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David Saleh Rauf

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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by David:

Texas Counties Are Struggling to Find Money to Replace Antiquated Voting Machines

An aging fleet of voting machines presents one of the biggest immediate challenges facing Texas elections, but state leaders have shown no interest in chipping in. → Read More

Lawmaker mocks abortion law with call for masturbation fines

The 11th term Democrat said that her bill mimics how a woman seeking an abortion is forced by Texas law to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which "has nothing to do with her health care." While the proposal was meant to mock Republicans, she said it also highlights the obstacles women face "that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access health care."… → Read More

States scramble for funding to upgrade aging voting machines

The advanced version of the floppy disk that was cutting edge in the mid-1990s plays a vital role in tallying votes in Bexar County, where like other places around the U.S., money to replace antiquated voting equipment is scarce. The Zip disks the county uses to help merge results and allow paper ballots to be tallied with final election totals are no longer manufactured, so staff members snap… → Read More

AP Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID. The chief election officers in two of the state's largest counties are now considering whether to refer cases to… → Read More

Straus: transgender bathroom bill not a priority of his for upcoming legislative session

House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are at odds over contentious transgender bathroom bill. → Read More

Texas continues to withhold details of voter education effort designed by public relations firm

Yet, Cascos and state officials say they cannot reveal where the secretary of state's office is spending taxpayer money to broadcast those ads and the names of an estimated 1,800 community groups partnering with Texas to circulate voter ID information at the local level. Texas is using the lion's share of a $2.5 million voter education effort on paid media and outreach to community… → Read More

Interim San Antonio lawmaker secures ballot spot for November election

An independent candidate from San Antonio who won an interim seat in the Texas House has beaten back an effort by Bexar County Democrats to have her removed from the Nov. 8 ballot. → Read More

Houston Texans lobbyists have gifted almost $100K in tickets and food to state lawmakers

New data from the Texas Ethics Commission shows lobbyists for Houston Texans owner Bob McNair provided free tickets and food valued up to $9,600 to host Harris County lawmakers, their family, staff and guests in his luxury box for a preseason game last month, bringing his total ticket and food giveaways to state lawmakers to almost $100,000 since 2006. → Read More

Ethics agency ends lawsuit seeking 'dark money' subpoenas against conservative powerbroker

Texas campaign finance regulator is ending a prolonged legal battle to force a conservative powerbroker to comply with subpoenas in an investigation into his nonprofit's political activity. → Read More

S.A. senator looking to combat cyberbullying with ‘David’s Law’

AUSTIN — It all started in late October: a photo of David Molak’s girlfriend posing with a male student from their high school flashed on Instagram with a taunting message: “steal your girl.” State senators were told at the interim hearing that the advent of social media and apps has transformed conventional bullying tactics into something far darker and nefarious: On Tuesday, Menéndez got his… → Read More

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

AUSTIN - Texas' voter ID law violates a key section of the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court affirmed Wednesday, striking down a controversial measure passed by the state's Republican-led legislature in 2011 → Read More

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

AUSTIN - Texas' voter ID law violates a key section of the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court affirmed Wednesday, striking down a controversial measure passed by the state's Republican-led legislature in 2011 → Read More

Anonymous political spending on Texas elections surges in final six months of 2015

New data from the Texas Ethics Commission shows politically active nonprofits that do not disclose donors combined to spend $525,000 in the final half of 2015 to influence a mix of elections across the state - from a statewide ballot proposal to a slate of Houston municipal races. → Read More

Bexar County legislative campaign finance breakdown

AUSTIN — Bexar County voters will cast votes in the next several weeks that will largely shape the makeup of the local legislative delegation. Campaign finance reports released Saturday provide a glimpse into the operations of some of the campaigns. Legislative seats up for grabs: -- Two state Senate incumbents— Jose Menendez and Carlos Uresti— are being challenged. -- Two state House… → Read More

State Rep. Jones McClendon will not seek re-election

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, a San Antonio Democrat and 19-year veteran of the Texas House who tenaciously championed social justice reform, said Wednesday that she is not running for re-election. McClendon was elected in 1996 to represent East Side voters in House District 120 and has emerged as a fixture in the Legislature as the dean of the Bexar County delegation. → Read More

Appeals court tosses Texas voter ID law

AUSTIN - Texas' voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday, tossing a controversial law enacted by the state's Republican majority in 2011. In a 3-0 decision, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law, touted as one of the toughest voter ID measures in the country, does not amount to a poll tax but it does have a discriminatory effect… → Read More

Appeals court tosses Texas Voter ID

AUSTIN — Texas' voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday, tossing a controversial law enacted by the state's Republican majority in 2011. In a 3-0 decision, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law, touted as one of the toughest Voter ID measures in the country, does not amount to a poll tax but it does have a discriminatory effect that infringes… → Read More

Wendy Davis fined for ethics violation

The Texas Ethics Commission, in an order released this week,  Sen. Wendy Davis with at $5,000 fine for not properly disclosing her business relationships with two lobbyists on state filings back in 2010 and 2011. → Read More

'Upskirt' photo law rewrite headed to the full Senate

Spearheaded by officials from Bexar and Comal counties, that effort to rewrite the state's so-called upskirt photo law is gaining momentum. → Read More

Woman who portrayed herself as Sen. Uresti's wife charged with harassment

An Austin woman who has depcited herself as the wife of state Sen. Carlos Uresti  is facing a harassment charge after refusing to stop sending his office sexually explicit and vulgar correspondence. → Read More