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October 23, 2020

TDP: Trump Defends Cruel Child Separation Policy At The Border

During the last presidential debate, Donald Trump hit another disgusting low when he disgustingly said “good” when confronted about the fact that his administration cannot locate the parents of 545 children who were separated from their parents.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 23, 2020

TDP: The Story Coming Out Of Last Night’s Debate, The Rising Coronavirus Cases In Texas

One of the most jarring things that Donald Trump lied about last night was that coronavirus cases were “falling” in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn Earns ‘A’ Rating For Fighting Human Trafficking

“Since even before I set foot in the U.S. Senate, combatting human trafficking has been a top priority of mine,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’ve proudly used my platform to pass multiple bipartisan bills in support of victims and law enforcement working to curb the scourge of modern-day slavery, and I thank the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking for their work to amplify these efforts.”

From Senator John Cornyn

October 23, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gina Jones Must Pledge To Oppose Fracking Ban, Ending Federal Subsidies For Oil Industry

Today the Tony Gonzales campaign is calling on Democrat Gina Jones to put the interests of District 23 ahead of her presidential nominee Joe Biden’s plan to harm the energy industry.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

October 23, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats On Joe Biden’s Dominant Victory During The Final Presidential Debate

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Joe Biden is a kind, decent, empathetic man who knows that the best days of this country are ahead of us, not behind us if we unite and work together.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 22, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats On The Decision Regarding Drive-Through Votes In Harris County

“Today is a win by Texas voters for Texas voters. Texans will crawl through broken glass to have their voices heard in this election. It was ludicrous in the first place that Republicans don’t want Texans to vote and keep on pushing frivolous lawsuits to disenfranchise Texas voters.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 22, 2020

Texas Right To Vote: Texas Supreme Court Decision In Drive-Thru Litigation Is A Victory For Voting Rights

Mimi Marziani, President of the Texas Civil Rights Project and co-chair of the Texas Right to Vote Network released the following statement on drive-thru voting litigation. “Legally, this suit was utterly deficient and I am glad that the Texas Supreme Court recognized this. This last-ditch litigation was meant to create confusion around the availability of drive-thru voting -- it had nothing at all to do with protecting our democracy.

From Texas Right To Vote

October 22, 2020

Representative Ed Thompson: Promotes The Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Awards

"As a passionate supporter of our educators, I am happy to be able to promote the opportunity for House District 29 residents to nominate an exceptional teacher for a 2021 Outstanding Teaching Award," Rep. Thompson stated.

From Representative Ed Thompson

October 22, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Statement On Trump’s Latest Vow To End ACA, Failure To Produce Plan On Pre-Existing Conditions

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, issued the following statement in response to President Trump comments urging the Supreme Court to “end” the Affordable Care Act, and despite being repeatedly pressed, his continued failure to produce a plan for patients with pre-existing conditions who would lose their protections:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Drive-Thru Voting In Harris County

“Even the entirely-Republican Texas Supreme Court refused to take part in the Texas GOP’s latest voter suppression scheme,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas. “In the midst of this pandemic, our elected officials should be doing everything they can to make it easier to vote, and that’s exactly what Harris County did by implementing drive-thru voting locations.

From Progress Texas

October 22, 2020

Texas Right To Vote: As Texas Posts Record Turnout, Corrupt Texas AG, Secretary Of State Manufacture Chaos At The Polls

The enthusiasm of Texas voters is making national headlines, and this traditionally “nonvoting” state is now leading the country in turnout. This is despite well documented efforts by Texas state officials to block access, and in part due to the dedication of county election officials.

From Texas Right To Vote

October 22, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Praises Mexico’s Agreement To Fulfill Water Obligations To Texas Under 1944 Treaty

“Texas’ border communities will welcome this news that Mexico has committed to fulfilling its water obligations to the United States,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Farmers, ranchers, and families who rely upon this water can rest easy, and our close relationship with Mexico can continue to grow.”

From Senator John Cornyn

October 22, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats Demand That Governor Abbott And Secretary Of State Hughs Commit To Counting The Votes Of Texans Who Voted At Drive Through Locations

Earlier this week, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins issued a letter to Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, seeking her assurance that her office would defend the votes cast, as promised, using the county’s drive-thru voting system for all eligible Harris County voters. Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo did the same for Governor Abbott.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Senate Advances Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination, Cornyn And Cruz Make Good On Their Flip-Flop

“Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have officially flip-flopped by voting to advance a Supreme Court nominee through a process they opposed just four years ago,” said Wesley Story, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

October 22, 2020

Educator for a Safe Reopening: Dozens Of Houston ISD Educators Call In Sick To Obtain COVID-19 Testing, Demands For A Safe Learning Environment

Teachers from at least 35 Houston ISD campuses called in sick today to receive COVID-19 testing as the District, under pressure from Governor Abbott, is failing to establish a safe environment for in-person instruction.

From Educator for a Safe Reopening

October 22, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Judge Barrett Voted Unanimously In Committee To Be Next Supreme Court Justice

‘I just find this to be a surreal environment we’re in where our Democratic colleagues announced yesterday they are going to boycott one of the most important votes this committee will have, probably, during our entire senatorial tenure.’

From Senator John Cornyn

October 22, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Seeks Applications From Texas Higher Ed Institutions For GEER-Funded Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program

Today the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced a request for applications (RFA) for the Texas Reskilling Support Fund grant program, a $46.5 million fund established to provide essential emergency educational support to students that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

October 21, 2020

TDP: New Poll Shows Biden And Trump Tied In Texas

A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Biden neck and neck with Trump, both with 47% of those polled.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 21, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Cart Before Horse Again: Requiring Unemployed Texans To Prove Work Searches Will Worsen Gridlock

As Texans continue to have serious difficulty reaching the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas AFL-CIO opposed the Commission's resumption of a requirement that unemployed Texans prove three work searches per week to receive benefits. The requirement is scheduled to be in place on Nov. 1.

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 21, 2020

Human Rights Campaign Texas: Condemns New Transphobic NRCC Ads Against Gina Ortiz Jones

Yesterday, the NRCC launched a new transphobic attack ad on openly LGBTQ veteran and congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones. The ad is the second anti-LGBTQ ad released against Jones by the NRCC just weeks after their efforts to attack Jones based on her identity were exposed by the Huffington Post.

From Human Rights Campaign Texas

October 21, 2020

Environment Texas: Longtime Wind Leader Texas Ranks Just 11th Nationally For Percentage Of Renewables

Texas has long led the nation in total wind power capacity, but with 21.9% of total electricity sales coming from renewable energy, Texas ranks just 11th in the nation for its percentage of renewables, according to a new study by the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

From Environment Texas

October 20, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Death Of Houston Police Department Sergeant Harold Preston

“Earlier today, Sgt. Harold Preston was gunned down in the line of duty protecting his community. Sgt. Preston served Houston for 41 years, a testament to his remarkable dedication to service. Jan and I will be praying for Sgt. Preston's family, friends and the Houston Police Department, and we ask that you join us in doing the same.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 20, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner And Houston City Council Propose To Raise Your Property Taxes

Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is speaking out, along with House Ways & Means Chairman Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), in opposition to the proposal by Mayor Turner (D-Houston) to raise property taxes during a COVID-19 and Energy economic slump.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

October 20, 2020

Mary Nan Huffman Campaign: Actions Have Consequences: Ogg Directly Responsible For HPD Officer’s Death

Houston Police Department Sergeant Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty today. As tragic as that is, his death was 100% preventable. His partner also was shot and will survive his injuries. The suspect, Elmer Manzano, a convicted felon with multiple prior assaults on his record, was in custody just a day before this tragedy occurred.

From Mary Nan Huffman Campaign

October 20, 2020

Senator Brian Birdwell: Tapped To serve On Senate Select Committee On Redistricting

?On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) to the Senate's bi-partisan 2021 Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. "I am honored to be selected to serve on the Senate's redistricting committee, and will be a strong voice for the people of Senate District 22 as district lines are redrawn." Birdwell said.

From Senator Brian Birdwell

October 20, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Birdwell To Senate Redistricting Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, to the Senate Redistricting Committee today, replacing Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, who's leaving the Texas Senate: “I am proud to appoint Sen. Birdwell to the Redistricting Committee.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 20, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gina Jones Is Overwhelmingly Funded By Out-Of-State Donors

The 3rd quarter Federal Election Commission reports were filed October 15 and an analysis of total contributions in the CD-23 race paints a stark contrast. Democratic nominee Gina Jones is funded by out-of-state donors, while Republican candidate Tony Gonzales is supported by donors in the district.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

October 20, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On New Study Showing 243,000 Texas Children Losing Health Care Under Trump Administration

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones released a statement on the new study showing an estimated 243,000 Texas children became uninsured under the Trump administration, more than any other state. Texas continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the country.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 20, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Fights For Rural Texas Communities In Need Of Broadband

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today introduced the Eliminate the Digital Divide Act to empower states to carry out their own broadband programs and ensure low-income individuals have access to low-cost broadband services.

From Representative Roger Williams

October 20, 2020

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement On Agreement Between United States And Mexico On 1944 Water Treaty

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding an agreement between the United States and Mexico on the 1944 Water Treaty. Mexico will transfer the remaining water owed to the U.S. for this cycle on Friday, October 23, avoiding any deficit.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

October 20, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Teachers, Education Leaders Support Erin Zwiener For Reelection

Today State Representative Erin Zwiener’s (D-Driftwood) campaign released a letter of support from 55 local educators, retired educators, and education leaders, as well as from three pro-public education groups.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

October 19, 2020

AARP Texas: New COVID-19 Nursing Home Dashboard Spotlights Texas And National Trends

AARP Texas Director Tina Tran said today that a new AARP dashboard shows how Texas nursing homes are handling the coronavirus pandemic, which could provide state officials with useful insights.

From AARP Texas

October 19, 2020

TDP: In One Month, COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Texas Have Increased A Staggering 38.4%

Hospitals throughout the state are filling up once again with COVID-19 patients as experts believe Texas is headed into a second surge of the coronavirus. In fact, in one month, hospitalizations in Texas have increased 38.4% under this failed Republican leadership.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 19, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Blitzes TX-23 With Early Voting Weekend Of Action

This weekend, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, hosted a Weekend of Action to ensure voters in South and West Texas have a plan to vote and vote early.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 19, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez and Representative Jessica Gonzalez: Statement On The Texas State Board Of Social Work Examiners Discriminatory Actions

This Monday, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change its code of conduct, which establishes when a social work may refuse to serve someone. The newly adopted code would no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

From Senator Jose Menendez

October 16, 2020

Texas Civil Justice League: Applauds Appointment Of Rebeca Huddle To Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Civil Justice League (TCJL) today applauded Governor Abbott’s appointment of Houston attorney Rebeca Huddle to the Texas Supreme Court. Justice Huddle replaces former Justice Paul Green, who retired from the bench earlier this year after 15 years on the state’s highest court. “We could not be more pleased with Justice Huddle’s appointment to the Court,” said Carol Sims, TCJL’s Executive Director.

From Texas Civil Justice League

October 16, 2020

TDP: COVID-19 Continues To Decimate Amarillo And Lubbock, Republican Leadership Has Failed

Today, the Texas Tribune reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Lubbock and Amarillo. It never had to be this bad. Texas still hasn’t beaten back the coronavirus pandemic because of a failure of leadership at the federal and state levels.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 16, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Dallas News Union Vote Sends Powerful Message

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated the newsroom staff of the Dallas Morning News on their decision to speak up together through a union to advocate for better working conditions and job security.

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 16, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Death Of Houston Fire Department Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today after news that Houston Fire Department Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce was killed in the line of duty early this morning: “Early this morning, a brave first responder with the Houston Fire Department was gunned down in the line of duty.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 16, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Texas To Receive $15 Million For Crime Victims

The Department of Justice announced several federal grants totaling $15,173,367 to advance forensic science in Texas, as part of a larger national grant allocation of $192 million, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

October 16, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement On Texas State Board Of Social Work Examiners Discriminatory Charge In Code Of Conduct

This Monday, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted to change its code of conduct, which establishes when a social work may refuse to serve someone. The newly adopted code would no longer prohibit social workers from turning away clients on the basis of disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

From Senator Jose Menendez

October 16, 2020

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On The Social Workers’ Code Of Conduct

— This week, the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners amended its code of conduct so that social workers are no longer prohibited from refusing their services on the basis of "disability" "sexual orientation" and "gender identity and expression" in response to a request from the Governor's office.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

October 16, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats On Governor Abbott Stealing A Texas Supreme Court Seat From The People

Today, Governor Abbott appointed Rebecca Huddle as the next Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. This appointment comes after Justice Paul Green retired on August 31, one week after the deadline for his replacement to be on the ballot in November.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 16, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement On Appointment Of Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle To Texas Supreme Court

“The Texas Supreme Court decides the most consequential legal issues affecting our state, and requires of its judges a deep knowledge of the law, an ability to understand and analyze complex issues of law, the willingness to work hard and a steadfast commitment to applying our laws as-written. Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle exemplifies these requirements,” TLR Senior Chairman Richard W. Weekley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

October 16, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Advocacy, Professional Groups Denounce State Agencies For Stripping Out Explicit Nondiscrimination Protections For LGBTQ Texans

LGBTQ civil rights groups and professional organizations are expressing anger and dismay after the Texas social work licensing board and the agency that houses it on Monday moved suddenly to strip out explicit protections against discrimination by state-licensed social workers against clients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

From Texas Freedom Network

October 16, 2020

TDP: Unemployment Claims Are Surging Both Nationally And In Texas

Last month, since August, requests for unemployment benefits increased both at the national level and here in Texas. Nationally, claims jumped to 898,000, an increase of 53,000 from last week. Claims in Texas are also up by 1,097 from last week.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 16, 2020

Texas Alliance for Life: Federal Appellate Court Blocks Enforcement Of Texas Ban On Dismemberment Abortions

Yesterday evening, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision to permanently block the ban on dismemberment abortions passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017. That ban requires the abortion doctor to kill an unborn child during a second trimester abortion prior to dismembering and removing the baby's body.

From Texas Alliance for Life

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Kevin Patrick Yeary For Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Kevin Patrick Yeary of Austin for reelection to the Place 4 on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who respect the rule of law and understand the importance of a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses David Newell For Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed David Newell of Richmond for reelection to the Place 9 on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who respect the rule of law and understand the importance of a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Bert Richardson For Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Bert Richardson of San Antonio for reelection to the Place 3 on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who respect the rule of law and understand the importance of a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Every Person Counts

"Today's Supreme Court order upholding the Trump administration's decision to cut off the count of the U.S. population is an outrageous endorsement of partisanship. Everyone should count when political power is allocated. The

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 14, 2020

TDP: The Coronavirus Is Still Out Of Control In Texas, For Life To Go Back To Normal, We Must Vote For Democrats Up And Down The Ballot

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas have now risen steadily for the past ten days and have reached over 4,000 after dropping to a low of 3000 last month. Daily infections and positivity rate also continues to rise and new cases today were the second highest they have been since August 1st.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 14, 2020

Akilah Bacy Campaign: Bacy Condemns Attacks From Lacey Hull In Prominent Houston House Race

Akilah Bacy, the Democratic nominee for Texas House District 138 in Harris County, strongly condemns false attacks from her Republican opponent, Lacey Hull. “Lacey Hull’s new attacks against me are lies, plain and simple," Bacy said. “Once we saw her lack of credentials and our polling numbers, we knew a false and negative campaign was on the horizon.

From Akilah Bacy Campaign

October 14, 2020

Progress Texas: Statement On SCOTUS Decision Allowing Census Count To End Early

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision halting the 2020 census count. “An abrupt and early end to the census is a disservice to Texans, but these are the kind of decisions we should expect from a conservative Supreme Court majority,” said Wesley Story, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

October 14, 2020

James Talarico Campaign: Places First TV Buy Of The Cycle

The James Talarico for State Representative campaign has placed its first TV ad buy of 2020 titled, “Teacher in the House.” The ad highlights Representative Talarico’s experience as a teacher, the success of his first legislative session, and his work for Texans during this pandemic.

From James Talarico Campaign

October 14, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, And Senator Bernie Sanders Endorse State Representative Erin Zwiener

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Bernie Sanders joined President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren in endorsing State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood).

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Brett Busby For Texas Supreme Court

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Justice Brett Busby for reelection to Place 8 on the Texas Supreme Court. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates, like Justice Brett Busby, who understand the importance of ensuring all Texans have access to a fair and efficient legal system,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On Monica Roberts

Last week, Monica Roberts, a pioneer in transgender journalism passed away. She was the founder of the award-winning blog, TransGriot, which has been covering the trans community since 2006. She has been a national leader setting the standard for media competence on trans issues.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

October 14, 2020

Travis County Tax Office: Travis County Registered Record 97 Percent Of Voters

– The Covid-19 pandemic proved no match for Travis County residents as a record 97 percent of eligible voters registered to vote. Currently, more than 850,000 voters are registered in Travis County.

From Travis County Tax Office

October 14, 2020

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement On Ruling Limiting Mail In Ballot Drop Off Locations

On Oct. 1, Governor Abbott issued an executive order limiting where voters can drop off their mail in ballots to one location per county. Several lawsuits challenging the order have been filed since then. Late last night, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

October 14, 2020

TDP: Texas Shatters Voter Registration Numbers, Estimated 3 Million New Voters Have Registered In Texas Since 2016

On the start of early voting, the Secretary of State reported a net of 1.3 million Texans have registered to vote since November 2018 and 1.9 million have registered since November 2016.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Jeff Boyd For Texas Supreme Court

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Justice Jeff Boyd for reelection to Place 7 on the Texas Supreme Court. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who respect the rule of law and understand the importance of a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Progress Texas: Despite GOP Voter Suppression Schemes, Texans Turning Out To Vote In Droves

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to reports of long lines at polling places and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision upholding Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting ballot drop off sites.

From Progress Texas

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Jane Bland For Texas Supreme Court

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Justice Jane Bland for reelection to Place 6 on the Texas Supreme Court. “With more than 20 years on the bench, Justice Bland’s extensive experience as a judge and deep respect among the legal community make her a critical asset to the Texas Supreme Court,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Nathan Hecht For Texas Supreme Court

“From his time as a Navy JAG officer to his principled tenure as a judge, Chief Justice Hecht has led a life committed to public service and upholding the rule of law,” TLRPAC General Counsel Lee Parsley said. “He has led the Texas Supreme Court with integrity, actively working as chief justice to improve the efficiency of our entire legal system and serving as a passionate advocate for access to justice for low-income, underserved and vulnerable Texans.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 14, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement Calling For Audit Of Alamo Preservation Project

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick today called on the State Auditor to provide a financial and programmatic audit of the more than $138 million state dollars that have been allocated for the historic preservation of the Alamo. Here is the text of the letter:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 14, 2020

Texas Rising Action: Announces Congressional Endorsements

– Looking to make an impact on federal races, Texas Rising Action, the Texas Freedom Network’s youth organizing program, today announced a list of six endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives.

From Texas Rising Action

October 14, 2020

Senator Brandon Creighton: Applauds The Senate Committee On Higher Education’s Interim Work

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) held the first interim hearing since March, convening the Senate Committee on Higher Education. Today’s hearing focused on opportunities for Texans seeking higher education and workforce training--whether that be a 4 year institution, non-traditional online or distance learning, and career tech training programs that can help Texans enter the workforce with an excellent education and much-needed skills.

From Senator Brandon Creighton

October 14, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: League Of Women Voters Of Hays County Candidates’ Forum Featuring State Representative Erin Zwiener And Opponent Carrie Isaac

During the forum, the candidates were asked to discuss topics such as healthcare and reproductive rights, the Permian Highway Natural Gas pipeline, voting rights, criminal justice reform, redistricting, local control, COVID-19 assistance, and LGBTQIA rights.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

October 14, 2020

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Names Legislative Champion By Donate Life Texas

Donate Life Texas, the state's only and official organ and tissue donor registry, Friday (Oct. 9) named Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, its Legislative Champion. Honored at a ceremony at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Headquarters in Austin, she is the first recipient of this new award.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

October 14, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: What They’re Saying: Jones’ Focus On Health Care Dominates First TX-23 Debate

San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones’ laser focus on lowering costs and expanding access to quality affordable health care, and the clear contrast she drew with Tony Gonzales’ commitment to “eliminating” the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it, dominated coverage of the first televised debate in the race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 14, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Delivers Opening Statement At Supreme Court Hearing

“The Senate Judiciary Committee undertakes no more important duty than the one we undertake today.” “Throughout your impressive career, you have earned the respect of those who share your views on the law as well as those who do not.”

From Senator John Cornyn

October 14, 2020

Representative Todd Hunter: To Host Symposium On Domestic Violence

State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi and other community leaders will host an October 21 online symposium focused on preventing domestic violence.

From Representative Todd Hunter

October 14, 2020

TDP: Federal Judge Stops Abbott’s Unlawful Attempt To Suppress Texas Voters

Tonight, a federal judge stopped Governor Greg Abbott’s unlawful attempt t0 suppress Texas voters by cutting mail-in hand delivery locations.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 14, 2020

Representative Ed Thompson: Commends Sydney Mathew On Efforts To Raise Funds From Authored Book

On October 9th, State Representative Ed Thompson visited with Shadow Creek High School Sophomore, Sydney Mathew to meet the youth behind the authored book, Corona Diaries.

From Representative Ed Thompson

October 9, 2020

Progress Texas: Hegar And Cornyn Locked In Competitive Senate Race; Will Tonight’s Debate Move The Needle?

With the Texas U.S. Senate debate taking place tonight, voters will be tuned in to hear the candidates’ plans for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s economic crisis, health care, education, and more.

From Progress Texas

October 9, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Rising Action Endorses Chrysta Castaneda For RRC

Today Texas Rising Action, the Texas Freedom Network’s youth organizing program, announced its endorsement of Democrat Chrysta Castañeda for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commision.

From Texas Freedom Network

October 9, 2020

Texas Freedom Caucus: Releases Video Pledging To Fight All Efforts To Defund Law Enforcement In 87th Legislative Session

Members of the Texas Freedom Caucus released their latest video titled “Public Safety Matters” this week, pledging to fight all efforts to defund the police in the legislative session starting in January 2021. "Walking around Austin, it was shocking to see the consequences of the defund the police movement.

From Texas Freedom Caucus

October 9, 2020

James Talarico Campaign: Democratic Presidential Nominee, Joe Biden, Endorses James Talarico

This morning, State Representative James Talarico was endorsed by the Democratic nominees for President and Vice President, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

From James Talarico Campaign

October 9, 2020

Scenic Texas, Inc.: 19 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification In 2020

Scenic Texas today announced 19 Texas cities have been recognized as 2020 Certified Scenic City award recipients through the Scenic City Certification Program, a program of the statewide nonprofit and its 18 partner organizations.

From Scenic Texas, Inc.

October 9, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: San Antonio Express-News Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones For Congress

Yesterday, the San Antonio Express-News endorsed San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones in the race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 9, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Early Voting In Texas Begins Oct. 13

Early Voting for the 2020 General Election in Texas begins October 13th and ends on October 30th. During Early Voting, registered voters can vote at any polling location in their county. Voters should check their county election websites for more information as each county organizes their own polling place schedule.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

October 8, 2020

TDP: Biden Up In The State Of Texas, With Leaners Cracks 50%

Today, a new breaking PPP poll shows Joe Biden is up in the state of Texas 49-48 over Donald Trump. With leaners, Joe Biden cracks 50%.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 8, 2020

Jeff Whitfield Campaign: Former Republican Representative Todd Smith Endorses Jeff Whitfield For House District 92

Jeff Whitfield, Democratic nominee for Texas House District 92, today welcomed the endorsement of Todd Smith, former Republican State Representative for House District 92. “Jeff Whitfield is the representative that the residents of House District 92 need in Austin,” said Smith, who represented the district for 16 years in the Texas State Legislature.

From Jeff Whitfield Campaign

October 8, 2020

AARP: Did Not Authorize Or Participate In Production Of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s TV Ad

AARP Texas State Director Tina Tran released the following statement today in response to U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s citation of AARP and use of AARP’s logo in a political television ad. Tran said: “AARP did not authorize or participate in the production of the Senator Cornyn’s advertisement. Further, Senator Cornyn’s ad includes the unauthorized use of AARP’s logo.

From AARP

October 8, 2020

TDP: Announces Six-Figure Digital, Print, And Radio Ad Buy Targeting Latino Texans

These ads will be a six-figure expenditure targeting Latino communities across Texas. Cycle-to-date, the ads, coupled with additional mail and programming, coupled with additional political mail and programming total a more than seven-figure investment from the Texas Democratic Party in the Latino community.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 8, 2020

Texas Freedom Network Education Fund: School Science Standards In Many States Earn Poor Marks On Climate Change

Even as the growing impact and evidence of human-caused climate change have become overwhelmingly clear, a new report from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund shows many states are doing a very poor job making sure public school students learn the facts about the global crisis they will inherit.

From Texas Freedom Network Education Fund

October 8, 2020

Texas Right to Vote: In Anticipation Of Historic Turnout, Prominent Texans Launch Statewide Network Protecting Voting Rights

Today, in the response to recent last-minute election disruptions, Texans fighting for Texas voters unite to encourage participation, deliver accurate information, and alleviate voter confusion. Texas leaders who have dedicated their lives to democratic principles and expanding the electorate have now come together from across Texas to ensure that every Texan’s right to vote is protected.

From Texas Right to Vote

October 8, 2020

Veterans Of Foreign Wars: Texas VFW Lauds Governor For Reopening Of VFW Posts, Urges State To Address Issues Impacting Veterans, Post Closures Long-Term

“The Texas VFW is grateful to our allies and friends in Congress and the Texas Legislature who have heard our concerns and assisted us with reopening our Posts.

From Veterans Of Foreign Wars

October 8, 2020

Terry Meza Campaign: Meza Outraises, Maintains Funding Prowess Over Her Opponent

Texas House District 105 incumbent Terry Meza raised $75,860.63 in contributions from July 1 to Sept. 24. Her contributions come from 670 individual donations, including 384 contributions from first time donors. Meza’s cash on hand is $85,926.36 as of Oct 1.

From Terry Meza Campaign

October 8, 2020

Save Texas Wineries PAC: Texas Wineries And Distilleries Laud Gov. Abbott’s Move To Safely Reopen

Patrick Whitehead, President of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and Texas Winery PAC board member said: “We’re grateful for Gov. Abbott addressing the economic crisis facing our small businesses.

From Save Texas Wineries PAC

October 8, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Lauds TX Supreme Court Decision Keeping Chaos From Reigning In The Election Process

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) is lauding the ruling reached by the Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday that says Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins (D-Harris County) cannot mail 2+ Million absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in Harris County, regardless of their eligibility to vote by mail or if they have even requested one at all.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

October 8, 2020

Texas Parent PAC: Announces 2020 General Election Endorsements

- Texas Parent PAC, the state’s only political action committee representing the voices of parents, grandparents and other individuals who believe in the power of public education, is pleased to announce endorsements for the 2020 general election.

From Texas Parent PAC

October 8, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Texas Supreme Court’s Decision To Restrict Local Entities’ Ability To Send Mail-In-Ballot Applications To Eligible Voters

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Once again, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court steps into this election against the interests of voters and a functioning democracy.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 6, 2020

Natali Hurtado Campaign: Hurtado Posts Impressive Fundraising Haul In Houston House Race

The Natali Hurtado Campaign for Texas House District 126 announced today it reported raising $311,139.77 for the fundraising period ending September 24th. The campaign received a total of 7,337 donations with an average donation of $33.43, which does not include in-kind contributions.

From Natali Hurtado Campaign

October 6, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Joins Lawsuit To Protect Texans From Voter Suppression Tactics

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) announced that it is joining a lawsuit challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s voter suppression tactics. Last week, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation mandating that each county in the state have only one designated drop-off location for mail-in ballots.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

October 6, 2020

Jeff Whitfield Campaign: Whitfield Outraises Opponent In Recent Campaign Finance Filing

Jeff Whitfield, the Democratic nominee for Texas State House District 92, raised over $362,000 since July 1, outraising his opponent by nearly $150,000 and maintaining a massive cash on hand advantage. Mary Alice Blackstock, Whitfield’s campaign manager, released the following statement regarding the recent campaign finance filing:

From Jeff Whitfield Campaign

October 6, 2020

Anti-Defamation League: Lawsuit Filed To Stop Texas Governor’s Limit On Drop-Off Sites For Absentee Ballots

Today, the ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League’s) Austin, Southwest, and Texoma Regions, Common Cause Texas, and an individual Texas voter filed suit to block the governor of Texas from limiting drop-off sites for absentee ballots to a maximum of one per county during the state’s early voting period, regardless of the size of a county’s population or the distribution of that population.

From Anti-Defamation League

October 6, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: State Representative Erin Zwiener Reports $417,527.23 Raised

State Representative Erin Zwiener says her campaign raised $417,527.23 between July 1st and September 24th. The campaign spent $154,920.82. The campaign says the fundraising haul will help them hold onto the seat that represents Hays and Blanco Counties.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

October 5, 2020

TDP: Launches New Website: Justice-For-Sale.com

The Texas Democratic Party launched a new microsite today, Justice-For-Sale.com. The site highlights the ties between the Republican Texas Supreme Court’s jurisprudence and their large campaign contributors.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 5, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Contractors Who Can’t Answer Questions Highlight State Weakness In Helping Unemployed Texans

Following a TV news report that Texas Workforce Commission contractors cannot answer anything but the most basic questions about benefits for unemployed Texans who have lost their job through no fault of their own, the Texas AFL-CIO today called on Gov. Greg Abbott and Commissioners to intervene and devote all possible agency resources to answering the phones and making online communications work.

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 5, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Appoints Brent Webster As First Assistant Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of Brent Webster as First Assistant Attorney General. “I am honored that Attorney General Paxton has chosen me to lead in the attorney general’s office at an incredibly critical time in the history of this state,” Brent Webster said. “I look forward to working with Attorney General Paxton to lead an agency that greatly impacts Texas, and therefore, the United States.”

From Office of the Attorney General

October 5, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Urges North Texas To Provide Input Into How Judges Are Selected In Texas

State Representative Carl O. Sherman (D-109) urges residents locally and statewide to provide input into how judges are selected in the state to the Texas Commission on Judicial Selection (TCJS).

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

October 5, 2020

AARP Texas: Did Not Authorize Or Participate In Production Of DCCC Ad Targeting Candidate Beth Van Duyne

AARP Texas Director Tina Tran released the following statement today in response to the Democratic Congressional Campaign citation of AARP in a political ad targeting Beth Van Duyne, a candidate for the 24th Congressional District of Texas. Tran said:

From AARP Texas

October 5, 2020

Texas Civil Justice League PAC: Releases 2020 Judicial Endorsements

The Texas Civil Justice League Political Action Committee today released its slate of endorsements for the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the 15 intermediate appeals courts. Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 13 and ends on Friday, October 30. Election day will take place Tuesday, November 3.

From Texas Civil Justice League PAC

October 5, 2020

TDP: As Coronavirus Continues To Rage In Texas, Republicans Are Still In Court To Repeal The Affordable Care Act

Coronavirus is still raging on in Texas. Texas now has the second most amount of cases and deaths in the country. We now have more cases than New York, more deaths than California, and the highest number of new cases the past 72 hours in the country.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 5, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Raises $1.7 Million In Q3

San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, raised more than $1.7 million during the third quarter of 2020. Jones has raised more than $5.7 million in total this cycle, and unlike TX-23 Republican nominee Tony Gonzales, does not accept contributions from corporate PACs.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 5, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Honored For Dedication To Missing Children

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Texas Regional Office with the M. Diane Allbaugh Texas Heroes for Children Award.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 5, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Raises More Than $3.6 Million For General Election Homestretch

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) will report raising more than $3.6 million in its latest filing with the Texas Ethics Commission. The total, raised between July 1 and September 24, is more than double the $1.6 million raised in the first six months of the year. It does not include in-kind contributions.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

October 5, 2020

Robert Chody Campaign: Attorney David Botsford, Former Counsel For Governor Perry, Joins Defense Team Of Williamson County Sheriff Robert Cody

Today, Sheriff Robert Chody's defense team released a statement regarding the newest member of their team in response to the indictment spearheaded by Williamson County District Attorney, Shawn Dick.

From Robert Chody Campaign

October 5, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Launches New ‘Phony Tony’ Digital Ad, Website

Today, the campaign of San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones announced a new digital ad and website, www.phonytony.org, highlighting how voters in South and West Texas can’t trust ‘Phony Tony’ Gonzales to fight for them in Congress.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

October 5, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Birds Of A Feather: Collin County Republicans Paxton, Leach & Shaheen Flock Together

Texans are all too familiar with the long-standing legal troubles facing their state’s Attorney General, Ken Paxton. Not long after assuming his role as the state’s chief law enforcement officer in 2015, Paxton was indicted on felony charges, including securities fraud, stemming from his time representing Collin County in the Texas Legislature.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

October 5, 2020

TDP: Statement On Illegal Conduct And Bribery By Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton

Today, in a bombshell report from the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE, former top aides for Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged, among other violations of the law, that Paxton took bribes and abused his office. Paxton is already facing criminal charges for securities fraud in Collin County.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 5, 2020

Progress Texas: Is Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton About To Be Indicted Again?

– Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to the latest allegations of bribery, abuse of office, and other potential crimes against Texas’ indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton by his own aides.

From Progress Texas

September 30, 2020

Harris County Clerk’s Office: Announces New Ballot Tracking System

Today, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins announced a new ballot tracking system for voters to check the status of their vote-by-mail application and mailed ballot. For the first time in Harris County, voters who apply to vote by mail will be able to track where their application and ballot are in the process from when their application is received to when their ballot is mailed to them, and finally when their mail ballot is received by the Harris County Clerk’s Office and processed.

From Harris County Clerk’s Office

September 30, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Texas Workforce Commission To Receive $28M Federal Grant To Address Unemployment Caused By Pandemic

The Texas Workforce Commission was awarded a $27,685,179 federal grant to help address the workforce-related impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced. The funding comes through the United States Department of Labor using the Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) National Reserve Funds.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 30, 2020

Borris Miles Campaign: Senator Borris L. Miles Organized Vote-Harvesting Scheme Allegations

On Monday, a number of media outlets released materials containing false and unsubstantiated allegations that aim to damage my reputation, cause voter confusion, suppress and dissuade voters from participating in the upcoming election. I unequivocally deny any and all allegations of participation in an organized vote-harvesting scheme.

From Borris Miles Campaign

September 30, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.: To Hold Second Hope Summit Virtually In October

State Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr. to hold second Hope Summit virtually in October Lancaster, Texas – State Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr. (D-109), dubbed Mr. Hope by many, will be joined by keynote speaker Stedman Graham, community leaders, and elected officials in Representative Sherman’s second Hope Summit to address social justice.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.

September 30, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Phony Tony Gonzales Ducks Point-Blank Questions About His Missing Health Care Plan

It has now been 504 days since TX-23 Republican nominee Tony Gonzales started running for Congress (albeit in Texas’ 35th Congressional District) without a health care plan that goes beyond “eliminating” the Affordable Care Act, and pressure has ratcheted up on Gonzales to explain what his health care plan is.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 30, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: State Must Fix The School COVID Tracker And Provide Infection Data For Every District And Campus

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: The state of Texas has adopted policies that are forcing many teachers and school employees to return to classrooms before it is safe for them or their students during this pandemic.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 30, 2020

Representative Henry Cuellar: Releases 2019 FBI Crime Statistics For Texas Border

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released FBI crime statistics from 2019 demonstrating that border communities are safer than non-border major cities in the United States. “As someone who lives and raises their family on the border, I have found the rhetoric about our southern border offers little resemblance to what is on the ground,” said Congressman Cuellar.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 29, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: President Trump Made A Terrific Selection In Nominating Judge Barrett

“It was a terrific pleasure to have the chance to sit down and visit with Judge Barrett. She has impeccable credentials – she graduated number one in her class at Notre Dame Law School, she clerked for the great Justice Antonin Scalia [and] she’s been a law professor at Notre Dame for 20 years.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 29, 2020

Progress Texas: Biden And Trump Are Neck And Neck In Texas; Tonight’s Debate Could Move The Needle

With the first of three presidential debates taking place tonight, Texas voters will be tuned in to hear the candidates’ plans for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s economic crisis, racial injustice, and more.

From Progress Texas

September 29, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: To Gina Jones: Why Won’t You Travel To El Paso To Debate In Person?

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign is asking Gina Jones why she absolutely refuses to travel to El Paso to debate in person. KVIA has offered a televised debate in El Paso, but Gina Jones has said she will not travel to El Paso to participate in person, that she will only participate virtually.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

September 29, 2020

Jim Wright Campaign: State Chairs For Wright For Texas Campaign Named

Four Texans – including two former Railroad Commissioners -- have been named as chairs of the Wright for Texas campaign moving into the final weeks before the November 2020 election. Former Texas Railroad Commissioners Victor G. Carrillo and Michael Williams will join San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter and Houston businesswoman and civic leader Jacquie Baly as chairs for the campaign.

From Jim Wright Campaign

September 28, 2020

Texas Association of District Judges: Judge Kyle Carter Re-Elected President Of Texas Association Of District Judges

— Trial court judges across the state have unanimously elected Judge Kyle Carter to a second consecutive one-year term as president of the Texas Association of District Judges, which provides input to the state Legislature on issues affecting the state justice system.

From Texas Association of District Judges

September 28, 2020

Representative James Talarico: Responds To Indictment Of Sheriff Robert Chody

On March 28, 2019, Javier Ambler was killed by the Williamson County Sheriff's Department while it was filmed for “Live PD” — a reality TV show. Today, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was indicted on a felony evidence tampering charge for destroying video footage.

From Representative James Talarico

September 28, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Wu And House Colleagues Urge Behavioral Health Executive Council To Address Licensure Backlog

State Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston) and a bipartisan coalition of Texas House members sent a letter to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, urging the importance of immediately addressing the overwhelming backlog in social worker examinations and licensing.

From Representative Gene Wu

September 28, 2020

TDP: Dallas News – Governor Abbott And Texas Republicans, Not Democrats, Have Proposed And Tried To Defund The Police

In a breaking, bombshell story, the Dallas Morning News reported that local Dallas and Tarrant County leaders were worried that Greg Abbott and the state’s proposed budget cuts will cut crucial block grant programs aimed at funding the police department — thereby defunding the police.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 28, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

September 28, 2020

Texas Alliance for Life: Statement On President Trump’s Nomination Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Today President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. By any description, Barrett is highly qualified for the position. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She was a professor at the Notre Dame Law School, and she has served as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for three years.

From Texas Alliance for Life

September 28, 2020

TDP: Statement On Trump’s Tax Returns

In a bombshell report from the New York Times, Donald Trump only paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017. In addition, the report reveals how deep Donald Trump was in debt, currently owing $421 million to primarily foreign countries.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 28, 2020

Progress Texas: Trump Nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett For Supreme Court Vacancy

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for equality,” said Wesley Story, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

September 28, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Statement On The Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Trump announced he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a legal trailblazer with a deep respect for the law and our nation’s founding principles.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 28, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement In Support Of Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States: “Judge Amy Coney Barrett currently serves on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit with honor and distinction, and I look forward to supporting her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 25, 2020

Progress Texas: Sources Say Trump Will Nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett For Supreme Court

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to reports that Trump intends to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court vacancy. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for equality,” said Wesley Story, communications manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

September 25, 2020

Gina Calanni Campaign: State Rep. Gina Calanni Releases First TV Ad

On Friday, September 25th, State Representative Gina Calanni (D-Katy) released her first television ad as part of a six-figure television and digital buy to support her re-election campaign. Rep. Calanni released the following statement:

From Gina Calanni Campaign

September 25, 2020

Representative Erin Zwiener: Thanks Hays County For Working To Correct Inaccurate Hospitalization Count

In light of yesterday’s announcement from Hays County officials that they had drastically undercounted COVID-19 hospitalizations, Representative Erin Zwiener issued the following statement: “I am grateful that the County is taking the appropriate steps forward to amend this mistake,” said Rep. Zwiener. “I hope the county will learn from this, demonstrate steps they’ve taken to prevent future errors, and be more transparent and accessible to both local elected officials and the public at large.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

September 25, 2020

Jeff Whitfield Campaign: Public Education Leaders Releases Letter In Support Of Jeff Whitfield For House District 92

Today, more than 40 state education leaders, local education leaders, and current and former public educators expressed their support for Jeff Whitfield for Texas State House District 92.

From Jeff Whitfield Campaign

September 25, 2020

Travis Boldt Campaign: Brazoria County Texas Candidate Travis Boldt Releases New Television Ad

Travis Boldt, the Democratic nominee in Texas House District 29, has launched his first television commercial of the general election campaign. The ad, which begins running this weekend, is centered around Boldt’s experience running a small family business providing home healthcare “for those most in need.” Boldt, who prioritizes paying his workers over profits, notes that “times have gotten tough, our economy has suffered, and small businesses have really felt the burden.”

From Travis Boldt Campaign

September 25, 2020

Natali Hurtado Campaign: Texas House District 126 Candidate Natali Hurtado Launches New Television Ad

Natali Hurtado, the Democratic nominee in Texas House District 126, has released her first television commercial of the general election campaign. The ad, which begins running today, speaks to her personal experience as a young single mother working her way through college, saying “the deck felt stacked” against her.

From Natali Hurtado Campaign

September 25, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Reminds Coastal Texans: Hurricane Harvey Group Flood Insurance Policy To Expire October 24, 2020

Today the Texas General Land Office is reminding Texans who received federal assistance following Hurricane Harvey that Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) certificates are set to expire on Oct. 24, 2020. In order to remain compliant, a new flood insurance policy must be purchased by Nov. 23, 2020.

From Texas General Land Office

September 25, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Investing In Jobs And Skills Training

On Thursday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, hosted a virtual town hall on investing in advanced skills and vocational training programs to ensure South and West Texans have the opportunity to secure good-paying jobs.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 25, 2020

Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation: Announces Fall 2020 Legislative Candidate Events

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced a series of fall 2020 nonpartisan For the Future candidate forums leading up to the November election. The forums will focus on issues impacting public education and feature candidates for the Texas Legislature.

From Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

September 25, 2020

TDP: A Damning Report Shows Drug-Dealing State Rep. Lynn Stucky Is Also Associated With Missouri Sleep Away Camp Involved With The Sexual Abuse Of Children

Today, a bombshell report in the Quorum Report shows among other egregious actions, Republican State Representative Lynn Stucky has been a current board member of the Kanakuk Institute since 2002. The Kanakuk Institute runs Kanakuk Kamps, whose campers were known as “Kanakuk Klassic Kampers” (KKK) as Stucky served the board.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 25, 2020

Senator Bryan Hughes and Representative Jay Dean: Address Gregg County Democratic Primary Election Fraud

Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) today issued the following statement in conjunction with Representative Jay Dean (R- Longview) on the indictment of four defendants on charges related to election fraud in the 2018 Democratic primary race for Gregg County Commissioner for Precinct Four:

From Senator Bryan Hughes

September 25, 2020

Dallas Police Association: Raises Alarm On Anti-Police Views Of Texas House Candidate Lorenzo Sanchez

As attacks on law enforcement officers across the country continue, the Dallas Police Association (DPA) today called attention to shocking and dangerous anti-police views espoused by Democrat Lorenzo Sanchez and his campaign.

From Dallas Police Association

September 24, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Extend Virtual Learning Option Statewide

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement in response to the Texas Education Agency’s online waiver changes for selected counties: The state must stop tweaking waiver guidelines for selected counties during a dangerous health emergency and give every school district in Texas the authority to conduct only distance learning for the remainder of the fall semester without a funding penalty.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 24, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners: Rep. Donna Howard Named TNP Nurse Practitioner Advocate Of The Year

Texas State Rep. Donna Howard of Austin was named the 2020 Texas Nurse Practitioners’ Advocate of the Year, an award given annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond in advocating for the profession and access to healthcare for Texans. Howard will receive the award on Friday, September 25, during TNP's 32nd Annual Fall Conference.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners

September 24, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Jeff Cason For Election In HD 92

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Jeff Cason for election in House District 92, which covers part of Tarrant County. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and efficient legal system to create opportunity for Texas families and businesses,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

September 24, 2020

TDP: Statement On Governor Abbott’s Failed Distractionary Press Conference

“We see right through Greg Abbott’s pathetic attempt to hide his coronavirus failures. Governor Abbott and every Texas Republican are out of touch with the needs of everyday Texans and the real issues at stake. Whether we are white, black, or brown, Texans want a state and a country that lives up to its promise where everybody can breathe and be safe.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 24, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Carrie Isaac For Election In HD 45

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Carrie Isaac for election in House District 45, which covers Blanco and Hays counties. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and efficient legal system to create opportunity for Texas families and businesses,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

September 24, 2020

TDP: 5 Questions Every Reporter Should Be Asking Ahead Of Abbott’s Pathetic Attempt To Sway The Conversation Away From His Failed Response To The Coronavirus

Today, Republican Governor Greg Abbott is set to host yet another pathetic and weak attempt to sway the conversation away from how Republicans at all levels of government have failed Texans during their response to the coronavirus crisis.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 24, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Republicans Are Turning On Gov. Abbott

Today, a group of Texas Republicans composed of characters such as Texas GOP Chairman Allen West, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, and multiple members of the Texas Freedom Caucus filed a lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott because of his decision to extend early voting by one week to make voting safer during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Progress Texas

September 24, 2020

Phil Stephenson Campaign: Stephenson To File Bill Making Appraisal Review Boards County Elected Officials

State Representative Phil Stephenson (R) of House District 85 (south Fort Bend, Wharton, and Jackson counties) announced today that he plans to file legislation in the upcoming 87th Texas Legislature that would restructure dramatically how appraisal review boards (ARB) are chosen.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign

September 24, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gov. Greg Abbott Endorses Tony Gonzales For Congress

Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott endorsed Tony Gonzales for Congress in the 23rd district, citing his experience in defense, national security, and foreign policy. "I am proud to endorse Tony Gonzales for the U.S. House of Representatives," said Governor Abbott.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

September 24, 2020

Houston Region Business Coalition: Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Joins HRBC To Inform Voters Ahead Of The November Election

Today, HRBC announced a six-figure, digital advertising campaign to promote its endorsed candidates and the importance of voting down ballot now that the straight-ticket option is no longer available in Texas.

From Houston Region Business Coalition

September 24, 2020

The University of Texas System: Jay Hartzell Named President Of The University Of Texas At Austin

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously voted Wednesday to name Jay Hartzell, Ph.D., the next president of UT Austin, effective immediately. Hartzell was named sole finalist for president last month.

From The University of Texas System

September 24, 2020

TDP: Announces Hasan Minhaj As A Special Guest At Annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner

Today, the Texas Democratic Party is proud to announce “Patriot Act” creator and host Hasan Minhaj as a special guest at our annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner taking place on Thursday September 24 at 6:30 PM CT.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 24, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On The Texas Historical Commission Cenotaph Vote

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Historical Commission's vote to reject the proposal to move the Alamo Cenotaph outside the battle walls of the Alamo: "I want to thank the members of the Texas Historical Commission who made a critically important decision today to protect the history of our great state.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 24, 2020

Representative Steve Toth: Pens Letter Of Non-Support To Governor Abbott

Monday morning, State Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands/Conroe) penned a letter of non-support to Texas Governor Greg Abbott “Having exhausted every attempt at persuasion, I was left with no other decision than to withdraw my support of Governor Abbott” said Rep. Toth.

From Representative Steve Toth

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