Texas Legislature Passes Election Integrity Bill

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The Texas legislature passed an election integrity bill on Tuesday after weeks of back-and-forth between members of both parties in the state. 

Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott promised to sign the bill, as well, seemingly solidifying the GOP victory. 

Democrats in the state are continuing to press for the federal government to intervene in state elections in an effort to push back against the efforts of Republicans to secure elections. 

“We knew we wouldn’t be able to hold off this day forever,” Representative Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, said in a statement on Tuesday, per The New York Times. “Now that it has come, we need the U.S. Senate to act immediately.”

Republicans, on the other hand, have pressed that the legislation is necessary to ensure that elections are secure and people trust the results. 

“It is about ensuring that all Texans trust the outcome of every election in Texas,” Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said in a statement.

“Senate Bill 1 will make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Jim Murphy said in a statement last week, noting that the bill will “go a long way in ensuring the integrity of our elections.”

The Texas House passed the legislation earlier this week, and sent it to the Senate for final debate and revisions. 

As the Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday:

The legislation establishes new ID requirements for voting by mail, enhances protections for partisan poll watchers and sets new rules, and possible criminal penalties, for those who assist voters.

It also makes it a state jail felony for local election officials to proactively distribute applications for mail-in ballots, even if they are providing them to voters who automatically qualify to vote by mail or groups helping get out the vote.

Texas Democrats famously fled the state earlier this year in an effort to block Republicans from passing specific bills. Governor Greg Abbott called a special session in order for the legislature to resume its business. A few weeks ago, enough Democrats came back to the state house in order to conduct business. 

The Texas Tribune reported at the time: 

The margin was razor thin on Thursday and it was unclear for hours before gaveling in whether Republicans had gotten enough members in the chamber to begin their work. Ultimately, 99 members voted that they were present with 49 stated absences. (The regular 100-member threshold for a quorum dropped to 99 on Thursday after San Antonio Democrat Leo Pacheco’s resignation went into effect.) The House then adjourned until 4 p.m. on Monday after referring a slew of bills to committee.

As The Daily Wire reported, GOP House Speaker Dade Phelan stated at the time, “It’s time to get back to the business of the people of Texas.  I appreciate every one of you. I’m looking forward to working with you over the coming week or two.” 

“Some Democrats were angry that some of their colleagues had returned to the chamber. Rep. Michelle Beckley, noting that Democrats Garnet Coleman, Ana Hernandez, and Armando Walle had returned, tweeted, ‘This is how Texas Democrats lose elections,’” The Daily Wire noted. 

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Preparing for an emergency if you have pets

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Pentagon refutes reports claiming the US left military dogs in Kabul , World News | wionews.com

Pentagon refutes reports claiming the US left military dogs in Kabul

American Military dogs left behind in Kabul(Photo courtesy: @Gcracker3321) Photograph:( Twitter ) Aug 31, 2021, 02.19 PM (IST)

The  United States Department of Defense has refuted accusations that the American military abandoned dozens of military service dogs in Kabul prior to the last pullout from Afghanistan. 

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby tweeted that “to correct erroneous reports, the US military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs. The photos circulating online were of animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under our care,”. https://d-20680018101234407777.ampproject.net/2108192119000/frame.html

According to a spokesperson for the Defense Department, despite a continued difficult and dangerous retrograde mission, US personnel went to tremendous measures to help the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as they could. 

Since 2020, Kabul Small Animal Rescue has been affiliated with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a “veterinary clinic and non-profit organisation that has been aiding animals in Afghanistan.”

Watch: How US ‘demilitarised’ Humvees, C-RAM systems and aircraft at Kabul airport

The organisation “is dedicated to providing secure, healthy boarding options for their rescue partners, who support worldwide adoptions of Afghan cats and dogs,” according to its website.

They provide high-quality medical care to owned dogs as well as veterinary care, boarding, and adoption choices for injured or orphaned street animals through their veterinary clinic. 

Also Read: India evacuates three sniffer dogs, 150 ITBP personnel from embassy in Kabul

The photos of the imprisoned dogs had already sparked outrage on social media. The US government has been chastised by animal rights group “American Humane” for abandoning military contract working dogs in Kabul. The US decision was heavily panned on social media since the K-9 soldiers were left behind.

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The high price of freedom

Can we put a stamp on Biden and the rest of his clowns and send them to our enemies he’s really good at destroying countries

LEVEL 4 Travel advisory for Afghanistan… So you may want to cancel your vacation plans 🙄

“Gravitas: Thanks to America, Taliban now has an Air Force”