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November 17, 2017

Sam Harless Campaign: Harless Officially Files For Office For Texas State Representative, District 126

E. Sam Harless officially files to run for Texas State Representative, District 126. Texas State Representative District 126 is located in North Harris County and is currently represented by the Honorable Kevin Roberts, who is seeking election to the 2nd U.S. Congressional District, leaving this position open in the 2018 March Primary.

From Sam Harless Campaign

November 17, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Houston Area Members: Supplemental Disaster Request Woefully Inadequate

Today, Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36), Ted Poe (TX-02), Pete Olson (TX-22), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Randy Weber (TX-14), Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement regarding the Office of Management and Budget Supplemental Disaster Request:

From Representative Brian Babin

November 17, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Houston Area Members: Supplemental Disaster Request Woefully Inadequate

Today, Congressmen Michael McCaul (TX-10), Ted Poe (TX-02), Pete Olson (TX-22), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Randy Weber (TX-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), and Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement regarding the Office of Budget Management’s supplemental disaster request:

From Representative Michael McCaul

November 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Issues Statement on Latest OMB Hurricane Recovery Funding Proposal

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the administration’s proposed funding levels for hurricane and storm recovery that were released today: “The administration must keep its repeated commitments to provide Texas with the funding it needs to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 17, 2017

Representatives Henry Cuellar and John Culberson: Introduce Gun Background Check Bill

Yesterday, Thursday, November 17, Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), John Culberson (R-TX), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) introduced H.R. 4434, a companion bill to the FIX NICS Act of 2017 that was introduced in the Senate earlier this week by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Service Academy Nominations Board Hold Annual Meeting

The Service Academy Nominations Board, established by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2013, today held its annual meeting to review applications and recommend the most qualified Texas candidates for nomination to our nation’s distinguished service academies.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 17, 2017

Chris Paddie Campaign: Asks Boersma To Correct Fraudulent Resume

In his online resume on his campaign website (garrettfortexas.com/about), State House candidate Garrett Boersma claims he has a "proven record of fighting" for "lower taxes." But his voting record on the Marshall City Commission clearly shows that is not true.

From Chris Paddie Campaign

November 17, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement Richard Cordray's Resignation

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, released the following statement after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced his resignation:

From Representative Roger Williams

November 17, 2017

Representative Ed Thompson: Files For Fourth Term To Represent District 29

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, State Representative Ed Thompson filed as a candidate for re-election to the House of Representatives for Texas House District 29. Thompson was elected in 2012 and is now in his third term representing the area in Northeast Brazoria County that includes the cities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Hillcrest, Rosharon, Iowa Colony, Brookside Village, and Liverpool.

From Representative Ed Thompson

November 17, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Appointed to Border Health Task Force

Representative R.D. 'Bobby' Guerra was appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the newly-established Task Force of Border Health Officials. The task force, created in response to a bill that was passed earlier this year, is made up of public health officials from along the Texas-Mexico border; they are tasked with studying important health issues affecting the region and identifying policy priorities to improve the well-being of all border Texans.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

November 17, 2017

Joanna Cattanach Campaign: Texas' First Former Foster Care Child To File For State Legislature In Dallas on Monday

On Monday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Democratic candidate for State Representative Joanna Cattanach will officially file for office becoming the first former foster care child in Texas to do so.

From Joanna Cattanach Campaign

November 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief Urging the Supreme Court to Protect Prayer at Public Meetings

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a coalition of 22 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings. The case, Lund vs. Rowan County, focuses upon a North Carolina county’s practice of opening its meeting with prayer offered by its commissioners.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 17, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Presents Adoption Day Proclamation, Encourages Support for Foster Children in Texas

At a press conference Friday, State Senator Donna Campbell officially recognized Saturday, November 18th, as National Adoption Day in Texas while presenting a proclamation to high school student Hunter Beaton for his work on behalf of foster children. The proclamation was signed by all 31 state senators - representing all 254 counties in the state - encouraging Texas families to seek ways to participate in the adoption process.

From Senator Donna Campbell

November 17, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz-Cornyn Resolution Congratulates the Houston Astros for a Historic World Series Victory

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of their resolution commending and congratulating the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 16, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Passage of Tax Reform

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement after the House took historic action to reform our tax code by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

From Representative Michael McCaul

November 16, 2017

Elliott McFadden Campaign: TX-21 Candidate Elliott McFadden Rolls Out Free Tuition Proposal at Texas State College Democrats

On Thursday night, Congressional candidate Elliott McFadden was the featured speaker at the College Democrats at Texas State University where he announced his plan to provide free college tuition at public universities and community colleges to every qualified student.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

November 16, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Congress Has Fulfilled Its Most Important Responsibility With Passage of 2018 NDAA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding passage of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides numerous military necessities, including over $479 million in military construction funds to the state of Texas for 2018.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 16, 2017

Annie's List: Statement on the passing of Steve Mostyn

“We are heartbroken to lose Steve. “He and his wife, Amber, have led, with great vision, rebuilding progressive infrastructure in our state. He was an extraordinary person and generous supporter. His contributions go far beyond monetary, and he and Amber have made a deep, lasting impact on our organization.

From Annie's List

November 16, 2017

Texas Education Agency: 2016-17 Texas Academic Performance Reports available on TEA website

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the final 2016–17 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) are now available on the Texas Education Agency website. A tremendous resource for parents, the TAPR provides a wide range of performance information for every public school and district in the state.

From Texas Education Agency

November 16, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on TxDot's Announcement Regarding Additional Toll Lanes

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to recent reports that the latest Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Unified Transportation Plan (UTP) includes the addition of 15 managed toll lanes: “I oppose adding any additional toll lanes to TxDOT’s UTP.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 16, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Texas Conservative Digest Endorses Phillip Huffines

Texas Conservative Digest announces the endorsement of Phillip Huffines for Texas Senate District 8: “Phillip Huffines understands the necessity for limited government and ensuring our conservative values result in conservative reforms, not just campaign rhetoric,” said Michael McIver, Publisher, Texas Conservative Digest.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

November 16, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement Opposing House Tax Bill

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the House tax bill: “Our middle class families and small businesses need a tax plan that simplifies the tax code and encourages entrepreneurship so that we can grow the economy,” Congressman Cuellar said.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 16, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Triantaphyllis Statement On Congressman Culberson's Vote For A Middle Class Tax Hike

Nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement in response to Congressman John Culberson and House Republicans’ tax vote: “We need tax reform that puts government back on the side of the people. By that standard, the Republican tax scam fails miserably.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

November 16, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Groundbreaking IT Overhaul Heads to the Finish Line

Defying what many thought impossible, U.S. Representative Will Hurd’s (R-TX) smart government plan to revolutionize federal IT is now on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

From Representative Will Hurd

November 16, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Passage of GOP Tax Bill

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement about the GOP tax bill: “This week, the GOP jammed through a tax bill that provides almost half of the tax cuts to the top 1 percent of earners, actually raises taxes on tens of millions of hard-working middle class families, and dismantles vital deduction benefits used by millions of Americans.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

November 16, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Passage of Tax Reform

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, released the follow statement Thursday after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Today, we took advantage of an opportunity to implement a tax plan that is pro-family and pro-growth for all Americans.

From Representative Roger Williams

November 16, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds House Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, landmark legislation that will overhaul our broken tax code and deliver much needed tax relief and simplification to the American people and job creators.

From Representative Brian Babin

November 16, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Tax Reform

Following today’s vote on historic tax reform, U. S. Rep. Will Hurd issued the following statement: “The last time our tax code saw substantial reform was 1986. This is long overdue and the people have called for fairer, simpler tax reform for decades.

From Representative Will Hurd

November 16, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Mourns Steve Mostyn

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement on the death of Texas trial lawyer Steve Mostyn: "The officers and staff of the Texas AFL-CIO are in mourning over the death of Steve Mostyn, an extraordinary trial lawyer and friend of working people in our state."

From Texas AFL-CIO

November 16, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on the Passing of Steve Mostyn

"It’s hard to accept that Steve is gone. He was bigger than life - he had a heart as big as Texas. He was a great lawyer, awesome Democrat, but more importantly, a terrific friend. "Please pray for his family as they struggle through this most challenging and emotional time. May Steve rest in peace and God bless his family." said Senator Carlos Uresti.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

November 16, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Death of Steve Mostyn

Congressman Joaquin Castro released the following statement after news of the death of Steve Mostyn, a Texas lawyer, philanthropist, and friend: “I am deeply saddened to learn of Steve Mostyn’s tragic passing. Steve was an accomplished lawyer committed to leveling the playing field for thousands of Texans seeking justice and was committed to serving Texan families through The Mostyn Moreno Foundation, which encourages the abilities of children with special needs.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

November 16, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces The Grand Opening Of The Edinburg Driver License Mega Center

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, joined the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the community of Edinburg for the grand opening ceremony of the new Driver License Mega Center.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

November 16, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Mourns the Passing of Steve Mostyn

Senator Sylvia Garcia mourns the passing of Houston attorney, community leader, and philanthropist Steve Mostyn. "It's heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Steve. He was a friend and supporter, but, in many ways, I consider the Mostyns family.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

November 16, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on the Passing of Texas Advocate Steve Mostyn

"Today is a sad day for Texas with the passing of Steve Mostyn. My thoughts are prayers are with Amber and their two children in this difficult time. Steve was a friend, an advocate, and a relentless champion not only for his clients, but of everyday Texans.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

November 16, 2017

Gina Hinojosa Campaign: Rep. Hinojosa Files for Re-Election

State Representative Gina Hinojosa, who represents District 49 in Central Austin, filed for re-election today surrounded by supporters and volunteers. In her Freshman Session, Rep. Hinojosa passed several significant pieces of legislation impacting economic development, education, government transparency, and women’s health. She was named “Freshman of the Year” by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and “Freshman Floor Fighter of the Year” by Capitol Inside.

From Gina Hinojosa Campaign

November 15, 2017

Kyle Kacal Campaign: Rep. Kyle Kacal Files for Re-Election and Launches New Campaign Website

Today Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) filed for re-election at the Texas Republican Party headquarters to represent Texas House District 12. In addition to filing for the HD-12 seat, the Kacal campaign launched a redesigned website at www.KyleKacal.com in order to better meet the needs of the voters in HD 12 and allow them to more efficiently interact with the campaign.

From Kyle Kacal Campaign

November 15, 2017

Texas State Securities Board: Clinton Edgar Named New Deputy Securities Commissioner

The Texas State Securities Board on Nov. 14 approved the appointment of Clinton Edgar as Deputy Securities Commissioner. Edgar joined the State Securities Board in 2010. He has served as a staff attorney in the Inspections and Compliance Division and in 2016 he became the Director of the Registration Division.

From Texas State Securities Board

November 15, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces Fifth Circuit Nominees Before Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General Jim Ho to fill the vacancies in the state of Texas on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. At the confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Sen. Cruz is a member, the Senator praised their experience and commitment to the rule of law.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 15, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Director Honored for Work Advancing Energy Efficiency

Dub Taylor, director of the Texas Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), was honored today for his contributions to environmental protection through energy-efficiency and clean-energy programs. Taylor, director of SECO since 1999, received the 2017 Gregg Cooke Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership at the Texas Energy Summit, which wrapped up Nov. 15 in Plano.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 15, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Affirms Support for Former OAG Staffers Don Willett and James C. Ho for 5th Circuit Nominations

Attorney General Ken Paxton today reaffirmed his support for President Trump’s nominations of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and former Texas Solicitor General James C. Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Both nominees worked in the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and testified today at their confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 15, 2017

Jeff Leach Campaign: State Representative Jeff Leach Files Paperwork Seeking Re-Election to the Texas House of Representatives

State Representative Jeff Leach has officially filed paperwork to continue his service representing the people of House District 67 in the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Leach is seeking a fourth term to serve District 67, which includes portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson, and Dallas in Collin County.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

November 15, 2017

Jim Murphy Campaign: Murphy Files for Re-election

Jim Murphy, Texas State Representative, District 133, has filed for re-election and a place on the March Republican Primary ballot. Murphy is currently in his fifth term. “It’s a privilege to serve the people of District 133 at the Capitol and I look forward to continuing to represent our community,” Murphy said.

From Jim Murphy Campaign

November 15, 2017

Texas Values Action: Dollars Over Daughters? In Lame Duck 'Committee,' Cook Shuts People Out of Privacy Discussion Again

Today, outgoing Rep. Byron Cook is holding a so-called “economic competitiveness” committee hearing which many believe has the goal of supporting policies that allow men in women's bathrooms. Rep. Cook announced recently he’s not running for re-election after he blocked priorities of Gov. Greg Abbott during this year’s two Texas legislative sessions.

From Texas Values Action

November 15, 2017

Crosswind Media and Public Relations: Acquires Carmichael Communications & Consulting, names Carmichael VP

Crosswind Media and Public Relations, a top-100 public relations firm based in Texas, today announced it has hired Katherine Carmichael and acquired Carmichael Communications & Consulting, a Texas-based energy and oil and gas public relations agency. Carmichael will serve as a vice president in Crosswind’s Austin, Texas office.

From Crosswind Media and Public Relations

November 14, 2017

Jeff Judson Campaign: Jeff Judson Opts Out of Congressional Race

Jeff Judson, who recently announced an exploratory effort to assess seeking election in Congressional District 21, announced today that he will not seek that office. “Although I am confident that we could win the CD 21 race, and did receive strong encouragement from key grassroots leaders in the district, my wife and I decided this was not my time to run.

From Jeff Judson Campaign

November 14, 2017

Annie's List: Endorses Julie Johnson for Texas House District 115 Seat

The January 2017 Women’s March was a turning point for Dallas County attorney and small business owner, Julie Johnson. That, and the divisive and threatening behavior on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives by the incumbent representing Dallas-Fort Worth area cities of Carrollton, Coppell, Irving, Addison and Farmer’s Branch, inspired her to run for office.

From Annie's List

November 14, 2017

Texas Education Agency: Final 2017 Academic Accountability Ratings Released

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2017 state academic accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters and more than 8,600 campuses. The final ratings include the results of an appeals process that provides districts and charters an opportunity to contest preliminary ratings.

From Texas Education Agency

November 14, 2017

Underwood Law Firm: Opens Austin Location

Underwood Law Firm has opened its sixth location in Austin, Texas with founding members Colby Nichols and Andrew T atgenhorst. “With an additional office opening in Austin, Underwood is excited to introduce the newest members of our firm, Colby and Andrew,” said Underwood shareholder David Backus, “By expanding our reach into the Austin area we will continue to serve our education clients just as we have done for more than 40 years.”

From Underwood Law Firm

November 14, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Scholarships top $1 Million Mark

On Wednesday November 15, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) Education Foundation will join the University of North Texas (UNT) in celebrating the Education Foundation’s surpassing $1 million dollars in scholarships and education funding given to support insurance education in Texas.

From Insurance Council of Texas

November 13, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files More Lawsuits Against Businesses Accused of Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed more price gouging lawsuits against businesses accused of taking advantage of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. In these cases, consumers were allegedly charged excessive prices for gasoline.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 13, 2017

Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra: Files for Re-election

On Saturday, State Representative R. D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) officially filed his candidacy for re-election for 2018. So far, he is the only candidate to file for the District 41 seat. Rep. Guerra released the following statement: "Since first being elected to serve my community in the Texas House of Representatives in 2012, the Rio Grande Valley has experienced tremendous growth and success.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra

November 13, 2017

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Officially Files for Texas Democrat Lt. Governor

November 13th, 2017, Mike Collier filed paperwork to seek the Democratic Party nomination for Texas Lt. Governor. Mike Collier issued the following statement: “My name is Mike Collier and today I filed to enter the Texas Lt Governor race.

From Mike Collier Campaign

November 13, 2017

Representative Rick Miller: Files For Re-Election

Representative Rick Miller (R-Fort Bend) has filed for re-election to continue his distinguished service in the Texas House of Representatives serving Fort Bend County. “I am honored to stand here today with the support of family and friends and file for re-election to the Texas House. I am proud of our accomplishments and am eager to begin anew in service to conservative principles on behalf of our vibrant community.”

From Representative Rick Miller

November 13, 2017

Charles Schwertner Campaign: Senator Schwertner Files For Reelection to Texas Senate District 5

Today, Republican State Senator Charles Schwertner filed for reelection to Texas Senate District 5. The candidate-filing period for the 2018 election began on November 11th and ends December 11th. Schwertner has served in the Texas Senate since 2013 and previously served in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Charles Schwertner Campaign

November 13, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Releasing Legislator Scorecard

Texas Association of Business (TAB) the voice on public policy issues affecting Texas business, will release its biennial legislative session report card during a press conference Tuesday, November 14 at 10 A.M. at TAB headquarters, 1209 Nueces. The report card ranks all Texas legislators on their pro-business voting record; this year is particularly impactful on the heels of a challenging legislative session and special session.

From Texas Association of Business

November 13, 2017

Adrian Ocegueda Campaign: Potential Newcomer to Texas Governor's Race

El Paso native and current Dallas Area resident, Adrian Ocegueda, is exploring the idea of making a start-up run for Governor of Texas. Mr. Ocegueda currently works for a Private Equity firm in Dallas and has previous government experience for the City of El Paso (2005).

From Adrian Ocegueda Campaign

November 13, 2017

Four Price Campaign: Price Files For Re-Election To The Texas House

From Four Price Campaign

November 13, 2017

Abel Herrero Campaign: Chairman Herrero Files For Re-Election

“Today, I filed for re-election to represent District 34 in the Texas House of Representatives. It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Nueces County and I am ready, willing and able to keep fighting for the Coastal Bend. Only by working together can we ensure that our local communities and all of Texas continue to thrive.”

From Abel Herrero Campaign

November 13, 2017

Van Taylor Campaign: Taylor Files For TX-03

State Senator and Congressional candidate Van Taylor today made his candidacy official by filing for a spot on the March 6th Republican Primary ballot at the Collin County Republican Party headquarters. Taylor announced his candidacy on August 23rd followed by a highly successful campaign launch.

From Van Taylor Campaign

November 10, 2017

Texas DPS: Statement by DPS Director McCraw About Veterans Day

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day: “Let us all take a moment on Veterans Day to thank a veteran for their service. Let us remember the scores of courageous men and women who have served in the United States Military both home and abroad to protect against threats to our liberty and our way of life throughout our nation’s history.

From Texas DPS

November 10, 2017

Elliott McFadden Campaign: TX-21 Candidate Elliott McFadden Calls for Comprehensive Policy to Help Veterans

Ahead of Veterans Day, Congressional candidate Elliott McFadden announced sweeping reforms to policies affecting veterans, including more affordable housing, improved access to healthcare, and increased recognition of military skills certification in civilian job requirements.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

November 10, 2017

Dwayne Bohac Campaign: Republica Dwayne Bohac to File for Reelection to Texas House District 138

Tomorrow, State Representative Dwayne Bohac will file for reelection to Texas House District 138. The candidate filing period for the 2018 election begins November 11th and ends December 11th. Bohac will file at the Harris County Republican Party Headquarters.

From Dwayne Bohac Campaign

November 10, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Learn Results of Local Bond Elections And View Updated Debt Data

With Tuesday’s Election Day behind us, we encourage you to visit the Texas Comptroller's website to view recent local bond election results.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 10, 2017

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Pen Letter Urging VA Medical Centers to Improve Quality of Care

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin making the case for the critical need for improvement in Texas VA medical centers.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 10, 2017

Insurance Council of Texas: Fitzpatrick to Chair ICT Board

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) has elected Thomas Fitzpatrick as Chair of the ICT board of directors, beginning January 1, 2018. Fitzpatrick has served on the ICT board since 2008 and most recently served as vice-chair in 2016-17. Fitzpatrick is the Senior Vice President and Houston Branch Manager for Chubb.

From Insurance Council of Texas

November 10, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Successful Settlement in the Lawsuit Filed Against the Federal Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement on the successful settlement in the lawsuit filed against the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). “For years, we have fought to reinstate the rights of private landowners along the Red River, and I am glad that their rights have finally been recognized following this prolonged legal battle,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 9, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: This Land Would Not Be Free Without Our Brave Veterans

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in observance of Veterans Day: “The selfless service of America’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families has secured the blessings of liberty for generations and made our nation a beacon of hope around the world.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 9, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Texas Transportation Officials Defy Governor and Legislature in Attempt to Force Toll Road Expansion

When Governor Abbott, the adult in the room, said, “No new taxes or toll roads,” he was speaking for the people of Texas and meant what he said. Unfortunately, the leadership at the Regional Transportation Councils (RTC) and TxDOT are defiantly refusing to acknowledge or follow his very clear instructions.

From Senator Bob Hall

November 9, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Visits Victims of Sutherland Springs Tragedy with Vice President Pence

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd traveled to Texas with Vice President Mike Pence to visit with survivors of the Sutherland Springs tragedy and the families of victims lost. Hurd also received a briefing from local law enforcement and participated in a prayer vigil honoring the victims.

From Representative Will Hurd

November 9, 2017

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Former State Senator And Community Leader Wendy Davis Endorses Air Force Veteran Gina Ortiz Jones To Take On Congressman Will Hurd In TX-23

Gina Ortiz Jones, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and national security expert, is honored to announce the endorsement of former state Sen. Wendy Davis. Jones is running for Congress in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, a seat that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and encompasses the largest shared border with Mexico of any Congressional District.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

November 9, 2017

Texas Humane Legislation Network PAC: Launches Statewide PAC

The Texas Humane Legislation Network today announced a statewide political action committee (PAC) dedicated to advancing humane legislation through endorsements and financial support of pro-animal candidates in Texas.

From Texas Humane Legislation Network PAC

November 9, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: House Unanimously Passes Babin Amendment to Study and Reform Hydropower Licenses in Southeast Texas

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment offered by Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) that will authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to examine an issued license for any project that is located in an area that was declared by the President to be a disaster area in 2017.

From Representative Brian Babin

November 9, 2017

Anne Wynne Campaign: Wynne Announces for Chair of the Travis County Democratic Party

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, long time Democratic organizer, activist, and fundraiser Anne Wynne announced her race for chair of the Travis County Democratic Party. Since her announcement, Senator Kirk Watson, District Attorney Margaret Moore, State Representatives Eddie Rodriguez and Celia Israel, have endorsed her for the position, along with dozens of progressive activists and leaders across Travis County.

From Anne Wynne Campaign

November 9, 2017

TexPIRG Education Fund: High Levels of Lead Found in Fidget Spinners

The TexPIRG Education Fund found fidget spinners with high levels of lead for sale at Target stores across the country. Parents and consumers need to know about these lead-laden toys, especially because we alerted Target and the toy’s distributor, Bulls i Toy, to our findings, but they refused to address the problem.

From TexPIRG Education Fund

November 9, 2017

Texas Values: Dismemberment Abortion Trial Ends; 'Moment of Death' in Balance

The Dismemberment Abortion Ban trial concluded today with more important testimony and closing arguments. Texas Values’ attorney and president was present in the courtroom. The ban (SB 8), now in state law and supported by a wide margin in the Texas Legislature, prohibits the barbaric practice tearing limbs from babies still in the womb as far along as 22 weeks.

From Texas Values

November 9, 2017

DeWayne Burns Campaign: Republican DeWayne Burns to Seek Re-Election to Texas House

State Representative DeWayne Burns has formally announced this week that he will seek re-election to his seat in the Texas House representing the people of Bosque and Johnson Counties.

From DeWayne Burns Campaign

November 9, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Evidence, Expert Testimony at 5-Day Trial Demonstrate the Constitutionality of Texas' Ban on Inhumane Dismemberment Abortions

Attorney General Ken Paxton today said the evidence and expert testimony his office presented during a five-day trial in U.S. District Court in Austin overwhelmingly demonstrate the lawfulness and constitutionality of Senate Bill 8, which bans brutal and inhumane dismemberment abortions in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 8, 2017

Justin Nelson Campaign: Justin Nelson Enters the Race for Texas Attorney General

Nationally recognized Texas lawyer Justin Nelson announced today he is filing preliminary paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination for Texas Attorney General. A partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., Nelson is a Houston native and a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

November 8, 2017

Senator Donna Campbell: Statement on Passage of Proposition 6

“As the author of Senate Joint Resolution 1, I am extremely grateful that Texans overwhelmingly agreed to support first responders and their families with the passage of Proposition 6. It was an honor to carry this bill for the heroes who risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe.

From Senator Donna Campbell

November 8, 2017

Thomas McNutt Campaign: Wayne Christian Joins Over 70 Local Officials Endorsing Thomas McNutt

Thomas McNutt campaign announces the endorsement of Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian. "I am proud to join conservatives, both local and statewide, in endorsing Thomas McNutt for state representative.

From Thomas McNutt Campaign

November 8, 2017

Texas DPS: Names of Deceased Victims in Wilson County Church Shooting Released

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today released the names of the deceased victims, who were killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting at the First Baptist Church on Sunday. A total of 26 victims, including an unborn child, are listed below.

From Texas DPS

November 8, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Crime Victim Services Division On-Site Assisting Victims of Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs

Experts from the Crime Victim Services Division of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office are on site in Sutherland Springs this week helping victims of Sunday’s mass shooting with applications for financial assistance from the state’s Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) program.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 8, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Will Meet Pence, Attend Sutherland Springs Service Today

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will join Gov. Greg Abbott in meeting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he arrives at Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City this afternoon. He will travel with the vice president and the governor this evening for a memorial prayer service at Eschenburg Field in Floresville.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 8, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On State Board Of Education's Rejection Of Mexican American Studies Textbook

Today a proposed textbook for Mexican American studies in Texas public schools failed to win preliminary approval from the State Board of Education. The board on Friday will take a formal vote on the textbook. The following statement can be attributed to Dan Quinn, TFN’s communications director: "Board members failed to take this issue seriously when a Mexican American studies course was first proposed.

From Texas Freedom Network

November 8, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Voters Approve Texas Savings Promotion Act

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Texas voters approved Proposition 7, the Texas Savings Promotion Act (TSPA). The constitutional amendment, authored by Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), allows banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to offer "prize-linked savings account" programs where individuals can win prizes, including cash, for making deposits into their own savings accounts.

From Representative Eric Johnson

November 8, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Meets with U.S. Air Force About Sutherland Springs Investigation

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today met with General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, to discuss the investigation into 26-year-old Devin P. Kelley, alleged Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooter.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 7, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Asks for Moment of Silence for Sutherland Springs Victims

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) on Monday evening asked for a moment of silence on the House floor to remember the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting – the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history with 26 deceased, including 12 children. “Today, we grieve the horrific loss of dozens of innocent people,” Congressman Cuellar said yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. “We pray for the victims’ families who are grasping for answers with broken hearts.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 7, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Uphold Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law

Attorney General Ken Paxton today said he was encouraged by the strong case his office presented at oral argument before a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of Senate Bill 4, a common-sense measure that bans sanctuary cities in Texas. The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4 earlier this year to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 7, 2017

Thomas McNutt Campaign: Announces 70 Local Officials Are Now Endorsing Him For HD8

Thomas McNutt released the names of 18 new local current and former elected office holders, bringing the total to 70. McNutt commented, “The outpouring of local support for my run in HD8 is exciting and humbling. I’m honored to have so many great men and women, who themselves serve or have served in public office supporting me"

From Thomas McNutt Campaign

November 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Urges Congress to Act on Real Tax Cuts for American Families

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined his colleagues in the Senate, members of the administration, and leading tax reform advocates at an event to highlight the need for tax reform and the impact it will have on American families, small businesses and the economy. At the event, Sen. Cruz also urged Congress to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate as part of its tax reform legislation, which would keep more money in the pocketbooks of millions of hardworking Americans.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 7, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Discusses Visit to Sutherland Springs With Shannon Bream

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on ‘Fox News @ Night’ with Shannon Bream, where he discussed his visit with law enforcement, first responders, victims, and family members who lost loved ones in the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 7, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Praises Actions by President Trump and Congress to Rescind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Unconstitutional Arbitration Rule

Attorney General Paxton praised President Trump for signing into law a joint resolution passed by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that rescinds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) unconstitutional Arbitration Rule, which would have increased the cost of credit for Americans and deprived them of a resource for resolving disputes between banks and consumers.

From Office of the Attorney General:

November 7, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Begins Hearing On Senate Bill 4

Today, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the challenge against Texas Senate Bill 4, the “show me your papers”-style ban on sanctuary cities passed during the 85th Legislative Session. The court overturned U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s temporary injunction against the law in September.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

November 7, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Visits San Antonio on Tour of Texas Manufacturing Plants

On the Central Texas stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today visited Continental Automotive Group in Seguin and DPT, a Mylan company, in San Antonio. During his tour, Hegar is visiting facilities, meeting with local officials and sharing the results of a study the Comptroller’s office recently completed examining the economic impact of manufacturing in Texas.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 6, 2017

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

State Sen. José Rodríguez today released the following statement on the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas: Neither prayers nor arming churchgoers as called for by the state's Attorney General makes us safer. It is time Texans insist on common sense gun regulations.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

November 6, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: In the Face of Unspeakable Evil We're Seeing Texas Coming Together

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited community leaders, first responders, victims, and those who lost loved ones in Sutherland Springs, following yesterday’s senseless attack at First Baptist Church, the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 6, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Announces Bid for Re-Election

Today, November 6, 2017, Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-147) released the following statement: "I am proud to represent the people of District 147. There is much left to be done in the areas of education, criminal justice, economic development, healthcare, and job creation.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

November 6, 2017

Representative Jim Murphy: 2018 Date Set for Third West Houston Teen Leadership Summit

West Houston’s high school sophomores and juniors will connect with local executives, politicians, and community leaders at the third biennial West Houston Teen Leadership Summit. The event is hosted by State Representative Jim Murphy and will continue his tradition of developing teen leadership skills.

From Representative Jim Murphy

November 6, 2017

Representative Helen Giddings: Statement on the tragedy in Sutherland Springs

"On Sunday, November 5th at least twenty-six lives were lost and hundreds were changed forever by the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Words are not nearly enough, but we pray those affected by this senseless tragedy are able to heal from the unimaginable pain unjustly thrust upon their lives.

From Representative Helen Giddings

November 6, 2017

Texas Municipal League: Tax Reform Could Increase Taxpayer Costs for Infrastructure Projects

A preliminary draft of the federal tax reform plan released last week contains provisions that could increase the cost of financing some major municipal infrastructure projects and make it harder for cities to save money by refinancing bonds when interest rates drop, according to the Texas Municipal League.

From Texas Municipal League

November 6, 2017

Texas Border Coalition: Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz Takes Over Leadership of Texas Border Coalition

The Texas Border Coalition (TBC) today announced that Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz has been elected to lead the organization in its mission to help border communities grow and prosper. Saenz was elected to serve a two-year term during the coalition’s annual meeting Nov. 2 in Laredo. He replaces outgoing chairman, former Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas, III.

From Texas Border Coalition

November 6, 2017

Texas Values: Doctor Says Dismemberment Abortion "Absolutely Brutal"

The Dismemberment Abortion Ban trial resumed today with more important testimony revealing the truth about the abortion industry in Texas, with Texas Values’ attorney and president present in the courtroom.

From Texas Values

November 6, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Rising, Wendy Davis Take 'Lies into Laws' Campaign to University Campuses

Texas Rising – a project of the Texas Freedom Network focused on college and university campuses – and former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, along with Davis’ nonprofit Deeds Not Words, today embarked on the new phase of a campaign designed to inform Texans about how lawmakers use falsehoods to pass harmful legislation.

From Texas Freedom Network

November 6, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Texas Bishops Express Sorrow for Victims of Sutherland Springs Shooting

The Catholic bishops of Texas express their deep sadness for the loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. Their full statement follows: Our hearts ache for those suffering from the terrible loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5. We open our hands and hearts for these families in this moment of terrible tragedy.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

November 6, 2017

Representative Tomas Uresti: Responds to Tragedy in Sutherland Springs

Deeply affected yesterday’s violence, State Representative Tomas Uresti issued the following statement: “I am praying for the victims of the tragedy at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. I believe I speak for all Texans when I say that this assault on a place of worship is absolutely unfathomable.

From Representative Tomas Uresti

November 6, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Statement Regarding the Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

“I am horrified by the shooting that took the lives of at least 27 persons today and injured others in Sutherland Springs in Senate District 21. This tragedy was especially sickening because the victims included children and because it happened in a place that is meant to be a sanctuary—a place of worship.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

November 6, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Lt. Governor Patrick Assigns Senator Hall to Senate Select Committee on Election Security

Friday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Bob Hall to the Senate Select Committee on Election Security. This committee has been charged with reviewing voting security protocols, as well as, the responsibilities and duties of members of the Electoral College.

From Senator Bob Hall

November 6, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Shooting in Sutherland Springs

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement after receiving news of today's shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 6, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued the following statement regarding the shooting today in Sutherland Springs, Texas: “While many of the details are yet to be determined, clearly what happened today in Sutherland Springs is a horrific tragedy.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 6, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Op-Ed: Texans should vote "yes" on Proposition 4

On Tuesday Texans should vote "yes" on Proposition 4, the proposed constitutional amendment that would require that the Texas Attorney General receive notice of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and would give the attorney general 45 days to respond.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

November 3, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Celebrates the Astro's World Series Championship

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today participated in the Astros World Series 2017 Championship parade in downtown Houston. After their big win on Wednesday, Sen. Cruz issued the following statement congratulating the Astros: “It is so fitting that in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and all of the devastation felt along the entire Texas Gulf Coast, that our Houston Astros brought home an amazing and historic victory for the city of Houston, the gulf coast region and entirety of our great state,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 3, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Lt. Governor Patrick Assigns Senator Hall to Sunset Commission

On Friday, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Senator Bob hall to the Texas Sunset Commission. "The Sunset Commission is an essential part of our state's commitment to efficiency and accountability. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the Sunset Commission.

From Senator Bob Hall

November 3, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: GOP Tax Plan Offers Nothing to Most Texans

Following the release of the House Republicans’ new tax proposal, Ann Beeson, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, released the following statement: “The House GOP tax scheme released this week is an expensive new giveaway to wealthy households and major corporations at the expense of low-and middle-income families.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

November 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Participates in Astros World Series Victory Parade

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was proud to join the Houston Astros World Series Victory Parade in Houston today. The lieutenant governor issued this statement following the parade: “The World Series victory by the Astros demonstrates what we have known all along — this is a team of champions and they have won the heart of Houston, the rest of Texas and now the rest of the country and the world.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Makes Appointments to Texas Legislative Council & Compact Facility Legislative Oversight Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick today appointed six Texas senators to the Texas Legislative Council. The Texas Legislative Council assists the legislature in drafting proposed legislation, conducts investigations and studies, and makes reports to the legislature.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 3, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Votes to Renew Children's Health Insurance Program

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) voted to pass the CHAMPION Act, which extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the next five years and for community health centers for two years. The bill would also delay the onset of cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments until Oct. 1, 2019.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 3, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 12-State Amicus Brief Defending Trump Administration's Latest Travel Ban

Leading a coalition of 12 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, asking the court to uphold the latest travel ban crafted by the Trump administration to protect the nation from terrorism.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 3, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Hargan v. Garza

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court alleging that American Civil Liberties Union lawyers representing Jane Doe, an unlawfully-present minor alien in federal custody in Texas, misled the government in the case.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 3, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Appointments to Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed four individuals to the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 3, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Asks TX-25 Veterans to Share Their Stories

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, announced that he will be sharing the stories of veterans located throughout the 25th Congressional District of Texas on his Congressional website throughout the month of November in honor of Veterans Day.

From Representative Roger Williams

November 3, 2017

Texas Health and Human Services: Muth Named HHSC Medicaid Director

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today Stephanie Muth will be the next State Medicaid director. She will oversee the Medicaid/CHIP Services division, which is the hub for the Texas Medicaid program. She will begin her new role on Nov. 27.

From Texas Health and Human Services

November 3, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Continues Formal Investigation Into Equifax Data Breach Affecting 12.2 Million Texans

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office served an investigative subpoena – also known as a Civil Investigative Demand – on Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Equifax reported a massive data breach affecting 145.5 million Americans, including 12.2 million Texans.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 3, 2017

Charlie Lauersdorf Campaign: Combat Veteran Charles Lauersdorf Announces Campaign for Texas House

Garland native Charles "Charlie" Lauersdorf has announced his campaign for Texas House District 113 and filed his official papers with the Texas Ethics Commission. Lauersdorf is a small businessman and a decorated 7-tour combat veteran. Charlie was a Military Intelligence Analyst.

From Charlie Lauersdorf Campaign

November 3, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Texas Bullion Depository to be Headquartered in City of Leander

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that the city of Leander will be the future home of the Texas Bullion Depository. Construction on a multi-acre site is expected to begin in early 2018. The site was selected by Austin-based Lone Star Tangible Assets (LSTA), the vendor selected by the Comptroller’s office to build and operate the nation’s first state-administered gold bullion depository.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 2, 2017

Texas Values Action: Endorses Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, Sid Miller, First Round of Texas Legislators

The 2018 Republican Primary election provides a significant opportunity for Texans to elect principled conservative candidates that will stand for faith, family, and freedom across the Lone Star State. Texas Values Action is in the process of vetting candidates across the state on important issues, including religious liberty, marriage and family, life, and privacy.

From Texas Values Action

November 2, 2017

Texas Values: Dismemberment Abortion Trial Begins Today, Exposes Truth About Abortion In Texas

A major court case began Thursday in an Austin federal courtroom concerning the Dismemberment Abortion Ban. As the title suggests, the ban – now in state law and supported by a wide margin in the Texas Legislature – prohibits the barbaric practice tearing limbs from babies still in the womb as far along as 22 weeks.

From Texas Values

November 2, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Day 1 of Dismemberment Bill Trial

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court over the constitutionality of Senate Bill 8, a law enacted by the Texas Legislature to protect unborn human life from ghastly dismemberment abortions:

From Office of the Attorney General

November 2, 2017

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Republicans Tax Bill Erases Opportunity For Millions Of Texans

The tax bill Washington Republicans released today would to raises taxes on millions of middle class families in order to cut taxes on corporations and millionaires. “This bill is a catastrophe for Texas families. Congress has the ability to do three things: create opportunities, protect opportunities, or erase opportunities.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

November 2, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Dispels Rumors of a Congressional Run

On Tuesday, it was announced that U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas), of Congressional District 5, will not be running for re-election. The announcement likely will cause a domino effect of opening seats across Northeast Texas. "United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling has a servant’s heart, and I am so very thankful for his commitment and service to the people of CD-5 for all these years," stated Senator Bob Hall.

From Senator Bob Hall

November 2, 2017

Elliott McFadden Campaign: TX-21 Candidate Elliott McFadden calls on Democrats focus on flipping seat in wake of Lamar Smith Retirement

Congressional candidate Elliott McFadden, a progressive activist and the non-profit CEO of Austin B-cycle, reacted today to the news that Lamar Smith will not seek re-election to the U.S. House in the Texas 21st District by calling on Democrats to keep focus on picking up this winnable seat in 2018.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

November 2, 2017

Representative John Raney: Advisory

This evening, State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan/College Station) will receive the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award presented by The Arc of Texas at their annual Leadership & Legacy Awards Dinner. The Arc of Texas is a statewide nonprofit advocacy group that promotes and protects the rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

From Representative John Raney

November 2, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Representative Donna Howard to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Donna Howard to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for her work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. The event took place at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

From Texas PTA

November 2, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Triantaphyllis calls on Rep. John Culberson to oppose Paul Ryan's plan that could increase taxes for middle class families

Today, as Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans announce their tax plan, which could increase taxes for middle class Texas families to fund huge cuts for large corporations and the richest Americans, Alex Triantaphyllis urged Rep. John Culberson to stand up against this unfair proposal.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

November 2, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Statement on Texas Congressional District 5 Open Seat

Phillip Huffines, candidate for Texas Senate in District 8, comments on the open seat in Texas Congressional District 05: “Phillip Huffines was honored to receive encouragement to run in Congressional District 5 from all over North Texas,” said Matt Langston, consultant for Phillip Huffines.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

November 2, 2017

Texas Association of Orthodontists: Announces 2017-2018 Board Members

The Texas Association of Orthodontists (TAO) announces a change in leadership for 2017-2018 as Dr. Deji Fashemo of Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics in the greater Dallas area assumes the role of president. The TAO is a component organization of the American Association of Orthodontists—a premiere organization that is committed to educating the public on the importance of orthodontic treatment.

From Texas Association of Orthodontists

November 2, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Reiterate Opposition to Legislation Targeting "Sanctuary Cities"

As major cities and smaller communities throughout Texas join together in a lawsuit in federal court to oppose state legislation targeting “sanctuary cities,” the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops reiterates its opposition to Senate Bill 4, the law which threatens to drive a wedge between law enforcement and their local communities and which denies the reality of the majority of newcomers to the United States.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

November 2, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: World Series Title is a Victory for Houston

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, and the first World Series title in Texas’ history: “It is so fitting that in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and all of the devastation felt along the entire Texas Gulf Coast, that our Houston Astros brought home an amazing and historic victory for the city of Houston, the gulf coast region and entirety of our great state,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 2, 2017

Scott Milder Campaign: Get the Texas Senate Back to Business

Texas businessman and civic leader Scott Milder announces his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the primary election on March 6, 2018. “Texans are fed up with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's antics and deserve a choice on the Republican Primary ballot," Milder said.

From Scott Milder Campaign

November 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: New Yorkers' Resolve, Courage, and Compassion in the Face of Terror Personifies the American Spirit

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in the wake of Tuesday’s radical Islamic terrorist attack in New York City: “Yesterday’s attack in New York by an Uzbek national who senselessly murdered eight innocent people and injured 11 more is a stark reminder that even though there has been progress in dismantling ISIS’s strongholds, the threat of radical Islamic terrorism to our way of life is as real as ever.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 1, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Applauds EY For Investing In San Antonio

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) has chosen San Antonio as the home of a new client service delivery center for its Financial Services Organization, Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday. The new center will include a capital investment of more than $10 million and the creation of 600 new jobs.

From Speaker Joe Straus

November 1, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Cornyn, Cruz, McCaul Urge State Dept. to Help Bring Justice for Texan Killed in Greece

Following the tragic death of Texan Bakari Henderson in Greece this summer, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wrote Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to use all diplomatic means available to help Greek authorities bring those responsible to justice.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 1, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on President's Nomination of Ryan Patrick for US Attorney for the Southern District of Texas

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement today following President Donald J. Trump's nomination of his son Ryan Patrick for United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas: "Jan and I are obviously very proud of our son Ryan.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 1, 2017

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Praise the Nominations of Ryan Patrick and Joe Brown for U.S. Attorney

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Ryan Patrick as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and Joe Brown as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas:

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 1, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Visits Corpus Christi on Tour of Texas Manufacturing Plants

On the South Texas stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today visited Cheniere Energy in Corpus Christi. “Cheniere Energy represents Texas' chemical product manufacturing subsector, which is absolutely essential to our daily needs, as it creates goods such as household cleaning products, beauty products, pharmaceuticals and diagnostic substances, agricultural fertilizers and much more,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 1, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Representative Gary VanDeaver to Legislative Honor Roll for Second Consecutive Session

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Gary VanDeaver to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Representative VanDeaver has been recognized for his work in public education policy and funding in each of his terms of office.

From Texas PTA

November 1, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Tragic Attack in New York City

Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding this afternoon’s senseless attack in New York City: “Once again, Americans are deeply troubled and heartbroken by the terrorism attack in New York City today.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 31, 2017

Thomas McNutt Campaign: 52 Current and Former Local Elected Officials Endorse Thomas McNutt

Thomas McNutt campaign announces the names of 52 former and current elected officials supporting his run for HD8. McNutt responded to the endorsements saying, "I'm incredibly honored to have so many local leaders jump on board our campaign. Many of these same officials supported my opponent in 2016 and I'm proud to see the community uniting behind our candidacy."

From Thomas McNutt Campaign

October 31, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Releases Video Calling on John Culberson to Stand Up for Houston Families

Nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released a video calling on Congressman John Culberson to stand up for Houston families that will be hurt by Washington Republicans’ tax plan, which will increase taxes for 1.5 million households in Texas.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

October 31, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Texas Farmers, Ranchers, Manufacturers, and Small Businesses Thrive with International Trade

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the stakes for American agriculture and business.

From Senator Ted Cruz

October 31, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Burgess for 352nd District Court

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Judge Josh Burgess of Fort Worth in his campaign for the 352nd District Court in Tarrant County. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who understand the importance of a fair, efficient and honest legal system to Texas families and businesses,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

October 31, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Clergy Sign On To Supreme Court Brief Supporting Equality In Key LGBT Discrimination Case

More than 60 Texas clergy are among nearly 1,300 faith leaders from across the country who have signed on to a brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court not to turn religious freedom into a license to discriminate. The signers are from about 50 faith traditions nationally.

From Texas Freedom Network

October 31, 2017

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment: Welcomes Robert Mace as Chief Water Policy Officer

Robert Mace, a senior scientist and deputy executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), will join The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. With more than 20 years of experience at the highest levels of state government, Mace is one of the most respected water professionals in Texas.

From The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

October 31, 2017

Texas Association of Business PAC: Endorses Senator Kel Seliger for Texas Senate

Today, Texas Association of Business PAC (TXBIZ PAC) announces the endorsement of Senator Kel Seliger in his re-election bid for District 31, a 37-county area that includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring. Seliger, former four-term Amarillo mayor, was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

From Texas Association of Business PAC

October 31, 2017

Texas Clean Energy Coalition: Keep the Texas Energy Market Clean

The Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) today released a special report for policymakers entitled, “Keep the Texas Energy Market Clean: Why Coal Subsidies are Bad for Business,” questioning those who would manipulate the energy markets by using taxpayer dollars to prop up older, uneconomic plants that burn coal at the expense of cleaner, cheaper electricity from Texas-produced natural gas, wind and solar power.

From Texas Clean Energy Coalition

October 30, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Collaborates with Harris County Sheriff's Office To Keep Predators Off the Streets

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Fugitive Apprehension Unit of his office collaborated with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to arrest 28 sex offenders over the course of five days during a Child Sex Offender Warrant Initiative.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 30, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Manafort and Gates Indictments and Papadopoulos Plea

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement: “George Papadopoulos’ plea and Paul Manafort’s and Rick Gates’ indictments are significant developments in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and shine further light on the disturbing contacts high-level Trump campaign officials had with Russians.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 30, 2017

Representative Jim Murphy: Forgoes Campaign Fundraiser, Raises $30,000+ for West Houston Harvey Relief

Still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey in his home district, State Representative Jim Murphy chose to forego a traditional fall campaign fundraiser and instead redirected all contributions to local charitable organizations. Nearly 70 House members supported the event, which raised over $30,000.

From Representative Jim Murphy

October 30, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Formal Demands to 127 Business Accused of Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey Disaster

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division sent notices of violations to 127 Texas businesses accused of price gouging during the state of disaster declared for Hurricane Harvey. All of the cases involve consumer complaints against gas stations that allegedly charged $3.99 or higher for a gallon of unleaded gasoline or diesel.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 30, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Releases Video Reminding Texans of Important FEMA Deadlines

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following video urging Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to qualify for Public Assistance by tomorrow, Tuesday, October 31st, and Individual Assistance by Friday, November 24th.

From Senator Ted Cruz

October 30, 2017

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Nominated For Victory Institute's Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award

On Friday, the Victory Institute announced that Representative Mary González was one of six finalists nominated to receive their inaugural Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award. The Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award was created to honor an up-and-coming state or local LGBTQ elected official whose promising political career will move forward equality.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

October 30, 2017

Texas Automobile Dealers Association: Announces Addition of Kate McGrath to Legislative Team

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) announced today that Kate McGrath will join the Association as Director of Legislative Affairs. Kate joins TADA after serving as Policy Director for Lt Governor Dan Patrick for nearly three years and in the Office of the Governor for the six years prior.

From Texas Automobile Dealers Association

October 25, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement on Speaker Straus Announcement

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on behalf of the state labor federation in response to House Speaker Joe Straus's announcement that he will not seek reelection: "The hundreds of thousands of working families who make up the Texas AFL-CIO wish Speaker Straus and his family the best as he returns to private life."

From Texas AFL-CIO

October 25, 2017

Paul Bettencourt Campaign: Senator Bettencourt Seeks another Senate Term

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) today officially announced his intention to seek another term representing District 7 in the Texas Senate. Senator Bettencourt has been a leader in the Texas Senate to enact conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign

October 25, 2017

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on Speaker Joe Straus Choosing Not to Seek Re-Election

“The steady and guiding hand of Speaker Joe Straus has led San Antonio, and Texas through pivotal times in the growth of our state. It will be years until we are able to fully assess the positive impact of his leadership, while his departure will be felt immediately.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

October 25, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Castro, McCaul Introduce International Development Legislation

Today, Congressmen Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Michael McCaul (TX-10), both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced legislation aiming to make the United States’ international development efforts more impactful and cost-efficient.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 25, 2017

Texas Alliance for Life: Praises Pro-Life Legislative Accomplishments of Speaker Straus and House State Affairs Chairman Cook

Today, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced that he would not seek re-election for his Texas House of Representatives seat in House District 121. The following is a statement on behalf of Texas Alliance for Life (TAL) Executive Director Joe Pojman, Ph.D.:

From Texas Alliance for Life

October 25, 2017

Representative Dustin Burrows: Statement on Speaker Straus announcement to not seek re-election

Texas House Representative Dustin Burrows (HD-83) issued the following statement today in reaction to Speaker Straus' announcement that he will not seek re-election to the state legislature: "I thank the Speaker for his many years of service to Texas, and I wish he and his family the best for the future.

From Representative Dustin Burrows

October 25, 2017

Mike Collier Campaign: Lt. Gov. Candidate, Mike Collier, Response to Straus Decision

The Collier Campaign for Lt. Governor has released the following comments in response to Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus’ announcement that he will not seek re-election: Mike Collier has issued the following statements:

From Mike Collier Campaign

October 25, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on Speaker Straus' Announcement to Not Seek Re-Election

"Despite our policy differences, I appreciate Speaker Straus' leadership and service to our State. He served Texas with distinction and is a true statesman. The next Texas Speaker needs to be committed to uniting Texas, not dividing Texas by focusing on public education, our economy, and making Texas the best state to live and work for all Texans rather than focusing on politics."

From Representative Cesar Blanco

October 25, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on DHS' Planned Apprehension of Hospitalized 10-Year Old Girl

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding reports that U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials plan to apprehend a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who recently underwent gall bladder surgery at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

October 25, 2017

Texas Values Action: For Straus, Cook 'the Writing Was Already On the Wall'

It’s little surprise to Texas Values Action President Jonathan Saenz that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and House State Affairs committee Chairman Byron Cook announced today that they would not be seeking re-election.

From Texas Values Action

October 25, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Considering Running For Speaker Of The Texas House Of Representatives

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) announced today that he is considering running for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives for the 86th Texas Legislature. Earlier today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced that he will not be seeking reelection to the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Eric Johnson

October 25, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Statement Regarding Speaker Joe Straus

Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) today issued the following statement regarding Speaker Joe Straus’ decision not to run for reelection to the Texas House of Representatives: “Speaker Straus has been a steadfast champion for a fair, efficient and accessible legal system in Texas, and his support has been critical in helping Texas enact common-sense lawsuit reforms during every session in which he served as speaker,” TLR President Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

October 25, 2017

Texas Association of Business: Statement from Jeff Moseley, CEO of TAB

“Speaker Straus has been a true crusader for bringing real solutions to real challenges and showed his commitment time and time again to private-sector growth. We are sorry to hear Speaker Straus will not be seeking another term. However, he has laid a foundation and set a precedent for focusing on the big and consequential issues facing Texas.

From Texas Association of Business

October 25, 2017

Representative John Zerwas: Announces Candidacy for House Speaker

House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Zerwas, M.D. today announced that he is running for Speaker of the Texas Ho

From Representative John Zerwas

October 25, 2017

TexProtects: Statement on the retirement on Texas Speaker Joe Straus

Statement from Madeline McClure, Founding CEO of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, regarding Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus’ decision not to seek reelection: “Advocates for children in Texas will dearly miss the presence of Joe Straus in the Texas Legislature.

From TexProtects

October 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Continues Defense of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law at Fifth Circuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton late yesterday filed a response and reply brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit over a district court order that blocked Senate Bill 4, Texas’ ban on sanctuary cities, from taking effect on September 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 25, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Statement Expressing Profound Disappointment on Abortion Carried Out on Child of Unlawfully Present Minor

Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his profound disappointment today about an abortion of a child in the early hours of this morning. The abortion occurred after the Department of Justice failed to appeal to the United States Supreme Court a ruling allowing the abortion.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 25, 2017

Texas Values: Unborn Child's Death in Immigrant Abortion Case 'Reminds Us of the Importance of Every Life'

Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz expresses his condolences that an unborn child has died as the result of an abortion this morning early this morning. A federal appeals court temporarily halted an abortion request by a 17-year-old in-custody illegal immigrant Thursday evening after a federal judge ordered immigration officials to accommodate her wishes to engage in the life-ending procedure.

From Texas Values

October 25, 2017

MAXIMUS: Honored with Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities Award

The Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities in Texas has awarded MAXIMUS (NYSE: MMS), a leading provider of government services worldwide, with a Lex Frieden Employment Award (LFEA) for the Company’s work to empower MAXIMUS employees, clients and Texans with disabilities. MAXIMUS was recognized in the large employer category.

From MAXIMUS

October 25, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Senator Kel Seliger to Legislative Honor Roll for Second Consecutive Session

Today members of Texas PTA named Senator Kel Seliger to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. He received this award during the 84th session as well.

From Texas PTA

October 25, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Representative Helen Giddings to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Helen Giddings to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for her work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Rep. Giddings is a champion of legislation crafted to improve opportunities for students, to strengthen low performing schools, and to capitalize on the rich opportunities that early learning programs provide young children.

From Texas PTA

October 25, 2017

Texas Ethics Commission: Completes Fall 2017 Ethics Symposium

On Friday, October 20, 2017, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) hosted its Fall 2017 Ethics Symposium at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. The auditorium was filled to capacity after nearly 240 people registered to attend the event featuring presentations from State Rep. Sarah Davis (District 134), TEC Commissioners Chase Untermeyer, Katie Kennedy, Chris Flood, and TEC Chair Steve Wolens.

From Texas Ethics Commission

October 24, 2017

Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez: Joins Latino Elected Officials For NALEO Legislative Summit On Health

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, and more than 30 other Latino state legislators from across the country for the NALEO Legislative Summit on Health held from October 20-21, 2017.

From Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez

October 24, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Commission: Houston law firms honored as "Champions of Justice"

The Texas Access to Justice Commission (“Commission”) kicked off Texas Pro Bono Week yesterday during a reception honoring law firms and attorneys who support access to justice efforts in Texas.

From Texas Access to Justice Commission

October 24, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Releases Second Wave of Interim Charges

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his final list of the 81 interim legislative charges he is asking the Texas Senate to study in advance of the 2019 legislative session. He issued 25 interim charges last month directly related to issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 24, 2017

Representative John Zerwas: Names Subcommittee on Disaster Impact and Recovery

House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Zerwas, M.D. has named a Subcommittee on Disaster Impact and Recovery to more efficiently address the interim charge provided to the Committee in September:

From Representative John Zerwas

October 24, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 10-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump's Latest Immigration Order

Leading a coalition of 10 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit supporting the Trump administration’s motion for a stay of a U.S. District Court ruling blocking the latest travel ban.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 24, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Receives Interim Charges

The Senate Finance Committee has received its interim assignments – a list of issues to be analyzed over the months ahead with recommendations issued in a report to the next Legislature.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 24, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 25-State Bipartisan Coalition Calling on Education Secretary to Preserve States' Oversight of Student Loan Industry

Joining a bipartisan coalition of 25 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today called on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reject a campaign by student loan servicers and debt collectors to dismantle state oversight of the student loan industry.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 24, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Texas Policies Limit Opportunities for African-American and Hispanic Kids and Children in Immigrant Families

Across Texas, African-American and Hispanic children face tougher barriers to success than many of their peers in the state, according to data in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

October 24, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Delivers Official Request To State Preservation Board To Remove Confederate Plaque From Texas Capitol

Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) has submitted an official “change request” to the State Preservation Board’s Executive Director, Rod Welsh, requesting the relocation of the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque from inside the Texas Capitol.

From Representative Eric Johnson

October 24, 2017

Donna Howard Campaign: Rep. Howard Announces Run For Re-Election to Texas House

Today, State Representative Donna Howard announced her campaign for re-election to the Texas Legislature. She has served House District 48, which falls within a portion of Travis County, since 2006.

From Donna Howard Campaign

October 24, 2017

Beverly Powell Campaign: Announcement Regarding Burleson School Board Seat

Today, Burleson ISD Trustee Beverly Powell announced her resignation from the Burleson School Board. After serving 10 years as a Trustee, including two years as Board President, Powell announced that she will resign her post to focus full-time on her race for Texas State Senate, District 10. Powell attended Nola Dunn Elementary in Burleson, Burleson Middle School and graduated from Burleson High School—Burleson ISD is Powell’s home school district.

From Beverly Powell Campaign

October 23, 2017

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: Awards Emergency Funds to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) today announced the distribution of $1.5 million in emergency funds to legal aid organizations in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will help provide a range of civil legal services for low-income Texans impacted by the hurricane.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

October 23, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Interim Charges for the Committee on County Affairs and appointment to Select Committee on Opioids & Substance Abuse

Chairman of the House Committee on County Affairs Garnet F. Coleman (D - Houston) has released the following statement in response to Speaker Straus' (R - San Antonio) release of the 85th Legislative Session Interim Charges for the House Committee on County Affairs:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

October 23, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Releases First Wave of Interim Charges

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is asking the Texas Senate to study 81 additional interim legislative charges in addition to the 25 interim charges he released last month directly related to issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 23, 2017

Representative Cesar Blanco: Ready to Get To Work on Interim Charges Announced by Speaker Straus

Today, Speaker Joe Straus released interim committee charges for the 85th Legislature. Representative Cesar J. Blanco issued the following statement: "I am ready to get to work on the interim charges Speaker Straus announced today. I also want to thank Speaker Straus for giving members the opportunity to offer recommendations and selecting a few of my proposed interim charges."

From Representative Cesar Blanco

October 23, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: Issues Statement on Concerns about Rio Grande Dams

Representative Henry Cuellar issued the following statement after reviewing a report from the State Department’s 2018 Congressional Budget Justification stating that five of six Rio Grande Dams have “urgent” safety concerns: “I am working to address the challenges facing the ongoing maintenance and repairs of our international dams on the Rio Grande.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

October 23, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: $64 Million Awarded to Texas Crime Victims and Their Families During Fiscal Year 2017

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program (CVC), which is administered by his office, provided $64 million in financial assistance to Texas crime victims and their families during fiscal year 2017, an increase of $16.8 million from 2016. The reimbursements covered out-of-pocket expenses as defined by Texas law.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 23, 2017

Representative Kevin Roberts: Named To House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse

House Speaker Joe Straus today created the House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse to study and bring awareness to the effects of addiction on Texans. Representative Kevin Roberts (R-Houston) was appointed to the committee.

From Representative Kevin Roberts

October 23, 2017

Texas Impact: Joins Amicus Brief to Fifth Circuit Challenging Anti-Immigrant SB 4

On Friday October 20, Texas Impact joined the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, faith leaders, and other denominational bodies as part of an interfaith coalition filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in support of several Texas cities and counties seeking to halt the implementation of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4).

From Texas Impact

October 23, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: House Interim Charges Focus On Hurricane Harvey

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the full list of House interim charges Monday, assigning almost every committee at least one charge related to the state’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey. By issuing interim charges, Speaker Straus highlighted issues that should receive study and discussion leading up to the next legislative session, which will begin in January 2019.

From Speaker Joe Straus

October 23, 2017

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: Names Texas State Representative Eric Johnson Delegate to Democratic National Committee

Today DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post announced that Texas Representative Eric Johnson will serve as its third delegate to the Democratic National Committee.

From Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

October 23, 2017

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Endorses Rep. Wayne Faircloth for HD 23

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of incumbent State Representative Wayne Faircloth in the March 6, 2018 primary election to represent House District 23.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

October 20, 2017

Texas Values: Appeals Court Stops Immigrant Abortion Request: Unborn Child At 15 Weeks

An unborn baby of an immigrant teen in custody in Texas gets another shot at life after a federal appeals court decision – the decision comes as many people recognize October as Respect Life Month.

From Texas Values

October 20, 2017

Mike Collier Campaign: VIDEO: Fixing the Texas School Funding and Property Tax Mess

Today, the Collier Campaign for Lt. Governor is releasing a video detailing why Texas property taxpayers have gotten a raw deal, how school districts are being hurt by bad policy, and what the candidate, Mike Collier, plans to do to fix the mess. Highlights from the video include the following quotes (starts at 9:16): “I’m their worst nightmare. I’m a democrat, and I’m an auditor.”

From Mike Collier Campaign

October 20, 2017

Texas Taxpayers and Research Association: Welcomes Matt Migliore to the TTARA Team

Attorney Matt Migliore, who has extensive experience in tax policy, tax administration and state budget issues, will join the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) staff in November, TTARA announced today. “Matt Migliore is a talented and experienced attorney with a keen appreciation of rational tax policy,” TTARA President Dale Craymer said. “He is a welcome addition to the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association family.”

From Texas Taxpayers and Research Association

October 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Opens Investigation into Several Debris Removal Companies in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

In connection with Rebuild Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton opened an investigation into a number of debris removal companies. Spurred by a referral from Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, the investigation is examining agreements between companies and local governments relating to professional debris removal efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 20, 2017

Senator Jane Nelson: Announces New Leadership Team

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced staff changes in her Capitol, District, and Committee offices. "I have been extremely fortunate to have capable, loyal staff who worked tirelessly over long tours of duty to advance our priorities. I wish those moving on the very best and appreciate their service to our state," Senator Nelson said.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 20, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Congratulates the Texas Water Development Board for Providing Flood Mitigation Funding Assistance to Harris County

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the Texas Water Development Board’s announcement that it will award a $47 million no interest loan to Harris County Flood Control for improvements to Brays Bayou: “I want to congratulate the Texas Water Development Board for providing these flood control resources to Harris County.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

October 18, 2017

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Cynthia Flores Endorsed by Hispanic Republicans of Texas For State Representative, District 52

Today, the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC endorses Cynthia Flores for State Representative, District 52. She plans to succeed retiring State Representative Larry Gonzales. "We are sad to see that State Representative Larry Gonzales is retiring from the Texas House, but it's exciting to have Cynthia Flores running to fill the position.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

October 18, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Huffines Announces Endorsement of Jackie Schlegel

Phillip Huffines, candidate for Texas Senate in District 8, announces the endorsement of Texans for Vaccine Choice Executive Director Jackie Schlegel: “There’s no bigger defender of our freedoms and liberties than Phillip Huffines,” said Jackie Schlegel. “Texans will

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

October 18, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Mayor Turner's Unbelievable Attempt To Go Back on His Public Property Tax Promise Backfires 2-15

Despite multiple statements to the contrary, Mayor Turner attempted to go back on his public promise not to break the voter imposed revenue cap by triggering a disaster provision that allows him to ask for additional revenue. Mayor Turner’s proposal was defeated at Houston City Council by a 2-15 vote margin.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

October 18, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Representative Trent Ashby to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Trent Ashby to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Representative Ashby serves as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee, that has the tough task of setting the education budget.

From Texas PTA

October 18, 2017

Texas PTA: Names Senator Jose Menendez to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Senator José Menendez to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Senator Menendez led the work on SB 179 as the Senate author of the cyberbullying legislation designed to improve the law enforcement and school administration response to incidents of cyberbullying, and to strengthen the consequences for those who engage in cyberbullying in order to prevent incidents of severe cyberbullying.

From Texas PTA

October 18, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads Eight-State Coalition to Protect the Unborn

Leading an eight-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the federal government’s refusal to comply with an unlawfully-present minor alien’s request to have an abortion in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 17, 2017

Texas Restaurant Association: Unites with Texas Legislature to defend BBQ Bill

The Texas Restaurant Association is currently supporting a long list of Texas legislators in solidarity against a misinterpretation of the “BBQ Bill” written into the rules by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

From Texas Restaurant Association

October 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC's Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) awarded the Consumer Protection Division of his office its Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 17, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Texas' Congressional Redistricting Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Texas’ congressional redistricting case and correct a U.S. District Court ruling from August that invalidated two of the state’s 36 congressional seats.

From Office of the Attorney General

October 17, 2017

TexProtects: Breaks Fundraising Record at Annual Awards Gala

TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, announced today that its Annual Awards Gala raised a record $513,100 toward its mission of preventing child abuse and neglect.

From TexProtects

October 17, 2017

Texas Education Agency: TEA, Texas PBS and United Ways of Texas Launch Start Smart Texas

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced the launch of Start Smart Texas, a collaborative effort between the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas PBS and the United Ways of Texas. Start Smart Texas is a parent-focused initiative designed to work with families, community leaders and schools to promote the role of parents in making any time a learning time.

From Texas Education Agency

October 17, 2017

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Rep. Reynolds Runs For Re-Election For House District 27

Today, State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County Texas - District 27) announced his intention to run for his fifth term. Elected in 2010 as the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction, Reynolds has made a lasting positive impact on the constituents of District 27.

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

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