The Brief: Bathroom access? Border security? Abortion? It’s all in the budget amendments. – Texas Tribune

The Brief: Bathroom access? Border security? Abortion? It's all in the budget amendments.Texas TribuneBathroom access? Border security funding? Abortion? You'll find these issues and more in the 400-plus amendments Texas House members have filed as they prepare to consider the budget. Lawmakers are set to debate these amendments for hours on end …and more »

Senate begins debate on Gorsuch, headed for showdown

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured the votes to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee under current rules, putting the Senate on a partisan collision course over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment that could reverberate for decades. Debate over the 49-year-old appellate judge […]

Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them […]

Commissioner James Noack discussing County government’s ethics: “People around the State laugh at Montgomery County”

Image: A young political activist ponders Montgomery County’s government ethics. Conroe, April 4 – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack spoke before a large crowd of conservatives at the meeting of the Montgomery County Tea Party last night. Although Noack followed a town hall format where he took questions from the audience for most of […]

County Attorney Lambright: “You can carry handguns into the Sadler Administration Building; call my office if you have a problem”

Conroe, April 4 – County Attorney J.D. Lambright made clear during a meeting of the Montgomery County Tea Party last night, “You can carry handguns into the Sadler Administration Building. Call my office if you have a problem.” Lambright’s strong pro-gun carrying stance is important but seems to contradict the practice inside the Sadler Administration […]

Redemption: Tar Heels take NCAA title, 71-65, over Gonzaga

EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It’s OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes. An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they’ve been waiting an entire year to celebrate. Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left […]

Johnson murdered!

Conroe, April 3 – The Conroe Police Department announced that on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 9:15pm, Conroe Police Officers responded to a shots fired call at Tall Timbers Apartment complex, located at 1101 South Seventh Street, in Conroe. Officers discovered a deceased male from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Kevin Williams […]

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Constitutionality hearing concludes, Judge Clapp to rule by Friday, hints of the Scopes “monkey” trial

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Constitutionality hearing concludes, Judge Clapp to rule by Friday, hints of the Scopes “monkey” trial

Image: Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp. Conroe, April 3 – The pretrial constitutionality challenge by criminal defendants Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and political consultant Marc Davenport concluded this afternoon at 2:26 p.m. Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp announced that he will issue a ruling by Friday, April 7, […]

The TOMA Trial: Prosecution expert White, lawyers spar over constitutional matters

Conroe, April 3 – In the Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) constitutionality challenge by criminal defendants Craig Doyal (County Judge), Charlie Riley (Precinct 2 County Commissioner), and Marc Davenport (private consultant), the late morning sparring between attorneys and expert witness Joel R. White, a First Amendment and media attorney testifying for the State, was largely […]

The Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Prosecution begins case in constitutionality pretrial hearing with former Houston councilman Rodriguez

Conroe, April 3 – The prosecution in the TOMA Trial, the Trial of the 21st Century, began its presentation to attempt to argue for the constitutionality of the Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) with former Houston City Councilman James Gilbert Rodriguez. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and local political […]