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LeftInTX

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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Member since: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:45 AM
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About Me

Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Prosecutors Race to Keep Angel-of-Death Behind Bars

In Depth reading at Texas Monthly

http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/prosecutors-race-keep-angel-death-behind-bars/

I was in nursing school over there during this time. There was cover-up and scandal involved. No murder charges in San Antonio, but murder charges in Kerrville. It will be difficult to revive an old case. This case isn't "cold". Charges just were not brought at the time.

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Short article about yesterday's Grand Jury indictment of Jones:



Bexar County indicts baby-killing nurse Genene Jones in 36-year-old case:


A convicted child killer who is scheduled for release next year was indicted on a new murder charge Thursday by a Bexar County grand jury in the death of an infant in 1981.

Genene Jones, a former nurse at hospitals in San Antonio and Kerrville, is serving a 99-year sentence for killing Chelsea McClellan, who was 15 months old when she was given a fatal overdose of muscle relaxers in 1982.

Jones also was convicted in Bexar County of injury to a child/serious bodily injury and sentenced to 60 years in prison for giving an overdose to Rolando Santos in 1982. The infant, who was 4 weeks old, survived. The sentences are being served at the same time.A convicted child killer who is scheduled for release next year was indicted on a new murder charge Thursday by a Bexar County grand jury in the death of an infant in 1981.




http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Bexar-County-indicts-baby-killing-nurse-in-11174747.php

To all retired or retiring Texas teachers

TRS Care for 2018: Age 60-65 will have $4000 deductible - 80/20 plan. No other option
Age 65 and up: Humana Medicare Advantage - No other option
$1.5 billion dollar shortfall.

This is pretty devastating. One of our Indivisible leaders shared it on FB.

If you have Facebook you can follow TRTA's Live Event. I watched it this evening, but they keep archives on FB.

Next legislative session: They are coming for our pension

http://trta.org/legislation/legislative-updates/

Dan Patrick unconvinced by House action on bathrooms, property taxes

After threatening to force a special session of the Texas Legislature unless lawmakers approve a "bathroom bill" and property tax legislation, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick on Monday appeared to be unconvinced by the House's actions on the two issues.

"I share Governor Abbott's concern about the lack of a rollback provision in Senate Bill 669 on property taxes," Patrick said in a statement about a property tax measure the House passed Saturday. Patrick, like Gov. Greg Abbott, had indicated he wanted the House to approve Senate Bill 2, to require local governments that want to raise property taxes by 5 percent or more to get voter approval, but that proposal stalled in the House.

On the bathroom front, Patrick said he had concerns about the "ambiguous language" the House approved as an amendment Sunday to address bathroom use by transgender Texans in public schools because it "doesn't appear to do much." The measure the House approved would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by “biological sex.”

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/22/dan-patrick-unconvinced-house-action-special-session-threat/

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It isn't bigoted enough for Dan Patrick.
It doesn't "destroy the state" as much Steven Bannon, aka Dan Patrick, would like.

Amid special session threat, House eyes bathroom restrictions

by Alexa Ura May 21, 2017 2 hours ago

Efforts to force legislative overtime over the "bathroom bill" are dwindling.

Heading into the final stretch of the legislative session, the Texas House on Sunday is expected to consider legislation to regulate bathroom and locker use for transgender Texans. But House members are likely to stray from the broader proposals that have languished in their chamber and instead focus only on schools.

Some Republicans in the House are said to be eying Senate Bill 2078 — which focuses on school districts’ “multihazard emergency operations plans” — to amend with language that could nix school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies.

The chamber's last-minute traction on the bathroom legislation follows Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s threat to insist the governor call a special session of the Legislature unless lawmakers passed such a bill — which he has pushed for all session long, citing privacy concerns — as well as property tax legislation (The House on Saturday advanced a less aggressive tax proposal than the Senate had in mind).

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/21/amid-special-session-threat-house-eyes-bathroom-restrictions-schools/

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Just when we thought it was gone, it came back to life. Lack of funding for the "sunset safety net" is a reason for a Special Session. They should have just gone into a Special Session for the sunset commission.

Texas Sues Austin Officials for Calling "Sanctuary Cities" Ban Unconstitutional

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas' "show me your papers" bill into law, the state filed a lawsuit against the bill's biggest opponents.

On Monday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Austin's top city and county officials (including the entire city council, mayor, city manager, and sheriff) and civil rights organization MALDEF for calling Senate Bill 4 "unconstitutional" and being "publicly hostile to cooperation with federal immigration enforcement." It appears to be a preemptive move — the state said it believes these defendants will sue Texas regarding the new law's constitutionality.

"SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders,” Paxton said in a statement. “Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.”

http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2017/05/09/texas-sues-austin-officials-for-calling-sanctuary-cities-ban-unconstitutional

WTF???
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