Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 26, Ed. 1 Monday, August 28, 2017 Page: 1 of 16
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Vol. 114, No. 26/ 16 pages, 3 sections
Losses on voter ID
laws lead state to
seek emergency relief
By Robert Barnes
The Washington Post
The state of Texas is in the midst of
an extraordinary losing streak in federal
courts over the way it conducts elec-
tions. It is hoping the Supreme Court
will come to the rescue.
In the past couple of weeks, federal
judges in four separate cases ruled that
the Texas Legislature discriminated
against minorities in drawing congres-
sional and legislative districts, setting
ID requirements for voters and even
regulating who can assist voters for
whom English is not their first lan-
Two courts are considering whether
the actions intended to discourage Afri-
can-American and Hispanic voters. If
the courts find that the efforts were in-
tentional, it could return Texas to the
kind of federal oversight from which
the Supreme Court freed it and other
mostly Southern states in the landmark
2013 decision in Shelby County vs.
As the decisions piled up, Texas At-
torney General Ken Paxton issued a
string of statements denouncing the
rulings, calling them “outrageous” and
On Friday afternoon, he went to the
Supreme Court for emergency relief
rather than comply with a ruling that
the state should call a special legislative
session to draw new7 electoral districts
in time for the 2018 elections.
The decision by a three-judge panel
ordering new districts “is not just
wrong, but egregiously so,” Texas told
the Supreme Court.
But Democrats and civil rights activ-
ists in the state say the seemingly end-
less litigation over voting laws and re-
districting decisions — and the come-
uppance from federal courts — are the
inevitable result of the Republican-led
“It’s been a bad month for Governor
Abbott and Attorney General Paxton,”
said state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, policy
chair of the Mexican American Legisla-
tive Caucus, a plaintiff in the lawsuits.
“Federal courts have issued three find-
ings of intentional discrimination by
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post
A resident floats his pets and belongings on an air mattress along Mercury Drive as he flees floodwaters at his home in Houston on Sunday.
Hurricane Harvey’s remnants sent devastating floods pouring into Houston as rising water chased thousands of people to higher ground.
Full extent of Harvey’s
into chilling focus
By Kevin Sullivan, Robert Samuels
and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux
The Washington Post
HOUSTON - The full extent of
Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath started
to come into chilling focus Sunday in
Houston and across much of central
Texas, as rain measured in feet, not
inches, overwhelmed lakes, rivers and
bayous, leaving several people dead
and thousands displaced in a weather
disaster described as “beyond any-
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Across the nations fourth-largest
city and suburbs many miles away, fam-
ilies scrambled to get out of their fast-
flooding homes. Rescuers — in many
cases neighbors helping neighbors —in
fishing boats, huge dump trucks and
even front-end loaders battled driving
David J. Phillip/AP
Houston police SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after
rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters Sunday in Houston.
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Over 100 gather at Confederate memorial
Hurricane Llarvey evokes
memories of Hurricane
for weekly protest
Warm and humid
Three-day forecast, 2A
By Julia Falcon
For the Denton Record-Chronicle
Every Sunday evening for the
past few7 weeks, the Denton United
Against Hate and Racism group
has been protesting at the Confed-
erate soldier memorial in front of
the Courthouse the Square.
Originally led by Denton
County NAACP President Willie
Hudspeth, often demonstrating
by himself or with just one other
person, for the past 17 years the
peaceful protests have carried on
rain or shine.
On Sunday, the crowd began
with a handful, then steadily grew
to over 100. As the march around
the courthouse went on, others
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COMICS & PUZZLES
Even as the Islamic State
group’s rale is being tom
down in Iraq, the seeds
are there for it — or a
successor extremist group
— to rise again one day.
Willie Hudspeth holds a sign at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton on Sunday evening to
protest the Jim Crow-era Confederate monument. Hudspeth has protested at this location every
Sunday for 17 years, and only recently has garnered increased support.
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