Houston allowed to back out of GOP state convention.

Texas Supreme Court upholds city's cancelation of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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July 13, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman / TNS

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.

The court dismissed an appeal of a state district judge’s denial of a temporary restraining order sought by the state Republican Party. Shortly after the ruling, GOP leaders said they would call a meeting of the party’s executive committee to “finalize our path forward.” A separate court hearing was ongoing Monday in Harris County, where Houston is located, in which a different judge was hearing the party’s arguments to allow the convention to go forward.

The state GOP convention had been scheduled to begin Thursday at Houston’s downtown convention center and was expected to draw thousands of participants.

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