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November 24, 2021      4:25 PM

Campaign announcements and major endorsements heading into the holiday weekend

EBJ supports Rep. Crockett for Congress, Texas House filings bring newcomers and familiar faces, and the Democrats look to round out the top of their ticket

Another week, albeit a short one, saw a slew of announcements for higher office. Most notable are among Texas’ congressional delegation, a switcheroo, a long overdue announcement and some hints of what’s to come.

And more lawsuits, including another filed just today by Senators Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio and Sarah Eckhardt of Austin regarding the redrawing of House District 37, a possible Rio Grande Valley pickup for Republicans. State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez, who is running for the seat, joined the lawsuit.

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November 24, 2021      12:59 PM

Video: Houston Community College trustee Reagan Flowers announces for the Texas House being vacated by Chairman Coleman

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November 23, 2021      8:14 AM

As Rep. Gohmert enters AG race, Krause announces for Tarrant DA

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November 22, 2021      2:47 PM

Speaker Phelan unveils Sunset appointments

Holland, Vice-Chair, Keith Bell will complete the term of Rep. Cyrier who is stepping down from Sunset, Canales, Clardy, and Jeff Austin III with Austin Bank is the public member

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November 20, 2021      12:24 PM

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson will retire at the end of this term, she announces

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November 19, 2021      3:40 PM

Retirements stacking up in the Texas House, Speaker Phelan expects more than 40 new members next session

A bunch of the biggest open secrets in Texas politics came out this week. Some surprises did too. Meantime, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan told the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association’s conference that he expects there to be as many as 40 new members in the lower chamber by the time the 2023 session begins.

Let’s take a look.

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By James Russell

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November 19, 2021      3:29 PM

People on the Move

Big agency news, lobby and staffer moves, and the POTM schedule for the rest of 2021

First things first: There will be no POTM next week because of the holiday. Feel free to send career news in the meantime just be aware it won’t appear here in print until the following week.

For the remainder of the year, here are the Fridays there will most certainly not be a POTM article: November 26, which also happens to be my birthday, and then no POTM on December 24 and 31 either. So, if you want to see your career news announcements in Quorum Report before the end of the year, send them to ksbraddock@gmail.com as soon as possible and for do it sure before December 17. As always, use POTM in the subject line. Thank you so much.

Here’s the latest edition.

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By Scott Braddock

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November 19, 2021      12:17 PM

Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker Phelan move $4 million from prisons to pay for elections audits

From the story:

Saying state lawmakers didn’t budget enough money, Gov. Greg Abbott and GOP legislative leaders on Friday cited an honest-elections “emergency” as they shifted $4 million from the state prison system to the secretary of state’s office to pay for county election audits required by the new Texas elections law. The secretary of state’s office, under Abbott’s effective control, would create an Election Audit Division to conduct the randomized county audits the new law calls for after the next midterm and presidential elections – and thereafter, every two years.

That’s an important step “to stop voter fraud,” Abbott said in his money request to top Republican lawmakers.

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November 18, 2021      2:39 PM

Dean Whitmire to run for mayor of Houston

Plans to serve in the 2023 session then turn attention to mayor's race

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November 18, 2021      11:03 AM

Comptroller Hegar offers optimistic revenue picture at annual TTARA conference

“The Texas economy has undoubtedly benefited by funneling more than $290 billion to local and state governments, businesses and individuals in the state,” Hegar told TTARA members

The Texas economy continues to rebound – with continuing growth in online sales tax – Comptroller Glenn Hegar told a leading business group in Austin.

Hegar, who addressed the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association’s annual conference, said the Texas economy has continued to rebound strongly from the short, but deep, recession brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

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November 18, 2021      10:58 AM

After bitter debate on critical race theory in the Legislature, school districts face a highwire act

Rep. Toth took the debate to the Conroe ISD this week

The new Texas law addressing critical race theory in the classroom promises to be a highwire act for most school districts, with school leaders insisting CRT has never been a part of school curriculum and angry opponents just as convinced Texas classrooms are rife with it.

Enter CRT bill sponsor Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, at this week’s Conroe Independent School District meeting. Grace Woodlands Church, in a post on Facebook, promised nothing short of Toth standing for truth and light on behalf of families in the Conroe ISD community that want to stop “Critical Race Theory, Trans-Genderism, Hyper-Sexuality, Value Shaming, Political Activism and Virtue Signaling.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

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November 18, 2021      10:48 AM

Gov. Abbott raised nearly $5 million, his campaign announces, from Sept 7 to Oct 19

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November 18, 2021      8:26 AM

Multiple sources confirm Chairman Coleman is set to retire from the Texas House

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November 17, 2021      12:42 PM

In day one of his bid for governor, Beto raised $2 million

O'Rourke's campaign notes it's "the Most in the First 24 Hours of Any Campaign in 2021, Any Statewide Campaign in a Midterm in Texas History." The money was raise from more than 20,000, per the campaign

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