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September 18, 2020

TDP: Reiterate Call On Williamson County Sheriff Chody To Resign Over New Revelations Of Gifts For Officer For Police Brutality And The Murder Of Javier Ambler

Yesterday, on the heels of Javier Ambler’s tragic death in custody, shocking revelations show that deputies, including those responsible for Ambler’s death, were given steakhouse gift cards for performing police brutality.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 18, 2020

Texas Farm Bureau: Applauds Second Round Of CFAP Relief

"Texas Farm Bureau applauds today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A second round of coronavirus relief payments worth up to $14 billion will be of great help to Texas farmers and ranchers. Some had not previously been eligible for relief from losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas Farm Bureau

September 18, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Lynn Stucky’s Kindly Veterinarian Television Ad Obscures His Animal Abusing Past

Texas State Representative Lynn Stucky (R-Denton), who campaigns as “Our Trusted Local Vet” is out with a folksy new campaign ad comparing being a veterinarian to the job of state representative. Given Stucky’s troubled professional history, the comparison is not a strong selling point for keeping his job as District 64’s state house member.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

September 18, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Area Transit Providers Receive $3.8M In Railway Improvement Grants

Two transit entities in the Austin area were awarded federal grants totaling $3,766,820 to improve local railways, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding comes through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program as part of the FAST Act, which Sen. Cornyn supported in 2015.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 18, 2020

Senator Angela Paxton: Honors Fallen Officer David Sherrard At Highway Renaming Ceremony

In recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by a Richardson officer, a portion of U.S. Highway 75 has been renamed "Officer David Sherrard Memorial Highway." "Today we honor the life of Officer David Sherrard ? husband, father, officer and selfless public servant who laid down his life in the line of duty," said Senator Paxton. "In naming this Memorial Highway , I pray his legacy will forever be remembered and honored in the City of Richardson ? a community that he dearly loved and dutifully served."

From Senator Angela Paxton

September 18, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Releases Video Statement On Alamo Cenotaph

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued this statement and video today in advance of the Texas Historical Commission meeting next Tuesday regarding the next phase of the Alamo renovation plan, including the placement of the Alamo Cenotaph:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 18, 2020

Texas Watch: Consumer Groups Call On Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Appoint A Strong Insurance Commissioner Who Will Protect Consumers

In a letter sent today, Texas consumer organizations Texas Watch and TexPIRG and the national consumer organization Consumer Federation of America urged Governor Greg Abbott to appoint a new Texas Insurance Commissioner with a strong track record of helping consumers and taking action against abusive insurance companies.

From Texas Watch

September 18, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Launches Redesigned Mental Health Resources Website

To better serve Texans seeking mental or behavioral health assistance, the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council is launching its redesigned Mental Health Texas website, mentalhealthtx.org, linking people to available local resources in one website.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

September 18, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Senate Passes Cornyn, Hassan’s Jenna Quinn Law To Prevent Child Abuse

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statements after the Senate passed the Jenna Quinn Law last night, which would allow current grant funds to be used to train and educate students, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who work with children in a professional or volunteer capacity on how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 17, 2020

Annie’s List: Endorses In Three Challenge Races For The Texas State Board Of Education

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

From Annie’s List

September 17, 2020

TexPIRG: Statement On Gov. Abbott’s Reopening Announcement

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that he is loosening coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and businesses in many parts of the state. Businesses will be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity.

From TexPIRG

September 17, 2020

TDP: Abbott Has Not Produced Clean COVID-19 Positivity Data, Yet He Continues To Lift Many Pandemic Restrictions

Since the start of the pandemic Governor Abbott has led dirty data that has threatened the entire reporting process. Cities and counties need accurate information from the state to determine when it is appropriate to reopen schools and keep their communities safe.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 17, 2020

Representative Ed Thompson: Commends Three Masketeers On 3D Printed Masks

On September 16th, Texas State Representative Ed Thompson visited outside of his District Office with three students, who are known to many as the “Three Masketeers”. Their mothers looked on fondly as Amar Sehgal, Karthik and Praneel Bhagavatula were presented with Resolutions from the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Ed Thompson

September 17, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Chair Turner Statement On Abbott Press Conference

“Gov. Abbott’s press conference today was notable for what he didn’t say.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

September 17, 2020

TDP: There Have Been 13,578 Coronavirus Deaths In Texas And 649,475 New Cases Since Governor Abbott Last Put Texans At-Risk In April

Today, Governor Abbott is set to announce the next phase of his plan to put Texans at-risk of contracting coronavirus.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 17, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Expands Visitation At Long-Term Care Facilities

Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to expand visitation options for eligible nursing, assisted living, and intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice, effective Thursday, Sept. 24.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

September 17, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Virtual Town Hall On Fighting For Rural Texas

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, hosted a virtual town hall on fighting for rural communities in South and West Texas, from creating more good-paying jobs and expanding access to health care, to investing in rural broadband and better public schools.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 17, 2020

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Government Price Setting On Prescription Drugs Is Anti-Innovation, Anti-Patient

“A recent proposal from the Trump Administration to implement an international pricing index (IPI) on prescription drugs sold in the United States will stifle investment and innovation.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

September 17, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Adds Multiple Features To CASES Portal

The Railroad Commission continues to enhance its online services, this time by adding more information and enhanced features in its CASES online portal.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

September 17, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Leading Indian-American Group, US IMPACT, Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by US IMPACT, the leading Political Action Committee representing and advocating for issues of importance to the Indian-American Community.

From Representative Jeff Leach

September 17, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: UT Austin To Receive $1M In Quantum Tech Grant

The University of Texas at Austin was awarded a federal grant of $999,087.00 to accelerate use-inspired research to address wide-scale societal challenges, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 17, 2020

TDP: Announces Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton As A Guest Speaker For Annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner

As the biggest battleground state in the country, the Texas Democratic Party is proud to announce the current lineup for the seventh annual Johnson-Jordan dinner, headlined by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pete Buttigieg, MJ Hegar, and many more.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 17, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Fights To Expand Broadband Access

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) is taking an active role in the fight to expand broadband access in rural West Texas communities.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

September 16, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: The Climate Cabinet Action Fund Names State Representative Erin Zwiener In 40 Highest Impact Climate Races In United States

State Representative Erin Zwiener’s (D-Driftwood) reelection campaign was chosen as one of the top 40 highest impact climate races in the country by the Climate Cabinet Action Fund.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

September 16, 2020

TXDC.US: Dallas Fort-Worth-Based Federal PACs Dominate Texas’ 2019-2020 Campaign Cash

Texas-based federal Political Action Committee data shows that Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex PACs account for over half of federal candidate, leadership and party contributions when measured against the combined totals of Houston and Austin-San Antonio area PACs.

From TXDC.US

September 16, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Sues San Antonio ISD, Education Commissioner Over Democracy Prep Charter Takeover

The Texas State Teachers Association has sued San Antonio ISD and state Education Commissioner Mike Morath over the commissioner’s decision in 2018 allowing SAISD to turn over operations of Stewart Elementary School to Democracy Prep, a New York-based charter school chain.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 16, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Sues San Antonio ISD, Education Commissioner Over Democracy Prep Charter Takeover

Texas-based federal Political Action Committee data shows that Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex PACs account for over half of federal candidate, leadership and party contributions when measured against the combined totals of Houston and Austin-San Antonio area PACs. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) data compiled by the TXDC.US website covers the 2019-20 election cycle through six quarters from January 2019 through the second quarter 2020 FEC PAC reporting period that ended June 30th.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 16, 2020

TDP: The Politicians Of The Texas Supreme Court Have A Long History Of Issuing Partisan Rulings

Yesterday, the Texas Supreme Court disregarded black-letter law and reversed the lower court to allow Green Party candidates for United States Senate, Texas Railroad Commission, and U.S. House District 21 to reappear on November ballots, despite these candidates failing to pay the statutorily required filing fees

From Texas Democratic Party

September 16, 2020

Texas DPS: Troopers Hit Milestone In Child Rescues

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Troopers this week rescued their 500th child during traffic stops since the implementation of specialized training that began in 2009. Troopers receive the training as part of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.

From Texas DPS

September 16, 2020

Representative Ray Lopez: Recovering After Successful Precautionary Surgery

Today, September 15th, State Representative Ray Lopez of House District 125 underwent a successful coronary bypass procedure and is now recovering at University Hospital. The Representative went into the OR at 6:00 AM local time and was able to visit with his wife, Evelyn, just after noon.

From Representative Ray Lopez

September 16, 2020

True The Vote: Calls On Citizens To Help Protect The Ballots Of U.S. Military Serving Overseas

September 19, 2020 marks the 45-day requirement before a federal election for local election administrators across the U.S. to mail out absentee ballots to U.S. military and overseas voters. This federal requirement passed as part of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act in 2009, which amended the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) of 1986.

From True The Vote

September 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Chen Button Tries To Rewrite History On Medicaid Expansion

Six-term Texas House Member Angie Chen Button (R-Garland) recently told the Dallas Morning News she supports Medicaid expansion “with no strings attached.” Her House voting record, however, tells a different story.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

September 15, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Announces FEMA Funding For Critical Flood Mitigation Project In West Houston

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted the City of Houston $1.7 million for the first phase of the Subterranean Detention Basin and Storm Sewer Improvement project – part of a $54.3 million infrastructure project to undertake flood mitigation projects in West Houston.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

September 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Files Grievance Over Unsafe COVID-19 Policies, Practices In Killeen ISD

The Texas State Teachers Association today filed a grievance with Killeen ISD on behalf of its affiliate, the Killeen Educators Association, whose teacher and paraprofessional members have been forced to work in unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 15, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Area To Receive $10M In Third Round Of Coronavirus Recovery Grants

Several cities and counties in the Austin area were awarded a total of $10,387,004 in another round of federal grants to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 15, 2020

Representative Drew Darby: ACEC Texas Presents “Champion Of Infrastructure” Award To Representative Drew Darby For The 86th Legislative Session

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Texas is pleased to recognize Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) as an engineering industry champion with the Champion of Infrastructure Award.

From Representative Drew Darby

September 15, 2020

Representative Drew Darby: ACEC Texas Presents “Champion Of Infrastructure” Award To Representative Drew Darby For The 86th Legislative Session

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Texas is pleased to recognize Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) as an engineering industry champion with the Champion of Infrastructure Award.

From Representative Drew Darby

September 15, 2020

Texas Essential Healthcare Partnerships: Thanks Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, And AG Ken Paxton For Role In The Withdrawal Of MFAR

Texas Essential Health Partnerships (TEHP) applauds the efforts of Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton for their efforts in working with the Trump Administration on the withdraw the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulations (MFAR).

From Texas Essential Healthcare Partnerships

September 15, 2020

Representative Cecil Bell: Texas Central Gives Away Texas Property To The Japanese Government

Public documents show Texas Central has deeded property from Texas landowners to the Japanese Government through an offshore entity set up in the Cayman Islands. The impact of this is that the Japanese government required Texas Central to put up the land, already acquired along the affected route, as collateral for the sizeable loan owed to them.

From Representative Cecil Bell

September 15, 2020

Representative Ben Leman: Texas Central Deeds Texas Property To The Japanese Government

– Public documents show Texas Central has deeded property from Texas landowners to the Japanese Government through an offshore entity set up in the Cayman Islands. Based on a series of recently recorded real property transactions in counties along the affected route, it appears the Japanese government required Texas Central to put up the land as collateral for the sizeable loan owed to them. I

From Representative Ben Leman

September 15, 2020

Representative Ray Lopez: Undergoes Preventative Heart Procedure

Today State Representative Ray Lopez is undergoing a precautionary coronary bypass surgery to treat symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease, a condition that runs in the Representative’s family. Representative Lopez’s health indicators are extremely positive and he remains in high spirits.

From Representative Ray Lopez

September 14, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Hector P. Garcia Day – September 16, 2020

Wednesday commemorates the legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a Mexican-American civil rights leader who founded the American GI forum and fought for the rights of Hispanics in this country. In 2009, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa designated the third Wednesday in September as Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day through Senate Bill 495.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

September 14, 2020

TDP: ICYMI “My Son Was Not A Loser Or Sucker, He Volunteered To Serve Our Country”

Sorrow and anger are the words which best sum up Hilda Guardiola’s reaction to President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about our country’s military fallen heroes and veterans. In a viral video, the Texas mom defended her son U.S. Army Sergeant Michael Paul Berrera’s memory.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 14, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Members Report Hundreds Of Violations Of COVID Safety Guidelines In Schools

During the two weeks since many school districts began reopening campuses to students, members of the Texas State Teachers Association have reported hundreds of violations of COVID-19 safety guidelines, reinforcing TSTA’s concerns about the safety of school employees, students and their families.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 14, 2020

Janet Dudding Campaign: Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Endorses Janet Dudding For HD-14

The Janet Dudding Campaign for Texas House District 14 is excited to announce she has been endorsed by former Secretary of the Navy, Governor of Mississippi, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ray Mabus.

From Janet Dudding Campaign

September 10, 2020

Senator Angela Paxton: Signs “Back The Blue” Pledge

Demonstrating her strong support for law enforcement, Senator Angela Paxton proudly announces her decision to sign Governor Greg Abbott's "Back the Blue" pledge opposing any efforts to defund the police. "I Back the Blue," states Senator Paxton. "Not only is law enforcement a basic responsibility of government, but few professions require the level of 'skin in the game' that our officers and their families bring every single day.

From Senator Angela Paxton

September 10, 2020

Texas Office Of Public Utility Counsel: Encourages Residential Consumers To Arrange Payment Plans As PUCT Moratorium On Disconnects Set To Expire On October 1st

– As the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) winds down the COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program established on March 26, 2020, the Office of Public Utility Counsel is encouraging residential consumers that are enrolled in the program to contact their Retail Electric Provider before October 1, 2020 to arrange a payment plan or request a deferred payment plan to avoid potential disconnection of electricity service

From Texas Office Of Public Utility Counsel

September 10, 2020

TDP: Governor Abbott’s Weak Photo-Op Meant To Scare Suburbanites

“Nearly 14,000 Texans have died from COVID-19. 3.4 million Texans have filed for unemployment since March. The short term fix of $300 unemployment insurance expansion for Texans unemployed due to the pandemic, runs out today.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 10, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: HHSC Awards $45 Million For Community Mental Health Services

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is awarding $45 million in grant funds through the Community Mental Health Grant Program that supports mental health services and projects in Texas.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

September 10, 2020

Progress Texas: Abbott Parrots Trump: Texas Republicans Grasp Onto Scare Tactics Ahead Of 2020 Election

Ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on police funding today, Progress Texas releases the following statement. “There are as many cops on the street today as there were when this budget was passed, and Texas voters will not be swayed by scare tactics coming from Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

September 10, 2020

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: COVID-19’s Mental Health Toll Amplifies Importance Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year in America thousands of lives are tragically lost to suicide. This year, the mounting mental health toll of COVID-19 has intensified the need for awareness and the urgency for ensuring access to mental health care.

From Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

September 10, 2020

TDP: Statement On Abbott’s Upcoming Diversionary Press Conference

“Texans will always call a spade a spade when they see it. No political stunt by Greg Abbott will get Texans to forget the nearly 14,000 lives lost to COVID-19 on his watch and thousands of our loved ones fighting for their lives in hospital beds across our state. Abbott’s political stunt isn’t going to put the families out of work and facing eviction at ease.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 10, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Pledges Support For Law Enforcement

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) joined Governor Greg Abbott in signing the “Texas Backs the Blue Pledge” to oppose efforts to defund Texas police departments. Governor Abbott is calling on all Texans to sign the pledge against defunding police departments.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

September 10, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman, Sr.: Introduced Bo’s Law Sunday

During a news conference Sunday afternoon, State Representative Carl O. Sherman, Sr. (D-109) announced his plans to introduce Bo’s Law into the 87th Legislative Session. Representative Sherman is proposing legislation to cleanup ambiguous guidelines in the current castle doctrine and standardize body cam policy.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman, Sr.

September 10, 2020

Progress Texas: Ted Cruz Would Be A Terrible Supreme Court Justice

Progress Texas, creators of the 2018 campaign Humans Against Ted Cruz, releases the following statement on Trump’s suggestion that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz could be a potential Supreme Court nominee.

From Progress Texas

September 10, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Gov. Abbott’s Political ‘Pledge’ Misdirects From Real Issues At Hand

Gov. Abbott released a video asking all Texans and candidates for public office to pledge to oppose defunding police departments across the state. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) and Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Chair of the Legislative Study Group and the County Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement in response:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

September 9, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On President Trump’s Second Term SCOTUS List

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after President Trump put him on the list of potential Supreme Court nominees the president might choose from in a second term: “I am grateful for the president’s confidence in me and for his leadership in nominating principled constitutionalists to the federal bench over the last four years.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 9, 2020

Raise Your Hand Texas: SBOE Considers Eight New Charter School Operators

The State Board of Education this week is considering a proposal that would allow eight new charter school operators to open campuses in Texas — a move school advocates are concerned could have long-term detrimental impacts on both public school students and on the state budget.

From Raise Your Hand Texas

September 9, 2020

Texas Employers for Insurance Reform: TEIR Supports “Safe To Work Act” To Spur Economic Recovery

There is a real threat of lawsuits filed by people who contract COVID-19. If they believe they contracted the virus in a business, school or health care setting, nothing is stopping them from suing those institutions, even if those institutions took every step to prevent the transmission of the virus.

From Texas Employers for Insurance Reform

September 9, 2020

Texas Home School Coalition: Public School Withdrawals For August 400% Higher Than 2019

In August 2020, Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) saw a 400 percent increase over August 2019 in the number of families withdrawing from public school through THSC’s website to homeschool. This follows another record-setting month in July, which saw a 1,500 percent increase over 2019.

From Texas Home School Coalition

September 9, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Tony Gonzales: ‘I Am Running To Kill Bills, Not To Write Bills’

In a recent interview, TX-23 Republican nominee Tony Gonzales declared that he is “running to kill bills, not to write bills,” which explains why it’s been 483 days and counting since Gonzales started running for Congress without a health care plan that goes beyond “eliminating” the Affordable Care Act. Once again, Phony Tony is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of voters in South and West Texas by giving lip service to protecting patients with pre-existing conditions without explaining how he’d do so.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 9, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Launches First TV Ad Of General Election

Today, the Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released its first television ad of the general election titled "Tony's Story." “Tony Gonzales embodies the values and aspirations of the people of this District,” said Gonzales campaign spokesman Matt Mackowiak.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

September 9, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Advocates Call On Texas State Board Of Education To Address Sex Education, Climate Change In New Curriculum Standards

In back-to-back, marathon public hearings at the State Board of Education today, advocates are calling for new curriculum standards that provide comprehensive and inclusive information on sex education in health classrooms and reflect the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change in science classes.

From Texas Freedom Network

September 8, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor Overemphasizes Size Of Likely Pay Raises Under New Selective Teacher Program

Gov. Greg Abbott is overselling a new selective pay program for a handful of teachers at a time when all Texas teachers are finding their professional abilities challenged and thousands are risking their health to return to classrooms while the coronavirus remains an ever-present danger.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 8, 2020

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Letter to Commissioner Morath Regarding SDC Education Stakeholder Task Force Recommendations

To gain a better understanding of the myriad issues facing schools this fall, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus convened an education stakeholder task force comprised of local teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, child care providers and representatives from statewide organizations. Nearly 50 individuals and organizations shared their top concerns and their recommendations, which were further developed through subsequent virtual meetings of the task force.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

September 8, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Releases TV Ad, “Problem Solver”

Today, Genevieve Collins released her first TV ad of the general election, “Problem Solver.” The thirty second ad will air on Dallas broadcast and is the first installment in an initial $2.8 million TV buy by the Collins for Texas campaign.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

September 8, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: UT-Austin To Receive $800K Federal Grant To Study Effect Of Educational Gaps In Children

The University of Texas at Austin will receive a $801,438 federal grant to study brain changes related to learning loss in children, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced today. The funding comes through the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports research, innovation, and discovery to provide the foundation for economic growth in America.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 8, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: National Treasury Employees Union Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) has endorsed San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. The NTEU is the nation’s largest independent union of federal employees and represents over 150,000 workers across 33 departments and agencies, including more than 550 Texans in the 23rd District who work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the Farm Service Agency, and more.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 8, 2020

Holland & Knight LLP: State Representative Travis Clardy Joins Holland & Knight In Texas

Lawyer and State Representative Travis Clardy has joined Holland & Knight as of counsel in the firm's Austin office. Mr. Clardy is the current representative for Texas House District 11, representing Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Rusk counties.

From Holland & Knight LLP

September 4, 2020

Roger Williams Campaign: Williams Expands Lead In New CD 25 Poll

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced with 60 days left until November 3, 2020 that he has expanded his lead in a new Congressional District 25 poll. In a survey conducted by Remington Research Group running from September 1 through September 2, 2020, 810 likely 2020 General Election voters overwhelmingly supported the reelection of Congressman Roger Williams by a margin of 12 points.

From Roger Williams Campaign

September 4, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: New Polling Shows Democrats Poised To Capture The Texas House

New polling data from Data For Progress shows Texas Democrats in a strong position to capture control of the Texas House of Representatives in the November general election.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

September 4, 2020

Senator John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Following Hurricane Laura, Cornyn, Cruz Urge Senate To Pass Relief For Texas, Louisiana

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and John Kennedy (R-LA), today wrote Senate leadership requesting the U.S. Senate take up emergency supplemental appropriations to ensure a full recovery from Hurricane Laura’s destruction in Texas and Louisiana.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 4, 2020

Texas DPS: Releases Crime In Texas Report

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the 2019 Crime in Texas Report today. The report is a collaborative effort and the direct result of the more than 1,200 Texas sheriffs and chiefs of police who participate in the Uniform Crime Reporting program.

From Texas DPS

September 4, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Releases Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council Report

The Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council, co-chaired by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has filed its interim report, which makes recommendations to safeguard Texans' personally identifiable information.

From Senator Jane Nelson

September 4, 2020

Judith Zaffirini Campaign: Senator Zaffirini Kicks-Off Re-Election Campaign

Senator Judith Zaffirini kicked-off her re-election campaign by Zoom on September 1, stressing positive and optimistic messages of responsibility, hope and confidence in a better future.

From Judith Zaffirini Campaign

September 4, 2020

Representative Terry Meza: Workers Defense

In a salute to workers in celebration of Labor Day weekend, State Representative Terry Meza has released her Workers Defense Initiative. She supports the rights of the workers who drive the Texas economy, and continues to advocate on their behalf. Thanks to labor we have better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions.

From Representative Terry Meza

September 4, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Bombshell The Atlantic Allegations

Yesterday, the Atlantic published a bombshell story on how Trump views our veterans and active service members. The article alleges that Trump called soldiers who died in the line of duty “losers” and “suckers.”

From Texas Democratic Party

September 4, 2020

Scenic Texas, Inc.: Announces 5 New Board Members

Scenic Texas, the state’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the visual environment in our state’s largest public spaces, announced the election of new board members this week.

From Scenic Texas, Inc.

September 4, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Releases Third TV Ad: ‘Oath’

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones launched her third TV ad in the race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. In “Oath,” Jones explains how the oath to the Constitution she took in the Air Force and in the Executive Office of the President, along with her faith, have guided her life’s work and her commitment to protecting our country and our communities.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 3, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: THECB And Texas Higher Education Foundation Award $125,000 In Student Emergency Aid Grants To Texas Community Colleges

Today the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Higher Education Foundation announced the award of $125,000 in student emergency aid grants to five Texas community colleges. Thanks to funding by The Kresge Foundation, Houston Community College, Dallas Colleges, Alamo Colleges, Tarrant County Community College District, and El Paso Community College will each receive $25,000 to assist students who are facing hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, these institutions serve more than 250,000 students, with nearly 98,000 being Pell Grant recipients.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

September 3, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Sens. Cruz, Grassley, Colleagues Probe Extensive Criminal History Of Obama-Biden Era Dreamer Charged With Deaths Of Four Police Motorcycle Club Members

Led by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican senators are investigating how a Mexican national illegally in the country was never removed despite having a history of violent and illegal behavior that culminated in the deaths of four law enforcement motorcycle club members.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 3, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Community College District To Receive A $585K Federal Grant To Support Hispanic, Underrepresented Students

Austin Community College District will receive a $585,152 federal grant to serve its Hispanic and underrepresented student population through improving academic support in high-risk online courses, enriching learning in high-risk online courses, and providing targeted, intensive advising support to online students who are struggling, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 3, 2020

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC: Announces New State Lege Endorsements

— Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC is proud to announce its newest endorsed candidates for the Texas Legislature ahead of the November 2020 election. These 15 challengers and12 incumbents are running in the most competitive races in the state, make up the organization’s most diverse slate of endorsed candidates and include former Planned Parenthood patients, members of the LGBTQ+ community, civil rights champions, cancer survivors, veterans and educators.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC

September 3, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: San Antonio Express-News: Tony Gonzales Used ‘Faux Border Patrol Agent’ In ‘Unethical’ And Possibly Illegal’ TV Ads

Today, the San Antonio Express-News released a bombshell report on the “unethical and possibly illegal” use of a fake U.S. Border Patrol agent in Tony Gonzales’ television ads. The ads drew criticism from a bipartisan group of experts.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 3, 2020

TexPIRG: Top Economists Call On Governor Abbott To Start Over And Do It Right To Contain COVID-19

“Our nation’s economy will remain in crisis as long as the COVID-19 virus spreads unchecked,” according to an open letter economists from leading universities signed in response to the botched pandemic response across the United States. The letter, circulated by U.S. PIRG, calls on public officials to “Start Over and Do It Right” to contain COVID-19 this time.

From TexPIRG

September 3, 2020

Texas Clean Energy Coalition: Former State Rep. Dan Branch Named New TCEC Chairman

The Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) today named former state Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas as its new chairman. He becomes only the second chairman in TCEC’s nine-year history and brings decades of legislative and public policy experience to the position.

From Texas Clean Energy Coalition

September 3, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Accepts TV Debate, Launches WhereIsGina.com

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign today announced they have accepted a debate invitation offered by KSAT, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio whose viewing area continues south to Del Rio. The station has committed to airing the debate live in primetime, likely in late September.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

September 2, 2020

Texas Association of Business PAC: Releases List Of Legislative Endorsements For Pro-Business Candidates

Today, TXBIZ PAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, released an additional round of general election endorsements for the November election. TXBIZ PAC supports candidates and officeholders who are committed to improving the business environment in the state and will remain focused on the real issues impacting Texans.

From Texas Association of Business PAC

September 2, 2020

Equality Texas: Endorses Pro-Equality Texas House Candidates For The 2020 General Election

Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to securing full equality for LGBTQ Texans today endorsed more than a dozen pro-equality Texas House candidates for the November 2020 General Election.

From Equality Texas

September 2, 2020

Texas Equity PAC: Endorses Pro-Equality Texas House Candidates For The 2020 General Election

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 more than a dozen pro-equality Texas House candidates for the November 2020 General Election.

From Texas Equity PAC

September 2, 2020

Environment Texas: New Report Ranks Higher Ed On Renewable Energy

Environment Texas Research & Policy Center released a new report today that ranks small liberal arts colleges, large public universities and community colleges across the country in key energy sustainability metrics. The report shows that more than 40 colleges and universities currently obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, including Abilene Christian University, Southwestern University, and Austin College.

From Environment Texas

September 2, 2020

Common Cause Texas: TX SCOTUS Halts Harris County Plan To Mail Everyone A Vote By Mail Application

This morning the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay blocking Harris County's plan to send vote-by-mail applications to all registered voters while a legal challenge by the Harris County GOP and others proceeds.

From Common Cause Texas

September 2, 2020

Texas Employers for Insurance Reform: New Business Group Launched To Address Health Insurance Price And Availability

Texas Employers for Insurance Reform (TEIR) is a new coalition of businesses that will urge the legislature to take concrete action to lower the cost of health insurance. By doing that, more companies can afford to buy insurance for their employees and their families.

From Texas Employers for Insurance Reform

September 1, 2020

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds TxDOT’s Flood Mitigation Plan For I-10

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement applauding the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) announcement to replace 23 sections of concrete barrier along Interstate 10 in Orange and Chambers Counties. These updates will aid greatly in mitigating future flooding of the corridor.

From Representative Brian Babin

September 1, 2020

Texas Office of Court Administration: Jury Trials During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of Court Administration (OCA) released its report on Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic today as required by the Supreme Court of Texas’ Twenty-Second Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. The report contains observations from the 20 jury trials held in the state since March 2020, including details from the nation’s first virtual criminal jury trial.

From Texas Office of Court Administration

September 1, 2020

TDP: Announces Texas Voter Registration Week

Today, the Texas Democratic Party announced our “Texas Voter Registration Week,” starting August 31st, where Texas Democrats and the MJ for Senate campaign will reach out to 1 million unregistered Texans in the course of one week to help folks register to vote in the 2020 election.

From Texas Democratic Party

September 1, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Partners With Beto O’Rourke Volunteer Group To Expand Voter Outreach

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee will partner with Powered By People, a grassroots voter mobilization organization led by former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, to reach out to voters in targeted State House Districts.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

September 1, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement Marking One Year Since The Midland-Odessa Shooting

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today issued a statement marking one year since the shooting in Midland-Odessa that killed eight people, including the shooter, and injured 25 others: “On August 31st last year, a deranged man committed an act of unspeakable evil that shook West Texas and left the nation weeping for the third time that month, after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 28, 2020

TDP: Trump And The GOP Diverted Crucial FEMA Funds To Build A Stupid Wall That Nobody Wants

Texas largely dodged a bullet as Hurricane Laura unleashed its wrath on Louisiana and other southern states. However, as Texas and the rest of the country brace for an active hurricane season, fewer resources will be available to residents in need as the Trump Administration decided to divert $155 million from FEMA, to pay for his massively-expensive border wall that he promised Mexico would pay for.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 28, 2020

Intercultural Development Research Association: Launches Texas Education Policy Fellows Of Color Program

IDRA’s new Education Policy Fellows of Color Program kicks off with the naming of its first fellow, Araceli García. Through the program, IDRA seeks to change the landscape of state education advocacy by training advocates of color to influence state laws and lead a powerful network of impacted communities.

From Intercultural Development Research Association

August 28, 2020

Akilah Bacy Campaign: New Polling: Akilah Bacy Leads Lacey Hull In Hotly Contested Texas HD-138 Race

A recent survey conducted in Texas’s 138th State House District finds Democrat Akilah Bacy leading Republican Lacey Hull, 48 – 42 percent. Democrats lost the seat by a mere 47 votes in the 2018 election cycle and is now a top pick-up opportunity to flip from red to blue.

From Akilah Bacy Campaign

August 28, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Secretary Of State Tells Clerk Hollins To Halt Plans To Mail Absentee Ballot Apps To 2+ Million Voters

Keith Ingram, Director of Elections with the Texas Secretary of State’s office, has sent a letter to Harris County Clerk Hollins (D-Harris County) asking for “an immediate halt to any plan to send an application for ballot by mail to all registered voters and announce its retraction.” There are roughly 2.37 million registered voters in Harris County.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 28, 2020

Representative Brian Babin: Meets With Governor Abbott On Hurricane Laura Response Efforts

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement after meeting with Governor Greg Abbott and other elected officials to discuss Hurricane Laura response efforts and more:

From Representative Brian Babin

August 28, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: $2.5 Billion Tabbed For Permian Basin Roads

The Texas Transportation Commissioners, led by Chairman Bruce Bugg, voted unanimously Thursday to approve $2.5 billion in funding for transportation projects in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Odessa district over the next decade. State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) was in Austin to advocate for the plan.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

August 28, 2020

TDP: Statement On Donald Trump’s Upcoming RNC Speech

Tonight, Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his speech to the Republican National Convention, capping off four straight days of lies, fear-mongering, and the reality of a dark, divisive America where solutions for Texans are not met.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 28, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Announces Funding For New TxDOT Projects In Pharr District

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $135.7 million in new authorization for construction projects in Hidalgo County as well as $23.1 million in funding adjustments for previously approved projects.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

August 27, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texas Transportation Commission Approves 2020 UTP

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (Commission) met and took action on items that benefit Nueces and Jim Wells Counties. The projects are included in the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) 2021 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) adopted unanimously by the Commission earlier today.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

August 27, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Responds To Proposed State Budget Cuts Negatively Low-Income And Vulnerable Texas Families

State Senator José Menéndez issues statement in response to the $1 billion state budget cuts amid COVID-19 pandemic, and without formal input from state Legislature.

From Senator Jose Menendez

August 27, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Prepared For Hurricane Laura Response

The Railroad Commission is monitoring the impact of Hurricane Laura in Texas and is ready to respond to any emergencies caused by the hurricane. Inspectors are ready to respond to reports of leaks or spills or other issues in oil and gas operations, pipelines, natural gas utilities, liquified petroleum gas (LP-gas), and coal and uranium surface mining operations.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

August 27, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: 470 Days Of Empty Promises On Health Care From Tony Gonzales… And Counting

It’s been 470 days since Tony Gonzales started running for Congress (albeit in Texas’ 35th Congressional District), yet he still doesn’t have a health care plan that goes beyond “eliminating” the Affordable Care Act, which would strip away health care from nearly 2 million Texans and end protections for those with pre-existing conditions, including more than 300,000 Texans in the 23rd District.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 27, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texas Parks And Wildlife Commission Awards Local Park Grants For The Cities Of Edinburg And Palmview

Today, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved Local Parks Grants for the City of Edinburg's Chapin Road Hike-and-Bike Trail and the City of Palmview's Nature Park. Funding for this grant program comes from a portion of the state sales tax attributable to sporting goods and from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Assistance Program.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

August 27, 2020

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: TxLBC Lawmakers From The Central Texas Region To Participate In Education-Focused Virtual Town Hall

In an effort to provide clarity, ask questions and receive answers about the reopening of schools in Texas, the Central Texas delegation of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus will host a virtual town, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

August 27, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: UPDATED Harris County Dramatically Accelerates It’s Wasteful Spending Of Money In The 2020 Election

With the announcement by Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins (D-Harris County) that Harris County will be sending absentee ballot by mail applications to all 2.37 million registered voters, regardless of their eligibility to vote by mail or if they have requested one, the administration of the 2020 election will be the most expensive in Harris County's history.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 27, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Launches Open Educational Resources Repository

On Sept. 1 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will launch OERTX, the state’s digital repository of open educational resources (OER) for Texas students and educational institutions. OERTX is provided through a partnership between the Coordinating Board and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and is made possible by an appropriation from the Texas Legislature.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

August 27, 2020

Akilah Bacy Campaign: Republican Lawmaker Dwayne Bohac Claims African-American Candidate Akilah Bacy Doesn’t Belong In Northwest Houston

Late Wednesday night, current Texas House District 138 State Representative, Dwayne Bohac (R), went on an unprovoked Twitter frenzy against Akilah Bacy, political newcomer and Democratic nominee for the now open seat in northwest Houston.

From Akilah Bacy Campaign

August 26, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Harris County Dramatically Accelerates It’s Wasteful Spending Of Money In The 2020 Election

With the announcement by Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins (D-Harris County) that Harris County will be sending absentee ballot by mail applications to all 2.37 million registered voters, regardless of their eligibility to vote by mail, the administration of the 2020 election will be the most expensive in Harris County's history.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 26, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Hurricane Laura And Preparedness Resources

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today urged Texans in the path of Hurricane Laura to heed hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge warnings from local officials.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 26, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Will Not Attend President Trump’s Acceptance Speech

Because of the impending threat of Hurricane Laura, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will not be attending the Republican National Convention in Washington this evening and tomorrow as planned:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

August 26, 2020

Todd Hunter Campaign: Oyster Mariculture Program Launches In Texas

The State of Texas this month launched the oyster mariculture industry as directed by legislation authored by State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, providing an opportunity for significant economic activity along the Coastal Bend and across the state.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

August 26, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Statement On Homophobic Attacks

Today, the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign issued the following statements on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s attempts to peddle homophobic attacks and Tony Gonzales’ own past homophobic rhetoric:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 26, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Calls For Minimum Of Three Televised General Election Debates, All Before Early Voting Begins

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign today called for a minimum of three general election debates, and a maximum of five, held in three different geographic regions, all completed before early voting begins on October 13, so voters can hear directly from the candidates.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

August 25, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Presses Pentagon For Answers On Missing Fort Hood Soldiers

Following the recent disappearance of multiple Fort Hood soldiers, including most recently Sgt. Elder Fernandes, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy urging continued action to investigate those disappearances and protect U.S. servicemembers serving at Fort Hood.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 25, 2020

Representative Jessica Gonzalez: To Host Free COVID-19 Testing And PPE Distribution On August 29th For Frontline Workers

State Representative Jessica González will host a free COVID-19 testing site and PPE distribution in House District 104 aimed for frontline construction workers and their families. Testing will occur at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Saturday, August 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until testing capacity is reached.

From Representative Jessica Gonzalez

August 25, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Marks Third Year Since Hurricane Harvey’s Landfall

In the three years since Hurricane Harvey’s devastating landfall, the Texas gulf communities have made tremendous strides on the road to recovery. Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recognized the progress that has been made and the work that remains to ensure Texans are equipped with the resources to protect against future storms:

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 25, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Drew Springer For Special Election In SD 30

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Rep. Drew Springer in the Special Election for Senate District 30, which covers Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise and Young counties, as well as part of Collin and Denton counties.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

August 25, 2020

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Applaud President Trump’s Emergency Declaration Approval For Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) yesterday sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump thanking him for his approval of Governor Greg Abbott’s request for an emergency declaration and warning Texans to be prepared ahead of tropical storms Marco and Laura threatening the Texas Gulf Coast.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 25, 2020

Jim Wright Campaign: Ken Hance To Serve As Finance Chair Of Wright For Texas Campaign

Former Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance has agreed to serve as Finance Chairman for the Wright for Texas Campaign. Jim Wright, a rancher and owner of four environmental services company, is the Republican nominee for Texas Railroad Commission in the November 2020 election. Hance, a native of Dimmitt in the Texas Panhandle, is a partner at Hance Scarborough, LLP, a highly successful law firm based in Austin.

From Jim Wright Campaign

August 24, 2020

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: White House Grants Abbott’s Emergency Declaration Request Ahead Of Storms

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter today to President Donald Trump thanking him for his approval of Governor Abbott’s request for an emergency declaration and warning Texans to be prepared ahead of two tropical storms threatening the Texas Gulf Coast, Marco and Laura.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 24, 2020

TDP: Here’s What To Expect From The Trump Chaos Convention

Today, the Republican National Convention is set to start, with virtually no Texas presence, and on the backdrop of five out of the last seven non-partisan polls showing Joe Biden ahead in the Lone Star State.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 24, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: LWV And Texas Secretary Of State Celebrate Women’s Equality Day 100 Year Anniversary Of Passage Of 19th Amendment

Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs and Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWV), today commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment became law on August 26, 1920. Women's Equality Day is celebrated annually on August 26th in recognition of the efforts of those who fought and sacrificed to make its passage a reality.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

August 24, 2020

Philanthropy Advocates: TEGAC Is Now Philanthropy Advocates

Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium (TEGAC) today announced its new name, Philanthropy Advocates, a collaboration with Educate Texas. TEGAC’s name change better reflects its core mission, engaging philanthropy to advocate on behalf of 7 million pre-K-12 and higher education students across Texas.

From Philanthropy Advocates

August 21, 2020

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Urge USDA To Issue Disaster Designation For Texas Counties Impacted By Hurricane Hanna

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the department to issue a disaster designation for counties in Texas that have demonstrated significant production loss as a result of Hurricane Hanna.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 21, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Supreme Court Stays TRO Against General Land Office, Allowing Them To Resume Accepting Harvey Relief Applications Within The City Limits Of Houston So Help Is On The Way At Last

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), staying a Third Court of Appeals decision, TRO, to stop GLO from initiating the process to take back Harvey recovery funds from the City of Houston and blocked GLO from accepting any new applicants.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 21, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Cites Trump’s Vision And Confidence In Speech To Council For National Policy

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke to the Council on National Policy yesterday prior to President Donald J. Trump’s speech to the organization this morning. The Lt. Governor issued this statement following the President’s speech:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

August 21, 2020

Texas Campaign For The Environment: Corpus Christi Ship Channel Barge Strikes And Ruptures Gas Pipeline At Epic Products Facility Causing Explosion And Massive Fire That Spread To Nearby Grain Elevator Facility

A barge this morning struck and ruptured a gas pipeline at the Epic Products facility in the Corpus Christi ship channel and spread to a nearby grain elevator. The barge was completely engulfed in gas flames coming from under the water.

From Texas Campaign For The Environment

August 21, 2020

TDP: NYT- Texas Republicans Lift Campaign Slogan Straight From The Extremist Conspiracy Theory Known As QAnon

Last night, in a breaking, bombshell report, the New York Times uncovered that the Texas Republican Party lifted their campaign slogan straight from a far-right internet conspiracy theory that the FBI has deemed a potential domestic terrorist threat.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 21, 2020

Texas Medical Board: TMB President Zaafran Provides COVID-19 Update At August Board Meeting

Texas Medical Board President Dr. Sherif Z. Zaafran, M.D., provided an update on the Board's ongoing COVID-19 response at today's August board meeting. President Zaafran outlined ongoing agency efforts, reiterating the Board's commitment in carrying out its vital mission of protecting the public health during the pandemic.

From Texas Medical Board

August 21, 2020

Texas Wineries PAC and Texas Craft Spirits PAC: It’s Time To Save Texas Wineries And Distilleries

Texas wineries and distilleries are facing a crisis. As Texas continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, tasting rooms at hundreds of wineries and distilleries remain closed, limiting consumer access, negatively affecting sales, impacting jobs, and reducing much-needed tax revenue for local and state governments.

From Texas Wineries PAC

August 21, 2020

Environment Texas: Statement: Corpus Christi Pipeline And Fire

-- A massive fire and explosion broke out this morning along refinery row in Corpus Christi, Texas. This fire follows fires at a Poly-America plastic manufacturing plant in Dallas and Pasadena Refining Systems near Houston earlier this week. Officials say a barge hit the pipeline, causing the explosion and fire.

From Environment Texas

August 21, 2020

TexPIRG: Health Professionals Tell Governor Abbott It’s Time To Shut Down, Start Over And Do It Right

TexPIRG is calling on Governor Greg Abbott to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it continues to rage throughout the state.

From TexPIRG

August 21, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Allen ISD School Board Trustees Endorse And Support State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by five Allen ISD School Board Trustees: Louise Master, Sarah Mitchell, Vatsa Ramanathan, David Noll and Kevin Cameron.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

August 21, 2020

Progress Texas: Republicans Are Scare Of The Ballot Box: Gov. Abbott & Texas Supreme Court Justice Green Are Gaming The System

Today is the deadline Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green would need to retire by to trigger a special election in which Texans would have the opportunity to vote for his replacement. But if Green follows through with his plan to retire on Aug. 31st, Gov. Greg Abbott will instead choose his successor, and that person will serve until 2022.

From Progress Texas

August 21, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Digital Divide In Texas Is Wide But Can Be Corrected, TSTA Study Confirms

Overall digital access for Texas students is worse than in the country as a whole, but the biggest victims are low-income, rural and minority students, a study commissioned by the Texas State Teachers Association found.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 21, 2020

Central Texas Interfaith: Statewide Coalition Calls On State Of Texas To Allow Schools To Reopen Responsibility

Leaders from the statewide Network of Texas IAF Organizations will call on state leaders to support reopening schools responsibly. Local school districts should be allowed control, without facing penalties from Austin.

From Central Texas Interfaith

August 21, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: New Trump COVID Guidelines For Teachers Are Dangerous

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: New Trump administration guidance that teachers can be sent into classrooms after being exposed to COVID-19 and without a quarantine period is dangerous to students, educators and their families.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 21, 2020

Representatives Jessica Gonzalez and Chris Turner: Thank First Responders, Raise Questions On Air Quality Concerns Following Poly-America Fire

In the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, an industrial fire at Grand Prairie’s Poly-America facility ignited, spreading toxic smoke for several hours. Several fire departments, including Grand Prairie, Dallas, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Irving, were deployed to the scene in order to contain the fire.

From Representative Chris Turner

August 20, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Comments On Opening Of Eddie Bernice Johnson Elem. School

A new elementary school will open in District 109 this fall in the city of Wilmer. “I look forward to the opening of the new Eddie Bernice Johnson Elementary School in Wilmer for the fall 2020/2021 school year,” said Representative Sherman. “Dallas ISD took on the schooling of Wilmer students some time ago and this added school shows their commitment to education.

From Representative Carl Sherman

August 20, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: HHSC To Post COVID-19 Data For Child Care Operations

As of Thursday, Aug. 20, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will post to its website data reflecting COVID-19 cases in children and employees at licensed child care centers, school-age programs, and before or after-school programs.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

August 20, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Continued Efforts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear oral arguments in the case California v. Texas one week after Election Day.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 20, 2020

TDP: Flawed Metrics Continue To Threaten The Lives Of Texans As The VOCID-19 Pandemic Drags On

Today, the Houston Chronicle reported that Abbott’s system for measuring outbreaks of the coronavirus are flawed and unreliable. Most importantly, the state’s “positivity rate” -- the rate used to determine reopenings -- has been an ongoing miscalculation, throwing the entire system into doubt.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 20, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Rising Launches Expansive Campaign To Super-Charge Voter Turnout Among Texans Under The Age Of 30 For November Election

Two years after a historic surge in turnout among young voters and in the midst of a national health and economic crisis, Texas Rising has launched an expansive campaign to super-charge turnout among the state’s progressive voters under the age of 30 in the November general election

From Texas Freedom Network

August 20, 2020

Texas Medical Association: TMA To Air Pro-Vaccine Ads During Political Conventions

“Vaccines defend what matters – our health, jobs, families.” A new Texas Medical Association (TMA) ad campaign featuring that message will air during the Democratic and Republican conventions to remind Texans of the many ways vaccinations protect us.

From Texas Medical Association

August 20, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Expanding Paid Leave

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, hosted a virtual town hall on expanding access to paid sick and family leave. In Texas, 45% of private sector workers do not have access to paid sick leave, and an even higher 62% of Texas workers do not have access to unpaid family leave.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 20, 2020

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Allred Literally Votes With Pelosi 100% Of The Time

As Nancy Pelosi prepares to espouse her radical, California agenda in a speech to the DNC this evening, Genevieve Collins is calling on Colin Allred to explain how he could call himself a bipartisan moderate yet vote with the Speaker of his own party 100% of the time.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

August 19, 2020

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Massive Poly America Plastics Fire Threatens Health Of North Texas Residents As Officials Warn To Avoid Breathing Toxic Fumes

A massive fire at the Poly America plastics plant in Grand Prairie, Texas is continuing to burn and is expected to continue burning for several days as firefighters struggle to put it out. Officials have urged residents to stay indoors and to avoid breathing the toxic fumes.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

August 19, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Commissioner Is Wrong To Approve New Charters During Unprecedented Financial Emergency For Public Schools

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: At a time when public schools face unprecedented financial challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and state agencies are being asked to cut spending, Education Commissioner Mike Morath has approved eight new charter school applications for Texas.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 19, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Announces $1.8 Million FEMA Grant For Texas Department Of Public Safety

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today announced a $1,823,862 award for the Texas Department of Public Safety from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding is intended to be used for the distribution of test kits, deployment of personnel to complete various tasks, and testing coordination statewide.

From Representative Roger Williams

August 19, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Challenges Trump Census Order

The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Texas, California, and Florida, filed an amicus brief in New York Immigrant Coalition v. Trump, a case which challenges President Trump’s executive order to block undocumented individuals from being counted in the U.S. Census.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

August 19, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Collin County Judge & Commissioners Unanimously Endorse State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

— Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by Collin County Judge Chris Hill and the entire Collin County Commissioners Court: Susan Fletcher, Duncan Webb, Cheryl Williams and Darrell Hale.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

August 19, 2020

Insurance Council of Texas: Are Texans Ready For Another Harvey?

As the three year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, ICT reminds Texans that preparation today is critical to a safer tomorrow. To help prepare our neighbors, ICT and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) are working together to share information and learnings; we’re bringing SAFETY, EDUCATIONAL TIPS, and KEY LEARNINGS from Harvey to consumers along the coast.

From Insurance Council of Texas

August 19, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Calls On Reyes To End Futile Recount

Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign spokesman Matt Mackowiak released a statement calling on Raul Reyes to face reality and end his costly recount effort, which is only helping Democrat Gina Jones: “After more than a week of recounting the primary run-off election, it’s now time to say enough is enough.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

August 18, 2020

Senator Peter P. Flores: Statement Supporting Law Enforcement And Public Safety

Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen today held a press conference in Fort Worth where they announced a legislative proposal to discourage the defunding of law enforcement in Texas. Senator Peter P. Flores issued the following statement in support:

From Senator Peter P. Flores

August 18, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Urges Air Force Secretary To Select Texas City As Host For U.S. Space Command Headquarters

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force advocating for the cities of Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio to be selected to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters (USSPACECOM HQ) after the Air Force announced that these Texas cities would continue to the evaluation phase of the selection process.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 18, 2020

Representative Terry Canales: Calls For Comprehensive State Audit Of IDEA Public Schools

In a letter addressed to Commissioner Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas First Assistant State Auditor Lisa Collier, State Representative Terry Canales calls for a comprehensive and multi-agency audit of the IDEA Public Schools (IDEA) after recent disclosures of lavish expenditures for its executives.

From Representative Terry Canales

August 18, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Legislators Urge Governor Abbott To Create Statewide Census Complete County Committee

In past years, Texas has suffered the tangible consequences of a population undercount in the decennial census. For the 2020 Census, the risks of an undercount are even greater due to the projected deficit in the state budget and recent policy changes that will end the official count efforts thirty days sooner.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 18, 2020

TDP: Statement On Governor Abbott’s Diversionary Press Conference

Today, amidst Texas reaching 10,000 preventable deaths, failed Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott attempted to hold a distractionary press conference with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and disgraced Republican Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 18, 2020

Texas DPS: Announces Three Texas Ranger Promotions

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the promotion of three Texas Rangers to the rank of captain, including the first two female Ranger captains in DPS history and the first-known Ranger in modern history to hold a doctorate degree.

From Texas DPS

August 18, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Voters Want Police Reform, Support Reallocating Funding & Other Services

Ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on “police funding” today, Progress Texas releases the following statement and facts about police violence in Texas. “An overwhelming majority of Texas voters agree that police brutality is a problem, and a majority believe that funding should be reallocated to support mental health, homelessness, and emergency medical services,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

August 18, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Protecting The United States Postal Service

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District responded to new reports of “monthslong delays” and the “removal of letter-sorting machines in San Antonio” due to cuts to the United States Postal Service:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 18, 2020

Todd Hunter Campaign: Rep. Hunter To Host Symposium On Human Trafficking

“It’s important that we continue to spread awareness of this horrible crime,” Rep. Hunter said. “This is an opportunity for members of our community to learn more about what human trafficking is, how we identify it, and ways that all of us can help stop it.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

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