HISD Teacher Who Called Muslims "Goat-Fuckers" Challenges Quanell X Over Racism Accusations

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The controversial HISD teacher who made disparaging comments about Muslims on a local conservative cable access TV show is now challenging community activist Quanell X for accusing her of being a racist.

Angela Box, a third-grade teacher at HISD's Ray K. Daily Elementary School on the West side of Houston, was accused by Quanell X late last week of using the "N word" while referring to President Obama in a press conference in front of the school.

It was a charge Box vehemently denied, and it turns out she was telling the truth. Quanell addressed the war over the "N word" accusation Wednesday, saying that it turns out his "publicist made a mistake." Box is now demanding an apology from the community leader.

"This is a lie," she said. "I demand that Quanell X apologize to me."

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UPDATED Fed Up With City Council, Montgomery Mayor Posts About Resignation on Facebook

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Fed up with his city council's "fear" and "arrogance" over a proposed grocery store in his town, the mayor of Montgomery, Texas, took to Facebook to vent post his official resignation* last week.

In a rant worthy of a thousand "likes," Montgomery Mayor John L. Fox aired the city's dirty laundry on the social media site November 15, stating that the Montgomery City Council was unlikely to approve the proposal for a new Kroger. Fox said that goes against the organized growth he's been pushing for in the small town, which in 2013 had a population of about 676 people.

But Fox didn't stop there. Elevating his post to bad-bitch status, Fox reminded everyone to "Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way," and then made it clear that the waffling over the new grocer was enough to make him decide to straight up quit, effective 6:30 p.m. Friday.


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Former Constable Victor Trevino Avoids Jail Time, Sentenced to 10 Years Probation

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Longtime Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino won't face jail time but will remain a convicted felon.

Trevino, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misapplication of fiduciary duty, a felony that could have put him behind bars for 10 years, will instead face 10 years probation, along with a $1,000 fine and 150 hours of community service, a judge ruled at his sentencing hearing Monday.

Prosecutors had claimed that Trevino siphoned cash from his well-known charity, Constable's Athletic Recreational and Education Events Inc. (CARE), to buy Lotto tickets and fund gambling trips to Louisiana casinos. Early this year, the Harris County DA's Office had offered Trevino what, to the rest of us regular non-elected folk, seemed like the deal of a lifetime: avoid four felony indictments by simply resigning and copping to the equivalent of a traffic ticket (a class C misdemeanor). Trevino, for whatever reason, rejected the deal, but then pleaded guilty to one felony count early this month after only one day of trial.

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PRIDE Houston Moves Date of 2015 Celebration After Uproar Over Juneteenth Conflict

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The organizers of the 2015 PRIDE Houston have agreed to move festivities from the weekend of Juneteenth to a later date after a number of community members spoke out about the conflicting dates.

PRIDE organizers had originally scheduled the annual parade a week earlier than last year's festivities, meaning PRIDE would happen on June 20, the weekend of Juneteenth celebrations across the city and state. Organizers announced they'd agreed to reschedule the date to a later weekend during a heated meeting at the Montrose Center Thursday night.

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Even Some Conservatives Think Ted Cruz Doesn't Understand Net Neutrality

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You can always count on Sen. Ted Cruz to lead the charge, even if it sometimes turns out he didn't entirely understand what he was charging toward (read: the Lorne Michaels bit about corporations, most of what he said about Obamacare, ect.). This week Cruz was ready with a neo-classic Cruz response after President Obama gave a Sunday talk-show interview supporting Net Neutrality.

Of course, Cruz immediately took to social media to share his disgust with what he claimed would the Obamacare-ization of the internet. However, while Cruz has a host of adoring fans, his claims about Net Neutrality backfired when he (or more likely one of his staff minions) took to Facebook to share the above screengrabbed post and rail some more about how Obama will ruin the internet and he is just trying to save it for the good of the people.

The people -- particularly the more Libertarian leaning factions of the Republican party -- fired back on ye olde Facebook, and, based on the comments on the post, a surprising number of them were not amused.


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Bipartisan Lawyers Step up to Defend Rick Perry. Seriously.

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A crew of bipartisan lawyers think that this should never have happened.

Traditionally, when anyone claims that a bipartisan group got together to protest anything, you can issue a snort of derision and comfortably state that if such group is bipartisan than pigs can take wing. However, in this one case Gov. Rick Perry seems to have pulled off the impossible.

Yes, somehow a bipartisan group of lawyers got together to file an amicus brief with the 390th District Court on behalf of Perry. On Monday, the group, led by former Texas Solicitor General James C. Ho, filed a brief contending that Perry's indictment was bogus and unconstitutional and that the charges should be dismissed.

The amici curiae is supposed to be a "diverse coalition of experts in the fields of constitutional and criminal law," as noted in the brief, but what's stunning in this case is that the group that signed on for this actually is diverse. There's Floyd Abrams, the lawyer who represented the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case. Then there's Michael Barone, a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Ashutosh Bhagwat, a professor at UC Davis School of Law. Right alongside him on the list is Jeff Blackburn, founder and chief counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas. Stop and ponder that one for a minute. One of Perry's defenders is the guy who started the Innocence Project of Texas. Paul Coggins is a former U.S. Attorney appointed by former President Bill Clinton. Alan Deershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard, is one of the most famous civil liberties lawyers in the country.

And we're not done yet.


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5 Signs the Cruz-pocalypse Is Upon Us

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Is the Cruz-pocolypse upon us?

It's finally happening. The time of the Cruz-pocalypse is nigh.

We tried to pretend it wasn't going to happen. After all, the Republicans gained control of the Senate and kept control of the House there was talk that Congress might actually do things going forward, instead of just constantly fighting. That would mean that everyone, even Sen. Ted Cruz, would have to stop yammering, sit down and actually do some legislating.

But then we read some tea leaves and examined the astrological signs and all the other harbingers and forced ourselves to face the inevitable: Cruz isn't going to slide back into the vast sea of Republican senators. He's already refusing to endorse Sen. Mitch McConnell as Senator Majority Leader and threatening to force a vote on President Obama's "amnesty" plans. And that's just for starters. No, the writing is on the wall that he'll continue to make headlines, make speeches and keep right on Cruz-ing things up as he picks up steam for that practically inevitable run for president.


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Texas Was Hardly a "Battleground" Last Night

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The man behind this ad is your new governor, Texas.

Anyone hoping Texas' deep red days were behind us got a big fat wakeup call last night. The AP called the governor's race for Greg Abbott just an hour after the polls closed (not much of a surprise there), and as election results continued to trickle in, this much became clear: big, moneyed efforts completely failed at pushing Texas any closer toward swing-state territory. No way in hell does it look like Texas will "turn blue" any time soon; last night, it just got a deeper shade of red.

Battleground Texas, the group started by former Obama operatives that hoped to boost the state's Democratic vote, appears to have changed very little this go at it. Some say its blunders -- like declaring in a memo right before Election Day that voter turnout was totally up, when it was really totally down -- may have actually hurt Democratic prospects in Texas. Maybe it really was impossible to make any gains with this level of anti-Obama fervor bleeding into state races across the country.

Battleground Texas had from the start said it was playing a long game, saying it couldn't change Texas overnight. But the statement last night from executive director Jenn Brown, lauding the group's "unprecedented data infrastructure" and "cutting-edge digital strategies that helped connect Texans in every community," was exactly the kind of opaque language you'd expect when there's very little silver lining to point to.

There are a number of reasons to believe Texas might not turn blue anytime soon -- booming population in the state's red-leaning suburbs, small towns that are even more staunchly Republican than they used to be, and a state Democratic party that can't field enough candidates to even put at Democrat in every race across the state (see this handy Texas Monthly graphic). So lets look at some of last night's races to see what prompted state GOP chairman Steve Munesteri to oh-so-humbly declare, "We annihilated Battleground Texas."

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Texas Is Seeing Red: The Best (and Worst) Election Night Twitter Rants

Well, it appears that Texas is remaining awfully red. At least for the next four years or so, anyway.

With the results of last night's elections leaning quite heavily in favor of Texas Republicans, quite a few of the folks who were aiming to turn Texas blue took to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

We love a good vent -- especially on social media -- and so many of the Dems' responses were too clever to pass up. So we've compiled some of the best to help you ease those blue-blooded wounds this morning.

But don't worry. There's more.

While we were trolling our Twitter timelines for reactions that measured up to comedic gold, we came across some of the worst sore winner comments we've ever seen, and because we were kind of horrified, we've thrown some in for good measure. Fair is fair, right?

Here's to four more years, folks.

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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: HERO Supporters "Will Be Destroyed"

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Reality TV, duck calls and homophobia came to a head this weekend during the "I Stand Sunday" event at Grace Community Church, a protest thrown by conservative Christians in their fight against the "dark forces" and the "radical agenda" that is (apparently) sweeping our nation.

Thousands of people showed up last night for I Stand Sunday, a rally by conservatives against the City of Houston's HERO ordinance, which bans discrimination against gay and transgender people. The televised service featured speeches from a number of well-known conservative leaders, including Fox News host Mike Huckabee and the Duck Dynasty reality star Phil Robertson.

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