Both in court and under Trump, Texas Voter ID law faces uncertain future
Whom President-elect Donald Trump appoints to a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat and how his Justice Department will differ from President Obama's could determine whether Texas' 2011 Voter ID law survives.
Under Trump, new questions about mental health benefits in Texas
As Republicans prepare to dismantle Obamacare, mental health advocates are worried that benefits for counseling and substance abuse treatment will be lost in the shuffle.
UNT Dallas law school gets second chance to earn accreditation
The school is fighting a recommendation that it not be accredited, which would prevent its graduates from taking the Texas bar exam and practicing in the state.
Laredo mayor, city manager congratulate Trump, ask for meeting
A week after acknowledging some of his constituents are anxious and perplexed over the election of Donald Trump, the mayor of Laredo has sent a congratulatory note to the president-elect.
Cornyn, Senate majority whip, watches and waits for Trump appointments
Even though U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will be tasked with rounding up confirmation votes, he told reporters on Wednesday that he is not looped in on coming Trump appointments.
Legislator, A&M chancellor spar over nixed campus merger talks
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp and state Rep. J.M. Lozano exchanged criticism Wednesday over a quashed proposal to merge Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Big Story
On Wednesday, the State Board of Education voted 14-0 to deny the adoption of a Mexican-American studies textbook that opponents deemed racist and inaccurate. Here's the story so far:
• The textbook, titled "Mexican American Heritage," was the only submission the board received after putting out a call in 2015 for textbooks for high school social studies classes, including Mexican-American studies. The board unanimously voted Tuesday morning to accept more bids for ethnic studies textbooks for 2018, which could include Mexican-American studies.
• On Tuesday, Hispanic activists, scholars and state officials gathered in the lobby of the Texas Education Agency to protest the controversial textbook. Among their concerns was that the textbook would perpetuate the “hatred” against Hispanics stirred up after the recent presidential election of Donald Trump.
• A committee of professors and high school teachers pinpointed more than 140 factual, “interpretive,” and “omission” errors in the book. University of Texas at Austin professor Emilio Zamora, who was part of that committee, said Wednesday that he is working with a co-author to negotiate a contract with a publisher on a Texas Mexican-American studies textbook. While the textbook meets all requirements of the Texas Board of Education’s bid for textbooks, board members who oppose the book said the factual errors are unacceptable.
• The board will take a final vote Friday; however, the board's 14-0 vote on Wednesday has opponents of the book confident. “The unanimous vote by the board today is an amazing victory for everyone who showed how inaccurate the book was,” Zamora said.
What We're Reading
(Links below lead to outside websites; content might be behind paywall)
For white nationalists, Trump win a dream come true, says alt-right leader from Dallas, The Dallas Morning News
Will massive shale play herald a new West Texas oil boom?, Austin American-Statesman
Uber, Houston come to agreement, for now, Houston Chronicle
In San Antonio, defense secretary says Trump team hasn’t yet visited Pentagon, San Antonio Express-News
Adler: Anti-racism task force will focus on barriers, not individuals, Austin American-Statesman
Today in TribTalk
"Digital billboard technology could be a boon for both cities and businesses."
— Russ Horton, Austin attorney
Trib Events for the Calendar
• A Symposium Previewing the 85th Legislature on Nov. 29 at The University of Texas - Texas Union Ballroom
• A Conversation with Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University on Dec. 1 at The Austin Club
• San Antonio & the Legislature: A Preview of the 85th on Dec. 2 at University of Texas at San Antonio – Downtown Campus
• A Conversation with Sen.-elect Dawn Buckingham & Rep.-elect Hugh Shine on Dec. 8 at Temple College – Arnold Student Union