News archive from 22 June 2018

Texas Democrats warn it will take more to win than anti-Trump message

FORT WORTH -- Anger at Donald Trump alone is not going to change Texas. That is becoming clear for Democrats as they meet in Fort Worth for their statewide convention to plan for the midterm elections and beyond. While frustration with Trump has...

Chron, 19:57 in Politics
 

What crossing the border looked like six to seven decades ago

As the Trump administration deals with the fallout of separating migrant families, it's tough to imagine a time when the U.S.-Mexico border wasn't the militarized, heavily-watched line that it is today. And while its true the creation of the border...

Chron, 22:13 in Politics
 

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products. Now, the world is punching back. The European Union is set Friday...

Chron, 22:13 in Politics
 

Colorado's independent voters get voice in party primaries

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters — the state's largest voting bloc — to participate in the major party primaries, thanks to a voter-passed initiative that coincided with disenchantment with the...

Chron, 03:09 in Politics
 

Pentagon agrees to provide space for 20,000 migrant children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday. The request for temporary shelter —...

Chron, 03:09 in Politics
 

Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as "pro-family"...

Chron, 03:30 in Politics
 

Gun control debate becomes neighborly affair at Texas Democratic Convention

FORT WORTH — The complications of the gun control debate for Democrats in Texas is hard to miss at the party’s statewide convention this week. In an exhibit hall at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Moms Demand Action, a group that is calling for...

Chron, 13:05 in Politics
 

Mayor Turner names new finance director for city of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner has nominated Houston's interim director of finance to that post permanently, lauding her oversight of Hurricane Harvey recovery funding and her 15 years of experience. Tantri Erlinawati-Emo joined the city in 2007 after four...

Chron, 15:43 in Politics
 

Texas budget board asks state agencies to slash 10 percent from future spending

AUSTIN — Texas’ Legislative Budget Board told state agencies Friday to slash 10 percent from their budget submissions for 2020-21 as lawmakers prepare for next year’s legislative session. State agency chiefs must submit a plan detailing how funds...

Chron, 16:27 in Politics
 

First lady's 'don't care' jacket is a gift to memers online

Now Playing: First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents. (June 21) Media: Associated Press NEW YORK (AP)...

Chron, 16:46 in Politics
 

Immigration turmoil widens political divide, turns into political leverage

WASHINGTON - Immigration turmoil reaching from the border to Capitol Hill has widened a political divide that both President Donald Trump and Democrats believe will work to their advantage in the midterm elections. On the border, the confusion over...

Chron, 17:01 in Politics
 

Sylvester Turner fires up Texas Democrats at party convention

FORT WORTH — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner showed Friday that he can fire up Democrats statewide like few others in Texas. The first-term mayor used a powerful oration to elicit one of the most raucous standing ovations from more than 7,000 people at...

Chron, 18:24 in Politics
 

Does the Democratic Party have the talent, money to carry the day?

FORT WORTH -- Michael Cooper wants to find more people willing to take a chance running for office like he did this year. He spent little more than $10,000 — much of it his own money — to wage a tight statewide battle for the Democratic party’s nod to...

Chron, 18:24 in Politics
 

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