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January 17, 2020

Brandon Batch Campaign: Republican Brandon Batch Condemns Socialism In Latest Districtwide TV Ad

Republican businessman Brandon Batch condemns socialism in the latest TV ad for his campaign in the 11th Texas Congressional district. District 11 covers much of West Texas including the cities of Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Andrews, Brownwood, and Granbury. Batch filed to run shortly after incumbent Republican Mike Conaway announced retirement. The 30-second TV ad explains the foundation of his conservative values and beliefs.

From Brandon Batch Campaign

January 7, 2020

Carson Leslie Foundation: Researchers Roundup

The Six Billion CPRIT and CLF are launching Researchers RoundUp (RR). Together CPRIT and CLF are gathering Texas’ brightest childhood brain cancer investigators to facilitate innovative discussions about the big problem of childhood brain cancer, the deadliest disease of our nation’s children.

From Carson Leslie Foundation

January 24, 2020

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Stacey Pogue Honored As Families USA's Health Care Value Advocate Of The Year

Congratulations to our very own Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue on winning Families USA’s Health Care Value Advocate of the Year. Stacey received the award today during Families USA’s 2020 Health Action Conference in Washington, DC. Stacey was selected for her groundbreaking work advocating for better health care in Texas.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 22, 2020

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Bad News For Texas Women

Today’s announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission have agreed on a five-year Medicaid waiver ostensibly for women’s health will not actually change anything for Texas women.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 28, 2020

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Supreme Court Allows Trump To Launch New "Public Charge" Rule That Threatens Millions In Texas Families

Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 vote not to protect the health care, food and housing of millions of Americans while a challenge to a Trump Administration Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation works its way through courts.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 15, 2020

Chris Putnam Campaign: Sheriff Bill Waybourn Endorses Chris Putnam

Today, Tarrant County Sheriff, Bill Waybourn, endorses conservative business outsider, Chris Putnam for Texas 12th Congressional district. Twenty-four year incumbent, Kay Granger, currently holds the seat. Republican voters in Tarrant, Parker and southern Wise counties are hungry for an authentic, unapologetic conservative fighter to represent them in Washington D.C. and take on the radical open borders left.

From Chris Putnam Campaign

January 27, 2020

Chris Putnam Campaign: Three Former GOP Chairmen Endorse Chris Putnam For Texas 12th Congressional District

Today, three former Tarrant County Republican Party Chairmen, Steve Hollern, Tim O’Hare, and Darl Easton, proudly endorsed Chris Putnam for Congress in the March 3rd Republican Primary. “Kay Granger has continually voted to raise the debt limit to enable out-of-control government spending, including putting money toward personal projects, like Panther Island, which is riddled with nepotism and wasteful spending on the taxpayers’ dime.

From Chris Putnam Campaign

January 21, 2020

Chris Putnam Campaign: Conservative Chris Putnam Announces New TV Ad, Puts A Spotlight On Insider Kay Granger's Liberal Record

Today, Chris Putnam, conservative businessman and candidate for TX-12, released a new television ad that will air throughout the district. The ad titled “Stand” puts a spotlight on Kay Granger’s liberal record and unwillingness to stand up for the values of the district.

From Chris Putnam Campaign

January 15, 2020

Chris Turner Campaign: Turner Reports $321K Raised During Last Half Of 2019

Today, state Representative and Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner will report over $321,000 in monetary contributions raised during the last six months of 2019, the most he has ever raised in a non-election year reporting period. Turner’s campaign account maintains nearly $340,000 cash-on-hand.

From Chris Turner Campaign

January 7, 2020

Dade Phelan Campaign: Phelan Sends Letter To President Requesting A VA Hospital In Southeast Texas

Today, State Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) sent a letter to President Trump voicing his concern for the lack of reliable healthcare options for over 1.6 million veterans in Texas and asking for the Veterans Administration to consider buying or leasing two possible venues in Southeast Texas to establish a new VA Medical Inpatient Hospital.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

January 16, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Reports An Historic Campaign War Chest, Nearly $13.5 Million

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report raising nearly $5.5 million in 2019. The January 15, 2020 Texas Ethics Commission report shows over $2 million raised since July 1. This brings his campaign war chest total to nearly $13.5 million — more than any Lt. Governor in Texas history.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

January 24, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Endorses Gary Gates In House District 28 Special Election

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick reiterated his support today for Gary Gates in the House District 28 Special Election on January 28: “This is an important special election for a House Seat the Republicans need to hold. Gary Gates will be a strong conservative voice for in that district and I ask all Republicans in House District 28 to get out and vote. Don’t let Beto and the socialist Democrats steal this seat.”

From Dan Patrick Campaign

January 21, 2020

David Cook Campaign: Republican David Cook Starts Campaign With Fundraising Lead

Long-serving Mansfield Mayor and businessman David Cook has filed official campaign finance reports showing his campaign raised more than $145,000 following the announcement of his candidacy on December 17. This takes the campaign’s total cash on hand to $318,573.

From David Cook Campaign

January 9, 2020

Derrick Reed Campaign: Houston City Councilwoman Letitia Plummer Endorses Derrick Reed For Congress In TX-22

Derrick Reed, candidate for the Democratic nomination to represent Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, has been endorsed by Houston At-Large City Councilwoman Letitia Plummer. Reed, the first African American to hold city-wide office in Pearland as a city councilman, is a former Harris County prosecutor and small business owner.

From Derrick Reed Campaign

January 14, 2020

Don Zimmerman Campaign: Team Zimmerman Comes Out Strong In End-Of-Year Fundraising Totals With $52K On Hand

The Texans for Zimmerman campaign announced its end-of-the-year campaign finance totals today. With no outstanding loans to report and having spent less than half of the contribution total though 2019, the campaign to elect Don Zimmerman to the Texas House of Representatives District 47 is not only financially healthy but well-positioned to make Zimmerman the top vote-getter in the March 3 Republican Primary.

From Don Zimmerman Campaign

January 28, 2020

Elisa Tamayo Campaign: Tamayo Earns Endorsement Of The Texas American Federation Of Teachers, Representing ~65,000 Educators Statewide

Today, Elisa Tamayo, a Democratic running for the Texas State House of Representatives in District 76, announced growing support for her campaign with an important endorsement from the Texas American Federation of Teachers.

From Elisa Tamayo Campaign

January 6, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: Former Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Dr. Eliz Markowitz For Texas House District 28

Democrat Dr. Eliz Markowitz has earned the endorsement of Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Joe Biden in the race to replace retiring State Representative John Zerwas in Texas House District 28. Vice President Biden highlighted Markowitz’s commitment to fight for increased access to healthcare and a strong Texas public education system that helps every child succeed:

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

January 24, 2020

Environment Texas: Statement On Watson Grinding And Manufacturing Explosion

This morning, an explosion at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing facility in Northwest Houston killed two people. “Our hearts are heavy at the loss of two lives to yet another explosion in Houston’s underregulated manufacturing industry,” said Catherine Fraser, Clean Air Associate with Environment Texas.

From Environment Texas

January 23, 2020

Environment Texas: New Dirty Water Rule Puts Texas Waterways And Drinking Water At Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today finalized a rule that leaves half the nation’s wetlands and thousands of streams -- which help provide millions of Americans with drinking water -- without the federal protection of the Clean Water Act.

From Environment Texas

January 24, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Texas Farm Bureau Endorses State Representative Erin Zwiener For Reelection

State Representative Erin Zwiener’s (D-Driftwood) reelection campaign has received the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND). This endorsement signals Representative Zwiener understands the important role agriculture has in Texas, not only for the success of Texas’s economic climate but for the future of Texas farm families across the state.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

January 27, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Rep. Zwiener To Chair Environmental Committee Within House Democratic Caucus

On Friday, the House Democratic Caucus (HDC) announced that Representative Zwiener will chair the HDC Committee on Clean Air, Clean Water, and Climate Change. The formation of this committee marks HDC’s commitment to prioritize environmental issues for the next legislative session and their confidence in Rep. Zwiener’s leadership on the environment.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

January 22, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: State Representative Erin Zwiener Endorsed By Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council

State Representative Erin Zwiener’s (D-Driftwood) primary campaign was endorsed by the Austin Area AFL-CIO Central Labor Council last week. Rep. Zwiener flipped her seat in 2018 by running as a strong progressive focused on addressing the issues that affect Texans’ everyday lives and fought for all workers to have fair protections last legislative session.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

January 22, 2020

Geanie Morrison Campaign: State Representative Geanie W. Morrison Announces Key Endorsements For Her Commitment To Protecting Conservative Values

Today, State Representative Geanie W. Morrison announced the endorsements of key groups for her commitment to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and for being a pro-life leader. Representative Morrison was endorsed and given an “A” rating by the NRA's Political Victory Fund and was endorsed by the Texas State Rifle Association-PAC for her strong record of support on issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen in the Texas House.

From Geanie Morrison Campaign

January 21, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: American Hero And Former U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson Endorses Genevieve Collins For Congress

Today, conservative businesswoman and Republican candidate for Congress Genevieve Collins announced she had received the endorsement of American war hero and former United States Congressman Sam Johnson. Johnson, an American hero and giant of the United States Congress, represented Texas’ 3rd district from 1991 until his retirement in 2019.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 13, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Announces Fourth Quarter Fundraising Total

Today, conservative businesswoman and Republican candidate for Congress Genevieve Collins announced that she brought in over $430,000 in the 4th fundraising quarter of 2019. The campaign has brought in over $910,000 in just five months since entering the race, and has over $780,000 in the bank headed into the March 3rd primary.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 9, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch Endorses Genevieve Collins For Congress

Today, District 2 Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch announced his endorsement of businesswoman Genevieve Collins in Texas’ 32nd Congressional district. Koch, a proven conservative, is the the only Republican member of the Dallas County Commissioners Court and the county’s top ranking Republican.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 8, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Conservative Businesswoman Genevieve Collins Releases First Ad Of 2020 Cycle, "100% Texas"

Genevieve Collins, conservative businesswoman and Republican candidate for Congress in Texas’ 32nd district, released her first ad today titled “100% Texan.” The ad, which is the first from any candidate in the race, features Collins outlining her 7th-generation Texan roots and experience as the only businessperson from either party in the race.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 15, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Hon. Dan Branch Endorses Collins For Congress

Today, conservative businesswoman and Republican candidate for Congress Genevieve Collins announced she received the endorsement of former state Representative Dan Branch, R-Dallas. From 2003 to 2015, Branch served six terms in the Texas House of Representatives, including as leader of the Dallas area legislative delegation and Chair of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 23, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Unveils Finance And Grassroots Chairmen

Today, conservative businesswoman and Republican candidate for Congress Genevieve Collins unveiled two new members of her campaign team - Finance Chairman Joe Popolo and Grassroots Chairman David Carruth. Joe Popolo is the CEO of Charles & Potomac Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused on technology, energy and real estate. From 1997-2019, Joe helped to transform the Freeman Company, into the world’s leading live event brand experience agency.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 28, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: The Honorable Don Huffines Endorses Genevieve Collins For Congress

Senator Huffines represented Texas’ 16th Senate District from 2015 to 2019. He is most known for authoring legislation that resulted in uncovering the largest government corruption scandal in Texas history, as well as authoring conservative legislation to establish term limits, promote life, and return rights from the government back to Texans.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

January 17, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Raises $826K, Has $2 Million Cash On Hand

Today, the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign announced that Jones raised more than $826,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 – the largest off-year Q4 fundraising total the district has ever seen. Jones now has more than $2 million cash on hand, ensuring that the campaign will have the resources necessary to compete for and win Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

January 7, 2020

Josh Winegarner Campaign: Announces Strong Q4 Fundraising Totals

The campaign of conservative Republican Josh Winegarner today announced its fundraising totals for the last quarter of 2019: $345,565.60 raised with $282,653.86 cash on hand. Winegarner is seeking election to Texas’s 13th Congressional District. Winegarner made the decision to run when incumbent, Mac Thornberry, announced his intentions to retire.

From Josh Winegarner Campaign

January 17, 2020

Latino Victory Fund: Endorses State Rep. Cesar J. Blanco For Texas Senate

Today, Latino Victory Fund announced the endorsement of State Rep. César Blanco for Texas Senate, District 29. A Navy veteran and seasoned Texas legislator, Blanco announced his candidacy shortly after Latino Victory launched its Run, César, Run! draft campaign in September.

From Latino Victory Fund

January 21, 2020

LaWyanda Prince Campaign: Prince Announces Candidacy For Texas State Representative, HD5

LaWyanda Prince (D) announces run for Texas House District 5. Prince says she is running because, “she cares how education is being funded and how teachers are being paid to educate our future leaders. She cares whether our state provides health care to all Texans regardless of income or ethnicity.

From LaWyanda Prince Campaign

January 16, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Files Lawsuit Demanding Online Motor Voter Registration

Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas and other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the state violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by not providing voter registration with driver’s license applications online. “Voters have a right to clear and easy access to registration.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

January 21, 2020

Lilith Fund: On The 47th Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade, Listen To The Stories Of People Who Have Had Abortions In Texas

Wednesday, January 22 will be the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But for many people in Texas and the U.S., the right to an abortion does not mean access to an abortion. That’s because the barriers to abortion access—including costs, waiting periods, childcare, long distances to clinics—keep abortion out of reach for many.

From Lilith Fund

January 15, 2020

Merideth VanSant Campaign: Conservative Businesswoman Merideth VanSant Releases 'Anti-Socialism' Campaign Video Ad

Republican businesswoman Merideth VanSant today released a longform biographical video on social media introducing voters to her life story and campaign message, which is centered around stopping the socialist agenda in D.C. and Central Oklahoma.

From Merideth VanSant Campaign

January 28, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Chair Responds To SCOTUS Order On Public Charge

Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chairman Rafael Anchía released the following statement: “The Trump Administration’s change to the public charge law forces families to decide whether to feed and house their children or have their green card application denied. It jeopardizes the lives of over 1 in 4 Texas children (1.9 million) that live in mixed-status households, neglecting their basic needs to be healthy, successful in school, and have a roof over their heads.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 13, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Governor Abbott's Decision To Reject Refugees

State Representative Rafael Anchía, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus released the following statement: "Governor Abbott closing the state's doors to the most vulnerable goes against Texas' values. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) has had continuous bipartisan support for decades.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 13, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Governor Abbott's Decision To Reject Refugees

State Representative Rafael Anchía, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus released the following statement: "Governor Abbott closing the state's doors to the most vulnerable goes against Texas' values. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) has had continuous bipartisan support for decades.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 7, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Amicus Supporting Mississippi Law Limiting Abortion After 15 Weeks

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined Louisiana’s friend-of-the-court brief which was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of Mississippi as it seeks en banc review of a law prohibiting non-emergency abortions past the 15th week of pregnancy.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 17, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Baby T.L.'s Right To Life Must Be Protected

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Second Court of Appeals, urging the court to reverse a lower court’s order and grant baby T.L.’s family a temporary injunction until the case is resolved to protect the baby’s life.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 14, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Settlement With PayPal Charitable Giving Fund Ensures Donors Receive Necessary Information About Their Contributions

Attorney General Paxton joined 23 states in an agreement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. (PPGF), the charitable arm of PayPal, to ensure donors are given clear information and disclosures on where their money goes when making charitable contributions through the company’s online platform.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 22, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Brief To Protect The Right To Life For Babies With Down Syndrome

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 17 other states in a friend-of-the-court brief to protect babies with Down Syndrome from abortion based solely on their genetics. Despite numerous civil rights protections, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, an Ohio federal court created a categorical right to abortion, regardless of whether the reason for an abortion is clearly based on discrimination against a child with disabilities.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 28, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Promotes Lawful Education On Elections And Civic Process In Letter To School Districts

Attorney General Ken Paxton today mailed?educational?materials to Texas school districts detailing the importance of educators’ role in the civic process and providing guidelines for legally and effectively leading both employees and students through the 2020 election.??

From Office of the Attorney General

January 6, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement On Dismissal Of Lawsuit Challenging UT Austin's Relocation Of Confederate Monuments

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that parties protesting the relocation of Confederate monuments at the University of Texas do not have standing to pursue their lawsuit: “This case was correctly dismissed months ago for lack of standing, and we are pleased that the Fifth Circuit agreed with our arguments and affirmed the district court’s decision.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 21, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces New Appointments To The Sunset Advisory Commission

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced four new appointments to the Sunset Advisory Commission today including Senators Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, and Angela Paxton, R-McKinney. Ralph Duggins, of Fort Worth, is the new the public member appointee.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 10, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On First Meeting Of The Texas Commission On Judicial Selection

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the first meeting of the Texas Commission on Judicial Selection: “I was surprised by news reports today indicating there may be support for abandoning the long-time democratic practice of partisan election of judges by the Texas Commission on Judicial Selection before the commission begins their hearings.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 22, 2020

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Trump Administration Allows Texas To Bar Care At Planned Parenthood

Today, the Trump administration approved Texas’ dangerous request to bar access to care at Planned Parenthood. This unprecedented decision upends longstanding federal policy, and will now provide Texas tens of millions of federal dollars for the state’s ill-fated family planning program, the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Program.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

January 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Anti-Abortion Texas Politicians Continue To Ignore Essential Components Of Women's Health Program

The Trust Respect Access Coalition, a statewide reproductive health, rights, and justice group, releases the following statement in response to extremist politicians, including President Donald Trump and Governor Greg Abbott, applauding the state’s Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program while the program fails to meet basic metrics.

From Progress Texas

January 24, 2020

Progress Texas: Institute Releases 2020 "Certified Progressive"List

Today, Progress Texas is releasing a list of “Certified Progressive” candidates ahead of the March 3, 2020 Democratic primary. “Progressive values are mainstream values, even in Texas,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas. “Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, and progressive voters are among the fastest-growing electorates in our state.

From Progress Texas

January 10, 2020

Progress Texas: Paxton Moves To Bar State Employees From Donating To Planned Parenthood

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has again made a legal stretch in an opinion issued on January 2, 2020 that attempts to bar Planned Parenthood from the State Employees Charitable Campaign after the passage of Senate Bill 22, which sought to defund local health care. Specifically, SB 22 bans local governments from partnering with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

From Progress Texas

January 9, 2020

Progress Texas: ProgressNow State Leaders Call For Vote Limiting Trump's Power & Condemns Trump's Hostile Rhetoric Which Puts All Americans In Danger

Over the past few days, we have become a country that is once again on the brink of war. This crisis was created because President Donald Trump was unable or unwilling to fully think through the very real consequences of his words and actions.

From Progress Texas

January 17, 2020

Progress Texas: Trump's 14th Visit To Texas Proves Once Again That This Is A Battleground State

Donald Trump will visit Austin on Sunday, Jan. 19, marking his 14th visit to Texas during his time in office and further proving that he is desperate to hold on to the state in 2020. “Texas is a battleground state and Trump’s numerous visits here prove it,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

January 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Advocates Condemn Latest Attack On Abortion In Texas

Texas abortion rights and reproductive justice advocates condemn the latest attack on abortion access in Texas. On Tuesday, Big Spring City Council voted to pass an ordinance (3-2) that targets abortion care access and restricts the first amendment rights of their constituents by declaring abortion advocacy organizations to be criminal.

From Progress Texas

January 14, 2020

Progress Texas: Paxton Blocks State Employees From Donating To Planned Parenthood

Today, Progress Texas releases a new statement in regards to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton citing Senate Bill 22 and removing Planned Parenthood from the State Employees Charitable Campaign. “Paxton is discriminating against Texans’ personal beliefs and views by denying state employees the freedom to donate to Planned Parenthood,” said Sam Robles, advocacy director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

January 13, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Staff Processing Standard Drilling Permits In Two Days

For two years in a row since 2018, Railroad Commission of Texas staff have set a historic record of taking just two days on average to process standard drilling permits, one day below the Legislative requirement. This efficiency helps foster the growth of energy production statewide. Standard drilling permits are permits that do not require exceptions to Commission rules such spacing or density rules.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 27, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Launches Two More Interactive Statewide Data Maps

The Railroad Commission of Texas this week launches two more interactive data maps showing oil and gas drilling permit approvals and the number of wells spudded, which is when operators begin drilling a well. Information is displayed by counts, operators, county locations and on a statewide level. The data is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week beginning with Calendar Year 2018.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 22, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Opens New Lubbock Oil & Gas Field Office

The Railroad Commission of Texas is opening a new oil and gas field office in Lubbock to serve energy activity in the northern section of the Permian Basin -- the nation's top oil and gas producing region. "The new Lubbock office will enhance our regulatory capability in the region.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

January 10, 2020

Representative Armando Walle: Applauds City Approval Of State Grants For Melrose And Keith Wiess Parks

On Tuesday, Mayor Turner and City Council officially approved receipt of $2 million total in state grant funding from Texas Parks and Wildlife for improvements to Melrose Park and Keith Wiess Park. State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston), who successfully championed this particular funding initiative in the most recent state budget, issued the following statement:

From Representative Armando Walle

January 10, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Landgraf And Mass Violence Committee Meet In El Paso

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) joined other legislators at a field hearing of the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety on Thursday in El Paso. This is the third field hearing conducted by the committee in a city that has recently experienced a mass shooting.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 22, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Calls On TRS To Find Tax-Payer Friendly Office Space

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) sent a letter to the executive director of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) on Tuesday asking the agency to reconsider its decision to sign on to a decade-long lease for office space in downtown Austin that will cost TRS $326,000 per month in rent payments.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 27, 2020

Representative Donna Howard: Warns Against Potential Precedent Set By Federal Family Planning Funding Award

State Representative Donna Howard (D - HD 48) denounces the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement for Planned Parenthood's continued exclusion from Healthy Texas Women (HTW), the state's primary women's health program.

From Representative Donna Howard

January 10, 2020

Representative Gene Wu: Appointed To Texas Access To Justice Commission

Rep. Gene Wu was recently appointed by Speaker Bonnen to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. "I am honored to serve in this new role, where I can continue to help low-income Texans get fair access to justice in our courts," Wu said. "Without this access to the justice system, many low-income Texans struggle with legal problems that negatively affect their lives and become easy prey for criminals and the unscrupulous.

From Representative Gene Wu

January 22, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Commends Federal Government Action To Support The "HEalthy Texas Women" Program

Today, following the Trump Administration’s authorization of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver for the Healthy Texas Women Program, Representative Jeff Leach issued the following statement: “Today’s historic announcement is a huge milestone in our state’s commitment to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare and family planning services for Texas women while, at the same time, vigorously protecting the sanctity of life.

From Representative Jeff Leach

January 13, 2020

Representative Joaquin Castro: Castro, Doggett, Escobar Demand Answers From ICE On Nefarious Contracts With Three Detention Centers

“ICE has proven time and again that they are not to be trusted with the immigrants in their care. They continue to show complete and total negligence over detention centers. Now, all three of these Texas facilities will fall victim to their notorious abuses, ranging from sexual assault, to lack of medical care, to migrant deaths

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 14, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Applauds Passage Of Legislation Honoring President George H.W. Bush And First Lady Barbara Bush

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) applauded House passage of the bipartisan President George H.W. Bush and First Spouse Barbara Bush Coin Act. In honor of the life and legacy of President Bush and the First Lady, the bill requires the issuance of one-dollar coins bearing their images for a one-year period.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

January 15, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Statement Following Tragic Shooting At Bellaire High School

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released the following statement after a tragic shooting at Bellaire High School caused the death of a 19 year-old student: “My thoughts today are with the family and friends of the Bellaire student who was shot and killed on campus yesterday afternoon, as well as the students, faculty, and staff at Bellaire as they process this tragic event,” said Congresswoman Fletcher.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

January 28, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Following Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher's Push, State Updates Hurricane Harvey GLO Plan To Better Address Houston Needs

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher announced that following her submission of comments to the Texas General Land Office (GLO), the GLO has amended the State of Texas Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Mitigation Action Plan (Draft State Action Plan). This plan provides the guidelines for the distribution of over $4 billion in federal funding to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

January 14, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: House Passes Coin Bill Honoring President George H.W. BushAnd First Lady Barbara Bush

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today applauded passage of the President George H.W. Bush and First Spouse Barbara Bush Coin Act (S. 457), which would allow the United States Treasury to mint $1 coins memorializing the former President and First Lady. Congressman Williams introduced the House companion bill, H.R. 1173, with 27 co-sponsors from the Texas delegation.

From Representative Roger Williams

January 17, 2020

Representative Toni Rose: Names Presiding Officer Of Legislative Committee On Aging

State Representative Toni Rose (D-110) named Presiding Officer of the Legislative Committee on Aging by Speaker Dennis Bonnen. The Legislative Committee on Aging is a committee created by the Human Resource Code for the Department of Aging and Disability to study and make recommendations to address issues relating to the aging population of Texas, including issues related to the health care, income, transportation, housing, education, and employment needs of that population.

From Representative Toni Rose

January 9, 2020

Representative Victoria Neave: Thousands Expected At 4th Annual Dallas Women's March Commemorating 100-Year Anniversary Of The Ratification Of The 19th Amendment

State Representatives Victoria Neave and Rhetta Bowers, along with the 2020 Executive Committee and numerous community organizations, will host the 2020 Dallas Women’s March Sunday, January 19, 2020, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and to stand up for women’s rights, equity for women, and inclusion.

From Representative Victoria Neave

January 14, 2020

Rish Oberoi Campaign: Democratic Candidate For House District 26 Rish Oberoi Reaches $100K In Fundraising For Primary Race

On Monday morning, the 2020 Democratic hopeful Rish Oberoi announced his campaign has raised a total of $100,894 in 2019 for the Primary race. "It was a pretty good year for our campaign and we still have a long way to go,” said Oberoi, “We’ve got to flip the House and this is one of the most watched red-to-blue races in Texas. Our campaign continues to gain momentum and we’ll push forward until 26 turns blue.”

From Rish Oberoi Campaign

January 24, 2020

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Reynolds Dismayed At Discrimatory Actions Taken By A Texas High School

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

January 13, 2020

Royce West Campaign: Royce West For U.S. Senate Endorsed By Texas' Tejano Democrats

State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Royce West (D-Dallas) on Saturday earned the endorsement of the Tejano Democrats, one of the largest constituent organizations within the Texas Democratic Party. Officials with the organization say they believe this is the first time the organization has endorsed an African American in a United States Senate race.

From Royce West Campaign

January 17, 2020

Senator Borris Miles: Statement On Swearing-In HISD Trustee Kathy Blueford-Daniels

"It was an honor to swear-in a community activist and a warrior for the voiceless, HISD Trustee Kathy Blueford-Daniels to sit on the board of the largest school district in Texas. I met Kathy four years ago after the death of her son, who was shot in a case of mistaken identity. It was later discovered the shooter was a high school dropout from HISD.

From Senator Borris Miles

January 22, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Earned 100 Percent Voting Record By NFIB

For the fifth straight legislative session, Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has earned a 100-percent voting record for supporting small businesses on a range of issues, from property tax reform to workforce development, by the Texas Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

From Senator Jane Nelson

January 16, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Praises Senate Passage Of The USMCA

“This is a top priority for my constituents, who are farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, as well as consumers, whose daily lives are impacted by trade with our neighbors to the north and south, and we'll soon be able to market as yet another win for Texas under this Administration.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 27, 2020

Senator John Cornyn and Representative Roger Williams: To Honor Former President H.W. Bush & First Lady Barbara Bush With Coin Now Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) released the following statements after President Trump signed the George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Coin Act (S.457), their bill to authorize the immediate issuance of coins honoring President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, into law:

From Senator John Cornyn

January 27, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Proudly Recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Week Taking Place Jan. 27 - 31 Throughout Texas Public Schools

Senator José Menéndez passed SB 1828 during the 86th Legislative Session establishing 'Holocaust Remembrance Week' which begins today and continues through Friday (Jan. 27-31). This law positions Texas as one of 12 states requiring some form of Holocaust education in public schools.

From Senator Jose Menendez

January 15, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Federal Ruling Prohibiting State And Local Officials From Blocking Refugee Resettlement

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding a federal court ruling prohibiting state and local officials from blocking refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions: I applaud the ruling handed down by Judge Peter Messitte blocking Trump's executive order, which allows state and local officials to reject refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 13, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Pilot Program Providing Legal Access For Asylum Seekers To Launch This Month

A pilot program to help asylum seekers find and confer with U.S.-based lawyers via teleconferencing will begin in Cd. Juárez later this month. The program is a partnership between Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez, Hispanic Federation, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Municipal Government of Cd. Juárez, and federal and local immigration agencies in Cd. Juarez.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 9, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Pilot Program Providing Legal Access For Asylum Seekers To Launch This Month

A pilot program to help asylum seekers find and confer with U.S.-based lawyers via teleconferencing will begin in Cd. Juárez later this month. The program is a partnership between State Sen. José Rodríguez, the Hispanic Federation, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Municipal Government of Cd. Juárez, and federal and local immigration agencies in Cd. Juarez.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 10, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Gov. Abbott's Rejection Of Refugee Resettlement Program In Texas

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott's letter rejecting refugee resettlement in Texas: I am appalled that Gov. Abbott has chosen to opt Texas out of the refugee resettlement program. Providing shelter is a core tenet of many religious faiths and the fundamental basis on which our country was founded.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 8, 2020

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Receives the "2019 Senator Of The Year" Award From The Texas State Association Of Fire Fighters

Today, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters (TSAFF), honored Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa with the 2019 TSAFF Senator of the Year Award for the 2019 Legislative Session at the organization's annual conference. He was honored with this award for his leadership in authoring Senate Bill 2551 and his extraordinary efforts on behalf of Texas firefighters.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 6, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Lauds The Release Of "Do-Not-Hire Registry" By Texas Education Agency

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) is applauding the release of the "Do-Not-Hire Registry" by the Texas Education Agency. This registry was created by amending Senate Bill 1256, authored by Senator Bettencourt, to House Bill 3, authored by Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston) & sponsored by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) during the last Legislative Session.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 10, 2020

Senator Peter Flores: Congratulates Crystal City Mayor Frank Moreno On His Appointment To Governor's Broadband Development Council

Senator Peter P. Flores congratulated Frank Moreno, Mayor of Crystal City, on his appointment by Governor Greg Abbott to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. Mayor Moreno joins 14 other appointees from across Texas with terms set to expire on August 31, 2024.

From Senator Peter Flores

January 10, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Attends NASA Graduation From Artemis Era Astronauts

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and NASA Administrator Bridenstine at Johnson Space Center for the graduation of eleven new NASA astronauts and two new Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts following their successful completion of more than two years of required basic training.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 17, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: I Applaud The Trump Administration For Protecting Religious Freedom For Students And Religious Freedom For Students And Religious Organizations

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, today issued the following statement applauding President Trump for proposing new rules to protect religious freedom for students and organizations: “By protecting the right to express one’s faith at school or through a religious organization, the Trump administration is taking a stand for one of our most fundamental freedoms.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 16, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Senate Passage Of USMCA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding his vote in support of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA): “Texans know firsthand the importance of international trade, especially with Mexico and Canada. That’s because no state in the union has more invested in trade with our neighbors than the Lone Star State. As a fierce competitor on the international stage, Texas is home to more than 2.2 million jobs dependent on trade.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 16, 2020

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Statement On Nomination Of Drew Tipton As U.S. District Judge For The Southern District Of Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after President Trump nominated Drew Tipton to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi: “I am grateful Drew Tipton has been nominated to the federal bench,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 7, 2020

Staci Williams Campaign: Williams Calls On Opponent To Stop Distributing False Information

Judge Staci Williams (D-Dallas), candidate for Texas Supreme Court, Place 7, on Tuesday called out her opponent for continuing to spread false and misleading information concerning alleged endorsements by the Dallas based Committee for a Qualified Judiciary.

From Staci Williams Campaign

January 28, 2020

State Office of Risk Management: Mourns Passing Of Former Senior Liaison Officer

Paul Harris, former Senior Liaison Officer for the State Office of Risk Management, passed away Sunday morning, January 26, 2020 after a battle with cancer. Mr. Harris retired on May 31, 2019, after more than 30 years of service to the state of Texas. Stephen Vollbrecht, Executive Director of the State Office of Management, made the announcement to staff in an email on Sunday, calling Mr. Harris a colleague, mentor, counselor, and friend. “Words cannot express the loss I feel, or the depths of my gratitude for his friendship and service,” Mr. Vollbrecht wrote.

From State Office of Risk Management

January 24, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: TLR Awards Rep. Geanie Morrison With Civil Justice Leadership Award

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today awarded Rep. Geanie Morrison of Victoria with its Civil Justice Leadership Award for her consistent work to implement important reforms that have made our state’s civil justice system more efficient, fair and accessible for all Texans.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

January 6, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Lorraine Montemayor Joins Texas AFL-CIO Staff

The Texas AFL-CIO is excited to welcome Lorraine Montemayor, an accomplished union leader and activist in Dallas, as our new Mobilization and Campaign Coordinator. The new position will be a critical component of building power for our 240,000 members in 2020 and beyond.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 14, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: More Details On U.S. Senate Debate Set For Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention

Approximately 400 union delegates and guests are expected to attend. The Texas AFL-CIO is soliciting questions from union members to be included in the debate. "We are excited that the invited candidates have agreed to engage in a back-and-forth discussion on issues that matter to working families in Texas," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO

January 27, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Endorsements Span State

The two-day Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention concluded today with endorsements in statewide, congressional, and legislative contests. The list may be found here: https://www.texasaflcio.org/cope-2020-endorsements Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

January 17, 2020

Texas AFT: Endorses Ruben Cortez For Texas Senate In The March Democratic Primary

Texas AFT has endorsed Ruben Cortez for state Senate District 27, which covers much of the lower Rio Grande Valley, for the Democratic Primary on March 3. Four local Texas AFT groups also have endorsed Cortez. Cortez is a current member of the State Board of Education and a former Brownsville School Board member.

From Texas AFT

January 15, 2020

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association: Cattle Producers Applaud Trade Deal With China

Robert McKnight, Jr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued the following statement after President Trump today signed phase one of a trade deal with China: “After a 14-year absence, U.S. beef was finally reintroduced to the Chinese market in 2017. Despite this, non-tariff barriers continued to hinder sales of American beef to China,” said McKnight. “The signing of today’s trade agreement is a significant step toward removing those restrictions and will allow U.S. beef producers to be much more competitive in the market.

From Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

January 21, 2020

Texas Association of Nurses Anesthetists: Always There Caring For America

Administering anesthesia to Americans since the Civil War, Texas’ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are joining thousands of their colleagues from across the country to celebrate the 21st annual National CRNA Week January 19-25, 2020.

From Texas Association of Nurses Anesthetists

January 13, 2020

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: TCCB Statement On Governor Abbott's Letter Denying Consent

Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to turn away refugees from the great state of Texas is deeply discouraging and disheartening. While the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops respects the governor, this decision is simply misguided.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

January 10, 2020

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller's Office Partners With University Of Houston - Clear Lake To Perform Western Chicken Turtle Surveys

The Texas Comptroller’s Natural Resources program has contracted with the University of Houston - Clear Lake (UHCL) to conduct range-wide surveys in East Texas for the western chicken turtle. The partnership will inform an upcoming Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing decision for the species and develop information that local resource managers can use to sustain economic development while conserving natural resources.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 10, 2020

TDP: Statement On Republican Governor Greg Abbott Opting Out Of Refugee Program

Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement: “Texas means friends. We are the friendship state. We help our neighbors. That’s what we do. Refugees are our neighbors. After suffering violence, war, and persecution, they filled out the necessary paperwork and we’re deemed eligible to move in.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 6, 2020

TDP: Texas Democratic Party, DSCC & DCCC Challenge Unconstitutional Signature Rule Harming Voter Registration Efforts

The Texas Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today filed a lawsuit challenging an unconstitutional electronic signature ban the Secretary of State created to urge counties to reject thousands of voter registration applications, making it harder for Texas to participate in elections.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 7, 2020

TDP: Texas Republican House District 28 Candidate Gary Gates Is A Credibly-Alleged Child Abuser

With three weeks until election day for the Texas House District 28 runoff and two weeks until the start of early voting, Fort Bend County voters have a clear choice to make. New television ads released today by Forward Majority showed us exactly who Texas Republican candidate Gary Gates is.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 21, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats Call On Governor Abbott To Rescind Endorsement Of Alleged Child Abuser Gary Gates In Texas House District 28 Race

Today, after revelations that Governor Abbott is busing people down to knock doors for Gary Gates and starring in a Gates television ad, the Texas Democratic Party asks why is Governor Abbott supporting a known child abuser?

From Texas Democratic Party

January 17, 2020

TDP: Republicans Are Betting On A 7-Time Losing Candidate To Win Pivotal State House Seat

Today, in a scathing deep dive into Texas Republican House District 28 candidate Gary Gates, the Texas Signal uncovered many disturbing facts that make Gates unelectable in Fort Bend County. Already credibly accused of child abuse, the Texas Signal uncovered other details about Gates’ views and record.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 13, 2020

TDP: Announces Largest Voter Registration Program In Texas History

Today, the Texas Democratic Party announced its innovative 2020 voter registration program -- the largest in Texas history.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 13, 2020

TDP: Every Catholic Bishop In Texas Slams Republican Governor Abbott's Decision To Bar Refugees From Texas

The fallout from Governor Abbott’s cruel and heartless decision to bar refugees from the state of Texas continues. Amidst swift pushback from nearly every outlet and organization in Texas -- including conservative-leaning entities -- CNN reported today that every Catholic bishop in Texas slammed Governor Abbott’s decision to bar entry for refugees.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 14, 2020

TDP: Trump And Cornyn Continue To Lie About Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions

Yesterday, on Twitter, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he “saved” pre-existing conditions, which was then broadly skewered by every fact-checker in America.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 15, 2020

TDP: Coward John Cornyn Says, "It's Not My Choice To Make" In Regards To Governor Abbott's Cruel Decision To End The Refugee Program In Texas

Today, on his weekly conference call with reporters, vulnerable Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn once again refused to buck his party, this time on Governor Abbott’s cruel decision to ban refugees that was mercifully overturned today by a federal court.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 27, 2020

TDP: Texas Democratic Party And Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee Unveil Initial 2020 Texas Legislative Target List

Today, the Texas Democratic Party and Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee unveiled its initial target list of 22 Texas House seats to flip in 2020. Texas Democrats are only 9 seats away from winning the Texas House and earning a seat at the table for important upcoming decisions like creating fair maps and passing progressive legislation serving Texas families. The top of the Democratic ticket won a majority of legislative seats in 2018 (76-74), giving Texas Democrats a clear path to victory.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 28, 2020

TDP: Primer: Here's What Texas Democrats Are Working Towards On Election Day

In tonight's emergency special House District elections, Democrats are on track to have a historic night. Texas Democrats have an opportunity to win in House Districts 28 and 148, and are certain to win in House District 100.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 24, 2020

TDP: Why Won't John Cornyn Return Your Phone Calls?

After spending the week mercilessly defending Trump and McConnell over our Constitution at all costs, earlier today, vulnerable Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn was too afraid to answer questions from Texas reporters so he skipped his previously scheduled call with them.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 24, 2020

TDP: Applauds The Austin City Council For Decriminalizing Low-Level Marijuana Possession

Today, the Austin City Council voted to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession in the city of Austin. Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement: “The majority of Texans agree that it is long past time to decriminalize cannabis.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 24, 2020

TDP: Statement On Texas Democrat Representative Veronica Escobar Being Chosen To Deliver Democratic Response To Trump's Stat Of The Union Address

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Veronica Escobar is a fearless champion whose leadership on issue after issue has made an undeniable, outsized impact in her first term in Congress.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 23, 2020

TDP: Statement On Dan Patrick Threatening To Silence Voters Ahead Of Expected Democratic Victories

In what has become a pattern, another Texas Republican has threatened to change the rules and silence public opinion ahead of expected Democratic victories across the state. This time, Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has threatened to disenfranchise millions of Texans by further removing protections against extreme, right-wing bills on the Texas Senate floor next year.

From Texas Democratic Party

January 7, 2020

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Texas Gas Pumps Will Soon Sport New TDLR Stickers

Gas pumps across Texas will soon display new consumer information stickers to reflect the Fuel Metering and Quality Program’s new home: the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The new design has a Texas shape and includes information about the amount of state and federal taxes charged for every gallon of fuel sold, as well as a telephone number and a QR code that consumers can use to file a complaint with TDLR regarding the quality or quantity of fuel that was sold.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

January 7, 2020

Texas Department of Public Safety: Releases Mass Attacks, Domestic Terrorism Reports

At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) produced two state intelligence assessments on critical threats to Texas, both of which were released today. The two reports — Assessing the Mass Attacks Threat to Texas and Texas Domestic Terrorism Threat Assessment — were among many topics discussed at the Domestic Terrorism Task Force roundtable hosted by Governor Abbott today at the Texas State Capitol.

From Texas Department of Public Safety

January 23, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On New Navigable Waters Protection Rule

"Texas farmers and ranchers are committed to clean water. The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule announced today accomplishes the goals of clean water, clear regulations and respect for property rights.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 15, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On Phase One Trade Deal With China

"Texas farmers and ranchers are encouraged by today's signing of a Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. The agreement with China includes substantial purchases of U.S. agricultural products annually over the next few years. This is significant. The record for U.S. agricultural exports to China was $26 billion in 2012.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 16, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On USMCA Approval

"Today is a positive day for Texas farmers and ranchers. The approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the U.S. Senate and, now, Congress, represents an important step in the economic recovery of American agriculture.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 23, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Texas Farmers, Ranchers Help Set National Farm Bureau Policy

Texas delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) policy session led an effort to firmly establish guidelines for preventing further spread of cattle fever ticks. "Cattle fever ticks, and the disease they carry, can have a devastating impact on the cattle business," Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) President Russell Boening said.

From Texas Farm Bureau

January 10, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas AG Ken Paxton Wants To Block Public Employees From Making Personal Paycheck Decisions He Doesn't Like

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today called out Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for issuing an opinion that suggests state law bars government employees from having charitable donations to Planned Parenthood deducted from their paychecks.

From Texas Freedom Network

January 6, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Hosting Additional Public Hearings For $4 Billion In Mitigation Funds In Deep East Texas

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will extend the public comment period for the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) state action plan to accommodate an additional public hearing requested by local officials on Thursday, January 9, in Jasper. All public comments received prior to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, will be considered.

From Texas General Land Office

January 22, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Secures Approximately $350 Million In Federal Funding For Women's Health Services

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have reached an agreement to provide comprehensive women’s health services through a Medicaid demonstration waiver over the next five years.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

January 16, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Expands Child Care Search Site To Help Families Find Quality Care

Texas Health and Human Services is expanding its child care search website to provide families additional information about child care providers in Texas. Now TXChildCareSearch.org lists five years of a regulated child care facility’s compliance history. Previously the site only displayed information for the prior three years.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

January 9, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: More Texas Children And Youth To Receive Mental Health Services And Remain With Families

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are helping more children and youth receive mental health residential treatment services and remain in the custody of their parents or guardians through an increase in availability of residential treatment center beds.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

January 23, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Announces New Leadership Team

Today, Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller announced the appointment of a new senior leadership team designed to advance the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s ambitious goals for postsecondary education.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

January 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Calls On Networks To Take Down Misleading Gary Gates Attack Ad

Today, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee sent a letter to cable networks urging the immediate discontinuation of an outright false attack ad by “Gary Gates for Texas,” while outlining potential violations of the Texas Law. The entity running this advertisement, “Gary Gates for Texas” is not registered as a political committee with the Texas Ethics Commission.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

January 7, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Announces Andrew Reagan As 2020 Executive Director

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee today announced Andrew Reagan will serve as Executive Director for the 2020 campaign cycle. Reagan most recently was the Political Manager for the Environmental Defense Action Fund, working on their successful 2018 federal and state independent expenditure effort which spent $9 million in 35 races across the country.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

January 24, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Chair Chris Turner Announces Caucus Special Committees

Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) Chair Chris Turner announced the creation and membership of two special committees for the caucus. “Our caucus will be prepared to govern if we have the majority in 2021,” said Chairman Chris Turner. “Our top priorities for the future of Texas must be investing in an educated and healthy workforce, and stopping the growing consequences of climate change.”

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

January 10, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Rep. Vikki Goodwin Statement On Gov. Abbott's Decision To Not Participate In Refugee Resettlement Program

Representative Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin), who previously sent a letter to Gov. Abbott urging him to participate in the refugee resettlement program, released the following statement regarding his announcement today not to participate: "I’m deeply disappointed in Governor Abbott’s decision to opt out of the refugee resettlement program.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

January 6, 2020

Texas Municipal League: Ancira And Wynn To Lead TML Advocacy Efforts

The Texas Municipal League (TML) announced today that Jesse Ancira and Monty Wynn will lead TML’s advocacy efforts. Ancira will serve the League as Senior Legislative Advisor and Wynn will assume the roll of Director of Grassroots and Legislative Services. Jesse Ancira most recently served as Chief of Staff to House Speaker Joe Straus, as well as Mayor for the City of Taylor for four of his six years on Taylor’s city council.

From Texas Municipal League

January 14, 2020

Texas Parent PAC: Endorses Ruben Cortez In March Primary Election For Texas Senate District 27

Texas Parent PAC, a statewide pro-public education organization, announces its endorsement of Ruben Cortez of Brownsville for state senator in the Democratic primary for Texas Senate District 27. Cortez is a businessman and elected official who has represented the Rio Grande Valley on the State Board of Education since 2012.

From Texas Parent PAC

January 24, 2020

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement On Potential Change Of Rules

The following statement was released by SDC Chair Carol Alvarado on behalf of the caucus: Texans don't want us to be like Washington, D.C. where politicians are in constant gridlock. The Lt. Governor's statement on once again changing the rules would continue to bring DC-style hyperpartisanship to Texas. One person alone cannot dictate the rules of our chamber; that authority resides with all of the Senators.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

January 16, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Dallas ISD Teachers Appeal Pay Cuts Under District's Appraisal System

NEA-Dallas, an affiliate of the Texas State Teachers Association, today filed an appeal with the Texas Supreme Court, seeking an order to require state Education Commissioner Mike Morath to rehear its grievance against some components of Dallas ISD’s teacher appraisal system. Many Dallas ISD teachers, including some NEA-Dallas members, suffered cuts in take-home pay after they received their first evaluation “Scorecards” under the then-new appraisal system, the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI), at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

From Texas State Teachers Association

January 16, 2020

Texas Telephone Association: TTA Board Of Directors Elect New Officers

Members of the Texas Telephone Association board of directors have elected new officers to serve on the 2019-2020 executive committee. TTA has been the primary trade organization representing the Texas telecommunications industry since 1905 and is one of the oldest associations in the state of Texas.

From Texas Telephone Association

January 17, 2020

Texas Values: Praises President Trump For Defending Religious Freedom And Prayer

Texas Values applauds President Trump’s announcements today, on Religious Freedom Day, protecting religious freedom with updates to the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines on prayer in public school as well as 9 other rules pertaining to religious organizations. The new guidance makes clear that students can read the Bible or pray at school, organize prayer groups, and express their religious beliefs in their assignments.

From Texas Values

January 13, 2020

Texas Values: Judge: Chick-fil-A Lawsuit Against San Antonio Can Continue

Judge David Canales, a Bexar County district judge, ruled late last week that a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio over its ban of Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport may proceed. Mary Elizabeth Castle, Policy Advisor for Texas Values said: “We applaud Judge Canales for allowing this case to continue, and are grateful for the Texas Legislature that protected religious freedom and First Amendment speech, including speech through donations.”

From Texas Values

January 22, 2020

Texas Water Development Board: Holding A Board Meeting To Invite Oral Comments On Rules For New State Flood Financial Assistance And Flood Planning Programs

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) invites the public to attend its January 30 Board meeting to offer oral comments on rules for the new flood financial assistance and planning programs created by the Texas Legislature in 2019. Attendees may provide comments on all program rules: flood financial assistance rules and Flood Intended Use Plan, regional and state flood planning rules, and flood planning regions.

From Texas Water Development Board

January 15, 2020

Travis County Tax Office: Last Day To Pay Property Taxes Friday, Jan. 31

You must pay your property taxes by no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, to avoid penalty and interest charges. The fast and safe way to pay is by eCheck at TravisCountyTax.org. The eCheck payment system automatically emails you a paid receipt for your records. Besides eCheck, you can pay online with a credit card or PayPal. eCheck costs $1 while using a credit card or PayPal adds a 3% charge to your total.

From Travis County Tax Office

January 6, 2020

Travis County Tax Office: Voter Registration Deadline Feb. 3 For March Primary Election

The Travis County Tax Office is gearing up for the primary election voter registration deadline, Monday, Feb. 3, by providing several locations where you can register to vote. “We are going into overdrive as we scramble to register every eligible Travis County citizen before the Feb. 3 deadline,” said Bruce Elfant, the county’s voter registrar and tax assessor-collector.

From Travis County Tax Office

January 13, 2020

War Veterans Fund PAC: Announces Endorsement For 2020 Election Cycle

Today, the War Veterans Fund PAC (www.warveteransfund.org) announced its candidate endorsements of six Republican Afghanistan/Iraq military veterans running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. “The War Veterans Fund is committed to recruiting, supporting, and electing Republican veterans to Congress,” said Edward Crawford, the Coordinator of the PAC.

From War Veterans Fund PAC

January 7, 2020

Wesley Hunt Campaign: Lizzie Fletcher Silent On Soleimani Action

Today, Hunt for Congress released the following statement regarding the elimination of Iranian terrorist leader and Quds Force Commander Soleimani: “I applaud the President of the United States for his unmistakable leadership in the face of looming Iranian attacks,” Hunt, a combat veteran, said.

From Wesley Hunt Campaign

January 7, 2020

Young Conservatives of Texas: Announces The Releases Of Legislative Ratings

Today, the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) is proud to announce the release of its legislative ratings for the 86th legislature. These ratings mark the 23rd consecutive installment of the public service offered by YCT as a way for constituents to evaluate the time their representatives spend in Austin. With bi-yearly installments dating back to 1975, YCT issues the most thorough, respected, and consistent legislative ratings in the Lone Star State.

From Young Conservatives of Texas

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