Newscast Media AUSTIN—When Wendy Davis decided to run for governor, she wrote
a biography that seemed inspirational and turned it into the centerpiece of her
campaign. The problem is, her biography was deceptive, and she’s now experiencing
the blowback from former supporters and media practitioners for distorting the truth.
Whether it is discernment or foresight, this journalist wrote piece 48 hours before the
Dallas Morning News story broke exposing her inconsistencies, and in that article I
cautioned the Davis campaign about using “fuzzy math” because I could foresee it
damaging her credibility, which it has. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—As Texas Governor Rick Perry winds up his final year
as the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, the Democrats, led by
Barack Obama are attempting to turn Texas from a Conservative to a liberal state.
None other than Wendy Davis was selected by the Democrats to attempt what seems
The Republicans, on the other hand, will be running Attorney General Greg Abbott to
replace Rick Perry, as many speculate that Perry will run for president in 2016.
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by Katherine Weber
Newscast Media AUSTIN—Two same-sex couples in Texas filed a federal lawsuit this
week challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that was
overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2005. The couples argue that the ban
unconstitutionally prevents them from enjoying the benefits of married couples, while
the state’s Attorney General Greg Abbott has vowed to vigorously defend the ban.
Lawyers for the couples said in court documents filed this week in the U.S. District
Court in San Antonio that their clients are being unconstitutionally discriminated
against by not being allowed to marry in the state, where in 2005, nearly 75 percent
of voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between
one man and one woman. The lawsuit specifically argues that the June ruling by the
U.S. Supreme Court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act
conflicts with state-to-state bans on same-sex marriage.
The two couples, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin and Victor Holmes
and Mark Phariss of Plano, are seeking an injunction to halt the state law banning
same-sex marriage. “There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government
purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority
of society,” attorney Barry Chasnoff, who is representing that plaintiffs, said in a
statement to the Associated Press. Currently, 16 states in the U.S. have legalized
same-sex marriage, the most recent ones being Illinois and Hawaii.
Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for Abbott, said the attorney general is prepared to
defend the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that the Supreme
Court was clear to ensure in its ruling that individual states would have the authority
to determine same-sex marriage legalization. “The U.S. Supreme Court was clear that
states have independent authority to establish their marriage laws. Texans adopted a
constitutional amendment defining marriage. We will defend that amendment.”
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—True to the saying: “Don’t Mess With Texas”, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has warned UN election observers not to come to Texas polling stations or they may face criminal prosecution for violating state law, as stipulated in the Texas Election Code, regarding foreigners.
In a defiant letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the AG wrote:”As you know, Texas election laws govern anyone who participates in Texas elections. The fact that representatives of the United States joined the U.S.S.R, Yugoslavia, Romania, and other OSCE member-nations in signing a document at a 1989 conference in Copenhagen has absolutely no bearing on the administration of elections or laws governing elections in the State of Texas.
“In addition to my desire to defend and enforce Texas election laws, I am also concerned that an unnecessary political agenda may have infected OSCE’s election monitoring activities.
“While we welcome international visitors who wish to engage in a legitimate information exchange, we have no interest in being lectured by the OSCE about how best to conduct the State of Texas’ business.”
Attorney General Abbott added: “I’m particularly offended that the European organization seems to be working with American groups tied to ACORN — a community coalition accused of voter fraud.”
The letter from the OSCE suggests that the international group can circumvent Texas election law by gaining unfettered access to Texas’ polling locations. That appears to violate Texas law which prevents unauthorized persons from entering a polling place, or loitering within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance-on Election Day. OSCE monitors are not granted an exception to Texas law.
Should the UN election observers ignore the warning from the AG, one thing they will find out very quickly is that Texas is a whole different country, and extremely protective of the Republic of Texas, unlike most of the other states in the US.
The UN together with Amnesty International have on several past occasions tried to intervene in death penalty cases that involved foreign nationals committing crimes against Texans and have failed.
This showdown between Texas and the UN is certainly something the Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas Governor Rick Perry are used to.
The AG has also been busy on Twitter sending out the following tweets:
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The controversial health care bill that expands the federal government’s role in health care is being met with more resistance by Texas and 20 other states, including Florida, that have signed on to the lawsuit filed in Pensacola to overturn it. Should the cases hit a snag in U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s courtroom this Thursday, escalation to the Supreme Court is expected.
The states that filed the lawsuits argue that forcing people to have health coverage is unconstitutional, and that the health care law violates state’s rights guaranteed in the Constitution by imposing massive forced spending for expanded health programs. Despite being pressured by the Justice Department to dismiss the bulk of the Florida lawsuit, Vinson has stood his ground and refused to grant them their requests.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, responding to a suit brought by Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, struck down a provision in the health care act requiring people to carry a minimum amount of health care coverage whether they choose to or not. Without the provision and the revenue it would generate, the rest of the plan would collapse.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who was among the first to sign on to the legal challenge to the health care act, said, “There are limits to congressional power, and Congress has overstepped its limits here by forcing Americans to purchase health insurance, even against their will. No public policy goal, no matter how important or well-intentioned, can be allowed to trample the protections and rights guaranteed by our Constitution.” http://www.newscastmedia.com/gregabbott.html
Newscast Media AUSTIN, TX — On Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked loan servicing companies to suspend all foreclosure activities over concerns about the accuracy of foreclosure documents.
In a letter sent to 27 companies that service mortgage loans in Texas, Abbott’s office demanded the immediate suspension of foreclosures, selling foreclosed properties and evicting people living in those properties.
The letter asks that companies obey the moratorium at least through Oct. 15 – the deadline Abbott established for companies to identify any employees who participated in unlawful practices and assure the state that the targeted companies are following Texas laws.
The attorney general’s office is investigating mortgage lenders to determine the “full harm Texas homeowners have suffered,” according to a letter signed by Paul D. Carmona, the chief of the state consumer protection and public health division.
“We will be pushing forward with our investigation and inquiry,” attorney general spokesman Jerry Strickland said. “This is in the interest of homeowners who are feeling the effects of foreclosures.”
Other states are taking similar action. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley supports a 60-day moratorium on foreclosures there. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is calling on mortgage banks to suspend all pending foreclosures until their policies are reviewed. And in Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley said her office is investigating an “apparent failure of major creditors to follow state foreclosure law.”
The Texas request comes after several companies, including Bank of America Corp., suspended foreclosures following revelations of “robosigning,” a practice in which bank employees sign thousands of foreclosure documents a month without verifying their accuracy or even reading them. Some of the court documents have proven to contain inaccurate information or improper notarizations or signatures.
In his letter, Carmona described possible fraudulent practices by lenders, including signing thousands of documents per months, often without reading them; signing affidavits falsely claiming personal knowledge of facts or falsely claiming the signing party reviewed attached documents; and notarizing documents prior to their signing or when the signer was not present. http://newscastmedia.com/foreclosurefreeze.htm