The Texas Supreme Court shot down the state Republican Party's appeal to allow its convention to be held in person during the coronavirus pandemic. In a 7-1 ruling, the justices upheld Houston's refusal to host the convention on Monday, which occurred after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, canceled the party's annual convention late last week, citing increased public health concerns as COVID-19 cases surge in Texas.
H/T: Washington Examiner
“Mayor Turner was explicit in his objective to dig through our contract and try to find a way, any way, to shut us down,” the GOP said. “Mayor Turner changed Health Department guidelines to impose additional requirements on the Republican Party that he did not impose on other organizations.”
BREAKING: The Texas Supreme Court rejects appeals from the state's Republican Party to hold an in-person political convention after it was canceled by Houston officials last week due to the coronavirus https://t.co/mvu8PeVAn0— Austin Statesman (@statesman) July 13, 2020
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Monday upheld Houston’s refusal to allow the state Republican convention to hold in-person events in the city due to the coronavirus pandemic.https://t.co/nEfqzhg0gm— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 13, 2020
Jared Woodfill, lawyer leading the Hotze fight, also will press on.— Chuck Lindell (@chucklindell) July 13, 2020
“I’m not giving up until we have explored every legal vehicle available to the delegates. They have worked too hard for too long to be left behind,” Woodfill said.
Texas Supreme Court refuses to order Houston to host Texas GOP convention https://t.co/li8oD2tWeW— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 13, 2020
The Texas Supreme Court declined to issue a writ of mandamus, which would have forced Houston First Corporation to perform its legal, contactual obligations for the Houston Republican Convention. The court cited a lack of jurisdiction in a narrow ruling. https://t.co/XnVruSTbKA— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 13, 2020