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Another Donna school board election worker charged in coke-for-votes scheme

McALLEN — A Donna man will appear in federal court here next month on conspiracy and voter fraud charges for trading cocaine for votes in the 2012 school board elections, according to an indictment unsealed on Friday.

Francisco “Frankie” Garcia, 47, of Donna, paid voters either a “dime bag” of cocaine or $10 per vote, authorities said.

“On or about November 6, 2012, Person B brought three voters to the polls to vote for candidates in the Donna School Board election,” the indictment reads. “Garcia paid the voters for voting by dropping $30 into the car in which they were seated, through an open car window, after they voted.”

FBI agents arrested Garcia on Thursday in southern Illinois, and he made his first court appearance in federal court there Friday, where a judge issued him a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Read more: http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/valley/article_62d8aad6-439c-11e4-8459-0017a43b2370.html

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Flipping the Classroom

Growing number of faculty members are using a new teaching technique

At a recent presentation, chemistry professor Emily Niemeyer asked the audience how they got good at doing something they are good at.

Not one person chose answer B – “Listening to Lectures.” Instead, most chose answer C – “Practicing.”

This is the theory behind a new teaching technique that Niemeyer and several others have been introducing at Southwestern. It’s called the “flipped classroom.”

While there are many variations of the flipped classroom, the most common one is one in which what used to be classwork (i.e. lectures) is done before students come to class by means of teacher-created videos. And what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class − either with the professor or among the students themselves.

Read more: http://southwestern.edu/live/news/9907-flipping-the-classroom

Lawsuit: Inmate not allowed to worship Satan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state prison inmate says New Mexico correction officials aren’t allowing him to practice his religion and properly worship Satan behind bars.

KRQE-TV reports (http://goo.gl/VvTwZX) that Bernard Pritchard recently filed a lawsuit in state court alleging the chaplain and deputy warden at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces treat his faith differently than others.

Pritchard is asking a judge to force the New Mexico Corrections Department to let him worship Satan more freely and wants $140,000 in damages.

The lawsuit doesn’t spell out specifically how Pritchard believes his rights were violated.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-09-24/lawsuit-inmate-not-allowed-worship-satan#comment-349169

DFW Has the Most Unregistered Eligible Voters, Making Dems and GOP Salivate

For the last few days, you may have been busy warding off a flurry eager people with clipboards. This weekend marked Dallas County voter registration days, and volunteers from both sides of the aisle were hustling to try to get your vote in November. They had good reason to be eager: Recruiting those eligible but unregistered voters in DFW may be crucial to determining the next election.

DFW has the largest number of eligible unregistered voters in the state. Census and Texas secretary of state data show that around 490,000 eligible voters are not registered in North Texas, compared with 355,000 in Houston, 224,000 in San Antonio and just 73,500 in Austin.

Which means DFW is attractive hunting ground for both parties. "We have a lot of volunteer engagement. They've been organizing events and knocking on doors every week. There's about 6,200 volunteers and they've knocked on about 238,000 doors," says Erica Sackin, a spokesperson for Battleground Texas. "We're working to make sure that every eligible voter is registered."

Sackin says the sheer number of DFW voters makes the North Texas vital to the November election. "It is important for us to be talking to so many voters and making sure they're getting engaged," she says. "By the reaction that we've been getting, I think people are really excited to have that opportunity to get involved in politics again."

Read more: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/09/dfw_unregistered_voters.php

Special Prosecutor Says Perry Should Appear in Court

Gov. Rick Perry should not be excused from all hearings leading up to his felony trial because the governor is no different than "any other citizen of Texas," the special prosecutor in the criminal case said in a motion filed Wednesday.

"The state does object to Mr. Perry's request to be permitted to not appear in court at all 'future non-evidentiary hearings' in this case," wrote Mike McCrum, the San Antonio lawyer who was appointed special prosecutor in the case. "From carpenters to lawyers to judges accused of anything from tickets to federal felonies, all are expected to appear in court."

McCrum's statements came in a three-page response to a request by Perry lawyer David Botsford to Visiting Judge Bert Richardson that the governor be excused from an Oct. 13 court hearing and all other hearings before his trial.

Botsford cited the governor's schedule and his job as the reasons that Perry be excused.

"Indeed, there is absolutely no question that Governor Perry will appear whenever the Court requires his presence, for trial or otherwise," Perry lawyers Tony Buzbee, Tom Phillips and David Botsford wrote in their motion on Monday. "At the same time, his duties and responsibilities to the citizens of Texas and his pre-existing commitments relating thereto are appropriate factors for the Court's consideration.”

Read more: http://kut.org/post/special-prosecutor-says-perry-should-appear-court

Rifle Purportedly Used in UT Tower Shooting Up For Auction

Someone is selling a rifle they say was used in a mass shooting at the University of Texas campus almost 50 years ago. Charles Whitman killed 16 people on August 1, 1966 and wasn't stopped until Austin police officer Houston McCoy shot him at the top of the UT tower.

A listing on the Texas Gun Trader website shows a starting bid of $25,000 for the Remington 700 ADL with Lupold scope. Donald Weiss says he's selling it for a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

"There was no negativism as far as purchasing the rifle," Weiss says of the anonymous seller. "It was strictly for collector value. I don’t think this thing has actually come on the market like this in over 20 years."

A serial number on the gun shown in the listing is the same as the one in the Austin police report of the shooting, the Houston Chronicle first reported.

Read more: http://kut.org/post/rifle-purportedly-used-ut-tower-shooting-auction

Hypocrite Ted Cruz Too Scared to Vote With Fellow Republicans to Keep Citizens United

Last week, the US Senate voted on a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and put more regulations on corporate money in elections. A majority of senators voted in favor of the measure, with the final vote coming in at 54-42. Not a single Republican voted in favor of the amendment. In fact, they filibustered the measure. (However, since it was a constitutional amendment, it would have required a 2/3 majority –67 votes– in order to move forward.)

Texas senator John Cornyn was one of the 42 Republicans who voted against the proposed amendment. But there was one Texas Republican who didn’t join him–Senator Ted Cruz.

It’s not that Cruz has remained silent on the issue of Citizens United, in fact, quite the opposite is true. Cruz has been his usual hyperbolic self, saying that the amendment would “repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment” and predicting that it would cause a dictatorial hellscape where Congress would have “absolute authority to regulate the political speech of every single American with no limitations whatsoever.”

Of course, these assertions are patently untrue. The amendment would only give the government the ability to regulate the amount of corporate money that is spent on campaigns. Limiting corporate spending actually increases the influence that American people can have on elections, since the vast majority of citizens don’t have the ability to spend millions of dollars influencing a race.

Read more: http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/18221/hypocrite-ted-cruz-scared-vote-fellow-republicans-keep-citizens-united

Updated sex assault lawsuit alleges Jerry Jones tried to buy woman’s silence

A woman who is accusing Jerry Jones of sexual assault claims in an updated lawsuit that the Dallas Cowboys owner tried to buy her silence with regular payments over four years.

It is unclear how much allegedly was paid to Jana Weckerly, a 27-year-old former exotic dancer from Ardmore, Okla.

The new allegation sets up a showdown in a pivotal hearing scheduled Friday before Judge Dale Tillery, who presides over the 134th District Court in Dallas. Attorneys representing Jones have previously denied the claims and argue the case falls outside the five-year civil statute of limitations in Texas.

Based on the new claim, Dallas defense attorney Thomas Bowers appears prepared to argue that alleged payments by Jones, and perhaps the Cowboys, qualify for an exemption from that provision of the law.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20140924-updated-sex-assault-lawsuit-alleges-jerry-jones-tried-to-buy-womans-silence.ece

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott clash over abortion and other women's issues

The candidates for governor renewed their fight over women’s issues Tuesday, with Wendy Davis charging that Greg Abbott had belittled women with his strict abortion stance and Abbott countering that Davis was playing politics instead of helping solve issues important to women.

Speaking at a Dallas luncheon sponsored by Annie’s List, a group that promotes progressive female candidates, Davis blistered Abbott for supporting a ban on abortion in all cases except when the woman’s life is at risk.

“Maybe if he put himself in the place of women who’ve had to make the heartbreaking decision to end a pregnancy instead of sitting on high, belittling the pain and trauma they’ve been through as though he has a right to judge, he’d understand that his position is offensive to every woman who’s ever stepped foot in this state and a betrayal of everything we stand for,” Davis said. “The last thing Texas women need in their lives is Greg Abbott.”

Officials in Abbott’s campaign did not respond to a question about his views on whether abortions should be allowed for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. In the past, Abbott has said he’s against abortion even in those circumstances.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20140923-wendy-davis-and-greg-abbott-clash-over-abortion-and-other-women-s-issues.ece

Wendy Davis Could Be Catching Greg Abbott In Texas Governor’s Race

After a lackluster debate performance, Greg Abbott is launching negative TV ads against Wendy Davis, but experts in Texas suggest that Republican’s negative shift might be a sign that the governor’s race is tightening.

On TWC’s Capitol Tonight, Harvey Kronberg, editor of the Quorum Report, suggested that Greg Abbott is going negative because of the success of the Democratic campaign to register more Democrats. Kronberg raised questions about what Abbott’s internal polling is showing.

Kronberg said, “When you register people to vote for a specific election they actually do have a pretty high proclivity to vote – and you start seeing that the mechanics of what the Democrats are doing may come together and that may explain why all of a sudden Greg Abbott ran his first negative commercial. It raises questions as to what their own internal polling is showing.”

Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune also raised questions about what Abbott’s internal polls are showing:

Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/23/wendy-davis-catching-greg-abbott-texas-governors-race.html

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