Month: June 2018

Texas Observer: Williamson County Votes to End Contract with Detention Facility Holding Separated Mothers

Located about 35 miles northeast of Austin, the facility was previously a jail and has long been the subject of protest and litigation from civil rights groups. In 2009, after a lawsuit exposed poor treatment of detainees, the Obama administration stopped incarcerating children at the center and converted it to a women’s lockup. However, activists …

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SAEN: Justices’ ruling on political districts mixed, 5-4 decision mostly favors state’s stance

One of the congressional districts under challenge in Texas was Congressional District 35, a heavily-Hispanic stretch running from Austin to San Antonio represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett. The other was District 27, which was recently vacated by Corpus Christi Republican Blake Farenthold, who resigned amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations. Doggett said it may …

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AAS: Flurry of bills to fight opioid crisis fall short, Texas lawmaker says

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, on the House floor this week compared a slate of bills targeting the opioid epidemic to the equivalent of using a garden hose to fight a wildfire. Congress is considering more than 30 bills to address what health experts have characterized as an ongoing crisis. More than 42,000 people died …

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AAS: Over 200 rally at Capitol against family separations at border

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat who represents parts of Travis County, sent a representative from his office and issued a statement that called the new policy “horrifying.” “This policy change will likely mean deportation and a death sentence for far too many of these separated women and even children, who have fled domestic and …

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SA Current: Here’s Why Gov. Abbott’s School Safety Discussion Was Little More Than Show

To Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Governor Greg Abbott’s recently completed roundtable on school safety had a familiar ring. It reminded him of President Trump’s “listening session” earlier this year with the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Trump’s session provided a top-of-the-fold photo op, but it only resulted in a single concrete effort to rein …

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