Political Points: Update on Non-citizen Voters, Political Football, Cornyn on GOP's Chances in 2020

Good morning! Here are the top political headlines from Austin, Washington, Dallas and Plano.Points from Austin1. At least 20,000 people state officials listed as potential non-citizen voters have been removed from the list after the state told counties the data it provided was flawed, local officials said Wednesday.And Secretary of State David Whitley, whose office has gone silent in giving direction to county election administrators and responding to the news media, told civil rights groups late Wednesday that he'll respond to them "within the next week." The 13 groups have asked Whitley, a recent appointee of Gov. Greg Abbott, to withdraw his request for counties to review nearly 100,000 Texans' eligibility to vote.2. The governor is holding a news conference today with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Will the topic be one of his priorities for the session? Here's a look at what his goals are and how he plans to accomplish them.3. Former Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young stepped onto the field of his old rival, Texas A&M, on Wednesday to help about 50 Texas lawmakers -- freshmen vs. veterans -- play an annual flag football game. To find out who played, who won and see some video from the game, visit SportsDayDFW.com.4. Lawmakers are hoping a bipartisan effort will emerge in the Legislature to address the dozens of Texas women who die every year from pregnancy-related complications. More than half of births in Texas are funded by Medicaid, but coverage expires 60 days postpartum for most women. Several Democrats and at least one Republican have proposed extending Medicaid coverage to one year after a woman gives birth or has a miscarriage.5. Four of Texas' major LGBT chambers of commerce, including North Texas', have united to form a coalition that plans to advocate on behalf of LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses in the state. The move was sparked in part by Republicans' attempts to pass bathroom bill legislation during the 2017 legislative session which attempted to regulate which bathrooms transgender Texans were able to use.6. We're trying to make it easier, and more fun, to stay informed on what your state representatives and senators are up to. In the spirit of Schoolhouse Rock, we've started a video series about politics. The first installment is about how the state Legislature works.7. At our new site, Texas Tracker: Your Guide to the State Legislature, you'll find stories, analysis and more from the Capitol. If you're a Dallas Morning News subscriber, you can customize your feed. Sign in, click the issues you want to follow, and you'll see only posts matching those topics.Points from Washington  Continue reading...

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