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November 2, 2020

Annie’s List: Responds To Rep. Senfronia Thompson’s Bid For Speaker Of The Texas House

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, responds to Representative Senfronia Thompson’s historic bid to be Speaker of the Texas House ahead of Election Day.

From Annie’s List

November 4, 2020

Central Texas Interfaith: Low Propensity Voter Impact

220 Leaders from Central Texas Interfaith-IAF targeted over 10,000 low-propensity voters in 17 Precincts near its congregations in Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bastrop Counties with multiple rounds of phone calls.

From Central Texas Interfaith

November 18, 2020

Central Texas Interfaith: The Texas IAF Organizations And Housing Advocates Call On State And Local Governments To Beat December Deadline For Federally Funded Coronavirus Relief To Texans In Need

With a looming December 31 spending deadline, billions of dollars in federal funds for renters affected by the COVID 19 pandemic remain unspent by Texas state and local governments. Member organizations of the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation and Texas Housers call on local governments to simplify their application processes, and call on Governor Greg Abbott to distribute more aid to smaller cities and counties before the deadline.

From Central Texas Interfaith

November 3, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Largest Nonpartisan Election Protection Ever

Common Cause Texas has led the grassroots component of the Election Protection program in Texas, working with partners to recruit, train and supervise thousands of volunteers to assist Texans who have voting questions or who run into problems at the polls.

From Common Cause Texas

November 2, 2020

Dade Phelan Campaign: Statement From State Representative Dade Phelan, House District 21

Today, it is with great humility and excitement that I’m formally announcing my candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. While I have tremendous support from my Republican colleagues, the Texas House belongs to the people of Texas, and I look forward to sharing my vision and earning the support of every member of the Texas House.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

November 16, 2020

Dade Phelan Campaign: Rep. Phelan Names Rathgeber Chief Of Staff

Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) today announced that Julia Rathgeber will serve as his Chief of Staff. She will formally assume this role on January 12, 2021. Julia has extensive experience working in and around the Texas Capitol, serving in some of the most senior roles in state government, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to a Governor and Lt. Governor, and leading the Texas Department of Insurance.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

November 9, 2020

Dade Phelan Campaign: Rep. Phelan Establishes Workgroup To Make Safety Recommendations For Session

Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) today appointed a bipartisan workgroup to review and make recommendations on legislative operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The workgroup will be chaired by Representative (Dr.) Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress), with Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) serving as the vice-chair.

From Dade Phelan Campaign

November 10, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Offers Up To $1 Million In Rewards For Voter Fraud Whistleblowers & Tipsters

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced that starting today he will pay up to $1 million to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud. Whistleblowers and tipsters should turn over their evidence to local law enforcement. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

November 4, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick On The 2020 Winning Republican Coalition

“The Texas Republican majority spoke loudly last night. Heartland voters who live in rural Texas joined with urban and suburban conservative warriors and thousands in Hispanic majority counties in South and West Texas to deliver the message that life, liberty, law and order, Texas values and our Second Amendment rights are their top priority.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

November 4, 2020

Environment Texas: Celebrates Wins For Environment In 2020 Elections

With Joe Biden leading in the race for the Presidency, local wins for public transit and open space, and environmental champs returning to the Texas Legislature, Environment Texas said last night’s elections included a lot of wins for the environment.

From Environment Texas

November 4, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Representative Erin Zwiener Clinches Second Term

State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) has clinched a second term in Texas House of Representatives to serve Hays and Blanco Counties. “I want to give a deep, heartfelt, thank you to every Texan that voted today, to the volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to get out our message, to the people of Hays and Blanco Counties who put their trust in me once again,” Rep. Zwiener said upon her win Tuesday night.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

November 4, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Election Results In TX-23

“I want to thank each and every grassroots supporter, volunteer, and member of my staff who poured their heart into our campaign. I am so proud of the race we ran, and it is our shared commitment to fighting for working families in South and West Texas that continues to give me hope.”

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

November 4, 2020

Greg Casar Campaign: Voters Approve Austin’s Own Green New Deal

Austin voters approved both Proposition A, which lays the track for the high-capacity transit system known as Project Connect, and Proposition B, which provided for critical transportation improvements.

From Greg Casar Campaign

November 3, 2020

Joe Moody Campaign: Joe Moody Announces Candidacy For Speaker Of The House

Today, Joe Moody (D–El Paso), the current Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives, announced his candidacy for Speaker of the chamber with the following statement: “Before the day is done, Democrats will take the Texas House. After the encouragement of a broad array of colleagues around the state, I’m proud to announce that I intend to lead it as Speaker.

From Joe Moody Campaign

November 10, 2020

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Files Bill To Create Retail Market For Cannabis; Erin Zwiener To Carry Discrimination Bill

—Today, Joe Moody (D–El Paso), Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives, and State Representative Erin Zwiener (D–Driftwood) announced a two-pronged approach to cannabis law in Texas. House Bill 447, filed by Speaker Moody, would legalize cannabis and create a retail market for cannabis products, including marijuana.

From Joe Moody Campaign

November 4, 2020

John Bucy III Campaign: Rep. John Bucy III Re-Elected To Texas House

Following historic turnout in Williamson County, Rep. John Bucy III has been re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives for District 136. After preliminary results were released, Rep. Bucy received 53.26 percent of the vote, with a 10,057 vote lead over his opponent.

From John Bucy III Campaign

November 4, 2020

Jolt Action: Statement On Results Of Texas’ U.S. Senate Race

The following is a statement from Jolt Action’s Interim Executive Director Antonio Arellano, on the results of the Texas Senate race, where John Cornyn has been declared the winner, according to the Texas Tribune: “In a democracy, every vote counts, and in Texas, the will of the people is to have John Cornyn serve as our senior senator for six more years.

From Jolt Action

November 2, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Judge’s Ruling Protects 127,000 Votes Cast By Drive-Thru Polling In Harris County

Today, a federal judge ruled that votes cast by drive-thru polling in Harris County, Texas, will not be invalidated after a challenge to the state’s election plan. The League of Women Voters of Texas joined the case as intervenors along with the ACLU of Texas.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

November 19, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces $113 Million Settlement With Apple Over iPhone Throttling

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of over 30 other attorneys general in a $113 million settlement with Apple, Inc. regarding Apple’s 2016 decision to throttle customers’ iPhone speeds in order to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 4, 2020

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC: As Vote Counting Continues, So Does Critical Importance Of Reproductive Health Care & Rights

As vote counting continues and the nation waits for final results of elections up and down the ballot, our democracy is functioning as intended. This election took place under unprecedented circumstances, and experts expected a delay like this.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC

November 4, 2020

Progress Texas: Thanks MJ Hegar For Her Campaign For U.S. Senate

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar’s loss in Texas. “Texans would’ve had a real leader in the U.S. Senate with MJ Hegar,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 3, 2020

Progress Texas: Every Vote Must Be Counted To Ensure Free And Fair Elections – However Long It Takes

Over the past few weeks, Trump has been threatening to declare victory on the night of Election Day before all the votes are counted and every voter’s voice is heard. This is extremely dangerous and anti-democratic.

From Progress Texas

November 2, 2020

Progress Texas: Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Counting Drive-Thru Votes In Harris County

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to a federal judge’s decision in favor of drive-thru voting in Harris County. “Even a known conservative judge refused to take part in the Texas GOP’s latest voter suppression scheme,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 4, 2020

Progress Texas: Thanks Chrysta Castaneda For Her Campaign For Texas Railroad Commission

“As a leading energy state, Texas should be at the forefront of an energy economy that is evolving,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas. "Every Texan has the right to live in a healthy community with clean air and water.

From Progress Texas

November 4, 2020

Progress Texas: Trump Is Trying To Claim Victory Before Every Vote Is Counted – Don’t Let Him

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to Trump’s attempts to delegitimize absentee ballots and claim victory before every vote is counted. “Elections are the foundation of our democracy,” said Wesley Story, communication manager at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 11, 2020

Progress Texas: Dan Patrick Offers Bribes For Voter Fraud Lies

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offering up to $1 million in rewards for “voter fraud” tips. “The Texas Republican Party has come undone,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

October 30, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Surpasses Total 2016 Voter Turnout

Progress Texas releases the following statement in response to the state breaking it’s 2016 total turnout record. “The electorate in Texas is growing, and the growth seems to be entirely in one direction,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 10, 2020

Progress Texas: Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Affordable Care Act, Health Care Of Millions At Stake

The Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case challenging the Affordable Care Act. The case, led by Texas Republicans, is the latest in the GOP’s efforts to repeal the ACA and take away protections for people with preexisting conditions.

From Progress Texas

November 13, 2020

Progress Texas: Progressive Policies Are Popular. That’s Why Austin Saw Big Wins On Election Night.

In this week’s issue of The Austin Chronicle, Austin City Council Member Greg Casar published an opinion piece making the case that progressive policies and movements not only help everyday Texans, but win elections. “Progressive movements and policies that actually help working people are often more popular than politicians themselves,” said Austin City Council Member Greg Casar.

From Progress Texas

November 9, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioners Take Action To Reduce Flaring By Oil And Gas Industry

Commissioners for the Railroad Commission of Texas took a critical step on Wednesday, Nov. 4 toward further reducing flaring from oil and gas sites in the state.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

November 16, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Wayne Christian Selected As Vice Chairman Of Interstate Oil And Gas Compact Commission

Over the last couple weeks, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian participated in the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) virtual annual meeting. At the meeting, Christian was selected to be Vice Chairman of the Commission, serving under Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

November 18, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Calls For Cancellation Of STAAR Test

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) joined numerous members of the Texas House of Representatives in submitting a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath calling for a suspension of STAAR testing during the current school year.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

November 9, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Files House Bill 103 To Create Active Shooter Alert System

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) filed House Bill 103 to create the Texas Active Shooter Alert System. The bill requires the state to implement a system to alert Texans if there is an active shooter in their area as determined by local law enforcement. Landgraf's proposal is designed to reduce mass violence without infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Texans.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

November 16, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Takes Part In #BeLikeBo Community Effort

State Representative Carl O. Sherman (D-109), along with staff, will be aiding in a food distribution drive Wednesday, November 18 as part of a #BeLikeBo community effort. In collaboration with the Botham Jean Foundation and the North Texas Food Bank, the food drive is a collective effort to feed families and to pay homage to the late Botham Jean.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

November 20, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman: Congratulates High Ratings For District ISDs

State Representative Carl O. Sherman (D-109) applauded several District 109 ISDs this week. Representative Sherman acknowledged the hard work the superintendents and trustees have done in order to receive superior and above average ratings according to the Texas Education Agency's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (F.I.R.S.T.) report.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman

October 30, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.: Second Hope Summit Recognizes Beacons Of Hope And Calls For Change

He has been called Mr. Hope by his peers. At his second Hope Summit Friday State Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr. (D-109), recognized four hope leaders walking alongside him in his vision of hope.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.

November 13, 2020

Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.: Honors Local Veterans

State Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr. (D-109) began the week by recognizing veterans on Tuesday in his District office in Lancaster. “Today we wanted to go beyond ‘thank you for your service.’ We wanted to connect our veterans and not only recognize our veterans, but also sit down with them and let them tell us about their time spent in the service,” Representative Sherman said.

From Representative Carl O. Sherman Sr.

November 12, 2020

Representative Celia Israel: Ahead Of The 87th Session, Rep. Israel Files Legislation To Protect Government Whistleblowers

Today, Rep. Celia Israel (House District 50 - Austin) filed House Bill 550 to address limitations in the current Whistleblower Law. The Whistleblower Law provides certain protections to public employees who report violations of the law, typically in the form of waste, fraud, and abuse.

From Representative Celia Israel

November 10, 2020

Representative Celia Israel: Ahead Of The 87th Session, Rep. Israel Files Initial Legislation In Response To COVID-19

Yesterday, Rep. Celia Israel (House District 50 - Austin) filed House Bills 350, 389, 391 and HJR 23. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these initial bills will bring Medicaid expansion to the voters, improve telecommuting opportunities for state employees, and establish safe and remote online voter registration.

From Representative Celia Israel

November 11, 2020

Representative Cesar J. Blanco: Senator-Elect Cesar Blanco Files First Round Of Legislation

Today, newly elected State Senator Cesar J. Blanco (El Paso) filed his first round of bills in the Texas Senate ahead of the 87th Legislative Session. Senator-elect Blanco's first bills focus on common-sense gun safety reforms, school safety, relief for college students, improving healthcare, and increasing renewable energy goals.

From Representative Cesar J. Blanco

October 30, 2020

Representative Dade Phelan: Emergency Funding

Today, State Representative Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) sent a letter to the Legislative Budget Board urging them to request emergency funding for case load reduction for CPS caseworkers and investigators. “Our educators are often the first to notice and report signs of abuse and neglect in school aged children.

From Representative Dade Phelan

November 18, 2020

Representative Diego Bernal: Sends Bipartisan Letter To TEA Requesting The Agency Seek The Necessary Federal Waivers To Cancel The STAAR Exam

This morning, Representative Diego M. Bernal (D-San Antonio) sent a bipartisan letter to the Texas Education Agency requesting that the agency seek the waivers necessary from the United States Department of Education to cancel the administration of the STAAR exam for the 2020- 2021 school year or, at most, use an administration of the STAAR exam as a diagnostic tool to determine where students are academically as opposed to an assessment instrument to determine district and campus sanctions under the current A-F accountability system.

From Representative Diego Bernal

November 9, 2020

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Prefiles Bills For House District 51 Ahead Of 87th Legislative Session

This morning, bill prefiling for the upcoming 87th Legislative Session began with State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez filing a package of bills that he is working on together with constituents, community partners and district stakeholders to address issues impacting communities from Southeast Austin to Del Valle with implications for people across the state.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

November 10, 2020

Representative Erin Zwiener: Pre-Files 9 Bills – Ready To Work On Pipeline Routing, Sexual Harassment, Access To The Ballot Box, And Protecting The Hill Country

— State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) pre-filed nine pieces of legislation on Monday, November 9th as filing opened for the upcoming 87th Legislative Session. “Election season is over, and I am eager to get to work,” said Rep. Zwiener.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

November 10, 2020

Representative James Talarico: Files Bill To Ban Police Contracts With Reality TV Shows

On March 28, 2019, Javier Ambler was killed by Williamson County sheriff's deputies as he repeatedly cried "I can't breathe" and "please save me". The murder was filmed by “Live PD” — a reality TV show that glorifies police violence.

From Representative James Talarico

November 9, 2020

Representative John H. Bucy, III: Files Initial Legislation For 87th Legislature

John H. Bucy III (D-Austin), State Representative for House District 136, today filed H.B. 398 and H.J.R. 24 to expand Medicaid in Texas as well as H.B. 400 to allow any eligible voter to vote by mail. This is the first legislation he has filed for the upcoming 87th Legislative session.

From Representative John H. Bucy, III

November 9, 2020

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Honoring Lives Lost On August 3rd, Rep. Mary Gonzalez Files Bill For Digital Citizenship Education In Public Schools

— In remembrance of the lives lost and the community impacted by last year’s massacre at the Cielo Vista Walmart, State Representative Mary E. González (D-El Paso) filed House Bill 129. This bill addresses a catalyst for that tragedy—misinformation, hatemongering, and conspiracy theories, much of it online—by giving young Texans the tools to think critically about what they see on the internet and accurately filter out dangerous misinformation.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

November 4, 2020

Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra: Wins Re-Election For Texas House District 41

"I want to thank the voters of District 41 for returning me to the Texas House of Representatives. I have forged important relationships over the past eight years, and now more than ever it’s important that we work in a bi-partisan spirit during these unprecedented times and produce real answers for our state’s healthcare needs, economic future, and public education growth. "

From Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra

November 2, 2020

Representative Ray Lopez: Shares Lessons From Recovery

Over the Halloween weekend, Representative Ray Lopez of House District 125 published an opinion article in the San Antonio Express News detailing his recovery from a mild heart attack he experienced only a short six weeks ago.

From Representative Ray Lopez

November 10, 2020

Representative Ray Lopez: Files The Two Cents For Texas Act Looking To Modernize Texas’ Motor Fuels Tax

Representative Ray Lopez: Files The Two Cents For Texas Act Looking To Modernize Texas’ Motor Fuels Tax

From Representative Ray Lopez

November 9, 2020

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Senator-Elect Gutierrez Pre-Files Economic Focus Cannabis Legalization Bill SB140 In Texas

Representative and Senator-Elect Roland Gutierrez pre-files a first of its kind comprehensive bill that will legalize cannabis for adult use and medical use. It will focus on generating new revenue and offer solutions to all Texans.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

November 10, 2020

Representative Senfronia Thompson: Files The George Floyd Act, House Bill 88

State Representative Senfronia Thompson filed the George Floyd Act, HB 88, to address the tragic murder of George Floyd, a native Houstonian who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer after he knelt on Mr. Floyd's neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds.

From Representative Senfronia Thompson

November 18, 2020

Representative Sheryl Cole: Files First Bills Of 87th Legislative Session; Builds On Progress From 86th

Representative Sheryl Cole (D - Austin) has filed her first bills of the upcoming 87th Legislative Session. She had the following to say: “While we still face many unknowns in this upcoming legislative session, I still intend to vigorously represent House District 46 to the best of my abilities.”

From Representative Sheryl Cole

November 19, 2020

Representative Steve Toth: Calls For End To STAAR In Letter To TEA Commissioner

Thursday afternoon, Representative Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) called to cancel the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) this year in a letter to the Texas Education Agency Commissioner.

From Representative Steve Toth

November 13, 2020

Representative Terry Meza: Starts Strong Filing Initial Legislation For 87th Session

Terry Meza, State Representative for House District 105, filed 36 bills and one joint resolution in the first week of filing in preparation for the 87th Legislature. The topics for these 37 pieces of legislation include elections, workers rights, public safety, criminal justice, and public education.

From Representative Terry Meza

November 10, 2020

Representative Toni Rose: Files Focused, Impactful Slate Of Bills Ahead Of 87th Legislative Session

Today, State Representative Toni Rose (D-110) introduced six proposals focused on social justice and human services on the first day of bill filing, marking the unofficial beginning of the upcoming 87th Legislative Session. Amongst her top priorities are two flagship bills, addressing maternal mortality and severe mental illness.

From Representative Toni Rose

November 9, 2020

Senator Beverly Powell: Files Legislation To Classify COVID-19 As Presumptive Disease For First Responders

Today, State Sen. Beverly Powell filed Senate Bill 107 which classifies COVID-19 as a presumptive disease for first responders. As COVID-19 began to spread earlier this year, many Texas municipalities declared that police officers, firefighters, EMT and other first responders who contracted COVID-19 would presume to have contracted COVID-19 on the job.

From Senator Beverly Powell

November 12, 2020

Senator Borris Miles: Files Police Reform Legislation To Improve Law Enforcement In Texas

On the first week of pre-filing for the 87th legislative session, Senator Borris L. Miles filed nine police reform bills to improve policing in Texas and make it easier to hold rogue police officers accountable for their actions.

From Senator Borris Miles

November 16, 2020

Senator Bryan Hughes and Representative James Frank: Joint File Legislation To Reduce Child And Family Trauma In Child Protection Suits

Senator Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, and Representative James B. Frank, R-Wichita Falls, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, today filed joint legislation aimed at reducing the cycle of trauma that many children experience in foster care by clarifying standards in the Family Code related to the removal of children from their families.

From Senator Bryan Hughes

November 10, 2020

Senator Carol Alvarado: Says Enough Is Enough And Files Bill To Expand Medicaid In Texas

From Senator Carol Alvarado

November 16, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Support For Rescue Animals, Retired Officers Among Bills Pre-Filed By Senator Nelson

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, pre-filed another round of legislation today ahead of the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature, which reconvenes Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and concludes its business Monday, May 31, 2021.

From Senator Jane Nelson

October 30, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin To Receive $893K In Coronavirus Recovery Grants For Public Housing Authorities

The Austin Housing Authority was awarded a federal grant of $892,580 to help public housing authorities assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing during the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

November 10, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Releases Letter To Texans On Veterans Day

Texas is blessed with an outsized number of veterans, and I’m proud to represent the millions of former servicemembers that call our state home. There’s no doubt a thread of patriotism, duty, and service is woven through our culture – perhaps that’s the influence of our many veterans, or perhaps that’s the reason they have chosen to hang their hat in the Lone Star State.

From Senator John Cornyn

November 9, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Statement On 87th Legislative Session

“This session will be different, as we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our priority remains the same – to represent our constituents. Our legislative package reflects the requests and needs shared with us, by our entire community.

From Senator Jose Menendez

October 30, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On El Paso County’s Order No. 13

Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding El Paso County's Order No. 13, requiring all residents to stay at home unless they work in an essential business or are accessing essential services as defined in the order:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

November 9, 2020

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Pre-files Bills For 87th Legislative Session

Keeping with tradition, Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, was first in line to pre-file legislation Monday (Nov. 9) for the 87th Texas Legislative Session that convenes Jan. 12. Despite her and her staff working remotely since March due to the pandemic, Senator Zaffirini pre-filed 34 bills, two more than she pre-filed last session.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

November 13, 2020

Senator Kel Seliger: Files Legislation To Make Individual Graduation Committees Permanent

Yesterday, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bill 177, which allows for the continued and permanent use of Individual Graduation Committees. Students and school districts around the state have benefited from the availability of IGCs since 2015, and SB 177 finally removes the termination date of this valuable option in state law.

From Senator Kel Seliger

November 20, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Air Force Selection Of San Antonio As Finalist To Host U.S. Space Command Headquarters

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement on the Air Force’s announcement that San Antonio, Texas has been selected as one of the of six finalist locations to host the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) headquarters following the evaluation phase of the selection process.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 18, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Democrats And Big Tech’s Desire To Silence Dissent Is A Dangerous Totalitarian Instinct

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a full committee hearing examining Big Tech’s abuses of power, specifically suppressing free speech, silencing the free press, and undermining the integrity of our elections.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 4, 2020

Terry Meza Campaign: Two More Years Of Being Able To Serve My Community In The Texas House Of Representatives

The final election results for Texas House District 105 are now in, and we have won! I am honored and grateful to the people of this community for giving me the opportunity to serve them in the Texas Legislature. I will work every day to reward the trust you have placed in me.

From Terry Meza Campaign

November 4, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Congratulates M.J. Hegar On Tough Fight

“M.J. Hegar gave Sen. John Cornyn his closest statewide contest by standing and fighting for a fair shot for working families to get ahead. In doing so, M.J. helped turn Texas into a true battleground.

From Texas AFL-CIO

November 3, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Congratulates Fort-Worth Star-Telegram Workers On Winning Recognition Of NewsGuild

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated Fort Worth Star-Telegram employees on their decision to speak up together through the Fort Worth NewsGuild. The newspaper’s management announced yesterday it would voluntarily recognize the NewsGuild, meaning bargaining on a first contract can begin.

From Texas AFL-CIO

November 19, 2020

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Names Pfizer’s Amber Pearce As Chair Of Association

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) has named Amber Pearce, Director of State Government Relations for Pfizer Inc., as Chair of the Association. Pearce replaces Julie Klumpyan, Valero Vice President of Regional State Governmental Affairs, who served a two-year term as TAM Chair.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

November 19, 2020

TDP: Texans Are Demanding Governor Abbott And Texas Republicans Do More To Slow The Surge Of COVID-19, Abbott Still Refuses To Implement Health And Safety Measures

Today in Lubbock, where the coronavirus crisis is still out of control, Governor Greg Abbott updated West Texas residents about the arrival and supply line of the monoclonal immunotherapy drug, Bamlanivimab. But hospitals in Lubbock and El Paso, and those living throughout West Texas are asking Abbott to do more.

From Texas Democratic Party

October 30, 2020

TDP: Texas Surpassing 2016 Turnout

Yesterday, Texas surpassed 9 million votes — more than the entire turnout in the 2016 election. There is still one more day left of early voting and the Texas Democratic Party strongly encourages every voter to make a plan to vote at MyTexasVotes.com.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 9, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats Narrowed The Statewide Margin At The Top Of The Ticket

This election, Texas Democrats narrowed the statewide margin. Texans delivered 5.2 million votes to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the third most in the country. Our statewide candidates all got more votes than Greg Abbott in 2018. We did this all with turnout only ranking 44th among the 50 states and plenty of Democratic votes left out there that Texas Democrats will spend the next two years earning.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 11, 2020

TDP: Pathetic Texas Republicans Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, And Allen West Refuse To Admit Trump Lost The Election, Are Attempting To Disenfranchise The Majority Of Voters In This Country

Today, Texas Republicans Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Allen West refused to acknowledge President-Elect Joe Biden’s overwhelming victory in the 2020 elections, instead spewing nonsense about “voter fraud” and demanding recounts.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 2, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Decision To Allow 127,000 Texans Who Lawfully Voted By Drive-Through’s Vote To Count

“The ruling to let the nearly 127,000 drive-thru votes stand was the correct decision but it doesn’t change a simple fact: This should have never been an issue in the first place. Texans who lawfully voted at drive through locations should have never had to fear that their votes wouldn’t be counted and their voices wouldn’t be heard.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 9, 2020

TDP: Statement On Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Being Elected The President And Vice President Of The United States

“Texas Democrats are ecstatic Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared the clear winners of the 2020 presidential election. With this victory, we have proven that the arc of justice leans towards good and we are on the path to restoring the soul of the nation.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 4, 2020

TDP: Statement On Last Night’s Election Results

“While we wait for votes to be counted across the country, it is clear that in spite of a resounding win in the national popular vote our country is profoundly divided and these divisions run deep.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 13, 2020

Texas DPS: DNA Legislation Continues Solving Crimes

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that House Bill (HB) 1399 assisted in the closure of more than 250 unsolved criminal investigations during its first year of implementation.

From Texas DPS

November 19, 2020

Texas Education Agency: Announces Pre-K Learning Solution To Support Texas Schools With In-Person And Remote Instruction

The Texas Education Agency today announced the next set of instructional materials – a full suite of resources and tools for prekindergarten – that will be made available to school systems through the Texas Home Learning 3.0 (THL 3.0) initiative. Like other THL 3.0 offerings, these instructional materials are optional, customized for Texas, and aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—the state standards for what students should know and be able to do.

From Texas Education Agency

November 19, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Texas SBOE Fails Students On LGBTQ-Inclusion, Climate Change

The State Board of Education’s refusal even to acknowledge the existence of LGBTQ people in new health curriculum standards is a tragic failure to help ensure that Texas public schools are safe and inclusive for all students, Texas Freedom Network President Val Benavidez said today.

From Texas Freedom Network

November 20, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Statement On Today’s TX SBOE Vote On New Health, Science Curriculum Standards

The Texas State Board of Education gave final approval today to new K-12 health curriculum standards that do not address sexual orientation and gender identity and to new high school science standards that barely mention climate change.

From Texas Freedom Network

November 2, 2020

Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation: Federal Judge Rejects GOP Efforts To Disenfranchise Harris County Voters

In a victory for democracy, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen rejected an effort by GOP activists and candidates to nullify over 127,000 ballots cast by Harris County voters using drive-thru voting.

From Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation

November 18, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative Submits Report To Governor Abbott

The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, a joint endeavor among the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), today released its latest report to Gov. Greg Abbott.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

November 19, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Commissioner Keller: Higher Education Is Key To Texas’ Economic Recovery

In his second annual State of Texas Higher Education address, Commissioner Harrison Keller today stated the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most significant disruption to higher education institutions since the end of the Second World War.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

November 9, 2020

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Highlights Benefits Of Digital Learning During National Distance Learning Week

As part of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) joins the United States Distance Learning Association to highlight the success of digital learning by spreading awareness and promoting best practices across the country.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

November 3, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Approves New Emergency Rule Related To Issuance Of Prescriptions

The Texas Medical Board’s Executive Committee, with advice and direction from the Governor’s Office, adopted rules on an emergency basis related to the issuance of certain prescriptions during the COVID-19 disaster.

From Texas Medical Board

November 10, 2020

Texas Nurses Association: Rising Cases Across Texas Harm Health Care Workers

Nurses across Texas are alarmed at the increase in COVID-19 cases, and hospitals in several major cities are at capacity. Texas has close to a million COVID-19 cases this week, meaning one in 10 American cases and one in every 50 cases worldwide is in Texas.

From Texas Nurses Association

November 18, 2020

Texas Pets Alive!: Announces SB 197 By Senator Jane Nelson Will Help Countless Animal Rescue Groups Across The State

Texas Pets Alive! is thrilled to announce that Senator Jane Nelson (R-Denton/Tarrant Counties) has introduced Senate Bill 197, which will exempt nonprofit rescue groups from paying sales tax on adoption fees.

From Texas Pets Alive!

November 2, 2020

Texas Right to Vote: Joe Straus And Luci Baines Johnson Release Joint Statement In Support Of 127,000 Harris County Drive-Thru Voters

Today, Joe Straus and Luci Baines Johnson release a joint statement in support of Texas voters who cast their ballots in good faith at drive-thru locations in Harris County. The Texas Supreme Court, the ultimate authority on state law, has dismissed legal challenges to drive-thru voting twice already.

From Texas Right to Vote

November 4, 2020

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Welcomes New Members

The following statement was released by Senator Carol Alvarado, Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus (SDC), on behalf of the caucus: We proudly welcome the newest members of the Texas Senate: Senators-elect Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) and Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso).

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

November 12, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: TSTA Agrees With Physicians: Virtual Learning Must Remain An Option

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina issued the following statement: Two of the state’s leading physician organizations – the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Pediatric Society – believe it is a mistake for school districts to discontinue virtual learning and require in-person instruction for all students while the COVID-19 pandemic is resurging in Texas, and the Texas State Teachers Association agrees.

From Texas State Teachers Association

November 18, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Applauds Legislators Seeking STAAR Cancellation

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: The Texas State Teachers Association applauds and supports the efforts of 68 members of the Texas House, both Republicans and Democrats, who have called on the state education commissioner to seek the necessary federal waivers to cancel STAAR testing for this school year.

From Texas State Teachers Association

November 3, 2020

Texas Values Action: Opposes Rep. Dade Phelan’s Speaker Candidacy

“Texas Values Action strongly opposes Rep. Dade Phelan as a Texas Speaker of the House candidate. Rep. Phelan used his power last session to advance the LGBT agenda and we have not forgotten. Not only that, but he then bragged about this legislative move on an interview with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.

From Texas Values Action

October 30, 2020

Todd Hunter Campaign: Hunter To Convene Community Leaders To Discuss Suicide Prevention

State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi will bring together educational, business and nonprofit leaders November 13 for an online symposium focused on prevention and awareness of suicides.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

November 4, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales ‘Grateful’ For Support In CD-23 Election Victory

Republican candidate for Congress Tony Gonzales has won the CD-23 race, with AP calling it at 2:14am. Democratic candidate Gina Ortiz Jones released a concession statement shortly after. With 300,472 votes in, Gonzales had a victory margin of 4.3%.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

November 11, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Congressman-Elect Tony Gonzales Names Casey Contres As Chief Of Staff, Michael Blair As District Director For Congressional Office

Congressman-elect Tony Gonzales has named Casey Contres as his Chief of Staff and Michael Blair as his District Director in his new congressional office. “We have been working nonstop since Election Night so we can serve this district right away,” said Gonzales. “I am excited to announce Casey Contres as Chief of Staff. His experience serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will be invaluable to me and to our office.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

November 4, 2020

Vicki Goodwin Campaign: Representative Goodwin Wins Re-Election

State Representative Vikki Goodwin won re-election this evening to continue serving House District 47, which represents western and far south Travis County. With all Travis County votes counted, Rep. Goodwin is in the lead by 1,324 votes and has won.

From Vicki Goodwin Campaign

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