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Gus Bova
Kansas-Texas transplant. Staff writer at the . Immigration, activism, politics. Se habla español. Tips: bova@texasobserver.org.
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Gus Bova 4h
Replying to @CandiceBernd
Right, like an AA misdemeanor. A duracell misdemeanor.
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Gus Bova 5h
Replying to @bova_gus
Bear in mind: From a border security perspective, South Texas is supposed to be the top priority.
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Gus Bova 5h
Replying to @bova_gus
I'm in touch with a landowner who -- logically -- should have had their land taken months ago. But nothing, not a word. It appears to me they've shifted focus to the southwest. Maybe they'll try & come back & bust out a big stretch in Texas later, if Trump is even still prez...
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Gus Bova 5h
Replying to @bova_gus
Construction is technically underway in a part of Hidalgo County. But essentially they've done brush-clearing on a small patch of federally-owned land.
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Gus Bova 5h
New border wall status report shows how far behind CBP is on wall construction in Texas. They're still acquiring real estate for RGV projects meant to start in February. And instead of building 33-37 miles with 2018 $, they're building 13 or 25, depending on how you read this
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Gus Bova 5h
Replying to @CandiceBernd
yeah, if the amendment survives, most protesters would face a higher-level misdemeanor than they normally do. right?
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Gus Bova 5h
Replying to @bova_gus
Which, tbh, you'd be facing a misdemeanor charge for trespassing anyway, though a lower-level one.
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Gus Bova 6h
Replying to @bova_gus
Also, in case you had missed it: Senate and House have to conference over the bill because Sen Hinojosa got an amendment that reduced the penalties for "impairing" or "interrupting" facilities. Under the amendment, most protesters would actually face misdemeanor charges, IMO.
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Gus Bova 6h
One interesting thing about Texas' anti-pipeline protest bill is the attempt to scare off organizations that might support the actions. If the protester is a pastor or a nun, I wonder if we'd see Texas taking churches to court.
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Sergio Chapa 21h
In a letter of support for Rio Grande LNG in Brownsville, Railroad Commission Chair Christi Craddick writes, "this project has immediate benefits for the South Texas region & long-term implications for the Permian Basin by allowing more exports & production..."
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Bob Libal 21h
Alternative title: How immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, and radical advocates took on the legal establishment and won
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Dick Lavine May 23
Legislature Restores Public's Right to Know via
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Gus Bova May 22
Replying to @bova_gus
The last one got us a whole Monthly write-up lol
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Gus Bova May 22
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Gus Bova May 22
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For example "Hostile Takeover: How the Koch brothers and their libertarian allies pushed their way into Texas Tech — and used public funds to do it."
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Gus Bova May 22
If y'all liked that piece just wait till you read our other stuff!!
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Gus Bova May 22
New AG Paxton opinion in: In Texas, a convicted felon who has completed their sentence must still get a pardon or judicial release in order to hold state or local public office. Query prompted by candidacy of .
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Gus Bova May 22
Also, this bill is dead. Died in Senate committee chaired by
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Gus Bova May 22
Replying to @bova_gus
It was interesting. Lots of funny rhetorical games -- also a way to potentially save Laredo from the real wall. The idea could maybe find a new life next session or with federal funding. Maybe. Anyhoo, RIP bill I was going to write about.
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Gus Bova May 22
Replying to @bova_gus
It was a bill with a long, strange life. It began as a Kyle Biedermann bill to make a slush fund for the governor to build the border wall. Then Poncho Nevarez got involved and it became more of an infrastructure bill for Webb and Maverick Counties.
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