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November 22, 2022

Signature Science Selected to Validate RNA Virus Detection Workflow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Response Network

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Nov. 22, 2022– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected Signature Science, LLC to validate an unbiased sequencing-based protocol for the detection and characterization of unknown or novel RNA viruses

From Southwest Research Institute

November 18, 2022

AIM HIRE TEXAS POLICY COALITION: “THESE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FINANCE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE A WIN FOR STUDENTS & BUSINESSES ALIKE”

AUSTIN, TX – Today, the Aim Hire Texas Policy Coalition, a network of over forty partners comprising business leadership and education advocates spanning the entire state, announced their strong support of the final recommendations released by the Texas Commission on Community College Finance (TCCCF).

From Ross Communications

By Texas Commission on Community College Finance

November 17, 2022

Andrea Earl Joins AARP Texas State-Federal Advocacy Team

AUSTIN, Texas -- AARP Texas, the leading organization for older adults, has announced that Andrea Earl of Austin has joined its State-Federal Advocacy Team as an associate state director of advocacy.

From AARP

November 17, 2022

Republican Jewish Conference Attendees Repeatedly Peddled Antisemitism

Ahead of 2024, American Bridge has kept tabs on potential Republican challengers for a presidential nomination — including shining a light on their growing trend of antisemitism. Potential candidates like Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, Josh Hawley, Mike Pompeo, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump all have peddled antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes - highlighted by their attendance at today’s Republican Jewish Conference:

From American Bridge 21st Century

November 17, 2022

Texas AFL-CIO Condemns Judge’s Move to Bar Voter Registration at Texas Citizenship Ceremony

The Texas AFL-CIO strongly condemns a judge’s move barring the League of Women Voters from collecting voter registration cards at a naturalization ceremony in Aldine.

From Texas AFL-CIO

By Ed Sills

November 17, 2022

Texas Releases 2022 Biennial Performance Report

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) today announced the publication of the 2022 Biennial Performance Report (BPR), which tracks state agencies’ technology progress in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

From Texas Department of Information Resources

By Brittney Booth Paylor

November 17, 2022

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ON MIKE GERSON

DALLAS, TEXAS – Laura and I are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Mike Gerson. He was a great writer, and I was fortunate he served as my chief speechwriter and a trusted advisor for many years.

From Office of President George W. Bush

November 15, 2022

RNs at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin to begin contract negotiations

Nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, (ASMCA) will hold a rally Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, as nurses prepare to begin negotiations for a first contract with hospital management, announced the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU).

From National Nurses United

November 15, 2022

Sen. Bettencourt & Rep. Swanson refiled SB 220 & HB 549 in response to election improprieties

Houston, TX – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) refiled Senate Bill 220 yesterday in response to the serious improprieties reported to Texas' Secretary of State (SOS) concerning Harris County's election administration during the November 8th election.

From The Senate of Texas

By Senator Paul Bettencourt SD-7

November 15, 2022

NEW STUDY SHOWS GAPS IN TEXAS LAW ENFORCEMENT HIRING/FIRING PROCEDURES AND DEFICIENCIES IN DATA REQUIRE IMPROVEMENTS TO PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) oversees more than 2,700 law enforcement agencies, 78,500 peace officers, 22,300 county jailors and 8,800 telecommunicators (dispatchers), and yet lacks a comprehensive data infrastructure that would lead to more public transparency, trust and safety.

From Texas 2036

November 13, 2022

Representative Christina Morales to Host Press Conference on Ethnic Studies

Texas – Representative Morales will be hosting a press conference to discuss the reintroduction of her Ethnic Studies bill that passed the House during the 87th Legislative Session on Monday, November 14th, 2022 at 2:30 pm at the LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse at 3004 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006. She will host local leaders to discuss the importance of Ethnic Studies as well as the renewed efforts to pass this bill in the upcoming 88th Legislative Session.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Christina Morales

November 14, 2022

Rep. Valoree Swanson Files House Bill 23, the "Save Women's Sports Act"

AUSTIN, TX - State Representative Valoree Swanson (R-Spring) filed HB 23, the "Save Women's Sports Act," as the first Republican House Bill, on day one of filing for the 88th Legislative Session.

From Texas House of Representatives District 150

By Representative Valoree Swanson

November 14, 2022

Sen. Bettencourt supports Governor Abbott's call for an investigation of Harris County Elections

Houston, TX – In response to Governor Greg Abbott's announcement, Senator Paul Bettencourt (RHouston) wholeheartedly supports an investigation into the failed election practices of Harris County. How did the nation's third largest county hold an election without sufficient paper ballots for voters to use at the polls, and why would the Election Administrator and the staff not respond to these complaints immediately? Senator Bettencourt has spent five days in consultation with State of Texas leadership about poor election practices being documented from Tuesday's election

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt SD 7

November 14, 2022

Representative Slaton Files Legislation to Designate Child Gender-Modification as “Child Abuse”

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Today, Representative Bryan Slaton of House District 2 filed legislation that will bring an end to the practice of child gender-modification in the State of Texas. HB 42 will designate genital removal surgeries, chemical castration, puberty blockers, and other sex change therapies as child abuse.

From Texas House of Representatives Bryan Slaton of House District 2

November 14, 2022

Focused Post Acute Care Partners Celebrates National Rural Health Day on November 17

(Fort Worth, Texas) – Focused Post Acute Care Partners CEO Mark McKenzie has been vocal about the challenges facing rural health care, in particular skilled nursing care, and is calling attention to the commemorative day coming up - National Rural Health Day on November 17th - to continue the conversation about the state of rural health care in Texas.

From Focused Post Acute Care Partners

By Rebecca Reid

November 14, 2022

Texas Rep. Raymond Files Bill Providing $20 Billion Property Tax Cut

AUSTIN–Today, Texas State Representative Richard Pena Raymond (D-Webb County), the sixth most senior member of the Texas House and Chairman of the House Committee for Defense and Veterans Affairs, called on the Legislature to dedicate $20 Billion of the expected state surplus to property relief for homeowners. Rep. Raymond filed HJR44, which would provide $20 Billion in residential school property tax relief for all Texas homeowners.

From Texas State Representative Richard Pena Raymond

November 14, 2022

Gutierrez Pre-Files First 3 Bills of the Legislative Session

San Antonio, TX – State Senator Roland Gutierrez has pre-filed 3 bills ahead of the 88th Legislative Session, all meant to address lingering state issues in the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre on May 24th, 2022. The landmark bills would establish high risk protective orders to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals, raise the age limit to buy any firearm from 18 to 21, and create a state fund to compensate Uvalde victims.

From The Senate of Texas

By Senator Roland Gutierrez District 19

November 14, 2022

The League’s County Election Website Review Finds Fewer Counties With Outstanding Websites

Austin, TX – In preparation for the 2022 General Election, the League of Women Voters of Texas completed its ninth review of county election websites. The League commends the 35 websites rated as “outstanding” and the 32 websites rated as “very good” We offer congratulations to these counties and celebrate all counties, large and small, which meet the needs of their voters.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

November 14, 2022

Texas GOP Announces Results of First Statewide Poll Since Election

The Republican Party of Texas announced the results of the first statewide poll since election day, which show a plurality of Texas Republican primary voters support Ron DeSantis to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024, and an overwhelming majority oppose the Republican-controlled Texas House continuing the practice of appointing Democrats to leadership positions.

From Republican Party of Texas

November 14, 2022

Representative Christina Morales Files Legislation for the 88th Session

AUSTIN, Texas – Representative Morales looks forward to beginning the 88th Texas Legislative Session with legislative priorities that are important to HD145 and the East End. This session she is excited to build upon last year's legislative progress to continue promoting equity and advocating for our communities.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Christina Morales

November 14, 2022

AARP Texas 2023 Legislative Priorities for a More Resilient Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — AARP Texas, the leading organization for older adults, announced its top priorities and funding requests for the 2023 legislative session today. The requests include a call for nursing home reform, steps to bolster utilities for the medically vulnerable, and action to address hunger and adult financial exploitation. The priorities aim to help Texas face the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly aging population.

From AARP

By Mark Hollis

November 14, 2022

Texas Legislative Black Caucus Calls for the Release of the 2022 Texas Maternal Mortality Joint Biennial Report

(TEXAS) – Earlier this month, members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus joined the Maternal Health Equity Collaborative, the Texas Women's Health Caucus, the Austin Justice Coalition, and other stakeholders in a memorial rally to call for the release of the 2022 Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Joint Biennial Report. The last report was done in 2020.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

November 10, 2022

Public Utility Commission Releases Reliability Reform Study on Texas Electric Market Design

Austin, Texas – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) today released an independent study commissioned to analyze and recommend design updates to the Texas wholesale electricity market that will strengthen current and long-term reliability reforms to the state’s electric grid

From Public Utility Commission of Texas

November 8, 2022

Texans Turn Out to Vote, Despite Confusion at the Polls

AUSTIN, TX – After two counties had to extend polling site hours due to systemic problems throughout the day, polls will soon be closing in Texas. As always, Common Cause Texas and Election Protection Coalition partners have been monitoring problems, assisting voters, and identifying systemic issues that need to be addressed by state leaders.

From Common Cause Texas

November 8, 2022

Texas AFL-CIO: Texans Deserve Better, And We Are Not Giving Up!

In response to Tuesday’s election results, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy released the following statement: “Texans deserve leaders who respect the dignity of work and who will fight for democracy. We need leaders who believe healthcare should be affordable and accessible, teachers should be paid better, and there should be gun safety laws to protect our children and communities from violence.

From Texas AFL-CIO

By Ed Sills

November 8, 2022

Governor Greg Abbott Wins Re-Election, Celebrates The Success Of Texas

MCALLEN – Tonight, Governor Greg Abbott won re-election to his third term as Texas Governor. He celebrated with a crowd of friends, family, staff and supporters at the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen.

From Texans for Greg Abbott

November 8, 2022

MANNY RAMIREZ WINS HISTORIC ELECTION FOR TARRANT COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Today Manny Ramirez was elected as the next Tarrant County Commissioner representing nearly six hundred thousand residents in Northwest Tarrant County, Precinct 4. Manny’s election represents a historic transition into the 21st century, as Manny will be the first-ever Hispanic elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

From Manny Ramirez for County Commissioner

November 9, 2022

Texas Alliance for Life Reacts to General Election Results

Austin, TX -- The 2022 General Election concluded last night in Texas. The vast majority of votes are tallied, and many results can be confidently concluded, especially for the statewide races. Texas Alliance for Life's Executive Director, Joe Pojman, Ph.D., made the following comments:

From Texas Alliance for Life

November 9, 2022

Senator Bettencourt applauds voters rejecting Katy ISD & Fort Bend ISDs TREs on the Ballot

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R- Houston) responds to Texas taxpayers in Katy ISD and Fort Bend ISD voting down the Tax Ratification Elections (TREs) in yesterday's November 8th election.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt

November 9, 2022

Video Links and Quotes from Today’s Post Election Day Media

This morning a panel of Common Cause’s national policy experts and state leaders briefed the media on the voting trends seen in yesterday’s election nationally and in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

From Common Cause Texas

November 9, 2022

Senator José Menéndez Makes Statement on 2022 Election Results

SAN ANTONIO-- Last night, Texas State Senator José Menéndez (D-Bexar) won his re-election bid to the 26th Senatorial District. Menéndez was first elected following a Special Election and reelected overwhelmingly in 2016 and 2020, after serving nearly 15 years in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Jose Menendez Campaign

By Pearl D. Cruz

November 9, 2022

VOTERS APPROVE $2.44B IN BOND FUNDING FOR AUSTIN ISD

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Nov. 9, 2022 — Last night, Austin voters approved $2.44 billion in bond funding for Austin ISD — the largest school bond package ever to pass in Central Texas. “This historic investment will enable us to make significant improvements to aging facilities that will free up millions of dollars a year in our operating budget — money that can help us reach our goal of becoming the highest paying school district for teachers in the region,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Mays.

From Buie & Co.

November 8, 2022

Widespread Election Protection Efforts Support Texas Voters on Election Day

HOUSTON, TX — After Common Cause Texas and a coalition of civil rights and pro-democracy organizations called for federal observers to monitor the 2022 Midterm Election in Harris County, the Justice Department announced its plans to monitor the County’s compliance with federal voting rights laws on Election Day. With our Election Protection presence in 28 counties, bolstered by Federal support in key jurisdictions, Common Cause Texas is ensuring that every voter can cast their ballot without barriers, intimidation, or undue burden.

From Common Cause Texas

November 7, 2022

Common Cause Announces Series of Election Day 2022 Media Briefings

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, Common Cause’s national network of election protection advocates will brief the media on the conditions voters are experiencing at the polls as they happen. The organization's national experts will provide a national overview of Election Day trends and ten state leaders will report on the latest news from their respective voter protection field programs.

From Common Cause Texas

November 7, 2022

Texas AFT responds to Lt. Gov. Patrick comments disparaging urban school districts

AUSTIN, Texas – In his comments last week pushing private school vouchers, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called urban school districts “dropout factories,” specifically citing Dallas ISD.

From Texas AFT

November 7, 2022

Common Cause Texas Reminds Voters “Election Night is not Results Night”

AUSTIN, TX — As voters head to the polls, Common Cause Texas is reminding the public that it may take several days for election officials to finalize results. “It’s crucial every voice is heard in this election and that means counting every vote,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas. “It takes time to count every vote accurately and that’s why election night is not results night. Even if we don’t know the election winners when we go to bed, what matters most is making sure every voter’s ballot is counted accurately.”

From Common Cause Texas

November 7, 2022

November 6-12 is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week

Texas veterans are invited to participate in Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week (TVLAW), a statewide effort in honor of Veteran’s Day coordinated by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and legal aid programs across the state. During the week of Nov. 6-12, legal aid programs, local bar associations, law schools and pro bono private lawyers will provide civil legal services for qualified Texas veterans in various locations throughout the state.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

November 7, 2022

Common Cause Announces Series of Election Day 2022 Media Briefings

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, Common Cause’s national network of election protection advocates will brief the media on the conditions voters are experiencing at the polls as they happen.

From Common Cause Texas

November 4, 2022

DPS Launches Campaign to Fight Fentanyl

AUSTIN – This month, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) answered Governor Greg Abbott’s call to action for state agencies by launching a new public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of fentanyl. The multi-pronged campaign includes posting informational signage in DPS buildings, public service announcements at driver license offices statewide and publishing a webpage offering valuable resources.

From Texas Department of Public Safety

November 4, 2022

TxLBC and NAACP Issue Joint Statement Calling on Voters to Report Suspicious Activity at the Polls

(TEXAS) – The Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas NAACP State Conference are calling on Texas voters to report any suspicious activity they may experience at the polls this election. The Texas NAACP has received reports of individuals targeting minority mail-in voters and harassing or intimidating them into providing sensitive information. Reports suggest that many of those seeking information from minority mail-in ballot voters have attempted to force the voter to sign a document.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

November 3, 2022

TFA, TSTA welcome reinstatement of fired Collin College faculty member

Pat Heintzelman, president of the Texas Faculty Association, and Ovidia Molina, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, released the following statement today: The Texas Faculty Association and the Texas State Teachers Association are happy that Suzanne Jones, a TFA member, is being reinstated to a faculty position at Collin College. Jones never should have lost that position in the first place. But an anti-union college administration that apparently didn’t believe the First Amendment applied to educators fired her in 2021 for exercising her freedom of speech rights.

From Texas Faculty Association

November 1, 2022

Video Links and Quotes from Today’s Media Briefing: 2022 Election Countdown

Washington, DC—This morning, a panel of Common Cause policy experts and state leaders briefed the media on the national landscape of voting and elections one week out from Election Day. The national panel gave an overview of the trends they see across the country while the state leaders described the conditions on the ground and what voters could expect to see on Election Day and the days following.

From Common Cause Texas

November 1, 2022

AARP Texas Names Winners of Top Volunteer Award

AUSTIN, Texas – Charles Ray Guidry Jr. of San Marcos has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people age 50 and older, to receive a 2022 AARP Texas Andrus Award for Community Service, the association’s most prestigious honor for a volunteer in Texas.

From AARP

By Mark Hollis

October 31, 2022

TARRANT COUNTY JUDGE GLEN WHITLEY TO DELIVER FINAL STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

The Fort Worth Chamber is honored to present The Last Scoop! Join us for Judge B. Glen Whitley final State of the County address on Friday, November 4th at The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, presented by Ciera Bank. Join us for a luncheon-style event that will feature remarks from Judge Whitley as he closes his public-service career with Tarrant County and we celebrate his many accomplishments.

From Forth Worth Chamber

By Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley

October 31, 2022

Representative Christina Morales to hold Marcha de Los Niños, a March and Vigil at City Hall honoring Uvalde Shooting Victims

Houston, Texas – Representative Christina will host Marcha de Los Niños to honor the victims of the Uvalde shooting on the traditional Latino holiday, Dia de los Muertos, and call on lawmakers to join her in supporting gun reforms.

From Representative Christina Morales

October 28, 2022

Election 2022 Media Briefing: What Voting Issues to Expect on Election Day

On Tuesday, November 1 at 11 a.m. ET, Common Cause’s national network of voting and elections experts and state leaders will brief the media on what to expect on Election Day. Leaders will provide an update on issues voters in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas face as they exercise their freedom to vote in the November 2022 midterm election.

From Common Cause Texas

October 26, 2022

Texas Gov. Abbott tests whether conservative is enough in Trump GOP

HOUSTON — When reports first surfaced that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had flown 48 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, an in-your-face move to protest Democrats’ immigration policies, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was conspicuously silent.

From 2 Million Texans Project

October 27, 2022

REP. RAFAEL ANCHÍA CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RELEASE OF SHOOTER WHO KILLED TWO DALLAS HEALTHCARE WORKERS

DALLAS, TX — Today, Texas State Representative Rafael Anchía (Dallas - HD103) requested the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles immediately investigate their decision not to revoke parole for Mr. Nestor Oswaldo Hernandez, who murdered two healthcare workers this past Saturday, October 22nd at the Dallas Methodist Hospital. Mr. Hernandez had committed multiple parole violations and, according to a state agency, was twice arrested for such violations as recently as June 2022.

From State of Texas House of Representatives District 103

By Representative Rafael Anchia

October 25, 2022

Common Cause Texas Joins Calls for DOJ Election Support in Harris County

Houston, TX – Common Cause Texas joined a coalition of civil rights and pro-democracy organizations calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor the 2022 Midterm Elections in Harris County.

From Common Cause Texas

October 26, 2022

NEW MULTI-YEAR STUDY EXPLORES WHY FIVE MILLION TEXANS ARE UNINSURED

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Most of the roughly five million uninsured Texans already qualify for a government health program or for federal subsidies that would help pay for coverage — but they have not signed up. Texas 2036 has launched a groundbreaking, multi-year study to find out why.

From Texas 2036

October 24, 2022

Midterm Election Begins This Monday, Oct. 24

AUSTIN, TX — Texas voters can make their voices heard in the November 8 midterm election beginning today, October 24 through Friday, November 4. Voters can cast a ballot in-person or by mail. The state requires that early voting begins 17 days before state biennial elections.

From Common Cause Texas

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