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May 3, 2024

Dallas Economic Development Corporation Announces Linda McMahon as sole finalist for Chief Executive Officer

Dallas, TX – May 3, 2024 – Linda McMahon has been selected as the sole finalist for Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) after a lengthy national search. The Board will vote on Tuesday, May 7 and with approval of the Board, McMahon will become the organization’s first CEO effective July 1, 2024. This strategic appointment leverages McMahon's extensive experience in commercial real estate, economic development, banking, and community revitalization. Her appointment marks a significant step forward in Dallas EDC’s mission to attract large and small businesses from around the world.

From Alpha Business Images

By Dallas Economic Development Corporation

May 21, 2024

Dallas Economic Development Corporation Unveils New Website: The Epicenter of Business Growth

Dallas, TX – May 21, 2024 – Dallas Economic Development Corporation (“Dallas EDC”) is proud to launch its new website, www.dallasedc.com, a vibrant, immersive platform aimed at promoting Dallas as the premier business destination in the U.S.

From Alpha Business Images

By Dallas Economic Development Corporation

May 3, 2024

ACF Takes Out Full Page Ads of Distinguished Texans Applauding UT Administration’s Measures to Keep Campuses Safe

AUSTIN, TX – Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) today announced that it has placed a full page ad in the Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News of distinguished Texans commending University of Texas Austin President Jay Hartzell and the UT Board of Regents for their commitment to protecting Jewish students and keeping campuses safe amid ongoing harassment and intimidation from radical protesters, many of which are not affiliated with the UT community.

From ALUMS for Campus Fairness

May 7, 2024

ACTA Survey Finds Texans Support Strong Actions at University of Texas in Response to Protests

May 7, 2024 - Today, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released the findings from its survey of Texas voters that reveal their thoughts about the wave of protests at the University of Texas–Austin. The results show that Texans broadly support the decision to stop the attempt to occupy the university’s campus. The results of the survey conducted by Basilice and Associates follow:

From American Council of Trustees and Alumni

May 1, 2024

VIDEO: Rep. Tony Gonzales’ Resolution Condemning the Biden Administration’s Failed Border Policies Passes U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) released the following statement upon House-passage of his resolution condemning the Biden administration’s failure to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.

From Congressman Tony Gonzales - 23rd District of Texas

May 1, 2024

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congresswoman Judy Chu Lead Effort Urging Expansion of Federal Family Planning Program

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-28) led a total of 149 of their colleagues in a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Robert Aderholt and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro requesting $512 million for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Title X Family Planning Program (Title X). Established in 1970, Title X was championed by former President and then Congressman for Texas’ Seventh Congressional District George H.W. Bush.

From Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher

May 24, 2024

Family Freedom Project Urges Texas Supreme Court to Not Discard Parental Rights in Landmark Case

LUBBOCK, TX - The Family Freedom Project has filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in the case of Stary v Ethridge before the Supreme Court of Texas, urging the court to uphold fundamental parental rights in the care, custody, and control of their children.

From Family Freedom Project

May 15, 2024

Update on Pelican Island Bridge Barge Collision

Galveston County, Texas – At approximately 10:00am this morning, a barge owned by Martin Petroleum collided with the Pelican Island Bridge that connects Galveston Island to Pelican Island. Power was temporarily interrupted to Pelican Island, which is home to Texas A&M Galveston. Secondary power has been restored to Pelican Island.

From Galveston County

May 13, 2024

Outraged Houston Democrat State Rep. Jarvis Johnson Demands the Removal of HISD Superintendent Mike Miles Amidst Mass Firings

HOUSTON - On Friday morning, employees throughout HISD received termination notices, including the recipient of last year's "Principal of the Year" award. Representative Jarvis Johnson, a product of HISD schools and a staunch advocate for public education, has consistently opposed the hostile takeover of HISD. Johnson has repeatedly addressed the HISD Board of Managers, advocating for collaboration with principals, teachers, students, and families while expressing community concerns.

From Jarvis Johnson for Senate District 15

May 15, 2024

Cornyn Marks National Police Week

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) marked National Police Week, discussed his Back the Blue Act, and applauded law enforcement officers across Texas for their service, bravery, and commitment to keeping our communities safe. This morning, he met with Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) leaders and hosted a bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus event on recruitment and retention with Texas Municipal Police Association President Chris CeBallos and Houston Police Officers Union Vice President Tim Whitaker, among others.

From John Cornyn - United States Senator for Texas

May 8, 2024

Kathleen Hicks Secures Endorsement from State Representative Nicole Collier for Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 1

TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS – May 8, 2024 - Kathleen Hicks, a Democratic candidate for Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 1, proudly announces the endorsement of State Representative Nicole Collier.

From Kathleen Hicks for Tarrant County Commissioner

May 22, 2024

KICKAPOO TRADITIONAL TRIBE OF TEXAS ENDORSES U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TONY GONZALES IN PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS (May 21, 2024) – The Tribal Council of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas proudly announces its endorsement of Congressman Tony Gonzales, who is currently seeking his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. This pivotal endorsement underscores Gonzales’ unwavering dedication to serving not only the constituents of South Texas District 23 but also the interests of Indigenous communities like the Kickapoo Tribe.

From McWilliams Governmental Affairs

By Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

May 14, 2024

Statement from New Houston Chair Hany Khalil On Bombshell Spectrum TV Investigation Revealing Texas Public Education Funds Being Redirected to Mike Miles’ Colorado Charter Schools

(Houston, TX) Today, Hany Khalil, Chair of New Economy for Working Houston, issued the following statement in response to a bombshell investigation from Spectrum TV news revealing that Texas public school dollars are being diverted to private charter schools in Colorado.

From New Houston

May 17, 2024

The Voice of the Permian Basin

“The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) is deeply disappointed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) has chosen to list the dunes sagebrush lizard (DSL) as endangered at this time. This arbitrary decision is not supported by the available science and flies in the face of the state sponsored conservation efforts, which include the enrollment of hundreds of thousands of acres and commitment of millions of dollars in both Texas and New Mexico.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association

May 16, 2024

Introducing Powering Texans: A New Texas Trade Association Dedicated to a Free and Competitive Energy Market

Austin, Texas — Texas is experiencing unprecedented population growth, a surge in businesses relocating to the Lone Star State, and continued electrification, making the need for reliable, efficient, and affordable power generation more important than ever.

From Powering Texans

May 15, 2024

Texas Latino Elected Officials, Catholic Bishops and Advocates Call On Biden To Extend Work Permits to Long-Term Immigrant Residents

TEXAS — On Thursday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. CT, the American Business Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Texas House of Representatives Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) — the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the United States — will hold a virtual press conference urging the White House and Congress to grant legal work permits to long-term residents, including the undocumented spouses and immediate family of United States citizens, Dreamers who do not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and long-term workers without a path to legal status.

From Representative Gene Wu

By American Business Immigration Coalition

May 10, 2024

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Approves Permit To Build Lake Ringgold

WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS — Today, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved controversial Water Use Permit No. 13404 — a proposal by the City of Wichita Falls to construct and maintain a dam and reservoir known as Lake Ringgold in neighboring rural Clay County. Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) issued the following statement:

From Sarver Strategies

May 16, 2024

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Designate Fritch Post Office in Honor of Volunteer Fire Chief Zeb Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced a bill today designating the United States Postal Service located at 107 North Hoyne Avenue in Fritch, Texas as the “Chief Zeb Smith Post Office.” Under this legislation, the Post Office will stand in honor of the Fritch Volunteer Fire Chief’s life of service. Chief Smith tragically passed away fighting a fire earlier this year.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

May 3, 2024

Sen. Cruz, Rep. Jackson Introduce Legislation to Help Texas Cattle Ranchers Recover from Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas-13) introduced the Senate and House versions of the Livestock Indemnity Program Enhancement Act to help Texas livestock producers recover from the devastating wildfires that occurred in the Texas Panhandle earlier this year. This bill would require the United States Department of Agriculture to establish an additional payment rate through the Livestock Indemnity Program for excessive unborn livestock death losses due to gestating livestock losses. The recent wildfires in the Texas Panhandle caused over 7,000 cattle losses, not including unborn calves, destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of ranchers and livestock producers in Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

May 7, 2024

ICYMI: Seattle Times Op-ed Urges Congress to Pass Sens. Cruz and Fetterman’s Bipartisan Bill to Block Social Media Access in Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, the Seattle Times ran an op-ed urging Congress to pass U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. John Fetterman’s (D-Pa.) Eyes on the Board Act, a bipartisan bill to block social media access in schools. The senators’ bill was included in Sens. Cruz and Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawaii) Kids Off Social Media Act, which was introduced last week with broad bipartisan support.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

May 3, 2024

Cruz, Markey Announce Bill To Protect AM Radio Hits 60 Cosponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, recently announced the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act now has bipartisan support from 60 members of the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require automakers to maintain AM broadcast radio in their new vehicles at no additional charge. The House legislation has 246 co-sponsors, as well.

From Senator Ted Cruz Press Office

May 22, 2024

Chairman Bettencourt and Local Government Committee Heard Squatting Horror Stories

Austin, TX – Wednesday, May 15th, the Senate Committee on Local Government chaired by Senator Paul Bettencourt held a hearing to discuss securing Texas against "Squatters". Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assigned this interim charge before the committee ahead of the 2025 legislative session. During the hearing, the Senate heard invited and public testimonials from victims of squatters and listened to proposed solutions.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

May 10, 2024

Texas Business and Property Owners Save $4.5 Billion due to Senator's SB 2 & 3

Austin, TX – In the 2nd called Special Session of the 88th Legislature in 2023, Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) passed SB 2, which provided historic property tax reductions, and SB 3, which doubled the franchise tax exemption taking around 67,000 Texas small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) off the franchise tax roll and eliminated the requirement to file a ‘No Tax Due’ form. SB 3 also eliminated the administrative burden of filing a ‘No Tax Due’ franchise tax return for 2.178 million SMBs.

From State of Texas - Texas Senate

By Senator Paul Bettencourt - SD 7

May 21, 2024

Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation Names Courtney Arbour as TDLR Executive Director

AUSTIN – Courtney Arbour has been named executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, effective June 1, 2024. Arbour replaces Brian E. Francis, who has served as the interim executive director since January 2024.

From Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

May 22, 2024

Rep. Wu Responds to the Texas Senate’s Ongoing Push for Unconstitutional, Racist Alien Land Law Legislation

AUSTIN, TX – On Wednesday, May 29, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs will hold an interim hearing on the “protection of Texas land and assets” by “foreign entities that threaten the safety and security of the United States.” This interim charge is a blatant attempt to advance the messaging behind Senator Lois Kolkhorst’s SB 147 from the 88th Regular Session, which discriminated against individuals from certain countries, labeling them as spies and traitors without any justification or evidence, and would have unconstitutionally stripped them of their right to own a home or business based solely on their national origin.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

May 13, 2024

State Representative Gene Wu Condemns Republican War on Public Education

Houston, TX – In response to the recent, widespread layoff announcements made by Houston Independent School District (HISD) Superintendent Mike Miles and the state appointed Board of Managers, Rep. Wu issued the following statement:

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Gene Wu - District 137

May 10, 2024

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO "MANDO" MARTINEZ APPOINTED TO SELECT COMMITTEE ON SECURING TEXAS FROM HOSTILE FOREIGN ORGANIZATIONS

AUSTIN--State Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) was appointed by Speaker Dade Phelan to the newly created House Select Committee on Securing Texas from Hostile Foreign Organizations (Committee). Texans have raised security concerns, ranging from energy security to food security. Preventing private property rights from being controlled by entities from adversarial nations is key to ensuring state and national security.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez - District 39

May 1, 2024

REPRESENTATIVE SHAHEEN RESPONDS TO PORN INDUSTRY LAWSUIT LOSS

PLANO—On Tuesday, the Supreme Court House refused a request to block HB Bill 1181, passed by State Representative Matt Shaheen. This bill requires entities that distribute sexual materials online to verify that users of their site are adults.

From Texas House of Representatives

By Representative Matt Shaheen - District 66

May 13, 2024

Press Conference on the Senate Hearings on SB-17 and the right to protest and related issues.

(TEXAS) -In light of the Senate Education Committee Hearings on Senate Bill 17, the right to protest and other matters, coming on the heels of the termination of many University employees around the State, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Texas State Conference of the American Association of University Professors and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches, along with other partner organizations, students and staff have decided to hold the press conference to discuss the harmful impacts of the legislation and the attacks on free speech as a result of SB17 and recent activities on college campuses.

From Texas NAACP

By Texas Legislative Black Caucus

April 30, 2024

Texas teachers, on average, now earn a staggering $9,000 less than the national average

Texas teachers’ salaries continue to fall farther and farther behind what their peers in most of the rest of the country are earning, while per-student funding in Texas also lags farther behind most states, the National Education Association’s latest national survey of financial commitments to public education shows. Texas teachers, on average, now earn more than $9,000 less than the national average, while Texas provides more than $5,000 less per student in school funding than the national average.

From Texas State Teachers Association

May 21, 2024

TWC Kicks off Annual Program Connecting Students with Disabilities to Meaningful Employment

AUSTIN ? The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is announcing the launch of this year’s Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) program for students aged 14-22 with disabilities. Through work-based learning, SEAL participants earn a paycheck as they learn new skills and gain professional experience. Employers participating in SEAL benefit from the addition of engaged and enthusiastic team members.

From Texas Workforce Commission

May 21, 2024

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Seven Counties Impacted by Recent Severe Weather, Flooding

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is now accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that began on April 26. Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 15, 2024, which included a request for DUA benefits in seven counties.

From Texas Workforce Commission

May 16, 2024

Texas Labor Market Continues to Expand in April With More Than 42,000 Jobs Added

AUSTIN ? The Texas labor market once again set record-high levels for jobs, employed Texans, and the civilian labor force. April marks the 37th consecutive month of positive annual job growth. Texas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment increased to 14,159,000 after 42,600 jobs were added over the month in April, reflecting growth in 46 of the last 48 months.

From Texas Workforce Commission

May 3, 2024

TMA Bestows Highest Honor to Congressman Burgess

In recognition of his two decades of congressional service of writing, improving, and passing legislation to benefit patient care, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) today honored U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Texas), with its 2024 TMA Distinguished Service Award. TMA leaders recognized Dr. Burgess at TexMed, the association’s annual conference held this year in Dallas. The award is TMA’s highest honor.

From The Eppstein Group

By Texas Medical Association

May 6, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Creates House Select Committee on Securing Texas From Hostile Foreign Organizations

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today announced the creation of a select committee to study the threat posed by hostile foreign organizations and their affiliates on the Texas economy, statewide security and fundamental American values. The seven-member House Select Committee on Securing Texas From Hostile Foreign Organizations will also examine acquisition of real property and other assets by hostile foreign organizations as well as rates of intellectual property (IP) theft and the industries most impacted in order to better secure governmental entities and businesses operating in the state.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 16, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Recognizes Select Committee for Issuing Report on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today recognized the House Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies (AI/ET) for issuing an initial interim report on the current state of AI/ET and its many uses in the state. The select committee’s report presents a summary of testimony on this technology’s varied applications and potential impact on national security and elections, as well as the challenges posed by AI/ET and its intersection with cybersecurity.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 7, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Applauds Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ Progress in Supporting Retired Educators

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today thanked the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) for progress made last week in further supporting the state’s retired public educators and voiced support for the TRS Board of Trustees taking additional action in July to reduce premiums for those participating in TRS-Care Medicare Advantage while protecting the long-term stability of the fund.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 13, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Thanks Select Committee for Issuing Report on Protecting Texas LNG Exports

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today thanked the House Select Committee on Protecting Texas LNG Exports for submitting an interim report in response to President Joe Biden’s pause on approvals of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 1, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Commends Panhandle Wildfire Investigative Committee for Issuing In-Depth Report

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today commended the Investigative Committee on the Panhandle Wildfires for issuing an interim report that includes findings and legislative solutions for preventing future wildfires and improving disaster preparedness, response and mitigation in Texas.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 8, 2024

Speaker Dade Phelan Issues House Interim Charges for the 88th Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan today issued House interim committee charges for the 88th Texas Legislature to consider in preparation for the next legislative session in 2025. Reflecting a wide range of issues facing the State of Texas, the charges build upon the accomplishments of previous sessions and will help guide the work of the Texas House as it heads into the 89th Legislative Session.

From The State of Texas Speaker

By Speaker of the House Dade Phelan

May 15, 2024

Pelumi Adeleke Responds To Spectrum TV Report on HISD Funding

(Houston, TX) Today, Pelumi Adeleke, democratic candidate for Harris Central Appraisal District Place 3 issued the following statement in response to an explosive investigative report outlining the funneling of taxpayer funds from Texas to charter schools in Colorado:

From Third Way Strategies

May 15, 2024

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas Joins Time To Care Coalition

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now announced that the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD).

From Time To Care Texas

May 7, 2024

Texas Chapter of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Joins Time to Care Coalition

AUSTIN, TX – In a resolute step towards championing those who care for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now is proud to announce that the Texas Chapter of the American Assocaition on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care individuals with IDD.

From Time To Care Texas

May 6, 2024

Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy Joins Time to Care Coalition

AUSTIN, TX – In a resolute step towards championing those who care for Texans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), Time To Care: Save Texas Caregivers Now is proud to announce that Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy has joined the coalition, further strengthening the statewide movement to address the urgent issue of underfunding faced by direct support professionals (DSPs) who tirelessly care individuals with IDD.

From Time To Care Texas

May 21, 2024

Zachry Corporation Clarifies No Involvement in Recent Chapter 11 Filing

SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 21, 2024) - Zachry Corporation wishes to address and clarify recent reports regarding a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by a similarly named entity, Zachry Holdings, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries.

From Zachry Corporation

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