Friday morning brief 11.15.19

Poncho Nevarez | Border Crossings | Special Session

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Representative Poncho Nevarez has a warrant out for his arrest. The development comes a day after Direct Action Texas reported that the Department of Public Safety suspected Nevarez of dropping an envelope filled with cocaine at an Austin-area airport. Nevarez admitted to the Texas Tribune he dropped the coke.

Illegal border crossings appear to be declining. The Department of Homeland Security released apprehension figures yesterday showing a dropping number of arrests over the past five months, reaching a low not seen since 2018.

Governor Abbott has once again been asked to call a special session of the Texas legislature. This is the third time in three months Abbott has been urged to reconvene lawmakers to deal with a list of issues spiked during the 2019 session. 

Left-leaning media outlets in Texas are perpetuating misinformation about the sexual transitioning of a child that has grabbed headlines the past several weeks. NPR outlets are the latest to join. You can read more about how the media are misleading readers/listeners and why this issue is a dog for Democrats in the Tuesday morning brief from 11.12.19.

Austin’s City Council has approved a measure to buy a motel on I-35 to house the homeless. The move follows months of turmoil and backlash after an ordinance passed this spring allowed vagrants to set up encampments throughout the city. The property is valued at just over $2.5M on tax rolls. Council approved an $8M package to purchase and renovate the motel, with up to $6.4M for purchase.

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