The Daily Populous

Monday April 17th, 2023 morning edition

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, April 13, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1933, a bill that would empower the secretary of state to seize election authority from county officials.

The bill passed on a party line vote, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against.

It now heads to the Republican-controlled House. S.B. 1933 would allow the secretary of state — in Texas, a position appointed by the governor — to take over election administration and voter registration in Texas counties.

In recent years, Texas state officials have clashed with local election administrators who aim to expand voting access, especially in Democratic strongholds like Harris County, home to Houston.

Within the past week, the Texas Senate has advanced other anti-voting bills.

Several were approved by the Senate State Affairs Committee, while others passed the full Senate and moved on to the state House.

Given Republican control of the legislative process in Texas, all of these bills have a good chance at being enacted into law. »

The Kissimmee River has been brought back to life—and wildlife is thriving

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The Army Corps of Engineers complied and, beginning in the 1960s, turned the meandering Kissimmee into a 30-foot-deep, channelized canal.

“That response was immediate and pretty impressive,” says Lawrence Glenn, director of water resources with the South Florida Water Management District.

About half of the Kissimmee consists of a canal, and there’s a big backlog of hydrological and research projects. »

Philippines to partner with US, India to construct digital public infrastructure

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Manila: Philippines Parliament Speaker Ferdinand Martin G Romualdez on Saturday suggested that the country alongwith US, and India should partner to construct digital public infrastructure, according to the Philippines House of Representative press release.

“It is very important for the Philippines, India, and the US to lead in this digital public infrastructure initiative because nations have much to gain from this,” he said following the Digital Public Infrastructure lecture at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington.

He said building public digital platforms “is very much aligned with the campaign promise of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr to speed up the country’s digital transformation,” added the release. »

GOP Rep. Nancy Mace blasts Republicans for 'silence' on gun violence, 'extreme' abortion stances

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GOP Rep. Nancy Mace blasts Republicans for 'silence' on gun violence, 'extreme' abortion stances.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace beat a Trump-backed candidate after criticizing the former president's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., on Sunday bucked the majority of her Republican colleagues in Congress, calling on fellow GOP lawmakers to “no longer be silent” on gun violence and to find a middle ground on abortion rights. »