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August 16, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: San Antonio Agrees To Deliver Records Regarding The City's Decision To Ban Chick-fil-A From International Airport

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office reached an agreement with the City of San Antonio regarding an April 11 open records request for documents related to the City’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport based on the restaurant chain’s donations to religious ministries.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 16, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Rep. Turner Statement On Rep. Farrar Retirement Announcement

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) released the following statement regarding Representative Jessica Farrar’s retirement: “For 25 years, Rep. Farrar has been an outstanding leader for her district, the city of Houston, and the state of Texas.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

August 16, 2019

TDP: Full Representative Joaquin Castro Town Hall Democratic Response Remarks

“Good evening Texans. I'm Joaquin Castro, congressman from San Antonio, and a proud Texas Democrat. Tonight our state still mourns the lives lost in El Paso. Gunned down at the hands of a racist terrorist, with a weapon designed for war.

From TDP

August 16, 2019

TDP: Calls For Action To Address Gun Violence, Roundtables Are Not Enough

Today, the Texas Democratic Party called for immediate action to address gun violence and white nationalist terrorism. Gun violence has become an epidemic and four of the top eight mass shootings in United States history have taken place in the state of Texas.

From TDP

August 16, 2019

TDP: This 69 Word Press Release Is Longer Than Abbott's Comments About His Party Falling Apart

While Abbott’s right hand man Dennis Bonnen continues to face a crippling lawsuit and a criminal investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers, Governor Greg Abbott side-stepped all questions about these allegations currently roiling his party.

From TDP

August 16, 2019

TDP: Town Hall: The Texas Republican Party's White Supremacist Rhetoric

For decades, the Texas Republican Party has been spreading dog-whistles, violent, and outright racist, white supremacist langugage that a large portion of their base latch onto. Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick have contributed to this phenomenon.

From TDP

August 16, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: A-F Ratings Make A Big Difference In Texas Schools

Lt. Gov. Patrick issued this statement today following the release of the 2019 A-F ratings for individual school campuses: "I began the fight to establish A-F ratings in our schools as a senator, in 2013, when I served as Chair of the Senate Education Committee because I knew district and campus ratings would provide educators with the information they need to help transform our schools and ensure that more students are successful.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

August 15, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On HISD TEA Grades

On Thursday, August 15th the individual school ratings for Houston Independent School District (HISD) where released. Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement: "I stand with my Houston colleagues in applauding the improvement Houston ISD made this year in the TEA's A-F rating system.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

August 15, 2019

Representative Randy Weber: Weber, McCaul, Cuellar Introduce Bill To Combat Domestic Terrorism

Earlier this week, three Texas Congressmen, Randy Weber (R-TX-14), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), and Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to better identify and charge those committing acts of domestic terrorism in the United States. H.R. 4187*, the Domestic Terrorism Penalties Act of 2019, would replicate the penal code structure used to prosecute “International Terrorism” to establish penalties for crimes committed specifically under the definition of “Domestic Terrorism.”

From Representative Randy Weber

August 15, 2019

Senator Peter Flores: Appointed By Governor Abbott To National School Commission

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Senator Peter “Pete” Flores and Representative Daniel “Dan” Huberty to the Education Commission of the States for terms to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, Senator Larry Taylor, Representative Dwayne Bohac, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, and John Colyandro, Governor Abbott's Policy Director & Senior Advisor, will continue to serve on the Commission.

From Senator Peter Flores

August 15, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Highest Ratings For Texas Short-Term Notes

Texas repeated its high credit ratings for this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRAN), which will allow the state to manage its cash-flow needs for fiscal 2020. “Texas has once again received the highest short-term credit ratings on these one-year notes,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 15, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz, Cornyn, Babin Call On NASA To Award Lunar Lander Program To Johnson Space Center

In response to a news report that NASA will designate the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to lead the development of the human-classed lunar lander for the Artemis program over the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – which has served as NASA’s lead center for human spaceflight for more than half a century – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) along with Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) today urged NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to reconsider his decision and refrain from an official announcement until an official briefing is held.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 15, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Releases 2019 A-F Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released its 2019 state accountability ratings for approximately 1,200 school districts and charter schools. Districts and charters once again received A-F ratings, but new this year are A-F ratings for individual schools. Statewide, hundreds of districts and schools improved their overall rating from 2018.

From Texas Education Agency

August 15, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces $2.0 Million On Funding For Raymondville Drain Project

Yesterday, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) authorized an amendment to the grant agreement for an additional $2 million grant for Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 reimbursement planning and design costs for the for the multi-phase drainage project known as the Raymondville Drain Project.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

August 15, 2019

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Endorse Angelica Garcia For Texas State House

Hispanic Republicans of Texas (HRT-PAC) today announced their endorsement of small business owner Angelica Garcia for the Texas House of Representatives in House District 132, which includes a large portion of the City of Katy and parts of Houston. “Angelica is a bright, rising star of the Republican Party in Texas,” said Jacob Monty of the HRT-PAC Leadership Committee.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

August 15, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Texas Not Hospitable To Far-Right ALEC Agenda

At a coalition news conference/rally to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement: "The progressive organizations you see before you today have a message for the American Legislative Exchange Council: Hijacking the legislative process to serve corporate interests and right-wing billionaires is not welcome in Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO

August 15, 2019

Roland Gutierrez Campaign: Rep. Gutierrez Calls Out Gov. Abbott On Not Doing Enough With Introduction Of Task Force

Representative Roland Gutierrez yet again challenged Governor Abbott to take executive action to call a special session to improve gun safety in Texas. Previous attempts for a special session have included a letter to Governor, creation of a petition and now introduction of new legislation.

From Roland Gutierrez Campaign

August 14, 2019

Progress Texas: ALEC's DAys In Texas Are Numbered

Today Progress Texas, along with a broad progressive coalition of grassroots organizations, people with disabilities, labor unions, and elected officials, held a press conference outside the ALEC National Convention at the J.W. Marriott.

From Progress Texas

August 14, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Domestic Terrorism Task Force Formed Following El Paso Shooting

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement today of the formation of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force: While we must ensure that the justice system is equipped to face the challenge of white supremacist-driven domestic terrorism, the real struggle is with a hateful ideology that finds expression in gun violence.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 14, 2019

TDP: Congressman Joaquin Castro To Give Democratic Response To Abbott Town Hall

Today, the Texas Democratic Party announces Congressman Joaquín Castro will give the Democratic response to Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s August 15th town hall.

From TDP

August 13, 2019

Progress Texas: 3 Questions To Ask ALEC At Their National Conference

ALEC is hosting two workshops on redistricting - the process of drawing political maps based on where people live - but why should corporate interests influence Texas’ redistricting process? What does the organization gain from these trainings? With the Texas electorate becoming younger and more diverse, progressives are gaining representation in the State House and standing up for issues such as access to affordable care, public education, paid sick leave, and addressing the needs of everyday Texans.

From Progress Texas

August 13, 2019

Representative Ray Lopez: With Words Louder Than Firearms

From Representative Ray Lopez

August 13, 2019

Tony Lawrence Campaign: Lawrence Launches Republican Challenge In Texas House District 63

Flower Mound resident Tony Lawrence has officially launched his campaign for Texas House of Representatives, District 63. “We need representation that is entirely focused on delivering for the people, the taxpayers, of District 63,” said Lawrence.

From Tony Lawrence Campaign

August 12, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Hegar Calls Out John Cornyn For Failure Following El Paso Attack And Visits Rio Grande Valley & Dallas

Last week, following a heartbreaking domestic terrorist attack in El Paso, MJ Hegar called for Senator Cornyn to push Mitch McConnell to stop their summer recess and return to DC to bring legislation expanding background checks and increasing gun safety to the floor for a vote.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

August 12, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Dangerous Federal "Public Charge" Rule Threatens 1 In 4 Texas Children

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released semifinal text of a new regulation that could affect millions of Texans—including over 1.6 million U.S. citizen children—who may go without needed health care, food, and housing out of fear that meeting those needs will prevent a family member from earning a Green Card or receiving a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

August 12, 2019

Representative Michelle Beckley: Statement On The General Investigating Committee Hearing Into Bonnen Ethics Allegations

Representative Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) expressed concern at the decision of the House Committee on General Investigating entering Executive Session. Following the unanimous motion by the Committee, the Texas Rangers' Public Integrity Unit will begin an investigation into the June 12 meeting.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

August 12, 2019

Ben Leman Campaign: State Representative Leman Announces For Re-Election ToHouse District 13

Today, Texas State Representative Ben Leman announced his campaign for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives HD-13. The district covers Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, and Washington counties. “I am excited to continue delivering on the accomplishments achieved in the 86th Texas Legislature,” said Leman, who was first elected in a Special Election and then re-elected in November 2018 is in his first full-term as State Representative for House District 13.

From Ben Leman Campaign

August 12, 2019

Texas House LGBTQ Caucus: Statement On Alleged Homophobic Comments Made By Speaker Bonnen

Members of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus are dismayed to learn that Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen allegedly made homophobic comments about a colleague. Being Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and/or Queer identified is not an insult. It’s who many Texans are. Using our identities as an insult furthers the stigmatization and discrimination of LGBTQ individuals and can be particularly harmful to LGBTQ youth.

From Texas House LGBTQ Caucus

August 12, 2019

Stan Lambert Campaign: After Historic Legislative Session, Governor Greg Abbott Endorses Satte Representative Stan Lambert For Re-Election

Governor Greg Abbott today endorsed Stan Lambert for re-election as State Representative for House District 71. Representative Lambert was a key player in the passage of property tax relief and school finance reform, and worked closely alongside Governor Abbott during the 86th legislative session.

From Stan Lambert Campaign

August 9, 2019

Texas Education Agency: Releases Preliminary 2018-2019 Financial Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released preliminary financial accountability ratings for more than 1,100 school districts and charters across the state, with 87 percent earning the highest preliminary rating possible for 2018-2019.

From Texas Education Agency

August 9, 2019

League of Women Voters: Sues To Fix Improper Rejection Of Mail-In Ballots

Today, the League of Women Voters of Texas, along with individual plaintiffs and partners, filed a complaint against the Texas Secretary of State to resolve the unclear and unfair rules for rejecting mail-in ballots in the state. Richardson v. Texas Secretary of State argues that Texas law fails to provide uniform standards for signature comparison and fails to give voters the ability to cure their ballots if they are marked for rejection.

From League of Women Voters

August 9, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Awarded Grant To Help Prevent SNAP Fraud

Texas Health and Human Services was recently awarded $336,994 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent and reduce fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

August 9, 2019

Progress Texas: Far-Right Special Interest Group Coming To Austin

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a far-right corporate “bill mill” that pushes extreme special-interest policies, will hold their national convening in Austin next week. ALEC has longstanding ties to the Koch Brothers, Texas Republicans, and extremist organizations like the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

From Progress Texas

August 9, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Defends State Abortion Regulations In Court

A legal team from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today defended reasonable state abortion regulations designed to protect the health and safety of women. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today considered challenges to dozens of Louisiana’s democratically enacted abortion laws.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 8, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: In El Paso: 'In The Face Of Horrible Evil, Texans Come Together'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) earlier this week traveled to El Paso to support a community struck by unspeakable evil. During his visit, he received briefings from local officials, law enforcement officers, and first responders, and met with doctors and nurses caring for shooting survivors. He also spent time with victims and their grieving families and visited a memorial to honor the innocent people who lost their lives to this horrific act of violence.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 8, 2019

Representative Ana-Maria Ramos: Files Lawsuit Against Michael Quinn Sullivan, Speaker Bonnen Amid Campaign Finance Violation Allegations

Today, State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos in conjunction with the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court against Michael Quinn Sullivan and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen regarding allegations of serious campaign finance violations.

From Representative Ana-Maria Ramos

August 8, 2019

TDP: Files Lawsuit On Serious Campaign Finance Violations By Republican Speaker Of The House Dennis Bonnen And Michael Quinn Sullivan

Today, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court regarding serious campaign finance violations by conservative dark money operative Michael Quinn Sullivan and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen.

From TDP

August 8, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Starts Petition Demanding Governor To Call Special Session

Representative Roland Gutierrez has created a petition in order to put more pressure on Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session addressing gun safety in Texas. http://chng.it/DjqkW5JW89 “I don't doubt that the Governor takes this issue seriously, but his proposed roundtable is not a serious proposal to try and solve the issue.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

August 7, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: El Paso Delegation Statement On Meeting With State Leaders

State Sen. José Rodríguez released the following statement on behalf of the El Paso delegation: We had a productive initial meeting. The state is providing $5.6 million in immediate state agency assistance, and Gov. Abbott is working to find additional resources to support our community, including services for first responders and victims.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 7, 2019

Stronger Texas PAC: Supporters Of Proposition 8 Announce Formation Of The Stronger Texas PAC

This week, supporters of Proposition 8, which will appear on the upcoming November 5th ballot, announced the formation of the Stronger Texas PAC. Proposition 8 proposes a constitutional amendment to the Texas Constitution that, if approved, would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects across the state of Texas.

From Stronger Texas PAC

August 7, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Returns To El Paso, Donates Blood, And Condemns Hate-Filled Act Of White Supremacist

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited Vitalant’s El Paso West location to donate blood to aid survivors of the shooting in El Paso. While there, he spoke to reporters about what Congress can do to prevent shootings like in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio from happening again in the future. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 7, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Stands Behind In Wake Of El Paso Terror Attack

Today, Senator Cornyn once again plays number two to his political allies as President Trump makes a politically charged trip to El Paso. Senator John Cornyn has faced harsh criticism following the domestic terror attack in El Paso for his failed response.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

August 7, 2019

Progress Texas: ALEC Funds 3 Dangerous Policies In Texas

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate “bill mill” that drafts conservative bill templates and shops them around to state legislatures across the country. The organization is behind dangerous conservative policies on guns, immigration, and education.

From Progress Texas

August 7, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Lawsuit Challenging Dallas' Unlawful Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined ESI/Employee Solutions, LP and Hagan Law Group, two Dallas-area employers, in a lawsuit challenging a City of Dallas paid employee sick leave ordinance similar to an Austin ordinance struck down by a Texas court last year and a San Antonio ordinance stayed by a trial court last month.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 7, 2019

Representative Michelle Beckley: Statement On Speaker Bonnen's Apology

Representative Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) had this to say regarding Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s open apology to members of the Texas House of Representatives: “Yesterday, Speaker Bonnen distributed an email to all House Members apologizing for comments he made about other members that were inappropriate, rude and by all reports vulgar. While he did not single out any one member, it had been reported by other news outlets leading up to his email that I had been a specific target of his nasty comments and at the time the sole woman.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

August 7, 2019

Pritesh Gandhi Campaign: Releases Introductory Digital Ad, "Our Voices"

This morning Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, Democratic candidate running for Congress in TX-10, released a digital ad: “Our Voices.” The ad is an introductory video, highlighting Dr. Gandhi’s long-term history as a fierce advocate for people and families across a variety of issues.

From Pritesh Gandhi Campaign

August 7, 2019

Progress Texas: One Question For Speaker Bonnen

As Speaker Bonnen offers his apology to fellow members of the Texas Legislature, Glenn Smith, Senior Strategist at Progress Texas, asks the tough question: “Now that Speaker Bonnen has apologized for his poor judgement, there is one tough question left for him to answer: is it ok to campaign against incumbents or not? A simple yes or no answer will suffice.

From Progress Texas

August 6, 2019

Representative Michelle Beckley: Statement On The El Paso Tragedy

Representative Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) had this to say regarding the tragic events of Saturday, August 3, 2019 in an El Paso, Texas Walmart: “As a Texan, my heart is broken for the people of El Paso. Another peaceful, every day was turned into a Saturday that families will never forget when a man, driven by hatred, with easy access to guns and ammunition intended for war, fired indiscriminately into a crowded Walmart killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.

From Representative Michelle Beckley

August 6, 2019

Senator Beverly Powell: Praises Tarrant County Commissioners Court For Approval Of State Veterans Home

Today the Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved the donation of 12 acres of land for the creation of the Veteran Land Board's 10th Veteran's Home. Senator Powell released the following statement: "Ensuring Texas veterans have access to the resources they deserve remains a crucial priority for our state and for the entire Tarrant County community.

From Senator Beverly Powell

August 6, 2019

Common Cause Texas: ALEC Coming To Austin: Gerrymandering 101 On The Agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a group of corporate lobbyists, funded by big corporations working to ram far-right legislation through state houses - including Voter ID laws. ALEC is holding their annual conference in Austin next week and workshop details were just released. Two sessions focus on redistricting - including one titled, "How to Survive Redistricting."

From Common Cause Texas

August 6, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On President Trump's Visit

In response to numerous inquiries regarding whether Senator Rodríguez opposes President Trump's visit to El Paso on Wednesday, he has issued the following statement: It depends on the nature of his visit. His hateful campaign rhetoric of the past is not welcome.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 6, 2019

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Property Taxpayers Will See Meaningful Relief On 2019 Tax Bill, More To Come In 2020+

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Property Tax, is offering clarity on what Texas taxpayers can expect with the implementation of Senate Bill 2, authored by Bettencourt, and House Bill 3, co-sponsored by Bettencourt, passed during the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 5, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: Hegar Calls On John Cornyn & Senate To Return From Recess To Vote On Gun Safety Legislation

In the wake of the heartbreaking domestic terrorist attack in El Paso, decorated combat veteran MJ Hegar is calling on Senator Cornyn and Senate Leadership to return from recess and do their job by holding a vote on H.R. 8, legislation expanding universal background checks. Below is MJ’s statement:

From MJ Hegar Campaign

August 5, 2019

Ryan Pitts Campaign: Announces Campaign Advisory Council & Endorsement List

Today, the Ryan Pitts for Texas House campaign released its Campaign Advisory Council that includes community leaders from across Texas House District 10. The list of more than 40 people includes current and former local elected officials and notable community leaders.

From Ryan Pitts Campaign

August 5, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Raises $100,000+ In 24 Hours After Will Hurd Announces Retirement

Today, the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign announced that Jones raised more than $100,000 in the 24 hour period after Congressman Will Hurd announced his retirement. Jones is a San Antonio native, first-generation American, and Iraq War veteran who served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 5, 2019

Senator Peter Flores: Statement On El Paso Shooting

Senator Peter P. Flores released the following statement on the tragic shooting this weekend in El Paso that took the lives of 21 people: "God bless the souls of the victims and the lives of their family and friends.

From Senator Peter Flores

August 5, 2019

TDP: The Texas Democratic Party On White Nationalist Terrorism In El Paso

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Texas Democratic Party Vice Chair Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statement: “White nationalist terrorism is present and it is deadly. Texans are dying because of it. We must expose it, and we must stop it.

From TDP

August 5, 2019

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Calls On Governor To Hold Special Session

Today Representative Roland Gutierrez sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting an emergency special session to address the gun violence happening in Texas. “I am urging every member of the Texas Legislature to demand the Governor to call an emergency special session.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

August 5, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Texas Legislators Respond To Tragic Shooting In El Paso

State Representative Rafael Anchía, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and State Representative Cesar Blanco, Chairman of the Border Caucus released the following statements following the tragic shooting that has left 20 dead and 26 injured in El Paso, Texas.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 5, 2019

Texas Civil Justice League: 2019 TCJL Legislators Of The Year

TCJL is honored to recognize the following legislators for their outstanding service to the Texas civil justice system during the 2019 legislative session. Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano). As Chair of the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, Representative Leach handled some of the most complex and important legislation of the session with patience, grace, and skill.

From Texas Civil Justice League

August 5, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'There Is No Place For This Evil'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing investigation in El Paso: “Over the last day, the outpouring of support for the victims, first responders, and local authorities in El Paso has been overwhelming and heartening. In response to this despicable hate meant to divide us, the people of El Paso immediately and powerfully came together.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 5, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On El Paso Shooting, White Supremacy

In the wake of yesterday's mass shooting in El Paso, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued the following statement: "We are devastated and angry over the deaths of 20 people and injuries of dozens more in the mass shooting in El Paso.

From Texas AFL-CIO

August 5, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On El Paso Shooting

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following news of the shooting in El Paso: “Texans are heartbroken over the news of the horrific shooting in El Paso. Please join Jan and I in praying for the city of El Paso, the victims, their families and their friends who have suffered an unspeakable loss today.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

August 5, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats On Tragic, Senseless Shooting In El Paso

United States Representative Veronica Escobar issued the following statement: “Today, El Paso is facing the indescribable pain and horror that too many other American communities have had to endure. Our hearts are completely broken by this needless loss of life, especially here in our beautiful home. We mourn for the victims and everyone involved.

From TDP

August 5, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On El Paso Shooting

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to the shooting in El Paso: “My heart is with everyone in El Paso struck by this unspeakable evil.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 5, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement On Shooting In El Paso Walmart

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding today’s shooting at a Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area of El Paso: “As tragic news comes from El Paso, my office stands ready to give full support to all federal, state and local law enforcement who are on the scene now and to those who will be conducting the ongoing investigation.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 5, 2019

Harris County Republican Party: Chairman Paul Simpson Fights On Behalf Of All Harris County Voters In November 2020 Election

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson issued the following statement regarding the County Clerk’s adoption of countywide voting centers in the November 2019 election instead of the longstanding precinct-based Election Day model:

From Harris County Republican Party

August 2, 2019

Rick Miller Campaign: Representative Miller Running For Re-Election Despite Resignation Rumors

On Wednesday, July 31st, Governor Greg Abbott’s office released the names of two applicants who are currently being considered to lead the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Representative Rick Miller (R – Fort Bend), was one of the two names released. His consideration for the position by Governor Abbott has sparked resignation rumors. Despite the rumors, Representative Miller is fully committed to running and winning re-election.

From Rick Miller Campaign

August 2, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Aims To Improve Health Of Women, Babies

Texas is working toward better health for mothers and babies by addressing disparities, highlighting Texas WIC’s breastfeeding support program, and providing information and breastfeeding help to families at events throughout the state this month.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

August 2, 2019

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Announces $100,000 Investment From The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) announced today that they will receive an initial $100,000 investment from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC). The investment comes after Democrats picked up 12 seats in the Texas House of Representatives in 2018. Texas House Democrats are only 9 seats away from gaining a majority in the state House.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

August 2, 2019

Justin Berry Campaign: Senior Police Officer Justin Berry Announces Campaign For Texas House

Senior police officer and entrepreneur, Justin Berry, today announced he will seek election as a Republican to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 47. HD 47 covers most of western Travis County including about 10% of Austin residents as well as all the residents of Lakeway, Lago Vista, Shady Hollow, Barton Creek, Bee Cave and 11 other west Travis County cities.

From Justin Berry Campaign

August 2, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Statement In Response To HUD Announcement Regarding Mitigation Funds

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it will soon publish Federal Register notices for disaster mitigation funds. The first notice will include funds for Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Missouri and Georgia; and the second will include funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

From Texas General Land Office

August 2, 2019

Manish Seth Campaign: Builds Summer Momentum

Manish Seth, candidate for Texas House District 27, received the public support of Congressman Pete Olson this week at a meet and greet hosted by Tim Rogers, Karie Rogers and Christina Castro in Sienna Plantation. “We are here to support a great American, Manish Seth,” said Olson. “Manish Seth will take that seat back and make this county and Texas 27 better than ever.”

From Manish Seth Campaign

August 2, 2019

Lilith Fund: Advocates Relaunch Abortion Know Your Rights Campaign In Del Rio, TX

Two new billboards — in Spanish and English — are educating Del Rio residents that they have a right to seek an abortion and directs them to needabortion.org. NeedAbortion.org is a know-your-rights campaign that started in 2015 in the wake of clinic closures due to the omnibus anti-abortion bill HB 2, which caused half of the abortion clinics in Texas to close. HB2 was ultimately defeated at the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

From Lilith Fund

August 2, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Congratulates Andrea Bouressa For Receiving Gubernatorial Appointment To The 471st Judicial District Court In Collin County

Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced Andrea Bouressa of Murphy as Judge of the 471st Judicial District Court in Collin County, effective September 1, 2019, for a term set to expire in the 2020 General Election. In response, Representative Leach issued the following statement: "Having known Ms. Bouressa professionally as a practicing attorney for nearly a decade, I can attest first hand that she has the knowledge and experience to serve as an outstanding jurist for the people of Collin County.

From Representative Jeff Leach

August 2, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Caucus Chair Chris Turner Statement On Sullivan Allegations

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) released the following statement about the allegations made by Michael Quinn Sullivan: “In the eight days since Michael Quinn Sullivan published serious allegations about the Speaker of the House and GOP Caucus Chairman, the House Democratic Caucus has watched events unfold with the shared hope that no matter what the truth is, it would come out quickly and completely. Unfortunately, that has yet to happen.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

August 2, 2019

Representative Candy Noble: Applauds Governor Abbott's Appointment Of Andrea Bouressa To The 471st District Court

Following Governor Abbott's appointment today of Andrea Bouressa to the 471st District Court in Collin County, Representative Candy Noble released the following statement: "In Andrea Bouressa, Governor Abbott has made an outstanding appointment to the newly created 471st Collin County District Court.

From Representative Candy Noble

August 2, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Burdensome Red-Tape Continues To Serve As An Obstacle For Texas' Ranchers And Wildlife Breeders And It Must Be Stopped'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week reintroduced the Saving America’s Vulnerable and Endangered Species (SAVES) Act, which would eliminate bureaucratic red tape for ranchers and conservators engaged in captive breeding of exotic wildlife and support animal conservation efforts. The full text of the bill may be viewed here.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 2, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Will Hurd's Retirement

After Congressman Will Hurd announced his decision to retire, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones issued the following statement tonight: “After years of serving our country, first in the CIA and then in Congress, I respect Congressman Hurd’s decision to serve in a new capacity.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 1, 2019

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Welcomes Susie Buda To The TTARA Team

Susie Buda, who has extensive experience in tax policy and school finance issues at the Texas Capitol, has joined the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association staff, TTARA announced today. Buda will focus on franchise tax, the state budget, tax administration and other state tax issues.

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

August 1, 2019

Ed Thompson Campaign: Governor Greg Abbott Endorses Ed Thompson For Re-Election

On July 31st, Governor Greg Abbott officially endorsed Ed Thompson for re- election as State Representative for House District 29. This past legislative session, Representative Thompson worked alongside the Governor and his peers in the Texas House of Representatives to pass meaningful legislation on various issues, such as increasing teacher salaries, school finance reform, property tax reform, and transportation needs for the state.

From Ed Thompson Campaign

July 31, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Puts DC Politics Over National Security

Senator Cornyn not only refuses to take action amid warnings by the United States intelligence community that hostile foreign actors are trying to interfere in our elections, but is jeopardizing national security by becoming one of the first Senators to throw his support behind an untested political ally with red flags on his resume to serve as Director of National Intelligence.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 31, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Confirmation Of Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown To The U.S. District Court In Galveston

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Supreme Court of Texas Justice Jeff Brown to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston. Brown has served on the Supreme Court since his appointment by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2013.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 31, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Congratulates Deputy First Assistant AG Brantley Starr On Senate Confirmation To Federal Bench In Dallas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today congratulated Deputy First Assistant Attorney General Brantley Starr, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. President Trump nominated Starr to the federal bench in March.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 31, 2019

DeWayne Burns Campaign: Republican DeWayne Burns To Seek Re-Election

State Representative DeWayne Burns announced today that he will seek re-election to his seat in the Texas House for District 58, representing Bosque and Johnson Counties. Since taking office in 2015, Rep. Burns has been one of the legislature’s leading advocates for increasing funding for border security, supporting local public schools and retired teachers, providing tax relief for hard-working families, and protecting the private property rights of all Texans. He said he credits his constituents for much of his success in office.

From DeWayne Burns Campaign

July 31, 2019

Representative John Zerwas: Announces Retirement From Texas House

House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Zerwas, M.D. today announced that he is retiring from the Texas House of Representatives effective September 30, 2019.

From Representative John Zerwas

July 31, 2019

Representative Brian Babin: Babin's Lucas Lowe Memorial Post Office Bill (H.R. 1250) Passes U.S. Senate

Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) issued the following statement in response to his legislation to rename the Post Office in Hardin, TX after Lucas Maurice Lowe passing the U.S. Senate. “I’m tremendously proud and honored to have led the effort to rename the Hardin Post Office after a true American hero – Lucas Lowe,” said Rep. Babin.

From Representative Brian Babin

July 31, 2019

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Congressional Candidate Genevieve Collins Announces 32 Videos In 32 Days For The 32nd District

Today, 7th Generation Texan and future Representative for the 32nd Congressional district, Genevieve Collins, announced she will be releasing 32 videos over the next 32 days that outline who she is, why she is running, what she believes and her views on the issues important to the constituents of the 32nd district.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

July 31, 2019

Pritesh Gandhi Campaign: Indian American Impact Fund Endorses Dr. Pritesh Gandhi As Part Of Their July 2019 Endorsements

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, the son of immigrants and a candidate for Congress in Texas’ 10th District received the endorsement of the Indian American Impact Fund, a Federal PAC that invests in emerging, viable Indian American candidates to help them run, win, and lead.

From Pritesh Gandhi Campaign

July 31, 2019

Engage Texas: Reports $9.6 Million Raised To Register, Educate Texas Voters

Engage Texas has filed its first publicly available campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission, showing more than $9.6 million raised to register and educate voters about the principles that have made families and jobs flock to the Lone Star State. “Texas is a national example of conservative leadership creating results for its citizens, whether that’s good jobs, safe communities, strong schools or increased opportunities for families,” Engage Texas Chairman Mano de Ayala said. “Engage Texas is committed to ensuring voters know our state’s success did not happen by accident. This significant investment in resources will help us reach Texans in every corner of the state to educate them about Texas’ successful, conservative principles and engage them in the political process.”

From Engage Texas

July 31, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Former Deputy Solicitor General Sean Jordan On Senate Confirmation To Federal Bench In Plano

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Sean Jordan to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano. He is currently the co-chair of Jackson Walker’s appellate practice group in the law firm’s Austin office.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 31, 2019

Texas DPS: New CLEAR Alert System Assists Law Enforcement In Locating Endangered, Missing Adults

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) joined Rep. Greg Bonnen at a press conference today to discuss the implementation of the CLEAR Alert, or the Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue Alert. This new alert system will assist law enforcement in locating and rescuing missing adults who may have been kidnapped, abducted or who are in immediate danger of injury or death, as well as aid in locating any potential suspects.

From Texas DPS

July 30, 2019

Texas Oil & Gas Association: Industry-Led Environmental Partnership Releases First Annual Report Outlining Successes In Environmental Performance

The Environmental Partnership, an initiative of U.S. oil and natural gas producers including nearly three dozen Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) members, today released its first annual report showcasing the industry’s progress in innovations and emissions reductions.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association

July 30, 2019

Texas Retailers Association: Retail Industry Award Winners Announced

Today the Texas Retailers Association (TRA) announced their 2019 Retail Industry Award Winners. Winners were announced and presented with their award at the 2019 Texas Retailers Forum in Austin, Texas.

From Texas Retailers Association

July 30, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Nomination Of Rep. Ratcliffe To Be Director Of National Intelligence

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be Director of National Intelligence: “Rep. Ratcliffe is a good man and a friend who has served the people of Texas well, first as U.S. Attorney and then representing the 4th district as a Member of Congress and on the House Intelligence Committee. I believe the president made a strong choice, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to get Rep. Ratcliffe confirmed.”

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 30, 2019

Progress Texas: Battleground State: Texas Interest In Dem Presidential Candidates Booms

Texans will be watching this week’s Democratic Presidential Debates as interest in the 2020 election grows. “Texas is the largest battleground state for 2020 and we expect presidential candidates to speak on issues that impact Texans daily lives such as health care, voting rights, immigration, and abortion access,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 30, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: ICYMI: Cornyn Sides With Big Pharma, Votes To Block Bipartisan Cap On Rising Prescription Drug Costs

Once again showing Texans that he is in the pocket of his big pharmaceutical company donors Senator John Cornyn voted last week to try to “gut the core proposal” of a bipartisan effort to rein in prescription drug costs for older Texans because he claimed pharma companies would have to “eat the cost”.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 30, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Advancement Of Seven Texas Judicial Nominees

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement applauding the Senate’s consideration of seven judicial nominees for Texas. “This week, the Senate will fill seven important judicial vacancies in the Lone Star State,” Sen. Cruz said. “Each of these seven nominees are highly qualified individuals who have demonstrated their strong commitment to the rule of law. I have every confidence Texans will be well served with their confirmation.”

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 30, 2019

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Republican Businesswoman Genevieve Collins Announces Run In Texas' 32nd Congressional District

Today, Genevieve Collins, a 7th generation Texan and lifelong Republican, announced her intention to run for Congress in Texas’ 32nd Congressional District. “I grew up in a Texas where every person, no matter their race or gender, could chase their dreams. If you could dream it, you could do it.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

July 30, 2019

Keith Bell Campaign: State Representative Keith Bell Announces For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Keith Bell announced today that he will seek re-election to the Texas State House after a record-breaking conservative legislative session. Bell is completing his first term as the State Representative of House District 4, which includes Kaufman and part of Henderson county.

From Keith Bell Campaign

July 30, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Senate To Consider Seven Texas Judicial Nominees

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the Senate’s upcoming votes on seven judicial confirmations for Texas on the Senate floor. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. “This week we intend to keep our progress on nominations going strong, and we have seven Texas district judge nominees on the docket. Seven.”

From Senator John Cornyn

July 29, 2019

Speaker Dennis Bonnen: Statement

Speaker Dennis Bonnen today issued the following statement: “Last Friday, I sent an email to my Republican colleagues to set the record straight regarding the latest hit job to emerge from Empower Texans in their longstanding effort to divide and destroy the Republicans in the Texas House.

From Speaker Dennis Bonnen

July 29, 2019

Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig's Elizabeth Ross Hadley Elected Chair Of The Legislative And Campaign Law Section Of The State Bar Of Texas

Shareholder Elizabeth Ross Hadley of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Austin office has been elected Chair of the Legislative and Campaign Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for 2019-20. Hadley’s responsibilities will include carrying out initiatives that provide education and resources to Texas attorneys engaged in legislative advocacy and who advise clients on campaign finance and campaign and election law. Hadley previously served as Section Vice Chair.

From Greenberg Traurig, LLP

July 29, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Matt Shaheen For Reelection In HD 66

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Rep. Matt Shaheen for reelection in House District 66, which covers part of Collin County. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and honest legal system in our state,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

July 29, 2019

Representative Jeff Leach: Co-Chairs Criminal Justice Reform Caucus In The Texas House, Expresses A Renewed, Bi-Partisan Commitment Toward Meaningful Reforms

In an effort to spearhead substantive criminal justice reforms during the 87th Legislative Session, Representative Jeff Leach and Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Moody recently launched the "Criminal Justice Reform Caucus" in the Texas House of Representatives. With Leach and Moody serving as Co-Chairs, the caucus is comprised of ten additional House Members, including five Republicans and five Democrats who represent broad regions throughout the state.

From Representative Jeff Leach

July 29, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Linda Koop For Election In HD 102

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Linda Koop for election in House District 102, 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 29, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: New Laws, Funding On The Way As Texas Observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day

As the nation observes Human Trafficking Awareness Day on July 30th, the State of Texas is implementing new laws sponsored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, along with additional funding to crack down on human trafficking.

From Senator Jane Nelson

July 29, 2019

Bobby Guerra Campaign: Representative Bobby Guerra (HD 41) Announces His Intent To Run For Re-Election

State Representative R. D. "Bobby" Guerra announce he is officially running for re-election to represent House District 41, ready to build on the progress he helped make possible fighting for teachers, public schools and families across Hidalgo County.

From Bobby Guerra Campaign

July 29, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO: Levy, Garibay Re-Electe To Top Texas AFL-CIO Offices

Signaling a "bigger, broader, bolder" agenda for Texas working families, Texas AFL-CIO delegates re-elected Rick Levy as President and Montserrat Garibay as Secretary-Treasurer. The election to four-year terms took place by acclamation during a three-day 60th Texas AFL-CIO Convention held at the unionized Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 26, 2019

Linda Koop Campaign: Koop Announces Campaign For State Representative

Former Texas State Representative Linda Koop today announced as a candidate for Texas house in the March Republican Primary. While in the Texas legislature, Koop was appointed to the powerful Appropriations, Calendars and Public Education Committees.

From Linda Koop Campaign

July 26, 2019

TDP: Video ICYMI: Texas Republicans On Helping John Cornyn "Complete Silence And No"

In a viral video obtained by the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, when asked by disgraced Republican State Representative Jonathan Stickland whether Arlington Republicans will be helping John Cornyn with re-election, the response was met with crickets and a resounding “no.”

From TDP

July 25, 2019

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas: H.R. 759 Unanimously Passes United States House Of Representatives

“I am pleased House Resolution 759 unanimously passed the United States House of Representatives. This would not have happened without the steadfast leadership provided by both Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36) and Will Hurd (TX-23), who’s tireless efforts made it possible. We would also like to express our appreciation to Congressman Don Young of Alaska for providing clarification of the intent and purpose of H.R. 759, and to Natural Resources Chairman Raul Grijalva of Arizona for his commitment to navigate this bill through the committee process.”

From Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

July 25, 2019

Texas Water Development Board: Public Invited To The Texas Water Development Board's Flood Planning And Financing Meetings

During the first two weeks of August, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will be hosting 13 flood meetings around the state to solicit comments from the public on the new state and regional flood planning process and the new flood financing program. Both programs were established during the last legislative session.

From Texas Water Development Board

July 25, 2019

Environment Texas: Delivers Over 12,000 Petitions Urging State Legislature To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

Today, Environment Texas delivered over 12,000 petitions to the State legislature urging them to pass a statewide ban on bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids. This act is part of a national effort to save bee colonies from dying off. Environment Texas was joined by Erika Thompson, a local beekeeper from Texas Bee Works.

From Environment Texas

July 25, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: District Court In Bexar County Halts San Antonio's Unlawful Sick Leave Ordinance

Attorney General Ken Paxton praised an order by the Texas state district court in Bexar County staying the implementation of an unlawful paid sick leave ordinance imposed by the city of San Antonio. While in court, the city of San Antonio admitted that its sick leave ordinance was exceedingly similar to the ordinance struck down in Austin last year.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 25, 2019

MJ Hegar Campaign: John Cornyn Silent While Raking In Thousands From Private Detention Industry

After refusing to answer questions about his campaign taking money from the private detention industry amid a humanitarian crisis, Cornyn reported another $10,000 from a private prison company and its CEO.

From MJ Hegar Campaign

July 25, 2019

Jake Ellzey Campaign: Announces Big Local Endorsements

Just days after declaring his candidacy for Texas House District 10, conservative Republican Jake Ellzey today rolled out an impressive list of local and state endorsements. Texas House District 10 covers all of Ellis County and a portion of Henderson County.

From Jake Ellzey Campaign

July 24, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Court Admits History Of Intentional Discrimination But Denies Oversight Of Texas Mapmaking

Today, a three-judge Federal District Court panel in San Antonio affirmed what the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) has argued for almost a decade: that the State of Texas has consistently adopted intentionally discriminatory laws and policies that harm the voting rights of Texans. The Court, in a strongly-worded opinion, noted:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 24, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Deputy Director For Fiscal Management Honored As Administrator Of The Year

The Texas State Agency Business Administrators’ Association (TSABAA) honored Sandra Woodruff by presenting her the 2019 Administrator of the Year Award. Woodruff is assistant director of the Comptroller’s Fiscal Management Division, overseeing Statewide Fiscal Oversight and Statewide Fiscal Systems. She received the award at the association’s summer conference on July 11 in Sugar Land.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

July 24, 2019

Manish Seth Campaign: Manish Seth Announces Candidacy For State Representative

Manish Seth kicked off his campaign to seek the Republican nomination to represent Texas House District 27. “I want to bring my private sector experience to the state capitol and be an energetic and contributing voice for my home district,” said Seth. “We need to ensure we remain a great state to start a business and create jobs as reform our education system so we are creating the leaders of tomorrow.”

From Manish Seth Campaign

July 24, 2019

League of Women Voters of Texas: Joins Case Opposing Criminal Penalties For Voter Eligibility Confusion

The League of Women Voters of Texas joined as amicus in Mason-Hobbs v. Texas, arguing that genuine confusion around voter eligibility does not violate Texas state law. The brief is filed in support of Ms. Mason-Hobbs, a returning citizen who was sentenced to five years in jail for voting in the 2016 presidential election.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

July 24, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Federal Panel Decision Rejecting Effort To Impose Preclearance On Texas's Redistricting Maps

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a three-judge federal district court panel in San Antonio rejected an attempt to require the State of Texas to obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Justice or the courts before any future redistricting legislation took effect:

From Office of the Attorney General

July 24, 2019

Texas Medical Association: Vote For Prop. 6 In November To Save Lives

“Please mark your calendar for Nov. 5 to vote AGAINST cancer and FOR saving Texans’ lives. Physicians of the Texas Medical Association and members of the Texas Public Health Coalition urge everyone to VOTE FOR Proposition 6 on the November Texas ballot to continue to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

From Texas Medical Association

July 24, 2019

Turn On The Tap Texas PAC: Turning On The Tap For All Texans

Over 400,000 Texans today live in areas that still do not have basic water and waste infrastructure that a majority of Texans take for granted.

From Turn On The Tap Texas PAC

July 24, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Fights To secure Additional $600 Million For West Texas Roads

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) will advocate for $600 million in additional funding for Permian Basin roads at the Texas Transportation Commission workshop on Wednesday. “I’ve been doing whatever it takes to secure this proposed additional funding, as this is a life or death issue for just about anyone behind the wheel on West Texas roads,” Landgraf explained.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

July 24, 2019

Carol Alvarado Campaign: Senator Alvarado Endorses Senator Royce West For U.S. Senator

I am so proud to support my friend and colleague Senator Royce West as the next U.S. Senator for the state of Texas. I have known and worked with Senator West since I entered the Texas Legislature, during which time I have been consistently impressed by his integrity, hard work, and commitment to helping the people of the state of Texas. Senator West will make an outstanding U.S. Senator.

From Carol Alvarado Campaign

July 24, 2019

Representative Ken King: Announces For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Ken King announced today his campaign for re-election to the Texas State House of Representatives in House District 88. The district covers Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Donley, Gray, Hale, Hansford, Hemphill, Hockley, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts, Swisher, and Yoakum counties.

From Representative Ken King

July 23, 2019

Wendy Davis Campaign: Raised $250K+ Less Than 24 Hours After Launch

Today, Wendy Davis’ congressional campaign announced that it has raised more than $250,000 by the end of the campaign’s first day. This represents more than half the money raised by her opponent Rep. Chip Roy ($416,000) during the entire second quarter.

From Wendy Davis Campaign

July 23, 2019

Environment Texas: Beach Alert: Swimming In Texas' Polluted Waters Can Make You Sick

With summer in full swing, Texas beachgoers should beware: It might not be safe to go in the water. Last year, 141 beaches across the state, including Sylvan Beach in La Porte and the Texas City Dike, Retilon Road and Galveston Island State Park #6 - Bayside beaches in Galveston County, had water pollution levels that put swimmers at risk of getting sick on at least one occasion last year, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

From Environment Texas

July 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds Court Decision Upholding Flexibility And Affordability In Health Insurance Coverage

A district court in Washington, D.C. on Friday delivered the Trump Administration a major victory in its attempt to allow consumers to improve access to affordable healthcare coverage through short-term plans. Rules issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor that went into effect in October 2018 allow consumers to obtain health insurance through a short-term insurance plan for up to three years.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 22, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Expands Treatment For Early-Onset Psychosis To Rural Texans

Texas Health and Human Services today announced the expansion of mental health services to help rural Texans experiencing early-onset psychosis. With $4 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Mental Health Block Grant, HHSC’s Coordinated Specialty Care program is adding 13 new sites this summer to increase access to care throughout the state, particularly in rural areas.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

July 22, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement On DHS Plan To Erect Tent For Immigration Hearings In Laredo

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement on Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to construct temporary tent housing near the Laredo Port of Entry for the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

July 22, 2019

Pritesh Gandhi Campaign: Gandhi Releases Digital Ad "Be It Resolved" Holding Rep. McCaul Accountable For "No" Vote On House Resolution

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, the son of immigrants and a candidate for Congress in Texas’ 10th District, released a digital ad “Be It Resolved,” that uses language from the House Resolution condemning President Trump’s racist comments targeted at Members of Congress.

From Pritesh Gandhi Campaign

July 22, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces Funding To The City Of Alice From TWDB For New Water Source Project

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $5,499,000 in financial assistance for the City of Alice from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the planning, design, and construction of a supplemental water source project. The financial assistance will consist of $2,995,000 in financing, $1,025,000 in zero interest financing, and $1,479,000 in principal forgiveness.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

July 22, 2019

Hemp Producers Association of Texas: Response To Abbott Letter

Governor Greg Abbott, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the County and District Attorneys of Texas this past week. The letter warns them, “Failing to enforce marijuana laws cannot be blamed on legislation that did not decriminalize marijuana in Texas.”

From Hemp Producers Association of Texas

July 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Intervenes In Lawsuit To Strike Down The City Of San Antonio's Unlawful Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Attorney General Ken Paxton today intervened in a lawsuit filed by a dozen business organizations against the city of San Antonio to strike down the city’s unlawful sick leave ordinance. The ordinance is scheduled to take effect August 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 19, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Unveils New Hospital Unit For Veterans

Texas health officials announced today the creation of a 20-bed specialized care unit for Texas veterans. The first of its kind within the state, the new unit at Terrell State Hospital is designed to provide mental health services to this specific population with unique needs.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

July 19, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Announces New House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus

On Friday, July 19th, Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso), speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives, announced the formation of the House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. The caucus will initially be co-chaired by Speaker Moody and Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

From Joe Moody Campaign

July 19, 2019

Drew Darby Campaign: Republican Representative Drew Darby Announces Re-Election Campaign

Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) announced he will seek re-election to represent House District 72 in the Texas House of Representatives. A proven leader for West Texas, Representative Darby worked during the 86th Texas Legislative Session to pass a balanced budget that provides $5 billion in statewide property tax relief, legislation to increase transparency and accountability in the property tax system, and measures to transform school finance and public education.

From Drew Darby Campaign

July 19, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Statement On Democrats' Border Trip Today

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the upcoming trip Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is leading to the Texas-Mexico border: “Democrats had a chance to visit the border with us in a bipartisan way last week but refused. We have an ongoing humanitarian and security crisis and now is not the time to play politics – it’s a time to come together,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 18, 2019

Representative Dustin Burrows: Joins Governor Abbott At Signing Of The House Bill 1525 - Marketplace Provider Legislation

Today, Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dustin Burrows joined Governor Greg Abbott as the Governor signed House Bill 1525 - the Marketplace Provider bill relating to the administration and collection of sales and use taxes applicable to sales involving marketplace providers. "Multiple rapidly expanding online marketplaces including Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, and Etsy allow individuals to easily sell products through these marketplaces," said Burrows, who authored the bill.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

July 18, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Partners With Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi To Perform Ecosystem Assessment

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ Natural Resources Program has contracted with Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) to conduct an ecosystem assessment in Matagorda Bay to inform the conservation of threatened and endangered species. The partnership will develop comprehensive economic and ecological information and tools local governments and communities can use to sustain economic development while protecting natural resources.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

July 18, 2019

Angelica Garcia Campaign: Small Business Owner Angelica Garcia Announces Campaign For Texas State House

Republican small business owner Angelica Garcia announced today she is running for Texas House of Representatives in House District 132, serving Katy and parts of Houston. With only a dream and $500, Garcia founded AIM Global Logistics, a transportation company that moves freight for distributors and manufacturers, and moves vital components for the oil and gas industry.

From Angelica Garcia Campaign

July 18, 2019

Senator Joan Huffman Campaign: Retired Educators To Receive 13th Check

Senate Bill 12, authored by Senator Joan Huffman (R - Houston), became effective on June 10, 2019. This means that early this fall, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) expects to disburse supplemental annuity payments to eligible retirees as required in Senate Bill 12.

From Senator Joan Huffman Campaign

July 18, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Seeking Reelection To House

On Thursday, July 18th, Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) announced he will seek another term as state representative for District 78, which covers swaths of northeast and northwest El Paso. The announcement comes amid intense, long-running speculation that he would instead campaign for district attorney, a position incumbent Jaime Esparza announced his retirement from last week.

From Joe Moody Campaign

July 18, 2019

TexProtects: 37 Texas Groups Call For Humane Treatment Of Children & Families At Border

Today, 37 organizations dedicated to supporting Texas children and families wrote to state leaders and the state’s congressional delegation to express “deep concern over the reported treatment of parents and children held in immigration detention facilities on Texas soil.”

From TexProtects

July 16, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: FCC Authorizes $77M For Rural Broadband Connection In Texas

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized $76,686,993 in federal funding to expand broadband to 33,901 unserved rural Texas homes and businesses over the next decade, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. This is the third wave of funding authorized through FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers will begin receiving funding this month.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 16, 2019

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Jake Ellzey For Election In HD 10

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Jake Ellzey for election in House District 10, which covers Ellis County and part of Henderson 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 16, 2019

Derrick Reed Campaign: Derrick Reed Announces He Is Running For Congress In Texas' District 22

Via a video released this morning, Pearland City Councilman Derrick Reed has announced he is running for Congress in Texas District 22 in the Democratic Primary. Reed, who was the first African-American to be elected to Pearland City Council, brings a unique experience to the primary, as he is the only person running who has served in elected office in any capacity in the district.

From Derrick Reed Campaign

July 16, 2019

The Texas Signal: Trump/GOP Resistance Media Company Launches In Texas

A new progressive media company, The Texas Signal, officially launched today to provide fact-based political news and analysis across multiple digital platforms. The Signal is Texas’ version of the growing number of media companies opening their doors to fight President Trump and right-wing Republicans. The company has been beta testing its products — website, podcast, video and social media assets — over the past three months.

From The Texas Signal

July 16, 2019

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Raises Most Money Per Day Of Any Candidate In TX-23

Iraq War veteran and San Antonio native Gina Ortiz Jones was the top fundraiser per day of any candidate running in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, raising $12,240 per day in only 48 days of campaigning.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

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