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Breaking: Cook Children’s Hospital Sues to Have Judge Recused

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It seems, based on legal filings reviewed by Direct Action Texas, that Cook Children’s Hospital really wants to wash its hands of infant Tinslee Lewis.

Cook Children’s is suing to have Judge Alex Kim recused from legal proceedings after the jurist issued a temporary restraining order preventing the hospital from pulling the plug on Lewis on November 10. Judge Kim later scheduled a hearing within the statutorily required timeframe.

On October 30, Cook Children’s evoked the 10-Day Rule on Lewis, a Texas law that permits hospitals to end life-sustaining treatment against the wishes of a patient’s family. Lewis, a 10-month-old, was born prematurely and requires a ventilator to breathe.

In judge shopping legal filings, the hospital contends Kim should be recused because of the mechanics used to get the restraining order in place and on the grounds that Kim compromised his ability to oversee further proceedings.

Neither appears to be true based on representations from the hospital.

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Election Integrity Roundup 11.10.19

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Here’s a look at election integrity news from around Texas and the country.

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Harris County

This week Texans voted in the off-year constitutional amendment election, sprinkled with local, bond and special elections in various jurisdictions.

In Harris County, returns from the election were delayed. The delays were unanticipated by most, predicted by a few and leave much to be desired moving forward in the largest county in the state.

On election night, after the polls closed, Harris county election officials took what amount to memory cards to a central location to be loaded up onto a computer and counted. This is a different process than has been used in the past and different than what was recommended by secretary of state staff.

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Avoid California Election Policy, Expand Efforts to Expose Fraud

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During the 2019 legislative session, Texas lawmakers failed to pass meaningful election integrity reforms and without a special session call, in 2020 there will be serious concern over mail-in ballot fraud, voter intimidation and illegal votes being cast in Teas elections.

While the needle didn’t move in a positive direction during the session, efforts to pass bills that would further undermine trust in Texas elections were in large part avoided, such as same-day voter registration.

Earlier this month, California instituted a more aggressive same-day voter registration regime than had previously been in place, a move that is likely to increase claims of illegal voting in a state that has a history of thwarting attempts to clean up its elections.

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Media gets it wrong, again

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It seems every chance they get, the liberal media in Texas offers reminders they are committed to misleading viewers and readers about election administration including voter roll upkeep.

The latest item to precipitate a misinformation retread, Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that former Secretary of State David Whitley is headed on to projects outside of the Governor’s office.

A quick read of reporting on this latest installment of the media’s obsessive tracking of Whitley shows inaccuracies that need to be amended.

Contrary to reporting by outlets including KXAN, Whitley did not start the list maintenance effort in March 2018. Whitely was not elevated to Secretary of State until December 2018. Prior to being appointed, Whitely served in the Governor’s appointment office.

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End of Rolling Polling Enrages Left

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Reliably knowing the location of a polling place and that the location won’t change during an election is common sense when the focus is on the voter. Further, if a polling location is vital for maximum participation keeping it open for the entire election would be prioritized.

Neither of these observations is of concern to the left or its media handmaidens, a fact made clear by the handwringing over rolling polling ending.

Until this year, polling places could change locations during early voting. One day a polling place might be placed at a grocery store only to be moved to a shopping mall or other location the next. This is problematic if you’re a voter passing by the grocery store location thinking it will be there tomorrow. But, what’s bad for the voter is great for harvesters.

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