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In Houston Mayor's Race, Cruz's Support Draws Attention

As political contrasts crop up in the Houston mayoral race, one campaign is not letting the other forget an apparent endorsement from the highest-profile Republican in Texas: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

A week before voters in Cruz's hometown sent state Rep. Sylvester Turner and former Kemah Mayor Bill King to the Dec. 12 runoff, King revealed in a since-deleted tweet that Cruz had voted for him — and said it was an "honor" to have the conservative firebrand on his side.

Now the campaign of Turner, a longtime Democrat, is planning to draw attention to the Cruz factor as it sharpens his differences with King, a Republican-leaning businessman. Turner's team got its start Sunday with a tweet linking Cruz to King, calling them both "too extreme for Houston."

"Ted Cruz is one of the most divisive members of Congress, who is willing to shut down our government when he doesn’t get his way. And Bill King tweeted that it was an ‘honor’ to receive Cruz’s vote," Turner spokeswoman Sue Davis said in a statement later Sunday.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/09/houston-mayors-race-cruzs-support-draws-attention/

Dallas Eyes Stronger LGBT Protections, Aims To Cash In On Houston’s Defeat Of HERO

A week after Houston voters overwhelmingly repealed an Equal Rights Ordinance, the Dallas City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a proposal that would strengthen the city’s LGBT protections.

Dallas has had an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance — similar to the defeated Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO — since 2002. However, when the Dallas ordinance was approved, “gender identity” was erroneously included under the definition of “sexual orientation.” The ordinance prohibits discrimination citywide in employment, housing and public accommodations.

A proposal set for consideration by the Dallas City Council on Tuesday would list “gender identity and expression” separately alongside sexual orientation, and clearly define the terms. Gender identity and expression would be defined as “an individual’s real or perceived gender identity as male, female, both, or neither.” Sexual orientation would be defined as “the actual or perceived status of an individual with respect to the individual’s sexuality,” including heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual.

In addition, the proposal would add a declaration that the city of Dallas encourages all entities to recognize the rights of all individuals, regardless of whether they’re exempt from the nondiscrimination ordinance. For example, the ordinance exempts religious organizations and companies with fewer than 15 employees, as well as state and federal government agencies.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/11/dallas-eyes-stronger-lgbt-protections-aims-cash-houstons-defeat-hero/

Person being questioned in Houston about Travis County Judge Kocurek’s shooting

Authorities in Houston are questioning a person in connection with Friday’s shooting of State District Judge Julie Kocurek, sources said.

The person is being detained on unrelated warrants, the sources said.

Austin police said Monday night that it is aware of the arrest in Houston of a person of interest in Kocurek’s shooting, but declined to comment any further citing the ongoing investigation.

Kocurek was returning to her home in Tarrytown from a high school football game Friday night when the attack occurred.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/sources-person-being-questioned-in-houston-about-k/npKJz/

George W. Bush talks with father's biographer at event, avoids Rumsfeld-Cheney criticisms

UNIVERSITY PARK — Former President George H.W. Bush was no Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy, his biographer said Sunday.

But while Bush wasn’t a transformative figure, he “had a quiet, persistent charisma” and put what he thought was best for the country over his personal politics, author Jon Meacham told the 41st president’s son, former President George W. Bush, Sunday night.

“Person after person, at every stage in his life, almost anyone who met him … believed he was someone in whose hands the affairs of the nation — and the world — would be safe,” Meacham said. “And that is a particular kind of gift, a particular kind of charisma that doesn’t fit in the usual categories.”

The younger Bush moderated the discussion with Meacham at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush has made national headlines because in it, the elder Bush blasts his son’s defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/park-cities/headlines/20151108-george-w.-bush-talks-with-father-s-biographer-at-event-avoids-rumsfeld-cheney-criticisms1.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 05:23 AM (3 replies)

Huge gator captured outside Texas shopping center

SUGAR LAND, TX -- A huge alligator was captured at a strip center this morning (Saturday) in Sugar Land.

The gator -- blind in one eye -- weighs more than 900 pounds and is more than 12 feet long. Wrangling the animal at the First Colony Commons Shopping Center proved quite the task for authorities. A Home Depot forklift had to be used to lift the gator onto the back of a truck.

Authorities believe the alligator came from Oyster Creek, which runs behind the shopping center.

Christy Krobroth, the alligator trapper who captured the animal, says he will be sent to an alligator sanctuary called Janik Aligators in El Campo. She says he will be put in breeding program where he will "make lots of babies."

Read more: http://abc7ny.com/news/video-huge-gator-captured-outside-texas-shopping-center/1073724/

[font color=330099]The alligator stated that he was waiting outside the salon to get his nails done.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 02:34 AM (6 replies)

Black grad student on hunger strike in Missouri after swastika drawn with human feces

The swastika appeared overnight, drawn with human feces on a college dorm's brand new white wall.

But the racial tension had been brewing for months.

Columbia, Missouri, a city known for its cheeseburgers and college sports teams, is earning a much less savory reputation these days. Once ranked among the best places to live in America, Columbia has witnessed a flurry of racist incidents in recent months, culminating with the swastika scrawled in excrement on Oct. 24.

Now a graduate student says he is on hunger strike and willing to die unless the school's president steps down.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/black-grad-student-on-hunger-strike-in-missouri-after-swastika/article_c5a8c8ac-85d7-11e5-ae06-2f21a549b77a.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 8, 2015, 08:17 AM (1 replies)

Think your vote doesn’t count?

In the southern Dallas County city of Wilmer, every voted really counted. That’s because the one person who bothered to vote decided the election on five bond issues. All Wilmer residents will be bound by the decision of one person.

This means the mayor and city council didn’t bother to vote. These were municipal utility district propositions, so members of the MUD board didn’t vote. Well, maybe one did.

Early voting lasted two weeks and then polling places were staffed on Election Day and those people didn’t vote.

Now that’s democracy really at work.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 8, 2015, 05:35 AM (3 replies)

Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink Communications moving forward

Suddenlink Communications’ prospective European owners are closing in on a $9.1 billion deal for the U.S. company.

Suddenlink representatives said Altice’s acquisition of the company is moving forward, with the European company’s purchase expected to close between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Altice, a European cable and mobile phone operator, and its founder, Patrick Drahi, moved forward with the purchase of the St. Louis-based cable company in April.

According to The Associated Press, Altice will buy 70 percent of Suddenlink with a combined offer of cash and assumed debt from existing owners BC Partners, a private equity firm; Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and company management.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/business/2015-11-06/european-companys-acquisition-suddenlink-communications-moving-forward#comment-385267
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Nov 7, 2015, 09:01 PM (0 replies)

GE Fort Worth locomotive plant accused of breaking union agreement

FORT WORTH -- General Electric’s locomotive plant in far north Fort Worth is putting a strain on the company’s relationship with one of its Pennsylvania-based unions.

The plant, which opened in 2012 near Texas Motor Speedway, employs more than 500 people and builds railroad locomotives and mining equipment. The facility, near Texas 114 and Farm Road 156, cranks out an average of 1.2 locomotives per day, a plant manager has said, and those vehicles are bought by customers such as Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, based in Omaha, Neb.

But workers at the Fort Worth plant aren’t union members, and that has caused some heartburn among union representatives in GE’s much older locomotive plant in Erie, Pa.

One example of the tension is a complaint filed by Local 618 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America alleging that GE broke its contract with the union by employing a nonunion member to test wheels at the Fort Worth plant. That union has represented GE workers in Erie since the 1940s.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article43507851.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Nov 7, 2015, 08:50 PM (0 replies)

China, Taiwan presidents meet for 1st time ever, shake hands

Source: AP

SINGAPORE (AP) — The leaders of China and Taiwan met Saturday for the first time since the formerly bitter Cold War foes split amid civil war 66 years ago, and though no concrete agreement resulted, both hailed the meeting as a sign of a new stability in relations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou came together on neutral ground in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, walking toward each other in a hotel ballroom in front of a backdrop of yellow — a traditional color of Chinese emperors.

The two men smiled broadly as they shook hands for more than one minute, turning slightly to the side to accommodate a host of photojournalists in the ballroom. No national flags were present — a necessary work-around to overcome China's refusal to recognize Taiwan's sovereignty or its government's formal legitimacy — and the two men were referred to merely as "Mr. Xi" and "Mr. Ma" to further reduce the chances of bruised sensitivities.

In brief opening remarks in front of reporters before going into a closed-door meeting, Xi said, "History will record this day." He alluded to China's long-cherished goals of unification with Taiwan, saying, "We are one family," and "No force can pull us apart."

Read more: http://hosted2.ap.org/TXWAC/8ef5320729ce4298abefc1903704c7d5/Article_2015-11-07-AS--China-Taiwan/id-d9c14a0fe76c45b185d25e0603dad5a9
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Nov 7, 2015, 07:52 AM (3 replies)
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