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Holocaust history now required in Oregon schools after law championed by teen, concentration camp survivor

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Oregon public schools will now be required to teach students about the Holocaust, and other genocides throughout history, after the passage of a new bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday.

Claire Sarnowski, 14, of Lake Oswego, initially introduced the law she and 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener devised. Wiener, who died in December after being struck by a car, had developed a friendship with Sarnowski after the teen attended one of his talks about having survived three years in a concentration camp.

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Sarnowski argued Holocaust education should be required in schools to ensure the horrors of history aren’t repeated.

“Learning about genocide teaches students the ramifications that come with prejudice of any kind in society,” Sarnowski said.

Now that the law is in place, schools will have to introduce Holocaust education beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Schools are required to “prepare students to confront the immorality of the Holocaust, genocide, and other acts of mass violence and to reflect on the causes of related historical events” and encourage cultural diversity and emphasize the importance of protecting international human rights.

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“Today more than ever, we need the learning opportunities that a bill like this will bring to our schools,” Brown said at a signing ceremony.

The bill comes amid a recent poll in which two-thirds of American millennials surveyed could not identify what the Auschwitz concentration camp was, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this month, a Florida high school principal was removed from his job after he reportedly refused to say the Holocaust actually happened because “not everyone believes” the historical event – in which six million people were killed – actually happened.

“I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” William Latson, principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, wrote in an email later published by The Palm Beach Post. “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened and you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant,” the principal said. “I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school.”

Latson added: “I do allow information about the Holocaust to be presented and allow students and parents to make decisions about it accordingly.” He said he does the “same with information about slavery.”

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In another email, Latson said the school’s curriculum, which reportedly includes Holocaust education in English and history classes, “is to be introduced but not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Frank Miles and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California becomes 1st state to give taxpayer-funded health benefits to illegal immigrants

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., signed a bill into law on Tuesday making young illegal immigrants eligible for the Medicaid program in California, making it the first state to offer such taxpayer-funded health benefits to low-income adults age 25 and younger regardless of their immigration status.

State officials said they expected the plan to cover about 90,000 people and cost taxpayers $98 million. California already covered children 18 and younger regardless of immigration status.

The law will not give health insurance benefits to everyone 25 and younger, but only those whose income is low enough to qualify.

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Newsom and fellow Democrats in the state legislature said they planned to expand coverage to more adults in the years to come.

Advocates of the measure have called it a way to improve the health of immigrants in the state by providing them with access to the medical care they need.

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Many immigrants in the country illegally already have been enrolled for some government-funded programs, but they covered only emergencies and pregnancies.

Democrats had pushed to expand the coverage to even more adults, but Newsom rejected the proposals, saying it would cost about $3.4 billion to provide coverage to all California adults living in the country illegally.

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But, he still has vowed to keep expanding coverage in future years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California Gov. Newsom reminds Nike his state is ‘open for business’ after Arizona pulled incentives over flag

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday praised Nike for scrapping a sneaker release that featured a Betsy Ross flag and said his state was “open for business” following the controversy in Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced his plan to withdraw incentives for Nike building a plant in Goodyear, prompting Newsom to make his own pitch to the apparel company.

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“Hey, @Nike — we’re just a quick jaunt over the border,” Newsom, a Democrat, tweeted along with a screenshot of Ducey’s tweet urging the Arizona Commerce Authority to pull the incentives. “Thank you for doing the right thing. CA is open for business and welcomes those that represent the best of our American values.”

Ducey’s announcement came in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix the USA-themed sneaker over the flag’s alleged ties to slavery.

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Nike planned to build a massive manufacturing plant in Goodyear, investing $184.5 million, according to ABC 15. The plant reportedly was going to create more than 500 jobs.

Goodyear agreed to waive nearly $1 million in planned review and permit fees to bring the plant into the city, The Arizona Republic reported. The city also planned to reimburse Nike $1 million for the jobs the company was set to create.

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The shoe Nike planned to release this week. (Nike)

Kaepernick reached out to Nike officials and expressed that the flag that was featured on the back of the shoes could be an offensive symbol because of its connection to the days of slavery, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nike released a new statement on the issue Tuesday.

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“We regularly make business decisions to withdraw initiatives, products and services. NIKE made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation’s patriotic holiday.

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“Nike is a company proud of its American heritage and our continuing engagement supporting thousands of American athletes including the US Olympic team and US Soccer teams. We already employ 35,000 people in the U.S. and remain committed to creating jobs in the U.S., including a significant investment in an additional manufacturing center which will create 500 new jobs.”

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Arizona Gov. Ducey to pull Nike plant incentives over reported Colin Kaepernick, Betsy Ross flag flap

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday he was ordering the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw incentives for Nike building a manufacturing plant in the state.

Ducey made the announcement in a series of tweets after The Wall Street Journal reported that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick urged Nike to nix a USA-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag on the heel, over slavery connotations.

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“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey, a Republican, tweeted. “Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.

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“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a spokeswoman reportedly said.

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it.

“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.

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“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.”

Nike planned to build a massive manufacturing plant in Goodyear, investing $184.5 million, according to ABC 15. The plant reportedly was going to create more than 500 jobs.

Goodyear agreed to waive nearly $1 million in plan review and permit fees to bring the plant into the city, The Arizona Republic reported. The city also planned to reimburse Nike $1 million for the jobs the company was set on creating.

Kaepernick reached out to Nike officials and expressed that the flag that was featured on the back of the shoes could be an offensive symbol because of its connection to a slavery era, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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In response, a Nike spokeswoman told the Journal: “Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag.”

The sneaker originally was slated to be released on Monday, and posts hyping its release said it would cost $140.

Kaepernick, the former quarterback who famously kneeled during the National Anthem starting in 2016, was named as the face of Nike’s latest “Just Do It” campaign last year. After the announcement, Nike’s stock initially fell more than 3 percent, before online sales increased.

Fox News’ Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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Cuomo signs legislation outlawing ‘gay panic’ defense in NY

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that would bar people who attack or kill a gay person from arguing they panicked over their victim’s sexuality.

The Democrat signed the bill on Sunday in Manhattan, where he was taking part in the city’s LGBTQ pride march.

The state Legislature passed the measure earlier in June.

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Previously, those accused of violent attacks could argue that they were under extreme distress, that they panicked after the victim made a sexual advance or otherwise revealed their sexuality.

The legislation made it that such an excuse could not be considered a “reasonable explanation” for a violent crime.

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Planned Parenthood plans to defy Missouri law, endangering state’s last abortion clinic, report says

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis reportedly plans to defy a Missouri law requiring that women undergo two pelvic exams prior to obtaining an abortion, as state health officials get set to decide whether to renew the clinic’s medical license.

If the St. Louis facility is closed, Missouri would be the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“We are choosing to provide the best quality, patient-centered care that we’ve always provided at Planned Parenthood,” Dr. David Eisenberg, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis’ medical director, told CBS News on Wednesday. “And that includes doing things that are driven by science, by evidence, and by what’s medically appropriate.”

Eisenberg continued: “Over the last few weeks, I have new evidence to say that 100 percent of the patients who I’ve taken care of who’ve undergone this inappropriate, medically unnecessary, unethical pelvic exam have been harmed by that. Because to do so, in my opinion, is just assault.”

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Anti-abortion activist Teresa Pettis, right, greets a passerby outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. last month. (AP Photo/Jim Salter, File)

Planned Parenthood did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The organization told CBS News it would only conduct one pelvic exam, at the time of the abortion procedure.

Missouri’s case for not renewing the clinic’s license includes a claim that three “failed abortions” there required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother, according to a now-sealed court filing. The documents, a letter and statement of deficiencies the Department of Health and Senior Services sent Friday to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic provide the most specific details to date about a state investigation that triggered a licensing dispute now playing out in court.

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State attorneys filed the records in court after Planned Parenthood sued last month in an attempt to continue providing abortion, despite the state health department’s refusal to renew its license amid an ongoing investigation.

Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue put the health department records on its website before St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer sealed them Monday per a request by Planned Parenthood.

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Jesse Lawder, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said the state violated patient-privacy laws by releasing the records.

According to the documents, three patients remained pregnant after surgical or medical abortions and required follow-up surgical abortions, Missouri Department of Health official William Koebel wrote Friday to Planned Parenthood. Koebel said that one of those patients developed sepsis after the second surgical abortion.

Koebel wrote that a fourth patient was hospitalized with life-threatening complications following an abortion at 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Medical residents performed some of the abortions at issue and have refused interviews with the health department, according to the agency. Part of the agency’s concern, Koebel wrote, is that the residents were not properly supervised.

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Planned Parenthood has said that the residents and several other physicians are not staffers and some no longer practice there, so the organization can’t force them to cooperate. Two on-staff doctors agreed to speak with investigators.

But Koebel warned that it’s “imperative” that Planned Parenthood addresses the agency’s concerns about interviews with the other physicians.

“Refusal of health care providers to cooperate in the Department’s investigations thwarts the Department’s ability to conduct meaningful review of troubling instances of patient care, and obstructs the Department’s ability to ensure that problems will not be repeated,” Koebel wrote.

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The St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The judge has set a Friday deadline for the health department to decide whether to renew the clinic’s license, which was set to expire May 31. Stelzer has allowed the clinic to continue providing abortions as the legal challenge plays out in court.

The fight over the clinic’s license comes as lawmakers in many Republican-led states, including Missouri, are passing new restrictions that take aim at Roe. Abortion opponents, emboldened by new conservative justices on the Supreme Court, hope federal courts will uphold laws that prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable outside the womb, the line the high court set in Roe.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation on May 24 to ban abortions at or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest. Efforts to put the new law to a public vote are tied up in court.

Separately, Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women’s clinic that’s under construction despite the state’s passage of a near-total ban on abortions.

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Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure is now nothing but a steel frame and roof. Workers under the constant watch of security guards appear to be installing electrical wiring, plus heating and cooling units.

The new facility could be complete around November, which is the same time the new state law will take effect unless blocked by courts. Abortion critics vow to oppose the opening, but a spokeswoman for the women’s health organization said neither the new law nor opponents were a factor in the project.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas governor approves budget with gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott enacted a two-year spending bill this weekend that included a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun rights activists.

Abbott, a Republican, approved the $250 billion budget without any line-item vetoes.

The money would go to the Texas Department of Public Safety to design and deploy a campaign promoting safe gun storage, similar to those warning against drunk driving and encouraging motorists to use their seatbelt. A bill to write the program into state law was opposed by the NRA and gun-rights activists and did not reach a vote.

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Texas Gov.Greg Abbott approved the two-year budget this weekend. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images, File)

An NRA lobbyist told lawmakers that a campaign designed by Texas state police could be corrupted by anti-gun rhetoric. However, the money was approved by the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives and later supported by Senate budget negotiators by mid-May.

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The program comes into effect following a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston that killed 10 people and wounded 13 others in May 2018. Investigators said the then-17-year-old gunman took his father’s weapons before opening fire. After that shooting, Abbott said he wanted to “encourage the millions of law-abiding, gun-owning Texans to embrace their personal responsibility for gun safety.”

The governor did not mention in the program in a statement about the budget that was released Saturday.

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Last month, Texas lawmakers voted to allow anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it openly or concealed for a week after a natural disaster declaration.

There are more than 1.3 million handgun license holders in Texas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pataki calls on Cuomo to intervene in parole board’s decision to release 16-year-old girl’s convicted killer

A former New York governor on Tuesday demanded his successor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, intervene in the controversial decision by the state parole board to release a man convicted of brutally killing a 16-year-old girl decades ago.

Former Gov. George Pataki called the recent decision to grant Richard LaBarbera parole a “gross injustice” and said Cuomo “should urge the parole board to reverse this horrible decision.”

LaBarbera, 66, was convicted in 1981 of second-degree murder in the killing of Paula Bohovesky, who was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death as she walked home from a library in the quiet hamlet of Pearl River, N.Y., 30 miles north of New York City.

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Paula Bohovesky was brutally murdered in 1980. (File)

LaBarbera and another man, Robert McCain, were sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1980 murder – the toughest sentence at that time. Last month, a parole board of Cuomo appointees informed the family that LaBarbera will be released in July – a move that shocked victim advocates, state lawmakers and a town that has never healed from the savage murder of Bohovesky, an honor student, aspiring actress and gifted artist. McCain, 58, is set to go before the same parole board this week.

“Granting parole to Richard LaBarbera for the brutal murder of this young girl is an outrage,” Pataki said Tuesday in a statement to Fox News.

“Having a vicious murderer like this who has shown no remorse out on the street should never happen in New York State,” he said. “This decision should be reversed.”

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Paula Bohovesky, 16, pictured here in an undated photo. (Bohovesky family)

Only three states – Maryland, Oklahoma and California – allow governors to reverse a parole board’s decision. But, Pataki and others, including state lawmakers and Bohovesky’s family, said Cuomo should pressure the parole board to reconsider its decision.

“If Governor Cuomo can do anything, please for God’s sake, reverse the decision,” the girl’s mother, Lois Bohovesky, told Fox News in an interview from her Pearl River home earlier this month.

“The medical examiner said he’d never seen so brutal an attack,” Bohovesky said. “Neither one of them has shown any remorse and neither one of them has accepted responsibility.”

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Paula Bohovesky’s mother, Lois, was outraged over the parole board’s decision. (Fox News)

She added, “What’s to stop them from doing it again?”

A request for comment from Cuomo’s office was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

In a statement to Fox News, Thomas Mailey, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said: “The New York State Board of Parole, as the sole entity that considers and determines parole eligibility, is an independent body whose members were confirmed by the State Senate.”

Mailey also said: “By law, before making a final decision, the Board members must follow statutory requirements which take ‎into consideration many factors, including statements made by victims and victims’ families, as well as an individual’s criminal history, institutional accomplishments, potential to successfully reintegrate into the community, and perceived danger to public safety.”

The details of Bohovesky’s murder were brutal.

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Robert McCain, left, and Richard LaBarbera, right.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, 1980, the girl left her part-time job at the Pearl River library and walked through the center of town toward her home on Hunt Street. The teen was within one block of her parents’ house when LaBarbera and McCain – both of whom had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar nearby – noticed her crossing an intersection. McCain quickly caught up to Bohovesky and crushed the right side of her skull with a chunk of pavement he grabbed from the ground. He then dragged her behind an abandoned home and sexually assaulted her, while LaBarbera watched, according to police.

Believing that Bohovesky was dead, LaBarbera then tried to sexually assault the child, investigators said. When she stirred, to his surprise, LaBarbera stabbed her with a knife five times in the back, killing her, police told Fox News.

In its decision, the parole board wrote: “The panel considered the brutality of your instant offense, where you and your co-defendant beat and stabbed your 16-year-old female victim.”

The board also wrote, “During your interview, you expressed what appeared to be sincere remorse and your overall record reflects not only low (risk to the community) but maturity over the almost 39 years of incarceration.”

The Bohovesky case has sparked a larger debate on prison reform. Many Republican lawmakers have claimed the state was determined to lower the prison population and, in doing so, has adopted a system putting the criminal before the victim.

Many in Pearl River, meanwhile, said they will not stop fighting to keep Bohovesky’s killers in prison for a crime that changed their town forever.

Abigail Bohovesky, the victim’s only niece, has launched a “Say Something” campaign urging Cuomo to weigh in on the parole board’s decision. This coming Saturday, a candlelight vigil and silent protest is to be held in the streets of Pearl River – blocks from where Bohovesky died.

“I was at my friend Katie’s house when Lois, Paula’s mom, came running in and asked if anyone had seen Paula,” said Patricia Stark, a former of classmate of Bohovesky.

“I will never forget the look on her face – one of panic and terror,” Stark told Fox News. “It’s been emblazoned in my mind. As a mother now, I know what she must have been thinking and feeling. It was sheer horror.”

She continued, “To think that you can murder a child in such a heinous and evil way and get out one day and see freedom is outrageous.”

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Red light cameras banned in Texas

Drivers in the Lone Star State are about to be seeing less red.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday evening he signed legislation that bans red light cameras across the state.

House Bill 1361, authored by Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, would prohibit the use of “photographic traffic signal enforcement systems.”

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The Republican governor took to Twitter to give people a personal view of him signing House Bill 1631.

“Hi, Governor Greg Abbott here at the capitol on Saturday, signing bills,” he said.

Seconds later, the governor held up the bill with his signature, saying the document “is now law.”

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Stickland told FOX7 the bill was motivated by “a lot of reason.”

“No.1, privacy concerns. We think that the right to due process matters,” he told FOX7. “You have the right to face your accuser in court.”

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Saturday night that bans red light cameras across the state. (FOX4)

The new law included a grandfather clause for cities involved in red light camera contracts that have yet to end, except if the contract includes a provision allowing for state law to break it.

“So, currently, we think as it is, the bill will continue to operate red light cameras in just two cities for a couple of years until the contract is timed out,” Stickland told FOX7.

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Ever since becoming legal in 2007, Texas lawmakers have made attempts to turn the cameras off that were unsuccessful until now, according to the Star-Telegram.

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Dems’ nationwide effort to override Electoral College stumbles in Nevada

Nevada’s Democratic governor on Thursday vetoed a measure that would have automatically pledged the state’s six Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote, in a major stumble for Democrats’ nationwide effort to enhance their chances ahead of the 2020 election.

Gov. Steve Sisolak – who earlier this year was sworn in as the first Democratic governor in Nevada in more than two decades — warned that the proposal “could diminish the role of smaller states like Nevada in national electoral contests.”

“I recognize that many of my fellow Nevadans may disagree on this point and I appreciate the legislature’s thoughtful consideration of this important issue,” Sisolak said in a statement.

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Nevada went for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by fewer than three percentage points in 2016.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Democrats, who currently have a stranglehold on power in population-dense states like California and New York, have long protested the Electoral College. States receive electoral votes equivalent to their number of congressional districts plus senators, which allows less populous states to have more impact than they would under a popular vote system. The upcoming 2020 census is expected to result in some shifts in Electoral College numbers by 2024, including an increase in electoral votes for traditional GOP strongholds like Texas.

The so-called National Popular Vote interstate compact, which would commit states’ electors to the winner of the national vote, aims to neutralize the Electoral College before then. The compact has been adopted by fifteen jurisdictions accounting for 189 electoral votes, including fourteen states and the District of Columbia.

The states include Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, Connecticut, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, California, and New York.

However, the compact, by its terms, will only take effect if jurisdictions accounting for at least 270 of the 538 total votes available in the Electoral College sign on. Currently, that would require states with 81 more electoral votes to agree to the compact.

Parallel congressional efforts have been unsuccessful. In January, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced a pair of constitutional amendments to eliminate the Electoral College, saying it was “outdated.”

ANALYSIS: IN DEFENSE OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

“Americans expect and deserve the winner of the popular vote to win office,” Cohen said at the time. “More than a century ago, we amended our Constitution to provide for the direct election of U.S. Senators. It is past time to directly elect our President and Vice President.”

However, a constitutional amendment eliminating the Electoral College would require two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve the measure, along with three-fourths of state legislatures. Alternatively, Congress could hold a national convention and states could host ratifying conventions, but a two-thirds majority would still be necessary.

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Trump secured victory in the 2016 election by winning the Electoral College with 304 votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 232 despite Clinton winning nearly three million more votes than Trump.

John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush also won the White House without winning the popular vote. Of those presidents, only Bush was re-elected to a second term.

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