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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

I know… you have heard it so many times before. Don’t drink and drive. It doesn’t seem like realistic advice to some; you may have heard the old joke, “Well then how am I  going to get home from the bar?” Even people who don’t typically drink or don’t drink very much will enjoy a drink during a Christmas party that they might not otherwise have. But speaking as someone who lost a family member due to alcohol and cars, I can tell you they don’t mix well. If you are involved in an accident where someone is hurt, it is a burden you bear the rest...

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Texas Voter ID Law Update – Federal Lawsuit

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Texas Voter ID Law Update – Federal Lawsuit

Back in June, I wrote about the Texas Voter ID law that would require all voters in Texas to have a valid ID, such as a driver license or the new Texas Voter ID. This law was passed in 2011 but that had been on hold because a federal court had blocked the law in August of last year. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that struck down key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act had apparently cleared the way for Texas to move forward with implementation of the law. On Thursday, the Justice Department filed suit to keep Texas from doing just that. The Justice Department said in a...

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A Photo ID Is Now Required to Vote in Texas

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A Photo ID Is Now Required to Vote in Texas

If you have voted in the past in Texas, you may know that simply presenting a voter registration card was adequate proof to be allowed to vote. This is no longer true; a photo ID is now required to vote in Texas. Two years ago the Texas Legislature passed a law that requires any person in Texas to produce a driver’s license or some other form of photo identification in order to vote. However, because of Federal voting rights laws, enforcement of this state law has been on hold. On Tuesday this changed, when the Supreme Court of the United States made a significant ruling, striking down...

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Is the Government Listening to Your Phone Calls?

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Is the Government Listening to Your Phone Calls?

The big news broke last week that the US government has required Verizon to give them access to the records of all phone calls made on their networks since April of this year. They were granted this power by having a secret government court issue a top secret court order for these records to Verizon. This subpoena is in effect until July 19, but this time frame could be extended by the court if government officials request it and the court renews the order. So is the government listening to your phone calls? No. According to the documents obtained by the media, Verizon is turning over...

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