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July 31, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Statement Regarding COVID-19 Treatments

The Texas Medical Board is aware of sometimes conflicting information being published regarding COVID-19. In the past week there was a widely published claim of a "cure" for COVID-19. As we are all aware the medical community is still learning, researching and gaining understanding of the virus. While there are drugs and therapies being used to treat COVID-19, there is no definitive cure at this time.

From Texas Medical Board

July 31, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: State Must Prohibit School Openings Before Sept. 8

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: “With a pandemic still raging across Texas, the Texas State Teachers Association demands that the state prohibit any school district from beginning classes, in-person or remotely, before Sept. 8.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 31, 2020

TDP: Statement On Abbott Repeating His Mistake With Bars On Schools

“Greg Abbott’s reckless decision today to force the opening of schools will lead to more outbreaks and more deaths. Greg Abbott has learned nothing: he is repeating the exact same mistakes he made opening up bars too early. This isn’t a plan, it’s a death sentence.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 31, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Media Lacks Diverse Sources Of Political Analysis In 2020 Election Coverage

Progress Texas Institute is releasing an analysis of diversity in media sources over the course of the 2020 primary election season, specifically, in regards to the U.S. Senate race. Texas is one of the most diverse states in America, and when it comes to our politics we often hear about the growing communities of Asian, Black, and Latinx voters.

From Progress Texas

July 30, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Statement On Independent Review Of Fort Hood

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today issued the following statement after the Secretary of the Army announced the five civilian experts leading the independent review of Fort Hood: “I support the Secretary of the Army’s announcement of an independent review of the climate and culture at Fort Hood.

From Representative Roger Williams

July 30, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Guidance On Postponed Elections

– Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued guidance stating that local officials cannot postpone local elections that were scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 beyond November 3, 2020. This letter was addressed to Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. After moving its May 2, 2020 local election to November 3, 2020, as permitted by the governor’s proclamation, the Round Rock City Council is attempting to postpone the election—again—to May 2021.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 30, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Calls For Congressional Investigation Into The Illegal Detention Of Families In South Texas

Late last week, children and families seeking asylum were seen through the windows of the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel in McAllen, Texas calling out for help after being secretly and illegally detained without due process. The families were later moved to an unknown location according to news reports. This operation was enforced in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and contracted entities under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 30, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Herman Cain

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Herman Cain: “Our hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to Herman Cain. I was blessed to call him a friend. In his 74 years on earth, he lived the American dream to the fullest.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 30, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Plano Firefighters Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has received the endorsement and support of the Plano Firefighters Association. Representative Leach, a Plano native, is seeking his fifth term as State Representative for House District 67, which encompasses portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 30, 2020

Environment Texas: Appeals Court Again Deals Major Blow To Exxon’s Attempt To Avoid Responsibility For Record-Setting Clean Air Act Violations

In another stinging setback for ExxonMobil Corporation in a long-running environmental enforcement case, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected nearly every argument Exxon raised in its appeal of the $19.95 million penalty imposed by a federal trial court judge to punish the company for committing 16,386 days of violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant.

From Environment Texas

July 30, 2020

TexPIRG: Tells Gov. Abbott It’s Time To Shut Down, Start Over And Do It Right

TexPIRG is calling on Governor Abbott to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as cases surge to concerning levels. More than 1,000 health professionals nationwide, including 43 from Texas, have now signed an open letter to America’s decision makers urging them to shut it down, start over, and do it right this time to contain COVID-19 and save lives.

From TexPIRG

July 30, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To Continued Attempt To Strip DACA

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they will ignore a ruling from the highest court of the United States. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program had been restored to its original implementation from 2012 following a federal court order and a United States Supreme Court ruling released earlier this summer, which found that the Department of Justice’s attempt to terminate DACA violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 30, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Texas HDC Education Working Group Responds To TEA Announcement That Local Health Authority Shutdowns Will Impact School Funding

Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency announced that, consistent with a nonbinding letter recently released by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a blanket order from a local health department closing schools does not constitute a legally issued closure order. Therefore, schools closed by a local health authority and solely providing remote instruction after the allocated transition window would not qualify for funding.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 30, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: EPA Report Recognizes Railroad Commission’s Underground Injection Control Program In Mitigating Environmental Risks

The Railroad Commission continues to make positive strides with its Underground Injection Control program, ensuring the protection of underground sources of drinking water and the control of seismic activity, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

July 30, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Releases State Action Plans For 2018 And 2019 Disaster Funding Allocations

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of two state action plans detailing the distribution and eligible uses of more than $285 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding in 2018 and 2019 in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Tropical Storm Imelda in Southeast Texas.

From Texas General Land Office

July 30, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Reviews County Election Websites For Voter Safety Information: Improvements Needed To Ensure Voter Safety In November

The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its sixth survey of Texas county websites in July 2020. This review was narrow in scope, focusing the information counties are providing voters regarding the impact of COVID-19 on voting and elections. Thirty counties ranked "Outstanding" in this review. Reviews for each county are available here.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

July 30, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: Dr. Eliz Markowitz Endorsed By End Citizens United And Let America Vote

End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) announced today that Fight for Reform, their state level project, is endorsing Dr. Eliz Markowitz for Texas House District 28. This endorsement recognizes Dr. Markowitz’s leadership in the struggle to fix our broken political system.

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

July 30, 2020

Senate Hispanic Caucus: Chair, Senator Jose Menendez, Condemns Racist Rhetoric By Member Of The Texas Public Policy Foundation

Today, in response to the Texas Department of State Health Service’s COVID-19 pandemic data, Vance Ginn, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a racist statement. State Senator José Menéndez, Chairman of The Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus issued the following statement:

From Senate Hispanic Caucus

July 30, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Applauds AG Paxton’s Opinion Regarding School Openings

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to guidance issued by Attorney General Ken Paxton regarding the opening of both public and private schools across Texas:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 28, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Richardson Police Officers Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, Representative Jeff Leach (House District 67) announced another significant endorsement in his campaign for re-election with the backing of the Richardson Police Officers Association.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 28, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces Bill To Block Federal Funding For Governments Engaged In Religious Discrimination

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, today introduced the Safeguarding Americans from Coronavirus and Religious Exercise Discrimination (SACRED) Act, legislation that would block federal funding for COVID relief to state and local governments that discriminate against religious individuals or institutions, violating their First Amendment rights.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 28, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Lauds Attorney General Paxton’s Opinion Regarding The Opening Of Texas Schools

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) lauded the decision by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas) to make clear that local health departments do not have the authority to preemptively shut down Texas schools. Currently roughly 3.2 million of the 5.5 million students in Texas live in seventeen counties where local health departments have ordered schools to be preemptively closed.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 28, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: We Trust Health Experts, Not The Attorney General, When Children’s Lives Are At Stake

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: Attorney General Ken Paxton has concluded that local health officials lack the authority to order school buildings closed as a precautionary safety measure to protect students, educators and local communities in the midst of a deadly pandemic that threatens to continue raging across Texas for weeks to come.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 28, 2020

Progress Texas: Report: Texas Media Coverage Lacks Diverse Sources Of Political Analysis In 2020 Election Coverage

Progress Texas Institute releases our latest media diversity report today focusing on coverage of the Texas U.S. Senate primary race.

From Progress Texas

July 28, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The New COVID-19 Relief Bill Means For Texas

After hundreds of video conference calls, phone conversations, and socially-distanced meetings with Texans over the past few months, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following information about the new COVID-19 relief bill – the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act – announced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

From Senator John Cornyn

July 28, 2020

Texas Faculty Association: Urges Delay In Reopening All Universities, Colleges To Sept. 8

The Texas Faculty Association today urged Gov. Greg Abbott to instruct the governing boards of all state-supported universities to delay opening campuses to in-person instruction, labs and other student activities until at least Sept. 8. The association also called on community colleges and private universities in Texas to delay opening their campuses until the same date.

From Texas Faculty Association

July 28, 2020

Progress Texas: Ken Paxton’s Indictments Are Officially 5 Years Old

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the five year anniversary since Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s federal indictment on felony securities fraud charges on July 28, 2015.

From Progress Texas

July 28, 2020

TexPIRG: Gov. Abbott Extends Early Voting For November Election

Gov. Greg Abbott has extended in-person early voting for this fall’s presidential election by one week, starting on Tuesday, October 13. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, large public gatherings, like those often seen at polling places, create opportunities for the virus to spread.

From TexPIRG

July 28, 2020

Senator Peter P. Flores: Statement On Waiving Grade Promotion Requirements For 2020-2021 STAAR Testing

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year.

From Senator Peter P. Flores

July 28, 2020

Texas Public Power Association: Enters 43rd Year With New Leadership

The Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) announced the election of new officers to lead the organization in the year ahead and presented public service and industry excellence awards at its Annual Business and Membership Meeting today. The state trade Association – the voice of public power across Texas – has a membership composed of municipally-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives, river authorities and joint action agencies responsible for the generation and delivery of electricity to more than 5 million Texans.

From Texas Public Power Association

July 27, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor Must Suspend STAAR-Related Accountability, Teacher Evaluation

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia released the following statement: “We are glad the governor suspended the promotion requirements for fifth and eighth graders that are tied to STAAR scores for the upcoming school year, but he didn’t go far enough.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 27, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Appreciates Suspension Of STAAR Promotion Requirements, But Urges All Testing To Be Waived

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association appreciates Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement today that the use of STAAR testing in grade promotion requirements will be suspended for the 2020-21 school year. It is clear that this unusual year will not provide results that can be compared to other years, and it is appropriate to remove the significant consequences associated with the tests.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 27, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: With Canvass Complete In All 29 Countries, Gonzales Wins CD-23 Republican Primary Runoff

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign announced today that the final canvass has been completed by all 29 counties in congressional district 23 and it confirmed that Tony Gonzales won the Republican primary runoff. The final margin is 46 votes (12,342 – 12,296) out of 24,638 cast.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 27, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: HHSC To Post COVID-19 Data For State Hospitals, SSLCs, Nursing Facilities And Assisted Living Facilities

Beginning Monday, July 27, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will electronically post to its website COVID-19 case counts and deaths by facility name for state supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

July 27, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Gov. Abbott Continues To Do The Bare Minimum For Texans Voting

Governor Abbott released a proclamation today allowing for six additional days of early voting. After a runoff election with identical measures of expanding the number of days of early voting, Common Cause's election protection efforts still saw major issues that we anticipate in greater numbers for the fall.

From Common Cause Texas

July 27, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Results Of Disaster Recovery Planning Studies Survey For Mitigation

Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the results of a survey conducted by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to gather input from local officials, councils of government and river authorities for its Disaster Recovery Planning Studies Survey for Mitigation Funding.

From Texas General Land Office

July 27, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales Supports Defense Legislation

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement announcing support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021: "This district has large active duty and retired military populations and serving them is one of the most important responsibilities that this district’s member of Congress has.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 27, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On The Conclusion Of The Senate District 14 Special Election

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on the conclusion of the Senate District 14 special election. "The labor movement owes a debt of gratitude to Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Senator-elect Sarah Eckhardt for the ways in which they each elevated the voices of working families in the special election for Senate District 14.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 27, 2020

Travis County Republican Party: HD-47 Runoff Canvass Complete

Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak released a statement today on the House District 47 primary runoff: “On Thursday, the Travis County Republican Party completed the canvass for the Republican Primary runoff. We certified that Justin Berry defeated Jennifer Fleck 6,418-5,319, a margin of more than 1,000 votes out of fewer than 12,000 votes cast.

From Travis County Republican Party

July 27, 2020

TDP: Texas Democratic Party, Powered By People, And Texas Coalition Of Black Democrats Announce New, Expansive Joint Black Voter Outreach Program

Today, the Texas Democratic Party, Powered By People, and the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats announced our joint Black Voter Outreach Program aimed to reach out and contact every Black voter in Texas by Mid-August.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 27, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Bill To Establish Smithsonian Museum For Latino History Passes House

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after his legislation to authorize the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos, the National Museum of the American Latino Act, passed the House: “Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 27, 2020

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: To Host Virtual Town Halls About Reopening Public Schools

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

July 27, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: SCAM Alert: AG Paxton And DOJ Partner To Warn Consumers Of Fraudsters Selling Counterfeit, Mislabeled, Non-Existent PPE

?Attorney General?Ken?Paxton, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, today informed the public about several fraudulent schemes involving masks, personal protection equipment (PPE), and other COVID-19 related equipment.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 27, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Last Responders Virtual Town Hall Hosted By Rep Carl Sherman This Week

A virtual Town Hall meeting set for July 30th at 7 p.m. will be led by State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) on the topic of “last responders” during the COVID-19 pandemic. A last responder is the funeral home individual or entity who is charged with the handling of a person who has passed.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 27, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Asks Gov. Abbott To Consider Concerns Of Refugee Resettlement

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) wrote in a letter today to Texas Governor Greg Abbott of his concerns regarding refugee resettlement in the State of Texas. Rep Sherman implored the governor to reconsider the decision he made earlier this year to cease the acceptance of new refugees to the state.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 27, 2020

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds The State Department’s Decision On China’s Houston Consulate

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in support of the State Department’s decision to force China to close its Houston consulate. “Donald Trump has taken more actions to hold China accountable than any other President in our history,” said Rep. Babin.

From Representative Brian Babin

July 27, 2020

Representative Drew Darby: Congratulates Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. (RET.). On Being Named Sole Finalist To Lead Angelo State University

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents announced today that Lieutenant General Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., (ret.) is the sole finalist for the presidency of Angelo State University (ASU). "I would like to extend my congratulations to Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins on being named the sole finalist to serve as president of ASU by the Texas Tech System Board of Regents.

From Representative Drew Darby

July 24, 2020

Annie’s List: Endorses In Nine Challenge Races For The Texas House

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, proudly announces nine Texas House endorsements in advance of the November 3 general election.

From Annie’s List

July 24, 2020

Trent Ashby Campaign: Releases Video Encouraging Census Participation

State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) released a video today encouraging Texans to participate in the ongoing United States Census. The Census, which is required by Article I, Section II of the United States Constitution has taken place once per decade for over 200 years.

From Trent Ashby Campaign

July 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The Defense Bill Means For Texas

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. You can read the legislation here, and below is a summary of its impact on Texas: • Raises troops’ pay by 3%.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 23, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: TWDB Approves $222 Million In Financial Assistance For Corpus Christi’s First Seawater Desalination Plant

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a request from the City of Corpus Christi (City) for $222,475,000 in multi-year financing from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for a desalination plant in the Port of Corpus Christi's Inner Harbor Ship Channel near Port Aransas.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

July 23, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On Creation Of Harris County Office Of The Elections Administrator

The Harris County Commissioners Court has created an independent, non-partisan office to oversee elections for Harris County. State Representative Garnet F. Coleman has the following statement: “I applaud the move from the Harris County Commissioners Court to create an independent, non-partisan Elections Administrator.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

July 23, 2020

Representative Chris Turner: House Redistricting Vice Chair Turner Urges Paxton To Take Legal Action Against Trump Administration On Census Memo

Today, state Representative Chris Turner, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, wrote Attorney General Ken Paxton and urged him to take legal action against the Trump Administration to protect Texas’ interests with regard to the census and congressional apportionment.

From Representative Chris Turner

July 23, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Food Assistance Available For Texas Families July 31 Deadline Approaching

Texas families still have an opportunity to apply for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) food assistance benefits. Eligible families are able to receive a one-time payment of $285 in food assistance benefits per eligible child.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

July 23, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Allen Mayor, Allen Mayor Pro Tem And Allen City Council Members Endorse State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach (House District 67) announced that he has been endorsed for re-election by Allen Mayor Debbie Stout, Allen Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger, and Allen City Councilmembers Kurt Kizer, Baine Brooks, Carl Clemencich and Chris Schulmeister.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 23, 2020

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Joining With Local Teachers, Parents And Medical Professionals Over Growing Concerns On The Reopening Of Our Schools

We are just less than a month away from the fall semester of school starting at Fort Bend ISD and other local districts. Online student instruction will begin on August 17, 2020. TEA is then requiring schools to have a phase in transition to full in-class student instruction.

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

July 23, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Outlines Policies To Help America Recover From The Impact Of COVID-19

More than 51 million unemployment claims have been filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Families are hurting. Now, more than ever, Congress should be focused on getting our economy back on its feet and helping the American people safely return to work.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Tries To Call Up And Pass Juneteenth National Holiday Hill

“In Texas, we've recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday for forty years -- forty years -- obviously because of the fact that this occurred as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation being announced in Galveston, Texas.”

From Senator John Cornyn

July 22, 2020

TDP: Abbott Followed The Advice Of His “Strike Force,” Putting Us All At Risk. Then They Gave Him Over $640,000

In April, Governor Greg Abbott set up a “Strike Force to Open Texas.” In that “Strike Force” is a “Special Advisory Council” composed of “some of the most prominent and politically powerful business executives in the state” and devoid of the voices of local leaders.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 22, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: American Federation Of Teachers & Markowitz Campaign Hit Back At Governor Abbott’s Lack Of Leadership

Last week, Dr. Eliz Markowitz hosted a live town hall with the American Federation of Teachers with panelists Glenda Mcal, President of Fort Bend AFT, Oneida Gage, Roxanne Garcia & Xavier Herrera, Stafford School Board Trustee.

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

July 22, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Sues Education Commissioner Over Charter Rules That Illegally Remove Teacher Certification, Contractual Requirements

The Texas State Teachers Association today sued state Education Commissioner Mike Morath for adopting charter school partnership rules that illegally deprive public school teachers of contractual and other employment rights and allow corporate charter chains to operate in Texas without certified teachers.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 22, 2020

TexPIRG: Top Healthcare Professionals To Gov. Abbott: Time To Shut Down, Start Over And Do It Right

Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in Texas, TexPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Wednesday to Governor Abbott, calling on him to shut back down, start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19 and do it right.

From TexPIRG

July 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Supreme Court Justice Must Step Down Immediately

Progress Texas joins calls for Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green to step down before Aug. 24th to ensure Texans have the opportunity to vote for their replacement with a special election. If he follows through with his plans to retire on Aug. 31st, Gov. Greg Abbott will choose his successor, who will serve until 2022.

From Progress Texas

July 22, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Christian Passes National Resolution Condemning Oil Dumping

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) this week passed Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian's (R - Texas) resolution urging the federal government to investigate excessive dumping of crude oil by Saudi Arabia and Russia and take appropriate action.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

July 22, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales’ Lead Grows As Vote Count Nears Completion

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement on the latest developments in the CD-23 Republican Primary Runoff: "Tony's margin of victory has increased now that most counties, including all of the largest counties in the district, have updated their results to reflect all votes legally cast,” said Gonzales campaign spokesman Matt Mackowiak.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 21, 2020

Representative Cesar Blanco: Commits To Re-Filing Military Sexual Assault Legislation To Be Named The Vanessa Guillen Act

Today, Representative César Blanco announced his intentions to refiling two pieces of legislation he previously filed to address sexual assaults in the Texas military forces. Rep. Blanco's previous bills, H.B. 3039 (85R) and H.B. 4256 (85R), which aimed to protect victims and witnesses of sexual assault in the Texas military from retaliation and punishment for reporting incidences of sexual assault, and ensure state courts retained jurisdiction over criminal sexual assaults committed in the Texas military.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

July 21, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Trump’s Executive Order On the U.S. Census

– State Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order regarding the U.S. Census announced today: The President is flailing about trying to distract attention from his disastrous lack of basic competence.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

July 21, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To The Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Attempts To Undercount Communities

Today, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to intentionally exclude members of our communities from being counted in the 2020 Census. This action counters the constitutional mandate that requires the “whole number of persons in each state” to be counted in the decennial census under the 14th Amendment.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 21, 2020

Sarah Eckhardt Campaign: Eckhardt’s Election Night Lead Grows To 49.75%

Based on the results released last night by the Travis County Clerk’s Office, Sarah Eckhardt, Democratic candidate for Senate District 14, increased her Election Day lead. In a six-way race, Eckhardt garnered 60,480 votes or 49.75% of the total votes cast. Her closest competitor, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, was only able to garner 41,151votes or 33.85% of the votes cast. It is now up to Governor Greg Abbott to set the runoff for the Special Election.

From Sarah Eckhardt Campaign

July 21, 2020

Progress Texas: POLL: Texans Overwhelmingly Support Police Reform; Plurality Support Budget Reallocation

Progress Texas releases polling results on policing today as cities across Texas begin taking up annual budgets, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. In the immediate aftermath of the George Floyd protests, the organization commissioned a poll to ask Texans how they felt about policing in our state. The results make one thing clear: voters are ready for their local leaders to enact change.

From Progress Texas

July 21, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Lawless Trump Ignores Constitution

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this comment on President Trump's memo purporting to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S. Census count: "In a bald quest for political gain with the dwindling number of Americans who support him, a self-obsessed, thuggish, ignorant President of the United States has issued an invalid directive calling for the exclusion of undocumented persons from the U.S. Census.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 21, 2020

Senators Paul Bettencourt and Brandon Creighton: Again SAY NO To 2nd Lockdown Of TX Economy

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) are saying NO to a 2nd lockdown of the Texas economy based upon updated TMC hospitalization trends in the Houston area since July 1st. The Texas Medical Center 'Daily New COVID-19 Hospitalizations' graph data below on the right, and a Senate District 7 derivative chart of it on the left, clearly shows that new hospitalization rates in the Texas Medical Center peaked around July 5th, have come down, and have been at the same level for July 18th, 19th and 20th.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 21, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Plano Police Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

State Representative Jeff Leach (HD67) announced today that he has received the endorsement and support of the Plano Police Association, representing over 75% of the Plano Police Department’s approximately 340 sworn officers and members.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 20, 2020

Representative Donna Howard: Public Health Essential To Economic Recovery

Today, Comptroller Glenn Hegar released an updated Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) for the 2020-2021 biennium. The 2021 fiscal year ending balance is now projected to be at $110.19 billion, down by $11.57 billion compared to the October 2019 CRE. The reduction is mitigated to $7.47 billion as a result of $4.1 billion in lowered costs for the Foundation School Program, bringing the overall deficit for the current biennium to $4.58 billion.

From Representative Donna Howard

July 20, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Texans’ Feedback Invaluable As Senate Debates Next Relief Bill

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the importance of the feedback he received from Texans during the State Work Period as he returns to the Senate to push for the next coronavirus relief legislation.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 20, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Comments On Revenue Update

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today participated in a Legislative Budget Board meeting during which the Comptroller of Public Accounts provided an economic and revised revenue update indicating a $4.58 billion shortfall in the current 2020-21 biennium.

From Senator Jane Nelson

July 20, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Members Of The Texas House & Senate Call For The Removal Of Confederate Monuments

Today, members of the House and Senate Committees on Administration, issued a joint letter to their respective Chairmen calling for the removal of Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds. In addition, the members call for the renaming of the John H. Reagan State Office Building.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 20, 2020

Texas Faculty Association: Governor Must Order Mask Enforcement On College Campuses

The Texas Faculty Association today called on Gov. Greg Abbott to keep his mandatory statewide mask order in effect for the fall semester and order all colleges and universities in Texas to enforce it for students, faculty, staff and visitors when campuses reopen.

From Texas Faculty Association

July 20, 2020

Representative Rafael Anchia: Members Of The House And Senate Administration Committee Call For The Removal Of Confederate Memorials On Capitol Grounds

This morning, members of the House Committee on Administration and the Senate Committee on Administration issued a joint letter calling for the immediate removal of several Confederate memorials located on the Capitol Grounds. In addition, the members call for the renaming of the John H. Reagan State Office Building

From Representative Rafael Anchia

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Election Of Disgraced Former Florida Congressman, Right Wing Shock Jock Allen West As Texas Republican Party Chair

Today, amidst one of the most poorly run conventions in American history, Texas Republicans elected right wing shock jock, former Florida Congressman Allen West as Texas Republican Party Chair, ousting incumbent Chair James Dickey.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Republican Party Of Texas Convention Video

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick delivered a video message to the 2020 Republican Party of Texas virtual State Convention today. You can watch it here.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 20, 2020

Jeff Whitfield Campaign: Outraises Opponent 2-To-1

Jeff Whitfield, the Democratic nominee for Texas State House District 92, raised over $200,000 since February 23, outraising his opponent more than 2-to-1 and maintaining a war chest of just over $187,000 -- nearly four times that of his opponent. Mary Alice Blackstock, Whitfield’s campaign manager, released the following statement regarding the recent campaign finance filing:

From Jeff Whitfield Campaign

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Passing Of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, Vice Chair Carla Brailey, Finance Chair Chris Hollins, Treasurer Mike Floyd, and Secretary Lee Forbes issued the following statement: “Yesterday, the world lost two of its greatest giants, John Lewis and CT Vivian. John Lewis was everything that is good about this country and everything that we, as Texas Democrats, strive to be.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Statement On The Passing Of Congressman John Lewis

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis: “Today, I join Americans across the country in mourning the death and celebrating the life of Congressman John Lewis, one of the most courageous and committed citizens our country has ever known.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

July 20, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Statement On The Passing Of Congressman John Lewis

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA): “John Lewis has left an indelible mark on the hearts of not only those in his home state of Georgia, but all over our nation and across the world.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 20, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Passing Of John Lewis

“Heidi and I join men and women across the globe in grieving the loss of the great John Lewis. In my first year in the Senate, I had the privilege of traveling with John and much of the Congressional Black Caucus to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Johannesburg.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 20, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Statement On The Passing Of Rep. John Lewis

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. John Lewis: “I am heartbroken by tonight’s news. Our country has lost a leader, a Civil Rights hero, and a relentless champion for justice who changed our nation for the better.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On A Federal Judge Ruling That Texas Republicans Can Proceed With An In-Person Convention In The Biggest Coronavirus Hotspot In The Country

“After proving that they couldn’t handle a virtual convention, Texas Republicans are now willing to risk the lives of millions of Texans because they are too technologically inept to continue in a safe and distant manner.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Texas HDC Education Working Group Responds To New School Reopening Guidelines

The Texas Education Agency just released updated guidance for returning to schools in the fall. The new plan allows individual school systems to limit on-campus instruction for up to the first eight weeks of school. These changes override the TEA’s original guidelines that would require all schools to return to in-person instruction in order to receive funding.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 17, 2020

Vianova: Growth Continues With Acquisition Of Dallas-Based Reeves Strategy Group

Vianovo, a leading strategy consultancy at the intersection of business, policy and politics, today announced that Reeves Strategy Group will join its ranks, bolstering the firm’s capabilities and presence in Texas and across the U.S. and Mexico.

From Vianova

July 17, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: While Flexibility Is Appreciated, TCTA Says State Guidance On Reopening Still Lacks Reliance On Data And Public Health Experts

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association appreciates the enhanced flexibility provided in the new state guidance released today by the Texas Education Agency. The guidance allows districts additional time to offer remote-only instruction in certain circumstances. However, we have ongoing concerns that state mandates may not allow districts to take the actions they feel necessary to protect their students and employees throughout the school year.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 17, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement On Local Impact To State Guidelines For School Calendar

Today, following the announcement by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide school districts with greater flexibility for reopening during the 2020-2021 school year, Representative Leach issued the following statement:

From Representative Jeff Leach

July 17, 2020

Texas DPS: Makes Additional Arrests In Connection With Rioting And Assault During The Capitol Protests

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has made two additional arrests in connection with rioting, vandalism and an assault that occurred during protests near the Texas State Capitol back in May.

From Texas DPS

July 17, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Schools Must Reopen When It Is Safe, Not To Meet A State Deadline

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement on TEA’s new school opening guidelines: “The state education commissioner has given school districts additional time to reopen school buildings without a financial penalty, but irrelevant deadlines are not what educators and students need.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 17, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Chinese Wind Farm Project Near Laughlin AFB

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District issued the following statement on the development of a wind farm tied to the Chinese government near Laughlin Air Force Base in Val Verde County:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 17, 2020

Harris County Attorney: Ryan Continues To Fight For Right To Sue Local Polluters

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is continuing his court battle to protect local residents from polluters, responding to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal effort seeking to prevent the County Attorney’s Office from suing companies that harm the environment.

From Harris County Attorney

July 17, 2020

TDP: Statement On Texas Republicans Shutting Their Convention Down Early Because Of “Technical Issues”

Today, after making their delegates wait 8 hours and not even getting through the credentialing process, the Texas Republican Party shut down their online convention after never really getting started due to “technical difficulties.”

From Texas Democratic Party

July 16, 2020

Senators Paul Bettencourt and Brandon Creighton: Speak Out Against 2nd Lockdown Of The Economy

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is strongly pushing back on the continued claims from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) that we need to enact another shutdown, via stay at home order, to fight the coronavirus in Texas.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 16, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Closing The Digital Divide

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones hosted a virtual town hall on closing the digital divide, a challenge that is more important than ever due to COVID-19. 1 in 5 households in San Antonio and El Paso, and 1 and 3 households in rural Texas, lack the at-home Internet connection they need to attend online classes, work from home, access telehealth, and more.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 16, 2020

TDP: Endorse James Dickey For Reelection For Texas Republican Party Chair

Today, as the Texas Republican Convention continues with its technical mishaps and Republican infighting, Texas Democrats are announcing the endorsement of James Dickey for re-election as the Republican Party of Texas chair.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 16, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Secures Authorization For Port Of Houston Expansion In Water Resources Development Act

Working with a bipartisan coalition, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) secured authorization for the Houston Ship Channel Expansion Channel Improvement Project in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee today.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

July 16, 2020

Sharon Hirsch Campaign: Outraises Three-Term Incumbent, With Over $200,000 In Contributions

Today, Sharon Hirsch reported a formidable $218,639 raised for the most recent reporting period, with $171,691 cash on hand. In her bid to unseat ultra-conservative, three-term incumbent Matt Shaheen in Texas House District 66, the campaign received support from over 1,080 individual contributors, reflecting the campaign's broad, grassroots support. The campaign has raised $291,897 for the 2020 cycle.

From Sharon Hirsch Campaign

July 15, 2020

Janet Dudding Campaign: Raises Record Total In June 30th Reporting Period

The campaign of Janet Dudding for Texas House District 14 announced today that it raised a record amount in the June 30th reporting period. The campaign raised $30,064.92 in political contributions, which is the most any Democratic candidate for HD-14 has ever raised in a single reporting period.

From Janet Dudding Campaign

July 15, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Announces “Ballot Integrity” Legal Team

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign has hired respected attorneys Chris Gober and J.D. Pauerstein to lead its team as the Republican Primary Runoff's final results are tallied. Currently, Tony Gonzales maintains a 7 vote margin over Raul Reyes with 100% of precincts reporting.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 15, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: Statement On Lucio Victory In Senate District 27

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued this statement today congratulating Senator Eddie Lucio on his Democrat Party Run-Off Victory last night: “Senator Eddie Lucio has stood up for his faith and his principles during his entire career in public service. During his re-election campaign, many of his fellow Democrats repeatedly ridiculed him for his belief in God, his courageous stands to protect life and his commitment to the traditional values of his community.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 15, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Despite Judge Hidalgo’s Repeated Demands, Economic Shutdown Is Not Justified By New Data

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is strongly pushing back on the continued claims from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) that we need to enact another shutdown to fight the coronavirus in Texas. Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) is also speaking out on this issue.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 15, 2020

Annie’s List: Progress Was Made Across Texas Last Night Royce Brooks Responds To July 14 Election Results

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, releases the following statement by Royce Brooks, Executive Director, in response to the results of the July 14 runoffs and special election.

From Annie’s List

July 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor Must Act To Protect Students And Educators

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina issued the following statement today: “We are glad to hear that the state won’t overturn local health officials who have ordered school buildings to remain closed for several more weeks while the pandemic continues to rage across Texas.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 15, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses John Raney For Reelection In HD 14

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Rep. John Raney for reelection in House District 14, which covers part of Brazos County. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

July 15, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Congratulates Hegar, Hails West, Aims To Take Down Cornyn On Nov. 3

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated M.J. Hegar on winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, calling on Texans to vote on Nov. 3 for a new national path on issues that matter to working families.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 15, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Releases The Full Survey Results Concerning Public Input On Reopening Of Schools

In order to best represent our constituents and all Texans across the state, on July 7, 2020 we conducted a Google Survey created to gather data on the concerns that our educators and parents face amidst the reopening of schools. We received an overwhelming response of 15,380 Texans who completed the survey.

From Senator Jose Menendez

July 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Plagued By Party Infighting, Texas GOP In Chaos After Runoffs

The results of the state legislative runoffs are in and a clear picture has emerged: Republicans are running the most extreme slate of candidates Texas has ever seen. Despite GOP infighting over which radical conservatives to support in the primary, the winners are right-wing ideologues, some of whom have dismissed concerns about the coronavirus, voted against expanding health care, and pushed conspiracy theories about everything from vaccinations to cell phone technology.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 15, 2020

AARP: Kathy Green Named Manager Of Outreach & Advocacy At AARP Texas

Kathy Green, an accomplished leader with extensive public policy, nonprofit, and media experience in Texas, has been named the new Manager of Outreach & Advocacy for AARP Texas.

From AARP

July 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Congratulates State House Primary Runoff Winners

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee congratulates the winners of the primary runoff elections for State House. Democratic nominees were chosen in seven runoff races, including three Republican-held seats that Democrats are poised to flip in November.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Voters Have A Chance To Oust Cornyn With MJ Hegar Headed To General Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement congratulating U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar for winning the Democratic nomination, and urges progressive Texans to turn out to vote in November to defeat John Cornyn.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Democratic Voters Turn Out In Record Numbers, Building Momentum For November Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the strong Democratic turnout during the Texas primary runoff election. “Texas progressives are building a movement, and are voting for a future where all people are able to thrive,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

TDP: In The Middle Of A Pandemic, Texas Democrats Break The Record For Highest Turnout In Texas Democratic Runoff History

Yesterday, in the middle of a pandemic, Texas Democrats broke the record for highest turnout in a runoff election in Texas Democratic history with a staggering 955,735 number of votes cast with 100% of the precincts reporting.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Thanks Sara Stapleton-Barrera For Her Competitive Campaign For State Senate

– Progress Texas releases the following statement thanking trial lawyer and human rights advocate Sara Stapleton-Barrera for her competitive campaign for State Senate District 27. “It’s no accident that this campaign against an almost 30-year incumbent and career politician was so close.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Representative Philip Cortez: Requests Transparency From TDCJ After Spike In COVID-19 Cases At Dominguez State Jail

State Representative Philip Cortez is requesting more transparency from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following a recent surge in positive cases of COVID-19 at the Dominguez State Jail outside San Antonio.

From Representative Philip Cortez

July 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Molina, Estrada Take Office As TSTA’s New Top Leaders

President Ovidia Molina and Vice President Linda Estrada took office today as the Texas State Teachers Association’s new top leaders, vowing to guide TSTA members safely through the biggest challenges of their educational careers – the COVID-19 pandemic and a reconfiguration of the public school system.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 15, 2020

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Has Nearly $3.5 Million Cash On Hand After Raising $1 Million In Q2

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) raised more than $1 million in the second quarter of 2020, bringing her re-election campaign committee account to more than $3.45 million cash on hand. She also raised more than $75,000 into the Lizzie Fletcher Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee with the Texas Democratic Party, which has $300,000 cash on hand.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

July 15, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: With 100% Reporting, Gonzales Wins Primary Runoff

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement from the candidate after the election results were released: “With 100% reporting, the Secretary of State’s office is showing that we won the primary runoff by seven votes. We will be working to protect the integrity of every legal vote until the canvas is complete over the next week.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 15, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Statement: Lani Popp’s Victory In Republican Runoff For State Board Of Education Seat Isn’t A Win For Texas Kids And Public Education

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Lani Popp’s victory on Tuesday for the Republican nomination for Texas State Board of Education District 5: “Let’s be honest that Lani Popp’s victory over her shockingly vulgar, sexist and bigoted opponent saved the state from even bigger embarrassment, but not by a lot.

From Texas Freedom Network

July 15, 2020

Harris County Republican Party: Statement On The Texas Primary Runoff Elections

Five Republican candidates won their primary runoff elections tonight and will be added to the general election ballot in Harris County on November 3, 2020, including Troy Nehls in Texas's 22nd Congressional District, Wendell Champion in Texas's 18th Congressional District, Terry Adams for 1st Court of Appeals, Place 5, Joe Danna for Harris County Sheriff, and Russ Ridgeway for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1.

From Harris County Republican Party

July 15, 2020

Central Texas Interfaith: Statement On Travis County Tax Subsidy To Tesla

The Tesla tax subsidy approved by Travis County Commissioners Court today included some baseline assurances that CTI called for such as $15/minimum wage for full time employees with benefits, and extended the $15/hr for contract food and custodial workers. It also added some incremental concessions around workers safety.

From Central Texas Interfaith

July 15, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC: Applaud Election Of Shelby Slawson For HD 59

Tonight, the Texas Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee (PAC) applauded the election of Shelby Slawson for House District 59. The nonpartisan Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC is the political arm of Texas Nurse Practitioners, the largest state association of nurse practitioners in the United States.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC

July 15, 2020

Harris County Republican Party: Statement On The TX-10 Democratic Primary Runoff Election

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today regarding the results of the TX-10 Democratic Primary Runoff Election: "Radical Mike Siegel is far too extreme for the voters of Texas’s 10th Congressional District," said Chairman Simpson.

From Harris County Republican Party

July 15, 2020

Austin Interfaith: Travis County Fell Short Of Good, Safe Jobs In Tesla Deal

Following the Travis County Commissioners Court passage of an incentive package to bring a Tesla manufacturing plant to the Austin area, a coalition of labor and environmental groups issued this statement: “After hundreds of letters, phone calls and testimonies from the community, Travis County fell short of a deal that would guarantee good, safe jobs for thousands of workers.

From Austin Interfaith

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Endorsed Candidate Chrysta Castaneda Headed To General Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement congratulating Texas Railroad Commission candidate Chrysta Castañeda on her Democratic primary runoff win. “Virtually every notch on Castañeda’s belt has prepared her for this position. She’s an environmentalist, engineer, and energy attorney, who also has industry expertise,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Common Cause Texas: TX Election Day: Problems Today = Huge Red Flags For November

Polls will be closing soon in Texas for the primary runoff elections. As always, Common Cause Texas has been monitoring for problems, assisting voters and identifying systemic issues that need to be addressed by state leaders.

From Common Cause Texas

July 14, 2020

Representative Mary E. Gonzalez: El Paso State Delegation Statement Regarding Delayed Reopening Of El Paso Schools

– On July 9, 2020, the El Paso City-County Health Authority issued an order postponing on campus or in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 until after September 7, 2020 in response to the rapidly increasing rates of community spread and hospitalizations in the region.

From Representative Mary E. Gonzalez

July 14, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Reports $15.4 Million In Campaign War Chest

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report raising $2,624,150 million on his July 15, 2020 Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) report. This brings his campaign war chest total to $15,458,849, once again breaking the record of any Lt. Governor in Texas history.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 14, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends Humane Treatment Of Fetal Remains

?Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a letter brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressing the impact of a recent decision from the United States Supreme Court that held unconstitutional a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Fifth Circuit is currently considering a challenge to a Texas law requiring the humane treatment of fetal remains through interment or scattering of ashes. Abortion providers sued the State, seeking an injunction that permits them to treat the remains of unborn children as medical waste that is incinerated and placed in a landfill.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 14, 2020

TexPIRG: Calls On State Leaders To Reimpose Health Restrictions, Redouble Effort To Save Lives

With its third Weekly Trends & Risk Assessment Report showing Texas is currently facing an uncontrollable spread of the novel coronavirus, TexPIRG is calling for an immediate shutdown of all nonessential businesses and a return to stay-at-home mandates.

From TexPIRG

July 14, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: New Report Shows Staggering 29% Of Texans Under 65 Are Now Uninsured

A new report from Families USA shows the devastating effects the pandemic has had on Texas’ already abysmal uninsured rate. State Representative and Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus Chris Turner released the following statement in response: “This report, which shows a staggering 29% of Texans under 65 now lack health insurance, is a damning indictment of repeated failures by Republican leaders.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 14, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones On 700,000 Uninsured Texans Due To COVID-19

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, issued the following statement on the record-breaking 5.4 million Americans – including nearly 700,000 Texans – who have lost their health care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the nonpartisan group Families USA:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 14, 2020

TDP: After Kicking And Screaming, Texas Republicans Forced To Move Their Convention Online

Today, the Texas Republican Party finally signalled they were moving their convention online, after threatening to expose Texans to coronavirus and losing a battle in court.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 14, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Says Current State Policy Dangerous For Students, Teachers

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association once again urges that public health considerations be first and foremost in any decisions made regarding the reopening of schools in the coming weeks.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 14, 2020

Texas Nurses Association: TNA, TSNO, Rep. Howard Urge Schools To Include Nurses In COVID-19 Planning

On June 18, Governor Greg Abbott announced students will be returning to classes this fall. With that in mind, the Texas Nurses Association, the Texas School Nurses Organization and Representative Donna Howard would like to take this opportunity to remind local school districts of the importance of including school nurses in the planning that needs to take place between now and the beginning of the semester.

From Texas Nurses Association

July 14, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Supports The Renaming Of Lamar St. To Botham Jean Blvd.

– In a show of remembrance, State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) released a statement today that he supports the renaming of Lamar Street in Dallas to Botham Jean Blvd. “After almost two years since the death of Botham Jean, the renaming of Lamar St. is still in progress,” Rep Sherman said.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 14, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Calls For Cancellation Of STAAR Test In 2020-21

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) submitted a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath on Monday calling for a suspension of STAAR testing during the 2020-2021 school year.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

July 14, 2020

REV UP Texas: Joins Movement To Show The Power Of The Disability Vote In 2020

– Communities across the country are preparing to set out into new territory for the presidential election in November. Not only has the COVID-19 crisis raised many questions about how voters can (and can’t) cast their ballots; it has also brought into sharp focus many systemic problems that Americans are planning to weigh in on with their vote

From REV UP Texas

July 14, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Comments On Reginald Moore Passing; Ask For A Name Day

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) said today of the passing of Reginald Moore “He was a selfless man who campaigned for those who never had a voice in their lifetimes and could not speak for justice.”

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 14, 2020

Representative Donna Howard: Calls On Governor To Prioritize Student And Teacher Safety, Provide Schools With Funds For Safe Reopening

- State Representative Donna Howard (D - HD 48) expresses strong disagreement with Governor Greg Abbott and his Republican-led working group’s joint decision to supplant school districts’ state funding with federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) dollars.

From Representative Donna Howard

July 14, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Pflugerville, Del Valle Teachers Demand Remote Learning For Start Of School Year

For the sake of student and educator health, the Pflugerville Educators Association and the Del Valle Education Association today demanded that their school districts provide only remote instruction for the first nine weeks of the new school year and that the state not penalize the districts with funding cuts.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 14, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Sends Letter To Governor Abbott Requesting An Order To Fly Flags At Half-Staff

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting an order for flags in the Rio Grande Valley to be flown at half-staff in honor of the life and public service of City of McAllen police officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez, who were shot and killed in the line of duty on July 11, 2020.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

July 14, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Gives Statement On Tragic Loss Of Two McAllen Police Officers

?Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement on tonight’s tragic shooting in McAllen, Texas: “The hearts of every Texan are broken tonight as two of our finest in the City of McAllen Police Department have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We are praying for our frontline heroes in McAllen and around the state. This office stands ready to assist however we can.”

From Office of the Attorney General

July 10, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Cruz, South Texas Congressmen Call For HHS Field Hospital And More Resources In RGV

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Henry Cuellar (TX-28), today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar requesting that the federal government provide additional federal resources, including a new field hospital, to help respond to the surge of coronavirus cases in the Rio Grande Valley.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 10, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Mourns Labor Leader John Bland, History-Making Civil Rights Activist In Houston

The labor movement in Texas is saddened by the death of John Bland, whose history-making civil rights and labor activism helped integrate Houston and bring hard-working families into the middle class. Bland was among 13 Texas Southern University students who led Houston's first civil rights sit-in against segregation.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 10, 2020

Common Cause Texas: TX Election Day: Previewing Potential Problems

Tuesday is Election Day in Texas for primary runoff elections and a state senate special election. In March, Texas held its primary elections before the pandemic had truly hit and even then there were a number of serious issues including multi-hour lines at poll sites all over the state.

From Common Cause Texas

July 10, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Texas House Democrats Again Ask Texas Courts To Temporarily Halt Evictions

Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston) and a majority of House Democrats this week sent a letter to Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, asking for the courts to again order a temporary halt on evictions and foreclosures. This is the third time Rep. Wu has authored this request to the Court since COVID-19 crippled Texas' economy.

From Representative Gene Wu

July 10, 2020

Representative Ed Thompson: Announces Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program Nomination

Representative Ed Thompson has formally nominated Kaitlyn Frazier for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program. This scholarship program benefits students who have been nominated by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a State Senator, or a State Representative and who intend to participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs while attending a Texas college.

From Representative Ed Thompson

July 10, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Honored By U.S. Chamber Of Commerce With Spirit Of Enterprise Award

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) has been awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This recognition honors the members of Congress who support “pro-business legislation, bipartisan leadership, and constructive governing.”

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

July 10, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Ochiltree County Sheriff, Terry Bouchard, Endorses Winegarner

Ochiltree County Sheriff, Terry Bouchard, today joined a growing list of local Republicans who have endorsed Josh Winegarner. Winegarner is seeking the 13th Congressional District seat currently held by Mac Thornberry, who will retire at the end of this term.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

July 9, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Opening Schools

State Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the start of the 20-21 school year: Earlier this week, the president said he would use every means possible to force schools to re-open, regardless of the situation with COVID-19. Unfortunately, the situation in Texas is deteriorating rapidly, with the governor warning of significant increases in fatalities.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

July 9, 2020

Pete Sessions Campaign: Sessions Calls On Renee Swann To Return PPP Loan To U.S. Treasury

In her race for Congress, Renee Swann has made personal loans to her campaign in the total amount of approximately $650,000. In her July 2, 2020 FEC Report, she disclosed a personal loan to her campaign of $249,500, made on June 10.

From Pete Sessions Campaign

July 9, 2020

TDP: Throwback Thursday: TDP Shatters Fundraising Record, Breaks Viewership Records At Virtual State Convention

As Texas Republicans remain in shambles trying to revive a dangerous in-person state convention that will either risk lives or show off their technical incompetence, this throwback Thursday, the Texas Democratic Party takes you down a stroll of memory lane a few weeks ago Texas Democrats broke fundraising records and were lauded for our “wave of the future” convention.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 9, 2020

Texas Home School Coalition: Parents Switch To Homeschool Following TEA Release Of COVID-19 Back-To-School Guidelines

Many Texas parents who are concerned about sending children back to school in August are switching to homeschooling. Following the release of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) school reopening guidelines on July 7, Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) saw an immediate increase in calls and emails from new families, with parents asking how they can start homeschooling.

From Texas Home School Coalition

July 9, 2020

Carl Sherman Campaign: Rep. Sherman Says Give Workers Time Off To Vote

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) issued the following statement today asking businesses to remember to allow essential workers time off work to vote. Early voting began earlier this week for the July 14 Democratic Party Primary Runoff Election and Rep. Sherman was there to cast his vote on opening day.

From Carl Sherman Campaign

July 9, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Congressman Marchant Endorses Josh Winegarner

Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant today endorsed Josh Winegarner for U.S. Congress in the Republican Primary Runoff scheduled for July 14th.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

July 9, 2020

Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation: Houston Unions Applaud Decision To Cancel GOP Convention Contract, Call For Further Action To Protect Workers’ Health

Houston-area unions representing workers at the George R Brown Convention Center applauded the decision by Houston Mayor Sylvester to cancel the contract with the Texas GOP to host the Texas Republican Party convention.

From Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation

July 9, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Two Court Ruling In Favor Of Religious Liberty

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, today applauded the latest two Supreme Court decisions protecting religious liberty for every American.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 9, 2020

Senator Juan Hinojosa: Nueces County Legislative Delegation State Of Texas’ Response To Rise In COVID-19 Cases And Hospitalizations

Today, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed they have deployed 40 individuals via BCFS to Christus Spohn in Corpus Christi. BCFS Health and Human Services Emergency Management Division is a non-profit partner of federal, state and local government and private industry, specializing in public health & medical emergency response.

From Senator Juan Hinojosa

July 9, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief In Support Of Free Speech For Texas Attorneys

?Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in defense of First Amendment rights for members of the State Bar of Texas. The state requires every attorney to join the State Bar of Texas in order to receive and maintain a law license, and every attorney is then compelled to support political and ideological activities involving divisive issues through membership dues.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 9, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement On SCOTUS Ruling On Employers Opting Out Of Birth Control Coverage

"This morning, the United States Supreme Court ordered a devastating ruling to the reproductive health care rights of women around the country. These expanded exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, will make it more difficult for women to access birth control and allow employers to make personal healthcare decisions for their employees.

From Senator Jose Menendez

July 9, 2020

Texas Fair Lending Alliance: Final CFPB Payday And Auto Title Loan Rule Guts Essential Protections

Texas Fair Lending Alliance, an alliance of more than 60 nonprofit organizations across Texas, and Texas Faith Leaders 4 Fair Lending, a coalition of hundreds of faith leaders led by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Christian Life Commission of the Texas Baptists, are dismayed by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that guts important national protections for payday and auto title loan borrowers.

From Texas Fair Lending Alliance

July 9, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On Texas A&M System Researchers Analyzing Racial Profiling Data

Today, State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) made the following statement in response to the announcement that leading scholars and academics from universities within the Texas A&M System will be analyzing the data reported by law enforcement agencies on racial profiling in accordance with the provisions in the Sandra Bland Act.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

July 9, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO and Every Texan: Propose 10-Point Unemployment Insurance Reform Plan

The Texas AFL-CIO and Every Texan (formerly known as the Center for Public Policy Priorities) today proposed a 10-point plan for reforming the Unemployment Insurance system in Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 9, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Raises $810K In Q2, Has $3 Million On Hand

San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, raised more than $810,000 during the second quarter of 2020, entering July with more than $3 million cash on hand.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 9, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry Endorses Winegarner

Respected Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry today endorsed Josh Winegarner for U.S. Congress in the GOP Primary Runoff. Early voting is already underway in the July 14th election.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

July 9, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Announces Record-Breaking Fundraising

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee raised over $1.3M from January to June this year, surpassing its 2018 cycle total in just six months. The committee received an average small-dollar donation of $34 from over 8,500 individual donors. Over 90% of donations came from Texans.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 9, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Alarmed By TEA’s Guidance On Reopening Schools

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is alarmed at the insistence by officials at all levels of government that schools should open for in-person instruction next month, while the rates of COVID-19 infection are surging in many parts of Texas.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 7, 2020

Representative Dan Huberty: Joint Statement From Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor & House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty

"Today, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath issued TEA's health and safety guidance for school districts to reopen this fall. We appreciate Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath’s leadership through these extremely challenging times and for working with the Members of the House Public Education Committee and Senate Education Committee to find solutions to get our students back to school and back on track educationally.

From Representative Dan Huberty

July 7, 2020

TDP: Over 10,000 New Cases

Today, Texas announced that more than 10,000 new people have contracted the coronavirus and 60 Texans died from the virus, both all-time highs. Meanwhile, ICUs in major Texas cities are nearing capacity, and doctors are forced to choose between which patients get a bed.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 7, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Governor Abbott: Face Masks Are Needed At The Polls!

When Governor Abbott issued his requirement to wear face masks, he specifically exempted polling places. His statement on that issue: not having a mask should not impede a voter’s constitutional right to vote.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

July 7, 2020

Carl Sherman Campaign: Rep. Sherman Remembers Anniversary Of 2016 Dallas PD Tragedy

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) commented today on the anniversary of the tragic Dallas Police ambush in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Five officers were killed, and nine officers and two civilians injured on this day in 2016 in the Dallas police ambush, which was the deadliest attack on police officers since September 11.

From Carl Sherman Campaign

July 7, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Calls On Reyes To Return Corrupt Campaign

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign today is demanding Raul Reyes come clean and tell the truth about his one year of employment at Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC).

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 7, 2020

TDP: It’s Governor Abbott’s Responsibility To Shut Down The Texas Republican Convention

As criticism and scrutiny everywhere continues to pile on the Texas Republican Party’s dangerous decision to hold an in-person convention in Houston, the biggest coronavirus hotspot in the country, Governor Abbott alone has the power to put a stop to this irresponsible and reckless gathering.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 7, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Gonzales And Reyes Both Disastrous Choices For Texans’ Health Care

A week ahead of the Republican primary runoff election in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, here is a quick reminder that both Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes support repealing the Affordable Care Act and of the devastating consequences that will have on Texas families.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 7, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: College Republicans State Chair Collin Pruett Endorses Winegarner

The Texas State Chairman of College Republicans today endorsed Josh Winegarner for U.S. Congress in the July 14th election. Winegarner is seeking the 13th Congressional District seat currently held by Mac Thornberry, who will retire at the end of this term.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

July 7, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Slow Down And Put Safety First In School Reopenings

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement: “Everyone wants to see schools reopen, but they must reopen safely. The Texas State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to slow down and put safety first before he allows school districts to begin reopening campuses for the fall semester.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 7, 2020

Casey C. Campbell Campaign: Republican Casey C. Campbell Announces Bid For Texas’ 4th Congressional District

Casey C. Campbell, of Rockwall, Texas, has announced his bid for the Republican nomination of Texas’ Fourth Congressional District. Following former Representative John Ratcliffe’s appointment as Director of National Intelligence, the GOP Congressional District Executive Committee will select a Republican nominee for November’s general election.

From Casey C. Campbell Campaign

July 7, 2020

TexPIRG: New Data: Texas Receives Improved Marks For COVID-19 Containment Measures As Last Week

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise nationally, TexPIRG released a new fact sheet today, showing Texas is “trending poorly” when it comes to meeting COVID-19 containment criteria. This is the second week TexPIRG has tracked in-state coronavirus efforts. Last week, Texas received a “trending poorly” grade.

From TexPIRG

July 7, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Statement On Surge Of COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Communities across Texas’ 23rd Congressional District are seeing significant spikes in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. San Antonio has the highest case growth among major Texas cities in recent weeks, while infections in El Paso have grown by 60 percent in the past two weeks.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 7, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Launches 2020 Red To Blue Campaign

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee today launched the 2020 Red to Blue Campaign, a new initiative that will harness the political experience and the fundraising capacity of sitting Democratic Members of the Texas House to propel competitive Democratic candidates to victory across Texas.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 7, 2020

Texas DPS: Expands DL Service Offerings, Now Accepting Appointments For Renewals And Replacements In Offices

As the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) continues with the phased reopening of driver license (DL) offices, the department is pleased to announce the expansion of in-person services across the state.

From Texas DPS

July 7, 2020

Wesley Hunt Campaign: Honorable James A. Baker, III Endorses Wesley Hunt

Today, the Wesley Hunt Campaign is honored to announce the endorsement of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker of Wesley in his campaign to become the next Representative for Texas' 7th Congressional District.

From Wesley Hunt Campaign

July 6, 2020

TDP: Amidst Concerns Of ICU Capacity Getting Overrun In Cities Across Texas, New Poll Finds Trump And Abbott Under 50% Approval Rating For Handling Of Coronavirus

Today, amidst yet another surge in coronavirus cases and heartbreaking stories across the state about the coronavirus overrunning hospitals and ICU capacity in big cities in Texas, a new poll showed that Texans are holding two people responsible for the mismanaged response to the coronavirus pandemic: Donald Trump and Greg Abbott.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 6, 2020

Representative John Bucy III: Statement On Oklahoma Passing Medicaid Expansion

— Last week, Oklahomans went to the polls and voted in favor of State Question 802, a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. State Rep. John Bucy III (D-Austin) issued the following statement in response: "I want to congratulate the people of Oklahoma for giving nearly 200,000 people access to healthcare and bringing over $1 billion of federal funds into their state by becoming the thirty seventh state to expand Medicaid.

From Representative John Bucy III

July 6, 2020

Texas Water Development Board: Extends Nomination Deadline For State’s First Regional Flood Planning Groups

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has extended the deadline to July 17 for nominations of potential members of Texas’ first-ever regional flood planning groups.

From Texas Water Development Board

July 6, 2020

Progress Texas: SCOTUS Ruling On ‘Faithless Electors’ Misses Larger Point: We Need To Eliminate The Electoral College

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously that state laws that penalize or remove presidential electors who do not vote for the candidate they pledged to support do not violate the Constitution. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response to the Court’s decision in Chiafalo v. Washington.

From Progress Texas

July 6, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement On SREC Decision On State Republican Convention

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today regarding Thursday’s decision by the State Republican Executive Committee on the Texas GOP Convention: “I watched all three hours of the SREC debate on Thursday night.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 6, 2020

Texas Business Roundtable: Support Letter To Governor Abbott Regarding COVID Face Covering Order

On behalf of the members of the Texas Business Roundtable, we applaud your efforts to keep Texans working and protected in this unprecedented pandemic crisis. In light of the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and increased ICU hospitalizations, face coverings are needed to protect Texans from exposure in public settings, protect Texas jobs, and keep Texas open for business.

From Texas Business Roundtable

July 6, 2020

Representative Ray Lopez: The Inaccessibility Of Quality Childcare In Texas

I was recently speaking with a young person born in 1988. For practical reasons, we will refer to them as "Alex.” Between the banter and cordial laughter at a comfortable six feet, Alex and I began discussing the difficulties they faced in being a Millennial.

From Representative Ray Lopez

July 6, 2020

TDP: Statement On Texas Republicans Holding An In-Person Convention In The Biggest Coronavirus Hotspot In The Country

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Against the advice of doctors, medical professionals, and common-sense, Greg Abbott and the Texas Republican Party decided to hold an in-person convention in the biggest coronavirus hotspot in the country. This decision is dead wrong.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 6, 2020

Eddie Lucio III Campaign: Rep. Eddie Lucio III Condemns Planned Parenthood & Others For Blatant Racists Attacks Aimed At Father

In response to a recent direct-mail piece issued by Planned Parenthood & Texas Freedom Network attacking Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. using the term “Sucio Lucio,” to describe the Hispanic senator and his traditional Catholic values of support for life,

From Eddie Lucio III Campaign

July 6, 2020

Texas Association of Business: Lauds Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order On Masking To Help Control COVID-19

The following statement regarding Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order requiring masks should be attributed to Jeff Moseley, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business: “Texas business applauds Governor Abbott for making the right decision implementing a statewide face covering order aimed at knocking down COVID-19 transmission in Texas.

From Texas Association of Business

July 2, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Gov. Abbott Orders Long-Overdue Statewide Mask Mandate

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order putting a statewide mask mandate into effect. State Representative and Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus Chris Turner released the following statement in response: “I am glad Gov. Abbott is implementing a long-overdue statewide mask order.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 2, 2020

TexPIRG: Statement On Statewide Mask Order

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a mask mandate for Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases on. Lauren Banister, TexPIRG Public Interest Associate, issued the following statement in response to this decision.

From TexPIRG

July 2, 2020

TDP: Statement On Governor Greg Abbott Finally Mandating Facemasks Statewide

Today, Governor Greg Abbott finally mandated statewide facemasks one day after the Texas Democratic Party held a zoom press conference demanding that he do so. The move comes after yet another day of record new cases and 17 out of the last 18 with record hospitalizations.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 2, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Gov Abbott Issues Statewide Mask Order And Encourages All To Stay Home – During An Election

Moments ago, Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide order requiring masks for all Texans, with a few exceptions. Included in Governor Abbott's order was a strong recommendation for everyone to stay home unless absolutely necessary to leave their home. This comes as Texas nears the end of the first week of early voting for our primary runoff elections. Election Day is July 14th.

From Common Cause Texas

July 2, 2020

Jolt Action: Texas’ Largest Latino Progressive Group Responds To Sen. Ted Cruz Block On DACA Bill

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blocked U.S. Senate legislation that would have created a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

From Jolt Action

July 2, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Mental Health Care

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones hosted a virtual town hall on the importance of expanding access to mental health care, particularly as COVID-19 and its economic impact take a toll on Texans.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 2, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Extends Emergency Rule Related To Issuance Of Prescriptions

The Texas Medical Board's Executive Committee, with advice and direction from the Governor's Office, today adopted rules on an emergency basis related to the issuance of certain prescriptions during the COVID-19 disaster. The Board previously adopted emergency amendments to Title 22, Chapter 174.5, which are set to expire July 4, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

From Texas Medical Board

July 2, 2020

Texans for Life Committee: Endorses Pro-Life Pete Sessions In TX 17 Runoff

Texans for Life Committee is proud to endorse Pete Sessions in the runoff to represent the 17th District of Texas in Congress. Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Committee, notes that “Pete Sessions has a long history of faithful, exemplary service to this state and nation, and has faithfully stood for protecting life.

From Texans for Life Committee

July 1, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Statement On Fauci Criticism Of Texas

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today: “On the same day that presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden announced he would put Anthony Fauci on his team if he is elected president, Dr. Fauci took a swipe at Republican states and COVID19 — specifically charging that Texas had “skipped over” some steps in our plan to fight the pandemic.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 1, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The Defense Bill Means For Texas

This week, the Senate will pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. You can read the legislation here, and below is a summary of its impact on Texas: • Raises troops’ pay by 3%.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 1, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales To Report $400K+ Raised In Q2

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign today released an initial calculation of more than $400,000 raised in the 2nd quarter of the year, bringing their total funds raised to more than $1.1 million since the campaign began.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 1, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: USMCA Enters Into Force July 1

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today released the following statement as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement officially went into effect: “I am very proud to have partnered with President Trump to pass this once-in-a-generation historic agreement that revitalizes our trade and puts America first.

From Representative Roger Williams

July 1, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Rep. Ken King Endorses Josh Winegarner

Panhandle State Representative, Ken King today endorsed Josh Winegarner for U.S. Congress in the Republican Primary Runoff on July 14th. Early voting for this election began Monday.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

July 1, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Celebrates USMCA Implementation

The following statement can be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement's (USMCA) entry into force. "USMCA's implementation marks a major milestone for Texas agriculture. Since the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, agricultural exports have soared from $8.9 billion to almost $40 billion.

From Texas Farm Bureau

June 30, 2020

TDP: Statement On Yet Another Record Breaking Day Of New COVID-19 Cases In Texas

Today, the state of Texas broke yet another record of new positive COVID-19 cases in the state, with 6975 new cases, almost 1000 more than the previous record of 5996.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 30, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Good Move By Workforce Commission; More Needed

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the Texas Workforce Commission's decision today to reinstate a waiver of the work search requirement for millions of Texans who have lost their jobs in the pandemic:

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 30, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Let’s Continue The Time Out On STAAR Testing

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement on the decision to require STAAR testing next year: “We are in the middle of a health emergency, we don’t even know for sure what form education is going to take this fall, and the state education commissioner has announced that STAAR testing will resume.

From Texas State Teachers Association

June 30, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC: Endorse Shelby Slawson For HD 59

Today, the Texas Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Shelby Slawson for House District 59. The nonpartisan Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC is the political arm of Texas Nurse Practitioners, the largest state association of nurse practitioners in the United States.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC

June 30, 2020

Texas Equality PAC: Endorses Democrat Eddie Rodriguez For Special Election To Replace Kirk Watson For Senate District 14

Today, the Texas Equity PAC, the political action committee of Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to securing full equality for LGBTQ Texans, endorsed Texas House Member Eddie Rodriguez for the Special Senate Election Race for Senate District 14 to replace retiring Austin Senator Kirk Watson.

From Texas Equality PAC

June 30, 2020

Pat Dixon Campaign: Dixon Questions Eckhardt’s COVID Numbers

- In an interview with the Texas Standard on Tuesday June 30, Sarah Eckhardt (Democratic candidate for Texas senate district 14 in the July 14 special election) stated that the mortality rate for people over 65 years old is between 25% to 30%.

From Pat Dixon Campaign

June 30, 2020

TexPIRG: New Analysis: Texas Receives Trending Poorly Marks For COVID-19 Containment Measures

With America as a whole continuing to struggle in containing the COVID-19 virus, TexPIRG released a new fact sheet today calling on Texas to maintain all current restrictions related to COVID-19, and take additional measures to improve containment.

From TexPIRG

June 30, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Oil And Gas Monitoring And Enforcement Plan Finalized

The Railroad Commission of Texas has released its latest strategic priorities in regulating the state's oil and gas industry. The RRC's Fiscal Year 2021 priorities are outlined in the Oil and Gas Monitoring and Enforcement Plan which can be found on the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/58340/og-s-plan-fy-2021.pdf

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 30, 2020

Progress Texas: SCOTUS Ruling Deals Blow To Separation Of Church And State

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the federal Constitution. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response to the Court’s decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

From Progress Texas

June 30, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texans Testify In Support Of Sex Ed As State Board Of Education Considers Health Standards Overhaul

As the Texas State Board of Education considers its overhaul of health curriculum standards for the first time in more than two decades, scores of testifiers at a public hearing today urged board members to ensure the new standards move beyond focusing just on abstinence in a state where 60 percent of high school seniors say they’ve already been sexually active.

From Texas Freedom Network

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