Texans making headlines in all 3 branches of government

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Al Green, the U.S. congressman from Houston has officially filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but he stepped back from the measure later in the day. According to Alana Rocha with the Texas Tribune, "There are leaders in the democratic party consciously trying not to run on impeachment in the 2018 midterm elections." When asked why, Rocha said “They’re walking a fine line. They don’t want to alienate moderates, but they also don’t want to alienate their base if it did come to a vote and they voted no.” Rocha went on to say that if Democrats, who don't want to alienate moderates, voted against impeachment, it could seem like they are giving their stamp of approval to the president and the job he's doing.

Moving on to the Senate, things have changed in the race between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Both campaigns have released their quarterly finance reports for the last three months. They show that Cruz out-raised O'Rourke by $300,000. In the previous quarter, O'Rourke raised more money. Cruz also has more money in his campaign war chest, valued at more than $6 million, compared to O'Rourke's $2.4 million. However, Rocha pointed out that Cruz's money came from three different sources, including super-pacs and O'Rourke had 7,000 more individual donors. Rocha also pointed out that money isn't everything, mentioning Wendy Davis' challenge to Governor Abbott, which was competitive financially but she lost by a wide margin.

Finally, President Donald Trump is at odds with one of his judicial nominees. Dallas attorney James Ho has been appointed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, but he disagrees with the president on the issue of birthright citizenship. Ho is a Taiwanese immigrant, naturalized at the age of 9. He became a prominent Dallas attorney, but has not served as a judge. Ho began writing on the issue of birthright citizenship soon after graduating from high school, saying the children of undocumented immigrants have no less a right to citizenship than the descendants of those who traveled on the Mayflower.