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Who’s to blame for high gas prices? Democratic lawmakers point the finger at oil companies

As consumers fume over skyrocketing prices for gasoline and other commodities, congressional Democrats on Wednesday called executives from big oil companies on the carpet to explain why they appear to be making unseemly fat profits in the face of an international crisis.

The House hearing was in part a response to Republicans’ campaign to blame Democrats for inflation, now running at a 40-year high and rising.

Oil executives Wednesday insisted that market forces set fuel prices, while Republican lawmakers attacked President Biden and what they called his anti-fossil fuel policies for creating supply shortfalls leading to higher prices at the pumps.

But in both parties, the blaming amounts to little more than political rhetoric and jawboning because neither side is prepared to push for the kind of action that Washington has sometimes resorted to in wartime emergencies.

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Dareia Jacobs Announces Her Candidacy for Dallas County, Precinct 4, Place 2

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Dareia Jacobs is proud to announce her candidacy for Justice of the Peace for Dallas County, Precinct 4, Place 2 during this voting season. As Justice of the Peace, Jacobs will work to expand access to housing support services, reduce absenteeism in schools, and restore trust between the community and the justice system. If elected, Jacobs will bring a community-centered approach to the bench and lead with fairness.

Mrs. Jacobs graduated with a B.A. from Lane College in Mass Communications and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Since college, Jacobs has achieved much in the field as a TV and radio commentator, author, and educator. She took these opportunities to use her voice to empower, educate, and inspire hearts and minds. She strives to help motivate students to reach their highest potential.

Jacobs is married to Bishop Eli Jacobs, pastor of the Resurrection Body of Christ Church in Dallas, TX. In her spare time, she enjoys serving her community and creating family memories with her husband and son, Eli Jr.

Her platform consists of four points, which make up the acronym FAIR:

  • F: Fair – As Justice of the Peace, I will adjudicate cases fairly and uphold the position with integrity.
  • A: Accessible – I will work to make the court system accessible and easy for the community to navigate through online forms, simple payment options, and extended hours.
  • I: Innovative – I will come up with innovative approaches to improve the courtroom experience and draw from best practices from JP courts across the state of Texas. I will also provide fair accommodations to individuals with special needs including those with physical limitations or mental health challenges. 
  • R: Responsive – I will work hard to earn the community’s trust and be responsive to your needs. I will bring a community-centered approach to the bench.

“I’m on assignment. I’m not necessarily all deep off into politics and being a politician,” Jacobs said. “I’m on assignment because there is a need for our community. And with that need, connecting as an educator and being deeply involved with a lot of students, hearing their stories, hearing their needs, especially during a pandemic, is so important. Right now, I’m looking at evictions because I had a student come to me and tell me he hasn’t been to school, not because he doesn’t want to learn, but because, ‘My Daddy left my mom, my grandmother got COVID, and my mom got a pink slip. Now we got to find a place to stay.’ I’m here to help our beautiful communities,” she added.

Read more about Jacobs and her campaign at VoteDareiaJacobsForJP.com.

North Texas Public Transit Agencies Providing Free Rides for Election 2021

On select voting days during the 2021 general election, voters can ride free on Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), and Trinity Metro to cast their ballot. Below is more information for each North Texas public transit agency’s Election 2021 free ride promotion:

DART Election 2021 Free Ride Promotion

DART is providing FREE transportation to voting locations on Election Day, Nov. 2, 2021. Voters can ride at no charge on all DART buses, light rail, Dallas Streetcar, GoLink, and Paratransit services, and on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

Free DART service will be available all day to help you get to your polling location. No proof of voter registration is required to ride free on Nov. 2. GoLink riders can use the promo code “VOTE21” at checkout for a complimentary Adult Local Day Pass in the GoPass app on Nov. 2.

Customers who need customized trip planning can map out their ride with the “Plan” tool in the free GoPass app or use the Trip Planner on DART.org. DART Customer Service is also available at 214-979-1111 to answer questions and provide trip planning information.

If you plan your trip directly in Google Maps, enter the voting location as your destination and choose the Transit option (train icon) to get travel directions using DART.

For more information on riding DART to vote go to www.DART.org/Vote.

DCTA Election 2021 Free Ride Promotion

On Tuesday, November 2, voters can ride Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) free to cast their ballot. No proof of voter registration or destination is required to ride DCTA free on this day.

The promotion is valid on the following DCTA services:

  • A-train commuter rail
  • Connect Bus system (Denton and Lewisville)
  • University of North Texas (UNT) Campus Shuttles
  • Lewisville Lakeway On-Demand
  • Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) Evening On-Demand

Denton County voters can locate their polling places and check their registration status at votedenton.com or by using the Denton County interactive map. Election Day voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Planning Your Free Trip to the Polls

As a reminder, don’t forget to check our A-train and Connect Bus schedules when planning your trip. Passengers can use our Transit Tracker system to find and track their ride via the mobile app, online, text, or by calling our customer service team at 940-243-0077. For trip planning needs, passengers can utilize our Trip Planner at RideDCTA.net.

Trinity Metro Election 2021 Free Ride Promotion

Thanks to a partnership with Tarrant County, Trinity Metro riders can show their voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride for free during early voting Oct. 18-29, and on Election Day, Nov. 2. For ZIPZONE riders, free rides will be determined by the pickup’s or destination’s proximity to a voting location. The transit services included in the program are:

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations. This is not the first time the county has teamed up with transportation providers to offer free rides to the polls. During the November 2020 election, more than 5,800 free trips to voting locations were provided through this program.

Tarrant County has multiple locations for early voting and a list of locations for Election Day. 

For questions or to schedule a ride:

  • Trinity Metro (bus, rail, ACCESS, and ZIPZONE) 817-215-8600
  • Northeast Transportation Service (NETS) 817-336-8714
  • Tarrant County Transportation Service (TCTS) 817-336-8714
  • Arlington Via 817-784-7382
  • Arlington Handitran 817-459-5390

How Voters Can Stay Safe When Riding Public Transit

All three public transit agencies recommend that riders vote early to avoid crowds. In addition, below are more tips, voters who ride DART, DCTA, and Trinity Metro should keep in mind to keep themselves and others safe this election season:

  • Wear a face mask while riding DART and while at the voting location.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it before and after your visit to the voting location, and especially after you use the voting machine. DART has hand sanitizer dispensers on board its buses and trains.
  • Bring your own sanitized pen to sign any forms.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can after leaving the voting location.
  • Consider voting early so you can avoid crowds and practice social distancing.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Read election Q&A’s with Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake-area candidates

See who is on the ballot in our Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake coverage area. Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

Southlake City Council

Election Q&A: Southlake City Council Place 1: Kathy Talley and Sabreena Hakeemy are running for Place 1 on Southlake City Council.

Election Q&A: Southlake City Council Place 6: Victor Avila and Randy Williamson are running for Place 6 on Southlake City Council.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Election Q&A: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Place 5: Coley Canter, Lori Crenshaw and Tommy Snyder are running for Place 5 on the GCISD board of trustees.

Candidates begin filing to run for local office in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

By Renee Yan

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Jan. 15 marked the first day candidates could file to run for local office in the May 2 general election. Prospective candidates must file by 5 p.m. Feb. 14 to appear on the ballot.

Other important dates to remember include April 2, the last day for residents to register to vote, and April 20, the first day of early voting.

Several people have already filed for seats on Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake city councils as well as for seats on the Carroll ISD school board.

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Republican Greg Hill Officially Files for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District

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PRESS RELEASE – NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Hill_Greg_HeadshotPEARLAND, TX – Republican Greg Hill today officially filed for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District.

Hill will now appear on the Republican Primary ballot in March of 2020.

“By filing today, we are taking the first step toward getting our country back on track and protecting our mainstream conservative values in Congress,” said Hill. “I am ready to take my experience as a U.S. Border patrol Agent, Judge, and City Councilman to Washington to secure our borders, defend ourConstitution, and uphold the rule of law.”

A lifelong Republican and district resident, Greg served as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent before returning home and serving three terms on the Pearland City Council. In 2018, Hill ran for Brazoria County Court-at-Law Judge and was one of the top voter getters, receiving more votes than any of the Republican statewide candidates.

Hill’s message and experience have clearly resonated with the community as Greg has raised more money from individual contributors than any candidate in the race for Congress.

“Now more than ever, Congress needs a new generation of leaders who reflect mainstream suburban values and can restore common sense to Washington. I’m running for Congress to defeat the radical socialist agenda of the Democratic Party, protect our pocketbooks and our families, and preserve our quality of life. The socialists are out of their minds, but they control Capitol Hill. Together we can send one of our own to Capitol Hill and take it back.”

Greg is married to his lovely wife, Amy Hill, and has two beautiful children, Isabella and Ford. They are active in their local church, and Greg serves on numerous boards and commissions in the community.

House launches Trump impeachment inquiry

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Amanda Wills, CNN

What we know so far:

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Nancy Pelosi (L) and President Trump

General Election Official Results

The statewide canvass for the November 6, 2018 General Election has been certified by Governor Abbott. Click HERE to view official results.

(Results courtesy of the Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos)

Gary Fickes named chair of Regional Transportation Council

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Fickes will lead the RTC during the Texas Legislature’s 86th session, which begins in January.

Fickes has been a primary member of the RTC since 2010, according to a news release from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, a voluntary group of municipal governments in North Central Texas that coordinates to advance the priorities of the region.

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Tom Harrison sues to cancel Plano recall election spurred by his anti-Islam Facebook posts

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(Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Plano City Council member is suing the city in an effort to derail the November recall election that could remove him from office for links disparaging Islam that were discovered on his personal Facebook page in February.

The council member, Tom Harrison, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the state’s Fifth Court of Appeals alleging the city of Plano recognized a recall petition that failed to meet the number of signatures required by the city charter. Harrison has also requested the court prevent the secretary of state from placing Harrison’s name on the ballot as the parties await the result of the lawsuit.

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