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/13/wendy-davis-file-brief-scotus-over-abortion-law/

TCU says no to concealed handguns on campus

FORT WORTH -- Concealed handguns won’t be allowed on Texas Christian University’s private college campus next year.

That’s what TCU’s Board of Trustees decided Friday, after reviewing recommendations from students, faculty and Chancellor Victor Boschini.

“It was quite clear that no matter which side of the issue each person felt was best, all cared deeply about the safety of the community,” said Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs.

TCU’s decision — the first made by a large private college in Texas — comes as private colleges across Texas are trying to answer the same question: Should they allow concealed handguns to be carried on their campus?

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article44765751.html

Premont Mayor arrested on felony, misdemeanor charges

The Mayor of Premont, Norma Tullos, was arrested early Thursday morning on several charges related to her son's recent run-in with police for drug paraphernalia.

Mayor Tullos is charged with official repression, interfering with official duties of an officer, tampering with a government document, and obstruction or retaliation.

KRIS6 News was there as she was taken away in handcuffs and loaded into a police unit that took her to the Jim Wells County Jail.

The charges include 4 felonies and 6 misdemeanors.


Mayor of Refugio Arrested on Drug Charges

The mayor of Refugio has been arrested on drug charges. Joey Eaves Heard is facing three charges, including a third degree felony.

Heard has been charged with possesion of a controlled substance, which is a Class B misdemeanor. He is also facing a charge for possesion of a dangerous drug, a Class A misdemeanor. The third degree felony charge he faces is for prohibited items in a correctional facility.

Heard is currently being booked in the Refugio County Jail. He was elected in 2013.


Fresh Off ‘Death To Gays’ Rally, Ted Cruz To Host Anti-LGBT Hatefest In South Carolina

After appearing at an Iowa rally last weekend organized by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who advocates the death penalty for gay people, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will host his own anti-LGBT hatefest in South Carolina on Saturday.

Cruz’s “Rally for Religious Liberty” will be held at Greenville’s Bob Jones University, which once famously argued that its racist policies were protected under the First Amendment.

Among the speakers at Cruz’s event will be Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group; would-be reality TV stars the Benham brothers, and anti-gay Houston activist Dave Welch.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Just as Swanson believes that “the homosexual Borg is the power in the principality of the demonic world,” a number of the Religious Right activists who will be speaking alongside Cruz in Greenville have claimed that their battle against gay rights is really a spiritual war against Satan. …

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/11/fresh-off-death-gays-rally-ted-cruz-host-anti-lgbt-hatefest-south-carolina/

Anti-LGBT Activist Calls For Texas GOP To Move Convention Out Of Dallas Over Trans Protections

A spokesman for the group that repealed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is now calling on the Texas GOP to move its 2016 party convention out of Dallas over the City Council’s decision this week to strengthen transgender protections.

As we’ve reported, the Dallas City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to clarify transgender protections that have been in place since 2002. However, opponents are somehow alleging that Dallas passed a new “bathroom ordinance,” as they seek to capitalize on their momentum from Houston by attempting to repeal Dallas’ 13-year-old nondiscrimination ordinance.

Jared Woodfill, former chair of the Harris County GOP and spokesman for the anti-HERO Campaign for Houston, wrote in an email Thursday:

“Throughout the Houston campaign, the opposition argued that rejection of the Bathroom Ordinance would result in, among other things, conventions leaving Houston. We as a Republican Party have an opportunity to send a loud and clear message to the radical left by moving our 2016 Republican Party of Texas Convention from Dallas to another city. We should not reward Dallas with our business when its leaders brazenly reject the principles embodied in our 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. The Dallas Mayor and City Council sent us a clear message on Tuesday – they do not respect our values. It is now time for us to send a clear message and move the 2016 Convention from Dallas to another city.”

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/11/anti-lgbt-activist-calls-texas-gop-move-convention-dallas-trans-protections/
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