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Texas Governor rejects funding following Democrat walk-out

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The Texas governor says he’ll reject funding following the staged walk-out this week

The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, says he will reject funding for the state law-making body following a staged walkout by Democrats.

The walk-out came as Texas Republican lawmakers attempted to pass a sweeping set of new laws to tighten voting regulations. However, Democratic delegates blocked the motion.

Democrats say the proposed bill legislation would’ve added new obstacles for voting in future elections.

The governors also raised concerns the bill would’ve limited the availability of certain forms of voting. The methods in question are largely used by low income and handicapped people.

Republican Governors in Texas left unable to vote

The walk-out in Texas left the House without enough numbers to meet a quorum. This meant Republicans were unable to cast their vote.

Governor Abbot says he “will veto Article 10 of the budget passed.” He further added that Texas will “not pay for those who abandon their responsibilities”. Article 10 funds the state legislative branch.

In a statement published the same day, Abbott also said it was “deeply disappointing and concerning” that the election bill did not reach his desk.

However, Texas State Democrat Jessica Gonzalez argues her fellow representatives “have done their part” for democracy.

If passed, the bill would ban drive-thru voting in Texas and prohibit 24-hour voting. It would’ve also banned public officials from offering mail-in voting applications to voters who do not request them.

24-hour voting was used by more than 100,000 voters in the 2020 election in Harris County, where President Biden won with about 56 percent of the vote.

Concerning, the bill would’ve also meant senators would not have to confirm evidence of election fraud.

The proposed legislation would allow courts to overturn elections if “the number of votes illegally cast in the election is equal to or greater than the number of votes necessary to change the outcome of an election.”

Texas Senator Cruz comes under fire for abandoning his state

The walk-out in Texas comes after prominent Republican Senator Ted Cruz recently left for Israel. Violence between the country and Hamas militants ceased 11 days ago.

Critics have blasted Senator Cruz for ‘opportunism’ following the trip. This own state is currently being ravaged by storms.

In a tweet, Cruz says “radical Democrats are wrong. Israel has the undeniable right to defend itself”.

Democrats block bill to arm Israel

Texas Senator Cruz recently introduced a bill that will allow arms sales to Israel. However, the bill was also blocked by the Democrats.

In a statement, Cruz says: “sadly, Democrats in both the House and the Senate are choosing to pacify their anti-Israel base by opposing this critical support.”

“I call on my Democrat colleagues to choose a side and support this common-sense resolution”.

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Insider reveals death day of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper

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Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after authorities froze the company’s assets under a national security law, an adviser to jailed owner Jimmy Lai says.

According to reports, Friday will be the last day for the 26-year-old newspaper.

Media advocacy groups say that the closure of Apple Daily would undermine the former British colony’s reputation as an open and free society and send a warning to other companies that could be accused of colluding with a foreign country.

The publisher’s head company Next Digital will hold a board meeting on Monday to
discuss how to move forward after its lines of credit were frozen.

“We must press on”: news raid sends “shockwaves” through Hong-Kong

Following raids on a Hong Kong newsroom last week, a journalist based in the city-state says it has sent “shockwaves” through the entire industry.

500 Hong Kong police offices raided Apple Daily to arrest a number of top executives and seize documents over allegations the publisher breached national security laws.

Elaine Yu from the Wall Street Journal says the incident “raises important new questions about how media outlets can report on topics that are now considered highly sensitive.”

Apple Daily says the company’s CEO, COO and three editors were all arrested during the raids.

The behaviour of the individuals is said to have breached legislation that prohibits sedition, secession and subversion against Beijing.

The assistant to Apple Daily’s chairman says operations at the newsroom are limited because Hong Kong authorities have seized many of the company’s accounts.

He also says “it’ll get harder for reporters to get people to talk to them because the police can now potentially seize reporter’s files and devices through a court warrant.”

Sold out news stands with “we must press on” printed on front page

“We must press on”… that was the message on the front page of Apple Daily, that people in hong kong queued up for.

Many Hong Kong locals have have queued up to buy copies of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily… a day after its newsroom was raided by police.

The paper typically prints about 80,000 copies but increased that to 500,000 to meet demand.. and some news stands sold out.

A total of five executives were arrested including the Editor-in-chief and chief executive officer.

Police made the arrests on suspicion of collusion with a “foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security”.

200 Hong Kong police officers arrested five senior executives. Image: Apple Daily.

Meanwhile, this is the second time that police have searched the building.

The company’s founder Jimmy Lai, was recently arrested for national security violations.

Mr Lai is currently serving a 20-month prison sentence.

The raid follows arrests made at the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre last month.

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Why Olympic spectators are likely despite widespread opposition

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Olympic Games organisers and government officials are meeting today and it’s expected that a final decision will be made – on how many – if any – domestic spectators will be able to attend events at the Summer Olympics, which commence in a month.


Concerns have been raised by medical experts that allowing spectators could worsen the spread of infections

Foreign spectators are banned from attending the games due to health concerns.

The Olympic Organising Comittee will update the general public today on exactly how many local fans will be allowed in the stands

Local media have reported that a 10,000 spectator cap will be set. 

On the weekend, in a move to reduce the risk of COVID spreading, Tokyo’s Governor announced six viewing sites have been scrapped

Members of the public would have been able to watch live broadcasts of events at these locations. 
That will no longer be happening with some instead set to serve as vaccination sites.

There is still considerable opposition in Japan for the Olympic Games going ahead. A new poll shows almost two-thirds of Japan’s public want the event postponed again or cancelled altogether. 

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Shock move for Australia’s Government

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Barnaby Joyce has reportedly taken over the National Party’s leadership from Michael McCormack

The Nationals whip Damian Drum has confirmed that Barnaby Joyce will be Australia’s new deputy prime minister and leader of the National Party.

The Nationals dumped current deputy PM Michael McCormack despite support from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Joyce had previously been leader of the Nationals until he resigned in 2018. He stepped down from politics amid a sexual harassment allegation, which was unable to come to any conclusion.

Sexual harassment allegations

This comes after Catherine Marriott lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against the former vice PM, which remains inconclusive.

The NSW Nationals issued a brief statement confirming the party had finalised the investigation, which would remain confidential.

“This outcome simply isn’t good enough,” says Mariott.

Joyce has continued to deny the claims,calling them “spurious and defamatory”.

Catherine Mariott is the Chief Executive Officer of Riverine Plains, an independent farming systems group

Tamil Asylum Seeker family

This comes after Barnaby Joyce slammed his own party over the treatment of the Tamil asylum seeker family, who have been detained in detention for over three years.

Three-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan was medically evacuated to Perth to be treated for a blood infection last week.

‘Tharnicaa and Kopika were born in Australia,’ he said on Sunrise on Monday. 

‘Maybe if their names were Jane and Sally and they were playing the local netball side, we’d think twice about sending them back to another country which they’re not from.

What’s Barnaby Joyce’s stance on climate?

In 2019, Barnaby Joyce suggested ‘God is the solution to climate change‘, urging Australians to ‘respect God’s plan’.

Joyce was a leading campaigner against the former Labor government’s attempts to tax carbon as a way to bring down Australia’s emissions. He claimed claiming so would ‘send the cost of a Sunday roast to $100.’

“Now you don’t have to convince me that the climate’s not changing, it is changing and my problem’s always been whether you believe a new tax is going to change it back,” he said.

This position comes in contrast to former deputy PM Michael McCormack, who has previously said Australia must “absolutely” take more action on climate.

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