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Texas' Hispanic population grew by 2 million in the past decade, on pace to be largest share of

Texas’ Hispanic population grew by 2 million in the past decade, on pace to be largest share of state by 2021

by Alexa Ura and Anna Novak, Texas Tribune

Texas’ Hispanic population has grown by more than 2 million since 2010, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, and the state's demographer now predicts that Hispanics will be the state's largest population group by mid-2021.

An annual gain of 201,675 between July 2018 and July 2019 pushed the count of Hispanic residents to more than 11.5 million, the census estimates show. Although annual growth has slowed slightly in recent years, the new figures put a sharp point on how quickly the Hispanic population continues to climb. The annual growth in Hispanic residents has outpaced the combined growth among white, Black and Asian residents every year since 2010.

Texas still has a bigger white population — up to 11.95 million last year — but it grew by just 36,440 last year and by about half a million since 2010. White population growth has been so sluggish this decade that the increase in the number of Asian Texans, who make up a small share of the total population, has almost caught up with the increase in white Texans.

The latest estimates could be the last to come in before lawmakers embark on redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative maps in 2021 to account for population growth — a fraught exercise that has previously led to drawn-out litigation over claims that new maps discriminate against voters of color who are behind the state’s growth. During the last redistricting cycle, Hispanics accounted for about 65% of that growth. With a year of growth left to be accounted for, their share of Texas’ population increase since 2010 is at nearly 54%.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/25/texas-hispanic-population-grows-2-million/amp/

Arrest Warrant Issued For Man Accused Of Assaulting Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff In Face Mask

Arrest Warrant Issued For Man Accused Of Assaulting Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff In Face Mask Dispute

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – An arrest warrant has been issued as the search continues for the man who assaulted Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff during a dispute over a mask requirement at a home improvement store in the city’s Northwest Side.

Wolff was in a checkout line at Lowe’s Home Improvement store on IH 10 near Callaghan Road Wednesday afternoon when he heard a customer arguing with a cashier who told him he should be wearing a face covering.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Garcia says Wolff tried to give the man a business card and offered to explain the importance of wearing a mask. Businesses that provide services or goods in San Antonio and Bexar County have been ordered to require customers and employees to wear face coverings.

“At that point, you can see in the video, the subject slaps the judge’s hand, committing assault,” said Garcia.

Read more: https://www.ktsa.com/county-judge-nelson-wolff-assaulted-at-store-by-customer-over-mask-dispute/

Texas' coronavirus positivity rate exceeds "warning flag" level Abbott set as businesses reopened

by Sarah R. Champagne and Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune

Seven weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott began allowing businesses to reopen, Texas exceeded another one of the his key metrics Wednesday when the seven-day average positivity rate passed 10%, a level that Abbott previously called a “warning flag.”

The positivity rate is the ratio of positive cases to the number of tests conducted. The seven-day average has returned to 10.42%, a level the state hasn’t seen since mid-April, when Texas was under a stay-at-home order. In other words, for the past week, an average of about 1 out of 10 people tested for the coronavirus were positive.

It’s the latest in a streak of rapidly increasing indicators that have worried public health experts and local officials in Texas.

“The outlook is not good,” said Rebecca Fischer, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. “We are in a super dire situation.”

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/24/texas-coronavirus-infection-rate/

*Over 5,000 cases served!

5,551 cases confirmed on Wednesday alone. 125,000 cases in Texas confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Federal court tosses suit brought by Texas Democrats seeking to revive straight-ticket voting

by Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Democrats’ effort to reinstate the straight-ticket voting option in Texas.

Siding with the state, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo found that Democrats lacked standing to challenge Texas Republicans’ decision to kill straight-ticket voting ahead of the November general election. The judge dismissed the federal lawsuit after ruling that Democrats’ claims of the electoral fallout that could come from eliminating straight-ticket voting were too speculative.

The Texas Democratic Party — joined by the chair of the Webb County Democratic Party and the Democratic campaign arms of the U.S. Senate and House — filed the lawsuit in March on the heels of Super Tuesday voting that left some Texans waiting for hours to cast their ballots.

They claimed the elimination of straight-ticket voting is unconstitutional and intentionally discriminatory because the longer lines and waiting times it is expected to cause would be disproportionately felt at polling places that serve Hispanic and Black voters.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/24/texas-straight-ticket-voting-lawsuit/

#AbbottResign trending nationwide Wednesday on Twitter for governor's COVID-19 response

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Users on the social media platform Twitter are calling for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to resign over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So many users are posting the hashtag #AbbottResign that it trended nationally Wednesday morning.

More than 17,000 tweets have been sent with the hashtag as of Wednesday morning, and most of them are saying that Gov. Abbott opened Texas too early as COVID-19 cases spike.

Another hashtag, #AbbottBetrayedTexas, is also being used with #AbbottResign.

Read more: https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/abbottresign-trending-nationwide-wednesday-on-twitter-for-governors-covid-19-response/

Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor?

Rumors are buzzing that Matthew McConaughey will run for governor of Texas. Could there be any truth to this?

The evidence appears flimsy at best. The actor and Texas native has never expressed any interest in running and the rumors are coming from blogs and talk radio. Much of the speculation appears to be fueled by the fact that McConaughey has been increasingly vocal on socio-political issues like racism and COVID-19 in recent months. Yet celebrities using their platform to express political opinions is hardly a unique phenomenon, and most celebrities who do so never run for office.

Yet the idea of McConaughey running for governor is not as crazy as it sounds and stranger things have happened in American politics.

First, it’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t at least have a shot at winning should he throw his hat in the ring. The Oscar-winner is one of the most well-known and popular actors working today, especially after the “McConaissance” of the early 2010s. McConaughey’s mix of name recognition, natural charisma, and easy-going persona would serve him well in politics. And should he run in 2022, he’d be facing a GOP incumbent wracked by an inept COVID-19 response in a state trending blue.

Read more: https://texassignal.com/will-matthew-mcconaughey-run-for-governor/

Trump and Cornyn are in trouble in Texas, new poll shows

President Trump and Sen. John Cornyn are facing tight re-election races in Texas this November, new polling released Tuesday shows.

Both presidential candidates are about even, according to a survey of 907 Texas voters last week by Progress Texas, a progressive media and advocacy organization.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows 46 percent of Texas voters would vote for Biden and 48 percent would vote for Trump.

It’s the third poll this month showing a tight race for Trump in Texas; two polls in early June, one by Public Policy Polling and another by Quinnipiac University, also showed Trump and Biden evenly matched in Texas.

Read more: https://texassignal.com/trump-and-cornyn-are-in-trouble-in-texas-new-poll-shows/

Cuyahoga County to pay $3 million settlement to Aniya Day-Garrett's father

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County will pay a $3 million settlement to Aniya Day-Garrett’s father, who accused the county of failing to protect the 4-year-old girl against abuse that led to her death.

The settlement, subject to approval by County Council, will be considered at Tuesday’s council meeting, according to an agenda item.

A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in April 2019 by Aniya’s father, Mickhal Garrett, who accused the county and two Euclid daycares of ignoring “clear signs of abuse and neglect” and failing to “protect a vulnerable child dependent upon [them] for protection.”

Aniya died March 11, 2018 after she suffered a stroke caused by blunt impacts to the head. She had scald marks on her feet and legs, a large bruise near her left eye and a cut on her face when she died.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/06/cuyahoga-county-to-pay-3-million-settlement-to-aniya-day-garretts-father.html

2020 U.S. National Jump Rope Championships

Cleveland will welcome the U.S. National Jump Rope Championships to Cleveland Public Auditorium in Downtown Cleveland. USA Jump Rope will invite individual competitors and teams from across the nation, including the local Cleveland Heartbeats to as far as Alaska, to compete at the Championship level.

Athletes will qualify at national and regional tournaments held in their home regions before traveling to Northeast Ohio. Approximately 500 competitors, family and friends will bring an estimated $1.3 million in economic impact to the community.

Competitions will consist of age division matches for Single Rope and Double Dutch events in both speed and freestyle for groups 10 and under through 50 and over. Other events will include a team show that consists of large group routines up to 30 competitors choreographed to music. The top scorers will continue to the Grand National Championship in which the "best of the best" compete, regardless of age division, for the title of Grand National Champion.

USA Jump Rope promotes healthy lifestyles, creates competitive opportunities and places an emphasis on jump rope as a life-time sport. The organization has over 4,000 members from over 150 jump rope teams across the United States.

Read more: https://www.clevelandsports.org/events/2020/06/24/2020-us-national-jump-rope-championships

The competition begins today at 9 a.m.

Developers Unveil Plans for Studio West 117, a Nonprofit Project and Complex to Support Cleveland's

Developers Unveil Plans for Studio West 117, a Nonprofit Project and Complex to Support Cleveland's LGBTQ Community

On the Lakewood/Cleveland border, two developers, Betsy Figgie and Daniel Budish, have been amassing close to 100,000 square feet of real estate over the last few months. The reasoning behind the acquisition? To form a brand new LGBTQ ecosystem for community members and businesses.

Studio West 117 will focus on philanthropy, health and wellness, arts and culture and entrepreneurship in a response to the needs of the local LGBTQ community. The space will house LGBTQ-oriented entertainment and dining venues alongside other LGBTQ businesses and social services.

Co-developer Daniel Budish, son of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, states, “This project will feature LGBTQ entertainment and drag on a large scale (think drag performances and brunches, dancing, and a new fieldhouse for sports and recreation), which will generate foot traffic and resources that can support LGBTQ businesses and services - ultimately increasing the ‘philanthropy pie’ for LGBTQ+ causes throughout Cleveland."

He cited the closure of Bounce as one motivation for wanting to create something new that could provide the sense of community and support the bar once did in Ohio City.

Read more: https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/06/23/developers-unveil-plans-for-studio-west-117-a-nonprofit-project-and-complex-to-support-clevelands-lgbtq-community
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