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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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’
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.
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."
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.