Within Texas Politics discusses the deteriorating condition in Afghanistan. Plus, the Texas legislature ultimately passes a sweeping elections bill.
The situation in Afghanistan carries on to deteriorate. We are now roughly 48 hours absent from the Aug. 31 deadline established by President Biden to have all U.S. troops depart that state.
But Texas Congressman Jake Ellzey, elected this summer time to signify the state’s sixth congressional district, which incorporates parts of Arlington and Ellis, and Navarro counties in North Texas, informed Inside of Texas Politics that placing that deadline was part of the issue.
The retired U.S. Navy commander served in Iraq and Afghanistan also stated that there could have been much better strategy in the evacuations, as well, which include not trusting in the Taliban to supply safe passage to evacuees.
“The Taliban are not a reliable team, they are not the govt in cost, we need to never recognize them, nor must we at any time trust them,” Ellzey claimed.
“There are a variety of distinctive items tactically that I or any individual else in demand would have accomplished in a different way,” he included.
Ellzey stated applying an airport like Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport in north Kabul, which is surrounded by neighborhoods, “from a drive-safety and evacuation standpoint, just isn’t the preference that I would have made use of,” he claimed, including that rather, the United states need to have taken care of Bagram Air Foundation 30 miles to the north which Ellzey stated has two runways and is substantially much more quickly defended.
New Texas ‘think tank’?
A watchdog story the Texas Tribune has been digging on has discovered that The University of Texas (UT) Austin has been quietly operating with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick – and other conservatives – to generate a “limited government” think tank. It would instruct individual liberty, non-public organization and no cost marketplaces – between other things.
Stanford University has some thing related in California, but Stanford is a personal college. UT is general public.
Ross Ramsey, the co-founder and government editor of the Texas Tribune, discussed why the men and women associated are staying so secretive about this, and irrespective of whether – given that the point out legislature has now supplied $6 million to start off this – it is heading to become a actuality.
Border earn for previous president Trump
The U. S. Supreme Court docket ordered President Biden to reinstate former President Trump’s “Continue to be in Mexico” application for migrants. At concern is no matter if Biden followed the correct lawful approach in unwinding Trump’s method.
Texas voting monthly bill passes
The Texas legislature eventually passed improvements to point out voting laws: No more choices for 24-hour voting facilities. No generate-via voting. But there is a lot more obtain for partisan poll watchers – amongst other items.
So, what may Democrats do future?
Point out Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston) explained Democrats held out for as lengthy as they could to hold the invoice from passing, but made a daring prediction that the invoice will in fact harm – not help – Republicans.
“This invoice will really bite Republicans in the ass. I assurance it,” Wu predicted. “Republicans on average are like 10 decades more mature than Democrats on average. Republicans use mail-in ballots far a lot more than Democrats. Republicans overwhelmingly use early voting. Guess what this bill impacts?”
COVID in Texas
Gov. Greg Abbott has broadened his ban on vaccine mandates just as the surge in COVID circumstances throughout Texas is on the verge of breaking earlier documents. Will this spend off for Abbott, or motivate opposition?
“He is even now emphasizing particular liberty about general public health and fitness, and I hope a lot of health professionals and nurses throw up their palms and wander out if there just isn’t far more perform on public overall health,” predicted Bud Kennedy with the Fort Wroth Commence-Telegram.
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