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Why don't conservative women's PACs raise as much money as their Democratic counterparts?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When the pro-life group the Susan B Anthony List was first established in the early 1990s, its goal was to raise money for female candidates who supported their social views. As one of the first PACs to appeal socially conservative women candidates, the List had only one clear group to model themselves off of, an organization whose views were the exact opposite of theirs, pro-choice organization Emily’s List.

“It’s a compliment to them honestly. We emulate them but for an opposite goal. We emulate their political technology of electing candidates,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, which considers itself a non-partisan organization.

Today conservative leaning PACs like SBA's have made large strides in establishing themselves as political players and they’ve gotten more support from the Republican party—at least in theory.

Following the 2012 elections the Republican Party released an “autopsy” report called the Growth and Opportunity Project which in detail pronounced the party’s renewed focus on helping women candidates in order to gain women voters.

Read more: http://www.reporternews.com/decodedc/why-dont-conservative-womens-pacs-raise-as-much-money-as-their-democratic-counterparts

[font color=green]Okay ladies, this setup question and accompanying article is my gift to you! Please don't hold back on your comments.[/font]

Grand jury clears former Hearne officer Stem in Pearlie Golden shooting (93 yr. old woman)

FRANKLIN -- A Robertson County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict former Hearne officer Stephen Stem for the shooting death of 93-year-old Pearlie Golden.

It was the second time for Stem, 29, to be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing for killing someone while on duty.

In April 2013, a different Robertson County grand jury no billed the former officer -- who was terminated in May following Golden's death -- after he'd shot and killed 28-year-old Tederalle Lakeith Satchell.

Golden and Satchell, both black, were shot by the white officer after refusing to put their guns down despite repeated commands from Stem, according to officials.

Read more: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/grand-jury-clears-former-hearne-officer-stem-in-pearlie-golden/article_d863ecdb-e17e-5337-a386-e538d3e6c24e.html

Related threads:
Family of slain 93 yr-old Hearne resident Pearlie Golden said woman fired gun 2X before being shot


Texas Police Officer Kills 93-Year-Old, Shooting Her 5 Times At Her Home (w/ link to video)

Data discrepancy delays Texas voter ID trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - The State of Texas' legal team still plans to wrap up its defense of the voter ID law in federal court Thursday, but it will be a while before the two sides make their final pleas to the judge.

Closing arguments were delayed Wednesday after a data discrepancy was discovered this week. Originally slated for Thursday, the closing arguments are rescheduled for Sept. 22 so some experts who provided reports for the trial can reanalyze their data.

The trial is over Senate Bill 14, a law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 that requires Texans to show certain forms of state or federal photo identification before casting a ballot. Opponents say it forces an undue burden on minority and low-income voters, and supporters say requiring photo ID is already commonplace in American society.

The data issue comes from a category of about 183,000 voters in the Texas voter registration database who have surrendered their driver's licenses. The opponents' experts counted those individuals as lacking a license, and therefore unable to vote if they don't possess one of the other forms of approved identification.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/politics/state-elections/data-discrepancy-delays-texas-voter-id-trial_50262303

Critics challenge Texas' new social studies textbooks

AUSTIN — Four years after State Board of Education members clashed over history standards in Texas schools, publishers are facing criticism over new textbooks and e-books based on those changes.

The Texas Freedom Network, an education advocacy and watchdog group, fired the first warning shot Wednesday. It challenged several of the books under consideration for U.S. history, government, world history and other social studies courses.

The criticism came a week before board members hold a public hearing on the proposed materials. It must approve new textbooks and electronic books, which will be distributed to schools next fall.

“Extensive reviews of these textbooks show that they suffer from many of the same serious flaws that plague” the social studies curriculum standards the board approved in 2010, the advocacy group said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140910-critics-challenge-texas-new-social-studies-textbooks.ece

Dallas church's sermon offers dangerous distortions of Islam

By Steve Blow

A reader emailed me with a basic “Muslims bad” message. And I replied that a few certainly are, but more than a billion live in peace every day.


To my dismay, a preacher I have known and admired spent about five minutes running down all of Islam. He began: “One of the biggest lies in the world today, that’s being told over and over again, to where you are almost uninvited to social events if you don’t parrot this lie, and the lie is that Islam is a peaceful religion.”

He went on: “It’s getting harder and harder to defend that statement as Islamist militants around the world are crucifying Christians, beheading their children, burying people alive.”


“This sermon is exactly what ISIS wants. This is a victory for ISIS. When you are a terrorist, you want people to feel terrorized. And this spreads it,” he (Robert Hunt, professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology) said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/steve-blow/20140906-dallas-church-s-sermon-offers-dangerous-distortions-of-islam.ece

Officials: One dead after plane crashes in Austin

Earlier: A privately owned plane has crashed in Austin near Texas 71 and U.S. 183, according to city and county officials.

The crash was reported around 1:45 p.m.

Rick Rutledge, a spokesman and paramedic with Austin-Travis County EMS said crews are still fighting fires at the scene as a result of the crash and could not provide any further information.

Jim Halbrook, a spokesman for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said the plane is privately owned but that he did not know how big it was.

More updates are reported at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/officials-privately-owned-plane-crashed-in-austin/nhKSD/ .

Tutor firm owners charged with bilking Dallas, Fort Worth ISDs out of $2.5M in federal funds

Two people who ran tutoring companies in North Texas are accused of bilking the Dallas and Fort Worth school districts out of roughly $2.5 million in federal funds — and denying kids the academic help they needed.

The U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday charged Flori Mati and David Mbugua with conspiracy to commit fraud. They’re accused of billing the Dallas and Fort Worth school districts for $4.2 million, though they received only a portion of that amount, according to a court filing.

Mati, also known as Florine Shaw of Bedford, and Mbugua, address unknown, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Mbugua’s attorney, William Biggs, declined to comment, and Mati’s lawyer did not return a message.

Court records show that Mati and Mbugua were arrested in March and ordered held in custody.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140909-tutor-firm-owners-charged-with-bilking-dallas-fort-worth-isds-out-of-2.5m-in-federal-funds.ece

Lt. gov suggests looking at ending state windstorm insurance agency

AUSTIN — The second highest elected official in the state advised senators to look at phasing out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the windstorm insurance provider for areas of the Coastal Bend.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, making a surprise appearance before the Senate Business and Commerce Committee hearing, spoke about the challenges of the windstorm association, arguing that Texas is dangerously on the hook for tens of billions in liability and that senators might want to look at doing away with the decades-old institution.

"I'm sure most Texans have no idea the State of Texas not only has windstorm liability of up to $77 billion, but worse, has become a direct competitor to private-sector insurance companies, disrupting market-driven pricing and undermining TWIA's financial health," Dewhurst said in a statement after he spoke. "Should Texas, God forbid, endure two targeted Category 5 hurricanes in a single year, the impact on the state budget from claims on TWIA's $77 billion in coverage could be devastating. I've charged the Senate Business & Commerce Committee to consider options to address TWIA, which could include phasing it out. I encourage the senators to explore ways to carefully move Texas coastal policy holders to commercial insurance carriers over time, thus avoiding a rate shock and reducing the risk of a massive financial tsunami to Texas taxpayers."

Dewhurst could not be reached for further comment after the statement was issued.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/local-news/lt-gov-suggests-looking-at-ending-state-windstorm-insurance-agency_92297893

[font color=green]This plan will result in either:

1) A significant slowdown in new home construction in the counties the windstorm agency operates due to the inability to obtain loans on homes. Current homeowners may also be squeezed as insurance companies refuse to write risks in those counties due to inadequate rates. It may also deflate the real estate market in those areas.
2) An increase in insurance premiums statewide as rates will have to increase to offset the additional risk.[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 11:11 PM (3 replies)

Lawsuit: Former exotic dancer accuses Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of sexual assault

A former exotic dancer on Monday sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, accusing him of sexual assault after a June 2009 incident in a local hotel.

Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones fondled her genitals, forced her to touch or rub his penis, and required she watch as the 71-year-old Jones received oral sex from another woman. Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages.

She was not available for comment Tuesday. Her Dallas attorney Thomas Bowers said his client is in counseling and is taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident.

Bowers would not say how Jones forced Weckerly to submit to the alleged assault.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/lawsuit-former-exotic-dancer-accuses-dallas-cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-of-sexual-assault.html/

[font color=green]Oh my![/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 06:30 PM (5 replies)

Truck slams into sheriff's office; driver shot

SINTON, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a man was shot dead after his pickup truck slammed into the front entrance of a South Texas sheriff's office and he opened fire.

The incident happened Monday morning at the San Patricio County sheriff's office in Sinton. Sheriff Leroy Moody says the truck slammed into the office and the driver fired at least four shots at the building with a .45-caliber pistol before a deputy fatally shot him.

Moody says no one in the sheriff's building was injured. He identified the dead driver as 45-year-old Benito Gonzales of Sinton. Moody said Gonzales had no previous dealings with the sheriff's office.


Sinton is 18 miles northwest of Corpus Christi.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Sep 9, 2014, 12:44 AM (0 replies)
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