February 18, 2020      12:12 AM

Rumor mill: Apparently Gardner Pate is set to succeed Matt Hirsch in the Office of the Governor

February 17, 2020      5:46 PM

Some on commission on judicial selection seem to lean toward retention elections

But it is early in its work, with the chairman saying the commission is in its “information gathering phase.”

The Texas Commission on Judicial Section has at least six more meetings before issuing its report, but the group does appear to agree on one point: voters will be a part of the process.

February 17, 2020      5:44 PM

Video: Luisa del Rosal explains why she is a Republican

February 15, 2020      8:06 AM

Clayton Williams passed away

From the Midland Reporter-Telegram: "Clayton Williams was surrounded by family and loved ones in Midland when he died from complications of a bout with pneumonia, according to a long-time work associate. Williams was 88."

February 14, 2020      4:07 PM

People on the Move

New faces in the lobby, a comms pro leaves the governor’s office, staffer moves and more

HOUSTON – The Bayou City has perhaps never felt more like the center of the political universe with presidential campaigns descending on Houston, pushing in their chips on Harris County, rounding up endorsements and doing damage control following national controversies. It was good to visit with as many of you as possible last night at the 2020 Harris County Democratic Party’s Johnson, Rayburn, Richards Dinner.

Mike Bloomberg’s “Mike for Black America” rally at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum was pretty masterful stagecraft as the former mayor who previously said “the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them” was embraced by Mayor Sylvester Turner and other African-American leaders. Turner said his thinking was influenced by the fact that Bloomberg now acknowledges the policy was wrong and has strongly apologized. Meantime back at the JRR dinner, Julian Castro, stumping for Elizabeth Warren, was taking thinly veiled swipes at Bloomberg who preceded him on that stage as well.

Awkward.

Meantime, back in Austin y’all have been very busy sending along career news to ksbraddock@gmail.com and putting POTM in the subject line. Appreciate it very much and apologies for publishing at a different time this week. I know most of you like your POTM with lunch on Fridays.

Here’s the latest edition of People on the Move.

By Scott Braddock

February 12, 2020      2:48 PM

HHSC Executive Commissioner Courtney Phillips resigns for job in Louisiana

In letter to Gov. Abbott, Phillips writes she is returning to her home state to serve as Louisiana Secretary of Health and "be closer to my family and loved ones

February 12, 2020      2:03 PM

State task force activated by potential threat of coronavirus outbreak

“It’s especially important to understand there truly is no vaccine. There is no specific anti-viral treatment, as there is for influenza,” Commissioner Hellerstedt said. “Right now, all we have is supportive type care for people who become ill…”

The threat of novel coronavirus has activated a state task force, led by the Department of State Health Services, intended to prepare for highly infectious diseases.

The last full meeting of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response – a panel created by then-Gov. Rick Perry – was October 2018. The reason at that time was Ebola, and a smaller sub-group worked with the Texas Hospital Association to create an awareness program intended to educate hospitals on infection control measures and response plans.

By Kimberly Reeves

February 11, 2020      2:42 PM

Keller seeks to tweak 60x30 Plan to include research, data

“We’re not currently on track to meet the ambitious goals we set out for ourselves,” Commissioner Keller said, as he gets bolder about setting a direction at the THECB

The state’s fairly new higher education commissioner has opened the door to tweaking the state’s long-range higher education plan, possibly by raising the state’s profile in university research.

Commissioner Harrison Keller made his first appearance before an education committee today. Four months on the job, Keller is getting bolder with his comments about how he wants to change the direction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

By Kimberly Reeves

February 11, 2020      1:12 PM

Braddock on Radio: Electric atmosphere around Mayor Pete in New Hampshire

Editor Scott Braddock, live from New Hampshire, on KFYO Radio with Chad Hasty talks about the situation on the ground in the first-in-the-nation primary

February 11, 2020      12:56 PM

Norman Newton Celebration of Life to be held February 18 at the Austin Club

The program starts at 5:30