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Las Vegas Sands launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign to push for casinos in Texas

Las Vegas Sands launches multimillion-dollar ad campaign to push for casinos in Texas

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.The gaming empire Las Vegas Sands is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz to build support for its campaign to bring casinos to Texas.The company will begin airing TV and radio ads Thursday in the state's biggest markets, according to an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune. The news of the ads came the same day that a Texas House committee reviewed proposals to expand gambling in the state, including one being backed by Las Vegas Sands.The ads tell Texans that "billions of...

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Texas coronavirus cases haven't surged since Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask order. Experts warn it's too soon to celebrate.

Texas coronavirus cases haven't surged since Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask order. Experts warn it's too soon to celebrate.

More than a month has passed since Gov. ended virtually all statewide restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide, new coronavirus cases are on the rise as new variants of the virus spread. And about four-fifths of Texans are not yet fully vaccinated.But at least for now, the most dire predictions of a new major wave of cases in Texas have not come true, prompting a mix of theories from public health experts.Those experts caution that a major increase in cases could still come and it may still be too early to tell whether Abbott’s decisions to lift the statewide mask...

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Rick Perry returns to the Texas Capitol to pitch study of psychedelic drugs for PTSD in veterans

Rick Perry returns to the Texas Capitol to pitch study of psychedelic drugs for PTSD in veterans

Rick Perry, in a rare return to policy debates in Austin, is teaming up with a Democratic state lawmaker to push for psychedelic drug therapy for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.The former Republican governor is throwing his support behind a bill by state Rep. , D-Brownsville, that calls for a clinical study of psilocybin — the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" — to treat PTSD in veterans."To me, this may be one of the most hopeful pieces of legislation that the members of the Legislature have the opportunity to consider this session," Perry said in an interview...

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After falling short of Texas ambitions in 2020, national Democrats target two seats for 2022

After falling short of Texas ambitions in 2020, national Democrats target two seats for 2022

After setting the bar high last year in Texas, national Democrats are offering an initially cautious outlook for the U.S. House battlefield here in 2022.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that it will target two Republican-held districts in Texas — the ones currently held by Reps. of San Antonio and of Irving. They were one of 22 districts nationwide that the committee included on its 2022 target list, which it emphasized as preliminary due to redistricting.Last election cycle, the DCCC the centerpiece of its strategy to grow its House majority — and came up...

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush "seriously considering" run for attorney general, lays out case against Ken Paxton

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush "seriously considering" run for attorney general, lays out case against Ken Paxton

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Thursday he is "seriously considering" running for attorney general in 2022 — and detailed how he would challenge the incumbent, embattled fellow Republican ."There have been some serious allegations levied against the current attorney general," Bush said in an interview with Dallas radio host Mark Davis. "Personally I think that the top law enforcement official in Texas needs to be above reproach."Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew for President George W. Bush, went on to say a Paxton challenge would not be...

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Democrat Mike Collier is set to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again in 2022

Democrat Mike Collier is set to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again in 2022

Mike Collier, the 2018 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor who lost to Dan Patrick by 5 percentage points, is gearing up for another run.Collier is launching an exploratory committee to challenge Patrick again next year, though he said it is more of a "confirmatory" committee and that he is "intent on doing this.""This is a rematch, and it's all about holding Dan Patrick accountable," Collier said in an interview, arguing that two major recent events — the winter weather emergency and coronavirus pandemic — have shown "what poor leadership does in the state of Texas."Collier, a...

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will boycott Major League Baseball events after the league pulled its All-Star Game from Georgia

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will boycott Major League Baseball events after the league pulled its All-Star Game from Georgia

Gov. on Monday announced he would not throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers' home opening game and would boycott any other Major League Baseball events, citing the league's decision to pull its All-Star Game from Georgia in response to new voting restrictions there.In a to a top Texas Rangers executive, Abbott said he had been “looking forward to" tossing out the first pitch "— until [MLB] adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia.”“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political...

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GOP congressional candidate in Texas special election loses prominent supporters after racist comment about Chinese immigrants

GOP congressional candidate in Texas special election loses prominent supporters after racist comment about Chinese immigrants

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.A Republican candidate in the special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. , R-Arlington, is facing intense backlash and has lost two of her biggest supporters after saying she does not want Chinese immigrants in the United States.The comments by Sery Kim, a Korean American who served in the Small Business Administration under President Donald Trump, prompted California U.S. Reps. Young Kim and Michelle Steel to rescind their endorsements of her on Friday. Young Kim and Steel are the first Korean...

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South Texas emerges as political hotbed after Democrats underperformed there in 2020

South Texas emerges as political hotbed after Democrats underperformed there in 2020

South Texas is quickly shaping up to be the epicenter of the state's political universe in 2022, a notable shift after the two major parties spent the last two elections duking it out in the suburbs.There are ample unknowns, starting with redistricting. But the number of political attractions cropping up in South Texas are becoming numerous, especially after the news Monday that U.S. Rep. , D-Brownsville, would not seek reelection.Vela’s seat was already one of three in South Texas that national Republicans, emboldened after former President Donald Trump overperformed across the region last...

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate currently lacks the votes to pass permitless carry of handguns

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate currently lacks the votes to pass permitless carry of handguns

Lt. Gov. said Monday that the state Senate does not currently have the votes to pass permitless carry of handguns but that he will try to see if there is a "path" to change that.The news from the Republican presiding officer of the Senate came days after the House , commonly referred to as "constitutional carry" by supporters.“If we have the votes to pass a permitless carry bill off the Senate floor, I will move it," Patrick said in a statement. "At this point we don’t have the votes on the floor to pass it. I plan to meet with law enforcement who oppose permitless carry and with the...

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