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June 29, 2020

Annie’s List: Abortion Is Still Essential Healthcare

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 ruling on June Medical LLC v. Russo issued by the United States Supreme Court.

From Annie’s List

June 9, 2020

Anti-Defamation League: ADL Commends Gov. Abbott For Denouncing Racist Posts By GOP Party Chairs; Calls On Party Officials To Address Systematic Racism

ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today commended Texas Governor Greg Abbott for denouncing racist posts by several Texas Republican County Chairs, but also called on the governor to take concrete measures, using input from the African American community, to address institutional racism in his party and beyond after nearly a dozen social posts of the same conspiratorial nature were identified as coming from local party officials.

From Anti-Defamation League

June 16, 2020

Associated Republicans of Texas: Endorses Kronda Thimesch For House District 65

Today the Associated Republicans of Texas (ART) proudly endorse Kronda Thimesch and her candidacy for House District 65 in Denton County. Thimesch has lived in Denton County for nearly 30 years and she has devoted that time to serving her community.

From Associated Republicans of Texas

June 17, 2020

Associated Republicans of Texas: Endorses Representative Dan Flynn For HD 2

Today the Associated Republicans of Texas (ART) proudly endorse Representative Dan Flynn in House District 2 for the July 14th Republican primary runoff. “Rep. Dan Flynn is a proven leader who has consistently demonstrated his conservative credentials during his time as a State Representative.

From Associated Republicans 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

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

June 29, 2020

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas: Children’s Hospitals In Texas Have Capacity To Care For All Children During COVID-19

The Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT) announced today that children’s hospitals throughout the state have joined together to assure the public that hospitals have the capacity to provide care and keep kids safe while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing in some areas of Texas.

From Children’s Hospital Association of Texas

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

June 23, 2020

Connected Commerce Council: Texas Leaders, Small Business Cite Importance Of Digital Tools For Economic Recovery

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Texas small businesses joined industry leaders for a discussion about the importance of technology platforms and tools and the current technology regulatory environment. The ‘Tech Forward Webcast: How Technology Is Fueling the Texas Recovery’ was hosted by Jake Ward, President of the Connected Commerce Council, a non-profit membership organization representing digitally empowered small businesses.

From Connected Commerce Council

June 19, 2020

Dan Huberty Campaign: Huberty Comments On Empower Texans

Texas State Representative Dan Huberty issued the following statement in response to the release of an audio recording made by Empower Texans: “For too many years, the Empower Texans organization has made the politics of mean-spirited personal attacks their stock and trade. Enough is enough.

From Dan Huberty Campaign

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 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

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

June 17, 2020

Environment Texas: U.S. Senate Votes To Make Major Investment In America’s Public Lands

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems that are plaguing America’s public lands. The final vote on the bill was introduced by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), prevailing in the Senate 73-25. Senators Cornyn and Cruz voted against the bill.

From Environment Texas

June 16, 2020

Environment Texas: Texas Conservation Leaders Ask Sen. Cornyn To Support Great American Outdoors

Almost four dozen Texas conservation, hunting, landowner and travel industry leaders wrote Senator John Cornyn today urging him to support the Great American Outdoors Act, currently under debate in the U.S. Senate.

From Environment Texas

June 12, 2020

Environment Texas Research & Policy Center: Calls For Moratorium On Oil Infrastructure

As the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) prepares to hear from Chairman Wayne Christian’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Oil Economic Recovery next Tuesday, June 16, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center has released a new report urging the RRC to address environmental damage from oil and gas production and to pause construction of new oil and gas infrastructure.

From Environment Texas Research & Policy Center

June 15, 2020

Equality Texas: Supreme Court Affirms Federal Nondiscrimination Protections For LGBTQ Americans

Today, in a historic decision, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that companies can’t unfairly fire or otherwise discriminate against LGBTQ people in the workplace. The ruling will directly improve the lives of nearly one million LGBTQ Texans and 11.5 million gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and 1.5 million transgender people living in the United States.

From Equality Texas

June 22, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones

On Monday, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC announced its endorsement of San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. “As an Air Force and Iraq War veteran, Gina Ortiz Jones knows what it means to serve our country,” said CBCPAC Executive Director Yolonda Addison.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

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 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 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

June 25, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Lawsuit To Dismantle Affordable Car Act

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 the filing of opening briefs in California v. Texas, the Texas Republican-led lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that threatens to eliminate health care coverage from 23 million Americans, including nearly two million Texans:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

June 18, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Joins Frontline ER Physicians For Virtual Town Hall

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones hosted a virtual town hall with two San Antonio-area emergency room physicians to discuss the recent record-setting rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, their experiences as frontline health care workers, and the broader challenges our health care system faces.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

June 11, 2020

Janet Dudding Campaign: Janet Dudding Endorsed By End Citizens United And Let America Vote

End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) announced today that its state-level project, Fight for Reform, is endorsing Janet Dudding in the 14th legislative district of Texas. This endorsement is a recognition of Dudding’s leadership in the struggle to fix our broken political system.

From Janet Dudding Campaign

June 24, 2020

JD Sheffield Campaign: Cody Johnson Endorses J.D. Sheffield

Successful businessman, strong Trump supporter, and former candidate Cody Johnson today announced his endorsement of conservative State Representative J.D. Sheffield for re-election to Texas House District 59. District 59 covers eight rural counties in the heart of Texas including Erath, Coryell, Comanche, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Somervell Counties.

From JD Sheffield Campaign

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

June 18, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Statement By Josh Winegarner On Pro-Ronny Jackson Attack TV Ad

The latest attack ad by my opponent exposes that Ronny Jackson knows and cares nothing about this area and nothing about agriculture.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

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 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

June 23, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Wise County Sheriff, Lane Akin, Endorses Winegarner

The Sheriff of Wise County, Lane Akin, today endorsed Josh Winegarner for US Congress. Winegarner is seeking the 13th Congressional District seat currently held by Mac Thornberry, who will retire at the end of this term. The district includes parts of the Panhandle, Texoma, and North Texas.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

June 25, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Trump Administration Veteran, Susan Combs, Endorses Winegarner

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, former Texas Comptroller, and former Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management and Budget at the Trump Administration’s Department of the Interior, Susan Combs, has endorsed Josh Winegarner.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

June 29, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: State Senator Kel Seliger Endorses Josh Winegarner

In a dramatic announcement, Texas State Senator Kel Seliger, today endorsed Josh Winegarner for U.S. Congress in the Republic Primary Runoff on July 14th.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

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

June 9, 2020

Lulu Seikaly Campaign: Lulu Seikaly Responds To McCaffity’s “Identity” Politics Comment

Democratic candidate for Congress Lulu Seikaly, who would be the first Lebanese-American woman elected to Congress from Texas, responded to comments by her opponent, Sean McCaffity, who accused her of running a campaign based solely on “identity” politics.

From Lulu Seikaly Campaign

June 25, 2020

Lulu Seikaly Campaign: Releases New Digital Ad Highlighting Sean McCaffity’s Republican Giving History

Today, the Lulu Seikaly for Congress campaign released a new ad called "The Republican Kind" highlighting Sean McCaffity's campaign contribution to Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton.

From Lulu Seikaly Campaign

June 24, 2020

Mary Nan Huffman Campaign: When Prosecutors Need To Be Prosecuted

Mary Nan Huffman, Republican candidate for Harris County District Attorney, called out Kim Ogg for arguably violating Section 39.02 for the Texas Penal Code. “Kim Ogg emailed her employees yesterday with a thinly veiled threat – volunteer to support a special interest group’s targeted voter registration drive or suffer the consequences of office reprisal and poor job evaluations.

From Mary Nan Huffman Campaign

June 15, 2020

Matt Morgan Campaign: Texas Right To Life Endorses Matt Morgan In House District 26 Race

Matt Morgan, Republican for State Representative in Texas House District 26, officially announced the endorsement of Texas Right to Life in the Republican Runoff Election in House District 26. This joins with other major endorsements for Matt Morgan such as retiring Representative Rick Miller, the Conservative Republicans of Texas, and Leonard Chan, former Republican candidate for House District 26.

From Matt Morgan Campaign

June 18, 2020

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Military Veterans At Risk Of Increased Suicide, Substance Use Disorder In Economic Downturn

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) and Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) today issued a report indicating that for every 5% increase in the national unemployment rate, as many as 550 additional U.S. veterans could be lost to suicide annually, and 20,000 more veterans could suffer from substance use disorder as compared to pre-COVID levels.

From Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

June 18, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: DACA Wins: MALC Stand With Over 700K Dreamers

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declared that President Donald J. Trump was not legally authorized to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017. This means that DACA recipients continue to have temporary protection from deportation and are able to renew and submit new DACA applications.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

June 10, 2020

National Flag Foundation: Launches A “National Day Of Unity”

The National Flag Foundation (NFF) today announced the launch of a "National Day of Unity" in coordination with commemorating Flag Day on June 14, 2020 to mark the national symbol that unifies America. In conjunction with affiliates of Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and support of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the NFF will commemorate Flag Day by lighting up buildings in cities red, white, and blue as a show of unity across America during these challenging times.

From National Flag Foundation

June 12, 2020

North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority: NET RMA Awards Record Amount Of Grants For Local Transportation Projects

For the fifth year in a row, the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) will give back hundreds of thousands of dollars to support transportation-related projects in the East Texas region. This year, the Agency is awarding a total of $635,000 to member counties, the most ever in the program’s history. Recipients of the grant money include Gregg County for a road submission, Rusk County for a rail submission and Wood County for an airport submission, for $270,000, $240,000 and $125,000, respectively.

From North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority

June 25, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief Asking SCOTUS To Declare Obamacare Unlawful

Attorney General Paxton today filed a brief asking the United States Supreme Court to declare Obamacare unlawful in its entirety. At the heart of Obamacare is an individual mandate commanding Americans to purchase health insurance the federal government deems suitable.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 29, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law That Protected Women

– Attorney General Paxton today decried the United States Supreme Court for invalidating a Louisiana law that protects women by requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Today’s order effectively allows pro-abortion activists to eliminate basic, common sense health-and-safety standards designed to protect patients.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 24, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds District Court For Dismissing Baseless Straight-Ticket Voting Lawsuit

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas today dismissed a lawsuit in opposition to Texas House Bill 25, which requires voters to individually vote for each candidate on a ballot instead of using “single-punch” voting to select all candidates of a single party. The law encourages voters to give thoughtful consideration to each race and to complete their ballots in full.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 26, 2020

Office of the Governor: Abbott Secures Extension Of Federally-Supported Testing Sites In Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the federal government has granted his request to extend operations of Community Based Testing Sites across Texas. The federal government will maintain support for the program while surging resources to Dallas and Houston in order to support testing needs within the community.

From Office of the Governor

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 16, 2020

Permian Basin Petroleum Association: PBPA President Shepperd Reports Blue Ribbon Flaring Reduction Recommendations To Texas RRC

Today, Permian Basin Petroleum Association President Ben Shepperd, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission on the Blue Ribbon Task Force Recommendations to reduce flaring in the Permian Basin and across the state.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association

June 29, 2020

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s medically unnecessary abortion restriction that requires providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Had the law been able to stand, it would have made legal abortion virtually inaccessible in the state.

From Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

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

June 29, 2020

Progress Texas: SCOTUS Strikes Down Louisiana Anti-Abortion Law And Affirms Whole Woman’s Health

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed precedent set in the Texas case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt by striking down an identical Louisiana law designed to close clinics and undermine access to abortion.

From Progress 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 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott Fails To Lead, Instead ‘Strongly Recommends’ Wearing Masks

Progress Texas releases the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference addressing spiking COVID-19 cases and deaths. “While Gov. Abbott pleads with Texans to wear masks, he is unwilling to take the steps necessary to enforce those requests,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

June 23, 2020

Progress Texas: Poll Results: Biden Within Striking Distance Of Trump In Texas

Today, Progress Texas releases statewide Texas voter poll results, showing Democrats within striking distance in both the Presidential and U.S. Senate races in Texas. “Texas voters are fed up with Texas Republicans’ lack of action on the COVID-19 health care crisis, mass unemployment, and systemic racism that communities face every day,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

June 11, 2020

Progress Texas: Trump Visits Dallas After Failing To Respond To Police Violence, COVID-19 Pandemic, Or Economic Turmoil

Donald Trump will visit Dallas today on Thursday, June 11, marking his 15th visit to Texas during his time in office, this time after exacerbating issues of police violence, the ongoing pandemic, and economic turmoil that many Texans are facing.

From Progress Texas

June 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Gov. Abbott Foolishly Blames Young Texans After Previously Downplaying COVID-19 Numbers

Progress Texas releases the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott took to TV on Monday to scold 20-something Texans as he plows through reopening phases. “Gov. Abbott has followed Donald Trump’s orders at every turn in his pandemic response, including downplaying the seriousness of the virus and plowing through reopening phases,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

June 15, 2020

Progress Texas: SCOTUS Rules Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Employees, A Win For The Queer Community

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that firing someone for being gay or transgender is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response to the Court’s 6-3 ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia.

From Progress Texas

June 18, 2020

Progress Texas: A Win For All Texans: SCOTUS Rules Trump’s Attempts To End DACA Are Arbitrary & Capricious

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Trump Administration’s attempts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be vacated due to its violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response to the Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California.

From Progress Texas

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 16, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Blue Ribbon Taskforce Unveils Plan To Curtail Flaring

Today, the Railroad Commission of Texas heard from the state's oil and gas trade associations, environmental advocacy groups, and several oil and gas producers about the issue of flaring and how Texas can implement meaningful reforms to reduce flaring before oil and gas activity returns to previous highs.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 10, 2020

Representative Cecil Bell, Jr.: Costs Are Rising For Texas Central’s High Speed Rail Project

Since the idea of a high speed train between Dallas and Houston emerged in 2015, State Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. has always maintained that this project was not feasible without government subsidies, despite reassurance from Texas Central Railway (TCR) that this project would be privately funded.

From Representative Cecil Bell, Jr.

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

June 9, 2020

Representative Erin Zwiener: Rep. Zweiner And Members Of The House Request Support For Home Health Agencies

On Monday, Representative Erin Zwiener and 31 members of the Texas House of Representatives requested a centralized reporting system and increased support for home health agencies from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM).

From Representative Erin Zwiener

June 16, 2020

Representative Erin Zwiener: Responds To Governor Abbott’s Inaccurate Statements About Hays County COVID-19 Cases

“Today Governor Abbott brought up Hays County in his press conference about hospitalization rates,” said Rep. Zwiener. “While I appreciate his attention to our circumstances, his comments contained several inaccuracies that minimize the severity of the situation in Hays County.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

June 16, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On President Trump’s Executive Order

Today, State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) made the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order. “The President’s half-hearted executive order is nothing more than an incentive package that fails to provide the kind of meaningful policy reforms needed.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

June 9, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Chair Coleman And Chair Whitmire To Work Together On Criminal Justice Reform

Representative Garnet Coleman (HD-147), the chair of the House Committee on County Affairs and Senator John Whitmire (SD-15) the chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will continue to work together on criminal justice reform during the upcoming Texas Legislative session.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

June 15, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Repeats Calls On Houston Police Department To Release Details Of Special Prosecution Audit Of Narcotics Division

Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) on Wednesday sent a follow-up letter to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo again urging that the details of the special prosecution audit of the narcotics division be released to the public. This comes after no response was received after Rep. Wu sent a similar letter in March. Today he was joined by his Houston area colleagues in demanding transparency.

From Representative Gene Wu

June 9, 2020

Representative James Talarico: Calls For Resignation Of Williamson County Sheriff For Death Of Javier Ambler

On March 28, 2019, Javier Ambler, an unarmed Pflugerville resident traveling through Williamson County, was killed at the hands of the Williamson County Sheriff's Department after being tased three times and telling the sheriff’s deputies multiple times that he had a heart condition and could not breathe.

From Representative James Talarico

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

June 19, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Secures Critical Bipartisan Amendments In INVEST In America Act; Bill Passes Committee And Heads To Floor For Final Vote

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) secured several bipartisan amendments in the INVEST in America Act, H.R. 7095, to help improve infrastructure resiliency, expand federal support for natural gas and propane as alternative fuels, and ensure high-speed rail projects, like the Texas high-speed train project, can secure the funding they need.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

June 19, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Co-Sponsors Legislation To Establish Juneteenth As A Federal Holiday

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that she joined Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) as an original co-sponsor of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, H.R. 7232, to designate June 19 as federal holiday each year.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

June 12, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Announces More Than $2.4 Million For Congregation Beth Yeshurun

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced $2,410,414 in federal funding for Congregation Beth Yeshurun. These funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to repair the synagogue from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

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 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

June 18, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Rep. Williams, Crow Urge House To Provide Permanent Tax Relief For Craft Beverage Producers

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) this week led a bipartisan letter with Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO-6) and 136 of their colleagues to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady urging a vote on H.R. 1175, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

From Representative Roger Williams

June 9, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn To Help Lead Police Reforms As Part Of Senate’s Working Group

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced he will be working with his colleagues to develop police reform legislation as part of a group led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and highlighted his National Criminal Justice Commission Act.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 10, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Clinic To Receive $136K In Funds To Improve Telehealth

People’s Community Clinic in Austin was awarded a federal grant of $136,214 to improve telehealth resources to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March as part of the CARES Act, comes through the Federal Communications Commission.

From Senator John Cornyn

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

June 25, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin To Receive $220K Federal Grant For PPP For Firefighters

The City of Austin was awarded a $220,243.64 federal grant to enhance operations and safety for the Fire Department in response to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 24, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Clinic To Receive $264K In Funds To Improve Telehealth

CommUnity Care in Austin was awarded a federal grant of $264,132 to improve telehealth resources to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March as part of the CARES Act, comes through the Federal Communications Commission.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 24, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn Urges White House To Extend Support For Coronavirus Testing In Texas

– In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would cease federal support for 7 coronavirus testing centers in Texas, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said the following on a press conference call with Texas reporters today: “I know there’s concern, concern I share, over some of the statements being made about withdrawing federal support for coronavirus testing in Texas at the end of June.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 18, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Calls For Permanent Solution For DACA Recipients From Congress, White House

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 18, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: To File Bill Making Juneteenth Federal Holiday

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced he will soon introduce a bipartisan bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Currently, Juneteenth is celebrated by 47 states, including Texas, and the District of Columbia.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Markey Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Make Juneteenth Federal Holiday

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and a bipartisan coalition to introduce a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Currently, Juneteenth is celebrated by 47 states, including Texas, and the District of Columbia. “Juneteenth is time-honored tradition in Texas celebrating the news that all slaves were freed,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 16, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn’s Juneteenth Resolution Passes Senate

U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) resolution honoring Juneteenth passed the Senate yesterday. Text is below, and you can view the full resolution and a list of cosponsors here.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 29, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Nonprofit To Receive $100K Federal Grant To Improve School Lunches Amid Pandemic

Common Threads in Austin was awarded a federal grant of $100,000 to increase the amount of local foods served in child nutrition programs and teach children about food and agriculture, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School grants program.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 29, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On SCOTUS Ruling Reaffirming A Woman’s Constitutional Right To Choice And Personal Autonomy

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court's ruling in June Medical Services, L.L.C. vs. Russo: Today’s Supreme Court’s decision reaffirms a woman’s constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion no matter where she lives.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 18, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On SCOTUS Ruling Upholding DACA

State Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program: Today’s Supreme Court decision on the DACA program is a major victory for more than 800,000 young immigrants who grew up in the United States; America is the only home these DREAMers know.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 15, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On SCOTUS Ruling Protecting LGBTQ Workers From Discrimination

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court's ruling protecting LGBTQ Americans from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: I am elated by today's Supreme Court ruling, which ensures millions of LGBTQ Americans across our nation, including in Texas, are treated equitably and with dignity and respect in the workplace.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 22, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: City Of Corpus Christi’s $7.2 Million Grant Application Approved By The Texas General Land Office

Today, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved the City of Corpus Christi's (City) grant application for $7.2 million submitted to the GLO's Hurricane Harvey Local Infrastructure Program. The City plans to use the funding to conduct drainage infrastructure improvements to facilitate proper stormwater conveyance and reduce the impact of future flooding.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

June 18, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Sens. Cruz, Scott, Rubio Introduce Bill To Expand PPP Eligibility To Chambers Of Commerce And Destination Marketing Organizations

With small businesses working to re-open their doors, it’s never been more important to equip job creators with the resources they need to jumpstart the economy.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 18, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Supreme Court: Judging Is Not A Game

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, today delivered remarks on the Senate Floor following the Supreme Court’s decision regarding DACA.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 24, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds 200th Confirmed Judicial Nominee

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today applauded the confirmation of Cory T. Wilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The confirmation of Wilson marks the 200th federal judicial nominee confirmed by the Senate since the election of President Donald J. Trump.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 19, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Juneteenth Is A Celebration Of The Belief That ‘All Men Are Created Equal’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement recognizing the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, when Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that the Civil War was over and enslaved people were now free:

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 25, 2020

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Urge HHS And FEMA To Continue Federal Support For Testing Sites In Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar and Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pete Gaynor urging them to continue the federal support for Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) sites in Texas as testing capacity remains a crucial component to defeating COVID-19, strengthening the economy, and safely getting Texans back to work.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 9, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement Honoring Life Of George Floyd

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement honoring the life of George Floyd, whose funeral took place today in Houston, Texas: “Today, Americans in Houston and across the country join the Floyd family in grieving the loss of a nephew, a father, a brother, and a friend, George Floyd.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 12, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Tours Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Facility In Fort Worth

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) for a tour of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 facility. There, Sen. Cruz met with outgoing Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and incoming CEO James Taiclet about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft production and its efforts to adapt operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 26, 2020

Sierra Club: Endorses Mike Siegel For Congress

The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsement of Mike Siegel (CD 10) in the primary runoff election and general election. "We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Mike Siegel for election," said David Griggs, Political Chair of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter.

From Sierra Club

June 15, 2020

Suleman Lalani Campaign: Rish Oberoi Endorses Dr. Suleman Lalani In HD 26 Runoff

Former HD 26 Candidate, Rish Oberoi, who captured over 20% of the Democratic Primary electorate, endorses Dr. Suleman Lalani in the July 14th Runoff. The eyes of Texas are on House District 26, a top target for Democrats to flip this November.

From Suleman Lalani Campaign

June 15, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Justin Berry For Election In HD 47

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Justin Berry for election in House District 47, which covers part of Travis 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

June 15, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Cody Vasut For Election In HD 25

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Cody Vasut for election in House District 25, which covers Matagorda County and part of Brazoria 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

June 18, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Larry Doss For Seventh Court Of Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Justice Larry Doss for reelection to Place 4 on the Seventh Court of Appeals, which serves 46 counties in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. “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

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

June 26, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Back To Square One On Pandemic; This Time, Texas Needs To Do It Right

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay posted this statement on Gov. Greg Abbott's rollback of Executive Orders to reopen the state: "Workers are suffering. We are now worse off in fighting this virus than we were before we first had to shut everything down and, unfortunately, Gov. Abbott's decision to pause his failed response doesn't go far enough.

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 19, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: On This Juneteenth, We See Hope For Working Families

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement in commemoration of Juneteenth: On this 155th edition of Juneteenth, we celebrate in solemn contemplation and hope the joyous news of the freeing of slaves finally delivered in Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 18, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On Supreme Court DACA Ruling

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision reversing President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order issued by President Obama: "Today's Supreme Court decision elevates the hopes of Dreamers who are making a difference and helping build a better future for Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

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 15, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Lauds Supreme Court Ruling Protecting LGBTQ Workplace Rights

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this statement on the 6-3 Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from firing or other discrimination on the job because of their sexual orientation:

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 16, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Workforce Commission Needs To Take Blinders Off

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy blasted the Texas Workforce Commission's plan to resume work search requirements starting July 6 as Texas unemployment remains historically high and COVID-19 shows no signs of going away: "Seriously? Somebody send the TWC a newspaper or something."

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 16, 2020

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission: Bars, Restaurants Warned To Follow Governor’s Order Or Face License Suspension

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is warning all bar and restaurant operators that they must follow the state’s protocols to help ensure health and safety as Texas reopens or face license suspensions.

From Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

June 29, 2020

Texas Alliance for Life: Statement On Supreme Court’s Decision In June Medical Services V. Russo

Today the United States Supreme Court, on a narrow 5-4 vote, issued June Medical Services v. Russo to prevent enforcement of Louisiana's law that requires physicians who perform abortions to have privileges to practice medicine at a nearby hospital.

From Texas Alliance for Life

June 23, 2020

Texas Association of Business: New Keep Texas Moving Coalition Advocates For New Investment To Improve Roads, Create Jobs And Spur Economic Recovery

In the face of a financial crisis from the coronavirus and falling energy prices, and with transportation needs already outpacing the state budget, business and community leaders today urged state lawmakers to explore innovative funding sources to build and improve highways and bridges in Texas.

From Texas Association of Business

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

June 26, 2020

Texas Association of Business PAC: Endorses Justin Berry In HD 47 Runoff

Today, TXBIZ PAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, announced its endorsement of Justin Berry, a candidate in the runoff election for Texas House District 47. TXBIZ PAC supports candidates and officeholders who are committed to improving the business environment in the state and will remain focused on the issues impacting Texans.

From Texas Association of Business PAC

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

June 16, 2020

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Railroad Commission Delays While The Planet Melts, Floods, Storms, And Weeps

Today the Texas Railroad Commission failed to take decisive action on controlling gas flaring and venting at fracking sites and at petrochemical industrial complexes that the Commission is responsible for around the state of Texas.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

June 23, 2020

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Landowners, Pilots, Environmental Advocates Gain Standing To Challenge Problematic Garbage Expansion Near Austin Bergstrom International Airport Runways

Today, Texas Campaign for the Environment’s lawyer and several TCE members successfully gained standing to contest a permit to expand a problem landfill located just 3,200 feet from the end of Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s (ABIA’s) main runway — and directly below the flight path.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

June 18, 2020

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Texas Voters Support Abstinence-Plus Sex Education In Schools A New Bipartisan Poll Shows

A large majority of Texas voters across the political spectrum support abstinence-plus, medically-accurate, and age-appropriate sexual health education in schools, according to a new poll released this week by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

From Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

June 23, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Fall School Openings Must In Accordance With Parameters Determined By Health Care Professionals

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is troubled by the insistence of state leaders that it is appropriate to open schools statewide this fall to in-person instruction, in light of rapidly-increasing rates of infection, hospitalizations, and deaths in many parts of Texas due to the COVID-19 virus.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

June 22, 2020

TDP: Statement On Governor Abbott’s Admission That Cases In Texas Are Spreading At An “Unacceptable Rate”

Today, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott held a press briefing in front of a few select outlets where he admitted that cases in Texas are spreading at an “unacceptable rate.” Under Abbott’s failed leadership, Texas has now seen ten days in a row with rising cases and hospitalizations in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 18, 2020

TDP: As Coronavirus Cases In Texas Continue To Reach New Highs Seven Days In A Row Abbott Says “There’s No Need The Be Alarmed”

Today, coronavirus cases in Texas hit another new peak -- again for the seventh day in a row -- while Governor Greg Abbott continues to bury his head in the sand and say “there’s no reason...to be alarmed” about the worsening trend here in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 26, 2020

TDP: Highlights Trump, Pence, And Abbott’s Failures On The Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s Dallas visit, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas House Democratic Leader Chris Turner, and State Representative Rhetta Bowers hosted a zoom press conference expanding on Trump, Pence, and Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s utter failures while managing the coronavirus crisis in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 23, 2020

TDP: As Texas Continues To Lag In Testing, Trump Admits He Asked Staff To “Slow Down” Testing For Coronavirus

Today, as coronavirus cases in Texas have risen the last 11 days in a row, Donald Trump doubled down on his ludicrous admission that he asked his staff to “slow down” testing for the coronavirus saying that he “doesn’t kid” about claims like that.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 23, 2020

TDP: Over 5,000 New Cases

Today, Texas announced that more than 5,000 new people have contracted the coronavirus, an all-time high. Yesterday, Texas marked the eleventh straight day of record coronavirus hospitalizations.

From Texas Democratic Party

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 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

June 16, 2020

TDP: The Texas Democratic Party Petitions The U.S. Supreme Court To End Age Discrimination In Mail Voting

Today, the Texas Democratic Party petitioned the United States Supreme Court to provide all Texans a fair and equal right to vote.

From Texas Democratic Party

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 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

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

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

June 29, 2020

TDP: Statement On The First Day Of Early Vote For The July Runoff Elections

Today marks the first day of early voting for the Democratic Primary Runoffs. Thanks to Republicans like Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, and the Republican Texas Supreme Court, most voters under the age of 65 will be forced to vote in person during the middle of a pandemic.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 24, 2020

TDP: Over 10,000 Cases In The Last Two Days

The state of Texas announced that coronavirus cases diagnosed in Texas today were a staggering 5,551 people, following the 5,489 diagnosed yesterday. This marks 13 days in a row with rising hospitalizations and a full-blown crisis on our hands.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 17, 2020

TDP: Roundtable Discussion On How Trump’s Failed Response To COVID-19 Has Impacted The Texas Latino Community

Today, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Texas Senate Democratic Leader Carol Alvarado, and State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer held a roundtable discussion on how Trump’s Failed Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Texas Latino community.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 22, 2020

TDP: After Ten Straight Days Of Rising Coronavirus Cases, Abbott Continues To Let People Get Sick And Die

Coronavirus cases in Texas have continued to rise for ten days in a row and for thirteen out of the last fourteen days. Meanwhile, Governor Abbott continues to do nothing to combat this deadly trend, refusing to implement statewide mask mandate and pressing forward with his premature reopening because we have “adequate” available hospital beds.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 18, 2020

TDP: Statement On Today’s DACA Victory

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Today’s victory for DREAMers is a victory for us all. DREAMers are our doctors, nurses, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, neighbors, and members of the military. DREAMers are here to stay.

From Texas Democratic Party

June 25, 2020

Texas Department of Public Safety: DPS Arrests Suspect In Austin For Felony Criminal Mischief, Damage Caused To State Capitol

On Tuesday, June 23, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested a suspect in connection with the vandalism and damage caused to the Texas State Capitol during a protest on Saturday, May 30. During the incident, a number of protestors intentionally damaged the historic Texas State Capitol building, monuments and fixtures, as well as DPS patrol vehicles. Several DPS Troopers were also injured during the riot.

From Texas Department of Public Safety

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

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 11, 2020

Texas Family Leadership Council: Statement On COVID-19 And Systemic Racism

The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, have garnered immense public out-cry, and brought new attention to the historic injustices and systemic racism that permeate our public systems and policies. At the same time, the coronavirus pandemic has accentuated racial disparities across all facets of our society.

From Texas Family Leadership Council

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

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

June 29, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On The U.S. Supreme Court’s June Medical Services V. Russo Decision On Louisiana’s Anti-Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a Louisiana law imposing medically unnecessary restrictions that sharply limited access to abortion in that state. The Louisiana law included provisions virtually identical to those in a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 18, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Rising Leaders Express Relief Over Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling

Texas Rising leaders expressed relief today following the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the DACA program for undocumented young people in the United States.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 15, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision That Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT People From Employment Discrimination

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that the 1964 civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. “As our country struggles with multiple crises, we are greatly heartened by a ruling that is an important step forward for fairness and equality in America.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 29, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Seeks Proposals For Resilient Building Construction Services

Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) posted six requests for proposals (RFPs) for construction services for the State of Texas CDBG Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Resilient Home Program.

From Texas General Land Office

June 29, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush To FEMA: Partial Home Repair Programs Are Vital To Preventing The Spread Of COVID-19 Following A Hurricane

- Today Texas General Land Office (GLO) Commissioner George P. Bush announced he sent a letter to Keith Turi, Assistant Administrator for the Recovery Directorate for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), asking the agency to reconsider discontinuing the use of a partial home repair program during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas General Land Office

June 18, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services: Announces New Chief Operating Officer

Maurice McCreary, Jr. has been named the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Chief Operating Officer, effective July 20. “Maurice’s extensive business development and project management experience in the health care field is a welcome addition to our agency, and we’re excited he will be joining the HHS team,” said HHS Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson.

From Texas Health and Human Services

June 26, 2020

Texas Homeschool Coalition: Supreme Court Of Texas Rules For Father In Most Significant Parental Rights Case In Texas History

Just this morning, the Supreme Court of Texas (SCOT) handed down a decision in a landmark court case for parental rights, In re CJC. The case sets major precedent for future parental rights cases that are heard in Texas. A recent review of the last 20 years of cases found that Texas courts are systematically ignoring the constitutional rights of parents. Advocates hope that today’s decision is the new beginning that Texas families need to turn this statistic around.

From Texas Homeschool Coalition

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 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

June 25, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: HDC Chair Responds To Attorney General’s Attack On Texans’ Health Care

– Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief requesting the United States Supreme Court torpedo the Affordable Care Act — which, if overturned, would result in a 37 percent increase in the state’s uninsured rate (already the highest in the country).

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

June 23, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: House Democrats Pledge Continued Support For Students & Teachers During Rise Of COVID-19, Hospitalizations

Today, the Texas Education Agency announced on a call with superintendents a series of decisions and options they are weighing for the 2020-2021 school year. The call was a follow-up from a conversation that Gov. Abbott had with lawmakers last week announcing that schools will re-open – an announcement that came as a surprise to many if not all lawmakers.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

June 22, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Gov. Abbott Recognizes COVID Surges, Offers No Solutions

Texas is on the tenth consecutive day of record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations, and thousands of new cases were reported across the state over the weekend. Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) Chair Chris Turner issued the following statement in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 22 press conference discussing the latest numbers:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

June 16, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Gov. Abbott Has Failed Texas With Coronavirus Response

As COVID-19 numbers spike dangerously across the state, Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) Chair Chris Turner issued the following statement in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 16 press conference discussing hospital availability:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

June 15, 2020

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On Supreme Court Workplace Discrimination Ruling

Today, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the workplace, also protects LGBTQ employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation. The court said that it is "illegal for an employer to rely on an employee's sex when deciding to fire that employee," and that "an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

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

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 25, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC: Endorse Eddie Rodriguez For SD 14

Today, the Texas Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Eddie Rodriguez for State Senate District 14. 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. With over 27,000 nurse practitioners licensed in Texas, nurse practitioners represent one of the fastest growing groups of health care providers in the state and across the country.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC

June 19, 2020

Texas Parent PAC: Endorses Akilah Bacy In Democratic Primary Runoff For Texas House District 138

Texas Parent PAC, a bipartisan political action committee, has endorsed state representative candidate Akilah Bacy in the July 14 Democratic primary runoff election for Texas House District 138. Texas Parent PAC is a statewide all volunteer grassroots organization formed in 2005 to elect state legislators who are strong advocates for high quality neighborhood public schools.

From Texas Parent PAC

June 24, 2020

Texas Pets Alive! PAC: Endorses Rep. Eddie Rodriguez For Texas Senate

The Texas Pets Alive! Political Action Committee announced today it is endorsing Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) for Texas Senate. The Texas Pets Alive! PAC was created to support candidates who will protect the No Kill movement in Texas and who are committed to ending the killing of Texas’ homeless pets.

From Texas Pets Alive! PAC

June 18, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor In Too Big A Hurry To Reopen Schools While Pandemic Is Still Raging

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement on school openings: “For several days now, we have been seeing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Texas, but Gov. Greg Abbott apparently would like us to think we have this pandemic licked. Far from it.

From Texas State Teachers Association

June 23, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: State Needs To Order Mask Use On School Campuses

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement: “In their haste to reopen schools in the midst of a deadly pandemic, Gov. Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath are refusing to order school districts to impose mask requirements on campuses or compel a systemic regimen to protect the safety of millions of Texans who are part of our public school system.

From Texas State Teachers Association

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 26, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: New Study: Despite Increases In School Funding, Texas Still Trails Many States In Teacher Pay, Per-Student Spending

The new school finance legislation enacted last year improved Texas’ national rankings in education spending, but Texas still trails many states and the District of Columbia in average teacher pay and the amount of spending per student, according to a new report on state-by-state education spending compiled by the National Education Association (NEA).

From Texas State Teachers Association

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

June 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Wins Court Victory Protecting Teachers’ Rights In Charter Takeovers

A state district judge this week ruled that state Education Commissioner Mike Morath violated the law by writing a rule that allows charter chains to take over struggling public schools without first consulting with teachers and other campus personnel.

From Texas State Teachers Association

June 18, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Applauds Supreme Court’s DACA Decision As “Huge Blow” For Democracy, Humanity And Decency

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement: “We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision protecting the Dreamers, the young immigrants who have grown up in this country and are making huge contributions to our society.

From Texas State Teachers Association

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 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 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

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 25, 2020

TexPIRG: Statement On Gov. Abbott Slowing Down The State’s Reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott halted the process of reopening Texas on Thursday amid a record-setting spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. In addition, the governor told four large counties across the state not to allow elective surgeries, to keep from overwhelming hospitals.

From TexPIRG

June 29, 2020

TexPIRG: New Report: Counties Working Hard To Be Ready For Election, But Need More Workers

A new report out today by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund surveyed county clerks and election administrators to understand how they are preparing for the primary runoff during a pandemic.

From TexPIRG

June 23, 2020

TexPIRG: New Data Suggest Coronavirus Windfall For Texas Auto Insurance Companies

Six leading consumer advocacy groups joined together today, calling on the Texas Department of Insurance to take action to ensure Texas families are not charged excessive automobile insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. Texas Appleseed, TexPIRG, and Texas Watch encouraged the department to conduct a comprehensive review of auto rates and use existing statutory authority to disapprove any rates found to be excessive.

From TexPIRG

June 17, 2020

TexPIRG: Statement On Bexar County Mask Order

Governor Abbott allowed counties to require masks today after Bexar county Judge put an order in place. The following can be attributed to Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director. A full list of TexPIRG's actions to protect the public during the pandemic can be found on our website.

From TexPIRG

June 10, 2020

TexPIRG: Transit Advocates Celebrate A Safer, Greener And More Mobile Transit Plan For Austin

The Austin City Council and Capital Metro board unanimously approved the Project Connect System Plan today. The plan included over 30 miles over light rail transit connecting North and South Austin with Downtown and the airport. Expanded MetroRapid and MetroExpress bus routes with zero-emissions electric buses.

From TexPIRG

June 24, 2020

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations: Sign Up-Take Charge

More than 1,200 delegates from Network of Texas Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizations across the state will gather digitally on June 25th at 7pm to launch its “Sign Up-Take Charge” drive to deliver 200,000 Texans to the polls around its action agenda in November.

From The Network of Texas IAF Organizations

June 25, 2020

The Network of Texas IAF Organizations: National Economic And Health Experts Meet Tonight With 1200 Texas IAF Leaders Who Will Launch Statewide Electoral Strategy On COVID And Economy

More than 1,200 delegates from Network of Texas Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizations across the state will gather digitally tonight, June 25th at 7pm to launch its “Sign Up-Take Charge” drive to deliver 200,000 Texans to the polls around its action agenda in November.

From The Network of Texas IAF Organizations

June 11, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin: Meet The Inaugural Class Of The LBJ Women’s Campaign School

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 50 women who will form the inaugural class. This new initiative, designed to train professional women how to run for office or managing a campaign, brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising and more.

From The University of Texas at Austin

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 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

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

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