Politics

Michael Mooney
May 11, 2022 - Politics

Trump and McCarthy appear together at Dallas fundraiser

Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy
Former President Trump and Kevin McCarthy in California in 2020. The two men appeared together in Dallas this week. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared together at a Dallas fundraiser this week, praising each other repeatedly at the event.

Why it matters: Trump used the event to continue his baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen, which has become a lucrative fundraising tactic for Trump-supporting Republicans across the country.

Michael Mooney
May 3, 2022 - News

"Trigger law" would ban abortion in Texas if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Data: Axios Research; Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

A so-called "trigger law" that would go into effect in 30 days if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade would make performing abortion a felony in Texas.

Driving the news: According to a draft opinion obtained by Politico — which Axios cannot independently verify — the U.S. Supreme Court intends to overturn the landmark 1973 case, reversing five decades of constitutional protection for abortion.

Michael Mooney
Apr 26, 2022 - Politics

New GLAAD ad features Texas family with transgender kid

A mom in her kitchen
Amber Briggle in the new GLAAD ad airing in Texas — and all over the country. Screenshot courtesy of GLAAD.

A new ad from GLAAD features the North Texas mother of a transgender child describing their family.

  • "If you've never met a family with a transgender child before," Amber Briggle tells the camera in the new ad airing all over the country, "what I want you to know is that that child is no different than yours."

Why it matters: Trans kids and their families have become a focal point for conservative politicians running for re-election.

Michael Mooney
Apr 13, 2022 - News

Herschel Walker's therapist has a controversial history

Herschel Walker in a red polo
Before running for office, Herschel Walker was a running back for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Dallas Cowboys. Photo: Brett Davis/Getty Images

Jerry Mungadze, the North Texas therapist Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker credits with his mental health recovery, has a history of controversial statements and treatments, including a variation of "conversion" therapy and a belief that choice of crayon color can reveal whether a patient has been possessed by a demon.

Why it matters: Walker's mental health and recovery have been a pivotal component of his campaign and a focus of both supporters and opponents.

Crypto traders bet big on Jasmine Crockett's run for Congress

Data: OpenSecrets; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

State Rep. Jasmine Crockett's campaign has been boosted by the second-highest amount of special interest money spent on House candidates during this election cycle, according to financial data compiled by OpenSecrets.

Why it matters: Crypto fund managers seemingly believe Crockett — who barely missed winning the Democratic primary in U.S. House Texas District 30 without a runoff — could be an ally in the fight against the Biden administration's effort to regulate currencies like Bitcoin.

Trump-endorsed Texas House candidate under investigation over opponent’s looted signs

A political sign for Paul Chabot
Some of Chabot's signs are still standing. Photo courtesy of Cormac West.

Two Republican candidates in a runoff for a state House seat in Collin County, Texas, are feuding over missing and vandalized signs — leading to a Texas Rangers investigation, a prosecutor's recusal and the possibility of felony charges against a Dallas police officer.

Driving the news: Paul Chabot, who received 36.6% of the vote and finished second in the March Republican primary for the newly constituted House District 61, tells Axios dozens of his campaign signs have been stolen or defaced and that he was interviewed by the Texas Rangers.

Michael Mooney
Mar 23, 2022 - Politics

Pelosi pushes Texas prescription drug pricing program

Rep. Allred looking lovingly at Rep. Pelosi in Dallas
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Colin Allred in Dallas this week. Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Allred

Leaders from both political parties have expressed desires to lower the cost of prescription medication in Texas, but their approaches differ greatly.

Why it matters: Texas is one of only a dozen states that hasn’t expanded its Medicaid program. The state has the highest number of uninsured residents and the highest percentage of its population uninsured.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Mar 22, 2022 - News

Report: Abbott’s Texas border security effort fudges crime numbers

Construction work on the border wall in Texas
A section of the wall between Mexico and Texas under construction near Eagle Pass. Photo: Nick Wagner/Xinhua via Getty Images

Gov. Greg Abbott has touted the success of his $3 billion effort to secure the Texas-Mexico border by claiming arrests and crimes that weren’t connected to the operation, according to a ProPublica investigation.

Why it matters: Operation Lone Star costs taxpayers more than $2.5 million a week and is a cornerstone of Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign.

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