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Wendy Davis Proposes Eliminating Statute of Limitations for Rape


by: Katie Singh

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

State Senator Wendy Davis has long been a champion for victims of sexual assault, and this week she continued her dedication to protecting victims by unveiling a powerful new policy proposal--eliminating the statute of limitations for rape.

The current statute of limitations for rape in Texas is 10 years, though there is no statute of limitations for cases of sexual assault against a child or for cases where DNA tests do not reveal a match in the criminal system. This often leads to rapists not being prosecuted, because the statute of limitations has passed. In Texas, and many other states, the problem is exacerbated by the huge backlog of rape kits in the system that have sat untested for many years (another issue Wendy Davis has been a leader on)--by the time they are tested, it's likely the statute of limitations to prosecute the crime has passed.

In a press conference in Dallas, Davis stressed the importance of her new proposal, referencing Lavinia Masters, a rape victim who has campaigned with Wendy Davis in the past. Said Davis, "Eliminating the statute of limitations for rape will help to right that wrong by making sure that survivors like Lavinia will never again will have to forgo justice just because someone stood back and let the clock run out on their case."

Read more about how Wendy Davis plans to protect victims of sexual assault after the jump.

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Rick Perry Indicted on Two Counts: Abuse of Office, Coercion


by: Joseph Vogas

Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:02 PM CDT

On Friday evening, the special prosecutor and grand jury looking into whether Governor Rick Perry acted inappropriately when he withheld $7.5 million owed to the public integrity unit of the Travis County District Attorney's office completed their investigation. Perry stated he would veto the funding if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign after being convicted of drunk driving. When she refused, Perry followed through with his veto which drew an ethics complaint.

The grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry on two counts. Abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official. These are first and third degree felonies respectively. If convected on both counts, Governor Perry can face between 5 and 99 years in jail.

Governor Perry is expected to have a mug shot taken following these indictments.

The full indictment can be read here.

The Texas Democratic Party has called for Rick Perry's resignation.

Their statement, video of the Special Prosecutor issuing the indictment, and more can be found after the jump.

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Greg Abbott Doesn't Want Texans to Have Clean Water


by: Katie Singh

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

In the Texas gubernatorial race, it has become clear by now that Greg Abbott is the candidate for anyone who opposes basic public safety regulations. He made that clear once again this week with his latest declarations against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to update the Clean Water Act.

On Monday, Greg Abbott threatened to sue the EPA and the Obama administration unless they back down from proposed changes to the Clean Water Act. According to the EPA, the proposals are designed to "close loopholes that leave more than half of America's streams and around 20 million acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development." The changes are also in line with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the law.

Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped Greg Abbott from coming out against the EPA's proposal, calling it "unlawful" and a threat to property rights.

This latest threat of a lawsuit adds to Greg Abbott's growing crusade against the EPA and the federal government--a crusade that has been largely unsuccessful thus far. But Greg Abbott is still making every effort to ensure that pesky safety regulations don't stand in the way of big business.

Read more about Greg Abbott's lawsuits against clean water, clean air, and more after the jump.

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Wendy Davis Crítica A Greg Abbott Por No Defender Derechos De Mujer Víctima De Violencia Sexual


by: Omar Araiza

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Esta semana, la candidata Demócrata a la Gobernación de Texas, Wendy Davis, lanzo su primer anuncio de campaña en contra de Republicano Greg Abbott, haciendo fuertes declaraciones en contra de Abbott por no defender los derechos de una mujer victima de violencia sexual.

El video, disponible en ingles y en español, detalla como el actual procurador estatal voto a favor de los intereses de una corporación y en contra de una mujer víctima de violencia sexual cuando Abbott era miembro de la Corte Suprema de Texas.

Debajo, la historia completa y el video en español.

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Left in Texas: Rick Perry Soft Launches 2016 Bid & Wendy Davis Slams Greg Abbott With 1st TV Ad


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

For the week of August 4th, Imad and I discuss the biggest news in Texas politics.

There is Wendy's new explosive ad that kick started the official campaign season a bit early, Abbott's response and how it all fits into the bigger picture of the narrative so far. Will it be enough to derail his campaign or can it help her chip away at his lead?

We also talk about Rick Perry's presidential campaign soft launch at RedState this year and why he is still getting attacked from the right for his position on immigration.

Watch Wendy's new ad and listen to the full podcast below the jump!...

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Wendy Davis' 1st TV Spot Hits Greg Abbott For Siding With Company Over Rape Victim


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

The Wendy Davis campaign released their first TV spot overnight and it's a doozy.

It continues the attack on Greg Abbott for siding with corporations over people in his official capacity as a public servant -- in this case a victim of rape.

The ad focuses on a 1993 court case in which a woman sued a vacuum company after she was raped by a door to door salesman. Abbott, a Supreme Court justice at the time, wrote the dissenting opinion claiming that the company was not liable, even though a routine background check would have discovered he was a sex offender on probation.

See the full ad below the jump...

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Same Sex Marriage Could Lead To Polygamy & Incest Says Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton & 61 GOP Legislators


by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 04:30 PM CDT

On the same day a petition to repeal a measure granting transgender equality failed in Houston, 63 GOP state legislators signed an amicus brief stating that same-sex marriage could lead to legal recognition of polygamy, incest and pedophelia.

The group of Republican signatories are members of the Texas Conservative Coalition and include 2 state Senators nominated for statewide office, Dan Patrick running for Lt. Gov. and Ken Paxton running for Attorney General.

The brief was filed in support of gubernatorial candidate and current AG Greg Abbott who is defending the state's ban on same sex marriage after it was struck down earlier this year.

See who else signed the brief and what it claims below the jump...

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Greg Abbott Denies Petitions for Same Sex Marriage, Says They Don't "Naturally Produce Children"


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

In a brief filed Monday Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state's ban on same sex marriage is constitutional because it promotes child birth in "stable, lasting relationships."

This come after he denied accepting over 5,700 petitions asking him to stop defending the state's ban in court.

Abbott has been defending the state's 2005 ban vigorously even as mainstream views have changed tremendously over the past decade, and courts continue to strike them down state by state -- including Texas'. Abbott maintains that he will continue to fight in support of the ban because it is the law, but his brief proves he is actively promoting discrimination against same-sex couples.

See what Abbott said below the jump...

 

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Greg Abbott Denies Petitions for Same Sex Marriage, Says They Don't "Naturally Produce Children"


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

In a brief filed Monday Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state's ban on same sex marriage is constitutional because it promotes child birth in "stable, lasting relationships."

This come after he denied accepting over 5,700 petitions asking him to stop defending the state's ban in court.

Abbott has been defending the state's 2005 ban vigorously even as mainstream views have changed tremendously over the past decade, and courts continue to strike them down state by state -- including Texas'. Abbott maintains that he will continue to fight in support of the ban because it is the law, but his brief proves he is actively promoting discrimination against same-sex couples.

See what Abbott said below the jump...

 

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Greg Abbott Takes Thousands from Farmers Insurance PAC As State's Lawsuit Against Them Continues


by: Katie Singh

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Greg Abbott may have been representing Texas in a suit against Farmers Insurance for the past decade, but that hasn't stopped him from taking over $125,000 from Farmers Insurance PAC since 2005--including over $75,000 since 2013.

The donations have led to charges that Abbott has "not fairly represented homeowners in Texas" in the suit, reaching a settlement that allows Farmers to charge homeowners too much and not pay interest on millions in excessive premiums.

Abbott's campaign told the Texas Tribune that, "he does not treat donors differently when it comes to applying the law and that accepting the campaign money is not a conflict of interest." But as Alex Winslow, executive director of Texas Watch told the Tribune, "It was a sweetheart deal when it was struck in 2002, and it's only gotten sweeter since then."

Read more about Abbott's "sweetheart deal" with Farmers Insurance after the jump.

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