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Texas State & Local NEWS: 2021 April 14

Summary: Reduce exterior lighting initiative for migrating birds underway, more may election information, another court to add to Harris County’s ~185 other judge elections underway, & more… May Elections Northwest Harris County MUD pitches bond referendums to keep up with growth, bolster trail system [& more entities also discussed] https://communityimpact.com/houston/cy-fair/election/2021/04/13/northwest-harris-county-mud-pitches-bond-referendums-to-keep-up-with-growth-bolster-trail-system/ Find out where to cast …

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Texas State & Local NEWS: 2021 February 26

Current Elections [Woodlands Township] voting days pushed to Feb. 22-27 https://communityimpact.com/houston/the-woodlands/weather/2021/02/16/updated-covid-19-testing-to-resume-voting-days-pushed-to-feb-22-27-services-in-the-woodlands-affected-by-ongoing-freezing-temperatures/ May Elections Race for Magnolia ISD board of trustees Position 6 will be contested this May https://communityimpact.com/houston/tomball-magnolia/election/2021/02/23/race-for-magnolia-isd-board-of-trustees-position-6-will-be-contested-this-may/ Montgomery County Here’s how northwest Houston legislators have responded to widespread winter storm power outages https://communityimpact.com/houston/cy-fair/at-the-capitol/2021/02/23/heres-how-northwest-houston-legislators-have-responded-to-widespread-winter-storm-power-outages/ Lone Star College System announces financial aid for students, faculty affected …

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Complaint: Abbott settles scores but the GOP could pay the price

A complaint has been received relative to the details in the following article on the actions taken by Texas Governor Abbott against Texas House District 134 Representative Sarah Davis. Specifically: 1) “The governor even misled Texans about Davis’ actions on disaster relief funding, claiming she tried to remove it from Abbott’s office, when there’s video …

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Complaint: Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 8 smear campaign

The following complaint was forwarded. Please review. It has come to my attention that the race for Harris County Criminal Court at Law Number 8 has become very contentious between the incumbent, Judge Jay Karahan, and his challenger, Mr. Dan Simons, a former Harris County ADA and currently defense attorney in private practice. Judge Karahan …

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“Conservative Republicans of Harris County” Mailer Complaint

We are investigating the following material published by the “Conservative Republicans of Harris County” PAC (President Steven F. Hotze M.D., Treasurer Bart C. Standley) for its reference sources (if they exist) in order to inform voters of the basis on which the claims within the material are founded (or not). The treasurer for this PAC …

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Complaint against “Valoree Swanson” Campaign

A Valoree Swanson Campaign mailer, “State Rep. Debbie Riddle…BAD FOR TEXAS” [1,2], was received constituting potentially unethical activity by the Campaign (Treasurer Norma Jeter). Issues contained within include: (1) HB 416 by Riddle is a bill intended to require the employees of facilities offering abortions to be trained to recognize victims of sex trafficking. HB …

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Complaint Against “Texas Tea Party Patriots” PAC

The Courier of Montgomery County article, “Emails show negotiation of upcoming road bond between county, PAC”, was received detailing potentially unethical activity by “Texas Tea Party Patriots” PAC (President Dr. Julie Turner). Issues include: On July 14th, 4 of the 5 commissioners voted against moving forward on a road bond A consultant working for Montgomery …

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Complaint against “NE Tarrant County Tea Party” (501c4)

The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram article, “In Grapevine, a Tea Party leader says no to — Methodists?”, was received detailing potentially unethical activity by the “NE Tarrant County Tea Party” 501c(4) non-profit (Julie McCarty, President). Facts: 1) The NETCTP supported Cook for the race on a “slate card” simply listing names without explanation. 2) The President of …

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Complaint against “Moving Texas Forward” PAC

The Houston Chronicle article, “A dirty campaign about decades-old bad deeds”, was received detailing potentially unethical activity by “Moving Texas Forward” PAC (Treasurer Lashonda Johnson). Issues contained within include: (1) Fleming “… funded a dirty campaign full of half-truths and innuendo that ended up ousting Kirkland …” in 2012. (2) Texas Ethics Commission documents of …

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