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June 26, 2019      8:52 AM

Former Speaker Straus launches new PAC, starting with $2.5 million investment

Leaving the door open to a run for higher office in 2022, Straus says he is staying in the game to promote “a thoughtful, conservative approach to governing and rising political leaders ready to ensure a bright future for all Texans”

With an initial investment of $2.5 million, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday morning told Quorum Report he is launching a new PAC called Texas Forever Forward with a goal of promoting “a thoughtful, conservative approach to governing and rising political leaders ready to ensure a bright future for all Texans.”

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By Scott Braddock

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June 24, 2019      4:54 PM

JR: Stickland departure leaves wide open race in suburban Texas, where Democrats are ascendant

With Stickland gone, which wing of the Republican Party will be back with more friends? The beginnings of an answer may be taking shape in Tarrant County

FORT WORTH – Bedford Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s retirement announcement this morning leaves open a seat representing a rapidly changing area that many Democrats had previously written off: Northeast Tarrant County. The district has seen as influx of new residents in recent years thanks to its location in the suburbs between Dallas and Fort Worth and is changing demographically at rapid pace.

Last cycle, the four-term Republican beat Democrat Steve Riddell by 49-47. Eric Espinoza, the Libertarian in the race, got the remaining 2 percent. Stickland won his race with the second lowest percentage of any Texas House member in 2018, just behind Rep. Gina Calanni, D-Katy.

The district, which includes Bedford, Euless and Hurst, had been solidly Republican before the bomb thrower was elected in 2012. He succeeded former Rep. Todd Smith, also of Bedford, who ran for the open Senate District 12 seat vacated by Chris Harris of Arlington. Smith was ultimately defeated by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills. It’s been rumored Stickland might challenge Sen. Hancock, by the way.

Stickland’s message to supporters seemed to close the door on elected office, though. At least for now.

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By James Russell

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June 24, 2019      10:10 AM

Rep. Stickland retiring

Tells supporters he never intended to grow old in office: "To the thousands of you who have donated, walked, prayed, campaigned, voted, and loved us from the beginning till the end, thank you."

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June 21, 2019      4:51 PM

People on the Move

Lobby moves, some folks moving on to bigger and better things, and more

Years ago, a DPS trooper told me after being deployed to the border that it had strained his marriage and his finances. This trooper said quite frankly that if he had known that one of the ways he was going to be utilized was to write traffic tickets in The Valley he would not have quit his previous law enforcement job to sign up with the state’s police force.

Bottom line: Keep those whose lives are directly affected by the latest moves, this time National Guardsmen, in your thoughts. They’re in mine.

Meantime, you’ve been kind enough to pass on political career news about yourselves and others, which is what makes POTM possible. Thanks so much. You can share career news, big or small, anytime with the Texas Capitol community at ksbraddock@gmail.com and be sure to use “POTM” in the subject line.

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

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By Scott Braddock

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June 21, 2019      4:32 PM

Calling Congress a bunch of reprobates, Abbott sends 1,000 Texas National Guard to the border

Echoes of Rick Perry, who did the same in 2014 and said "There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border”

The Big 3 called a news conference on Friday to announce the deployment of an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to aid in the humanitarian crisis on the border between Texas and Mexico.

This of course is not the first, nor last, time Texas Republicans have made a point about sending troops to the southern border.

Border security has cost each of the last three Texas budgets at least $800 million. But the unwillingness of Congress to move to address the “crisis” on the border was enough for Gov. Greg Abbott to label lawmakers in Washington “reprobates” before he left the room.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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June 19, 2019      9:26 AM

CCA denies request to reconsider earlier Paxton prosecutor pay decision

Now up to prosecutors to decide whether to proceed with reduced payment.

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