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July 15, 2019

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Reports Over $11 Million In Campaign War Chest

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report raising over $3 million on his July 15, 2019 Texas Ethics Commission report, bringing his campaign war chest total to over $11 million. “I am grateful for all the support I have received and proud of this strong and clear endorsement of the conservative policies I am fighting for — life, liberty and Texas values, lean and efficient government and pro-business policies that are keeping the Texas economy strong.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 15, 2019

Pritesh Gandhi Campaign: Dr. Pritesh Gandhi Responds To President Trump's Tweets About Members Of Congress

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, the son of immigrants and a candidate for Congress in Texas’ 10th District released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweets about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

From Pritesh Gandhi Campaign

July 15, 2019

Luisa del Rosal Campaign: Raises Over $170,000 In First Two Months Of Campaign For Texas House

Today, Luisa del Rosal announced that she raised over $170,000, including a $10,000 loan, from over 120 donors and has over $150,000 cash on hand for her campaign for State Representative, District 114. “I’m overwhelmed by the response my candidacy has received from our community,” Luisa said.

From Luisa del Rosal Campaign

July 15, 2019

Eric Holguin Campaign: Democrat Eric Holguin Announces Candidacy For Texas State House District 32

In a social media video this morning, Eric Holguin announced his candidacy for the Texas State House of Representatives, 32nd District for the 2020 election cycle on the Democratic ticket. House District 32 includes part of Nueces County -- 54% of Corpus Christi, including Flour Bluff & Padre Island, and the City of Port Aransas.

From Eric Holguin Campaign

July 12, 2019

Jolt Initiative: Statement: The Census Should Not Be Weaponized Against Communities Of Color

On Thursday, July 11, President Trump announced that he would take executive action requiring federal agencies to supply the Commerce Department with citizenship information. This follows his administration’s defeat in the court system over its attempt to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census.

From Jolt Initiative

July 12, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: To Congressional Democrats: The Crisis On The Border Is Real And It's Overwhelming Texas Communities

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday delivered remarks on the Senate floor describing his recent trip to the southern border, where he witnessed the existing security and humanitarian crisis firsthand. Then he called on congressional Democrats to acknowledge the ongoing situation at the border as a crisis, and solve the problem.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 12, 2019

Texas Values: Dallas Drag Queen Show Promoted To Infants

The City of Dallas Public Library is currently advertising a controversial and divisive drag queen show to be held at the Grauwyler Park Branch location and that the show is appropriate for age groups from infants to 11 years old. The drag queen performers for this public library event during the day are employees of an adult night club venue where children of this age are not permitted to enter.

From Texas Values

July 12, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Reality Check: Cornyn's Failed Immigration Record

As Senator Cornyn leaves DC to visit the border today, here is the reality that Cornyn wants Texans to conveniently ignore: Cornyn was in Senate Leadership during the time the crisis broke out and has spent almost 20 years in the Senate repeatedly refusing to fix the border crisis by opposing bipartisan immigration reform solutions. Cornyn should take a look in the mirror before blaming others.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 12, 2019

Representative Geanie Morrison: Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chair Geanie W. Morrison And Members Of The Texas House Hold Joint Press Conference In Rockport

Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Chair Geanie W. Morrison, and Members of the Texas House convened in Rockport today for a joint press conference regarding the House's efforts that led to the passage of significant Hurricane Harvey recovery and disaster preparedness legislation in the 86th Legislature.

From Representative Geanie Morrison

July 12, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: No Citizenship Question- It's Time To Get To Work

Today the President announced that the Administration is abandoning efforts to add a citizenship status question to the 2020 Census forms, following the recent Supreme Court decision rejecting the administration’s rationale for adding such a question.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

July 12, 2019

Progress Texas: Progressives Will Fight Back Against Trump's Overreach For Citizenship Data

In a continuation of anti-immigrant sentiments from the Trump Administration, President Donald Trump has requested the Commerce Department pursue citizenship data without using the census.

From Progress Texas

July 11, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Cornyn Doesn't "Have Any Response" When Called Out For Taking Money From Private Detention Corporations

When pressed by Texas reporters for receiving tens of thousands of dollars from the private detention companies amid a humanitarian crisis at the border, John Cornyn refused to respond.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 11, 2019

Center for Competitive Democracy: Texas Voters, Candidates And Minor Political Parties File Federal Lawsuit To Challenge Constitutionality Of Texas Ballot Access Laws

A group of Texas voters, candidates and minor political parties filed suit today in federal court in Austin, alleging that the Texas Election Code violates their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by imposing discriminatory and severely burdensome requirements on independent candidates and minor political parties that seek access to Texas’ general election ballot.

From Center for Competitive Democracy

July 11, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Comptroller's Office Wins National Communications Award

The Texas Comptroller’s office recently won first place at the National Association of Government Communicators' (NAGC) Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for its February 2018 edition of Fiscal Notes: A Storm to Remember — Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Economy.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

July 11, 2019

Progress Texas: Abortion Will Be A Key Issue For 2020 Voters

Today, Progress Texas released the following statement in response to the new poll showing mounting support for abortion access in the United States. “Abortion will be a key issue for voters in 2020,” said Sam Robles, advocacy director for Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 11, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Privacy Bills Signed Into Law

Several bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that protect the privacy of Texans have been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. These bills will take effect on September 1, 2019. Below is an overview of Senator Nelson's privacy bill package: Judicial Safety: SB 73 protects judges and their families by closing a loophole to keep personal information private.

From Senator Jane Nelson

July 11, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Luisa del Rosal For Election In HD 114

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Luisa del Rosal for election in House District 114, which covers part of Dallas County. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and honest legal system to create opportunity for Texas families and businesses,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

July 10, 2019

Greg Bonnen Campaign: Dr. Greg Bonnen Announces Campaign For Re-Election

State Representative Greg Bonnen today announced his candidacy for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2020. Representative Bonnen serves House District 24 in Galveston County. "It is a great honor to serve the residents of Galveston County in the Texas House," Bonnen said.

From Greg Bonnen Campaign

July 10, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Why Did Cornyn Approve Acosta If He Knew About His - Now Illegal - Non-Prosecution Deal?

Today, while walking the halls of Washington DC, Senator John Cornyn took time to defend what he knew about Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s role in pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s case.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 10, 2019

Coalition For Critical Infrastructure: Eminent Domain

In response to several misleading and inaccurate media reports and communications regarding the failure of eminent domain legislation this session, we feel compelled to set the record straight: 1. First and foremost, CCI wanted to pass meaningful eminent domain legislation during the 86th Legislative Session and the failure of SB 421 was a great disappointment to our coalition.

From Coalition For Critical Infrastructure

July 10, 2019

Ryan Pitts Campaign: Pitts Announces Campaign For Texas House

Today, Republican and 4th-generation Ellis County resident Ryan Pitts announced his candidacy for Texas House District 10. "Growing up in Waxahachie, and watching as my father served, my childhood was steeped in the values of our community and a focus on our families.

From Ryan Pitts Campaign

July 10, 2019

Dade Phelan Campaign: Phelan Announces Re-Election Bid

Today, State Representative Dade Phelan announced that he will seek re-election to represent House District 21 in the Texas House of Representatives. Since being elected in 2014, Phelan has remained true to his conservative values and has maintained a reputation of being an effective and principled leader.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

July 10, 2019

Jake Ellzey Campaign: Retired Navy Fighter Pilot Jake Ellzey Announces Candidacy For State Representative

Retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and current airline pilot, Jake Ellzey today announced that he will run for Texas State House in District 10. House District 10 includes all of Ellis County and part of Henderson County. Ellzey served Texas as Commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission. Incumbent Rep. John Wray announced his retirement last week.

From Jake Ellzey Campaign

July 10, 2019

Whole Woman's Health Alliance: Interfaith Leaders Come Together To Bestow Blessing And Words Of Support On Austin Abortion Clinic

On Tuesday, July 9th, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA), along with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and Texas Freedom Network (TFN) came together to breach the perceived divide between abortion providers and people of faith at an abortion clinic blessing at Whole Woman’s Health of Austin.

From Whole Woman's Health Alliance

July 10, 2019

Charlie Geren Campaign: After Record-Breaking Session, Rep. Charlie Geren Announces Re-Election Campaign

Texas State Rep. Charlie Geren has announced he will seek re-election to House District 99 in Tarrant County. The district is made up of western Fort Worth, Saginaw, Blue Mound, Sansom Park, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Azle, Pelican Bay, Westworth Village, Westover Hills and White Settlement.

From Charlie Geren Campaign

July 10, 2019

Carl Sherman Campaign: State Rep. Carl Sherman's Comments On The Texas Borders

We all know what is going on at our Texas border. Depending on who are talking to the dangers differ. To some, all who come across into Texas are criminals and must be treated as such regardless of their age, circumstance, or any other differing characteristic. To others, each individual is just that, an individual. Hence, some of these individuals may simply be trying to provide for their family after hearing about “the Great American Dream.”

From Carl Sherman Campaign

July 9, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Tells Fifth Circuit Obamacare is (Still) Unconstitutional

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Tells Fifth Circuit Obamacare is (Still) Unconstitutional

From Office of the Attorney General

July 9, 2019

First Liberty Institute: Joins Texas Attorney General's Lawsuit Demanding Records Of San Antonio Decision Against Chick-fil-A

First Liberty Institute today joined a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking documents from San Antonio city officials regarding the City’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from operating at the San Antonio International Airport. The city earlier denied the religious liberty law firm’s request for records, which was similar to that filed by the Attorney General.

From First Liberty Institute

July 9, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On The Passing Of H. Ross Perot, Sr.

Lt. Gov. Patrick issued this statement today following news of the passing of H. Ross Perot, Sr.: "Jan and I extend our deepest condolences to the Perot family. Ross Perot, Sr. was a great Texan, a great patriot, a legendary entrepreneur and a friend. He was a man of faith and a U.S. Navy veteran whose life exemplified the American dream.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

July 9, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Reiterates Support For Coverage For Preexisting Conditions, Lower Drug Prices

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s consideration of Texas v. Azar and reiterated Republicans’ commitment to covering Americans with preexisting conditions and lowering prescription drug prices.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 9, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Cornyn Refuses To Protect Texans' Health Care

As politicians go to court today to continue their battle against affordable and accessible health care, it’s important to remember Senator John “Repeal’s Top Salesman” Cornyn led the failed effort in the Senate.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 9, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Raises $571,000 In 48 Days

Today, Iraq War veteran and San Antonio native Gina Ortiz Jones announced a second quarter fundraising total of over $571,000 in 48 days of campaigning. Following her May 14 campaign launch, Jones raised more than $100,000 in her first eight hours of campaigning.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 9, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement On Passing Of Ross Perot

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Ross Perot: “Our hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to Ross Perot. In his 89 years on earth, he lived the American dream to the fullest. Ross is a Texas legend. He will be remembered as an outstanding entrepreneur, philanthropist, and dedicated husband and father.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 9, 2019

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Congresswoman Fletcher Raises More Than $565,000 In Second Quarter, Brings Cycle To $1.1 Million

Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7) raised more than $565,000 in the second fundraising quarter of the year. Fletcher, who raised more than $515,000 in the first quarter, has raised more than $1.1 million toward her re-election. Her campaign retains nearly $930,000 cash on hand.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

July 8, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Statement On President Trump's Remarks On Environmental Leadership

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “We appreciate President Trump’s commitment to both a clean environment and a robust economy and we are proud that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry is playing a key role in both.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

July 8, 2019

Angie Chen Button Campaign: Button Announces For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Angie Chen Button today announced she will seek re-election to Texas House District 112. District 112 is in North Dallas County and includes Richardson, Garland, Sachse, Rowlett, Wylie and part of the City of Dallas. Republican State Representative Angie Chen Button today announced she will seek re-election to Texas House District 112.

From Angie Chen Button Campaign

July 8, 2019

Ed Thompson Campaign: State Representative Ed Thompson Announces Campaign For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Ed Thompson announced today that he will seek re-election to House District 29 of the Texas State House of Representatives. House District 29 covers the northern part of Brazoria County, including the cities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, and Liverpool.

From Ed Thompson Campaign

June 27, 2019

Representative Gene Wu: Statement On Supreme Court's Census Decision

State Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston) issued this statement today, in response to The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the question of whether to ask about citizenship status on the 2020 Census: "As the State Representative for one of the largest immigrant populations in Texas, I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court's complete rejection of the Trump Administration's request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

From Representative Gene Wu

June 27, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: SCOTUS Blocks Discriminatory Citizenship Question

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a lower court’s ruling forbidding the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Rep. Rodriguez represents East Austin’s and Southeast Travis County’s District 51 in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

June 27, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On SCOTUS Redistricting Decision

State Sen. José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on today's Supreme Court redistricting decision: The Supreme Court ruling that political parties can draw maps that allow them to choose their own voters takes us a step further from democratic representation.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 27, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To SCOTUS 2020 Census Citizenship Question Decision

Today, the United States Supreme Court temporarily blocked the U.S. Census Bureau from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The case is now sent back to the New York District Court for further consideration after finding that the Trump Administration’s initial reasoning was pretextual and “what was provided here was more of a distraction,” said Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

June 27, 2019

Lower Brazos River Coalition: Urges Early Progress On Proposed Reservoir

The Lower Brazos River Coalition urges early progress on the proposed Allens Creek Reservoir now that the Texas Legislature has approved a bill to jump-start the long-delayed project.

From Lower Brazos River Coalition

June 27, 2019

Senators John Cornyn and Ted CRuz: Statement On Committee Approval Of Charles Eskridge As U.S. District Judge In Houston

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved of the nomination of Charles Eskridge to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston:

From Senator John Cornyn

June 27, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On Supreme Court Census Decision

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement regarding today's decision in United States Department of Commerce v. New York: "Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has disposed of the Trump Administration's attempt to politicize the Census, the Texas AFL-CIO strongly encourages every Texas working family to participate in the 2020 population count.

From Texas AFL-CIO

June 27, 2019

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement On The Supreme Court's Decision On Census Citizenship Question

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to block and remand the citizenship question is a huge win for Texas and El Paso, including immigrant communities and communities of color.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

June 27, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Chairman Chris Turner Statement On Supreme Court Rulings

Chris Turner, Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, released the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decisions on the 2020 Census and partisan gerrymandering:

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

June 27, 2019

TexPIRG: 31 Legislators, Including 8 Republicans, Sided With Consumers 100% Of The Time In 86th Legislature

The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) released its legislative scorecard today, grading Texas legislators on 11 bills impacting consumers, democracy and public health. While the scores were generally very good, an average of 80%, 30 State Representatives and 1 State Senator, Kirk Watson, D-Austin, stand out for scoring a full 100% for their support of the public interest.

From TexPIRG

June 27, 2019

Progress Texas: Responds To SCOTUS Census Ruling

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States responded to the addition of the citizenship question in the 2020 census, rejecting the explanation from the U.S. Department of Commerce and sending it back to the agency for further justification.

From Progress Texas

June 27, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement On Supreme Court's Census Decision

Today the U.S. Supreme Court wisely sent back to a lower court the question of whether to ask about citizenship status on the 2020 Census. In response, CPPP CEO Ann Beeson issued the following statement:

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

June 27, 2019

Conservative Republicans of Texas: Harris County Commissioners Court Passes "Ban the Bible" LGBT Policy: Ignores Voters Rejection Of "Bathroom Bill"

The Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted in favor of new government policy that adds the highly controversial and litigation-charged words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) as special protected classes in the Harris County Personnel and Procedures handbook.

From Conservative Republicans of Texas

June 27, 2019

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: Joins Other States In Coordinated Enforcement Effort Against Unlicensed Contractors

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will file at least 47 enforcement cases against unlicensed electricians and air conditioning contractors as a result of the agency’s participation in a national operation.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

June 27, 2019

Progress Texas: Responds To SCOTUS Partisan Gerrymandering Ruling

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the basic fairness in elections with their decision on Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response: "Texas is a battleground state in 2020, but gerrymandering continues to skew our political representation," said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas, a group that works to support progressive issues.

From Progress Texas

June 26, 2019

Texas Values: Houston (Harris County) Passes "Ban the Bible" LGBT Policy

The Harris County Commissioner Court on Tuesday voted in favor of new government policy that adds the highly controversial and litigation charged words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) as special protected classes in the Harris County Personnel and Procedures handbook.

From Texas Values

June 26, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Health Officials Encourage HIV Testing, Awareness

Texas Health and Human Services is encouraging people throughout the state to get tested for HIV, know their status, and connect with care and treatment services available to them as needed.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

June 26, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Cybersecurity Bills Signed Into Law

Several bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that bolster state cybersecurity, expand the cyber workforce and better protect sensitive data have been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. These bills will take effect on September 1, 2019.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 26, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Fretting Over Political Future

With a potential primary challenge hanging over Senator Cornyn’s head and facing what he has admitted will be the toughest race of his political career, Cornyn is clearly trying to clean up his record of selling Texans out to DC special interests.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

June 26, 2019

Brian Birdwell Campaign: Senator Brian Birdwell Announces For Re-Election

Highlighting a legacy of effective, principled conservative leadership in the Texas Senate - and the importance of preserving a strong and prosperous Texas for future generations - State Senator Brian Birdwell announced today his campaign for re-election in 2020.

From Brian Birdwell Campaign

June 26, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Health Curriculum Standards Overhaul Veers Off Course Out Of The Gate

In a depressing echo of the deeply divisive and politicized revisions of other curriculum standards in the past decade, the State Board of Education’s overhaul of health standards for Texas public schools appears to be veering off course just as it’s getting started, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller warned today.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 26, 2019

Lyft: New Law Enables Lyft To Provide Ridesharing Services For Medicaid Recipients Attending Medical Appointments

Governor Greg Abbott recently signed into law new legislation enabling Lyft to provide transportation services to Medicaid beneficiaries in Texas. There are approximately 4.2 million Medicaid patients in the state of Texas and through this new law Lyft hopes to be able to reduce barriers to healthcare access and improve health outcomes for all Medicaid recipients.

From Lyft

June 26, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins Testifies Before U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee

Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins today testified in Washington, D.C., before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. The subcommittee heard testimony on continuing constitutional problems with the Voting Rights Act since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Shelby County v. Holder.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney Paxton: Co-Authors 12-State Brief To Protect Health And Safety For Women

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief co-authored by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Jr. in the United States Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Gee, which involves a legal challenge to Louisiana’s requirement that abortion doctors maintain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

From Office of the Attorney Paxton

June 25, 2019

Senator Jose Menendez: Proud To Work With State Rep. Andrew Murr To Pass HB 3582 Preventing Repeat DWI Offenses

State Senator José Menéndez issued a statement in response to the passage of HB 3582 which he sponsored, was authored by State Representative Andrew Murr, and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 14, 2019. Senator José Menéndez partnered with State Representative Andrew Murr and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to further protect those using state roads and highways from senseless tragedies caused by drivers who receive their second, or more, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses.

From Senator Jose Menendez

June 25, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony For New State Psychiatric Hospital In Houston

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission along with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 26 for a new state psychiatric hospital, the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

June 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Co-Leads Twenty Seven (27) Attorneys General Effort To Protect Against Potential Class-Action Abuse In Opioid Multidistrict Litigation

In a letter he co-authored with California from a bipartisan group of 27 states and territories, Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a U.S. District Court judge presiding over all the federal cases involving opioid lawsuits to delay a ruling that could potentially result in class-action abuse and confusion regarding a proposed novel settlement structure.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 24, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Launches "HB3 In 30" Web Video Series

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced the launch of a new web video series, “HB3 in 30,” to help inform school districts and the public about how to implement the transformative measures in House Bill 3, passed during the 86th legislative session.

From Texas Education Agency

June 24, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Opioid Bills Authored By Senator Nelson Take Effect

Several bills authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, have been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott and take effect immediately, including two bills that respond the opioid epidemic.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 24, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Secure Funding To Designate Border Infrastructure Coordinator

To ensure the United States has the trade infrastructure in place to support the continued growth of trade at our southern border, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured language in the Appropriations Committee that establishes a border infrastructure coordinator.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 24, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Texas Gained 2,900 Upstream Oil And Natural Gas Jobs In April And May

Data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows job growth in the upstream oil and natural gas sector in April and May 2019 after a time of fluctuation in employment figures since the fall of 2018. The upstream sector gained 1,900 and 1,000 jobs in April and May, respectively.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

June 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Launches New Citywide Immersive Training Initiative To Combat Human Trafficking In Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of new partnerships between his office and cities across the state to educate and mobilize Texans in the fight against human trafficking. The Citywide Immersive Training initiative kicked off in Beaumont last week and included human trafficking awareness training sessions for hospitality professionals, restaurant workers and others, taught by the Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime (HTTOC) Section.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 24, 2019

TDP: Statement On Reports Of Inhumane Border Detention Center Holding Children In Clint, Texas

A new report last week indicated that Customs and Border Patrol are housing children in an inhumane border facility right here in Texas that includes “children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, toddlers without diapers relieving themselves in their pants and teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk.”

From Texas Democratic Party

June 21, 2019

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Wins Another 20 Communication Awards

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, won four national and 16 statewide awards—10 first place, 4 second place and 2 third place—in the 2019 Press Women of Texas (PWT) annual communications contest. Her four first-place winning entries also received first, second and honorable mention awards in the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) communications contest.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

June 21, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Texas Is Committed To Protecting And Defending The Lives At Stake As A Result Of The Crisis At Our Southern Border

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s (R-Texas) decision to deploy 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border: “The security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border is one that Texas faces firsthand, and it only continues to escalate because Democrats have refused to prioritize the safety and security of Americans,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 21, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Had A Super PAC's Week

Senator John Cornyn spent yet another week in DC standing up for his own political interests and the interests of his donors and DC special interests at the expense of Texans. Let’s take a look at some highlights from Cornyn’s Super PAC’d week:

From MJ Hegar Campaign

June 21, 2019

Aaron Reitz Campaign: Republican Aaron Reitz Challenges Democrat Vicki Goodwin's Far-Left Voting Record In HD-47

According to a study released by The Texas Tribune, Democrat Vikki Goodwin ranks as the House of Representatives’ 7th (out of 150) most liberal member. Aaron Reitz, a conservative Republican candidate seeking to unseat Goodwin in 2020, had this to say about the results:

From Aaron Reitz Campaign

June 21, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To Announcement Of 1,000 National Guard Troops

Today, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, and Speaker Bonnen announced the deployment of 1,000 additional National Guard troops to our border. There will now be over 2,000 National Guard troops at our border.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

June 21, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Deployment Of Additional 1,000 Texas National Guard

State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement on the Governor's decision to deploy an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border: Deploying more National Guard to the border is a fool's errand and a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars, whether those dollars are federal or state.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 21, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Law Enforcement Division's Captain Wes Hensley Honored For Valor

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Captain Wes Hensley from the Law Enforcement Division of his office received an award for valor during the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s annual Law Enforcement Achievement Awards Ceremony at the state Capitol. Captain Hensley serves as a commissioned officer in the Law Enforcement Division’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 21, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Office Honored With National Award For Best Website

The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) awarded the Texas Office of Attorney General its 2019 WAGGY for the Best Overall Website during its annual meeting this week in Santa Barbara, California.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 21, 2019

Progress Texas: Responds To Immigration Press Conference

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen held a joint press conference on immigration. Progress Texas offers the following statement in response: "After two weeks of bad polling for Trump and Texas Republicans, today the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker announce a border initiative out of nowhere," said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas, a group that works to support progressive issues.

From Progress Texas

June 21, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Congress Must Devote The Necessary Resources To Deal With The Overwhelming Influx Of People Crossing The Border Illegally

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week held meetings in his Washington, D.C. Senate office with members of the Border Trade Alliance and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. In those meetings, Sen. Cruz participated in a dialogue with the members, and discussed his views regarding trade and immigration, among other issues facing the Texas-Mexico border.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 21, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Cornyn Sold Out Texans To Big Pharma Companies

Facing mounting pressure from the DC special interests who have given his campaign millions Senator Cornyn yet again sold Texans out by getting rid of a key measure in his own bill to hold drug companies accountable.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

June 20, 2019

First Liberty: U.S. Supreme Court: War On Veterans Memorials Is Over

Today, in a 7-2 decision, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States preserved the nearly 100-year old Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial, along with memorials like it bearing religious symbols across the country. Most importantly, in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Justices reaffirmed that the First Amendment allows people to use religious symbols and images in public.

From First Liberty

June 20, 2019

Office of Attorney General: Applauds SCOTUS Decision Protecting Cross At Veterans Memorial

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a cross may continue to mark a World War I veterans memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last year, Attorney General Paxton joined a bipartisan 28-state amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to protect the cross, which serves a memorial to fallen veterans and has been standing for nearly a century.

From Office of Attorney General

June 20, 2019

Representative Ed Thompson: Addresses The REAL ID Act Implementation

Representative Ed Thompson would like to inform House District 29 constituents of the Real ID Act which was passed by the US Congress in 2005. This federal law was passed from the 9/11 Commission security recommendations. REAL ID strengthens the integrity, accuracy, and security of driver licenses and identification cards to combat terrorism, identity theft, and other crimes.

From Representative Ed Thompson

June 20, 2019

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Committee Approval Of Jason Pulliam To Be U.S. District Judge In San Antonio

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Jason Pulliam to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio: “Jason has served Texas and his country both as a judge and as a U.S. Marine, and I have no doubt he will excel in this new role,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 20, 2019

Capital of Texas Media Foundation: Merges With Glasshouse Policy; Will Launch New, Austin-Focused Research Organization

The Capital of Texas Media Foundation (COTMF) and Glasshouse Policy on Thursday announced they have merged to form a news, community engagement and research organization that will deliver comprehensive coverage and analysis of Austin’s politics, development and economy.

From Capital of Texas Media Foundation

June 20, 2019

Texas Pediatric Society: Response To Veto Of HB 448

The Texas Pediatric Society is disappointed with Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to ignore the recommendations of pediatricians, law enforcement, and countless auto safety experts in his Saturday veto of H.B. 448 by Rep. Chris Turner and Sen. Judith Zaffirini that sought to improve the child safety restraint laws in Texas. It is our hope that parents themselves will use this occasion to affirm their own good sense and follow these recommendations because they love and care for their children.

From Texas Pediatric Society

June 20, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Applaud Confirmation Of Matthew J. Kacsmaryk For Northern District Of Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after the Senate today voted to confirm Matthew J. Kacsmaryk to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 20, 2019

Representative Will Hurd: Praises Cornyn Effort To Reimburse Texas Communities Caring For Migrants

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) praised the work from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to include $30 million of federal funding to reimburse communities strained by the humanitarian crisis on our Southern border. Representative Hurd penned a bipartisan letter and then introduced an amendment last week to the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security funding bill that would add $30 million to the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Assistance funds to be used for emergency food and shelter grants to local governments and NGOs.

From Representative Will Hurd

June 19, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Announces New Communications Director

Today, the MJ For Texas campaign announced they have brought on Amanda Sherman to serve as Communications Director. Sherman brings extensive experience working with Democrats to win red and purple districts and states across the country.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

June 19, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Governor Abbott Signs Three Measures Authored By Representative Leach

In a bi-partisan showing of support, Governor Abbott recently signed three bills authored by State Representative Jeff Leach, which work collectively to promote a stronger judiciary in Collin County and throughout the State of Texas. The legislative package includes Senate Bill 891, known as the omnibus "Texas Courts Bill," House Bill 2384 to increase judicial compensation, and Senate Bill 2342 to promote balance and expediency for Texans faced with civil disputes.

From Representative Jeff Leach

June 19, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Announces Border Bill To Include $30M Available To Reimburse Texas Communities for Migrant Care

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee announced an agreement on a border supplemental package, which includes $30 million available for reimbursements to local governments, states, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for migrant care through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

From Senator John Cornyn

June 19, 2019

Representative Matt Schaefer: New Law Provides Better Access To Care For Intellectually Disabled

Steven Campbell had the facilities to care for individuals with intellectual disabilities - he just didn’t have permission. As Executive Director of Breckenridge Village in Tyler (BVT), Texas, a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities, Campbell grew weary of telling many families that they would have to find another location to care for their loved one or be placed on BVT’s interest list.

From Representative Matt Schaefer

June 19, 2019

Phil Stephenson Campaign: Governor Abbott Signs Rep. Stephenson's Ag Pesticide Disposal Bill Into Law

House Bill 191, filed by Representative Phil Stephenson in 86th Texas Legislature (R -Wharton, HD 85) was signed into law this past Friday, June 14th. The Governor's signature marks the completion of nearly six years of effort on the part of Stephenson to give ag producers the ability to dispose of waste chemicals responsibly, lawfully, and safely.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign

June 19, 2019

Texas Alliance for Life: Releases End Of Session Recap

Texas Alliance for Life is pleased that, under the leadership of Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen, the Texas Legislature had another successful session.

From Texas Alliance for Life

June 19, 2019

Senator Boris Miles: Statement Regarding Governor Abbott Vetoing SB 390, HB 1120 and HB 1174

"I am very disappointed and shocked with the Governor's veto of SB 390, which would create the Northeast Houston Redevelopment District. The governor's office did not indicate any problem with this bill until late in the session but worked with my staff on changes to eliminate concerns and even helped clear procedural hurdles to get the bill passed.

From Senator Boris Miles

June 19, 2019

Railroad Commission of Texas: Christian Elected Chairman Of The Railroad Commission

At an open meeting of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Commissioner Wayne Christian was unanimously elected Chairman. Following the vote, Christian released the following statement: "It has been the honor of my life to serve on the Railroad Commission during this historic period of growth for our state's oil and gas industry," said Christian.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 19, 2019

Environment Texas: Releases Scorecard, Calls Legislative Session A "Net Positive"

Ten legislators earned perfect scores on Environment Texas’ biennial scorecard, following a legislative session the group called a “net positive” for the environment. The group heralded victories on air quality, parks and renewable energy, while pointing out losses on water quality and environmental enforcement.

From Environment Texas

June 17, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Koch Brothers-Linked DC Super PAC Rishes To Senator John Cornyn's Aid

Today, Americans For Prosperity (AFP) Action, a Washington DC-based super PAC linked to billionaire megadonors the Koch Brothers, came rushing to the defense of their staunch ally Former Majority Whip John Cornyn. It comes as no surprise that AFP Action is rushing to Cornyn's side given his long record of pushing for their priorities at the expense of Texans.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

June 17, 2019

Representative Ron Reynolds: Statement On The Veto Of HB 1174

Governor Abbott has vetoed HB 1174, a bipartisan measure authored by Rep. Reynolds and the Fort Bend County delegation members. HB 1174 is an economic development tool for Fort Bend County. It would have allowed County Assistant Districts to provide a grant or a loan to another political subdivision.

From Representative Ron Reynolds

June 17, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On Improved Availability Of Dicamba For Texas Cotton Farmers

"Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) is very pleased the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided flexibility for Texas farmers by extending the use of dicamba on cotton up to 90 days from planting, instead of the standard 60 days.

From Texas Farm Bureau

June 17, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Governor Abbott Signs State Budget Into Law

HB 1, the appropriations bill authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. "Now signed into law, this is a responsible budget that prioritizes property tax relief, teacher pay, and public education.

From Senator Jane Nelson

June 17, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding States' Rights To Prosecute Criminals

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding its longstanding view on states’ rights to prosecute criminals. During oral argument last December, Attorney General Paxton, leading a bipartisan coalition of 36 states, urged the high court to leave the current system in place.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 17, 2019

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Statement On Veto Of HB 70: Crop Disease & Plant Pest Prevention

Over the weekend, Governor Abbott vetoed HB 70, a bill authored by Rep. Mary González. This legislation would have directed the Texas Department of Agriculture to include crop disease and plant pest prevention as a goal in the agency's strategic plan.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

June 17, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Statement On Governor Abbott's Signing Of Legislation Related To County Road Funding, Critical Infrastructure, Chapter 312, And Water Regulation

Governor Greg Abbott recently signed several pieces of meaningful legislation into law, including bills related to funding for county roads in energy corridors, the protection of critical infrastructure projects, the extension of Chapter 312 and the regulatory authority over produced water.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

June 17, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Ranks 41st In Latest National Rankings Of Child Well-Bring

Texas ranks 41st in child well-being — one of the 10 worst states for kids — according to the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For 30 years, this annual report has highlighted which states have better outcomes for their kids.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

June 17, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Governor Abbott Vetoes Airport Security Legislation

This past weekend, Governor Greg Abbott vetoed House Bill 1168, legislation intended to secure airports across our state. HB 1168 was filed during the first month of the legislative session, and was referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

June 17, 2019

Amarillo Matters: Goal Accomplished: Texas Tech Vet School Set To Become A Reality

Governor Greg Abbott signed the state’s $250 billion budget Saturday evening. Included in the budget is the full $17.35 million requested by Texas Tech University to establish the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo, a project that Amarillo Matters has championed over the past two legislative sessions.

From Amarillo Matters

June 17, 2019

Engage Texas: Launches To Educate And Register Texas Voters

Created by Texans, for Texans, Engage Texas launched today as a federal Super PAC focused on registering and educating voters about the Republican leadership and conservative principles that have made Texas the best state to live, work and raise a family.

From Engage Texas

June 17, 2019

Texas Values Action: Texas Born Alive Infant Protection Act Signed Into Law

Governor Greg Abbott signed HB16, the Texas Born Alive Infant Protection Act into law today. The bill is a response as people around the country listened in shock to the actions of New York’s legislature and the comments of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam about abortions up to the moment of birth, and even after birth. Children who survive an abortion should be, and now will be, protected and given lifesaving care in Texas.

From Texas Values Action

June 17, 2019

Todd Hunter Campaign: Rep. Hunter To Host Oyster Aquaculture Summit

State Rep. Todd Hunter will host legislators, scholars, restaurant owners and state officials at a July 10 summit focused on Texas oyster aquaculture and a new law that will generate significant economic activity across Texas.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

June 17, 2019

Distilled Spirits Council: Texas Governor Signs Bill To Relax Limits On Liquor Store Ownership And Promote A Free Market In The Lone Star State

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today signed into law historic legislation that will promote a free and fair market for liquor store ownership in the Lone Star State. Abbott signed HB 1545, sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, that authorizes the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to continue operating through 2031.

From Distilled Spirits Council

June 17, 2019

Representative Rafael Anchia: Second Pipeline Safety Bill Signed By The Governor

Today, House Bill 864, the second of Chairman Rafael Anchia's pipeline safety measures, was signed by Governor Abbott. The governor's signature marks the final step in the bill process for HB 864, which passed both the House and Senate chambers on May 24th.

From Representative Rafael Anchia

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