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December 10, 2019      3:31 PM

We are told Rep. Bill Zedler will not seek reelection, withdrawing his name today

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December 10, 2019      11:28 AM

Now that she has no primary challenge, Gov. Abbott endorses Rep. Sarah Davis

Abbott says he and Davis have not always seen eye to eye but "we share the same commitment to bring people together to solve problems."

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December 9, 2019      7:31 PM

Rep. Mike Lang apparently changed his mind, again, and filed for Hood County Commissioner

As we understand it, Rep. Lang will retire from the House and run for Commissioners Court. At least one GOP State Representative on social media wished Lang luck in his race for commissioner, which Lang retweeted

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December 9, 2019      6:36 PM

With candidate filing concluded, Democrats set their sights on November while the GOP avoids numerous Texas House primary fights

But, “All eyes…on November” doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a few ugly races in March; very few surprises on the last day of filing

Candidate filing for the coming cycle has now concluded and, as one observer put it, “all eyes are on November.” But others said there will be some sparks in the March primary.

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By James Russell

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December 9, 2019      6:33 PM

Longtime Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack did not file for reelection

The Pct 3 commissioner was first elected in 1988

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December 9, 2019      12:39 PM

Braddock on Radio: Bloomberg campaigns in Plano, impeachment talk, and race fueled controversies in Texas GOP

On KFYO radio, Editor Scott Braddock and Chad Hasty discuss a wild weekend in Texas politics

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December 9, 2019      12:24 PM

Chairman Huberty endorsed by former Congressman Ted Poe

Here’s the endorsement.

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December 7, 2019      8:11 PM

Galveston County GOP Chair under pressure from Republicans to resign over racist text message

Via the Galveston County Daily News:

Galveston County Republican Party Chairwoman Yolanda Waters faces demands for her resignation from members of her own party after revelations she used a racist slur in reference to another party member in a text message earlier this year.

The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and a group of more than a dozen local precinct chairs called Saturday for Waters' resignation and state officials confirmed the text had already caused Waters to resign from a state-appointed board at a request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Despite the loud calls for resignation, Waters on Saturday was adamant she had no plans to do so, arguing the slur was a typo.

"I am saddened and hurt that anyone believes I am 'racist' against my own people," Waters said.

Details of Waters' text have been known to local and state Republican leaders for weeks, officials said. They became public late last week when a group of precinct chairs called an emergency meeting to discuss Waters.

Precinct chairs called the meeting after learning Waters had referred to member J.T. Edwards, a black man, by the n-word in a text earlier this year.

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December 6, 2019      8:00 PM

People on the Move

Lobby moves, appointments, Democrats staffing up for 2020, Christmas parties, and the end of year schedule for POTM

Great to see so many of you at Christmas parties around town and at the Texas Association of Business luncheon in Houston Wednesday as well as the Dallas Citizens Council annual meeting yesterday in Big D.

Being on the road for two weeks has worn your editor down so some time here in Austin will be just fine heading into the Christmas season. For those who asked, the Texas Take Podcast will be coming your way this afternoon – apologies for the late delivery.

Members of the Texas House Republican Caucus huddled this morning but we are told nothing interesting happened.

Meantime, POTM was off for Thanksgiving and we’re back as promised. Some readers asked about the POTM schedule heading into Christmas, so I’ll address it at the bottom of this column. For now, please keep sending career news to ksbraddock@gmail.com and use POTM in the subject line if you don’t mind. Helps me keep it all together.

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

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By Scott Braddock

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December 6, 2019      6:02 PM

Ahead of filing deadline, Rep. Lance Gooden scores endorsement of President Trump

In a tweet, President Trump says Gooden "has done a wonderful job for the people of Texas while supporting our #MAGA Agenda. He continues to protect your very important #2A. Lance is Strong on Crime and the Border, he Loves our Great Vets and Military. Lance has my Complete & Total Endorsement!"

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December 3, 2019      6:00 PM

Health plans press for specifics on STAR+PLUS contract award

The quandary among competing health plans is that Superior HealthPlan was the subject of a high-profile state audit in January 2018, one that drew the ire of numerous lawmakers

The Health and Human Services Commission has awarded – but not yet executed – STAR + PLUS Medicaid contracts that will replace a botched contract award pulled last summer.

That $10 billion contract award, which covered about 526,000 Medicaid patients, appears to be the subject of strong interest among the state’s health plans. Health plans, under the state’s open records law, have sought to request the rationale of the contract award.

HHSC has argued that the contract awards can be withheld under state law.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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December 3, 2019      5:57 PM

Comptroller Hegar endorses Jacey Jetton for the Texas House seat now being vacated by Rep. Rick Miller

“I have seen Jacey Jetton’s leadership in our party and the local community. As Chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party, Jacey broke fundraising records, paid off the party’s debt, and helped achieve record turnout in a midterm election.”

Here’s the full endorsement:

"Now more than ever, Fort Bend County Republicans need a proven and energetic conservative as our nominee for State Representative District 26 to rebuild trust and lead our party to victory in November. That is why I am proud to endorse Jacey Jetton for State Representative.

I represented Fort Bend County in the Texas House and the Texas Senate. I have seen Jacey Jetton’s leadership in our party and the local community. As Chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party, Jacey broke fundraising records, paid off the party’s debt, and helped achieve record turnout in a midterm election. Jacey has worked hard to build relationships of trust throughout this growing and diverse county, and unite people behind shared conservative values of family, freedom, and opportunity.

Jacey Jetton’s proven record as a community leader, business leader, Army National Guardsman, and very effective Chairman for the Fort Bend County Republican Party make him the best choice for State Representative District 26."

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December 3, 2019      4:49 PM

Rep. Rick Miller to not seek reelection

“During a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle I made some statements that were insensitive and inexcusable. In trying to make a point about the campaign I used a poor choice of words that are not indicative of my character or heart. As a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and elected official, I have dedicated my life to public service and improving the lives of our country and my constituents. My comments were not made with malice nor do they reflect who I am or who I strive to be. I want to publicly apologize to Jacey, Leonard and my constituents and friends who have put their trust in me through the years. I do not want to be a distraction for my party or my constituents, and therefore I have decided not to seek re-election," he said in a statement.

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December 3, 2019      3:30 PM

Initial UT Austin study appears to back the readability of STAAR

On every grade level and across subjects, the readability of items appeared to be appropriate, based on the assessment of outside reviewers

A lawmaker-mandated outside assessment of the STAAR appears to side with the Texas Education Agency on the appropriate readability level of texts in the assessments for elementary and middle school.

Superintendents strenuously objected to the STAAR last session, citing a study by faculty at Texas A&M University - Commerce that noted that the reading level of assessments was often two grade levels beyond the ability of Texas students.

While the researchers were often quoted as using “lexile standards,” the actual research was based on a variety of reading assessments. The higher the Lexile measure, the higher the student's reading level.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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December 3, 2019      3:29 PM

Pressure mounting: After Rep. Rick Miller said his GOP challengers are running because they are Asian, Gov. Abbott withdraws endorsement

Also, the Fort Bend County GOP Chair asked Miller to withdraw his candidacy for Texas House: "It is absolutely impossible to represent Fort Bend County without embracing and encouraging diversity," said GOP Chair Linda Howell

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