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January 12, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Statement on President Trump's Offensive Comments

Nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement in response to the president’s offensive comments about immigrants: “Here in Houston, we’ve built one of the greatest cities in the world on the strength of people from all backgrounds and cultures coming together to create better lives and stronger communities.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

January 11, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Raised Over $925,000 in 2017, Reports Over $630,000 Cash On Hand

Democratic candidate and nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis announced he raised over $255,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017--bringing his total raised for the cycle to over $925,000. He will report over $630,000 cash on hand with less than three months until the primary election for Texas’s 7th Congressional District.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

January 9, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: State Representative Armando Wallace Endorses Alex Triantaphyllis for Congress

Today, State Representative Armando Walle announced his endorsement of Alex Triantaphyllis for Congress in Texas’s 7th Congressional District. Representative Walle represents Texas House District 140 in Harris County. “Alex Triantaphyllis is a fighter with a long record of service to the Houston region,” said Representative Walle.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

December 22, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: UNITE HERE Local 23 Endorses Alex Triantaphyllis for U.S. Congress

Today, UNITE HERE Local 23 announced their endorsement for nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis for Texas’s 7th congressional district. Willy Gonzalez, Texas chapter president, released the following statement: “With the rights of working families being taken away with one piece of anti-worker legislation after another, this election cycle is one of the most important in our lifetime.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

December 19, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Triantaphyllis Calls on John Culberson to Support a Clean DREAM Act

Nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement in response to the revelation that Congress is unlikely to pass a DREAM Act before the end of the year: “It’s time to put partisanship aside, put country first, and do what’s right for Houston and for America -- Congress must pass a clean DREAM Act now.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

December 19, 2017

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Statement on House Passage of Republican Tax Bill

Nonprofit executive and Democratic congressional candidate Alex Triantaphyllis released the following statement on Congressman John Culberson’s vote for the Republican tax bill: “Yet again, Rep. John Culberson has shown his true colors by voting with President Trump and Speaker Ryan to increase taxes on millions of middle class families to give his corporate and special interest donors a massive and permanent tax handout.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

January 12, 2018

Annie's List: Brings Senator Elizabeth Warren to Austin February 2

On Friday, Feb. 2, Annie’s List will celebrate their 15th anniversary by welcoming one of the foremost persisters in the United States, Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) to their annual Austin fundraising event. Senator Warren will be the featured guest and speaker at their Uncheon, a noon time gathering at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

From Annie's List

December 19, 2017

Anti-Defamation League: Releases Report on Patriot Front, White Supremacist Group Based in Texas

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released a report on a new white supremacist group very active in Texas whose members maintain their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it only to them. Patriot Front espouses racism, anti-Semitism and other types of hatred under the guise of preserving the “ethnic and cultural origins” of their European ancestors.

From Anti-Defamation League

January 8, 2018

Attorney General of Texas: Paxton Asks SCOTUS to Protect Texas' Water Rights to the Rio Grande

Attorney General Ken Paxton said the powerful oral arguments his office presented today before the U.S. Supreme Court should result in a favorable decision for Texas in its years-long dispute with New Mexico over water rights to the Rio Grande River. New Mexico’s increasing water use and groundwater pumping below Elephant Butte Reservoir deprives Texas of water apportioned to it under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact.

From Attorney General of Texas

January 4, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Endorses Bech Bruun for Congress In District 27

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his support for Bech Bruun in the race for CD-27, a 13-county district which spans as far south as Nueces County and as far north as Bastrop County. The district includes counties that were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

December 18, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Extended to Dec. 31 for People Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The regular open enrollment period for health insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace ended Friday December 15, but Texans who either currently live in a disaster-affected area, or did when Hurricane Harvey hit, will have until December 31, 2017 to enroll in 2018 coverage without a fine.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 16, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Governor Abbott Recycles a Misguided Tax Plan

Today Governor Abbott announced a regurgitated tax plan that would prevent cities and counties from raising money for firefighters, police and paramedics.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 4, 2018

Central Texas Water Coalition: Veteran Lobbyist Joins Central Texas Water Coalition As New Executive Director

The Central Texas Water Coalition announced today that veteran Texas lobbyist Susan Patten has joined the grassroots organization protecting Central Texas’ water supply as its new executive director.

From Central Texas Water Coalition

December 20, 2017

Charlie Lauersdorf Campaign: State's Top Firefighter Organization Endorses Charlie Lauersdorf For Texas House

Combat veteran and Republican candidate for Texas House District 113, Charlie Lauersdorf today announced he has been endorsed by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters. House District 113 is located in Dallas County and includes all of Sunnyvale and most of Seagoville with parts of Balch Springs, Combine, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite, and Rowlett.

From Charlie Lauersdorf Campaign

January 16, 2018

Chris Paddie Campaign: State Representative Chris Paddie Endorsed By Texas And Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC

Today State Representative Chris Paddie was endorsed by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC for his strong support of our local livestock industry and the men and women who protect against livestock theft and ranch-related property losses.

From Chris Paddie Campaign

January 3, 2018

Cody Harris Campaign: Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND Endorses Cody Harris for State Representative, District 8

?The Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund ?(AGFUND) has endorsed Cody Harris in the race for State Representative, ?District 8. ?Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND President Russell Boening said the decision was ?

From Cody Harris Campaign

December 28, 2017

Cynthia Flores Campaign: Flores Endorsed by Life PAC

Republican candidate Cynthia Flores today announced the endorsement of the mainstream pro-life group, Life PAC, in the race for HD-52. “I am a committed, pro-life conservative,” said Flores. “I will vote to protect the sanctity of life, from conception until natural death. Every life matters, and the dignity of every life should be respected.

From Cynthia Flores Campaign

January 12, 2018

Dib Waldrip Campaign: Texas Municipal Police Association Backs Dib Waldrip For Court Of Criminal Appeals

Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) today endorsed conservative Judge Dib Waldrip for Court of Criminal Appeals, place 8. The Court of Criminal Appeals is Texas' highest court for criminal cases. Waldrip currently serves as the presiding Judge of the 433rd District Court of Comal County.

From Dib Waldrip Campaign

December 20, 2017

Donna Campbell Campaign: Senator Donna Campbell Endorsed by Governor Abbott

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chairman of the Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee, accepted the endorsement of Governor Abbott today in her bid for reelection. "Senator Campbell is a strong leader who has proven herself effective time and time again at passing conservative legislation.

From Donna Campbell Campaign

January 16, 2018

Eric Johnson Campaign: Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson To Report Over $362,000 Cash On Hand For Re-Election Campaign; Dallas Businessman Roland G. Parrish To Serve As Campaign's Finance Chairman

Texas State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) will report over $362,000 cash-on-hand in his semi-annual campaign finance report for 2017. Representative Johnson, who is running for re-election and faces opposition in the Democratic primary for the first time since 2010, raised $98,000 in the second half of last year, which includes donations from over 200 individuals.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

January 16, 2018

Fast Growth School Coalition: Statement on Gov. Greg Abbott's Proposed Property Tax Relief Plan

The following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s just-released property tax relief blueprint should be attributed to Dr. Guy Sconzo, Executive Director, Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC): “While we are grateful that Gov. Abbott and state leaders are finally beginning to recognize the need for property tax reform, Gov. Abbott’s just-released reform plan would limit local government’s ability to issue debt and local government’s ability to continually adjust to growth in their communities.

From Fast Growth School Coalition

January 11, 2018

Garrett Boersma Campaign: Young Conservatives of Texas Announces Endorsement of Garrett Boersma, Candidate For HD 9

Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) has endorsed Garrett Boersma for State Representative in House District 9. “I am thrilled to have the support of the Young Conservatives of Texas,” said Boersma. “YCT is one of the state’s leading political organizations. Their commitment to conservative values and principles is exemplary, and I’m honored to have their endorsement.”

From Garrett Boersma Campaign

December 19, 2017

Homeland Security Committee: McCaul Statement on the 'WannaCry' Attack

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the U.S. publicly attributing the massive “WannaCry” cyberattack to North Korea. Chairman McCaul: “The declaration that North Korea was directly behind the 'WannaCry' attack in May is a grave reminder that the regime in Pyongyang can threaten innocent people almost anywhere on earth with more than just ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, and that we must do more to strengthen our own cybersecurity.

From Homeland Security Committee

December 20, 2017

James Talarico Campaign: Democrat Leads in Newly Released HD-52 Poll

James Talarico’s campaign for State Representative released a poll today that shows a 1 point Democratic advantage among likely voters in State House District 52. When asked if respondents would be voting “for mostly Republican candidates or mostly Democratic candidates” in 2018, 43% chose Democrats while 42% chose Republicans, with 15% of respondents “unsure”.

From James Talarico Campaign

January 11, 2018

James Talarico Campaign: House District 52 Democrat Reports $100k, 646 Donors

James Talarico, a local education nonprofit leader running as a Democrat for State House District 52, will report more than $100,000 in the first fundraising period from 646 unique donors. The Talarico campaign will also report more than $70,000 cash on hand after expenses.

From James Talarico Campaign

January 11, 2018

Jay Hulings Campaign: Jay Hulings Family Story in First Radio Ads Calls us All to Action

Today, Jay Hulings’ campaign released their first Spanish and English language radio ads, the first major paid communications in the race for Texas’ 23rd district.

From Jay Hulings Campaign

December 19, 2017

Judy Canales Campaign: Official Filing

We are officially in it! Yesterday Judy Canales made the nearly 5-hour drive to Austin, TX where she officially filed to run for the U.S. Congress. A proud daughter of South Texas, Judy was born and raised in Uvalde, where her mother Susana Maldonado Canales still lives and retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and was a member of the Communications Workers of America.

From Judy Canales Campaign

December 18, 2017

Justin Nelson Campaign: The Dallas Morning News is Right: The "Ken Paxton Melodrama" Needs to End

The ?Dallas Morning News? is right. It is disappointing that not a single Republican stepped up to challenge indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton even though he has been charged with criminal fraud. The “Ken Paxton Melodrama” needs to end. We have a qualified alternative this election in Justin Nelson for Attorney General.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

January 11, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Justin Nelson, the Democratic Candidate for Texas Attorney General, Will Report Over $900,000 in Fundraising

Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General, who has no primary opponent, announced today that he expects to report $911,778 in contributions and pledges for the period ending December 31st. This amount includes $500,000 from the candidate.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

January 9, 2018

Ken King Campaign: State Representative Ken King Endorsed By Texas Oil And Gas Association Good Government Committee

Ken King Campaign: State Representative Ken King Endorsed By Texas Oil And Gas Association Good Government Committee

From Ken King Campaign

January 8, 2018

Laura Morrison Campaign: Morrison Files to Run for Mayor of Austin

Earlier today, former Council Member Laura Morrison filed to run for Mayor of Austin. Steve Bercu, CEO of the iconic BookPeople, will serve as the Campaign Treasurer. Ruby Roa, advocate for the vulnerable and past Austin American-Statesman “Volunteer of the Year,” will serve as the Campaign Chair.

From Laura Morrison Campaign

January 8, 2018

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Announces 2018 Primary Endorsement for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

The Texas Association of Manufacturers’ (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for the 2018 Republican primary.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

January 15, 2018

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Endorses Trey Blocker for Commissioner of Agriculture

The Texas Association of Manufacturers’ (TAM) political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Trey Blocker for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the 2018 Republican primary. The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers and MPACT Board Member.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

January 12, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds to SCOTUS Decision

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take up the Texas redistricting case to determine whether state house and congressional maps discriminated against Latino and African American voters. State Representative Rafael Anchia, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus released the following statement:

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 15, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC & Immigration Advocates Call for a Clean Dream Act

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is joining Texas DACA(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients to call for a clean DREAM Act before a vote on the upcoming spending bill. Nearly 800,000 DREAMers nationwide, 120,000 of which call Texas home, are in jeopardy of losing protections from deportation if Congress fails to act.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

January 11, 2018

Mike Canon Campaign: Young Conservatives Of Texas Announces Endorsement Of Senate Candidate, Mike Canon

Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) has endorsed Mike Canon, candidate for Texas Senate District 31. “It is truly an honor to have the endorsement of the Young Conservatives of Texas,” said Canon. “For years, YCT has fought against liberal policies and for conservative values and won. With so much at stake in this election, it is encouraging to have the support of one of Texas’ most reputable conservative organizations.”

From Mike Canon Campaign

January 12, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Fundraising Surpasses Past Democrat Lt. Gov. Candidates

TODAY, January 12, 2017, Mike Collier will report $508,000 total raised for his bid for Lt. Governor, more than any Democratic Lt. Governor candidate has raised in recent election cycles. His cash-on-hand balance as of December 31, 2017 was $143,000.

From Mike Collier Campaign

January 11, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Texans' Property Tax Bills Due January 31, 2018

TODAY, January 11, 2017, Mike Collier released the following statement as Texas homeowners prepare to pay their property taxes due on January 31: “In 2006, a Texas judge ruled that the state was failing in its constitutional duty to fund schools.

From Mike Collier Campaign

January 11, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks SCOTX to Strike Down Illegal Bag Bans in Laredo and Across Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the Texas Supreme Court to uphold last year’s ruling by the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals that the city of Laredo’s ban on single-use plastic bags is illegal because it violates state law regulating solid waste disposal. During arguments, his office showed why the court should apply the ruling across Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 18-State Bipartisan Coalition Urging FERC to Give President Trump's Tax Reform Savings to Utility Customers

Joining a bipartisan coalition of 18 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to make sure that public utility companies pass on to consumers the savings from the reduction in the corporate income tax rate under President Trump’s new tax reform plan.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on the Death of Shelley Dahlberg

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement on the death of Shelley Dahlberg, who served as the associate deputy attorney for civil litigation in the Texas attorney general’s office: “I am deeply saddened by the news of Shelley’s death. Her faith, strength and determination to continue working and fight ALS to the end was an inspiration to all of us.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 22, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Law Enforcement Division Receives Award from Royal Canadian Mounted Police for Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Law Enforcement Division of his office received a special award from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for partnering with its “E” Division Major Crime Unit on an investigation to stop the sex trafficking of underage girls from Canada to the United States. Director David Maxwell, Sergeant America Bonnet and Lieutenant Lannie Hilboldt of the attorney general’s Criminal Investigations Division were recognized during receipt of the award.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 22, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Amicus Brief in Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to defend Montgomery County and Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack’s practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open his court proceedings in prayer.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 12, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: D.C. Court Rejects Challenge to President Trump's Authority to Appoint CFPB Acting Director

Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this week denying a request for a preliminary injunction to remove President Trump’s appointment of a temporary director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Defend Federal Immigration Laws and Protect Unborn Children

Leading an 11-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in defense of the federal government’s right to deny abortions to two unlawfully-present minor aliens in the U.S. The minors, who unlawfully entered the U.S. without their parents, were detained by immigration officials and remain in federal custody.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton, West Virginia AG File 13-State Brief to Support President Trump's Action on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today led a coalition of 13 states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief that supports President Trump’s authority to appoint temporary leadership at the nation’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 21, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Opinion on Guns and Security Teams in Texas Churches

Licensed handgun owners can legally carry loaded weapons into Texas churches that do not have posted signs banning weapons, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a legal opinion released today. The opinion also clarified that a new law passed this year by the Legislature exempts churches from state fees for creating volunteer security teams.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 20, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition Urging President Trump to Include Independent Agencies in Regulatory Reform Efforts

Attorney General Ken Paxton today led a 16-state coalition of governors and state attorneys general in urging President Trump to extend greater regulatory oversight to independent federal agencies. The existing regulatory review process requires some—but not all—federal agencies to send their proposed regulations to the White House for review.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 19, 2017

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Prevent ACLU From Transforming Texas into a Sanctuary State for Abortions

Leading an 11-state coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in defense of the federal government’s right to refuse to facilitate an abortion for an unlawfully present minor alien in the U.S. Immigration officials detained the minor, who is 10 weeks pregnant, in a shelter funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), though the location has not been disclosed.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 18, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Calls on Speaker to Make School Finance Commission Appointments

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called on Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today to announce his appointees to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance that was established with the passage of House Bill 21 in the Special Legislative Session this past summer.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

December 20, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Alvis to Texas Facilities Commission

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of Steven Alvis, of Houston, to the Texas Facilities Commission today. Upon making the announcement the lieutenant governor made the following statement: "Mr. Alvis has a great deal of experience in this area and I am confident he will serve admirably on the Texas Facilities Commission.”

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

December 20, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Appoints Slovacek to Texas Ethics Commission

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that he has appointed Joseph Slovacek, of Houston, to the Texas Ethics Commission. Upon making the announcement the lieutenant governor made the following statement: “Joe Slovacek is known for his plain talk and no-nonsense approach to everything he does, which will be a great asset at the Texas Ethics Commission.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

December 21, 2017

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on AG Opinion on Guns and Security in Texas Churches

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement following Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion on guns and security in Texas churches: “I want to thank Attorney General Ken Paxton for his timely response to my request for an opinion clarifying the rights of handgun license holders to carry their handguns in church.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 11, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Asks Attorney General to Review Human Smuggling and/or Human Trafficking Arrest

Tonight I sent the following letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

January 12, 2018

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Announces Over $1 Million Raised in 2017

The Phillip Huffines Campaign today announced it raised nearly $1.1 million in contributions in 2017. “The support we’ve seen from Republican activists and donors for our campaign has far exceeded the goals we set when I announced,” said Phillip Huffines.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

December 28, 2017

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Releases New TV Ad for Texas Senate

The Phillip Huffines for Texas Senate campaign announced the airing of a new television ad in the bid to win the open seat in Texas Senate, District 8. The new ad, entitled “Tireless” highlights Phillip Huffines commitment to family, while still working long hours as a small businessman in Collin and Dallas counties.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

January 3, 2018

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Bexar County Is Concealing Noncitizen Registrants

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) gave notice to the office of the Bexar County Elections Administrator that it could face a lawsuit if it fails to reveal records of noncitizens that were registered to vote.

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

December 19, 2017

Representative Brian Babin: Votes to Advance Historic Tax Relief Bill for American People

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) joined his House colleagues today in passing the House-Senate conference report for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), landmark legislation that overhauls America’s tax code to deliver historic tax relief for American workers, families and job creators.

From Representative Brian Babin

January 12, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Chair Coleman on U.S. Supreme Court Granting Cert for Texas Redistricting Case

Today, January 12th the United States Supreme Court decided to hear the case to determine if Texas lawmakers deliberately weakened votes of people of color in drawing the Texas House district and Congressional district maps. Chairman of the House Committee on County Affairs Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

December 18, 2017

Representative Henry Cuellar: NLRB Joint Employer Decision to Support Franchises

On Thursday of last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees union elections and workplace disputes, voted with a 3-2 majority to return to the pre-Obama era joint employer standard on Thursday. The ruling requires that employers must exercise direct control over employees in order to be held liable for complaints.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 11, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Examines the Real Cost of President Trump's Border Wall

Today at the Brookings Institute, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, and Homeland Security and Defense Subcommittees, joined Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations and President Trump’s proposed border wall.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 11, 2018

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement Lauding Public Utility Commission's Ruling on "Kittyhawk" Transmission Line & Substation; a Victory for Allen Citizens and Landowners

Following today's Public Utility Commission's (PUC) ruling against an application to construct 2-5 miles of an electric transmission line and a 5-acre transmission substation in the City of Allen, deemed as the "Kittyhawk" Substation, Representative Jeff Leach issued the following statement:

From Representative Jeff Leach

January 8, 2018

Representative Jim Murphy: Emmett, Turner, Wilson, Lindner Lead All-Star List of 40 Community Leaders at Murphy's 2018 West Houston Teen Leadership Summit

State Representative Jim Murphy will host the 2018 West Houston Teen Leadership Summit on February 10th from 8:30am to 2:30pm. The unique summit connects area high school sophomores and juniors with local, statewide, and national leaders, from top level executives to ranking politicians.

From Representative Jim Murphy

December 20, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Passage of GOP Tax Bill

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting against the GOP tax bill: “Today, the House has given final approval to an unpopular bill that mostly benefits corporate America and the wealthiest among us, and explodes the deficit by $1.5 trillion. It didn’t have to be this way.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 8, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Termination of TPS for El Savadorans

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of over 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

December 22, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Passage of GOP Short Term Spending Bill

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement after voting against the GOP short term spending bill: “The Republican’s sole focus on their reckless tax bill has resulted in Congress passing a third short term spending bill instead of passing a full-year funding bill.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

December 19, 2017

Representative Joaquin Castro: Calls for Passage of Clean DREAM Act

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement urging passage of a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year: “More than 12,000 young people have lost their protection from deportation and ability to work since the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 15, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Today we celebrate the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who worked tirelessly to fight so Americans could have a better future and achieve equality. Dr. King spent his life inspiring our nation to reject hatred and bigotry in our society, something that is more important than ever today.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 12, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Announces "Positivity in Politics" Initiative

Today, State Representative Mary González announced the "Positivity in Politics" initiative, which seeks to highlight examples of positivity in grassroots leadership over the next two years leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

December 18, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Commends the President's National Security Strategy

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the below statement following the President’s speech announcing his National Security Strategy.

From Representative Michael McCaul

December 19, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Applauds Tax Relief for Hardworking Americans

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauds the House passage of the final version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, to reform our tax code.

From Representative Michael McCaul

December 22, 2017

Representative Michael McCaul: Votes to Nearly Double Federal Disaster Aid

Today, with my support the House of Representatives passed a supplemental disaster recovery funding package to provide relief from Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. This package will not only provide relief to victims of Harvey, it will allow Texas to move forward on several crucial flood mitigation projects, like the Cypress Creek Reservoir Project, to prevent future disasters.

From Representative Michael McCaul

December 21, 2017

Representative Poncho Nevarez: Appointed to The Sunset Advisory Commission

Today Speaker Joe Straus appointed Representative Poncho Nevárez (D-Eagle Pass) to the Sunset Advisory Commission. The 12-member Sunset Commission has five members of the Senate and one public member appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and five members of the House and one public member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Senate and House members serve four-year terms and public members serve two-year terms.

From Representative Poncho Nevarez

December 19, 2017

Representative Randy Weber: Statement on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement: “Over the course of seven years, there have been 41 Ways and Means Committee hearings on tax reform, 72 Senate Finance Committee hearings on tax reform, and countless other discussions and meetings.

From Representative Randy Weber

December 19, 2017

Representative Roger Williams: Votes for Historic Tax Reform

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a small business owner and employer for 43 years, and author of the Jumpstart America tax reform framework released the follow statement after the House voted to pass the unified version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: “Today will long be remembered as a time when American families and businesses were once again made a priority.

From Representative Roger Williams

January 10, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Bill Garners Support From Community Bankers

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as a vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Services, questioned Mr. Robert Fisher, who is the president and CEO of Tioga State Bank, and is in Washington on behalf of the Independent Community Bankers of America, yesterday at the Subcommittee Hearing on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in regards to his bill, H.R. 1264, the Community Financial Institution Exemption Act, that he introduced in February 2017.

From Representative Roger Williams

January 11, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Cosponsors Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Bring Transparency To Temporary Worker VISA Programs & Combat Human Trafficking

Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced the bipartisan Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act.

From Representative Ted Poe

January 11, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: The Fight Is Not Over, FISA Must Be Reformed

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) released the following statement following the House vote on the USA Rights Act, which was offered as an amendment to S. 139 – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2017 (FISA).

From Representative Ted Poe

January 8, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Paves Way To Reduce The National Rape Kit Backlog

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement after President Trump signed the reauthorization of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act into law. The SAFER Act reauthorizes, strengthens, and extends the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program to help fight the nationwide rape kit backlog.

From Representative Ted Poe

January 8, 2018

Representative Tomas Uresti: Celebrates Deal to Clean Tire Dump

On Thursday, Copart Inc. announced the purchase of a hazardous tire dump at 11150 Applewhite Road in San Antonio. Copart plans to clear the tires to alleviate the threat of fire and mosquito-borne diseases to San Antonio residents.

From Representative Tomas Uresti

December 20, 2017

Representative Trent Ashby: To Co-Chair Joint Interim Committee

State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has been chosen to serve as the Co-Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. The committee will prepare recommendations for the reorganization, or possible elimination, of items in the higher education budget which are not a part of the institution's basic formula for funding. From there, the ten-member committee will consider updates and improvements to formula funding.

From Representative Trent Ashby

January 8, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: To Tri-Chair Aspen Institute's Cyber Strategy Group

On Friday, the new Aspen Cyber Strategy Group kicked off its inaugural meeting in hopes of developing implementable solutions for today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

From Representative Will Hurd

December 20, 2017

Representative Will Hurd: Statement on Historic Tax Reform

Today, the House of Representatives approved the first major tax reform bill since 1986. In response to the historic tax overhaul, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement: “For too long, small businesses have struggled and families have lived paycheck to paycheck.

From Representative Will Hurd

January 3, 2018

Ron Wright Campaign: Releases Statewide & Tarrant Co. Endorsements

Ron Wright, candidate for Texas Congressional District 6, today released his initial list of endorsements from statewide conservative groups and Tarrant County leaders. Wright remarked on the long list of Republican leaders and statewide conservative organizations, saying, “Susan and I are honored to have earned the support of so many Republican leaders in Congressional District 6.

From Ron Wright Campaign

January 11, 2018

Scott Milder Campaign: Conservative Republican Scott Milder Responds to Patrick's Refusal to Debate

Conservative Republican lieutenant governor candidate Scott Milder expressed disappointment Wednesday in response to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s refusal to participate in a GOP primary debate. “This is an unexcused absence in my book,” Milder said of the Lieutenant Governor’s quick dismissal of his invitation to a public debate.

From Scott Milder Campaign

January 16, 2018

Scott Milder Campaign: Former Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff Endorses Scott Milder in Republican Primary

Conservative businessman Scott Milder is proud to announce that former Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff has endorsed his candidacy in the March 6, 2018, Republican primary. As lieutenant governor, Ratliff served with distinction as a bold leader with the ability to unite lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and worked well with his House colleagues with the focus on what was best for all Texans.

From Scott Milder Campaign

January 9, 2018

Scott Milder Campaign: Conservative Republican Scott Milder Challenges Dan Patrick to Debate

Conservative Republican Scott Milder, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has challenged incumbent Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to a debate. “I strongly believe that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick owes his constituents an explanation for ignoring our priorities throughout his time in office.

From Scott Milder Campaign

December 18, 2017

Senator Bob Hall: Transportation Commission Scraps I-635 Tolling

In a positive step and a victory for the people of Texas, the Texas Transportation Commission voted yesterday to scrap the toll element of the Dallas I-635 expansion project and the Austin I-35 project from the Uniform Transportation Plan (UTP).

From Senator Bob Hall

January 11, 2018

Senator Carlos Uresti: Statement on San Antonio Passage of Tobacco21

"Today's vote by the San Antonio City Council is a historic win for our families and for the health of San Antonio. I have fought for 12 years to pass a statewide ordinance, because increasing the smoking age across the state will save our taxpayers $406 million in total health care costs with over $200 million in savings coming from the Texas Medicaid program.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

January 8, 2018

Senator Carlos Uresti: Funding Approved For Planning New San Antonio State Hospital

Following months of stakeholder meetings and negotiations with state officials, Senator Carlos Uresti is pleased to announce the San Antonio State Hospital, on the Southside of San Antonio, in Senate District 19, will be receiving $14.5 million in state dollars for pre-planning and planning activities for total reconstruction of the hospital in addition to $1.2 million for immediate repairs and expansion of the existing campus.

From Senator Carlos Uresti

January 8, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Bill to Streamline Process for Veterans Applying for Commercial Drivers' Licenses Becomes Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed his Jobs for Our Heroes Act into law. The Jobs for Our Heroes Act streamlines the process by which active-duty military, reservists, and veterans apply for Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs).

From Senator John Cornyn

December 21, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Bill to Reduce Barriers for Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver's Licenses Heads to President's Desk

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the House passage of the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, a bill he authored that was championed in the House by Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-7) to reduce barriers for active-duty military, reservists, and veterans applying for Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs).

From Senator John Cornyn

January 8, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Bill to Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog Signed Into Law

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after President Trump signed his Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act into law. The SAFER Act reauthorizes, strengthens, and extends the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program to help fight the nationwide rape kit backlog.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 4, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Addresses Solution for DACA Recipients Following White House Meeting

Today at a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the path forward for a bipartisan solution to address the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following a meeting at the White House.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 4, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Senate Had Texas-Sized Legislative Wins in 2017

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) highlighted the Senate’s many legislative accomplishments in 2017 that will benefit Texans and Americans across the country.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 3, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Disaster Relief, Addressing DACA Among Priorities in New Year

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the Senate’s legislative priorities as the new year begins. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here. “Tax reform is changing the economic landscape. Paychecks are growing, and job creators are responding in all sorts of positive ways, and I think that's a terrific way for us to begin 2018.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 11, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Confirmation of Judge Walter Counts for Western District of Texas

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the U.S. Senate confirmed Walter David Counts, III as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas: “Walter Counts has honorably dedicated himself to the justice system in Texas, as a Travis County prosecutor, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and now as a federal Magistrate Judge, all while answering the call to serve as a member of the Texas National Guard,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’m proud to vote to confirm him in this new role, where his dedication to the rule of law and the State of Texas will undoubtedly continue to be a hallmark of his service.”

From Senator John Cornyn

December 21, 2017

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Confirmation of Ryan Patrick for U.S. Attorney in Houston

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements after the Senate confirmed Ryan Patrick as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas: “Ryan Patrick’s record shows a dedication to public service and respect for the rule of law,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I proudly recommended him to the President, and I know he will continue to serve Texas well in this new capacity.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 9, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: One Million Americans Getting Raises or Bonuses After Tax Reform

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the benefits workers in Texas and across the nation will receive as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

From Senator John Cornyn

December 22, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Disaster Relief Bill

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the $81 billion disaster aid supplemental package: “I applaud the Texas congressional delegation for their hard work in helping to pass additional disaster relief for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator John Cornyn

December 22, 2017

Senator John Cornyn: Cornyn-Led Bills Signed into Law in 2017

Five major pieces of legislation introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) have become law during the 115th Congress, with two more currently waiting on the President’s signature. These include legislation to combat online child exploitation, a bill to incentivize law enforcement agencies to hire military veterans, and legislation to help reduce the rape kit backlog, among others.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 11, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement Following White House Meeting Addressing Prison Reform

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today released the following statement after today’s meeting at the White House on prison reform: “I commend the President and his Administration for convening this important meeting to examine ways we can reform our prison system and better prepare low-risk offenders to reenter society.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 10, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Statement On AGUA SUD's $1,000 Candidate Filing Fee

Yesterday, the Agua SUD Board of Directors adopted a resolution authorizing a candidate filing fee of $1,000 for the 2018 Agua SUD Board of Directors election. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 9, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces His General Counsel Is Leaving For New Role At Magellan Health

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa announces his Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel Jennifer Saenz is leaving his office this week to pursue new opportunities. Jennifer has been with Senator Hinojosa's office for almost six years and worked on issues related to Finance, Sunset, healthcare, tax policy, natural resources, regulatory agencies, veterans affairs, as well as handled press releases and social media.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

January 10, 2018

Senator Konni Burton: Applauds Quick Implementation of SB 12

Yesterday, January 9th, on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Governor Greg Abbott announced the provision of $23 million in grant funding for rifle-resistant vests for Texas peace officers. This much-needed investment in officer safety was made possible by last session's Senate Bill 12, which was coauthored by Senator Konni Burton.

From Senator Konni Burton

December 20, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Says Homes Up To $500,000 In Value Can Still Get Full Property Tax Deduction

Texas Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reacted today to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by the United States Congress. The legislation passed by a margin of 224-201 in the House of Representatives and a 51-48 margin in the United States Senate.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

December 28, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Says IRS Cancels the Run on Property Tax Prepayments for 2018 in Texas

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) reacts to IRS guidelines released yesterday (attached) that clearly indicate that Texans would not receive a deduction for prepayment of 2018 property taxes because they not been assessed and paid by 2017, per the guidelines.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 11, 2018

Senator Sylvia Garcia: Commends Report from US Department of Education

Today the US Department of Education released a report finding the Texas Education Agency acted illegally by effectively capping the number of students who could receive special education services in Texas public schools. Senator Sylvia Garcia of Houston commends the report for supporting what parents, students, and advocates have been saying from the beginning.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia

January 11, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Votes to Begin Debate on FISA Reauthorization

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding his vote today to begin debate on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): “Today I voted to begin debate on legislation that would reauthorize a critical national security tool.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 11, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz, Blumenthal Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Bring Transparency to Temporary Worker Visa Programs

Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, U.S Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) introduced the bipartisan Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act. The bill seeks to prevent human trafficking by bringing more openness to the foreign temporary worker visa process.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 10, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: The VA Must Prioritize Veteran Services First

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced the Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers (VET) Protection Act of 2017, which would ensure union activity does not undermine the service and care of our veterans and is not subsidized by taxpayers.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: VIDOE: Five Cruz Laws in 2017

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following video highlighting his five pieces of legislation signed into law by President Trump in 2017. Watch the full video here. “From charting an ambitious course for the manned exploration of the moon, to securing crucial tax relief for all Texans, including targeted relief for hurricane survivors along the Texas Gulf Coast, it continues to be an honor serving the 28 million Texans in the Lone Star state,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: GOP Tax Cuts Will Bring Jobs Back to America and Raise Wages

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today appeared on KTSA’s Jack Riccardi Show, where he discussed the major, historic tax reform legislation President Trump recently signed into law, the growing threat of a nuclear North Korea, and the recent protests in Iran, among other topics.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Commends FEMA for Ensuring Houses of Worship Are Eligible for Federal Disaster Relief Assistance

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement commending the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for changing its policy to ensure houses of worship are now eligible for federal disaster relief assistance.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 19, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: American Strength and Confidence Are the Best Means for Deterring War and Promoting Peace

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s announced National Security Strategy: “For the past two decades, we have taken our political, economic, and military advantage for granted. This complacency has bred confidence among our adversaries and instilled fear among our allies.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Congress' Tax Reform Bill is a Major Victory for Working Men and Women and American Families

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today appeared on Fox News’ ‘Fox and Friends,’ and KTSA’s ‘The Morning Edge With Trey Ware’ to discuss key victories for American taxpayers in Congress’ final tax reform bill. He also discussed his Student Opportunity Amendment, which was included in the final bill, and expands 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school tuition and expenses for public, private, and religious schools.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Congress Must Ensure the Promises Made to Texas are Fulfilled and Resources are There to Help Our State Rebuild

Tonight, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to deliver on storm funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 8, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Middle Class Families Deserve Permanent Tax Cuts

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill to ensure the historic tax cuts on individuals are permanent. “These historic tax cuts are already benefiting our schoolteachers, firefighters, and truck drivers—people from all walks of life—by cutting rates for individual taxpayers in all brackets,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 11, 2018

Smart Mobility Texas: North Texas Legislators Sen. Kelly Hancock and Rep. Charlie Geren Recognized for Leadership on Smart Transportation Issues

Smart Mobility Texas, a statewide coalition of automotive interests dedicated to supporting policy advancements that promote and accelerate development of new transportation technologies, conferred its inaugural “Transportation Technology Innovator” awards upon Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and Representative Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, in recognition of their leadership in authoring SB 2205 during the 2017 regular session of the Texas Legislature.

From Smart Mobility Texas

December 20, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Appoints Members To Study Higher Education Funding

Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday appointed five members of the Texas House to the Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding. Rep. Trent Ashby, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees education funding, will co-chair the new committee. Speaker Straus appointed Reps. Donna Howard, Geanie Morrison, John Raney and Justin Rodriguez to serve on the committee as well.

From Speaker Joe Straus

December 19, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Appoints Four To School Finance Panel

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Monday named three members of the Texas House and one Central Texas education leader to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Rep. Dan Huberty, the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, will serve as Co-Chair of the Public School Finance Commission. Also serving on the new Commission will be two other members of the House Public Education Committee: Reps. Diego Bernal and Ken King.

From Speaker Joe Straus

December 19, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement Tuesday on the passing of former Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, who represented Bexar County in the Texas House for 20 years and was the Chair of the House Committee on Rules and Resolutions. “Ruth Jones McClendon was an advocate for her community, a faithful public servant and a tireless fighter for justice.

From Speaker Joe Straus

December 21, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Appoints Four To Sunset Commission

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday named three members of the Texas House and one member of the public to serve on the Sunset Advisory Commission. Speaker Straus named Reps. Chris Paddie, Stan Lambert and Poncho Neva?rez to the Commission. Because the Chair of the Commission in the upcoming cycle will be a member of the Texas Senate, Rep. Paddie will serve as Vice Chairman.

From Speaker Joe Straus

December 21, 2017

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Katy Boatman for First Court of Appeals

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Katy Boatman of Houston in her campaign for Place 7 on the First Court of Appeals in Harris County and nine surrounding counties. “Each election cycle, TLRPAC supports judicial candidates who understand the importance of a fair, efficient and honest legal system to Texas families and businesses,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

January 9, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Endorses NAACP Criticism of Abbott As 'Honorary Grand Marshal' of Arlington MLK Parade

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on the choice of Gov. Greg Abbott as Honorary Grand Marshal of the Toyota North Texas Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: The Texas AFL-CIO stands with the Arlington NAACP in criticizing the selection of Gov. Greg Abbott for an honorary post at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Arlington.

From Texas AFL-CIO

December 18, 2017

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Statement On ERCOT Capacity, Demand And Reserve (CDR) Report

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM). The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) remains a shining example of how a successful, competitive energy market should be designed. In relying on free market principles rather than administrative and regulatory intervention, the ERCOT market strikes the right balance between reliability and costs for Texas customers.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

January 16, 2018

Texas Association Of Manufacturers: Names Lauren Wied Fairbanks Director of Government Affairs & Operations

The Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM) has named Lauren Wied Fairbanks as Director of Government Affairs and Operations. Longtime TAM Vice President Stephanie Simpson has accepted a government affairs position in the pharmaceutical industry.

From Texas Association Of Manufacturers

January 10, 2018

Texas Campaign for the Environment: Unusual Bedfellows Team Up to Tell Texas Supreme Court to Uphold Local Bag Ordinances

Representatives of communities and industries concerned about the impacts of single-use bag pollution have filed multiple “friend of the court” briefs with the Supreme Court of Texas. Sea turtle conservation advocates, cotton ginners, ranchers, commercial and recreational anglers, retailers, recyclers, composters, Laredo water quality advocates, former Republican State Representative Jose Aliseda have all filed these amicus briefs to urge the Court to let Laredo’s bag ordinance stand.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment

January 10, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes $709 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $709.2 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 9.5 percent more than in January 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

December 21, 2017

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces Tax Amnesty Program

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced a temporary tax amnesty program giving certain delinquent taxpayers a chance to make their accounts compliant with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on tax due.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 3, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.7 Billion in December

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.75 billion in December, 12.3 percent more than in December 2016. “Double-digit growth in sales tax revenue was fueled by collections from oil- and gas-related sectors as well-drilling and completion continued to rebound,” Hegar said. “But growth in tax receipts was notable across all major economic sectors, including retail trade and restaurants.”

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

January 8, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Launches STAAR Interim Assessment Pilot

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today notified school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Interim Assessment Pilot.

From Texas Education Agency

January 11, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Statement by Commissioner Morath Regarding Gov. Abbott's Directive on Special Education in Texas

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today received a final monitoring report from the U.S. Department of Education with its findings on the delivery of special education services in the state. Gov. Greg Abbott has directed Commissioner of Education Mike Morath to take swift and immediate action to address findings in the report.

From Texas Education Agency

January 9, 2018

Texas Food & Fuel Association: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Featured In New Campaign To Raise Awareness About Credit Card Skimming At Gas Pumps

Consumers in Texas and across the country need to be aware of new threats to their data from credit card skimmers at gas pumps. Today, the Texas Food and Fuel Association (TFFA) launched an online and social media-based campaign to share tips for keeping credit card data safe at the gas pump. The effort includes three public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, a social media campaign and an informational website.

From Texas Food & Fuel Association

December 20, 2017

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: Statement On The Passing Of Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Helen Giddings released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon: “Our hearts are saddened because of the loss of Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon. At the same time, we are encouraged and inspired by her many accomplishments which will live on.

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

January 15, 2018

Texas Nursery & Landscape Association PAC: Endorses Trey Blocker for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

The Texas Nursery & Landscape Association PAC (TNLA PAC) is proud to endorse Trey Blocker for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. It is the Association’s belief that Trey Blocker will serve and protect green industry businesses, which contribute over $20 billion to the Texas economy annually.

From Texas Nursery & Landscape Association PAC

January 11, 2018

Texas Office of Court Administration: High Courts Hold Historic Joint Hearing To Establish Permanent Judicial Commission On Mental Health

The Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals held a historic joint hearing today in the Supreme Court Courtroom to establish the Judicial Commission on Mental Health. Justices and Judges from Texas’ two highest courts heard testimony regarding the need for a statewide judicial commission and collaboration between the judiciary, policymakers, and mental health experts.

From Texas Office of Court Administration

January 12, 2018

Texas PTA: Names Representative Ina Minjarez to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative Ina Minjarez to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for her work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

From Texas PTA

January 9, 2018

Texas PTA: Names Representative John Zerwas to Legislative Honor Roll

Today members of Texas PTA named Representative John Zerwas to Texas PTA’s Legislative Honor Roll for his work during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Serving as chairman of the powerful budget-writing House Appropriations Committee, Representative Zerwas directed the development of the state’s two year budget.

From Texas PTA

December 20, 2017

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Selects General Counsel Robert Doggett to Replace David Hall as Executive Director

TRLA Executive Director David Hall, who pioneered delivery of legal assistance to low-income people in Texas, will pass the torch to Robert Doggett, a General Counsel who has litigated precedent-setting cases for TRLA and other legal aid groups for 27 years. Doggett will assume his responsibilities as TRLA Executive Director on Jan. 6, 2018.

From Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

January 16, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Show Us The Money

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement on Gov. Abbott’s latest property tax proposal: “The only way to reduce local school property taxes is to increase state funding for public education. If Gov. Abbott wants to limit rising property taxes, he needs to show us the money. Where is his school funding plan?

From Texas State Teachers Association

January 8, 2018

Texas Values: Victory: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Efforts To Block Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law

In a major victory for religious freedom, the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to take up a constitutional challenge to a Mississippi law that shields cake bakers, wedding photographers, and other businesses from being forced to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

From Texas Values

January 11, 2018

Texas Values Action: Sarah Davis Challenger, Other Endorsements In Latest Texas Values Action Picks

The challenger to the lowest-scoring Republican on the 2017 Faith & Family Scorecard was endorsed by Texas Values Action this morning. Susanna Dokupil, candidate for Texas House District 134, is challenging Rep. Sarah Davis, who scored 3% on the scorecard.

From Texas Values Action

January 15, 2018

The Metropolitan Organization: TMO Clergy and Leaders Call on Congress to Take Action on DACA

On Tuesday, January 16 at 1:30pm TMO clergy and leaders will meet in the Parish Hall at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, at 2131 Lauder Rd., Houston, TX 77039 displaying thousands of post cards signed by constituents and addressed to Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, along with Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Ted Poe, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Rep. Pete Olson, and others in the Greater Houston Area.

From The Metropolitan Organization

January 11, 2018

TREPAC: Texas Realtors Support Cindy Burkett for Senate District 2

Today, TREPAC, the political arm of the Texas Association of Realtors, announced its decision to support Cindy Burkett, a proven conservative leader, in the contested primary for Senate District 2. In making the announcement, TREPAC Chairman David Alan Cox said, “We are proud to support Rep. Burkett, as she has consistently advocated for private-property rights and homeowners. As a Realtor herself, she remains dedicated to protecting homeowners in North Texas and across the state.”

From TREPAC

December 20, 2017

Will Conley Campaign: Will Conley Receives Leadership Award

Former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was awarded the prestigious 2017 Jack Griesenbeck Leadership in Regionalism Award by the Capital Area Council of Government (CAPCOG) for his efforts to bring public mobility to CAPCOG’s 10 county area. “For 13 years, I have worked for transportation and infrastructure improvements, economic development, and emergency services for our region. I am humbled that my colleagues chose to honor me with this award.” said Conley.

From Will Conley Campaign

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