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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 DOJ: 2 new Texas votii^ maps don’t meet fed law  The Associated Press  AUSTIN  Th(> U.S. f)t*f)artnu‘nt of )usti( e in a (ourt tiling Mond.iy th.ll iexds' nevv voting maps tor ('on grcss ,infl tor tliC House do not nu'cf ii'tlcr.il iiir('  .inti fliscrirnin.itiijti rcr  ig lip  ill (!('( idr tlif  f‘g.il  nu'nts, st'tfini biittk' thcit vvii lanflsropc of iutiirc clin tions in the si,iti*.  íli(‘ c.ìs(', whic h involves tlie ('lettion distri( fs dr.nvn l)y tfie Rq)iil)li(an Ir-fl Texas I egislatur«', will likely bo fl('{ idod by a fcdcr.il ( oiirl ifi Washington, Í) (  Distrit t bound.»ries ar(> ri'drawn evi'ry 10 years to reflett dianges in c etisus d.Ua. Any changes toTf'xas' voting pradicc's must be cleared by ti'dcnal court or th(‘ lustK e liepartmcnl  to ensure changes do not disc riminate based on race or color.  The justice Department t(K )k issue with the maps for ('ongress and the Texas Nousí^ but it agreed with the st.ife attorney general that maps for the Texas Senate .ind State Board of Edu-c ation met recjuirc'ments undc'r the federal Voting Rights Ac t. But the lustic e 1 >epartm(‘nf rc‘ite’r.itc'd that tli(' court would have to m.ike its own ck*tc*rmination on the c‘duc ation l)o.vrd and Sc'nate maf)s.  Ihe <Tgenc y cleni(‘d that the congressional and House plans niairrlain or inc rc.ise the' ability of minority vc)ters to elcH t thc'ir can-cjid.iteof c hoice, as requircHl by fc’cic'r.il law. The Voting Kighls Act rcHfuires map  drawers to give spec iai protection to districts that contain mostly minorities.  "The D.C^ court will have to fiear these* issues fully ar>d we will have a chance to put in c)ur evidence supporting why we think that the plan sfipuld not be precleared, "said Nina Perales, an attorney for the Mexican American    ¿»ncJ  D(*f(*nse Fund, which has joined the case.  "Now, it's going to have to be* dc*c ided )y the court."  A separate trial combining l.iwsuits filc-d against the plans wrapfK'd up last week in San Antonio. During the trial, minority groups arguc’d the new voting districts don't reflect the st.itewide Hispanic population boom over the past dec .ide in Texas.  Perry slams Obama over Israel  The Associated Press  NEW YORK  Rc'|)ublif .in presidenti.il candid.ites sl.Hiiinc'd I’resi dc’iit Bar.H k ( )l)ani.)'s ^t^(l die i .ist potic iC's luc*sd.iy while emphatic .illy dc’c l.ir ing their own siqiixirt lor Isr.K'l .isth(' I Iniled N.ifions c onsiclc’red <i bid hir F.iles lini.in sl.iteliood Rc’publi( .111 Iron! runnet Ri( k I’cMn. llie l('\.ts go\er nor. denounced ihe presi dc'nt's Isr.K'l poli(.\ .is "niis guid(*d .uul d.inger()us,'  s()c\iking to su )porlers in Nc'w York .is t ie ( )bama .ulniinistr.ition worked a lc’\\ milc’s .»w.iy to Ihwart .i  II.N.    vole to grant fc)rmal re< ogirifion to the* I’alestin-ian Authorily.  IV'fry .liso ac c used Oba-  III.1    of appeasc*mc'nt, as did Ntinncvsot.i Rc*p. Michc'le B.it hmann, who assailed the* president from the* Midwest.  I’c'rry's ( hi(‘f rival for the* nonvin.itioti, torm(*r Massa-i liusetts ( lov. Mitt Romnev,  issued a statement accusing Obama of "throwing Israc'l under the bus."  The* Republican campaigns have* similar goals: establish contrasts with Obama on an issue where hc*'s struggled; chip away at Americ an lews' support for Democ rats and fvrove their conservative, pro-Israc'l bona tides with the c'vangelical voters who will play a significant role in the Republican presidentral pri-maric*s.  Tu^Nioht;  Stray Cat Proffuctlens DJ-FREE  UroteMi Wrnmen D«l, H«iiiiitKiliob mici HB    »aiKi^RiE  Thuni. NIaht:  Clint Taft & TIm Buck WIM Band-FREE  ErkNIalii;.  Willies Kaiaoka-FREE, Straight Shot Band-$599  SfiUiiahL  |K Bar W Band-FREE, Th« Jeremy Richards Band-FREE, ji    Oary Olenn & The Twenty X Band-$5S9  Siin..MiflbL  Mario Fiores & The Soda Creek Band-FREE  SUNDAY  CBR BULL RIDING, 2 PM  LIVESTOCK SHOW • ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL KIDDIE TRACT(Ml PULL • EXHIBITS  Suicide bomber kills former Afghan president  Ttif! Assfx;iat*’(1 Pfess  KABUL. Afgtuinistan  A suK i(le .ilt.u kei with a bomb in Ins luiban posi'd .IS .1 iaiib.in [)('.H e eirv()\ .ind .Tssassinatc'd .) tormei Afghan presideni who l(»r I lie p.ist ve.ii he.iik'd a gov ernmc*nl < ounc il s(‘c*king a [lolitic al settlc'ment with ihe insurgc*nls.  luc'sd.iN s .iff.K k, cairic'd  out in former I’resident Buihanuddin Rabbani's K.ibul home, dc'alt a harsh blow to attc'mpts .if ending .1 dec ,i(k‘ of war.  1ti(‘ killing ot Rabbani, an c'fhnu Tajik .irid one of fh(' wise ( )ld me'n (>f Afghan polliles, uill blunt c'fforts to keep in che*(k the rc'gion.il .»nd e'thnic rivalry's that help teH*d the* insur-  Casa de Linda Art Center  Now Enrolling..limited Seating!  SANTAS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE WORKSHOP  Create your own  STAINED GLASS  CHRISTMAS VILLAGE!  Saturdays 9 am-Noon • Oct. 1-Nov. 5.  Complete a church, residence, storefront and 3 trees using the copper foil method during the 6-week course. Open to adults & teens. Call today to enroll!  mm  DE Ufi,.  Ci .3^ I *5  CENTER  35  Casa de Linda Art Center  850 S Bus IH-35  ge*ncy,  I’residenf Hamid Karzai cut short a visit to the United Nations and calle*d on Afghans to remain unified in the face of Rabbani's "martyrdom."  /\n emergenc y ( abinet meeting was calk'd for today.  PUBLIC NOTICE  Brief Explanatory Statements of Proposed  Constitutional Amendments  Special Election November 8, 2011  •( Grt9^ Sm  710 Landa Sh • 830.006.9622  Finoncial Assistane« is ovaibble through our Open Doors Schdarship Program - forms ovoilable online.  TMcA Missis: T» pof ih)4«»-CHri$f i» pri»ciH«s »•»<« fracfice fwfojh pr*3r»*»8 fH»f buiW sftrif, «n<< b*<)r f*r ail.  Proposition Number I (SJR 14)  SJK 14 woulJ aniemf ifie constitution to autliori/e tlio legislature to provide tfic surviving spouse ol a KK) percent i>r totaffy disabled \eteran witfi an exemption from ad \ atoreni taxation ol at! or part ot the niarket value t)t tfie surv iv-ing spouse's residence fioniestead as long as tfie surviving spouse fias not retnarned. tfie properly was tfie residence fionie.stead of tfie surviving spouse wfien tfie tjuafitying veteran died, and tfie pio|Kily remains tfie residence futmestead of the surviving spouse.  The proposed amendment woufd appear on tfie fialfot as follows: “Tfie constitutionai amendment autfiori/ing the fegislature to provide for an exemption from ad vaforem taxation ot alf or part ot the mariner value <»1 the residence homestead of tfie surviving spouse of a f()() percent or totaffy disabled veteran.”  Proposition Number 2 (SJR 4)  SJR 4 would amend the constitU’ tion t(y authi)ri/e tfie Texas Water f)eveft)pment Boatd to issue additional general obfigation bonds on a continuing basis for one or more accounts of the lexas Water Devefopmeiit Fund II, with the restriction that the total anu>unt ot fionds outstanding at any time does not exceed $6 biflion.  The proposed amendment would ap|X'ar on the ballot as foffows: “Vhe constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obfigation bonds by tfie Texas Water I)evef()pmenl IU)ar(J in an amount not to exceed *{>6 billion at any time outstanding.”  Proposition Nuniber 3 (SJR 50)  SJR 50 woufd amend the constitution to authorize the Texas Higher Kducation viuirdinatrng Board or Its successors to issue and sell general obligation bonds on a continuing basis for the purpose of financing educational loans tor  students, subject to ceitain constitutional restrictions, including a restriction as to the maximum principal amount of bonds outstanding at any one time.  The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as ft)ffows; “The constitutional amendment providing tor the issuance of gen-eraf obligation bonds of the State of Texas to finance educational loans U) students."  Proposition Number 4 (HJR63)  HJR 63 would amend the consti tution to authorize the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the devefop-nient or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area within the coun ty, and to pledge increa.ses in ad valorem tax levenues imposed on property in the area by the county for repayment of such bonds or notes. The amendment does not provide independent authority for increasing ad vaforem tax rates.  The priiposed amendment woufd appear on the baflot as follows “The constitutionaf ainendmenl autfvorizing the fegislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes tt) finance the devefop ment or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdevefo|X'd, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of tfie bonds or notes increase.s in ad vaforem taxes mi posed by the county on property in the area. The amendment does not provide authority for increasing ad valorem tax rates.”  Proposition Number 5 (SJR 26)  SJR 26 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to allow cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities aiid counties without having to asse.ss an ad valorem tax and set aside a speci-tled amount of funds tor the payment of costs under the interftKal contract.  The propo.sed amendment would appear Cm the balK)t as follows; “The constitutional aniendment  authori/mg the fegisfature to af-low cities or counties to enter into interfocaf contracts with other cities or counties w ithtiut the imposition ol a tax or the provision of a sinking lutld."  Proposition Number 6 (HJR 109)  HJR f(W would amend the constitution to increase the amount of principal that is available for withdraw af from the permanent schcKil fund each year and would also clarify certain references to that fund in the constitution. Increased access to the pnnci-paf of the stale public e(.fucation trust fund would be based upon HJR l()^J granting the authority to consider alternative market calculations when determining the amount of principal that is available for distribution it) the available .sch(K)| fund. HJR l(W would also provide authority to distribute to the available school fund annual revenue from school fund land or other properties up to $3(K) million per year.  The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows; “The constitutional amendment clarifying references to the per-manenl scht)ol fund, affowing the Cleneraf Land Office to distribute revenue trom |>crinanent sch(K>t fund land or other prtvperiies to the available school fund to provide additional funding lor public education, and proviiling for an increase in the market value of the permaiieni scfuxif fund for the purpose of affowmg mcrea.sed distributions from the avaifabfe school luiid.”  Proposition Number 7 (SJR 28)  SJR 2S would amend the constitution by adding HI Paso ('ounty to the fist of counties autfioriz.ed to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop parks and recreational facilities financed by taxes.  I'he propt)sed aniendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional ainendmenl authorizing the legislature lev peniiit con.serv ation and reclania tion districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supporteil by ad valorem taxes to fund the deyel-opnient and tiiainlenance of parks and recreational facilities.”  Proposition Number 8 (SJR 16)  SJR 16 would amend the consti-UKion by ioc|iiiring tfic legislature to provide lor taxation of open space land devoted to water stew-arvlship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.  I he proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows; "The constitulionaf amendment providing lor the appraisal lor ad valorem tax puqioses of open-space land devoted to water-stew-ardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity."  Proposition Nuniber 9 (SJR 9)  SJR y would amend the constitution to autfiorize the governt)r, on the written recommendation and advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve, or commutation of punishment to a person who successfully compfetes a term of def erred adjudication community supervi-  The proposed amendmenl would appear on the ballot as foflows; "The constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who success-f iilfy completes a term of deferred adjudicatKMi community supervision."  Proposition Number 10 (SJR 37)  SJR M would amend the constitution f>v cMeiidiiig the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain focal electeil officeholders it they announce candidacy or become candidates for another office from one >ear to (»ne year and .M) days.  I he proposed amendment woufd appear on the ballot as foflows; "The constitutional amendment to change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district ofticeholders if they fx'Conie candidates lor another office "  Puhlisheil hv Secretary of State Hopé Andrade, www.s<)s.state.txMs.   

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