Author: East Texas Review

SENATE APPROVES VOTER ID MODIFICATIONS

By Richard Lee The Senate on Monday tentatively passed a bill that would bring Texas Voter ID law into compliance with federal court rulings. Passed originally in 2011, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last July that the law requiring use of a government photo ID violated provisions of the Voting Rights Act. In order to update the law and allow enforcement, SB 5, by Houston Senator Joan Huffman, would bring the law into compliance with the ruling. Huffman believes her bill meets the standards laid out by the court while protecting against voter fraud. “The intent of Senate Bill 5 is to follow all constitutional direction that we’ve received from the federal courts to achieve a bill that is fair to all who want to vote, yet retains the integrity of the vote,” she said. The bill would expand a pilot program that created mobile ID certification service that offers an ID suitable for voting at no charge. It would also create a way for people without a photo ID to still vote a full ballot. A person would have to sign an affidavit affirming that they have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID, such as a lack of transportation, work schedule, or lack of a birth certificate. Then they would present an official document verifying their name and address, like a bank statement, pay...

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Freedom Caucus, Today’s Abolitionists

By Star Parker The House Freedom Caucus and its chairman, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, are taking flak, many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care Act. With all other Republicans on board, a big assumption, the votes of the 29 members of the Freedom Caucus could have made the difference in passing the legislation. But they refused to support it. Should they be chastised as obstructionists? Are they childish idealists who don’t grasp that politics is about the “art of the deal”? Some go beyond suggesting that these conservatives are naive....

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MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR MAMA?

By Austin R. Cooper/NNPA Newswire Columnist During the summer before the election, then-presidential nominee Donald Trump, added this message to his speeches: “You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs; 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” It was an attempt to appeal to Black voters. Needless to say, this was an unusual way of trying to expand his political base among a constituency that had not shown much support for the GOP in recent years. President Trump is perhaps the first political candidate to knowingly insult the very ones to whom he was appealing for votes. What also made these appeals to African-Americans outside of the norm, and even bizarre, is that they were often made before predominantly, White audiences. After reviewing the president’s first budget proposal, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” his question of “What the hell do you have to lose?” can now be more broadly posed beyond African-Americans. Based on his fiscal priorities, many Americans, including a significant number of those who voted for him, stand to lose a great deal. Unfortunately for some, Hell might seem like a better alternative than trying to survive under some of the president’s proposed cuts. Take, for example, the “Meals on Wheels” Program. The president’s budget identified steep cuts...

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Pirates shines at UIL

Calculator Applications Chris Schaetz – 1st place individual, earned a medal, and advancing to Regionals Chris Schaetz, Audrey Soltau, Samuel Gonzalez, and Callisto Davis – 2nd place team, earned medals, and earned Wild Card slot advancing to Regionals Current Events Colby Holloman – 3rd place individual, earned a medal, and advancing to Regionals Feature Writing Hannah Hunt – 2nd place individual, earned a medal, and advancing to Regionals. Lincoln-Douglas Roshni Edalur – 5th place individual, earned a medal Mathematics Chris Schaetz – 3rd place individual, earned a medal and advancing to Regionals Number Sense Chris Schaetz – 2nd place individual, earned a medal and advancing Regionals...

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Registration for Glass Rec’s Summer Camp opens April 3

Summertime is quickly approaching and some may need a place for their child to spend their summer days! The City of Tyler’s Glass Recreation Center’s (GRC) Summer Camp is perfect for children to spend their time playing, learning and building lifelong friendships in a safe, supervised environment. GRC Summer Camp is for children ages six to ten and will include fun-filled activities like sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, an education enrichment program, special events and much more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day of the camp by the East Texas Food Bank Summer Food Program.   ...

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