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Rep. White bill requiring transparency on voting devices approved in Senate committee

A bill authored by an East Texas legislator which would require the disclosure of the ownership interest of voting devices is ready for Senate passage after passing the committee phase.

  Rep. White bill requiring transparency on voting devices passes in prelim House vote

Rep. Ashby bill requiring flood history for oil disposal gets final OK in House

Rep. Ashby broadband bill, with amendments, gets Senate passage

  Rep. Ashby bill requiring flood history for oil disposal passes prelim vote in House

Rep. Ashby bill investing alcohol sales tax to specialty courts passes House

Rep. White bill prohibiting officers from using choke holds passes committee

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Rep. White bill to upgrade 911 service passes committee

  Rep. Ashby’s broadband bill nears Senate passage after committee OK

Rep. White bill requiring transparency on voting devices passes committee

Rep. Ashby bill investing alcohol sales tax to specialty courts passes committee

Rep. White’s ballot paper trail bill gets committee OK

  Ashby’s broadband bill gets final passage in Texas House

  Ashby’s broadband bill passes House in unanimous prelim vote

Rep. Trent Ashby’s bill has passed unanimously in the Texas House in a preliminary vote on Thursday.

  WATCH: Rep. White presents ballot paper trail bill to committee

Rep. James White has laid out legislation which would require a paper record after voting on electronic machines.

  Rep. Ashby, speaker promote health legislation on eve of broadband bill presentation

Rep. Trent Ashby joined Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan and other legislators to promote his broadband bill as health care legislation.

Lt. Gov. Patrick has a stern message for people who label election bill as ‘suppressive’

Defending SB 7 the Election & Ballot Security Bill

  WATCH: State Rep. White presents bill on upgrading 911 service

  Rep. Ashby bill requiring flood history for oil disposal passes committee

WATCH: Governor Abbott news conference on broadband access across Texas March, 29

  Rep. Ashby’s broadband bill gets OK from committee

After House stalls on readjusting electricity prices, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urges Gov. Greg Abbott to use emergency powers

  WATCH: Rep. Ashby introduces broadband bill to committee

  State Sen. Hughes bill on ERCOT pricing flies through senate approval

The Texas Senate has passed a bill to force ERCOT to reprice billions of dollars it charged power companies.

  Rep. Cole Hefner authors bill giving school security personnel liability protection

On Friday, East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner joined East Texas Now and expanded upon a bill he introduced in Austin on Feb. 10.

  Rep. Ashby files bill to require flooding history consideration for disposal sites

District 57 State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, has filed a bill that would require the Texas Railroad Commission to look at the history of flooding in the past 10 years when it considers granting a permit to build a pit for the disposal of commercial oil and gas.

  Rep. White files bill to allow volunteer emergency personnel to carry handguns

State Rep. James White has filed a bill meant to allow certain first responders to be able to carry handguns.

Republican group targets Gohmert, Cruz with Tyler billboards

If you’re looking for a sign that Sen. Ted Cruz or U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert should resign from office, you may have seen it on Loop 323 in Tyler.

Rep. Dean files bill prohibiting government from limiting religious services

State Representative Jay Dean has filed a bill to protect religious services from being limited by government bodies and officials.

Sen. Cruz reintroduces amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, along with other Republican Senators, has reintroduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would impose term limits on members of Congress.

  WATCH: White House Correspondent Jon Decker discusses President Biden’s agenda

Gray TV White House Correspondent Jon Decker appeared on East Texas Now Friday to discuss President Biden’s agenda.

Kilgore College Rangerettes to be featured in virtual Inaugural Parade

The virtual parade will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

  WATCH: ABC News’ Rick Klein discusses impeachment, inauguration

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein appeared on East Texas Now Thursday to discuss the latest news out of Washington.

US Attorney: Demonstrators committing crimes at state capitol to be charged, prosecuted swiftly

“Those who intend to commit crimes at the Texas State Capitol, rather than peacefully demonstrate, can expect to be met with a swift response by law enforcement and prosecution by our office.”

See how your congressmen voted on state objections

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, members of the US House of Representatives as well as the Senate convened to certify the states’ electoral vote counts.

  Congressman Gohmert describes scene inside US Capitol as breach was made

‘Violence is not the way you resolve things,” Gohmert said.

Gohmert appeals Pence lawsuit to SCOTUS

Louie Gohmert is appealing his lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence to the Supreme Court.

Sen. John Cornyn explains why he won’t contest election results

Senator John Cornyn has released a statement explaining his stance on Wednesday’s planned certification of state’s election results and why he does not plan to object to the certification of the results.

Federal judge dismisses Gohmert lawsuit to stop Biden presidency

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert and others against Vice President Mike Pence to allow Pence to attempt to stop a Joe Biden presidency.

VP Pence asks court to reject Gohmert lawsuit

Lawyers for Vice President Mike Pence have filed documents asking the court to deny an effort by US Rep. Louie Gohmert and others to empower Pence to deny electors in the presidential election.

  Gohmert says election lawsuit has definite chance to prevail

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) apparently reached out to Vice President Mike Pence prior to filing suit against him earlier this week.

East Texas US Representatives say nay to $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 9051, which would increase the amount people received from COVID-19 relief checks from the $600 amount already passed to $2,000.

  ABC News political director talks election, stimulus package, presidential transition

Klein spoke about President Trump’s political motivation with the challenges to the election.

ABC political news director discusses election lawsuits, latest COVID-19 negotiations

Klein said there are no new findings in the lawsuits concerning the election, including the suit being brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

  WATCH: ABC political director Rick Klein discusses the White House transition process

ABC political director Rick Klein spoke about the transition of power to President-elect Biden as President Trump continues to fight the election results in court.

East Texas lawmaker files bill to reduce child trauma in foster care

Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, and Representative James B. Frank, R-Wichita Falls, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, today filed joint legislation aimed at reducing the cycle of trauma that many children experience in foster care

  SFA scholars express importance of Kamala Harris to new generation of female leaders

Kamala Harris offered an inspirational message to America’s women, and more specifically, Black women.

  Southeast Texas state rep claims he has votes for house speaker; Ashby supports opponent

District 21 Texas House Rep. Dade Phelan has announced he has enough votes from fellow Republicans to be the next house speaker.

  ABC news political director talks critical swing states, changes in polling

ABC news political director Rick Klein spoke with KLTV’s Sydney Shadrix about this week’s political developments.

Texas voters have to wear masks while voting despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s exemption, federal judge rules

The judge ruled that the exemption to Abbott’s statewide face mask mandate put a discriminatory burden on Black and Latino voters. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is poised to hear an appeal.

President Trump tweets about flags in Lufkin trees

President Trump mentioned Lufkin in a Tweet Tuesday.

Voter info: All contested East Texas races

Here are the races you’ll see on your ballot, either in early voting or on election day. East Texas (KLTV/KTRE) - Here are the races you’ll see on your ballot, either in early voting or on election day.

Know Your Candidate: How each presidential candidate responds to the issues

Part 3: Fossil fuel use, tariffs on China, troops in the Middle East, and right to abortion

  How to turn off Facebook voter registration prompts

This guide will help you stop the voter registration prompts you receive on Facebook

UT Tyler political science professor gives perspective on high early voting numbers

Owens said compared to previous elections there is a high number of early voter turnout nationwide and the competitive races down the ballot are driving higher numbers at the polls.

  72 ballots missing school board, bond info in Huntington on first day of early voting

Huntington ISD’s Superintendent David Flowers says he was called out of his office twice yesterday when voters had complaints. The first man said he and his wife’s ballots were missing the two issues.

  Voters in Nacogdoches eager to cast their ballots on first day of early voting

Based on this first day turnout, thousands of voters have formed their opinions.

Know Your Candidate: How each presidential candidate responds to the issues

Voters will decide between four presidential candidates who are vying for 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

  WATCH: ABC News political director comments on Supreme Court nomination

Klein confirmed that President Trump wants to see a judge confirmed before the election.

‘Unacceptable’: Texas bars advocate slams governor’s decision following new guidelines

The founder and President of the Texas Bar and Nightlife Association (TBNA) released a statement decrying new opening guidelines outlined by Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday.

  Mail-in ballots delayed after ruling in favor of Green Party candidates

The ruling is the latest in a series of court battles nationwide over third-party candidates and ballot access.

WATCH: ABC News political director reviews DNC, previews upcoming RNC

ABC News political director Rick Klein appeared on East Texas Now Wednesday.

WATCH: Democratic National Convention to get underway at 8 p.m.

The Democratic Party will convene, sort of, amid a pandemic that has upended the usual pomp and circumstance of presidential nominating conventions.

Gilbert campaign releases video showing assault

Hank Gilbert’s campaign has released a YouTube video showing a staff member getting punched at dueling protests Sunday.

  WATCH: Congressman Gohmert confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, says he’s ‘totally asymptomatic'

East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has tested positive for coronavirus.

  Political parties in Nacogdoches County share opposing views on how to approach party conventions

Not only do they share different political beliefs, but also differing opinions on how best to handle party business.

  Rep. Gohmert calls for Congress to ban Democrats, due to past position on slavery

Rep. Louie Gohmert has introduced a resolution calling for Congress to to ban any political organization or party that has ever held a public position supportive of slavery or the Confederacy.

Shreveport mayor announces run for U.S. Senate seat

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins is campaigning for a spot in the U.S. Senate.

WATCH: ABC News’ Rick Klein speaks on President wearing mask, Mary Trump’s new book

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein spoke to KLTV’s Sydney Shadrix on Wednesday.

  WATCH: ABC political director comments on the presidential campaign

Klein comments on President Trump’s campaign, and Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s running mate choice.

  WATCH: Gov. Greg Abbott discusses property taxes, what’s next for the economy

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with East Texas News’ Blake Holland to discuss the continued reopening of the Texas economy.

  Nacogdoches political parties sticking to convention schedule despite COVID-19 concerns

The two major parties are sticking with the schedule to conduct party conventions on March 21.

  5 questions for next Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg’s 1st

There’s a new kid in town for the ninth Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg, the self-funding billionaire presidential candidate.

  Party officials explain how ideas become propositions, what East Texas voters can expect in March

Texas is one of 14 states to participate in Super Tuesday.

President Trump tweets support for Pete Rose into HOF

The President made the case that Rose, who is currently banned, should be in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump’s defense team wraps up arguments in impeachment trial

President Trump’s defense team will wrap up their arguments in his impeachment trial during Tuesday’s session.

WATCH LIVE: President Trump’s defense team argues their case during impeachment trial

President Trump’s impeachment trial continues on Monday has his defense resumes its case.

WATCH: Democrats finish opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial

The Democrats’ opening arguments will come to a close during Friday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

WATCH: Opening arguments continue in President Trump’s impeachment trial

The second day of arguments is set to begin on Thursday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

LIVE: President Trump’s impeachment trial resumes in the Senate

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to resume on Wednesday afternoon in the Senate chambers.

  Nacogdoches groups push for voter registration and send reminders of Election 2020 deadlines

The idea was to make sure students could cast their vote when the time came.