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December 3, 2021      12:10 PM

People on the Move

The staffer shuffle, veteran lobby moves, agency news, and more

On this dreary Friday, we are now closing in on the filing deadline. As reporter James Russell has noted there have been a few surprises but for the most part the announcements and filings have been what most of us expected all along.

It seems GOP incumbents have given little reason for third party enforcement groups to be angry with their voting records – not that those groups won't just make things up – leading some sharp observers to point out that there really aren't that many legislative challengers as compared to some past cycles. We'll see what happens before December 13.

Meantime, some of you ask now and then what the deadline is for POTM submissions. The answer is typically that you can send career news anytime you like to ksbraddock@gmail.com and use POTM in the subject line so you're not lost in the shuffle. But if you want something to appear ASAP, the answer is to submit it prior to 10am on Friday a couple hours before this column is usually published. During the holidays, just remember there will not be a POTM article on December 24 or 31.

Here's the latest edition of People on the Move.

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By Scott Braddock

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December 2, 2021      4:28 PM

TLR and Paxton on opposite sides of coastal Texas Senate primary taking shape between Middleton and Armstrong

Meantime McConaughey, Sen. Taylor and Rep. Cason bow out while more candidates jump in

Another week brought another round of election filings, major announcements and endorsements. Let’s get into it.

In a three-minute video that could have easily lasted 13 seconds instead, Matthew McConaughey announced he’s not running for Texas governor.

In actual news, another senator announced he is retiring. Texas Senate Education Chair Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, plans to retire after serving two decades in the Legislature.

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mayes Middleton, R-River Oaks, who had planned to run against him, immediately filed for the seat. There have been rumblings that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was encouraging Middleton to run against Taylor, helping to force the incumbent out.

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By James Russell

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December 2, 2021      8:41 AM

Former Rep. Libby Linebarger passed away

The story is here in the Hays Free Press News-Dispatch.

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December 1, 2021      5:46 PM

After arguments in Mississippi case, Supreme Court of the United States seems poised to roll back at least some of Roe V Wade

Observers of today’s arguments over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban expect the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back at least some of the rights granted under Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood, if not an outright reversal of abortion rights.

A decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health (the only abortion clinic in Mississippi) is expected in either June or July, heading right into the general election.

Mississippi went for broke in its arguments, saying Roe v Wade lacked constitutionality, and all decisions on abortion rights should be returned to states.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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November 30, 2021      5:30 PM

JR: Seizing on critical race theory debate, the TPPF crowd ramps up for a major school choice campaign

Fundraising is underway for something called the “Set the Captives Free” campaign; critics of that say “These are absolute fabricated lies concocted by those in Washington, D.C. and the rich.”

With Texas public schools under seemingly daily attack over allegations of “critical race theory” in curriculum, pornographic books in libraries, and transgender children in youth sports, you had to know it wouldn’t be long before the school voucher grift was in full swing.

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By James Russell

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November 30, 2021      4:56 PM

Rep. Middleton files for the Texas Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Taylor

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November 30, 2021      4:37 PM

Sen. Larry Taylor will not seek reelection

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