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Businesses line up against Dan Patrick's high-priority insurance bill

Major business interests are lining up against one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities — a bill that would make it harder for Texans to force their insurance companies to pay up when calamity strikes.

Patrick and his allies say the bill, Senate Bill 10, is needed to stop greedy trial lawyers from cashing in on hail damage lawsuits. But the word "hail" doesn’t appear anywhere in the legislation, and this week businesses ranging from 7-Eleven to Ryan LLC — founded and led by Republican mega-donor Brint Ryan — conveyed their deep opposition to it in a letter sent to Patrick and other top Republican leaders.

The blistering critique of the bill, which has a companion, House Bill 1774, in the House, was sent on behalf of the major corporate interests by Haynes & Boone lawyer Ernest Martin. He warns it “greatly harms businesses” by making it harder for anyone who insures property in Texas to get paid after filing a claim. Trial lawyer interests have been making the same argument about the impact on average Texans, but they don’t have the kind of political stroke business groups enjoy at the Capitol.

“This insurance bill does more harm to Texas business policyholders than it does to prevent litigation abuses by homeowners or their storm chasing lawyers,” Martin wrote. He said the legislation would “thwart Texas businesses from recovering legitimate claims under insurance policies they purchased at great cost.”

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/01/businesses-line-against-dan-patricks-pet-insurance-bill/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 02:58 AM (0 replies)

Hillary Clinton to speak in Houston in April

Hillary Clinton is coming to Texas for one of her first political appearances since her devastating defeat in the presidential election last year.

Clinton is set to speak at a luncheon on April 7 in Houston for Annie's List, a group that works to elect Democratic women in Texas. Annie's List announced Clinton as a speaker Wednesday night.

The luncheon will honor Amber Mostyn, a top Democratic donor who has long been involved with Annie's List, and "distinguished guests working to turn Texas blue," according to an invitation.

Clinton has kept a low profile since losing to Donald Trump on Nov. 8. She made her first public appearance since the election about a week later, when she spoke at a charity event in Washington, D.C.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/01/clinton-speak-houston-april/

Cross-posted in the Hillary Clinton Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 01:57 AM (0 replies)

Hillary Clinton to speak in Houston in April

Hillary Clinton is coming to Texas for one of her first political appearances since her devastating defeat in the presidential election last year.

Clinton is set to speak at a luncheon on April 7 in Houston for Annie's List, a group that works to elect Democratic women in Texas. Annie's List announced Clinton as a speaker Wednesday night.

The luncheon will honor Amber Mostyn, a top Democratic donor who has long been involved with Annie's List, and "distinguished guests working to turn Texas blue," according to an invitation.

Clinton has kept a low profile since losing to Donald Trump on Nov. 8. She made her first public appearance since the election about a week later, when she spoke at a charity event in Washington, D.C.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/01/clinton-speak-houston-april/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 01:57 AM (0 replies)

16 Arlington cops give up police licenses to avoid criminal charges

ARLINGTON -- Five Arlington police officers indicted on charges of falsely reporting traffic stops had their cases dismissed this week in exchange for permanently surrendering their state peace officer licenses, according to court records.

Eleven other officers involved in the investigation had previously agreed to surrender their licenses so that their cases would not go before a grand jury, said Sam Jordan, spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

“They will never be able to be peace officers in Texas again,” Jordan said of the 16 officers, who made up about 3 percent of the city’s 600 officers.

Lt. Chris Cook, police spokesman, said the department was notified Tuesday that the cases had been dismissed and that none of the officers are still employed by the department.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article135728673.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 12:05 AM (0 replies)

Texas woman convicted of voter fraud says she voted Republican

Judge issues $11,111 bond for Grand Prairie mom who got 8 years in voter fraud case

FORT WORTH -- State District Judge Robb Catalano set an appeal bond at $11,111 Wednesday for Rosa Maria Ortega, the Grand Prairie woman who was sentenced last month to eight years in prison on two felony counts of illegal voting.

The bond is the first step in what is likely a low-percentage play to get the mother of four released from custody until an appeals court rules on whether she should be granted a new trial or serve the sentence delivered by the Tarrant County jury.

Ortega’s attorney, Clark Birdsall, and Sheila Finney, court coordinator for Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3, confirmed the bond amount.

Ortega’s fiance, Oscar Sherman, said he plans to post the bond.

“If we can get around this immigration thing, yeah, this is a positive first step,” Sherman said.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article135868408.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 12:02 AM (3 replies)

Plano lab employee headed to prison after inappropriately touching 6 teenage patients

A phlebotomist who worked for Children's Medical Center Plano was sentenced to 19 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching six teenage patients.

Mohammad Ali, 46, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24 to seven counts of indecency with a child, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

"This perpetrator preyed upon young teenaged girls who trusted him to do his job right," Willis said in a news release. "In the end, it was the courage of these very girls that helped us catch him and hold him accountable. He won't be preying on any more children."

A teenage girl reported in December 2015 that Ali touched her inappropriately over her clothes while she was having her blood drawn in an outpatient lab in December 2015. Five other teens came forward after that, describing similar incidents that occurred between August and December 2015.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/03/01/plano-lab-employee-headed-prison-inappropriately-touching-6-teenage-patients
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:50 PM (0 replies)

FBI accountant details multiple cash and check deposits going to Dallas Co. commish John Wiley Price

John Wiley Price received a steady stream of cash, checks and bank transfers over the years from a lobbyist who allegedly bribed him for actions he took on behalf of her corporate clients, an FBI forensic accountant said during testimony Wednesday.

Price, a powerful Dallas County commissioner who has served three decades in office, deposited some of that money into an account he set up in the name of his elderly mother, said David Garcia, the FBI accountant, who is a witness for the prosecution.

But Willie Faye Price, who died at age 87 in 2010, did not receive any of the money, prosecutors said. Price used that account to pay his mortgage, credit cards and other general expenses, Garcia said during Price's federal bribery and tax evasion trial.

Kathy Nealy, the lobbyist who was also Price's political consultant, is accused of giving him almost $1 million in bribes over a decade in the form of cash, cars and land. She will be tried separately.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/03/01/fbi-accountant-details-multiple-cash-deposits-wire-transfers-going-john-wiley-price
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:48 PM (0 replies)

Woman tells jury ex-San Antonio officer made her drink alcohol, do push-ups in swimsuit before ...

Woman tells jury ex-San Antonio officer made her drink alcohol, do push-ups in swimsuit before assault

Testimony began in the trial of two former San Antonio police officers who are accused of duping women into a fake undercover police program that involved sexual assault and prostitution.

Alejandro Chapa, 29, and Emmanuel Galindo, 31, were arrested Sept. 24, 2015, and each faces a charge of compelling prostitution, The San Antonio Express-News reports.

They were fired after four women said they were lured into having sex with them as part of a phony sting operation after the two impersonated members of the department's vice unit. The investigation began when one of the women reported to Live Oak police that a San Antonio officer sexually assaulted her, The Express-News reports.

"It was evident something was going on when we started talking to the victims," Live Oak Police Chief Ken Evans said. "In no way did they know they were getting involved in prostitution."

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/03/01/woman-tells-jury-ex-san-antonio-officer-made-drink-alcohol-pushups-swimsuit-assault
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:46 PM (0 replies)

Austin man accused of filming girls through window says he had feelings that he was unable to contr

Austin man accused of filming girls through window says he had feelings that he was unable to control

An Austin man accused of filming teenage girls through their bathroom window told police he had "feelings that he was unable to control," according to news reports.

The man, 35-year-old Brandon Cutro, put his kids to bed about 9 p.m. Feb. 22 before going outside to record teenage girls in a nearby apartment in northwest Austin, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.

One of the girls, who is 15, saw a cellphone through the bathroom window and told her mother, KVUE-TV reports. Her father went outside and found Cutro holding his phone up to the window, according to the affidavit filed Monday.

Officers found a recording of at least one of the girls, which Cutro admitted he filmed, the Statesman reported.

He faces a charge of invasive visual recording.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/03/01/austin-man-accused-filming-girls-window-says-feelings-unable-control
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:42 PM (0 replies)

Dallas man, woman get prison time for 'pill mill' that used homeless to get oxycodone

Two Dallas residents will serve prison time for their roles in a prescription drug-peddling conspiracy.

Taneisha Nickerson, 29, was sentenced last week to two years behind bars, and Adrian Banks, 23, received a 20-month sentence, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas.

Each of them pleaded guilty in August to one count of unlawful use of a communication device because they used their phones to coordinate deliveries of the pain killer oxycodone.

Nickerson and Banks were among 23 people indicted in March 2015 after authorities broke up an illegal "pill mill" scheme to obtain prescription medications and redistribute the pills for profit.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/03/01/dallas-man-woman-get-prison-time-pill-mill-used-homeless-get-oxy
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 1, 2017, 11:40 PM (0 replies)
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