QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well, it’s pretty lonely.”
—Judge Lawrence Meyers to the New York Times, on what it’s like to be the only Democrat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court. Meyers was actually a Republican until 2013, when he defected to the donkeys. He’s up for re-election in November for the first time since the party switch, and the odds are certainly stacked against him: according to the Times, a Democrat hasn’t won a statewide office in Texas since 1994.
Trump Touches Down
He’s here. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kicks off his two-day Texas swing in Dallas, with a private fundraiser and an evening rally. He’ll then head to San Antonio for a lunchtime fundraiser on Friday, before an afternoon private fundraising event in Houston followed by another rally. Trump’s trip is mostly for fundraising purposes, and one of his campaign staffers told the Texas Tribune that the campaign plans to raise about $4 million here, while enlisting help from local Lone Star celebrities like Rick Perry and Red McCombs. But Trump barely made it here after struggling to find suitors for his rallies in both Dallas and Houston until the very last minute, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The arrival of the divisive candidate has inspired both friends and foes of Trump. In Plano, one woman has made custom dresses with photos of Trump plastered from head to toe. She’s worn one to three rallies so far and plans to wear a fourth to the rally in Dallas, with a matching handbag and shoes. The dress, which looks like an unholy marriage between your grandma’s photograph-cluttered refrigerator door and a Trump-themed full body condom, is also a poor investment: according to the Dallas Morning News, each one is only good for one wear, because the only way the woman can remove the dress is if she cuts herself out of it. “Donald Trump is the main course, and I am the appetizer,” the woman told the Morning News, likely causing thousands of readers to suddenly lose their appetites. Meanwhile, protests are planned for each of Trump’s Texas stops. Expect a circus.
MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS
Mark Cuban opened his heart and his wallet (like, really opened his wallet) to help Dallas’s LGBTQ community following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend. The billionaire businessman and investor (and potential vice president of the United States?) donated $1 million to the Dallas Police Department on Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a press release that Cuban’s money will go towards 16,000 hours of overtime to boost the police presence in Oak Lawn. The neighborhood is Dallas’s LGBT hub, and has fell victim to a string of assaults since the fall. Many in the community suspect the rash of violence is motivated by anti-LGBTQ hate. Even before Cuban’s donation, the city had already stepped up police patrols in Oak Lawn in response to the Orlando shooting. Meanwhile, police in Houston are investigating a threat made to the city’s upcoming gay pride parade. According to the Houston Chronicle, someone tweeted that there will be a “massive shooting” at the parade on June 25. The Twitter account has since been deleted, and police told the Chronicle that they are still trying to figure out who it belonged to. The Houston Police Department also said it will increase its presence at the parade.
Three more women have come forward in another Title IX lawsuit alleging that Baylor University mishandled their sexual assault cases, including one woman who said she was assaulted by a football player, according to the Waco Tribune. This is the latest lawsuit in a sexual assault scandal that has changed the entire fabric of the university. After an independent report into the issue by law firm Pepper Hamilton found that Baylor completely failed to properly handle and investigate allegations of sexual assault, particularly allegations made against football players, the university removed its president, head football coach and athletic director and implemented task forces to complete extensive changes throughout the campus. In the new lawsuit, one of the women claimed Baylor’s failure to respond to her alleged assault goes all the way back to 2004, when the woman, who was underage at the time, says she was assaulted near campus. All three women in the suit say they were deterred from reporting their assaults, according to ESPN.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a gag order in the case of a one of the bikers involved in the Twin Peaks shootout last year, meaning investigators and everyone else can finally talk freely about the case, according to the Associated Press. The gag order, which was requested by prosecutors, resulted in pretty much total silence from officials regarding the investigation since the incident first happened in May 2015. The gun battle between members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle gangs and police at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco left nine bikers dead. A whopping 177 bikers were arrested that day, and a total of 154 have since been charged with “engaging in organized criminal activity,” but no trial dates have been set for any of the bikers yet. So now investigators and prosecutors will open up about what they know, right? Not exactly. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna told the Waco Tribune that “we will leave our talking for the courtroom,” and a Waco police spokesman told the Associated Press that “we don’t want to possibly hinder the court process by discussing further evidence or information about the case.”
WHAT WE’RE READING
How to get an abortion in Texas: go to Florida New York Times
Trump pinatas are selling like hotcakes in San Antonio San Antonio Current
After a ten-year legal battle, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas can keep its feathers McClatchy
A journalist was fatally shot in North Texas Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A professor at Texas State has spent the last 16 years studying people’s final conversations KXAN