GOP legislators use power to control local affairs - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

GOP legislators use power to control local affairs

Posted: Updated:

By BILL BARROW
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Republicans in some states are using their control to reach into local affairs, including in cities and counties controlled by Democrats.

In North Carolina, GOP lawmakers are trying to create a regional authority to control the Charlotte Airport now run by Mayor Anthony Foxx and the city council. Foxx is President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of transportation. The GOP has already voted to regionalize the water system in Asheville.

In Georgia, the fight centers on Fulton County and the Atlanta metro transit system. As in North Carolina, various bills would shift authority to either state officials or more Republican suburbs.

Republicans say they aren't making a power play, but Democrats accuse them of abusing their power to takeover local governments they can't win over at the ballot box.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Woman's Body found During Search

    Woman's Body found During Search

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:28:47 GMT
    The body of a female has been found in North Harris County after a woman was reported missing in Houston over the weekend.The body was found on the 15,000 block of Bammel North Houston.The remains have not been identified but we arr told the body is female and there is an ongoing search effort to find a 43-year-old missing woman in northwest Harris County.Authorities say a man walking a dog found the body wrapped in a blanket off Concrete Drive.Texas EquuSearch volunteers were in the area loo...
    The body of a female has been found in North Harris County after a woman was reported missing in Houston over the weekend.The body was found on the 15,000 block of Bammel North Houston.The remains have not been identified but we arr told the body is female and there is an ongoing search effort to find a 43-year-old missing woman in northwest Harris County.Authorities say a man walking a dog found the body wrapped in a blanket off Concrete Drive.Texas EquuSearch volunteers were in the area loo...
  • Controversial Crude Oil Hits Texas Coastline

    Controversial Crude Oil Hits Texas Coastline

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:16:04 GMT
    Controversial crude off the Texas coast is causing quite a stir all around the world. The U.S. Coast Guard has given the Kurdish tanker carrying crude thego ahead to start unloading the oil. The ship is 60 miles off the Texas coast and won’t come any closer because it’s too large to fit into the port but here’s why the crude is controversial, it’s coming from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Iraqi officials are warning everyone in the world anyone who buys this oil is “purchasing stolen goods”.“...
    Controversial crude off the Texas coast is causing quite a stir all around the world. The U.S. Coast Guard has given the Kurdish tanker carrying crude thego ahead to start unloading the oil. The ship is 60 miles off the Texas coast and won’t come any closer because it’s too large to fit into the port but here’s why the crude is controversial, it’s coming from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Iraqi officials are warning everyone in the world anyone who buys this oil is “purchasing stolen goods”.“...
  • Jury to decide fate of cop killer

    Jury to decide fate of cop killer

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:13:11 GMT
    The jury head closing arguments in the punishment phase of the capital murder trial of Harlem Lewis .District Attorney Devon Anderson started by challenging the jury.. Challenging them to send convicted killer Harlem Lewis to death row. "We need you to do your duty. We need you to do your duty as a citizen of this community.She called Lewis a remorseless killer for shooting Bellaire Police Cpl. Jimmy Norman and business owner Terry Taylor after afar chase Christmas Eve 2012. She said people l...
    The jury head closing arguments in the punishment phase of the capital murder trial of Harlem Lewis .District Attorney Devon Anderson started by challenging the jury.. Challenging them to send convicted killer Harlem Lewis to death row. "We need you to do your duty. We need you to do your duty as a citizen of this community.She called Lewis a remorseless killer for shooting Bellaire Police Cpl. Jimmy Norman and business owner Terry Taylor after afar chase Christmas Eve 2012. She said people l...
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices