Progress Texas: [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry is defending his attempt to coerce Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office -- an attempt which resulted in not one, but two indictment charges -- by claiming that he was taking a stance against her drunk driving conviction. However, a look at the governor's history with Republican officials charged with drunk driving undermines his case. While it's true that Rosemary Lehmberg drove drunk, and that her actions following the arrest are indefensible, it's also true that she went through the legal process, saw a judge, and served time. But this wasn't good enough for Rick Perry as he sought to force her from office. read more
A Texas mother driving with four young children in her car was terrified by police who pulled her over and placed her under arrest at gunpoint in a badly botched manhunt. Kametra Barbour expresses alarm on the dashcam video, telling Forney police, "Yes sir, what is wrong? My kids. They are 6 and 8 and 10, 9. What are we doing? Sir, what is going on? Oh my God. You will terrify my children." Police pulled over Barbour's car while investigating reports of a driver waving a gun out of his window. read more
There are some congressional Republicans who believe the party's commitment to supply-side, trickle-down tax policy is in need of an overhaul. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), for example, still wants expansive tax breaks, but believes the cuts should be directed primarily at the middle class, most notably through expansion of the child tax credit. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), soon to be the new House Ways and Means Committee chairman, wants to make one thing clear: those within his party who question the value of tax breaks for the rich are wrong. ... [T]he failed vice presidential candidate is apparently convinced there
The father of Ethan Couch, the 16 year old who gained national attention for using the "affluenza" defense in court and then receiving probation after killing four in a drunk driving accident, has been arrested in Texas for allegedly impersonating a police officer. Authorities in North Richland Hills, a Fort Worth suburb, arrested Frederick Anthony Couch on Tuesday, saying he posed as a Lakeside reserve officer at the scene of a disturbance call July 28. "Couch reached into his vehicle and took out his wallet displaying what appeared to be a police badge and identification card, suggesting he was a police officer," North Richland Hills investigator K. Bauman said. Couch is not nor ever has been a reserve officer for Lakeside, and he is not licensed as a peace officer in Texas.
Remember cute little toddler, Bounkham Phonesavah, who was burned and put in a coma after a SWAT Drug Raid by police in Habersham County, Georgia? Here's a reminder if you don't recall the story:
A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.
Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2's Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit and is in a medically induced coma. [...]
"Everyone's sleeping. There's a loud bang and a bright light," Phonesavanh said. "The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face." read more