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AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on September 11, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Texas Lawmakers recently passed several pieces of conservative legislation, including SB8, which prohibits abortions in Texas after a fetal heartbeat is detected on an ultrasound, usually between the fifth and sixth weeks of pregnancy. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced new executive orders listing the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The space can expand to nearly 1,400 beds. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool)
Texas Vigilante Abortion Law Resurrects Jim Crow-Era Tactic That Gives States Legal Cover
The statute raises grave issues about how states go about enforcing their policies. Will Texas voters appreciate that the state has resurrected a Jim Crow-era mechanism to avoid legal responsibility for its policies?
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 10: Texas state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, speaks to a group of people waiting to testify against renewed efforts by Texas Republicans to pass voting restrictions as state lawmakers hold committee hearings on election integrity bills at the State Capitol on July 10, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of people signed up to testify before lawmakers as Texas Republicans move forward with their effort to overhaul the state's voting laws during the 87th Legislature's special session. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News Pool)
Where Things Stand: Abbott Is Latest GOPer To Boost Critical Race Theory Hysteria Prime Badge
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on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an anti-critical race theory bill into law on Tuesday, and Texas become the latest red state to adopt legislation that bans certain topics on race and racism from being discussed in the classroom.

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on April 18, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News Pool)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 06:  on March 6, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
on June 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, United States.
American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft as seen flying and arriving early morning, on final approach landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Internation Airport AMS EHAM. The advanced modern wide-body B787 airplane has the registration N806AA and is powered by 2x GE jet engines. American is a US carrier based in Fort Worth in Texas, it is the largest airline in the world by fleet size and passengers carried, member of Oneworld aviation alliance.  The world aviation passenger traffic numbers fell because of the travel restrictions and the safety measures such as lockdowns, quarantine etc due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic that hit hard the aviation industry. Amsterdam, Netherlands on April 1, 2021 (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto)
Secretary of State David Whitley, left, arrives for his confirmation hearing, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas, where he addressed the backlash surrounding Texas' efforts to find noncitizens on voter rolls. Whitley denies his office made mistakes over a list of 95,000 voters whose U.S. citizenship was called into question but included thousands of wrongly flagged names. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas Looks To Give Camera-Toting Poll Watchers Free Rein Of Election Sites
Republican bills moving through the legislature will invite “vigilante voter suppression activities” against people of color, critics say.
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