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April 25, 2018

Representative Nicole Collier: To Present Film and Panel Discussion on the Rise of Human Trafficking in Fort Worth

From 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 28, at the Tarrant County College-Trinity River campus, in the Energy Auditorium, on the 4th floor, state Representative Nicole Collier, HD 95, will present the film "Be The One In The Fight Against Human Trafficking." The public is invited to attend.

From Representative Nicole Collier

April 25, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Congratulates Kyle Duncan on His Confirmation to the 5th Circuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today congratulated former Texas Assistant Solicitor General Kyle Duncan on his confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. During his several years with the attorney general’s office, Duncan represented Texas in numerous appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 25, 2018

Representative Helen Giddings: Statement on the Shooting at a Local Home Depot

Rep. Helen Giddings released the following statement on the shooting of Dallas Police Officers Rogelio Santander and Crystal Almeida, as well as, Home Depot employee Scott Painter. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of fallen Officer Rogelio Santander, who has passed away after being shot at a local Home Depot. He was killed serving his community.

From Representative Helen Giddings

April 25, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Awards 2018-2019 Grow Your Own Grants

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that 25 school districts, universities and education service centers have been awarded a Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2018-2019 Grow Your Own grant.

From Texas Education Agency

April 25, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Ranked 5th Most Bipartisan Member in Congress

Yesterday, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School announced the 2017 Bipartisan Index Rankings for members of Congress. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) ranked 5th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 25, 2018

Representative Ron Reynolds: Blue Ridge Landfill Update

From Representative Ron Reynolds

April 25, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Announces Funding for USDA Rural Development Programs to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Defense, announced funding available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the opioid crisis in communities through telemedicine and innovative community facilities.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 25, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Passing of Dallas Police Officer

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement on the death of a Dallas police officer injured in the shooting yesterday: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of the courageous Dallas PD officer, Rogelio Santander, who died today as a result of yesterday’s shooting.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 25, 2018

Texans for Toll-free Highways: Conservative grassroots leaders say, "Highway-funding shortfall problem is TxDOT's own making"

A Texas-sized highway-funding problem is heating up, and three grassroots groups who lead a statewide coalition of anti-toll road activists who support the "no more toll roads - no more debt" policies of Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick are fighting well-funded, toll-loving special interests.

From Texans for Toll-free Highways

April 24, 2018

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid: Champions of Justice Gala to Benefit Legal Services for Texas Veterans

The Texas Access to Justice Commission will host the Champions of Justice Gala Benefiting Veterans at 6:00 p.m. at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin. The gala raises funds for the provision of civil legal aid for low-income Texas veterans.

From Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

April 24, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Christian Column "The science on climate change is not settled"

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian released an editorial challenging the notion that the "science is settled" on climate change. "Because of oil and gas, our lives are no longer defined by extreme hunger, cold or hardship," Commissioner Christian notes.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 24, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: AG Paxton's Office, U.S. Department of Justice Defend Texas' Redistricting Maps at the U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller and a top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after they presented powerful oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Texas’ redistricting maps.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 24, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Following Supreme Court Arguments in Texas Redistricting Case, MALC Leaders, Attorneys, and Members Offer Reaction

Following oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Perez v. Abbott – a Texas redistricting case to determine whether state house maps and congressional maps intentionally discriminated against Texas minority voters – leaders, attorneys, and members from plaintiff organization Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) reacted to the arguments and implications:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 24, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Oral Arguments Finished In Texas Redistricting Case

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Texas Congressional and State House redistricting cases. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit on behalf of Travis County voters. He also serves as Policy Chair for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, a co-plaintiff in the litigation.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 24, 2018

Representative Joe Moody: House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence to Hold Hearing in El Paso

On Thursday, April 26th, Chairman Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a public hearing in the council chambers of El Paso City Hall (located at 300 N. Campbell on the second floor) beginning at 10:00 a.m.

From Representative Joe Moody

April 24, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Statement on Hospitalization of Former President George H.W. Bush

Today, U.S. Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement regarding the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush. “Former WWII Navy fighter pilot George H.W. Bush has been admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital. President H.W. Bush is a tenacious individual, who is loved and adored by Houstonians.

From Representative Ted Poe

April 24, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Completes Work on Comprehensive Strategic Action Plan for Special Education

Following an extensive statewide outreach effort that included more than 100 meetings statewide, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted a final strategic action plan for special education.

From Texas Education Agency

April 24, 2018

Common Cause Texas: TX Redistricting: Time to move to an Independent Commission

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing Abbott v. Perez - the Texas redistricting litigation that began in 2011. "The odds are pretty good that we'll just keep doing these endless cycles of litigation for years to come if we keep this system in place where the people drawing the district lines are the same people who will be running in those districts," said Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas.

From Common Cause Texas

April 24, 2018

TXBIZ FEDPAC: Releases List of Endorsements for Texas' Congressional Contenders

Today, TXBIZ FEDPAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business on federal issues, released its list of endorsements for Texas’ congressional districts for the May runoff. The TXBIZ FEDPAC stands behind candidates who will best represent Texas’ interests in Washington, D.C. and fuel the state’s economic growth.

From TXBIZ FEDPAC

April 24, 2018

TXBIZ PAC: Continues Endorsement Announcements for Legislative Candidates for May Runoff

TXBIZ PAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, released a round of legislative endorsements for the upcoming runoffs.

From TXBIZ PAC

April 24, 2018

Texas Performing Arts: Presents A Conversation With President Bill Clinton

Texas Performing Arts announces President Bill Clinton in a wide-ranging conversation as he discusses his forthcoming novel, The President is Missing, June 10 at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10am.

From Texas Performing Arts

April 24, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Lizzie Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District, Releases First TV Ad of the Runoff Election

Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher released her first television commercial of the runoff election highlighting her commitment to protecting Houston families. The ad, “Ready,” focuses on her decades- long advocacy in Houston and record of success as a lawyer: standing up for Planned Parenthood and reproductive healthcare, and fighting for men and women facing unfair treatment at work, immigrants, and small businesses in the courtroom.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

April 24, 2018

Mariana Salazar Campaign: Mariana Salazar Announces Her Candidacy For Austin City Council District 1

Mariana Salazar announced she will be running for Austin City Council District 1 in the upcoming November 6th election. Her campaign website is ?www.mariana-salazar.com?. She has served Austin for the past 10 years creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income families.

From Mariana Salazar Campaign

April 23, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Ahead of Tuesday's Supreme Court Arguments in Texas Redistricting Case, Rep. Castro Joins MALC and Attorneys to Preview Arguments and Implications

Ahead of tomorrow’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Perez v. Abbott – a Texas redistricting case to determine whether state house maps and congressional maps intentionally discriminated against Texas minority voters – leaders from plaintiffs organizations the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), MALDEF, and NAACP, joined with attorneys involved in the case and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) on a press call this afternoon to preview tomorrow’s arguments and the larger history of the case and its potential implications.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

April 23, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Announces Endorsement of Former Texas-07 Democratic Candidate Michael Skelly

TX-07 Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced the endorsement today from renewable energy executive Michael Skelly. “Michael Skelly has been on the front lines of Houston innovation for years,” Fletcher said. “His commitment to infrastructure, renewable energy, and the future of our city is a model for our community. I’m honored to earn his support.”

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

April 23, 2018

Representative Jim Murphy: Submits Public Comments to the State of Texas Plan for Harvey Disaster Recovery

State Representative Jim Murphy has submitted his comments to Commissioner George P. Bush of the Texas General Land Office relating to the State of Texas Plan for Harvey Disaster Recovery. The plan details the distribution and eligible uses of the $5.024 billion in federal Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to assist Texas communities with long-term recovery following Hurricane Harvey.

From Representative Jim Murphy

April 23, 2018

Representative Eric Johnson: Judge Dismisses Dallas County Republican Party's Frivolous Lawsuit To Remove Dallas County Democrats From Ballot

Judge Eric Moyé of the 14th Civil District Court has dismissed the Dallas County Republican Party’s frivolous lawsuit to remove over eighty Democratic candidates, most of whom are minorities, from the 2018 general election ballot in Dallas County.

From Representative Eric Johnson

April 23, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: State Rep. Rodriguez, A Lead Plaintiff in TX Redistricting Case, To Attend SCOTUS Hearing Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Texas Congressional and State House redistricting cases. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit on behalf of Travis County voters. He also serves as Policy Chair for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, a co-plaintiff in the litigation.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 23, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: New Survey Shows How Deeply Texas Shortchanges Students, Educators

Per-student funding in Texas is $2,300 less than the national average, and teacher pay has dropped to $7,316 below the national average, the Texas State Teachers Association reported today, citing research by its national affiliate, the National Education Association.

From Texas State Teachers Association

April 13, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Hosts Successful Internship and Job Fair

Senator Borris L. Miles hosted a successful Internship and Job Fair for high school students with Fort Bend Independent School District (Fort Bend ISD) and Stafford Municipal School District (Stafford MSD). The fair was held at the Houston Community College (HCC) - Missouri City Campus.

From Senator Borris Miles

April 13, 2018

Texas Education Agency: SBOE Releases Survey Results

Texans believe the top two desired outcomes for public schools are to teach communications, problem-solving, critical thinking and other employability skills and to prepare students to be productive citizens, according to results of a survey conducted on behalf of the State Board of Education.

From Texas Education Agency

April 13, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Applauds 2018 Farm Bill

The president of Texas' largest farm organization said today the House Agriculture Committee's 2018 Farm Bill, also known as HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, addresses concerns important to agriculture.

From Texas Farm Bureau:

April 13, 2018

Texas Education Agency: SBOE Approves Ethnic Studies Course

The State Board of Education today voted to take steps to approve Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for an ethnic studies course focused on Americans of Mexican descent and to use a course originated by the Houston Independent School District as the basis for the standards.

From Texas Education Agency

April 13, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Flawed Farm Bill in Congress Won't Help Feed Texas Families

This week Congressional leaders released a flawed Farm Bill proposal that would make it harder for struggling families to feed themselves. Among the worst things in the Farm Bill for Texans are the proposed attacks on food assistance for struggling families.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

April 13, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Announces Endorsements from Houston Latino Leaders Harris County Tejano Democrats, Texas State Representative Armando Walle, and Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos

TX-07 Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced endorsements today from the Harris County Tejano Democrats, Texas State Representative Armando Walle (HD-140), and Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos (District I).

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

April 13, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn, Manchin, Tillis, Harris Introduce Bill to Improve GEAR UP College Success Program

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Joe Manchin (D-VA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the GEAR UP for Success Act, legislation to improve the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP), a federal grant program that seeks to increase college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and underrepresented students.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 13, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Champions Educational Opportunities through GEAR UP Reauthorization

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared for college and their careers by providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring and scholarships for middle school and high school students.

From Representative Will Hurd

April 13, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Issues Interim Charge on Grid Reliability

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement today after issuing an interim charge to the Senate Business and Commerce Committee to examine the 2018 electric reliability forecasts announced by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 13, 2018

Medical Cannabis Association of Texas: Texas Moving to Ban Sale of all CBD Products

The Medical Cannabis Association of Texas (MCAT) is urging the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) not to take action on their proposal to ban the sale of all CBD oil products sold in the state of Texas without direction from the Texas Legislature.

From Medical Cannabis Association of Texas

April 12, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Backpage.com Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that his office’s prosecution of Backpage.com has resulted in the company pleading guilty to human trafficking in Texas and its CEO Carl Ferrer pleading guilty to money laundering. This comes less than a week after the attorney general’s office assisted the Department of Justice with permanently shutting down the website.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 12, 2018

Headliners Foundation of Texas: 13 Students at Texas Universities Win Annual Scholarship Competition

The Headliners Foundation of Texas today announced winners of more than $70,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. The awards go to 13 undergraduate students at schools throughout the state showing outstanding potential in journalism.

From Headliners Foundation of Texas

April 12, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Partners with Student Groups for School Safety Forum

Senator José Rodríguez and the Senate District 29 Youth Advisory Committee are partnering with UTEP and EPCC student governments to host the second Students' Forum: Keeping our Schools Safe, from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 19th at the El Paso Community College Administrative Services Center (Auditorium, Bldg. A, 9050 Viscount).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 12, 2018

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Texas Court Lacks Jurisdiction in Noncitizen Voter Data Case

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) intervened in a lawsuit to urge a Travis County court that federal inspection rights of noncitizen voter registration records must be honored in Harris County (Harris Bennett v. Texas, D-1-GN-18-001583).

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

April 12, 2018

Senator John Cornyn and Representative Kevin Brady: Lead Bipartisan Effort to Press Administration to Release Houston-Specific Harvey Funding

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08) led a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to urge him to eliminate bureaucratic delays and allocate Community Development Block – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants directly to Houston and Harris County.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 12, 2018

Harris County Republican Party: Statement on Conviction of Former U.S. Representative Steve Stockman

The Harris County Republican Party released the following statement today in response to the conviction of former U.S. Representative Steve Stockman: During two terms in Congress, Steve Stockman represented the people of Texas's 9th congressional district (1995 to 1997) and Texas's 36th congressional district (2013 to 2015) with genuine care and concern for his constituents.

From Harris County Republican Party

April 12, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy: Hinojosa: Sales Tax Holiday on Emergency Preparation Supplies, April 28-30

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa wants to remind Texans that the Texas Sales Tax Holiday on Emergency Preparation Supplies is coming up soon. Beginning Saturday, April 28 through midnight on Monday, April 30, Texans can purchase emergency supplies and hurricane-proofing materials without paying a sales tax.

From Senator Juan "Chuy: Hinojosa

April 12, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners' April 10 Conference

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $853,226 in fines involving 181 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 12, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Meets With Texas Agriculture and Banking Constituent Groups

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks and participated in a Q&A with members of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT). There, he discussed the major regulatory victories achieved in 2017 and his priorities for making middle class tax cuts permanent and Dodd-Frank reform.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 11, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: SBOE Vote To Create State Elective Course In Mexican American Studies Is An Important Step Forward For Texas

The State Board of Education’s preliminary vote today to move forward on approving curriculum standards for a state elective course in Mexican American studies is an important step forward for Texas public school students, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network

April 11, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn-Sponsored Bill to Help End Online SexTrafficking Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), which includes the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA) and will give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 11, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Governor Abbott and AG Paxton Call For Review of State, Local Reporting to National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to eight state criminal justice agencies and associations, urging them to review their processes for reporting criminal history to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

From Office of the Attorney General

April 11, 2018

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Pledges To Re-File "Monica's Law"

Today, at a luncheon hosted by the Ector County Victims Coalition, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) announced his intention to re-file a bill during the upcoming 2019 legislative session aimed at preventing domestic violence.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

April 11, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement Praising HUD's $5 Billion Disaster Relief Grant to Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) announcement that Texas will receive $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for unmet needs and mitigation efforts following Hurricane Harvey and previous flood events.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 11, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton's Attacks on Women's Health Draw Republican Scrutiny

Justin Nelson made the following comments regarding Ken Paxton’s inaccurate statements about Texas’s women’s health programs and the response by Rep. Sarah Davis (link): “Once again, Indicted Ken Paxton is spreading false information. First it was on the Austin bombings. Now it's on women's health issues.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

April 11, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Final Judgment for Carson County Homeowners in White Deer ISD Lawsuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a final judgment from the Carson County Court affirms a win for taxpayers and homeowners in White Deer Independent School District. The court agreed that White Deer ISD violated Texas Senate Bill 1 by refusing to offer property owners tax relief granted by the Legislature in 2015, and instead taxed more than what was legally permitted.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 11, 2018

Texas Values: Same-Sex Case Update: Federal Court Rules Against City of Houston Again, Taxpayers Prevail

In a major victory for Texas Values and Houston taxpayers, a federal judge has once again rejected the City of Houston’s efforts to transfer a lawsuit over the illegal benefits it provides to same-sex couples into federal court.

From Texas Values

April 11, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Ryan Sitton Discusses Public Service with Leadership Flower Mound

At the request of Sen. Jane Nelson, Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today visited with a group of community and business leaders from Flower Mound, a program of the Flower Mound Area Chamber of Commerce.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 11, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Reaction to Lt. Gov. Appointee Conflict of Interest

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to news that Dan Patrick appointed a GOP Fundraiser as a watchdog on the Texas Ethics Commission creating a clear conflict of interest.

From Mike Collier Campaign

April 11, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: MALC Policy Chair Rodriguez Urges SBOE To Support Statewide MAS Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will vote on whether or not the Texas Education Agency will adopt statewide Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) standards for Mexican American Studies (MAS) courses.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

April 11, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $651 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $651 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 5 percent more than in April 2017.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

April 10, 2018

Daniel Gonzalez Campaign: Senator Dawn Buckingham Endorses Daniel Gonzalez for Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees, Place 2

State Senator Dawn Buckingham today announced her support for Daniel Gonzalez for Place 2 on the Lake Travis ISD School Board. Buckingham’s backing comes on the heels of Representative Paul Workman’s endorsement of Gonzalez. Both Sen. Buckingham and Rep. Workman represent the Lake Travis ISD community.

From Daniel Gonzalez Campaign

April 10, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Americans are Deeply Concerned Facebook Engages in Pervasive Pattern of Bias and Political Censorship

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a joint hearing entitled: “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data.”

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 10, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Supports Trump Decision to Send Troops to Border

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee, released the following statement regarding President Trump's decision to deploy Texas National Guard personnel and resources to Texas' southern border.

From Senator Donna Campbell

April 10, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Questions Facebook's Zuckerberg on Data Privacy Concerns

During a combined Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce Committee hearing entitled: “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data,” U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy concerns.

From Senator John Cornyn

April 10, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: New Economic Opportunity Assessment Shows Strength and Challenges of Dallas Economy

A new study released today by Communities Foundation of Texas shows that there are clear connections between racial segregation, educational attainment, access to credit, and household income in Dallas County. By 2050, 88 percent of Dallas County’s projected 3.3 million residents will be people of color, and children of color already represent 83 percent of all young people in Dallas County.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

April 10, 2018

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: New Report on Texas Maternal Mortality

A new study out this week reports that the maternal mortality rate in Texas in 2012 was lower than earlier studies indicated. Planned Parenthood commends all efforts to collect accurate data and improve our understanding of women’s health care needs in Texas.

From Planned Parenthood Federation of America

April 10, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioners Appoint Executive Director

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick and Commissioners Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian today voted unanimously to appoint Wei Wang to serve as Executive Director of the Commission, effective immediately. Wang has served as Interim Executive Director since Oct. 16, 2017.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

April 10, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Reacts to TRTA Convention Conclusion and Issues Affecting Current/Retired Teachers

TODAY, as the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) concludes their convention, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier issues the following quotes in reaction to the myriad of challenges discussed at the convention and are currently being dealt with by both current and retired teachers:

From Mike Collier Campaign

April 10, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Releases State Action Plan Outlining Allocations for $5.024 Billion In Housing Recovery Disaster Funds

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of the State Action Plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $5.024 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to assist Texas communities with long-term recovery following Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

April 10, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Nomination of David Morales to be Federal Judge in Corpus Christi

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate David Morales to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi:

From Senator John Cornyn

April 10, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Ben Leman for Election in HD 13

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Ben Leman for election in House District 13, which covers Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca and Washington counties. “Texas would not be a national economic leader without the common-sense lawsuit reforms that are part of our economic foundation,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

April 10, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Dr. Stuart Spitzer for Election in HD 4

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Dr. Stuart Spitzer for election in House District 4, which covers Kaufman County and part of Henderson County. “Texas would not be a national economic leader without the common-sense lawsuit reforms that are part of our economic foundation,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

April 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Trump's Nomination of Former Texas Deputy First Assistant AG David Morales to the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised President Trump’s nomination of former Texas Deputy First Assistant Attorney General David Morales to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi. He is currently a partner in the litigation, administrative law and public law practice groups of Kelly Hart & Hallman in Austin.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 10, 2018

Blue Dog Coalition: Responds to CBO's 2018 to 2028 Budget and Economic Outlook

Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the 2018 to 2028 Budget and Economic Outlook. According to the CBO report, the annual deficit will surpass $1 trillion by 2020, and the fiscal year 2018 budget deficit increased by 21 percent to $804 billion.

From Blue Dog Coalition

April 10, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on HUD's $4.7 Billion Disaster Relief Grant to Texas

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued this statement following the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) announcement that Texas will receive $4.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for unmet needs and mitigation efforts following Hurricane Harvey:

From Senator John Cornyn

April 10, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Reaction to Texas GOP Denying LGBT Republicans Booth at State Convention

TODAY, April 10th, Texas Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts the Texas Republican Party’s decision to exclude the LGBT group, Log Cabin Republicans, from their state convention.

From Mike Collier Campaign

April 10, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Texas GLO to $1.8 Million in Coastal Management Program Grant Funding for Coastal Protection Projects

Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced Texas General Land Office will be awarding up to $1.8 million in grant funding for coastal projects. Additionally, the GLO will hold three workshops to provide information on the grant program and allow potential applicants to discuss specific project ideas with staff.

From Texas General Land Office

April 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Investigation by AG Paxton's Office Helps Shut Down Backpage.com

In his office’s continued push to end human trafficking in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Backpage.com, the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world, is permanently shut down. Backpage operated in 97 countries and 943 locations worldwide. Attorney General Paxton published a statement available on YouTube.

From Office of the Attorney General

April 10, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Addresses Texas Retired Teachers Association

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick addressed the statewide conference of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) in San Antonio this morning underscoring his commitment to maintain the integrity of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and TRS Care.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 9, 2018

Senate Hispanic Caucus: Senator Jose Menendez becomes New Chair of the Texas Hispanic Caucus

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia has announced her resignation as Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC), "It has been an honor to serve as Senate Hispanic Caucus Chair. Much of our work has been Latino Summits across the state designed to engage activists and young people in the legislative process.

From Senate Hispanic Caucus

April 9, 2018

Texas General Land Office: DALHR Program Announces Important Inspection Deadline

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the upcoming completion of activities under FEMA's Direct Assistance for Limited Home Repair program, also known as DALHR.

From Texas General Land Office

April 6, 2018

Ron Wright Campaign: Releases Leadership Teams for Ellis, Navarro, & Tarrant Counties

Ron Wright for Congress today released county chairs and leadership teams in all three counties comprising Congressional District 6. The campaign plans to grow these teams throughout the month of April, as their grassroots and GOTV efforts kick into high gear.

From Ron Wright Campaign

April 6, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Keating, Poe Introduce Legislation To Reaffirm US-EU Trade Relationship

Yesterday, Congressmen Ted Poe (TX-02) and Bill Keating (MA-09), the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and Ranking Member, introduced House Resolution 810 to reaffirm the vital importance of the US-European Union (EU) transatlantic trade relationship.

From Representative Ted Poe

April 6, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Latest Russian Sanctions

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Treasury Department announced the latest sanctions against Russian oligarchs, officials, and entities.

From Representative Michael McCaul

April 6, 2018

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities: Nationally Recognized Victims' Rights Advocates Join Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today announced the addition of three new members to its organization, including Stacie Rumenap, President of Stop Child Predators, Roberto Garcia, Founder and President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Family & Friends of Murdered Children Inc., and June Rodgers, an outspoken victims’ rights advocate and mother of a child who was brutally murdered by an individual who was out of jail as a result of New Jersey’s bail reform legislation.

From Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

April 6, 2018

Tony Dale Campaign: State Rep. Tony Dale Appointed to House Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Yesterday, State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) was appointed by House Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the House Select Committee for Cybersecurity. This Select Committee was created as a result of HB 8 from the 85th session.

From Tony Dale Campaign

April 6, 2018

Housing Works Austin: Proudly Announces Appointment of Nora Linares-Moellar as New Executive Director

HousingWorks Austin Proudly Announces Appointment of Nora Linares-Moeller as Executive Director The Board of HousingWorks Austin is excited to announce the appointment of Nora Linares Moeller to serve as the organization's new Executive Director, effective immediately.

From Housing Works Austin

April 6, 2018

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett: Keynote Speaker At Global Resilience Research Network Summit

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was the keynote speaker for the first-ever Global Resilience Research Network summit last week, a two-day session sponsored by Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute to devise effective ways to respond to and rebound from disasters.

From Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

April 6, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Opposes National Guard Border Deployment Plan

Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's plan to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.: "I oppose the Trump Administration's plan to send the National Guard to the border. This administration makes decisions based on impulse and distorts reality to fit their political agenda.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

April 6, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on President's Shift on Militarizing Border Communities

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Defense, released the following statement regarding the President’s shift on militarizing border communities: "I am pleased that the White House is walking back their position on sending active duty military to neighborhoods along our border.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

April 5, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Appointed to Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Representative César J. Blanco to the Select Committee on Cybersecurity. Representative Blanco issued the following statement: "I am honored to be appointed to this important committee. This past session, cyber-security was a priority of my legislative agenda and I look forward to continue working on improving the state's cyber-security posture.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 5, 2018

Texas Water Development Board: Approved Financial Assistance Totaling $13,429,280 for Water and Wastewater System Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $13,429,280 for water and wastewater system projects. Of this funding, $1,928,780 was approved for rural water projects.

From Texas Water Development Board

April 5, 2018

Texas Aspires: Board of Directors Names New Executive Director, William Fullerton

Texas Aspires’ board of directors announced today that William Fullerton will be assuming the organization’s top staff position, effective April 9, 2018. Fullerton’s predecessor, Courtney Boswell MacDonald, stepped down earlier this year and agreed to help steer the organization as interim executive director during the search for her replacement.

From Texas Aspires

April 5, 2018

Texas Education Agency: To Host Two Public Hearings on Draft Strategic Plan for Special Education

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that it will host two public hearings to accept comments on its comprehensive draft strategic plan for special education. The first public hearing will take place on Thursday, April 12, at Education Service Center Region 1, 1900 West Schunior, in Edinburg.

From Texas Education Agency

April 5, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton's Spokesperson Personally Attacks a Judge Following Paxton's Defense of Voter Registration Suppression

In a decision made public Tuesday, a US District Court ruled that the state of Texas’ restrictive voting laws violated the Motor Voter Act. The ruling, which would allow Texans to easily change their voter registration online after moving counties, is already accepted in most states.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

April 5, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Announces Endorsement from Houston GLBT Caucus

Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced today the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Caucus, one of Houston’s largest advocacy organizations. During the in-person endorsement meeting, Fletcher received the official recommendation of the screening committee and went on to receive the majority of votes from the general membership.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

April 5, 2018

Texas Retired Teachers Association: To Meet in San Antonio for Annual Convention

More than 1,000 retired educators will meet in San Antonio next week at the Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) 65th Annual Convention at the La Cantera Resort and Spa. Attendees from all over Texas will participate in this year’s convention April 8-10. These public education retirees will discuss the future of their health care and pension, among other issues.

From Texas Retired Teachers Association

April 4, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: 'I Am 2018': On This Day a Man Died, a Dream Soared

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "If you were a sentient human being on this day in 1968, the first thing you likely felt on hearing of Martin Luther King's death was anger. Fifty years later, much remains to be angry about: attacks on immigrants, on voting rights, on the LGBTQ community and, sadly still, on people of color.

From Texas AFL-CIO

April 4, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on the Administration's National Guard Announcement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement that he will authorize Governors to deploy the

From Senator John Cornyn

April 4, 2018

Homeland Security Committee: McCaul Statement on DHS's National Guard Deployment

Today, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement to deploy the National Guard to the southern border in an effort to mitigate the growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs, and crime.

From Homeland Security Committee

April 4, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Harvey Impact in Kingwood Area

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following his visit to the Kingwood, Lake Houston, Lake Conroe and the San Jacinto River areas yesterday: "Yesterday, I toured Kingwood, Lake Houston, Lake Conroe and the San Jacinto River to view the impact of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. This was my 5th visit to the area since the storm, but the first by air and on the water.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

April 4, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on Trump's Deployment of National Guard to US-Mexico Border

"Trump's deployment of the National Guard to our border communities is unjustified, irresponsible, and dangerous. In 2017, apprehensions for illegal border crossing hit a 46-year low — a 23.4% drop from 2016. Some of our border communities, such as El Paso, are consistently ranked as some of the safest communities in the country.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

April 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz and Colleagues Pen Bipartisan Letter to Secretary Perdue

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R- Fla.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) today penned a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging the department to issue implementation guidance for disaster assistance funding so that all farmers impacted by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires can quickly receive aid.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Dr. King's Vital Message of Peace and Love Could Not Be Conquered by Death and Darkness'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination: “Dr. Martin Luther King was an extraordinary champion for freedom and equality.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Announces Staff Updates

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced recent senior staff hires. He has named Judd Stone as Chief Counsel, who joined in February, William “Billy” Gribbin Jr. as Communications Strategist and Chief Speechwriter, who joined in March, and Omri Ceren as National Security Advisor, who joins at the end of April, all of whom will serve in his Washington, D.C. office.

From Senator Ted Cruz

April 4, 2018

Environment Texas: El Paso named a "Solar Star"

With 37 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed, El Paso ranks 18th in the U.S. for total solar capacity, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report ShiningCities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. El Paso ranked just behind Austin and ahead of Riverside, California. However, Environment Texas warned that El Paso’s progress could be hampered by new fees adopted by El Paso Electric which may discourage customers from going solar.

From Environment Texas

April 4, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Announces Runoff Endorsements

The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO today announced new endorsements in the May 22 runoff elections. "A large majority of COPE-endorsed candidates won outright nominations in the primary, but there is much more work to do to build a better Texas," Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

April 4, 2018

Representative Celia Israel: Texas Must Implement Online Voter Registration Now

State Representative Celia Israel is calling on state officials to give residents the right to register to vote online now the state has been found in violation of the National Voting Rights Act. Rep. Israel argues that regardless of how District Judge Orlando Garcia orders the state to correct it’s voter registration procedures, Texas should implement online voter registration as soon as possible.

From Representative Celia Israel

April 4, 2018

Representative Helen Giddings: Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Fifty years ago today, the world lost one of its greatest forces for good, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His ideals and principles helped all of humanity make strides toward greater freedom, dignity, and opportunity for all.

From Representative Helen Giddings

April 3, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement Against Border Militarization

State Sen. José Rodríguez's statement on President Trump's proposal to militarize the southern border: The President and other Republicans have manipulated the fears of Americans, many of whom know very little about life in on the border, into a potent political weapon.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

April 3, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Raises Over $500,000 in Q1 of 2018

Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher released a preliminary summary of her fundraising numbers in the first quarter of the 2018 calendar year.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

April 3, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.4 Billion in March

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.4 billion in March, 7.2 percent more than in March 2017. “Sales tax revenue rose for almost all major economic sectors, indicating growth in both business and consumer spending,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

April 3, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Calls For National Guard Deployment To U.S./Mexico Border

Today, Congressman Ted Poe released the following statement regarding a potential deployment of the U.S. Military to the U.S- Mexico border. “Protecting American sovereignty and the American people is a constitutional requirement of the federal government, said Congressman Ted Poe.

From Representative Ted Poe

April 3, 2018

Ron Wright Campaign: Releases Runoff List of Grassroots Endorsements

Ron Wright, candidate for Texas Congressional District 6, today released additional grassroots endorsements including Corsicana City Councilman Jeff Smith, Crowley City Councilman Jesse Johnson, and four new CD-6 Republican precinct chairs.

From Ron Wright Campaign

April 3, 2018

Roland Gutierrez Campaign: Endorsement List Reaches 87

Today Chairman Roland Gutierrez (@RolandForTexas) released his fourth weekly endorsements list of state and local leaders in his bid for Senate District 19. "I'm humbled by the continued outpouring of support our campaign has received from leaders I admire and respect," Gutierrez said.

From Roland Gutierrez Campaign

April 3, 2018

Senator Judith Zaffirini and Representative Jason Issac: Announce Installation of Alternative Fuel Highway Signage

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Representative Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, today announced the first installation of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) signage in the state, advancing efforts to enable Texans to switch to natural gas.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

April 3, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces $1.74 Million in Coastal Protection Projects

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the selection of 21 projects to be funded through the Texas Coastal Management Program (CMP) Cycle #23, awarding a total of approximately $1.74 million in federal funds to improve the management of the state's coastal resources and ensure its long-term ecological and economic productivity.

From Texas General Land Office

April 2, 2018

Representative Ron Simmons: Gov. Greg Abbott Appoints Rep. Ron Simmons To Education Commission Of The States

Governor Greg Abbott today announced his appointment of Representative Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) to the Education Commission of the States, along with three other appointees. The Governor appoints the Texas delegation of the national compact commission, led by Commissioner of Texas Education Agency Mike Morath and Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Raymund Paredes.

From Representative Ron Simmons

April 2, 2018

Foley Gardere: Craig Chick Joins Foley Gardere's Government Solutions Practice Group In Austin

Foley Gardere announced today that Craig P. Chick has joined its Government Solutions Practice Group in its Austin, Texas office as Director of Public Affairs. Chick is the founder of Capitol Partners Consulting and has been involved in Texas politics for over 20 year as a senior adviser in the Texas House and Senate on a variety of topics ranging from alcohol, economic development, electric generation and transmission, employment, environmental regulation, housing, immigration, pharmaceuticals, property rights, real estate, tax and transportation.

From Foley Gardere

April 2, 2018

Husch Blackwell Strategies: Announces Expansion in Texas

Husch Blackwell Strategies today announced it is expanding in Texas where the firm will provide state legislative government affairs consulting and lobbying in its new offices in Austin and Houston. The firm is adding to its team two of the most experienced government relations specialists in Texas with the addition of Mark Vane in Austin and Mike Stafford in Houston.

From Husch Blackwell Strategies

March 30, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Recognizes Start of Passover

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today recognized the beginning of Passover. This Passover will be the first since Hurricane Harvey for Texas Jewish communities in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. In some of those areas, communal seders will be taking place at sundown to ensure those who may not yet be in a position to host their own seders have a place to observe Passover together.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 30, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senator Rodriguez and Partners to Announce Next Phase of Vets Dress for Success

The office of Senator José Rodríguez, the El Paso Veterans One-Stop Center, and Family Endeavors will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 2nd to announce the results of the Vets Dress for Success clothing drive, and provide information on where veterans may shop for clothes and the veterans hiring fair.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 30, 2018

Konni Burton Campaign: Announces Team Transitions

Today, State Senator Konni Burton announced transitions in her state office as well as her growing campaign team in her re-election bid for Senate District 10. “My team and I achieved our goals for the first leg of our campaign: we raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and successfully staved off a primary challenge.

From Konni Burton Campaign

March 30, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Visits Sutherland Springs to Mark Passage of Fix NCIS

Following his visit to First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today made remarks regarding the passage of the Fix NICS Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below. “It was about five months ago that my wife and I came to the makeshift building I guess a week after the terrible events that occurred at this Baptist church right here behind me, and it was an emotional experience as we all remember.”

From Senator John Cornyn

March 30, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: $4.16 Million Grant Approved By The Texas Transportation Commission For The Port Of Corpus Christi

Yesterday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $4.16 million in grants from the Texas Mobility Fund for the Port of Corpus Christi to be used to improve intersections and construct a dedicated truck queuing lane on the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

March 30, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Urges Texas Appeals Court to Declare Austin's Short-Term Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional

Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Court of Appeals for the Third Judicial District in Austin to reverse a trial court’s judgment and rule that the city of Austin’s stringent ordinance against short-term rentals exceeds the lawful scope of the city’s authority and infringes upon property owners’ fundamental constitutional rights.

From Office of the Attorney General

March 30, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Stephen F. Austin upsets Sam Houston's drive for three-peat in 2018 Top Texan Tournament

Commissioner George P. Bush today announced that Stephen F. Austin was voted the Top Texan in Texas History for 2018, pulling off what many would consider an upset over Sam Houston, who won the annual spring bracket two years in a row.

From Texas General Land Office

March 30, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Congratulates Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, today, presented Interim Chief of Police, Brian Manley of the Austin Police Department with a certificate of recognition and a Texas flag for his leadership in the recent operation that led to finding the Austin bomber.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

March 29, 2018

Texas Association of Counties: Recognizes State Representative Phil Stephenson as a "Friend of County Government"

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) has named Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton) a “Friend of County Government” for his work during the 85th legislative session. Stephenson was recognized for his outspoken support of county government and commitment to local officials and local policy decisions, protecting the right of Texans to govern themselves locally and for his efforts to communicate with elected officials about issues facing Texas counties.

From Texas Association of Counties

March 29, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Introduces Legislation to Improve Hours-Service Regulations

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced H.R. 5417 The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers (REST) Act, legislation that would modernize hours of service regulations for truck drivers.

From Representative Brian Babin

March 29, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: San Patricio County Judge-Elect, Mayor David Krebs Endorses Bech Bruun For Congress

Portland Mayor David Krebs, who recently won the Republican primary to serve as the next San Patricio County Judge, announced today that he is endorsing Bech Bruun for Congress in the runoff campaign for Congressional District 27 citing his proven record of conservative leadership.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

March 29, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Christian Encourages Congress to Review Jones Act

Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian (R - Texas) today encouraged Congress to review the Jones Act of 1920. In his letter, Christian said a provision of the Jones Act that restricts cargo from being transported between U.S. ports unless it is carried on American-flagged ships has created a situation in which many parts of the northeastern United States are forced to buy natural gas from Russia instead of purchasing from domestic sources, like Texas.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

March 29, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Visits San Antonio on Tour Celebrating Women in the Workforce

On the second stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Women in the Workforce Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar visited Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), where he celebrated the work of Brigadier General Heather Pringle and highlighted the economic impact of Texas women throughout government.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

March 29, 2018

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Lawsuit: Harris County, TX Is Hiding Data On Noncitizen Voters

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against the Office of the Harris County Voter Registrar for failing to disclose noncitizen registered voter records as required under federal law (PILF v. Harris Bennett 4:18-cv-00981).

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

March 29, 2018

Representative Evelina Ortega: Announces Citizenship for April 14

State Representative Lina Ortega partners with the NALEO Education fund and local immigrant service providers to host a Citizenship Clinic on April 14th at Bowie High School. Legal Permanent Residents can take the final steps in naturalization during this free event, open to anyone residing in El Paso and its outlying areas. The first 50 people to qualify will be assisted.

From Representative Evelina Ortega

March 29, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Endorses Sheryl Cole in HD 46 Runoff

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is proud to announce its endorsement of Sheryl Cole in the Democratic Primary runoff election for House District 46.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

March 29, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Launches Redesigned tortreform.com

TLR today launched its newly updated and redesigned website, tortreform.com, which serves as a one-stop resource for lawsuit reform news and analysis, as well as the definitive record on Texas’ historic work to make its legal system fair, efficient and accountable.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

March 29, 2018

Community Not Commodity: Austinites File Petition with 32,000 Signatures Requiring a Public Vote on CodeNEXT

Today a coalition of local residents concerned with the area’s affordability crisis gathered at the Office of the City Clerk of Austin and filed a petition with the signatures of more than 32,000 registered voters, requiring a public vote to approve the rewrite of the city’s land code known as “CodeNEXT” be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

From Community Not Commodity

March 29, 2018

Texas Association of Business: TAB's Litigation Center Wins in Lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor

Texas Association of Business (TAB) the voice on public policy issues affecting Texas business, has won a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fiduciary rule.”

From Texas Association of Business

March 28, 2018

Senate Hispanic Caucus: Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, Statement on Disastrous Decision to Include Citizenship on U.S. Census Form

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus issued the following statement in regard to the U.S. Department of Commerce and Trump administration decision to add a question about citizenship to the official U.S. Census form. "An accurate Census count is vital to Texas communities in terms of federal funding, fair representation, business development, and academic research on a range of issues.

From Senate Hispanic Caucus

March 28, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Urges HHS to Implement Rules Restoring Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights for Americans

Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar supporting proposed rules that would assure the principles of federalism, religious freedom and freedom of conscience are restored to their proper place in our constitutional system of government. Texas and Arizona co-led the comment letter, which was signed by 17 state attorneys general.

From Office of the Attorney General

March 28, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Call for Investigation into Cambridge Analytica Data Leak "No Stunt"

Responding to indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton’s dismissal of lawmakers’ request to investigate potential misuse of Texans’ personal data: “The Attorney General has a duty to protect all Texans. To label this request from lawmakers ‘a political stunt’ is dismissive and irresponsible.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

March 28, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Calls on Governor Abbott & Attorney General to Sue Federal Government to Block 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Today, Texas State Representative César Blanco held a press conference today to call on Texas Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton to sue the federal government to block the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 28, 2018

Representative Drew Springer: School Districts Having Difficulty Getting Bus Drivers Certified

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial driver's license (CDL) issuing and testing for all states and jurisdictions. Beginning in July 2015, the FMCSA required all states to adopt uniform testing standards for the commercial driver's license (CDL).

From Representative Drew Springer

March 28, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Chairman Christi Craddick Honored for Regulatory Leadership

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick is being recognized by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association as the organization's 2018 Hats Off Award recipient. The award is TIPRO's highest honor.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

March 28, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: MALC Policy Chair Eddie Rodriguez Calls For Removing Citizenship Question From Census

On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would satisfy the Department of Justice’s request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. At least twelve states indicated they would sue the Trump administration in response as of Wednesday morning.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 28, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Adding Citizenship Question to U.S. Census

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding the decision to add a question regarding citizenship to the U.S. Census: The U.S. Department of Commerce is required by our Constitution to obtain an accurate count of all persons, regardless of citizenship status. The President and his advisors, following anti-immigrant Attorney General Sessions, know full well that adding a citizenship question will have a chilling effect.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

March 28, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Representative Eddie Rodriguez Endorses Joseph Kopser For Congress

Today, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (HD 51) endorsed Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21. Rep. Rodriguez released the following statement. “Joseph Kopser represents the strongest opportunity for Democrats to break a three-decade Republican hold on TX-21.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

March 28, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: Port Chairman, Nueces County Commissioner To Co-Chair Nueces Effort To Elect Bech Bruun

Port of Corpus Christi Authority Chairman Charlie Zahn of Port Aransas and Nueces County Commissioner Carolyn Vaughn of Corpus Christi will co-chair Nueces County efforts to elect Bech Bruun to Congress in District 27.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

March 27, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Daily Kos Endorses Gina Ortiz Jones To Take On Congressman Will Hurd In TX-23

Today, Gina Ortiz Jones announces that Daily Kos, a progressive organization and pioneer for online organizing and advocacy has endorsed her campaign. Jones, a U.S. Air Force veteran and national security expert, is running for Congress in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. Texas’ 23rd Congressional District stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and encompasses the largest shared border with Mexico of any congressional district.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

March 27, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Chairman Craddick Furthers Efficiency, Modernization of RRC

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today announced the second phase of the Texas Oilfield Relief Initiative as part of an ongoing effort to streamline regulation at the agency. The initiative reduces administrative requirements on the oil and gas industry while ensuring the public and environment are protected.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

March 27, 2018

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: Creates David Hall Fellowship to Increase Legal Aid in Southwest Texas

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) announces the creation of the David Hall Fellowship program for legal aid lawyers in Southwest Texas. The announcement was made on March 23 at an event recognizing the recent retirement of Hall as the executive director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

March 27, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Urges Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton to Stand Up For Texas In 2020 Census Questionnaire Decision

Late yesterday, the Trump Administration through the Commerce Department, announced its decision to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 U.S. Census. The inclusion of the citizenship question is expected to adversely impact states with high immigrant populations, such as Texas.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

March 27, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Adding Citizenship Question to Census Is an Ill-Conceived Scare Tactic

The Commerce Department announced that it would add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census. In response, Ann Beeson, CEO of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, issued the following statement: "Asking about citizenship status on the census is an ill-conceived scare tactic that would exacerbate the threats to immigrant families.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

March 27, 2018

Roland Gutierrez Campaign: Senate Endorsement List Approaches 100

Today Chairman Roland Gutierrez (@RolandForTexas) announced his third round of major endorsements in his race to be the new State Senator in the 19th Senatorial District of Texas. These new endorsements include leaders throughout the district, champions in the Texas Legislature, and law enforcement officials focused on public safety.

From Roland Gutierrez Campaign

March 27, 2018

Texas Retired Teachers Association: Retired Teachers To Meet In San Antonio For Annual Convention

More than 1,000 retired educators will meet in San Antonio next week at the Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) 65th Annual Convention at the La Cantera Resort and Spa. Attendees from all over Texas will participate in this year’s convention April 8-10. These public education retirees will discuss the future of their health care and pension, among other issues.

From Texas Retired Teachers Association

March 27, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz, Cotton, and Inhofe Applaud Addition of Citizenship Question to Census

Yesterday, the Commerce Department announced that it would add a new question to the 2020 census asking respondents whether they were citizens of the United States. The news comes after U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter to the Department asking it to add such a question and gather more accurate data on the number of U.S. citizens living in the country.

From Senator Ted Cruz

March 26, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Statement by Commissioner Morath Regarding ESSA Plan Approval

The U.S. Department of Education today announced that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan. Commissioner of Education Mike Morath issued the following statement in response to the plan’s approval:

From Texas Education Agency

March 26, 2018

Representative Eric Johnson: GOP's Motion To Remove Judge In Frivolous Lawsuit Denied

An administrative judge has denied a motion by the Dallas County Republican Party (DCRP) to remove Judge Eric Moyé in the lawsuit that aims to throw numerous Democratic candidates off the 2018 ballot in Dallas County.

From Representative Eric Johnson

March 26, 2018

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Announces 2018 Town Hall Meetings

Representative Poncho Nevárez is hosting a series of public town hall meetings beginning in April. Last Fall, Representative Nevárez held several town hall meetings in the southern portion of the district and is now hosting these same meetings in the western and northern counties of the district.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

March 26, 2018

Sierra Club: Texans From Across The State Oppose Air Pollution Permits For LNG

On Monday, March 26, activists held banners and delivered 1,896 public comments to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) office in Austin from Texans across the state who oppose an air permit for the proposed Rio Grande LNG terminal and the Rio Bravo Pipeline.

From Sierra Club

March 26, 2018

The University of Texas System: First-of-its-kind collaboration unveils nationwide earnings of graduates by program of study and institution

Salary and debt data for graduates of University of Texas institutions – no matter where they live and work – are now available, thanks to a partnership between The University of Texas System and the United States Census Bureau.

From The University of Texas System

March 26, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District Announces Outpouring of Support From Local Leaders

Democratic primary runoff candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher released a comprehensive list today of local endorsements for her runoff campaign in Texas’ 7th Congressional District.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

March 26, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Applauds State Officials' Selection Of Hispanic Chiefs Of Staff

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC applauds Texas’ three most powerful elected officials for selecting Hispanics to serve as their chiefs of staff. ?Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced this past week that Darrel Davila would be taking over as his chief of ?staff.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

March 26, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Longtime Policy Leader On Gun Safety, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, At Today's Youth Rally

Today, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and his family joined countless Texans in the March for Our Lives on the State Capitol. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez represents Texas House District 51 in Southeast Austin and he has two children who attend local public schools.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

March 26, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Deliver Funding for 100 New Immigration Judge Teams

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) successfully included language in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to hire at least 100 new immigration judge teams, which includes judges, support staff, technology and work space, along with many other border security measures he included in the legislation, which recently passed the House of Representatives and would fund the government for the rest of the 2018 fiscal year.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

March 26, 2018

League of Women Voters of Texas: March 26, 2018 Marks The 100 Year Anniversary Of Women Gaining The Right To Vote in Texas Elections

One hundred years ago, on March 26, 1918, Governor William Hobby signed the bill giving women the right to vote in the Texas primaries. Immediately afterwards a citizenship school was organized to inform the new voters how to register and vote.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

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