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June 4, 2018

Annie's List: Names Royce Brooks Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Annie’s List is very pleased to announce today that Royce Brooks has been named as its new Executive Director. Brooks, a visionary leader who most recently served as the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of Atlanta, and whose political experience includes the campaigns of Wendy Davis and Sylvester Turner, will lead the organization beginning in July.

From Annie's List

May 21, 2018

Assembled Vehicle Coalition of Texas: Decried TxDMV Rules Revoking Titles and Registration of Hundreds of Privately Owned Specialized Vehicles

The Assembled Vehicle Coalition of Texas decries rulings by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles that revoked hundreds of vehicles previously inspected, titled and registered. Dune buggies, a popular and well-known roadster vehicle that has been a part of American car scene since 1964, have been adversely affected by TxDMV rulemaking.

From Assembled Vehicle Coalition of Texas

May 21, 2018

Austin Community College: ACC Trustees Hold Tuition Rates Steady, Lower Out-of-District Fees

In-district tuition and fees at Austin Community College (ACC) will remain unchanged for a fifth consecutive year, and out-of-district fees and out-of-state tuition will decrease. The college’s Board of Trustees approved the 2018-19 tuition and fee rates at its May meeting.

From Austin Community College

June 6, 2018

Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization: Representative Ruiz, Castro and Burn Pits 360 Stand in Solidarity to Honor Veterans and Gold Star Families Affected by Burn Pits, The New Agent Orange

Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. ET, after a decade of advocacy Burn Pits 360, the only veteran organization dedicated solely to the issue of military toxic exposures, will be holding a joint press conference joined by Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Raul Ruiz (D-CA) to discuss the issue of Burn Pits, our generation’s Agent Orange.

From Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization

June 12, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Why An Accurate Census Matters To All Texans

As advocates for fact-based public policies that expand opportunity for Texans of all backgrounds, CPPP knows that an accurate Census count has a profound impact on the future prosperity of the state.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

June 5, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Paid Sick Days Good for Health, Workers

All Texans should be able to care for themselves or a loved one if they get sick, regardless of what kind of job they do or how much they earn. But approximately 4.3 million Texas workers – or 40 percent of the total workforce - lack access to paid sick days.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

May 21, 2018

Elaina Fowler Campaign: Fowler for Democratic Candidate for House District 47 Joins Dozens of Texas Gun Sense Candidates Across the State in Calling for Sensible Gun Legislation

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, Elaina Fowler is proud to sign a joint statement with more than three dozen other Texas Candidates for Gun Sense in calling for sensible gun legislation to reduce gun violence and promote gun safety.

From Elaina Fowler Campaign

June 6, 2018

Environment Texas: ThunderCloud To Stop Using Disposable Foam Cups

Local sandwich shop ThunderCloud Subs announced today it will phase out the use of polystyrene, commonly known as styrofoam, cups by the end of the year. The announcement comes after Environment Texas launched a petition calling on the company to do so and ahead of a press conference outside the company's headquarters this morning.

From Environment Texas

June 6, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Calls Out Congressman Hurd's Taxpayer-Funded Senior Deception

Congressman Will Hurd just won’t quit distorting the truth about his record in Washington, and his taxpayer-funded flyer claiming he is “fighting for Bexar County seniors” and “will continue to support legislation that strengthens and supports Medicare” is just the latest example.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

June 12, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Calls Out Congressman Hurd's Silence While Children are Separated from Parents at Border

Congressman Will Hurd’s record on immigration continues to be questionable as he remains silent as mothers are separated from their young children while crossing the border.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

June 14, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Calls On Congressman Hurd To Accept 6 Debates Before Start Of Early Vote

Today, Gina Ortiz Jones issued a debate challenge to opponent, Congressman Will Hurd, to ensure voters across the entire 23rd Congressional District can hear from both candidates. Jones’ campaign today challenged Hurd to join her in six televised debates before the start of early voting on September 22nd.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

May 23, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Wins Texas Runoff to Challenge Will Hurd

Tonight Gina Ortiz Jones celebrated her win in Texas’s 23rd District Democratic runoff election with supporters, family, and friends. Gina has traveled the district, sharing a message that clearly resonated with voters in this district, focusing on ensuring Texans have access to quality health care, good paying jobs and strengthening economic opportunities for working families.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

June 12, 2018

Harris County Judge: Harris County Commissioners Court Approves $2.5 Billion Flood Bond Proposal For Placement On Aug. 25 Ballot

Harris County Commissioners Court voted today to place a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the Aug. 25 ballot, asking voters to finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects that include drainage improvements, upgraded warning systems, infrastructure repairs, home buyouts, and construction of more detention basins.

From Harris County Judge

May 18, 2018

Harris County Judge: Harris County Reopens Part of Courthouse in Effort to Ease Jail and Court Crowding

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett joined other county officials this morning to announce that parts of the downtown Criminal Justice Center, the county's primary criminal courthouse, would be reopened next month in an effort to reduce jail crowding and speed up the judicial process.

From Harris County Judge

June 13, 2018

Harris County Republican Party: Chair Files FEC Complaint

Paul Simpson, Republican County Chair of Harris County, this week filed a Complaint with the Federal Elections Commission alleging that Jonathan Jenkins, his campaign, and "Indie Party, Inc." have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to elect him to the U.S. Senate from Texas.

From Harris County Republican Party

June 13, 2018

Hilda Garza Deshazo Campaign: Garza Deshazo Announces for HD 41

Former educator and administrator, Hilda Garza DeShazo announces her candidacy for House District 41 in the November 2018 General Election. A Republican and McAllen native, DeShazo’s candidacy brings decades of experience to a district that has been overlooked in the Texas Legislature for the past eight years.

From Hilda Garza Deshazo Campaign

May 29, 2018

Insurance Council of Texas: Alberto is Ominous Start to Hurricane Season

Early predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are that the 2018 hurricane season will be an active one with 10 to 16 named storms, and 5 to 9 hurricanes.

From Insurance Council of Texas

June 6, 2018

James Talarico Campaign: Statement on Larry Gonzales' Resignation

On Wednesday, James Talarico, the Democratic nominee for House District 52, received news that Rep. Larry Gonzales would be resigning his position from the Texas State House. Gonzales, who held his seat since 2011, has been a fierce advocate for common sense legislation that prioritized his constituents and not his party’s agenda.

From James Talarico Campaign

May 30, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Endorses Joseph Kopser In TX-21

This week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence endorsed Joseph Kopser for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. CSGV released the following statement: “We strongly endorse Kopser for Congress in TX-21.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

June 11, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Kopser Statement on Department of Justice Refusal to Protect Health Care for Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Last night, the Department of Justice announced that, in a Texas lawsuit, it will refuse to defend the constitutionality of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Joseph Kopser, Democratic nominee for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, released the following statement:

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

May 23, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Kopser's Statement On His Victory In The Democratic Primary For Texas' 21st Congressional District

Last night, Joseph Kopser won the Democratic nomination for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. Kopser won his primary with 58 percent of the vote, winning in nine of the ten counties of TX-21. On Election Night, Joseph Kopser released the following statement.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

June 13, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Announces "Walk the Lines to End Gerrymandering" Initiative

Today, Justin Nelson––the Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General––is launching a statewide initiative to end the rigged system of gerrymandered districts in Texas. Called “Walk the Lines to End Gerrymandering,” the Nelson campaign will highlight how gerrymandering corrupts democracy and the ridiculous boundaries of our current congressional districts.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

June 4, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Statement on Managed Care Treatment Failures

“The investigative reporting of Texas Health Commission’s Medicaid managed care shows why we need an independent Texas Attorney General who will crack down on managed care companies that put profits over patient care. These companies are refusing to pay for treatments that doctors say are necessary.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

June 12, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson to Speak at South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association

Candidate for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson will visit McAllen tomorrow to meet with voters and to discuss his campaign values with the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

June 15, 2018

Kim Olson Campaign: Olson, Democratic Nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Condemns New Tariffs

Kim Olson, Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, has issued a statement in opposition to the new tariffs announced June 15, 2018. According to her campaign, farmers in Texas and throughout the United States are now in the crosshairs, as what initially was dismissed as a war of words is now on track to become a real trade war.

From Kim Olson Campaign

June 6, 2018

Kim Olson Campaign: WomenWin Conference to Support Record Number of Women Running for Office in Texas

Kim Olson, Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, has announced that she and Joi Chevalier, Democratic nominee for Comptroller, are hosting the inaugural WomenWin Conference in Fort Worth, June 9-10, 2018.

From Kim Olson Campaign

June 11, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Fletcher Statement on Congress' Most Recent Attack on Americans' Health Care

In less than 24 hours Congressman Culberson voted to slash Medicare and CHIP funding, and President Trump’s administration announced it would no longer defend the right of people living with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

May 31, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Files Suit Against the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce & Trump Administration Officials

Today, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and other plaintiffs, represented by MALDEF, filed suit against the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S Department of Commerce, Secretary Wilber S. Ross, and Director Jarmin for failure to adequately prepare for and uphold their constitutional responsibility to conduct a full and accurate national count.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

May 31, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier to Patrick: Get to Work and Quit Slow-Playing School Safety

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to Dan Patrick’s Proposal to form a select committee to study school violence. According to Collier, this is clearly a ploy by the Lt. Governor to do nothing. Sending Texas school children back to campus without a plan, including funding and reformed gun policy, is equal to doing nothing at all, leaving our kids in danger.

From Mike Collier Campaign

June 7, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Endorses Erin Holguin for CD-27 Special Election

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier is proud to endorse Eric Holguin for the Special Election for United States Congressman in District 27.

From Mike Collier Campaign

June 15, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Patrick Peddles Nonsense at Convention Speech

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to Dan Patrick’s GOP Convention speech in San Antonio this afternoon. In a speech lasting more than 30 minutes, heralding the start of his reelection bid, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick offered not one single solution to any of the genuine problems we face as a state.

From Mike Collier Campaign

June 7, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Reacts to 'Pain and Profit'

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to the investigative series, “Pain and Profit” written by J. David McSwane and Andrew Chavez of the Dallas Morning News.

From Mike Collier Campaign

June 8, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Pledges to Protect Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions

TODAY, The United States Justice Department said yesterday that it will not defend federal protections for Americans with preexisting conditions, under attack in a lawsuit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

From Mike Collier Campaign

June 12, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Unveils Healthcare Proposals

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier unveiled his plan to increase access to healthcare, protect Texans with pre-existing conditions, keep hospitals open, and halt the exploding cost of insurance for Texans.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 24, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Demands Governor Abbott Act Now

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to the 22 points and ideas Governor Greg Abbott presented following the conclusion of his roundtable discussions in Austin to stop school shootings.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 30, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Governor Abbott Acknowledges that the Texas Legislature Does Not Yet Support His School Safety Plan

TODAY, Today Governor Abbott released his recommendations to improve safety in our schools. At his press conference, the Governor acknowledged that his plan is not yet supported by the Texas Legislature. Only when a consensus is reached does it make sense to call a special session, according to the Governor.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 18, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Calls for Action by Governor and State Legislature to Act Immediately to End School Violence

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier demands Gov. Greg Abbott act immediately to end school violence in Texas. A joint press conference with members of the American Federation of teachers will be held this afternoon in downtown Houston (details to come).

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 23, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Congratulates Valdez for Winning Democratic Runoff for Governor of Texas

TODAY, Democrat Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier congratulates Sheriff Lupe Valdez for winning the the Democratic Runoff for Governor of Texas. Per Collier: “Congratulations to Lupe Valdez for winning the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas. I look forward to working with Sheriff Valdez to help make a better state for ALL Texans.”

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 22, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Responds to Patrick Comments

TODAY, Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor Mike Collier issues the following response to Dan Patrick’s comments over the weekend regarding gun violence in schools. In addition, Collier proposes a crisis response plan (“Save our Students”) and timetable geared toward making our schools as safe as we can make them before they return to school in the fall.

From Mike Collier Campaign

May 24, 2018

New Politics: Endorses James Talarico For State Rep In Texas House District 52

New Politics, the national organization that recruits and supports national service leaders and military veterans for elected office, today endorsed James Talarico in his campaign for state representative in Texas House District 52.

From New Politics

June 12, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Named Best in the Nation

Attorney General Ken Paxton today congratulated the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of his office after it received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s award of excellence in fighting fraud, waste and abuse.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 21, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Reminds Texans of May 31 Deadline to Claim Western Union Refunds

Attorney General Ken Paxton today reminded Texans of the May 31 deadline to submit claims in a $586 million settlement with Western Union affecting consumers who were deceived into sending payments to scam artists using the company’s wire transfer service. As many as 39,000 Texans are eligible for refunds.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 18, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement on Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued this statement following the shooting at Santa Fe High School this morning: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”

From Office of the Attorney General

May 24, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends Trump Administration Proposal to Allow Health Providers to Follow Conscience in Federal Title X

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a Trump administration proposal to continue updating Title X regulations by allowing family planning services that receive Title X funding to eliminate abortion counseling and referrals from their services.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 1, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Preserves Academic Records for Texans Who Attended ITT Technical Institute

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texans who attended now defunct ITT Technical Institute will be able to obtain their academic records, thanks to a settlement approved today in the long-running Chapter 7 bankruptcy case of the Indiana-based for-profit education company.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 30, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Continues Investigation of Illegal Voting Scheme Tied to City of Edinburg's 2017 Election

Attorney General Ken Paxton today said his office continues to investigate allegations of voter fraud stemming from last year’s Edinburg municipal election. Late last week, investigators from the attorney general’s voter fraud unit, with assistance from the Texas Rangers, arrested four people in Hidalgo County for voter fraud.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 30, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Reaches $15.2 Million in Settlements with Fraudulent Medicaid Providers

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced $15.2 million in combined Medicaid fraud settlements with a group of Dallas-Fort Worth area Medicaid rehabilitation therapy providers. Six individuals and four companies agreed to settle claims they violated the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 4, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Urges 5th Circuit to Uphold Texas' Decision to Defund Planned Parenthood

Lawyers from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to overturn last year’s district court decision ordering Texas to provide taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 4, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: SCOTUS Agrees with Texas-led Coalition on Landmark Religious Liberty Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court after it ruled in favor of a Colorado cake artist’s constitutionally-protected right to religious liberty. Leading a 20-state coalition, Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief with the high court last September in support of cake artist Jack Phillips’s First Amendment freedom to run his business consistent with his faith.

From Office of the Attorney General

June 4, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Applauds SCOTUS Decision Protecting the Unborn

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised a decision by the United States Supreme Court to vacate the D.C. Circuit’s en banc decision that the government must comply with an unlawfully-present minor alien’s request for an abortion in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 25, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks 5th Circuit for Emergency Stay of Lower Court's Voter Registration Ruling

Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to stay a lower court’s decision ordering Texas to take costly steps to alter its voter registration procedures under extremely tight deadlines.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 21, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Praises Trump Administration Proposal to Protect Life in the Federal Title X Family Planning Grant Program

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a Trump administration proposal that would protect the lives of the unborn and the conscience rights of taxpayers by withholding federal Title X family planning funding from clinics that provide abortion services or referrals for abortions.

From Office of the Attorney General

May 18, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement following today's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas: "We are mourning the victims of the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe. We are heartbroken and outraged by this loss. Gov. Greg Abbott and I are committed to using every resource we have to respond today and protect our students going forward.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

June 14, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement on Lawsuit Filed to Fight Texas' Abortion Restrictions

Today, The Lawyering Project, an advocacy organization dedicated to improved reproductive health care access, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Texas’ abortion funders and reproductive justice organizations to fight against our state’s onerous abortion restrictions.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 23, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement on Lupe Valdez Win

Tonight, Texas Democrat Lupe Valdez won the gubernatorial primary runoff against Andrew White. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes endorsed Lupe Valdez for governor as the strongest candidate in the race for reproductive rights.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 23, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Statement on Sheryl Cole Win

Sheryl Cole won the Democratic primary runoff tonight for House District 46. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes endorsed Sheryl Cole for state representative because of her unwavering commitment to reproductive rights.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

May 31, 2018

Plug-In Texas: Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Consumer Incentives Available for Alternative-Fueled Light Duty Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced on May 30, 2018 it is accepting grant applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan’s (TERP) Light Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive program.

From Plug-In Texas

June 5, 2018

Public Interest Legal Foundation: Harris County: Revealing Noncitizen Voter Records Harms 'Public Interest'

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reacted to Harris County, Texas’ latest court filing arguing that noncitizen voter records should not be disclosed to the public. “Harris County is fully committed to concealing the extent of noncitizen registration and voting,” PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell said.

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

June 13, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Sitton Partners with Radio Show to Produce 'The Energy Minute'

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton recently partnered with "In the Oil Patch," a radio show produced by Shale Magazine, to produce daily one-minute energy updates with everything Texans need to know about energy prices, current events impacting markets and more.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

May 24, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners' May 22 Conference

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $698,679 in fines involving 232 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 1, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Urges Readiness As 2018 Hurricane Season Kicks Off

The Railroad Commission is reminding regulated industries under its jurisdiction that June 1 marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season and to review or update emergency preparedness and response plans.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

June 14, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Babin & Leader Across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi Introduce I-14 Legislation

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, today introduced the I-14 Expansion and Improvement Act of 2018, legislation to extend the future I-14 interstate highway to additional areas in Texas and across the southern United States.

From Representative Brian Babin

May 23, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances Water Resources Development Act

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced key priorities offered by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) during today’s consideration and passage of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA).

From Representative Brian Babin

May 18, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Latest Deadly School Shooting Must Result In Legislative Action

Today, a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that eight to ten people have been killed and that most of the victims are students. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is a leader on gun safety in the Texas House of Representatives and has two children who attend local public schools.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

June 6, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on TEA Proposed Rules for Exemption of Harvey-Affected School Districts

Today, June 6, 2018, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement: "I was very surprised at TEA Commissioner Mike Morath's announcement today. I had a stern conversation with him about Harvey waivers and was scheduled to talk with Commissioner Morath again next Wednesday afternoon about this very issue.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

June 1, 2018

Representative Gina Hinojosa: Statement on Governor Abbott's School and Firearm Safety Action Plan

Yesterday, 13 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 people, and nearly seven months after 26 people were shot dead at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Governor Abbott issued a 43 page School and Firearm Safety Action Plan (“The Governor’s Plan”) informed by three "roundtable" discussions held last week with invited participants.

From Representative Gina Hinojosa

May 18, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Announces $50 Million in Appropriations Bill for Hispanic Education

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $50 million dollars in the U.S. House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill for colleges and universities that serve Hispanic student populations, as well as language to promote Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to partner with federal agencies.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 1, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on President Trump's Trade Tariffs: 'Slapping Tariffs on our Friends is Bad Business'

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Mexico, and Canada: “The President’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on key trading partners will harm relations with our closest trading partners, create market inefficiencies, and raise the prices of consumer products.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 14, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Helps Secure $148 Million Supporting Small Businesses and Alleviating Regulations on Small Financial Institutions

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) helped secure $148 million in the U.S. House of Representative’s fiscal year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, supporting small businesses and alleviating regulations on small financial institutions.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

June 14, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Immigrant Family Separation

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released a statement today addressing the separation of migrant families while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody: “I remain concerned about the separation of migrant families while in CBP custody. I want to ensure that CBP adheres to policies that maintain family unity to the greatest extent possible, absent a legal requirement or a safety concern.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 22, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Proposes Amendment Opposing Funding for Border Wall

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) introduced an amendment during the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Committee markup for fiscal year 2019 that would prohibit Department of Justice funds from being misdirected towards litigation and other costs associated with the use of eminent domain in the construction of a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

May 23, 2018

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement on Santa Fe Shooting & Commitment to Legislative Action

“In the wake of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, we must continue to pray for peace and comfort for the victims, their families and loved ones, educators, law enforcement and all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy.

From Representative Jeff Leach

May 24, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on North Korea

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President Trump announced there would be no summit with North Korea next month.

From Representative Michael McCaul

June 6, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: STAR Act Signed Into Law

U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) along with Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today announced that their bipartisan bill, the Childhood Cancer STAR (Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research) Act, was signed into law by President Trump last night.

From Representative Michael McCaul

June 8, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Orders Army Corps to Expedite Flood Mitigation Studies

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), along with Congressman John Culberson (TX-07), offered an amendment to the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of flood and storm damage reduction studies to reduce the risk of damage from future floods and hurricanes in the Houston and Coastal Texas areas.

From Representative Michael McCaul

June 12, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on North Korea Summit

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement following the summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

From Representative Michael McCaul

June 7, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Statement on WRDA 2018 House Passage

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. The authorization of improvements to our water resource infrastructure ensures these various structures are given the attention and maintenance needed to operate properly and efficiently.

From Representative Randy Weber

May 24, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Applauds POTUS Pardon of Jack Johnson

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, President Donald Trump granted a full, posthumous pardon to heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. Following the pardon, Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) released the following statement:

From Representative Randy Weber

May 23, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Introduces Coastal Texas Protection Act

On Monday, May 21, 2018, Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) introduced the Coastal Texas Protection Act. The bill enjoys widespread, bipartisan support throughout the Texas delegation, with 20 original co-sponsors.

From Representative Randy Weber

June 13, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: To Honor Augie Garrido at Congressional Baseball Game

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin), manager of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, will honor former University of Texas Coach Augie Garrido at tomorrow’s 2018 game.

From Representative Roger Williams

May 18, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Announces New Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Hood

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Friday after the United States Army announced that it will activate additional Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) at Fort Hood:

From Representative Roger Williams

May 24, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Votes to Ensure Military Readiness

Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19):

From Representative Roger Williams

May 31, 2018

Representative Ron Simmons: Commends School Safety Plan Presented by Governor Abbott

Representative Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) commended Governor Greg Abbott’s multi-faceted “School and Firearm Safety Action Plan” proposal laid out yesterday to reduce gun violence in schools following the tragic mass shooting at Santa Fe High School earlier this month.

From Representative Ron Simmons

May 23, 2018

Representative Tomas Uresti: Texas Needs Special Session on School Safety

After the death of 10 students and teachers at Santa Fe High School, Representative Uresti has asked Governor Abbott to convene a Special Session to address school safety and gun violence. During the 85th Legislative Session, Rep. Uresti authored HB 2712, which would have created a program to aid law enforcement efforts to take guns off the street.

From Representative Tomas Uresti

May 24, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Strengthens National Security through National Defense Authorization Act

Today U.S. Representative Will Hurd supported the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for our military and national defense. The NDAA passed the House this morning with overwhelmingly bipartisan support and ensures we are prepared to face modern threats by:

From Representative Will Hurd

May 22, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Stands by Border Patrol Agents

Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the overtime payment process for our Customs and Border Patrol agents. H.R. 5896, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendment Act of 2018, was introduced with Border and Maritime Subcommittee Chair Martha McSally (AZ-02) and Ranking Member Filemón Vela (TX-34) to streamline and amend the overtime payment process to allow these hardworking men and women the flexibility to be properly compensated for the dangerous jobs they perform.

From Representative Will Hurd

May 21, 2018

Roland Gutierrez Campaign: Endorsement List Surpasses 100

Today Chairman Roland Gutierrez (@RolandForTexas) announced that his endorsement list in his bid for the 19th Senatorial District of Texas had passed 100 individuals and organizations.

From Roland Gutierrez Campaign

May 21, 2018

Ron Wright Campaign: Jake Ellzey: Won't Join the Freedom Caucus, Debates Himself on Immigration

Despite record levels of debt and Congress’ deep unpopularity with the American people, Jake Ellzey can’t decide if he would join the Congressional Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives dedicated to securing the border, reforming our tax code, and getting Washington’s spending habits under control.

From Ron Wright Campaign

May 22, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Jobs Fair Fills 300 Jobs in Minority Communities

Senator Borris L. Miles successfully hosted a Job Fair at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, bringing together nearly 60 employers, more than 400 job seekers and filling more than 300 positions. "Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas created more than 300,000 jobs over the past year," said Senator Borris L. Miles.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 18, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

"Enough is enough. It is obvious 'thoughts and prayers' aren't producing the change we need to keep our kids safe. Earlier today, Governor Abbott said he would host 'roundtable meetings' to discuss gun violence. We have been talking about gun violence and common sense gun legislation for years.

From Senator Borris Miles

May 29, 2018

Senator Charles Schwertner: Longtime COS Leaving for Private Sector

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) announced that his longtime Chief of Staff, Tom Holloway, would be leaving to pursue new opportunities in the private sector. Holloway has served as Schwertner’s Chief of Staff since January 2011, when the now-senate chairman was first sworn in as a freshman member of the Texas House of Representatives.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

June 12, 2018

Senator Charles Schwertner: Names Drew Graham as Chief of Staff

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) announced the promotion of Drew Graham to serve as his next Chief of Staff, effective July 1. Graham has served as a policy advisor to Senator Schwertner since 2015, most recently as the Deputy Director of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

From Senator Charles Schwertner

May 30, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Stands in Support of Governor Abbott's School Safety Plan

"I am proud to stand with Governor Abbott to ensure the safety and well-being of Texas children in our schools. Many valuable proposals came out of the Governor's talks with victims, families, mental health professionals, and law enforcement, and I am committed to help pass and fund as many of these legislative solutions as possible.

From Senator Donna Campbell

June 4, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Victory for Religious Liberty

"Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for religious liberty and strengthens one of the founding principles on which this nation was built. I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court for affirming the right to express ourselves free from government interference and conduct our businesses in accordance with sincerely held religious beliefs."

From Senator Donna Campbell

May 25, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Highlights Accomplishments for Texans in 115th Congress

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke this week about Congress’s record of accomplishments under Republican control and highlighted economic gains for Texans, regulatory relief for small businesses, and the confirmation of new judges in particular.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 1, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: As Hurricane Season Begins, Cornyn Launches Preparedness Site

At the start of hurricane season, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) launched a page on his website where Texans will be able to access resources and information associated with hurricane preparedness and disaster aid.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 24, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Committee Vote on Texas Fifth Circuit, District Court Nominees

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Andy Oldham to fill a vacancy in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Michael Truncale to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and Alan Albright to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

May 24, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Praises Senate Passage of Key Veterans' Bill Ahead of Memorial Day

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the passage of the VA MISSION Act and upcoming consideration of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 18, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Visits Santa Fe, Texas Following School Shooting

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) traveled to Santa Fe, Texas after the horrific shooting this morning at Santa Fe High School. Senator Cornyn was briefed by law enforcement and local officials on the investigation, including representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Education Association.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 14, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on DOJ IG Report

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today made the following statement after the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2016 Clinton email investigation was released:

From Senator John Cornyn

May 21, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Addresses Santa Fe Shooting on Senate Floor

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) mourned the loss of life from the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas and highlighted stories of heroism and bravery during the tragedy.

From Senator John Cornyn

May 23, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Praises House Passage of Prison Reform Bill

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement today after the FIRST STEP Act, a prison reform bill aimed at reducing recidivism rates and rehabilitating low-risk offenders, passed the U.S. House of Representatives: “The House took an important step today toward ensuring people who leave prison don’t end up right back there,” Sen. Cornyn said.

From Senator John Cornyn

June 15, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on the Trump Administration's Decision to Set Up a "Tent City" in Tornillo

State Sen. José Rodríguez's issued the following statement on the Trump administration's decision to set up a "tent city" in Tornillo to house children forcibly separated from their asylum-seeking parents:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

June 14, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on the "People's Lawsuit"

State Sen. José Rodríguez's issued the following statement on the lawsuit challenging a host of long-standing and burdensome Texas laws that restrict access to abortion care, which was filed in federal court by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Dr. Bhavik Kumar:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

May 24, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces Progress For The Reconstruction Of The US 83/US 281Interchange Project

Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) approved an agenda item authorizing the first step in the procurement process for the full reconstruction of the US 83/US 281 Interchange (Pharr Interchange) project. By authorizing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), TxDOT will now be accepting proposals from entities to enter into a design-build contract to reconstruct the Pharr Interchange.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

June 13, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Says Integrity of the Texas Voter Roll is at Risk

Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is speaking out against Harris County Tax Assessor Ann Harris Bennett's (D-Houston) claim, as stated in the Washington Times, that she is "…under no obligation to remove non-citizens from her voter rolls…". This is part of a legal challenge brought by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) which asked to review the records of people who registered to vote in Harris County and then later self-identified that they were not American citizens.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

June 13, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Questions Witnesses at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Federal Judiciary's Response to Allegations of Sexual Harassment

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, participated in a hearing today titled, ‘Confronting Sexual Harassment and Other Workplace Misconduct in the Federal Judiciary.’

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 13, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Addresses Austin Chamber of Commerce and RGV Partnership

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed members of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the RGV Partnership, where he discussed the victories achieved for hard-working Texans in the last year and his priorities for 2018.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 25, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Gov. Abbott, Local Law Enforcement Officials, and Community Members on School Safety

Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) participated in a roundtable discussion with Gov. Greg Abbott, local law enforcement officials, and the victims and survivors of the Santa Fe High School, Alpine High School, and Sutherland Springs church shootings on the topic of school safety.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 25, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: We Must Always Cherish the Dearly Won Gift of Liberty

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in honor of Memorial Day: “This weekend, Americans pause to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Today, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop’s owner, Jack Phillips, reasoning that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated his constitutional rights by acting with hostility to his religious faith.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 18, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Shooting at Santa Fe High School

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today released the following statement in response to the tragic school shooting at Santa Fe High School: “Once again, our Nation grieves another mass murder. Heidi and I are keeping the students and faculty of Santa Fe High School in our fervent prayers.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 24, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Joins Bipartisan Effort to Combat Sexual Harassment and Hold Abusers in Congress Accountable

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement praising the bipartisan deal to combat sexual harassment in Congress, of which he is a cosponsor. “Sexual harassment is wrong. It should never be tolerated.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 29, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Discusses School Safety Roundtable and NAFTA Renegotiation on NBC 5's 'Lone Star Politics'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday appeared on NBC 5’s ‘Lone Star Politics’ with NBC’s Julie Fine and Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers. There, they discussed the solutions proposed at the school safety roundtable in Austin, and his priorities for NAFTA renegotiation.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 31, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Department of Education's Initial Recovery Support Funding to Santa Fe Through Project SERV

Following the horrific school shooting at Santa Fe High School, today the Department of Education announced $1 million in federal funds for the Santa Fe Independent School District through a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) grant.

From Senator Ted Cruz

May 31, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'In the Face of Unspeakable Evil, the Santa Fe Community Is Standing Strong'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined President Trump in his meeting with families and students of Santa Fe High School. “It was an honor to join President Trump to visit with the families, students, and faculty of Santa Fe High School today,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 7, 2018

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Statement on Committee Passage of Barker, Kernodle Judicial Nominations for Tyler

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Cam Barker and Jeremy Kernodle to fill judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler:

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 7, 2018

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Senate Passes Bill to Rename Laredo Courthouse after Judge Kazen

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after their bill to rename the Laredo Federal Building and United States Courthouse the “George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse” passed the Senate:

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 5, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'By Working Through August, We Will Continue to Fight for More Policy Achievements and to Deliver for the American People Who Elected Us'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement to extend scheduled working days for the U.S. Senate, eliminating August recess: “I am pleased that Majority Leader McConnell acted upon our request to work through August recess,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 5, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Praise Senate Confirmation of Federal Judge for Brownsville

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after the Senate confirmed Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. to fill a vacancy at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Brownsville Division: “I am thrilled the Senate has overwhelmingly voted to confirm Fernando Rodriguez, Jr.,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

June 14, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Files Amendments to John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act of 2019

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filed seven amendments to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, to strengthen Texas’ military and space competitiveness and address national security threats abroad.

From Senator Ted Cruz:

May 30, 2018

Speaker Joe Straus: Directs House To Begin Work On Improving School Safety

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday instructed a House committee to study a potential "red flag" law that would spell out a legal process for family members and law enforcement wanting to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would harm themselves or others. The interim charge was the first that Speaker Straus plans to issue in order to prevent future school shootings and improve the safety of campuses across Texas.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 18, 2018

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement On The Tragedy At Santa Fe High School

"Julie and I extend our deepest condolences to the Santa Fe families who were impacted by this tragedy. The events today at Santa Fe High School represent the worst nightmare of every parent and educator, and it is my hope that the safety of our school campuses will be a top priority when the Texas Legislature convenes in 2019. Elected leaders should take significant, concrete action to prevent school shootings. Just talking about school safety is not enough."

From Speaker Joe Straus

June 1, 2018

Speaker Joe Straus: Issues New Committee Charges Related to School Safety

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus further instructed House committees Friday to study several issues related to school security and firearm safety. The new committee charges continue the Texas House's response to the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School last month.

From Speaker Joe Straus

May 23, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Runoff Voters Sought Better Priorities for Texas

Texas voters spoke clearly and in bipartisan fashion for progress in Tuesday's runoff elections, endorsing an agenda in which public education and the larger concerns of working people take priority over wedge issues, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said today.

From Texas AFL-CIO

May 23, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Congratulates Lupe Valdez on Winning Nomination for Texas Governor

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement congratulating Lupe Valdez, the COPE-backed candidate, on winning the Democratic nomination for Governor: "Lupe Valdez believes in her heart in economic progress for all Texans.

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

June 13, 2018

Texas Alliance for Life PAC: Endorses Cindy Asche for Election to Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas

Texas Alliance for Life PAC announces its endorsement of Cindy Asche for election to Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Some 10,000 delegates and alternate delegates are expected to attend the Republican State Convention in San Antonio on Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 16. The vote for state party chairman will take place on Friday. The chairman has a two-year term.

From Texas Alliance for Life PAC

May 23, 2018

Texas Association of Business PAC: Joint Statement from TXBIZ PAC and TXBIZ FEDPAC Chairmen, Brett Graham and Gary Gibson

“Following tonight’s election results, TXBIZ PAC and TXBIZ FEDPAC is proud to announce our success in the runoffs for candidates endorsed by the committees.

From Texas Association of Business PAC

June 12, 2018

Texas Cable Association: TCA Board Elects 2018-2019 Executive Officers

Members of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) Board of Directors have elected the 2018-2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors for one-year terms. TCA has been the primary trade organization for cable operators in Texas since 1960.

From Texas Cable Association

June 15, 2018

Texas Charter Schools Association: Texas SBOE Authorizes Four New Generation 23 Charters to Open in 2019

The Texas State Board of Education Friday authorized four new charter schools as Generation 23 Charters. The schools will begin operations in August 2019. These schools began a rigorous authorization process in September 2017 and successfully completed both an external application review as well as extensive interviews by Texas Education Agency staff and members of the State Board of Education before being recommended for a charter by Commissioner Mike Morath in May 2018.

From Texas Charter Schools Association

June 14, 2018

Texas Charter Schools Association: Names Starlee Coleman as new Chief Executive Officer

The Texas Charter Schools Association this week announced the hiring of Starlee Coleman as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Prior to coming to TCSA, Coleman founded SchoolForward LLC, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. that advances education reform policy objectives.

From Texas Charter Schools Association

June 6, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Begins Operation of Texas Bullion Depository

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today the official opening of the Texas Bullion Depository, the first state-administered precious metals depository in the country. “We’re proud that the nation’s first state-administered bullion depository is now a reality — this is a big day for Texans who want to secure their precious metal assets,” said Hegar, who became the depository’s first customer.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

June 8, 2018

TDP: Texas Democrats Call on Texas Rangers to Investigate Joan Huffman

“A former sergeant with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has sued the agency, arguing that he was improperly fired last year after reporting that state Sen. Joan Huffman, a prominent Houston lawmaker, used her influence to halt investigations into a bar she and her husband partly owned.” [Austin American Statesman, June 8, 2018]

From Texas Democratic Party

June 8, 2018

Texas Department of Safety: Launches iWatchTexas Mobile App

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the launch of the new iWatchTexas mobile application (app), which the public can use to report suspicious activities or behaviors that may indicate ongoing or future criminal or terrorist activity.

From Texas Department of Safety

June 6, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Announces Hurricane Harvey Waiver Criteria For State Accountability

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that campuses, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools directly affected by Hurricane Harvey will be eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, if they meet a specific criterion.

From Texas Education Agency

May 24, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Announces Response to Online Testing Issues

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced three specific actions in response to online testing issues that occurred during the April and May administrations of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR®).

From Texas Education Agency

May 18, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement on House Failure to Pass 2018 Farm Bill

We are extremely disappointed in the farm bill vote today. The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, which only hurts all Americans.

From Texas Farm Bureau

June 5, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Urges Farm Bill Passage

The president of the state's largest farm and ranch organization said today the organization is "extremely disappointed" that HR 2, the U.S. House of Representative's legislation authorizing a new five-year farm bill, has so far failed to be approved.

From Texas Farm Bureau

May 23, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND: Successful in Primary Runoff

Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc. had a successful night in the primary runoff elections. "We need elected officials who bring accountability and an understanding of agriculture to our state and national government," Russell Boening, president of TFB and AGFUND, said.

From Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND

June 4, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: Supreme Court's Ruling In Colorado Cakeshop Case Does Not Grant A Right To Use Religion To Discriminate

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: “Let’s be clear that this very narrow ruling does not say the Constitution gives businesses a right to use religion as a license to discriminate or an excuse to refuse to obey laws that apply to everyone else.

From Texas Freedom Network

June 1, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Let's Work Together to Help Texans Prepare for Hurricane Season

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush sent a letter to and held a conference call with elected officials in Texas' communities with information to help constituents be prepared for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

From Texas General Land Office

May 30, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces $40.2 Million in Available Funding for Texas Communities Affected by 2016 Flooding Events

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced it is launching an application process for $40.2 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds is to be awarded to non-most impacted counties affected by the 2016 flooding events.

From Texas General Land Office

May 21, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Encourages Texans to Attend 2018 Memorial Day Ceremonies at Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

Land Commissioner and Veterans Land Board Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans across the state to commemorate Memorial Day at one of the four Texas State Veterans Cemeteries statewide. Volunteers are also needed to lay flags at the each of the headstones prior to the services.

From Texas General Land Office

May 31, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Releases Proactive Internal Audit for Modernizing Alamo Financial Oversight

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of a proactive internal audit of the Alamo's accounting and financial management - the first of its kind in Alamo history - undertaken by the Texas General Land Office to modernize and reinforce oversight and accountability.

From Texas General Land Office

June 6, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Awards $35.4 Million in Funds for Flood Buyouts in Harris County

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the awarding of $35.4 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for Harris County to initiate a buyout program for repeatedly flooded homes in Harris County.

From Texas General Land Office

June 6, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Awards $6.5 Million in Funds to Rebuild Rental Housing in Rockport Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced $6.5 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help replace damaged and destroyed apartment complexes in Rockport, one of the coastal cities hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

June 15, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Commissioner George P. Bush Commemorates "Topping Off" of VLB's Newest Texas State Veterans Home Currently Under Construction

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the most recent milestone in the construction of the ninth Texas State Veterans Home, operated by the Veterans Land Board (VLB), a division of the Texas General Land Office (GLO).

From Texas General Land Office

May 31, 2018

Texas Medicaid Works: Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Texans Support a Sustainable Texas Medicaid Program

Texas Medicaid Works, an advocacy and educational coalition, today released new findings from a statewide Medicaid poll of Texas voters indicating Texans overwhelmingly support having a strong, sustainable Medicaid program in Texas.

From Texas Medicaid Works

May 18, 2018

Texas PTA: Responds to School Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

One more time our country is plagued by a school shooting resulting in multiple casualties and injuries. Instead of celebrating our students and the end to another successful school year, Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas, is grieving the loss of life on its campus and grappling with the devastation to its community.

From Texas PTA

May 31, 2018

Texas State University: Texas School Safety Center to Contribute to Gov. Abbott's Action Plan

Texas Governor Greg Abbott unveiled his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan on May 30, placing special emphasis on training for school personnel by the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University.

From Texas State University

June 7, 2018

Texas Values: Parents to Austin ISD: "We Don't Trust You"

Last night parents in Austin Independent School District (Austin ISD or AISD) spoke out strongly against the local government Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) for approving a dangerous sex education program for K-8.

From Texas Values

June 4, 2018

Texas Values: Cake Baker Supreme Court Victory! Religious Freedom Clause Key To Historic Win

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision, holding 7-2 that the Colorado government violated the constitutional rights (Free Exercise Clause) of private business owner and cake baker Jack Phillips.

From Texas Values

May 18, 2018

Texas Values Action: Endorsements in 2018 Texas Primary Run-off Election Announced

Interest in faith and family issues has continued to increase during the 2018 election cycle, and Texas Values Action remains on the front-lines for the May 22nd state run-off election. Our staff is available for comment. Our mission: To help people make informed decisions when they go vote.

From Texas Values Action

May 23, 2018

Texas Values Action: Texas Primary Season Ends with Strong Gains for Faith and Family Candidates

Yesterday, Texans voted in the primary runoff election which closed a great overall primary season for pro-faith and family candidates across Texas. Not only do we have continued leadership from strong conservative statewide officials and a stronger Texas Senate, but also, with the victories throughout the primary season, the number of pro-family conservatives in the Texas House continues to grow.

From Texas Values Action

June 5, 2018

The University of Texas System: Rises To No. 3 For Most U.S. Patents Granted in 2017

When it comes to making life-changing discoveries, University of Texas institutions have been ranked among the best in the world. The University of Texas System is ranked No. 3 in the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2017, released today by the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association. That’s up five spots from the 2016 ranking, in which the UT System ranked No. 8.

From The University of Texas System

May 18, 2018

The University of Texas System: Regents Name Former UT Austin President as Interim Chancellor

The University of Texas System Board of Regents today named Larry R. Faulkner to become Chancellor ad interim of The University of Texas System. Faulkner received a unanimous vote of support and will begin his interim duties on June 1.

From The University of Texas System

June 5, 2018

Travis County Tax Office: Civic Duty 101: Record Number of Seniors Registered to Vote at Austin ISD Graduation Ceremonies

A record 392 graduating seniors registered to vote at the Frank Erwin Center last week before walking the stage to receive their diploma. The voter registration drive was a partnership with the Travis County Tax Office, Austin Independent School District (Austin ISD) and the League of Women Voters.

From Travis County Tax Office

May 21, 2018

Troxclair PC: Former Workers' Comp Commissioner Ryan Brannan Joing Troxclair PC

Today, Caleb Troxclair, Principal of Troxclair PC, a premier government affairs law firm in Austin, announced the addition of Ryan Brannan, former Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner and three-time gubernatorial appointee, to the firm.

From Troxclair PC

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