POINT COMFORT, Texas (AP) — A Texas court has dismissed a local newspaper's lawsuit claiming a state port authority broke a public meetings law when it hired a former congressman who left the...
Ex-Texas Rep. Farenthold quits lucrative port lobbying job
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A former Texas congressman who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations has quit his $160,000-a-year lobbyist position for a port authority.
Emails raise questions about ex-Texas congressman, new job
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday.
Texas lawmaker is newest member of House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Michael Cloud of Texas has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress, succeeding Blake Farenthold, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and an ethics probe.
Cloud has worked as a communications consultant and served as a Republican county chairman. He'll represent a district anchored in conservative Corpus Christi.
Cloud won a special election last month and is also running for the seat this November. The district leans strongly Republican.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Republican Party county chairman Michael Cloud topped a crowded, bipartisan special election field Saturday to succeed disgraced ex-Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold.
Farenthold, a Republican, abruptly resigned in April amid allegations of sexual harassment, and word that he used $84,000 from a special House fund to settle a 2014 lawsuit stemming from them.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the special congressional election in Texas (all times local):
Former Republican county chairman Michael Cloud has emerged from a crowded field to win a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold.
Farenthold resigned from Congress in April amid past sexual harassment allegations and revelations that he used $84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle them.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has accepted a lucrative position lobbying for a port in his ex-Texas district — mere weeks after resigning in disgrace amid fallout from using public funds to settle a past sexual harassment complaint.
The Calhoun Port Authority announced Monday that Farenthold would promote its interests in Washington and assist "in resolving funding issues."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ex-Congressman Blake Farenthold has rejected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's request that he pay for a special election to fill his old seat.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has a special election set for late June to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned last month amid allegations of sexual harassment and word that he used $84,000 from a special House fund to settle a 2014 lawsuit stemming from them.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking a former congressman from his own party who resigned following sexual harassment allegations to pay for the special election to replace him.
Abbott can't make Blake Farenthold comply.
Still, in a statement Wednesday, Abbott seized on Farenthold's promises to reimburse $84,000 from a special House fund that was used to settle 2014 sexual harassment claims.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a demand Wednesday that former Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican who resigned office after facing allegations of sexual harassment, pay the state to hold the election to replace him.
Mr. Abbott earlier this week announced a special election will take place in June to serve out the rest of the year.
But he said Wednesday the cash for that should come from the former congressman's campaign funds.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has suspended state law and called a special election in June to fill the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who recently resigned following sexual harassment allegations.
Abbott's Tuesday order schedules an election June 30 for a term expiring at the end of the year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the governor can call a special election to replace a retiring congressman, even as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether his district was drawn to marginalize Hispanic voters.
Paxton's non-binding opinion Monday says that a court would likely side with Abbott if he determines the Corpus Christi-based district being vacated by Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold faces "an emergency."
Former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has cut and run, stiffing taxpayers in the process.
The Republican who, unfortunately, represented Corpus Christi for far too many years had promised to reimburse taxpayers $84,000 for a sexual harassment settlement. He is worth more than $2 million, according to campaign finance disclosures. Still, he has yet to write a check. Now that he is out of office, there is no indication he ever will.
Club for Growth endorses Michael Cloud in Texas race to replace Rep. Blake Farenthold
The conservative group Club for Growth announced its endorsement for Michael Cloud on Tuesday in the race to replace current Rep. Blake Farenthold in Texas.
"Michael Cloud is a true constitutional conservative in the mold of Ron Paul and Ted Cruz. This race presents the choice between an outsider Michael Cloud and the career bureaucrat, Bech Bruun," said David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth.
Disgraced U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, is hesitating on reimbursing taxpayers for his $84,000 sexual harassment settlement. This would be money he promised taxpayers he would repay. At least, that’s what he told a Corpus Christi TV station in early December.
Farenthold harassment probe expands to potential use of House staff for campaigns
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it is expanding its probe into Corpus Christi Republican Blake Farenthold following revelations of an $84,000 taxpayer payout in a sexual harassment case.
Congressional leaders announced that the probe also will cover allegations that Farenthold may have used his congressional staff for his election campaigns and that he may have made "false statements or omissions" in his previous testimony to the committee.
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U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has made a good decision.
Farenthold, a four-term congressman from Corpus Christi, has announced he won’t seek re-election. This follows swirling news reports about alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment in his office.
Farenthold’s name won’t be on GOP primary ballot after all
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas, who isn't seeking re-election amid allegations of sexual harassment, won't appear on 2018 primary ballots after Democrats unsuccessfully tried Wednesday to leave his name in place.
Democrats argued that Farenthold's name should have to remain on the ballot since he missed the deadline in Texas for candidates to withdraw. But they quickly dropped a lawsuit Wednesday after losing before a federal judge.
The Latest: Democrats drop suit to keep Farenthold on ballot
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Texas GOP efforts to remove U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's name from the 2018 ballot following his retirement amid allegations of sexual harassment (all times local):
A lawyer for the Texas Democratic Party says they're dropping a lawsuit that sought to keep Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold on the 2018 ballot even though he's retiring.
Until recently, Texas lawmakers were not involved in the wave of accountability for sexual harassment that has roiled American politics. That's changed, and the reckoning is overdue.
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GOP’s Farenthold, bowing to pressure, won’t seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said Thursday he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, apologizing for his angry outbursts but denying sexual harassment allegations.
Farenthold: ‘I Am Profoundly Sorry’
Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election next year, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other industries.
The Latest: Speaker says retiring lawmaker made right call
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (all times local):
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold has "made the right decision" to retire at the end of his term amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Ryan told journalists Thursday that he's spoken to the four-term Texas lawmaker, who said in a Facebook video: "I am announcing my decision not to run for re-election."
Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Farenthold story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about a House Ethics Committee investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the panel's chairwoman, Rep. Susan Brooks, was from Alabama. She is from Indiana.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Ethics panel expands probe into GOP Rep. Farenthold of Texas
The House Ethics Committee says it is expanding its investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican out of Corpus Christi, denies sexual harassment allegations made against him by a former aide in 2014.
Still, he is paying back taxpayers for the $84,000 it took to settle the case. Following news reports about the settlement, Farenthold said he will take out a personal loan.
Q&A: After Conyers resigns, what’s next on misconduct front?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The resignation of Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, brings renewed focus to allegations of sexual harassment in Congress and fresh questions of what's next as lawmakers confront a national reckoning with high-profile cases that have rocked Hollywood, the media and now Washington.
Lauer,Conyers and Keillor are birds of a feather: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Where in the world is Matt Lauer? NBC's bird of prey has landed in 'Lake Webegone' along with other birds of a feather Garrison Keillor, Charlie Rose,Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weistein, Louis C.K. and Mark Halperin.
Farenthold says he will pay back money for sexual harrassment settlement
WASHINGTON — Texas U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who used $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014, says he will take out a loan to pay back the money.
Farenthold told a Corpus Christi television station Monday that he plans to take out a personal loan to repay the government, a move that would be unprecedented under the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act that governs workplace disputes against lawmakers and their staffs.
Congressman pledges to repay public funds that settled claim
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is promising to pay back taxpayer money used to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokeswoman.
The four-term congressman told KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi , "I didn't do anything wrong but I also don't want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this."
AP source: GOP congressman used public funds to settle claim
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokeswoman, according to an aide with knowledge of the settlement.
Three Texas lawmakers announced Monday they’re filing bipartisan legislation to require medical exams for commercial balloon pilots after the deadly crash near Lockhart last year that killed 16 people.
Trump offers flag-waving optimism in visit to Harvey’s path
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — With flag-waving optimism, President Donald Trump answered Harvey's wrath Tuesday by offering in-person assurances to those in the storm zone that his administration will work tirelessly to help the region recover from the massive flooding and storm-inflicted destruction.
"We are going to get you back and operating immediately," Trump told an impromptu crowd that gathered outside a Corpus Christi fire station about 30 miles from where the storm made landfall Friday.
Texas asks Supreme Court to uphold voting maps for 2018
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop before 2018 the partial redrawing of congressional maps that were found to have racial gerrymandering.
The request Friday comes after a lower federal court this week invalidated two of the state's 36 congressional districts. One is held by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin and the other by Republican Blake Farenthold.
Federal court orders Texas voting map changes ahead of 2018
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday.
Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state's 36 congressional districts. One is held by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin and the other by Republican Blake Farenthold.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oh, that dreaded open microphone!
Republican Sen. Susan Collins got caught Tuesday at the end of a hearing with a microphone that was still hot — and captured her ripping President Donald Trump and making fun of a fellow lawmaker who had been critical of her on health care.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Passions are running high on Capitol Hill — but pistols at 10 paces over health care?
GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is angry with some fellow Republicans in the Senate who are balking at parts of legislation to overturn "Obamacare." After GOP promises to repeal the law, that "is just repugnant to me," he says.
Who's to blame?
"Some of the people that are opposed to this, there are some female senators from the Northeast," Farenthold said.
That a federal court would rule last week that three congressional districts in San Antonio were intentionally drawn to disadvantage Latino voters in particular will not surprise any observer — casual or otherwise — of the state’s history of gerrymandering.
Proposal to unite Lone Star coastal lands could boost tourism, jobs
A Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, covering more than 250,000 acres of land from Jefferson to Matagorda counties, could, after just one year of operation, draw a half-million visitors, support $46 million in local sales and 1,200 jobs, an organizer for the proposal told Jefferson County Commissioners Court this week.
We're in, commissioners said in supporting a resolution for its creation.
Pence says Trump ready to undo Obama policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once he's sworn in, President-elect Donald Trump will move swiftly to undo Democratic President Barack Obama's policies.
That's the message from Vice President-elect Mike Pence to House Republicans at a Capitol Hill strategy session Wednesday.
On Jan. 20, Trump will use his power through executive orders to target the health care law and other policies.
The Latest: Trump urges supporters to vote on wrong day
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
Donald Trump is urging his supporters to vote on Election Day - but he got one key fact wrong.
In the opening moments of a rally Tuesday night in Palm Beach City, Florida, Trump told the crowd to "make sure you get out and vote, Nov. 28."
The problem with that advice? Election Day is actually Nov. 8.
Later in the rally, Trump correctly listed the date.