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August 11, 2020

Annie’s List: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Named As Vice Presidential Pick

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, releases the following statement by Royce Brooks, Executive Director, in response to Joe Biden's official announcement of his running mate.

From Annie’s List

August 11, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Selection Of Senator Kamala Harris As Our Vice Presidential Nominee

“Texas Democrats could not be more thrilled to hear that Senator Kamala Harris will be our next Vice President. Senator Harris is everything that exemplifies what is great about the Democratic Party: a policy wonk who fights for the people, a leader who is willing to speak truth and stand up to those who seek to do us harm, and a warrior for justice who has spent her entire life trying to do what’s right.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 11, 2020

Progress Texas: Supports Biden’s Historic Selection Of Kamala Harris As VP

Progress Texas releases the following statement in support of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. “Texas progressives can be excited about the historic nature of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

August 11, 2020

The University of Texas System: University Of Virginia Academic Leader Named Executive Vice Chancellor At The UT System

Chancellor James B. Milliken announced today that Archie L. Holmes Jr., Ph.D., vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Virginia, will be the next executive vice chancellor of academic affairs at The University of Texas System.

From The University of Texas System

August 11, 2020

Progress Texas: Governor COVID: Abbott Neglects Responsibility; Downplays Effect Of COVID-19 On Texans

– Progress Texas releases the following statement after Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on COVID-19 response. “Every step of the way, Gov. Abbott has neglected to take proactive action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect Texans’ lives,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

August 11, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Urges Secretary Perdue To Provide Greater Flexibility For Farmers And Ranchers During COVID-19

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the USDA to reevaluate losses for livestock and crops through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) from April 16, 2020 until June 30, 2020 and request that cow-calf and stocker operators be provided more than $33 per head for the cattle they have had to hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Representative Roger Williams

August 11, 2020

Harris County Precinct 2: No Learning Curve – Harris County Programs Aim To End Digital Divide

TODAY, Commissioners Court approved by a unanimous vote a pair of programs aiming to end the digital divide in Harris County. The $32 million combined programs will provide more than 120,000 mobile hot spots (with unlimited data plans) and more than 250,000 devices (such as IPads, laptops, and Chromebooks) for students to have no gap in their education during the pandemic and for the remainder of the school year.

From Harris County Precinct 2

August 11, 2020

TDP: State Of Texas Is “Hoarding” $8 Billion In Cares Act Funding

Yesterday, a bombshell report by the Quorum Report purports that Governor Abbott is sitting on $8 Billion in federal aid meant to help local communities respond to the disasters caused by Abbott and Trump mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 11, 2020

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: Sponsors Five Equal Justice Works Fellows In Public Interest Law Projects Across Texas

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), which provides grant funding for civil legal aid in Texas, today announced its sponsorship of five Fellows in the 2020 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship program, a national opportunity for law school graduates to launch their careers through public interest law projects of their own design.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

August 11, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Launches First TV Ad Highlighting Her San Antonio Roots, Air Force Service

Today, the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign launched the first TV ad in the race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, “My Story,” highlighting Jones’ San Antonio roots, Air Force service, and how her life story has shaped who she is today.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 11, 2020

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Of Texas: Texas Congressional Delegation Calls On Cornyn To Allow Senate To Consider H.R. 759

On Friday, Nineteen members of the Texas Congressional Delegation sent U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) a letter calling on him to allow H.R. 759, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act, to be heard by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

From Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Of Texas

August 10, 2020

TDP: Texas’ Coronavirus Cases Are Out Of Control Due To Trump And Abbott’s Failure To Lead

-- Texas is spiraling out of control because of Trump and Abbott’s failed leadership. The state reported 293 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of Texans to have died from the disease to just under 8,100.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 10, 2020

TDP: Texas Democrats, Vote Save America, And Volunteers Across The Country Contacted Over 2 Million Texans This Weekend

This weekend, in partnership with Vote Save America, the Texas Democratic Party broke our record for most voters contacted in one weekend, with an astounding 2,048,690 Texans contacted.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 10, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Public Library To Receive A $50K Federal Grant For Coronavirus Relief

The Austin Public Library will receive a $49,975 federal grant to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 10, 2020

Todd Hunter Campaign: Rep. Hunter To Host Symposium On Human Trafficking

State Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, in conjunction with Del Mar College, will host an online symposium August 18 on the crime of human trafficking and its impact on the Coastal Bend.

From Todd Hunter Campaign

August 10, 2020

TDP: Announces General Election Vote-By Mail Fund To Send 815,000 Vote-By-Mail Applications

Today, the Texas Democratic Party launched our general election Vote-by-Mail Fund to support the largest vote-by-mail program in our organization’s history.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 10, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Austin Community College To Receive A $262K Federal Grant For Higher Education

Austin Community College will receive a $261,888 federal grant to provide first-generation and low-income college students with financial assistance and academic support services to complete their postsecondary educations, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 10, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: 6 Of 7 Plano City Councilmembers Endorse And Support State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by six of seven Plano City Councilmembers: Councilmember Rick Grady, Councilmember Rick Smith, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Ricciardelli, Councilmember Maria Tu, Councilmember Lily Bao and Councilmember Shelby Williams.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

August 10, 2020

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Statement On Texas Parks And Wildlife Department Helicopter Crash

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following a helicopter crash in Brewster County, which killed three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees and one contract pilot:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

August 8, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Senate Finance Committee Files Interim Report

The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has filed its interim report, which analyzes and makes recommendations on several issues of key importance to the state.

From Senator Jane Nelson:

August 8, 2020

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute: Collaborative Care, Medication-Assisted Therapy Key To Preventing Thousands Of Deaths From COVID-Related Suicide And Overdose

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) in Texas and Steinberg Institute in California today issued a report by MMHPI’s epidemiologists and economists analyzing the potential of the collaborative care model (CoCM) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for reducing deaths from suicide and overdose.

From Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

August 8, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Census Bureau Rushes Process For Political Gains Risking Vital Resources Amid COVID-19

Today, the U.S Census Bureau announced that it will comply with President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum issued on July 21 to deliver apportionment data by December 31, 2020 and exclude undocumented individuals from the 2020 Census as it pertains to reapportionment.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 8, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: To Allow Limited Visitation At Nursing Facilities And Long-Term Care Facilities

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced limited visitation rules for nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. HHSC is also issuing enhanced emergency rules requiring additional actions by nursing facilities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

August 8, 2020

Representative Terry Meza: Electoral Reform

Today, on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, State Representative Terry Meza announces her Electoral Reform Initiative. As a 40-year member of the League of Women Voters, Rep. Meza understands the importance of having unhindered access to the polls.

From Representative Terry Meza

August 8, 2020

Protect and Serve PAC: National Police SuperPAC Launched For 2020 Election

Police Associations from many of America’s largest cities have joined together to help launch the Protect and Serve PAC, a federal SuperPAC. The mission of this PAC will be to engage in races where there is a clear distinction between candidates who embrace the disastrous policy of “defunding the police” and those who recognize the central role law enforcement plays in keeping our cities and neighborhoods safe.

From Protect and Serve PAC

August 8, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Central Texas To Receive $743K In Second Round Of Coronavirus Recovery Grants For Public Housing Authorities

Several Central Texas cities and counties were awarded a total of $742,582 in another round of federal grants to help public housing authorities recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 8, 2020

Texas Access to Justice Foundation: American Bar Association Appoints Executive Director Of Texas Access To Justice Foundation To Three New Positions

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), the leading funding source for civil legal services to the poor in Texas, today announced its executive director, Betty Balli Torres, has been appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) to three new positions within the organization.

From Texas Access to Justice Foundation

August 5, 2020

Katie Naranjo Campaign: Naranjo Elected Travis County Democratic Party Chair

Former precinct chair, Democratic club president, and political consultant Katie Naranjo was overwhelmingly elected with 63 percent of the vote by the Travis County Democratic Party precinct chairs to serve as the next TCDP Chair, filling the vacancy following the resignation of former Chair Dyana Limon-Mercado.

From Katie Naranjo Campaign

August 5, 2020

TDP: Texas Is First In Daily New COVID-19 Cases And Deaths, Has Surpassed New York In Overall COVID-19 Cases

Today, Texas is number one in the country for daily new coronavirus cases and new deaths, while overall cases have surpassed New York’s. Texas is now third in the country for overall cases.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 5, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Resolution Calls For Release Of North Texas Veteran Held In Russian Prison

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a resolution calling for the immediate release of Trevor Reed, a veteran of the U.S. Marines and student at the University of North Texas, from Russian prison. The resolution calls for release of all political prisoners, condemns politically motivated imprisonment in the Russian Federation, demands that the Russian government respect Trevor Reed’s human rights, and expresses support for the Reed family.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 5, 2020

Young Conservatives of Texas: Endorse Aaron Harris For TX-4

Today, the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) is proud to endorse Aaron Harris in the 2020 Republican Convention election for Congressional District 4. Harris has the ability to go to Washington and instantly be a stalwart on issues of grave importance to the future of America.

From Young Conservatives of Texas

August 5, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Amicus Brief Defending Women’s Health And Safety

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined ten other states in a friend-of-the-court brief requesting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stay a nationwide injunction suspending important health and safety requirements imposed by federal law for prescription of the abortifacient mifepristone.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 5, 2020

Representative Erin Zwiener: Requests Greater Flexibility For Breweries, Distilleries, And Wineries

On Tuesday, Representative Erin Zwiener requested greater flexibility for breweries, distilleries, and wineries from Governor Abbott and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). In June, Governor Abbott shut down these craft alcohol establishments and bars to control the outbreak of COVID-19 with limited exceptions.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

August 5, 2020

Texas Municipal League: Texas City Leaders Meet To Determine Legislative Priorities For 87th Texas Legislature

Leaders from cities across Texas gathered virtually this week to discuss legislative priorities for the 87th Texas Legislative Session. The Texas Municipal League (TML) Policy Summit met for two full days to discuss priorities for cities which included preserving the tools to meet the needs of Texas taxpayers, bridging the digital divide and increasing rural broadband connectivity, pay as you go financing options for critical infrastructure projects, and the importance of community advocacy before the legislature.

From Texas Municipal League

August 5, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What They’re Saying: Cornyn Relief Bill For Live Music Venues

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)’s Save Our Stages Act has earned praise across Texas for its provisions designed to make Small Business Administration grants available for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19 and provide six months of financial support to keep venues afloat and preserve a critical cultural and economic industry employing thousands of Texans.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 4, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has been endorsed for re-election by Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner. Sheriff Skinner, a nearly 30 year law enforcement veteran, former prosecutor, police officer and military veteran, is one of the most respected names and effective voices not only in Texas, but in the nationwide law enforcement community.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

August 4, 2020

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Former President Barack Obama Endorses State Representative Erin Zwiener For Reelection

State Representative Erin Zwiener’s (D-Driftwood) reelection campaign was endorsed today by Former President Barack Obama in his first wave of endorsements for the 2020 election. This endorsement speaks to Rep. Zwiener’s values as a Democratic lawmaker and her commitment to her constituents.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

August 4, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor, You Are Responsible

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: “The governor says he is not responsible for making decisions about reopening schools, and it is the local school board that is responsible. We couldn’t disagree more.

From Texas State Teachers Association

August 4, 2020

Representative Terry Meza: Public Safety

On the anniversary of the worst mass shooting of Hispanics in recent U.S. History, State Representative Terry Meza announced her Public Safety Initiative. As a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense candidate and Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed candidate, she supports common sense gun legislation.

From Representative Terry Meza

August 4, 2020

TDP: Statement On Abbott’s Newest Photo-Op Distraction

Today, after refusing to host a press conference for nearly three months, failed Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott held another photo-op in front of a warehouse full of crucial PPE while completely ignoring his dirty data, the explosion of COVID-19 cases in the past three months, and the rising death total in Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 4, 2020

Environment Texas: Great American Outdoors Act Being Signed Into Law Is A Historic Moment

President Trump today signed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems plaguing America’s public lands.

From Environment Texas

August 4, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Soaring Gun Sales Signal Trump Victory

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Chair of Trump Texas Victory, issued the following statement today: “More than 2.3 million guns were sold in June, a 145 percent increase from the prior year. The FBI reports they conducted 3.9 million background checks that same month. As violence across America erupts -- homicides are up 24 percent in the country’s fifty largest cities -- citizens are taking steps to protect themselves.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

August 4, 2020

TDP: Abbott’s Dirty Data Strikes For The Fourth Time: Thousands Of Texans Are Getting Rapid COVID Tests, But The State Isn’t Counting Them

Today a new bombshell report came out that disgraced Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has yet again been caught altering coronavirus data, this time refusing to count thousands of Texans that are getting rapid COVID-19 tests but aren’t counted in the state’s official numbers.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 3, 2020

Texas Home School Coalition: Public School Withdrawals Up To 15 Times Higher Than 2019 (And Rising)

In July 2020, Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) saw 15 times the number of public school families withdraw from public school through THSC’s website to homeschool compared to the number of families who did so in July 2019. THSC’s online withdrawal tool automatically generates a withdrawal letter that families can easily email to their schools to complete the withdrawal process and begin homeschooling.

From Texas Home School Coalition

August 3, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: El Paso Strong One Year After The Deadliest Attack On Latinos

Today marks one year since tragedy hit El Paso, Texas with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S history targeting the Latino community. On this day, we remember the twenty three lives that were brutally taken as a result of a hateful act of violence by a white supremasist who intentionally went to the binational, bicultural, and bilingual community of El Paso, Texas with the sole purpose of killing “Mexicans”and Spanish-speaking people at a local Walmart.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 3, 2020

Representative Cesar J. Blanco: Statement On Anniversary Of August 3rd El Paso Shooting

"It’s been one year today since our hearts broke as a racist domestic terrorist attacked El Paso, taking the lives of 23 innocent victims and injuring many others. In the face of this tragedy, El Paso showed the world the best of humanity as we found solace and strength in each other. A year later we are still healing as we remember and honor those we lost.

From Representative Cesar J. Blanco

August 3, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Anniversary Of August 3rd Tragedy

State Senator José Rodríguez has released the following statement on the first anniversary of the August 3rd El Paso mass shooting: On August 3, 2019, a young man filled with hate drove to El Paso, with a rapid-fire rifle in the trunk, to commit mass murder. He took 23 lives, and changed countless others.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 3, 2020

James Talarico Campaign: Rep. James Talarico Endorsed By President Barack Obama

Earlier this morning, former teacher and nonprofit leader, State Representative James Talarico was officially endorsed by President Barack Obama. In his endorsement, President Obama stated “I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats.”

From James Talarico Campaign

August 3, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement Marking One Year Since The El Paso Shooting

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), today issued a statement marking one year since the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso that killed 23 people and harmed many more: “On August 3rd last year, a deranged white supremacist and domestic terrorist committed an act of unspeakable evil that shook El Paso and left the nation weeping.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 3, 2020

TDP: Statement On The One Year Anniversary Of The El Paso Shooting

“One year ago today, tragedy struck our beloved El Paso community when a white supremacist terrorist armed with guns and ammunition stepped foot into a Wal-Mart and tragically ended 22 innocent lives.

From Texas Democratic Party

August 3, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Commemorates Anniversary Of El Paso Shooting

– Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District issued the following statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 31, 2020

Texas Medical Board: Statement Regarding COVID-19 Treatments

The Texas Medical Board is aware of sometimes conflicting information being published regarding COVID-19. In the past week there was a widely published claim of a "cure" for COVID-19. As we are all aware the medical community is still learning, researching and gaining understanding of the virus. While there are drugs and therapies being used to treat COVID-19, there is no definitive cure at this time.

From Texas Medical Board

July 31, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: State Must Prohibit School Openings Before Sept. 8

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: “With a pandemic still raging across Texas, the Texas State Teachers Association demands that the state prohibit any school district from beginning classes, in-person or remotely, before Sept. 8.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 31, 2020

TDP: Statement On Abbott Repeating His Mistake With Bars On Schools

“Greg Abbott’s reckless decision today to force the opening of schools will lead to more outbreaks and more deaths. Greg Abbott has learned nothing: he is repeating the exact same mistakes he made opening up bars too early. This isn’t a plan, it’s a death sentence.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 31, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Media Lacks Diverse Sources Of Political Analysis In 2020 Election Coverage

Progress Texas Institute is releasing an analysis of diversity in media sources over the course of the 2020 primary election season, specifically, in regards to the U.S. Senate race. Texas is one of the most diverse states in America, and when it comes to our politics we often hear about the growing communities of Asian, Black, and Latinx voters.

From Progress Texas

July 30, 2020

Representative Roger Williams: Statement On Independent Review Of Fort Hood

Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today issued the following statement after the Secretary of the Army announced the five civilian experts leading the independent review of Fort Hood: “I support the Secretary of the Army’s announcement of an independent review of the climate and culture at Fort Hood.

From Representative Roger Williams

July 30, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Issues Guidance On Postponed Elections

– Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued guidance stating that local officials cannot postpone local elections that were scheduled to be held on May 2, 2020 beyond November 3, 2020. This letter was addressed to Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. After moving its May 2, 2020 local election to November 3, 2020, as permitted by the governor’s proclamation, the Round Rock City Council is attempting to postpone the election—again—to May 2021.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 30, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Calls For Congressional Investigation Into The Illegal Detention Of Families In South Texas

Late last week, children and families seeking asylum were seen through the windows of the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel in McAllen, Texas calling out for help after being secretly and illegally detained without due process. The families were later moved to an unknown location according to news reports. This operation was enforced in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and contracted entities under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 30, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Herman Cain

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Herman Cain: “Our hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to Herman Cain. I was blessed to call him a friend. In his 74 years on earth, he lived the American dream to the fullest.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 30, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Plano Firefighters Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced he has received the endorsement and support of the Plano Firefighters Association. Representative Leach, a Plano native, is seeking his fifth term as State Representative for House District 67, which encompasses portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 30, 2020

TexPIRG: Tells Gov. Abbott It’s Time To Shut Down, Start Over And Do It Right

TexPIRG is calling on Governor Abbott to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as cases surge to concerning levels. More than 1,000 health professionals nationwide, including 43 from Texas, have now signed an open letter to America’s decision makers urging them to shut it down, start over, and do it right this time to contain COVID-19 and save lives.

From TexPIRG

July 30, 2020

Environment Texas: Appeals Court Again Deals Major Blow To Exxon’s Attempt To Avoid Responsibility For Record-Setting Clean Air Act Violations

In another stinging setback for ExxonMobil Corporation in a long-running environmental enforcement case, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected nearly every argument Exxon raised in its appeal of the $19.95 million penalty imposed by a federal trial court judge to punish the company for committing 16,386 days of violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plant.

From Environment Texas

July 30, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To Continued Attempt To Strip DACA

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they will ignore a ruling from the highest court of the United States. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program had been restored to its original implementation from 2012 following a federal court order and a United States Supreme Court ruling released earlier this summer, which found that the Department of Justice’s attempt to terminate DACA violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 30, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: EPA Report Recognizes Railroad Commission’s Underground Injection Control Program In Mitigating Environmental Risks

The Railroad Commission continues to make positive strides with its Underground Injection Control program, ensuring the protection of underground sources of drinking water and the control of seismic activity, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

July 30, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Texas HDC Education Working Group Responds To TEA Announcement That Local Health Authority Shutdowns Will Impact School Funding

Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency announced that, consistent with a nonbinding letter recently released by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a blanket order from a local health department closing schools does not constitute a legally issued closure order. Therefore, schools closed by a local health authority and solely providing remote instruction after the allocated transition window would not qualify for funding.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 30, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Releases State Action Plans For 2018 And 2019 Disaster Funding Allocations

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of two state action plans detailing the distribution and eligible uses of more than $285 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding in 2018 and 2019 in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Tropical Storm Imelda in Southeast Texas.

From Texas General Land Office

July 30, 2020

League of Women Voters of Texas: Reviews County Election Websites For Voter Safety Information: Improvements Needed To Ensure Voter Safety In November

The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its sixth survey of Texas county websites in July 2020. This review was narrow in scope, focusing the information counties are providing voters regarding the impact of COVID-19 on voting and elections. Thirty counties ranked "Outstanding" in this review. Reviews for each county are available here.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

July 30, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: Dr. Eliz Markowitz Endorsed By End Citizens United And Let America Vote

End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) announced today that Fight for Reform, their state level project, is endorsing Dr. Eliz Markowitz for Texas House District 28. This endorsement recognizes Dr. Markowitz’s leadership in the struggle to fix our broken political system.

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

July 30, 2020

Senate Hispanic Caucus: Chair, Senator Jose Menendez, Condemns Racist Rhetoric By Member Of The Texas Public Policy Foundation

Today, in response to the Texas Department of State Health Service’s COVID-19 pandemic data, Vance Ginn, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a racist statement. State Senator José Menéndez, Chairman of The Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus issued the following statement:

From Senate Hispanic Caucus

July 30, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Applauds AG Paxton’s Opinion Regarding School Openings

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to guidance issued by Attorney General Ken Paxton regarding the opening of both public and private schools across Texas:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 28, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Richardson Police Officers Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, Representative Jeff Leach (House District 67) announced another significant endorsement in his campaign for re-election with the backing of the Richardson Police Officers Association.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 28, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces Bill To Block Federal Funding For Governments Engaged In Religious Discrimination

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, today introduced the Safeguarding Americans from Coronavirus and Religious Exercise Discrimination (SACRED) Act, legislation that would block federal funding for COVID relief to state and local governments that discriminate against religious individuals or institutions, violating their First Amendment rights.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 28, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Lauds Attorney General Paxton’s Opinion Regarding The Opening Of Texas Schools

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) lauded the decision by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas) to make clear that local health departments do not have the authority to preemptively shut down Texas schools. Currently roughly 3.2 million of the 5.5 million students in Texas live in seventeen counties where local health departments have ordered schools to be preemptively closed.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 28, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: We Trust Health Experts, Not The Attorney General, When Children’s Lives Are At Stake

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement: Attorney General Ken Paxton has concluded that local health officials lack the authority to order school buildings closed as a precautionary safety measure to protect students, educators and local communities in the midst of a deadly pandemic that threatens to continue raging across Texas for weeks to come.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 28, 2020

Progress Texas: Report: Texas Media Coverage Lacks Diverse Sources Of Political Analysis In 2020 Election Coverage

Progress Texas Institute releases our latest media diversity report today focusing on coverage of the Texas U.S. Senate primary race.

From Progress Texas

July 28, 2020

Texas Faculty Association: Urges Delay In Reopening All Universities, Colleges To Sept. 8

The Texas Faculty Association today urged Gov. Greg Abbott to instruct the governing boards of all state-supported universities to delay opening campuses to in-person instruction, labs and other student activities until at least Sept. 8. The association also called on community colleges and private universities in Texas to delay opening their campuses until the same date.

From Texas Faculty Association

July 28, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The New COVID-19 Relief Bill Means For Texas

After hundreds of video conference calls, phone conversations, and socially-distanced meetings with Texans over the past few months, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following information about the new COVID-19 relief bill – the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act – announced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

From Senator John Cornyn

July 28, 2020

Progress Texas: Ken Paxton’s Indictments Are Officially 5 Years Old

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the five year anniversary since Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s federal indictment on felony securities fraud charges on July 28, 2015.

From Progress Texas

July 28, 2020

TexPIRG: Gov. Abbott Extends Early Voting For November Election

Gov. Greg Abbott has extended in-person early voting for this fall’s presidential election by one week, starting on Tuesday, October 13. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, large public gatherings, like those often seen at polling places, create opportunities for the virus to spread.

From TexPIRG

July 28, 2020

Senator Peter P. Flores: Statement On Waiving Grade Promotion Requirements For 2020-2021 STAAR Testing

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8 has been waived for the upcoming school year.

From Senator Peter P. Flores

July 28, 2020

Texas Public Power Association: Enters 43rd Year With New Leadership

The Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) announced the election of new officers to lead the organization in the year ahead and presented public service and industry excellence awards at its Annual Business and Membership Meeting today. The state trade Association – the voice of public power across Texas – has a membership composed of municipally-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives, river authorities and joint action agencies responsible for the generation and delivery of electricity to more than 5 million Texans.

From Texas Public Power Association

July 27, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor Must Suspend STAAR-Related Accountability, Teacher Evaluation

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia released the following statement: “We are glad the governor suspended the promotion requirements for fifth and eighth graders that are tied to STAAR scores for the upcoming school year, but he didn’t go far enough.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 27, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Appreciates Suspension Of STAAR Promotion Requirements, But Urges All Testing To Be Waived

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association appreciates Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement today that the use of STAAR testing in grade promotion requirements will be suspended for the 2020-21 school year. It is clear that this unusual year will not provide results that can be compared to other years, and it is appropriate to remove the significant consequences associated with the tests.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 27, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: With Canvass Complete In All 29 Countries, Gonzales Wins CD-23 Republican Primary Runoff

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign announced today that the final canvass has been completed by all 29 counties in congressional district 23 and it confirmed that Tony Gonzales won the Republican primary runoff. The final margin is 46 votes (12,342 – 12,296) out of 24,638 cast.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 27, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: HHSC To Post COVID-19 Data For State Hospitals, SSLCs, Nursing Facilities And Assisted Living Facilities

Beginning Monday, July 27, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will electronically post to its website COVID-19 case counts and deaths by facility name for state supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

July 27, 2020

Common Cause Texas: Gov. Abbott Continues To Do The Bare Minimum For Texans Voting

Governor Abbott released a proclamation today allowing for six additional days of early voting. After a runoff election with identical measures of expanding the number of days of early voting, Common Cause's election protection efforts still saw major issues that we anticipate in greater numbers for the fall.

From Common Cause Texas

July 27, 2020

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Announces Results Of Disaster Recovery Planning Studies Survey For Mitigation

Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the results of a survey conducted by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to gather input from local officials, councils of government and river authorities for its Disaster Recovery Planning Studies Survey for Mitigation Funding.

From Texas General Land Office

July 27, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales Supports Defense Legislation

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement announcing support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021: "This district has large active duty and retired military populations and serving them is one of the most important responsibilities that this district’s member of Congress has.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 27, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement On The Conclusion Of The Senate District 14 Special Election

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued the following statement on the conclusion of the Senate District 14 special election. "The labor movement owes a debt of gratitude to Representative Eddie Rodriguez and Senator-elect Sarah Eckhardt for the ways in which they each elevated the voices of working families in the special election for Senate District 14.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 27, 2020

Travis County Republican Party: HD-47 Runoff Canvass Complete

Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak released a statement today on the House District 47 primary runoff: “On Thursday, the Travis County Republican Party completed the canvass for the Republican Primary runoff. We certified that Justin Berry defeated Jennifer Fleck 6,418-5,319, a margin of more than 1,000 votes out of fewer than 12,000 votes cast.

From Travis County Republican Party

July 27, 2020

TDP: Texas Democratic Party, Powered By People, And Texas Coalition Of Black Democrats Announce New, Expansive Joint Black Voter Outreach Program

Today, the Texas Democratic Party, Powered By People, and the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats announced our joint Black Voter Outreach Program aimed to reach out and contact every Black voter in Texas by Mid-August.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 27, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Bill To Establish Smithsonian Museum For Latino History Passes House

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after his legislation to authorize the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos, the National Museum of the American Latino Act, passed the House: “Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 27, 2020

Texas Legislative Black Caucus: To Host Virtual Town Halls About Reopening Public Schools

From Texas Legislative Black Caucus

July 27, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: SCAM Alert: AG Paxton And DOJ Partner To Warn Consumers Of Fraudsters Selling Counterfeit, Mislabeled, Non-Existent PPE

?Attorney General?Ken?Paxton, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, today informed the public about several fraudulent schemes involving masks, personal protection equipment (PPE), and other COVID-19 related equipment.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 27, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Last Responders Virtual Town Hall Hosted By Rep Carl Sherman This Week

A virtual Town Hall meeting set for July 30th at 7 p.m. will be led by State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) on the topic of “last responders” during the COVID-19 pandemic. A last responder is the funeral home individual or entity who is charged with the handling of a person who has passed.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 27, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Asks Gov. Abbott To Consider Concerns Of Refugee Resettlement

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) wrote in a letter today to Texas Governor Greg Abbott of his concerns regarding refugee resettlement in the State of Texas. Rep Sherman implored the governor to reconsider the decision he made earlier this year to cease the acceptance of new refugees to the state.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 27, 2020

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds The State Department’s Decision On China’s Houston Consulate

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in support of the State Department’s decision to force China to close its Houston consulate. “Donald Trump has taken more actions to hold China accountable than any other President in our history,” said Rep. Babin.

From Representative Brian Babin

July 27, 2020

Representative Drew Darby: Congratulates Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. (RET.). On Being Named Sole Finalist To Lead Angelo State University

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents announced today that Lieutenant General Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., (ret.) is the sole finalist for the presidency of Angelo State University (ASU). "I would like to extend my congratulations to Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins on being named the sole finalist to serve as president of ASU by the Texas Tech System Board of Regents.

From Representative Drew Darby

July 24, 2020

Annie’s List: Endorses In Nine Challenge Races For The Texas House

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, proudly announces nine Texas House endorsements in advance of the November 3 general election.

From Annie’s List

July 24, 2020

Trent Ashby Campaign: Releases Video Encouraging Census Participation

State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) released a video today encouraging Texans to participate in the ongoing United States Census. The Census, which is required by Article I, Section II of the United States Constitution has taken place once per decade for over 200 years.

From Trent Ashby Campaign

July 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: What The Defense Bill Means For Texas

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. You can read the legislation here, and below is a summary of its impact on Texas: • Raises troops’ pay by 3%.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 23, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: TWDB Approves $222 Million In Financial Assistance For Corpus Christi’s First Seawater Desalination Plant

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved a request from the City of Corpus Christi (City) for $222,475,000 in multi-year financing from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for a desalination plant in the Port of Corpus Christi's Inner Harbor Ship Channel near Port Aransas.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

July 23, 2020

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement On Creation Of Harris County Office Of The Elections Administrator

The Harris County Commissioners Court has created an independent, non-partisan office to oversee elections for Harris County. State Representative Garnet F. Coleman has the following statement: “I applaud the move from the Harris County Commissioners Court to create an independent, non-partisan Elections Administrator.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

July 23, 2020

Representative Chris Turner: House Redistricting Vice Chair Turner Urges Paxton To Take Legal Action Against Trump Administration On Census Memo

Today, state Representative Chris Turner, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, wrote Attorney General Ken Paxton and urged him to take legal action against the Trump Administration to protect Texas’ interests with regard to the census and congressional apportionment.

From Representative Chris Turner

July 23, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Food Assistance Available For Texas Families July 31 Deadline Approaching

Texas families still have an opportunity to apply for Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) food assistance benefits. Eligible families are able to receive a one-time payment of $285 in food assistance benefits per eligible child.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

July 23, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Allen Mayor, Allen Mayor Pro Tem And Allen City Council Members Endorse State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach (House District 67) announced that he has been endorsed for re-election by Allen Mayor Debbie Stout, Allen Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger, and Allen City Councilmembers Kurt Kizer, Baine Brooks, Carl Clemencich and Chris Schulmeister.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 23, 2020

Ron Reynolds Campaign: Joining With Local Teachers, Parents And Medical Professionals Over Growing Concerns On The Reopening Of Our Schools

We are just less than a month away from the fall semester of school starting at Fort Bend ISD and other local districts. Online student instruction will begin on August 17, 2020. TEA is then requiring schools to have a phase in transition to full in-class student instruction.

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

July 23, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Outlines Policies To Help America Recover From The Impact Of COVID-19

More than 51 million unemployment claims have been filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Families are hurting. Now, more than ever, Congress should be focused on getting our economy back on its feet and helping the American people safely return to work.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 23, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Tries To Call Up And Pass Juneteenth National Holiday Hill

“In Texas, we've recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday for forty years -- forty years -- obviously because of the fact that this occurred as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation being announced in Galveston, Texas.”

From Senator John Cornyn

July 22, 2020

TDP: Abbott Followed The Advice Of His “Strike Force,” Putting Us All At Risk. Then They Gave Him Over $640,000

In April, Governor Greg Abbott set up a “Strike Force to Open Texas.” In that “Strike Force” is a “Special Advisory Council” composed of “some of the most prominent and politically powerful business executives in the state” and devoid of the voices of local leaders.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 22, 2020

Eliz Markowitz Campaign: American Federation Of Teachers & Markowitz Campaign Hit Back At Governor Abbott’s Lack Of Leadership

Last week, Dr. Eliz Markowitz hosted a live town hall with the American Federation of Teachers with panelists Glenda Mcal, President of Fort Bend AFT, Oneida Gage, Roxanne Garcia & Xavier Herrera, Stafford School Board Trustee.

From Eliz Markowitz Campaign

July 22, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Sues Education Commissioner Over Charter Rules That Illegally Remove Teacher Certification, Contractual Requirements

The Texas State Teachers Association today sued state Education Commissioner Mike Morath for adopting charter school partnership rules that illegally deprive public school teachers of contractual and other employment rights and allow corporate charter chains to operate in Texas without certified teachers.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 22, 2020

TexPIRG: Top Healthcare Professionals To Gov. Abbott: Time To Shut Down, Start Over And Do It Right

Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus in Texas, TexPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Wednesday to Governor Abbott, calling on him to shut back down, start over with new policies to thwart COVID-19 and do it right.

From TexPIRG

July 22, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Supreme Court Justice Must Step Down Immediately

Progress Texas joins calls for Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green to step down before Aug. 24th to ensure Texans have the opportunity to vote for their replacement with a special election. If he follows through with his plans to retire on Aug. 31st, Gov. Greg Abbott will choose his successor, who will serve until 2022.

From Progress Texas

July 22, 2020

Railroad Commission of Texas: Christian Passes National Resolution Condemning Oil Dumping

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) this week passed Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian's (R - Texas) resolution urging the federal government to investigate excessive dumping of crude oil by Saudi Arabia and Russia and take appropriate action.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

July 22, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Gonzales’ Lead Grows As Vote Count Nears Completion

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement on the latest developments in the CD-23 Republican Primary Runoff: "Tony's margin of victory has increased now that most counties, including all of the largest counties in the district, have updated their results to reflect all votes legally cast,” said Gonzales campaign spokesman Matt Mackowiak.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 21, 2020

Representative Cesar Blanco: Commits To Re-Filing Military Sexual Assault Legislation To Be Named The Vanessa Guillen Act

Today, Representative César Blanco announced his intentions to refiling two pieces of legislation he previously filed to address sexual assaults in the Texas military forces. Rep. Blanco's previous bills, H.B. 3039 (85R) and H.B. 4256 (85R), which aimed to protect victims and witnesses of sexual assault in the Texas military from retaliation and punishment for reporting incidences of sexual assault, and ensure state courts retained jurisdiction over criminal sexual assaults committed in the Texas military.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

July 21, 2020

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement On Trump’s Executive Order On the U.S. Census

– State Senator José Rodríguez released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order regarding the U.S. Census announced today: The President is flailing about trying to distract attention from his disastrous lack of basic competence.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

July 21, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Responds To The Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Attempts To Undercount Communities

Today, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to intentionally exclude members of our communities from being counted in the 2020 Census. This action counters the constitutional mandate that requires the “whole number of persons in each state” to be counted in the decennial census under the 14th Amendment.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 21, 2020

Sarah Eckhardt Campaign: Eckhardt’s Election Night Lead Grows To 49.75%

Based on the results released last night by the Travis County Clerk’s Office, Sarah Eckhardt, Democratic candidate for Senate District 14, increased her Election Day lead. In a six-way race, Eckhardt garnered 60,480 votes or 49.75% of the total votes cast. Her closest competitor, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, was only able to garner 41,151votes or 33.85% of the votes cast. It is now up to Governor Greg Abbott to set the runoff for the Special Election.

From Sarah Eckhardt Campaign

July 21, 2020

Progress Texas: POLL: Texans Overwhelmingly Support Police Reform; Plurality Support Budget Reallocation

Progress Texas releases polling results on policing today as cities across Texas begin taking up annual budgets, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. In the immediate aftermath of the George Floyd protests, the organization commissioned a poll to ask Texans how they felt about policing in our state. The results make one thing clear: voters are ready for their local leaders to enact change.

From Progress Texas

July 21, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Lawless Trump Ignores Constitution

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay today issued this comment on President Trump's memo purporting to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S. Census count: "In a bald quest for political gain with the dwindling number of Americans who support him, a self-obsessed, thuggish, ignorant President of the United States has issued an invalid directive calling for the exclusion of undocumented persons from the U.S. Census.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 21, 2020

Senators Paul Bettencourt and Brandon Creighton: Again SAY NO To 2nd Lockdown Of TX Economy

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) are saying NO to a 2nd lockdown of the Texas economy based upon updated TMC hospitalization trends in the Houston area since July 1st. The Texas Medical Center 'Daily New COVID-19 Hospitalizations' graph data below on the right, and a Senate District 7 derivative chart of it on the left, clearly shows that new hospitalization rates in the Texas Medical Center peaked around July 5th, have come down, and have been at the same level for July 18th, 19th and 20th.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 21, 2020

Jeff Leach Campaign: Plano Police Association Endorses State Representative Jeff Leach For Re-Election

State Representative Jeff Leach (HD67) announced today that he has received the endorsement and support of the Plano Police Association, representing over 75% of the Plano Police Department’s approximately 340 sworn officers and members.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

July 20, 2020

Representative Donna Howard: Public Health Essential To Economic Recovery

Today, Comptroller Glenn Hegar released an updated Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) for the 2020-2021 biennium. The 2021 fiscal year ending balance is now projected to be at $110.19 billion, down by $11.57 billion compared to the October 2019 CRE. The reduction is mitigated to $7.47 billion as a result of $4.1 billion in lowered costs for the Foundation School Program, bringing the overall deficit for the current biennium to $4.58 billion.

From Representative Donna Howard

July 20, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Texans’ Feedback Invaluable As Senate Debates Next Relief Bill

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the importance of the feedback he received from Texans during the State Work Period as he returns to the Senate to push for the next coronavirus relief legislation.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 20, 2020

Senator Jane Nelson: Comments On Revenue Update

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today participated in a Legislative Budget Board meeting during which the Comptroller of Public Accounts provided an economic and revised revenue update indicating a $4.58 billion shortfall in the current 2020-21 biennium.

From Senator Jane Nelson

July 20, 2020

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Members Of The Texas House & Senate Call For The Removal Of Confederate Monuments

Today, members of the House and Senate Committees on Administration, issued a joint letter to their respective Chairmen calling for the removal of Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds. In addition, the members call for the renaming of the John H. Reagan State Office Building.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

July 20, 2020

Texas Faculty Association: Governor Must Order Mask Enforcement On College Campuses

The Texas Faculty Association today called on Gov. Greg Abbott to keep his mandatory statewide mask order in effect for the fall semester and order all colleges and universities in Texas to enforce it for students, faculty, staff and visitors when campuses reopen.

From Texas Faculty Association

July 20, 2020

Representative Rafael Anchia: Members Of The House And Senate Administration Committee Call For The Removal Of Confederate Memorials On Capitol Grounds

This morning, members of the House Committee on Administration and the Senate Committee on Administration issued a joint letter calling for the immediate removal of several Confederate memorials located on the Capitol Grounds. In addition, the members call for the renaming of the John H. Reagan State Office Building

From Representative Rafael Anchia

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Election Of Disgraced Former Florida Congressman, Right Wing Shock Jock Allen West As Texas Republican Party Chair

Today, amidst one of the most poorly run conventions in American history, Texas Republicans elected right wing shock jock, former Florida Congressman Allen West as Texas Republican Party Chair, ousting incumbent Chair James Dickey.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Republican Party Of Texas Convention Video

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick delivered a video message to the 2020 Republican Party of Texas virtual State Convention today. You can watch it here.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 20, 2020

Jeff Whitfield Campaign: Outraises Opponent 2-To-1

Jeff Whitfield, the Democratic nominee for Texas State House District 92, raised over $200,000 since February 23, outraising his opponent more than 2-to-1 and maintaining a war chest of just over $187,000 -- nearly four times that of his opponent. Mary Alice Blackstock, Whitfield’s campaign manager, released the following statement regarding the recent campaign finance filing:

From Jeff Whitfield Campaign

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On The Passing Of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, Vice Chair Carla Brailey, Finance Chair Chris Hollins, Treasurer Mike Floyd, and Secretary Lee Forbes issued the following statement: “Yesterday, the world lost two of its greatest giants, John Lewis and CT Vivian. John Lewis was everything that is good about this country and everything that we, as Texas Democrats, strive to be.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Statement On The Passing Of Congressman John Lewis

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis: “Today, I join Americans across the country in mourning the death and celebrating the life of Congressman John Lewis, one of the most courageous and committed citizens our country has ever known.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

July 20, 2020

Senator John Cornyn: Statement On The Passing Of Congressman John Lewis

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA): “John Lewis has left an indelible mark on the hearts of not only those in his home state of Georgia, but all over our nation and across the world.

From Senator John Cornyn

July 20, 2020

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement On Passing Of John Lewis

“Heidi and I join men and women across the globe in grieving the loss of the great John Lewis. In my first year in the Senate, I had the privilege of traveling with John and much of the Congressional Black Caucus to Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Johannesburg.

From Senator Ted Cruz

July 20, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Statement On The Passing Of Rep. John Lewis

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. John Lewis: “I am heartbroken by tonight’s news. Our country has lost a leader, a Civil Rights hero, and a relentless champion for justice who changed our nation for the better.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 20, 2020

TDP: Statement On A Federal Judge Ruling That Texas Republicans Can Proceed With An In-Person Convention In The Biggest Coronavirus Hotspot In The Country

“After proving that they couldn’t handle a virtual convention, Texas Republicans are now willing to risk the lives of millions of Texans because they are too technologically inept to continue in a safe and distant manner.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 20, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Texas HDC Education Working Group Responds To New School Reopening Guidelines

The Texas Education Agency just released updated guidance for returning to schools in the fall. The new plan allows individual school systems to limit on-campus instruction for up to the first eight weeks of school. These changes override the TEA’s original guidelines that would require all schools to return to in-person instruction in order to receive funding.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 17, 2020

Vianova: Growth Continues With Acquisition Of Dallas-Based Reeves Strategy Group

Vianovo, a leading strategy consultancy at the intersection of business, policy and politics, today announced that Reeves Strategy Group will join its ranks, bolstering the firm’s capabilities and presence in Texas and across the U.S. and Mexico.

From Vianova

July 17, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: While Flexibility Is Appreciated, TCTA Says State Guidance On Reopening Still Lacks Reliance On Data And Public Health Experts

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association appreciates the enhanced flexibility provided in the new state guidance released today by the Texas Education Agency. The guidance allows districts additional time to offer remote-only instruction in certain circumstances. However, we have ongoing concerns that state mandates may not allow districts to take the actions they feel necessary to protect their students and employees throughout the school year.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 17, 2020

Representative Jeff Leach: Statement On Local Impact To State Guidelines For School Calendar

Today, following the announcement by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide school districts with greater flexibility for reopening during the 2020-2021 school year, Representative Leach issued the following statement:

From Representative Jeff Leach

July 17, 2020

Texas DPS: Makes Additional Arrests In Connection With Rioting And Assault During The Capitol Protests

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has made two additional arrests in connection with rioting, vandalism and an assault that occurred during protests near the Texas State Capitol back in May.

From Texas DPS

July 17, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Schools Must Reopen When It Is Safe, Not To Meet A State Deadline

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina released the following statement on TEA’s new school opening guidelines: “The state education commissioner has given school districts additional time to reopen school buildings without a financial penalty, but irrelevant deadlines are not what educators and students need.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 17, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Statement On Chinese Wind Farm Project Near Laughlin AFB

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District issued the following statement on the development of a wind farm tied to the Chinese government near Laughlin Air Force Base in Val Verde County:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 17, 2020

Harris County Attorney: Ryan Continues To Fight For Right To Sue Local Polluters

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan is continuing his court battle to protect local residents from polluters, responding to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal effort seeking to prevent the County Attorney’s Office from suing companies that harm the environment.

From Harris County Attorney

July 17, 2020

TDP: Statement On Texas Republicans Shutting Their Convention Down Early Because Of “Technical Issues”

Today, after making their delegates wait 8 hours and not even getting through the credentialing process, the Texas Republican Party shut down their online convention after never really getting started due to “technical difficulties.”

From Texas Democratic Party

July 16, 2020

Senators Paul Bettencourt and Brandon Creighton: Speak Out Against 2nd Lockdown Of The Economy

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is strongly pushing back on the continued claims from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) that we need to enact another shutdown, via stay at home order, to fight the coronavirus in Texas.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 16, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones Hosts Virtual Town Hall On Closing The Digital Divide

On Wednesday, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones hosted a virtual town hall on closing the digital divide, a challenge that is more important than ever due to COVID-19. 1 in 5 households in San Antonio and El Paso, and 1 and 3 households in rural Texas, lack the at-home Internet connection they need to attend online classes, work from home, access telehealth, and more.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 16, 2020

TDP: Endorse James Dickey For Reelection For Texas Republican Party Chair

Today, as the Texas Republican Convention continues with its technical mishaps and Republican infighting, Texas Democrats are announcing the endorsement of James Dickey for re-election as the Republican Party of Texas chair.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 16, 2020

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Secures Authorization For Port Of Houston Expansion In Water Resources Development Act

Working with a bipartisan coalition, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) secured authorization for the Houston Ship Channel Expansion Channel Improvement Project in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee today.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

July 16, 2020

Sharon Hirsch Campaign: Outraises Three-Term Incumbent, With Over $200,000 In Contributions

Today, Sharon Hirsch reported a formidable $218,639 raised for the most recent reporting period, with $171,691 cash on hand. In her bid to unseat ultra-conservative, three-term incumbent Matt Shaheen in Texas House District 66, the campaign received support from over 1,080 individual contributors, reflecting the campaign's broad, grassroots support. The campaign has raised $291,897 for the 2020 cycle.

From Sharon Hirsch Campaign

July 15, 2020

Janet Dudding Campaign: Raises Record Total In June 30th Reporting Period

The campaign of Janet Dudding for Texas House District 14 announced today that it raised a record amount in the June 30th reporting period. The campaign raised $30,064.92 in political contributions, which is the most any Democratic candidate for HD-14 has ever raised in a single reporting period.

From Janet Dudding Campaign

July 15, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Announces “Ballot Integrity” Legal Team

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign has hired respected attorneys Chris Gober and J.D. Pauerstein to lead its team as the Republican Primary Runoff's final results are tallied. Currently, Tony Gonzales maintains a 7 vote margin over Raul Reyes with 100% of precincts reporting.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 15, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick: Statement On Lucio Victory In Senate District 27

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued this statement today congratulating Senator Eddie Lucio on his Democrat Party Run-Off Victory last night: “Senator Eddie Lucio has stood up for his faith and his principles during his entire career in public service. During his re-election campaign, many of his fellow Democrats repeatedly ridiculed him for his belief in God, his courageous stands to protect life and his commitment to the traditional values of his community.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 15, 2020

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Despite Judge Hidalgo’s Repeated Demands, Economic Shutdown Is Not Justified By New Data

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) is strongly pushing back on the continued claims from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo (D-Harris County) that we need to enact another shutdown to fight the coronavirus in Texas. Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) is also speaking out on this issue.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

July 15, 2020

Annie’s List: Progress Was Made Across Texas Last Night Royce Brooks Responds To July 14 Election Results

Annie’s List, the statewide political organization that works to elect pro-choice, progressive women to office in Texas, releases the following statement by Royce Brooks, Executive Director, in response to the results of the July 14 runoffs and special election.

From Annie’s List

July 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Governor Must Act To Protect Students And Educators

Texas State Teachers Association President Ovidia Molina issued the following statement today: “We are glad to hear that the state won’t overturn local health officials who have ordered school buildings to remain closed for several more weeks while the pandemic continues to rage across Texas.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 15, 2020

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses John Raney For Reelection In HD 14

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Rep. John Raney for reelection in House District 14, which covers part of Brazos County. “TLRPAC supports candidates who understand what it takes to keep Texas’ economy strong and the need for a fair and efficient legal system in our state,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

July 15, 2020

Texas AFL-CIO: Congratulates Hegar, Hails West, Aims To Take Down Cornyn On Nov. 3

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated M.J. Hegar on winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, calling on Texans to vote on Nov. 3 for a new national path on issues that matter to working families.

From Texas AFL-CIO

July 15, 2020

Senator Jose Menendez: Releases The Full Survey Results Concerning Public Input On Reopening Of Schools

In order to best represent our constituents and all Texans across the state, on July 7, 2020 we conducted a Google Survey created to gather data on the concerns that our educators and parents face amidst the reopening of schools. We received an overwhelming response of 15,380 Texans who completed the survey.

From Senator Jose Menendez

July 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Plagued By Party Infighting, Texas GOP In Chaos After Runoffs

The results of the state legislative runoffs are in and a clear picture has emerged: Republicans are running the most extreme slate of candidates Texas has ever seen. Despite GOP infighting over which radical conservatives to support in the primary, the winners are right-wing ideologues, some of whom have dismissed concerns about the coronavirus, voted against expanding health care, and pushed conspiracy theories about everything from vaccinations to cell phone technology.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 15, 2020

AARP: Kathy Green Named Manager Of Outreach & Advocacy At AARP Texas

Kathy Green, an accomplished leader with extensive public policy, nonprofit, and media experience in Texas, has been named the new Manager of Outreach & Advocacy for AARP Texas.

From AARP

July 15, 2020

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee: Congratulates State House Primary Runoff Winners

The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee congratulates the winners of the primary runoff elections for State House. Democratic nominees were chosen in seven runoff races, including three Republican-held seats that Democrats are poised to flip in November.

From Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Texas Voters Have A Chance To Oust Cornyn With MJ Hegar Headed To General Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement congratulating U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar for winning the Democratic nomination, and urges progressive Texans to turn out to vote in November to defeat John Cornyn.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Democratic Voters Turn Out In Record Numbers, Building Momentum For November Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement on the strong Democratic turnout during the Texas primary runoff election. “Texas progressives are building a movement, and are voting for a future where all people are able to thrive,” said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director at Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

TDP: In The Middle Of A Pandemic, Texas Democrats Break The Record For Highest Turnout In Texas Democratic Runoff History

Yesterday, in the middle of a pandemic, Texas Democrats broke the record for highest turnout in a runoff election in Texas Democratic history with a staggering 955,735 number of votes cast with 100% of the precincts reporting.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Thanks Sara Stapleton-Barrera For Her Competitive Campaign For State Senate

– Progress Texas releases the following statement thanking trial lawyer and human rights advocate Sara Stapleton-Barrera for her competitive campaign for State Senate District 27. “It’s no accident that this campaign against an almost 30-year incumbent and career politician was so close.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Representative Philip Cortez: Requests Transparency From TDCJ After Spike In COVID-19 Cases At Dominguez State Jail

State Representative Philip Cortez is requesting more transparency from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following a recent surge in positive cases of COVID-19 at the Dominguez State Jail outside San Antonio.

From Representative Philip Cortez

July 15, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Molina, Estrada Take Office As TSTA’s New Top Leaders

President Ovidia Molina and Vice President Linda Estrada took office today as the Texas State Teachers Association’s new top leaders, vowing to guide TSTA members safely through the biggest challenges of their educational careers – the COVID-19 pandemic and a reconfiguration of the public school system.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 15, 2020

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Has Nearly $3.5 Million Cash On Hand After Raising $1 Million In Q2

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) raised more than $1 million in the second quarter of 2020, bringing her re-election campaign committee account to more than $3.45 million cash on hand. She also raised more than $75,000 into the Lizzie Fletcher Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee with the Texas Democratic Party, which has $300,000 cash on hand.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

July 15, 2020

Tony Gonzales Campaign: With 100% Reporting, Gonzales Wins Primary Runoff

The Tony Gonzales for Congress campaign released a statement from the candidate after the election results were released: “With 100% reporting, the Secretary of State’s office is showing that we won the primary runoff by seven votes. We will be working to protect the integrity of every legal vote until the canvas is complete over the next week.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

July 15, 2020

Texas Freedom Network: Statement: Lani Popp’s Victory In Republican Runoff For State Board Of Education Seat Isn’t A Win For Texas Kids And Public Education

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Lani Popp’s victory on Tuesday for the Republican nomination for Texas State Board of Education District 5: “Let’s be honest that Lani Popp’s victory over her shockingly vulgar, sexist and bigoted opponent saved the state from even bigger embarrassment, but not by a lot.

From Texas Freedom Network

July 15, 2020

Harris County Republican Party: Statement On The Texas Primary Runoff Elections

Five Republican candidates won their primary runoff elections tonight and will be added to the general election ballot in Harris County on November 3, 2020, including Troy Nehls in Texas's 22nd Congressional District, Wendell Champion in Texas's 18th Congressional District, Terry Adams for 1st Court of Appeals, Place 5, Joe Danna for Harris County Sheriff, and Russ Ridgeway for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1.

From Harris County Republican Party

July 15, 2020

Central Texas Interfaith: Statement On Travis County Tax Subsidy To Tesla

The Tesla tax subsidy approved by Travis County Commissioners Court today included some baseline assurances that CTI called for such as $15/minimum wage for full time employees with benefits, and extended the $15/hr for contract food and custodial workers. It also added some incremental concessions around workers safety.

From Central Texas Interfaith

July 15, 2020

Harris County Republican Party: Statement On The TX-10 Democratic Primary Runoff Election

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today regarding the results of the TX-10 Democratic Primary Runoff Election: "Radical Mike Siegel is far too extreme for the voters of Texas’s 10th Congressional District," said Chairman Simpson.

From Harris County Republican Party

July 15, 2020

Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC: Applaud Election Of Shelby Slawson For HD 59

Tonight, the Texas Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee (PAC) applauded the election of Shelby Slawson for House District 59. The nonpartisan Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC is the political arm of Texas Nurse Practitioners, the largest state association of nurse practitioners in the United States.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners PAC

July 15, 2020

Austin Interfaith: Travis County Fell Short Of Good, Safe Jobs In Tesla Deal

Following the Travis County Commissioners Court passage of an incentive package to bring a Tesla manufacturing plant to the Austin area, a coalition of labor and environmental groups issued this statement: “After hundreds of letters, phone calls and testimonies from the community, Travis County fell short of a deal that would guarantee good, safe jobs for thousands of workers.

From Austin Interfaith

July 15, 2020

Progress Texas: Endorsed Candidate Chrysta Castaneda Headed To General Election

Progress Texas releases the following statement congratulating Texas Railroad Commission candidate Chrysta Castañeda on her Democratic primary runoff win. “Virtually every notch on Castañeda’s belt has prepared her for this position. She’s an environmentalist, engineer, and energy attorney, who also has industry expertise,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

July 15, 2020

Common Cause Texas: TX Election Day: Problems Today = Huge Red Flags For November

Polls will be closing soon in Texas for the primary runoff elections. As always, Common Cause Texas has been monitoring for problems, assisting voters and identifying systemic issues that need to be addressed by state leaders.

From Common Cause Texas

July 14, 2020

Representative Mary E. Gonzalez: El Paso State Delegation Statement Regarding Delayed Reopening Of El Paso Schools

– On July 9, 2020, the El Paso City-County Health Authority issued an order postponing on campus or in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 until after September 7, 2020 in response to the rapidly increasing rates of community spread and hospitalizations in the region.

From Representative Mary E. Gonzalez

July 14, 2020

Dan Patrick Campaign: Reports $15.4 Million In Campaign War Chest

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report raising $2,624,150 million on his July 15, 2020 Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) report. This brings his campaign war chest total to $15,458,849, once again breaking the record of any Lt. Governor in Texas history.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

July 14, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends Humane Treatment Of Fetal Remains

?Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a letter brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressing the impact of a recent decision from the United States Supreme Court that held unconstitutional a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Fifth Circuit is currently considering a challenge to a Texas law requiring the humane treatment of fetal remains through interment or scattering of ashes. Abortion providers sued the State, seeking an injunction that permits them to treat the remains of unborn children as medical waste that is incinerated and placed in a landfill.

From Office of the Attorney General

July 14, 2020

TexPIRG: Calls On State Leaders To Reimpose Health Restrictions, Redouble Effort To Save Lives

With its third Weekly Trends & Risk Assessment Report showing Texas is currently facing an uncontrollable spread of the novel coronavirus, TexPIRG is calling for an immediate shutdown of all nonessential businesses and a return to stay-at-home mandates.

From TexPIRG

July 14, 2020

Texas House Democratic Caucus: New Report Shows Staggering 29% Of Texans Under 65 Are Now Uninsured

A new report from Families USA shows the devastating effects the pandemic has had on Texas’ already abysmal uninsured rate. State Representative and Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus Chris Turner released the following statement in response: “This report, which shows a staggering 29% of Texans under 65 now lack health insurance, is a damning indictment of repeated failures by Republican leaders.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

July 14, 2020

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jones On 700,000 Uninsured Texans Due To COVID-19

Today, San Antonio native and Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, issued the following statement on the record-breaking 5.4 million Americans – including nearly 700,000 Texans – who have lost their health care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the nonpartisan group Families USA:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

July 14, 2020

TDP: After Kicking And Screaming, Texas Republicans Forced To Move Their Convention Online

Today, the Texas Republican Party finally signalled they were moving their convention online, after threatening to expose Texans to coronavirus and losing a battle in court.

From Texas Democratic Party

July 14, 2020

Texas Classroom Teachers Association: Says Current State Policy Dangerous For Students, Teachers

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association once again urges that public health considerations be first and foremost in any decisions made regarding the reopening of schools in the coming weeks.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association

July 14, 2020

Texas Nurses Association: TNA, TSNO, Rep. Howard Urge Schools To Include Nurses In COVID-19 Planning

On June 18, Governor Greg Abbott announced students will be returning to classes this fall. With that in mind, the Texas Nurses Association, the Texas School Nurses Organization and Representative Donna Howard would like to take this opportunity to remind local school districts of the importance of including school nurses in the planning that needs to take place between now and the beginning of the semester.

From Texas Nurses Association

July 14, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Supports The Renaming Of Lamar St. To Botham Jean Blvd.

– In a show of remembrance, State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) released a statement today that he supports the renaming of Lamar Street in Dallas to Botham Jean Blvd. “After almost two years since the death of Botham Jean, the renaming of Lamar St. is still in progress,” Rep Sherman said.

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 14, 2020

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Calls For Cancellation Of STAAR Test In 2020-21

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) submitted a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath on Monday calling for a suspension of STAAR testing during the 2020-2021 school year.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

July 14, 2020

REV UP Texas: Joins Movement To Show The Power Of The Disability Vote In 2020

– Communities across the country are preparing to set out into new territory for the presidential election in November. Not only has the COVID-19 crisis raised many questions about how voters can (and can’t) cast their ballots; it has also brought into sharp focus many systemic problems that Americans are planning to weigh in on with their vote

From REV UP Texas

July 14, 2020

Representative Carl Sherman: Comments On Reginald Moore Passing; Ask For A Name Day

State Representative Carl Sherman (District 109) said today of the passing of Reginald Moore “He was a selfless man who campaigned for those who never had a voice in their lifetimes and could not speak for justice.”

From Representative Carl Sherman

July 14, 2020

Representative Donna Howard: Calls On Governor To Prioritize Student And Teacher Safety, Provide Schools With Funds For Safe Reopening

- State Representative Donna Howard (D - HD 48) expresses strong disagreement with Governor Greg Abbott and his Republican-led working group’s joint decision to supplant school districts’ state funding with federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) dollars.

From Representative Donna Howard

July 14, 2020

Texas State Teachers Association: Pflugerville, Del Valle Teachers Demand Remote Learning For Start Of School Year

For the sake of student and educator health, the Pflugerville Educators Association and the Del Valle Education Association today demanded that their school districts provide only remote instruction for the first nine weeks of the new school year and that the state not penalize the districts with funding cuts.

From Texas State Teachers Association

July 14, 2020

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Sends Letter To Governor Abbott Requesting An Order To Fly Flags At Half-Staff

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting an order for flags in the Rio Grande Valley to be flown at half-staff in honor of the life and public service of City of McAllen police officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez, who were shot and killed in the line of duty on July 11, 2020.

From Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

July 14, 2020

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Gives Statement On Tragic Loss Of Two McAllen Police Officers

?Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement on tonight’s tragic shooting in McAllen, Texas: “The hearts of every Texan are broken tonight as two of our finest in the City of McAllen Police Department have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We are praying for our frontline heroes in McAllen and around the state. This office stands ready to assist however we can.”

From Office of the Attorney General

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