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A White House official and a Pelosi aide both tested positive for COVID-19 after attending same reception

A White House official and an aide to Pelosi have both tested positive for COVID-19, per Axios. The Pelosi aide led a group of Texas state Democratic legislators around the Capitol this week. The White House official and the Pelosi aide attended the same reception last week. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. A Biden White House official and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to Axios.The Pelosi aide led a group of Texas state Democratic legislators, who had fled the Lone Star State for Washington, DC, to deny Republicans a quorum on a restrictive voting bill...
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3 Texas Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to block GOP bills tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington, DC

Texas House Democrats fled the state earlier this week to block GOP bills. Three of the lawmakers, all of whom were vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 while in DC. It is rare but possible for vaccinated people to get COVID-19, but cases are typically mild. See more stories on Insider's business page. Three Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday while in Washington, DC, the Texas House Democratic Caucus said in a statement Saturday.The lawmakers fled Texas in a dramatic walkout earlier this week to block a number of Republican bills from passing in a legislative special s...
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A Texas family of 5 was charged in breaching the Capitol after one member posted on social media:’Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital’

A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot. The Munn family was placed at the Capitol using CCTV footage inside the building and their social media posts and conversations, according to court documents. According to court documents, one of them wrote on Facebook: "Holy s--- we were inside the f---ing capital!" See more stories on Insider's business page. A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot after prosecutors used CCTV footage and found social media placing them at the Capitol, including one post that said, "Holy s--- we were inside the f--- ing capital [sic...
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Kamala Harris: Democratic lawmakers organizing Texas walkout are’standing for the rights of all Americans’

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday voiced support for Texas Democrats' plan to reportedly flee the state. Lawmakers reportedly plan to leave the state to block GOP bills by preventing the needed legislative quorum. Harris said the lawmakers showed "extraordinary courage and commitment.' LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Texas Democratic lawmakers will flee the state in a dramatic walkout to block a laundry list of GOP priorities, reports say

Democrats in the Texas State House will flee the state en masse to block conservative bills, per reports. Gov. Greg Abbott convened a special session to pass voting restrictions and other legislation. Democrats are now aiming to deny the legislative quorum necessary to move forward on the bills. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives are leaving the state in a dramatic walkout to block a number of conservative priorities from passing in a legislative special session, VoteBeat, The New York Times, and NBC News report. Gov. Greg Abbott convened the special session, which began Jul...
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GOP Gov. Greg Abbott says drive-thru voting could lead to’coercive’ passengers, defends Texas voting restrictions

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday defended the proposed GOP-led Texas voting restrictions. On "Fox News Sunday," Abbott told Chris Wallace that the legislation would not suppress voters of color. Abbott took aim at drive-thru voting, decrying a possible "coercive effect" from passengers. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Texans reportedly waited 17 hours and until the middle of the night to testify on GOP voting restrictions bill

People in Texas who wanted to testify about a bill that would introduce new voting restrictions waited for 17 hours, the Texas Tribune reported. Nearly 300 people — mostly opposed to the legislation — signed up to testify about the bill, according to the report. The GOP-backed legislation in the state would limit 24-hour voting, drive-thru voting, and voting-by mail. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Texas Democrats reportedly weigh leaving state to block Republican-led voting bill

Texas Democratic lawmakers have weighed leaving the state over the GOP election bill, per the NYT. In May, Democrats were able to temporarily halt passage of the bill by denying Republicans a quorum. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has made the election overhaul a top priority this year. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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The Supreme Court gave Texas Republicans a boost as the state legislature takes up hotly-contested voting bills

Texas lawmakers are taking up legislation to tighten voting and election rules in a special session. And conservatives in the legislature got a boost from a major Supreme Court decision. The court raised the bar to prove racial discrimination in voting under the Voting Rights Act. See more stories on Insider's business page. Texas lawmakers are reconvening for a special session beginning Thursday to take on a laundry list of conservative priorities including election reform — and Republicans in the legislature just got a boost from the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court took up the case Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee ...
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A Texas restaurant CEO says the price of chicken has rocketed from $55 a case to $118 amid the labor shortage — and he’s lost up to 20% of his workforce to larger chains

Layne's Chicken Fingers is paying $118 for a case of chicken, up from $55 pre-pandemic, its CEO said. The Texas chain says suppliers' slaughterhouses are understaffed, which is causing price spikes. Layne's is struggling for staff too: a fifth have left for larger companies such as Walmart. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Texas chicken chain with eight restaurants recently paid $118 for a single 50lb case of chicken — up from its pre-pandemic price of $55, its CEO told Insider. The US labor shortage is to blame for the spike in prices, according to Garrett Reed, who owns the Layne's Chicken Fingers brand. "The labor...