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February 23, 2018

Representative Tomas Uresti: 75% of Tires Removed from Applewhite Dump

Earlier this year, Copart Inc. announced the purchase of the hazardous tire dump at 11150 Applewhite Road in San Antonio with plans to clear the tires. The cleaning of the site will remove a major fire and disease risk from the Southside of San Antonio. TCEQ gave Copart 300 days to remove the >1,000,000 tires dumped in so-called "Safe Tire" site.

From Representative Tomas Uresti

February 23, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement Following Hearing on the Waters of the United States Rule

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement after his office asked a U.S. District Court in Galveston for a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule while the Environmental Protection Agency works to rescind it:

From Office of the Attorney General

February 23, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Participates in Largest Coordinated Sweep of Elder Fraud Cases in U.S. History

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office joined the U.S. Department of Justice and National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. The multi-state actions charged a variety of fraud schemes, ranging from mass mailing, telemarketing and investment frauds to individual incidences of identity theft and theft by guardians.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 23, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: SCOTUS Sets Oral Arguments for Texas Redistricting Case on April 24

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that oral arguments for the Texas redistricting case will be held on April 24, 2018. In September, the justices blocked an order from the San Antonio federal panel requiring state house and congressional maps be redrawn due to findings of discrimination against communities of color and constitutional and Voting Rights Act violations.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 23, 2018

Texas Senate Democratic Caucus: Statement on Uresti

On behalf of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus, Chairman Sen. Jose? Rodriguez issued the following statement: “In light of today’s jury conviction of Sen. Carlos Uresti, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is calling upon Sen. Uresti to resign his position.”

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus

February 23, 2018

Texas Aspires Foundation: Releases Report On SB 1882 Partnerships

Following the 2017 passage of Senate Bill 1882, authored by Senators José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), school leaders in Texas are taking advantage of incentives for traditional school districts to partner with charter management organizations, universities, and non-profits to improve student learning.

From Texas Aspires Foundation

February 22, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Opioid Crisis Meeting Held at Babin Office

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36) issued the following statement today about the meeting his office organized earlier this week regarding the opioid crisis in the Southeast Texas Region. “This week, we gathered key stakeholders in the Southeast Texas Region to discuss the importance of working collaboratively to develop strategies to reduce the opioid crisis in our region.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 22, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Visits with SACHEM, Inc. in Cleburne

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) visited with the Cleburne manufacturing plant, SACHEM, Inc., a Texas-based, family-owned chemical science company, this afternoon to meet with the SACHEM associates and to tour their facility.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 22, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement Following Uresti Verdict

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the announcement of the guilty verdicts against Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio: “I have confidence in our judicial system and the jury has spoken. Though I recognize that Sen. Uresti is entitled to exercise his right to appeal, my first priority is to the people of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

February 22, 2018

Drew Springer Campaign: Sen. Craig Estes Over the Line with Campaign Ad

Campaign season can be crazy and hard-hitting, however, making a joke of any religion is not acceptable - period! Yesterday, an ad released by Senator Craig Estes mocking the Catholic faith and the practice of confession was over the line.

From Drew Springer Campaign

February 22, 2018

Representative Roland Gutierrez: Responds to Uresti Conviction

Today, State Senator Carlos Uresti was convicted in federal court on all eleven convictions related to his conduct in partnership with FourWinds Logistics. In addition to these convictions, Uresti faces an additional trial in May on bid-rigging allegations in Pecos, Texas involving collusion with a contractor and former county judge.

From Representative Roland Gutierrez

February 22, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: Report: How Texas Gets History Wrong In Public Schools

Curriculum standards for Texas public schools distort instruction on slavery and the Civil War, civil rights, religion and other hot-button topics, according to a new report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 22, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: UFCW Local 455 Endorses Alex Triantaphyllis for Texas's 7th Congressional District

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 455 endorsed Alex Triantaphyllis to represent the people of Texas’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Local 455 represents more than 1,200 hard-working families in the 7th Congressional District who work at retail stores as well as coffee and food processing plants.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

February 22, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Announces TX-02 Military Academy Offers of Appointment

Today, Congressman Ted Poe released the following statement congratulating students from Texas’s Second Congressional District on their offers of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

From Representative Ted Poe

February 22, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Continues Dialogue with School Districts Engaged in Unlawful Electioneering

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised the progress that the Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville Independent School Districts made after warning them last week to stop unlawful electioneering activities.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 22, 2018

Jason Villalba Campaign: Trump Pushes National Version Of Texas Rep. Jason Villalba's School Marshall Program

President Donald Trump yesterday announced his proposal for a nationwide version of Texas’s school marshal program, authored and passed in 2013 by State Representative Jason Villalba. Villalba represents State House District 114, covering parts of North Dallas, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands, and East Dallas.

From Jason Villalba Campaign

February 22, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Passing of Reverend Billy Graham

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Reverend Billy Graham: “Reverend Billy Graham dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of his bold, steadfast testimony, entire generations - from Presidents and heads of state to the poorest among us - were introduced to the grace and salvation of Christ’s redeeming love.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 21, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on the Passing of Billy Graham

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) released the following statement on the passing of the Reverend Billy Graham: “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Reverend Graham. I once had the opportunity to meet and pray with Reverend Graham, along with former President George H.W. Bush. As someone who has witnessed the presence of God, I can attest to the power of his love that was all around us that day.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 21, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: To Host DACA Informational Workshop

State Representative César J. Blanco will be hosting an informational workshop about the Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals Act, commonly known as DACA, on February 22 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Jefferson High School, Silva Magnet auditorium. This seminar will provide information and answer questions regarding the deadline of the program and recommendations from legal immigration experts.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

February 21, 2018

Bob Hall Campaign: Responds to Burkett's Lies

Texas State Senator Bob Hall’s campaign responded today to two recent campaign mailers sent by his liberal opponent Cindy Burkett. “The vicious lies coming from the Burkett campaign are a desperate attempt to distract voters from her liberal, pro-abortion record and her refusal to vote for property tax relief.

From Bob Hall Campaign

February 21, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Obtains Final Judgment for Taxpayers in Kilgore ISD Lawsuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a final judgment was entered affirming a victory for Texas homeowners and taxpayers in the Kilgore Independent School District. The judgment finalizes the Gregg County Court’s grant of all relief requested by the attorney general in the local option homestead exemption case involving Kilgore ISD’s violation of Texas Senate Bill 1.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 21, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Lt. Gov. Candidate Mike Collier Unanimously Endorsed by Biggest Texas Newspapers

TODAY, February 21st, Mike Collier celebrates additional endorsements by the biggest newspapers in Texas. In fact, Collier has been recommended by every endorsing newspaper in the state of Texas.

From Mike Collier Campaign

February 21, 2018

Texas Values: Texans to Senate Committee: Religious Freedom Attacks Continue

Religious freedom bills that became law during last year's legislative session are expected to once again generate eye-opening testimony on the Senate floor. The Senate Committee on State Affairs is scheduled to meet 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Senate Chamber of the Texas Capitol to “monitor the implementation of legislation that protects citizens' religious freedoms” – including two bills supported by Texas Values. Bills up for discussion include the sermon safeguard law (SB 24) and the religious liberty for county clerks law (HB 555).

From Texas Values

February 20, 2018

Representative Drew Darby: Congratulates Alivin New On His Appointment By Governor Abbott To Texas Transportation Commission

Representative Drew Darby is excited to report that former San Angelo mayor Alvin New has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Transportation Commission. "I'm grateful Governor Abbott tapped Alvin and his knowledge of Texas highways for this prestigious post," said Representative Darby. "Alvin will work hard to keep the Texas Department of Transportation focused on building and maintaining safe roads to keep Texas moving."

From Representative Drew Darby

February 20, 2018

American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention: State Lawmakers to Parkland, Florida Students: We Hear You, We Support You, and We Will Stand With You to Fight for Laws to Stop Gun Violence

Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez said:? "In the absence of leadership in Congress, it is heartening to see young people rise up and demand better public policy than arming our schools to the teeth, as the proponents of the 'we need more good guys with guns' or eliminating gun-free zones have offered.

From American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention

February 20, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Reggie Smith for Election in HD 62

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Reggie Smith for election in House District 62, which covers Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties. “Texas would not be a national economic leader without the common-sense lawsuit reforms that are part of our economic foundation,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

February 20, 2018

Texas Public Interest Research Group: Austin Leads Major Texas Cities in Recycling Rate

Texas’ recycling rate of 22% is well below the 34% national average, according to a Trash in America: Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System, a new TexPIRG report detailing the effects of overconsumption in America, including water contamination, air pollution, habitat destruction, and global warming. The report also examines how good policies can minimize the proliferation of waste and incentivize reduction, repairs, reuse, recycling, and composting.

From Texas Public Interest Research Group

February 20, 2018

Texans for Free Enterprise PAC: Announces Endorsements in Texas Primary Races

Texans for Free Enterprise PAC (TFEPAC) has announced endorsements in the following primary elections. “The Texans for Free Enterprise PAC supports candidates who believe in free markets and are willing to vigorously promote free enterprise and policies that encourage competition and consumer choice,” said TFEPAC Chairman Doug Deason.

From Texans for Free Enterprise PAC

February 20, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Visits Mansfield To Discuss Manufacturing and the Texas Economy

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar visited Klein Tools today to share the results of a study the Comptroller’s office recently completed examining the economic impact of manufacturing on the state’s economy. Hegar toured the Klein facilities and met with local officials to discuss challenges and opportunities in the manufacturing industry.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 20, 2018

Texas Association of Manufacturers: Top 10 Policy Priorities

The Texas Association of Manufacturers today released its “TAM Top Ten,” which details the Association’s policy priorities for the 2018 interim and the 86th Legislature in 2019. “Manufacturing is a driving force of our economy and a wide range of policy issues can impact our ability to grow jobs,” said Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

From Texas Association of Manufacturers

February 20, 2018

Eric Johnson Campaign: Secretary Julian Castro's Opportunity First PAC Endorses State Rep. Eric Johnson

Opportunity First PAC announced their endorsement of State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Opportunity First PAC is a national political action committee that supports young, progressive Democrats in elections across the country.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

February 20, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Endorses Eric Garza For State Board Of Education, District 2

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC announces its endorsement of Eric Garza for State Board of Education, District 2. Garza is facing Tad Hasse in the Republican primary and will run against either incumbent Ruben Cortez or Michelle Arevalo Davila in the general election. District 2 covers all or part of 17 counties from the Rio Grande Valley and up along the Coastal Bend.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

February 20, 2018

Professional Bondsmen of Texas: Statement On Fifth Circuit Ruling Affirming No Constitutional Right to Affordable Bail

Professional Bondsmen of Texas (PBT), the state’s foremost trade association representing the bail bond industry across Texas, today issued the following release after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a ruling partly reversing federal Judge Lee Rosenthal?s measures to overhaul the bail system in Harris County late last week.

From Professional Bondsmen of Texas

February 20, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Launches First Broadcast Buy of Texas' 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Launching the same day as the start of Early Voting in Texas, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher places broadcast buy in the TX-07 Democratic Primary. “Fighter,” a 30-second spot, opens on Fletcher’s experience defending a Planned Parenthood clinic during the 1992 Republican National Convention, transitions into her work as a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and highlights her decade-long career as a lawyer.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

February 19, 2018

Texas Humane Legislation Network: Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements

The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) PAC today announced its endorsement of 23 candidates running in the primaries for re-election to the Texas Legislature. Animal welfare issues are nonpartisan, and the endorsements are given to candidates from both parties who have a proven voting record supporting humane legislation.

From Texas Humane Legislation Network

February 19, 2018

Chris Spellmon Campaign: DNC Black Caucus Chairwoman Virgie M. Rollins Endorses Chris Spellmon

Democratic National Committee Black Caucus Chairwoman, Virgie M. Rollins, endorses Chris Spellmon for Texas Railroad Commissioner on the March 6 Primary. She states, “Chris Spellmon would be a strong advocate for the people of the state Texas. It’s time that the people of Texas have a voice.”

From Chris Spellmon Campaign

February 19, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Announces Endorsements in Contested Republican Primary Races

TLRPAC has announced its endorsements in the following contested Republican Primary races. Please note that there are other candidates that TLRPAC supports in the Republican Primary who do not have contested races.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

February 19, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Democrat Lt. Gov. Candidate Mike Collier Unanimously Endorsed by Biggest Texas Newspapers

TODAY, February 19th, Mike Collier celebrates unanimous endorsement by the largest newspapers (by circulation) in the state of Texas. Multiple voter outreach organizations have also endorsed Mike’s candidacy to become the next Texas Lt. Governor.

From Mike Collier Campaign

February 19, 2018

Kevin Roberts Campaign: Roberts Endorsed by Major Health Care Organization Representing Ten Hospitals in the 2nd Congressional District

On the eve of early voting, the Texas Hospital Association, HOSPAC has endorsed Kevin Roberts as their choice to serve the 2nd Congressional District. Representing ten hospitals and thousands of employees across the district, HOSPAC’s support is a major win for Kevin Roberts.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign

February 19, 2018

John Raney Campaign: Conservatives Continue Their Support of Raney, Recognized As One Of The Pro-Life Movement's "Legislative Leaders" by Governor Abbott

Conservative leadership groups are continuing their support of Representative John Raney (R-Bryan) as he seeks reelection in the 2018 HD-14 Republican Primary.

From John Raney Campaign

February 16, 2018

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: Op-Ed- Congress: Please Solve DACA NOW

About six years ago, in 2012, our federal government made a promise to a group of young, trusting, and ambitious individuals. Our federal government told them that if they applied themselves, continued to work hard, and were upstanding individuals in our nation, they would no longer have to live in fear of deportation from the country they have always known as their home.

From Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

February 16, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on FBI and Parkland, FL Shooting

Today, 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 on the disconnect between FBI and local law enforcement in the Parkland, Florida shooting.

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 16, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Austin City Council Passes First Paid Sick Time Policy in Texas, U.S. South

Just after midnight, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance allowing all Austin workers to earn paid sick time. The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a proud member of the Work Strong Austin coalition, which successfully advocated for this long-overdue policy.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

February 16, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Celebrates Passage of Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Texas AFL-CIO celebrates the Austin City Council's approval early today of the first paid sick leave ordinance in the South. The ordinance will help approximately 220,000 Austin working people who get no pay when illness keeps them home.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 16, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Endorses O'Rourke for U.S. Senate

The Texas AFL-CIO COPE Committee today endorsed U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke in his run for the U.S. Senate. The action took place at a special called board meeting, superseding a "no endorsement" decision made at the Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention last month.

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

February 16, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas AG Sends Cease and Desist Order to Three ISDs Following Sen. Bettecourt's Opinion Request

Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas) has sent "cease and desist" letters to three Texas ISDs over allegations of "unlawful electioneering." The school districts have until the close of business today, Friday, to respond to the Attorney Generals Office's letter.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 16, 2018

Elaina Fowler Campaign: Sarah Weddington & Leah Glossbrenner Endorse Elaina Fowler

At a time when women's bodies, careers and families are under attack, when we have taken to the streets to once again call for the same basic rights as our male counterparts, Elaina Fowler has stepped forward to run in a critical swing district.

From Elaina Fowler Campaign

February 16, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Meets with Commissioner of Higher Education

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) met with the Commissioner of Higher Education, Raymund Paredes, to discuss the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and some additional initiatives underway in Texas regarding competency-based education, expanding collaboration between higher education and employers, and focusing on student graduation.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 16, 2018

Texas Fair Defense Project: Statement on 5th Circuit Decision in Harris County Money Bail Case

Susanne Pringle, Interim Executive Director and Legal Director of the Texas Fair Defense Project, issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion in ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. affirming that the county’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees is unconstitutional.

From Texas Fair Defense Project

February 16, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: US Senate Rejects Bipartisan Legislative Solution for 1.8M Eligible Dreamers

Today the U.S. Senate rejected multiple immigration proposals that would have provided a legislative solution for approximately 1.8 million eligible DREAMers. The bipartisan deal was threatened with a veto before ever coming up for a vote in the Senate, which doomed its passage from the start.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

February 16, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: We Should Be Standing For Working Men and Women of This Country

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor in opposition to the immigration proposals. There, he urged his colleagues to stand with working men and women, and oppose amnesty.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 16, 2018

Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission: Bold Pleas, Bold Ideas, A Bold Proposal: Coordinating How Texas Treats Its Mentally Ill In Criminal, Civil Courts

In a hearing before the two highest Texas courts, onetime juvenile offender Angel Carroll from Williamson County testified about a justice system that did not know how to treat her mental illness – until a court-appointed attorney ad litem trained to recognize mental issues listened and intervened.

From Texas Supreme Court Children's Commission

February 16, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Statement on Florida Mass Shooting

Senator Rodriguez's statement on the latest mass shooting in Florida: It's appalling that the NRA and their lobbyists have such a stranglehold on Congress that they won't even pass commonsense measures that most of us agree on like banning assault rifles and bump stocks or universal background checks.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

February 15, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Defends Constitutionality of Texas' Foster Care System at 5th Circuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today said his office presented convincing arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans in defense of the constitutionality of the Texas’ foster care system, including last year’s reforms enacted by the Texas Legislature.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 15, 2018

Elliott McFadden Campaign: McFadden Blasts Opponent Kopser Over Comments Comparing Undocumented Immigrants To Al Qaeda

TX-21 Democratic Congressional candidate Elliott McFadden called out his Democratic opponent Joseph Kopser today for using inflammatory language and backtracking on his stances on the Dreamers in a recent appearance at the Texas Ranchers’ and Landowners’ Association of Texas on Saturday.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

February 15, 2018

Fran Watson Campaign: Receives Four More Important Endorsements

Fran Watson, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, has received the endorsement of four prominent organizations: Harris County Young Democrats, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats, the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats-Harris County, and the Lesbian Political Action Committee (LPAC).

From Fran Watson Campaign

February 15, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Votes for Path to Citizenship for DACA Recipients, Resources to Boost Border Security

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) voted for the Secure and Succeed Act, a proposed solution for DACA recipients that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young adults and strengthens border security.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 15, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Texas House Members Hold Press Conference On Disaster Relief Supplemental Funding

On Thursday, February 15, Texas House members held a press conference to speak on the inclusion of an $89 billion disaster relief funding package for areas that were affected by hurricanes. “I would like to thank members of the Texas Delegation for joining me today to discuss the recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which provides funding for a number of essential programs,” said Congressman Cuellar.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 15, 2018

Texas Border Coalition: Endorses McCain-Coons DACA, Border Security Bill

As Congress re-engages with the immigration-border security debate, the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) has been evaluating a number of proposals that are currently under consideration in Washington.

From Texas Border Coalition

February 15, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: ADA Education And Reform Act Passes House

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement following House passage of H.R. 620, the bipartisan ADA Education and Reform Act. This legislation curbs frivolous lawsuits filed to abuse the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for monetary gain.

From Representative Ted Poe

February 15, 2018

John Raney Campaign: Educators and Economic Leaders Endorse John Raney

Recognizing that Texas needs a strong public education system in order to maintain a strong economy, various education advocate groups and economic leadership groups have chosen to endorse State Representative John Raney (R-Bryan) for reelection in the HD-14 primary race.

From John Raney Campaign

February 15, 2018

Jason Westin Campaign: Dr. Jason Westin's Statement on the Tragic Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Today is Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday, but the lives shattered by yet another school shooting demand our attention. I'm a father of 3, and like most parents, my kids are my world. Tonight, at least 17 families are reeling from the sudden and senseless loss of their child. 17 families forever changed. 17 kids who left home this morning like it was any other school day. 17 kids who will never come home again.

From Jason Westin Campaign

February 14, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: The Numbers Don't Lie

Earlier this week the respected, independent, non-partisan Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released a new cost-benefit analysis of the proposed paid sick leave ordinance for Austin workers. The IWPR found that the ordinance could provide over $4 million in annual net savings to businesses.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

February 14, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Dispatches Letters To Three School Districts To Halt Unlawful Electionerring

Attorney General Ken Paxton today dispatched cease and desist letters to Brazosport, Holliday and Lewisville Independent School Districts regarding violations of the Texas Education Code for unlawful electioneering. These school districts used taxpayer resources to distribute messages to their staff and the public advocating for or against certain political candidates and measures.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 14, 2018

Texas AFT: Endorsements For The March 6 Primaries

In the March 6 party primaries, Texas AFT’s Committee on Political Education is recommending 26 candidates in contested Republican races and 26 candidates in contested Democratic races. (Note: A few more late-breaking endorsements may be added to the list before early voting starts on Feb. 20.)

From Texas AFT

February 14, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Time To Vote On A Solution For DACA Recipients

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) told the stories of several DACA recipients in Texas and urged his Democrat colleagues to offer their proposals for a solution. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 14, 2018

Houston Association of REALTORS: Recommends Sylvia Garcia For Congressional District 29

The Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) has announced its support of Sylvia Garcia for U.S. Congressional District 29 in the Tuesday, March 6 primary election. Congressman Gene Green, who announced his retirement last November, has formally endorsed Sylvia Garcia.

From Houston Association of REALTORS

February 13, 2018

Jackson Walker: Pamela Madere Joins Jackson Walker's Real Estate Section

Pamela Madere joins Jackson Walker's Real Estate practice where she will represent clients before state and local governments. She is the Chair of the Real Estate Council of Austin and the immediate past President of the Central Texas Association of Realtors.

From Jackson Walker

February 13, 2018

Speaker Joe Straus: Appoints Four To P-Tech Advisory Council

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus made four appointments Tuesday to the P-TECH Advisory Council. The representatives of education and industry who serve on the Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Commissioner of Education for the Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) Early College High Schools program.

From Speaker Joe Straus

February 13, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: With Astrodome Vote Harris County Commissioners Court Shows They Are Tone Deaf to Taxpayers

Harris County Commissioners Court, led by County Judge Ed Emmett, showed just how tone deaf they are to taxpayers by approving a $105 million project to revamp the Houston Astrodome on a unanimous vote. When a $217 million proposal to refurbish the Astrodome was put before voters in 2013 (Proposition 2) it was defeated by a 53-47% margin.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 13, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Releases First Radio Ad

TODAY, February 13th, The Campaign for Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate, Mike Collier, has launched its first radio advertisement of the 2018 Primary Season with initial distribution in the Rio Grande Valley. The ads will run daily from now through the March 6th Primary.

From Mike Collier Campaign

February 13, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress To End Secret Sexual Harassment Settlements

Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 13, 2018

Jackson Walker: Texas Law Firm Jackson Walker Elects 6 New Partners

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the election of six attorneys to its partnership. The new partners in each city are: · Austin – Emilio Nicolas · Dallas – Pete Hyndman · Houston – Jamila Brinson, Luke Gilman, William Stowe · San Antonio – George Hinchey

From Jackson Walker

February 13, 2018

TXBIZ PAC: Continues Endorsement Announcements for Legislative Candidates

TXBIZ PAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, released a secondary round of legislative endorsements, following up their original endorsement list on January 25.

From TXBIZ PAC

February 13, 2018

Konni Burton Campaign: Tarrant County Senators Respond To Uninformed "Truth Teller" Judge Glen Whitley

Today, Senator Konni Burton joined together with her fellow senators from Tarrant County to release a joint statement regarding Judge Whitley’s recent State of the County speech. Their statement is as follows:

From Konni Burton Campaign

February 13, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: New Cost-Benefit Analysis Confirms Economic Benefits of Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The proposed paid sick leave ordinance for Austin workers could provide over $8 million in annual net savings to the community and businesses, according to a new cost-benefit analysis of the proposal conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The analysis comes in response to requests from business groups for such an analysis and should reassure council members and local businesses of the benefits of paid sick days for Austin workers.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

February 13, 2018

Senator John Cornyn and Representative Jodey Arrington: Dyess AFB One Step Closer to Basing B-21

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) today released the following statements after the U.S. Air Force announced that existing bomber bases, including Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, will remain bomber bases into the future as Northrop Grumman’s next-generation B-21 “Raiders” become operational.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 12, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Responds to Report that Thousands of Required Records Not Properly Uploaded into Background Check System

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after CNN reported that in the months following the shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX, the U.S. military added more than 4,000 records that had not been previously uploaded into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS): “The failure to upload this essential, and required, information in the background check system is simply unacceptable.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 12, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Nomination of Andy Oldham for the 5th Circuit Court

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Andy Oldham to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit: “Andy’s distinguished record of public service at the state and federal level makes him eminently qualified to serve on the 5th Circuit,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 12, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Oldham to the 5th Circuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended President Trump’s nomination of former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Oldham to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He currently serves as general counsel to Governor Greg Abbott.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 12, 2018

Representatives Michael McCaul and Joaquin Castro: Introduces Bill Protecting Foreign Service Officers from Unauthorized Surveillance Through Consumer Devices

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced the Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act (H.R. 4989) to require the Department of State to account for location-tracking consumer devices in the broader U.S. embassy and consulate security policies.

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 12, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Educators Endorse Sylvia Garcia for Congress

The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) announced today that the National Education Association (NEA) has endorsed state Senator Sylvia Garcia for the District 29 congressional seat. TSTA is the state affiliate of NEA and had recommended the endorsement. “Sylvia Garcia has worked tirelessly to improve opportunities for Texas school children and their families,” said TSTA President Noel Candelaria.

From Texas State Teachers Association

February 12, 2018

Representative Paul Workman: Pushes Back On Austin's War On The Private Sector

The City of Austin is once again using the heavy-hand of government to impose more unacceptable mandates on private-sector employers. This time, the Austin Mayor and City Council are about to pass an ordinance commanding every private employer to give every employee mandatory leave from work.

From Representative Paul Workman

February 9, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Announces Endorsement from Houston Chronicle in Texas' 7th Congressional District Campaign

Lizzie Fletcher, Houston native and challenger to Tea Party Republican John Culberson (TX-07), released the following statement this afternoon: “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle today,” Fletcher said. “As a voter who has relied on Chronicle endorsements for years, I know how much it means to have the vote of confidence of the Chronicle’s editorial board.”

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

February 9, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act

The House and Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act on Friday, February 9, 2018. Within the Bipartisan Budget Act are provisions to reverse the defense sequester, boost defense spending, provide disaster relief, and more. Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement:

From Representative Randy Weber

February 9, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Friday after the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act: “The greatest threat to our national security is our out of control debt and the continuous borrowing of money to pay our bills.

From Representative Roger Williams

February 9, 2018

TexProtects: MEICHV Funding for Texas Reauthorized

Today, TexProtects – Champions for Safe Children is celebrating a major victory in Congress. The inclusion of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program in this morning’s Congressional spending bill will bring tremendous benefit to Texas families.

From TexProtects

February 9, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Announces 2017-2018 Accreditation Statuses

The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charter schools across the state. Accreditation statuses are based on state academic accountability ratings, the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (known commonly as School FIRST), data reporting, special program effectiveness, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

From Texas Education Agency

February 9, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Announce Application Process for Texas Judgeships

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today announced that they are accepting applications for judicial vacancies in Texas. The Senators have established a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies. This panel, known as the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the Senators.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 9, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Federal Budget Deal

“It is not unusual for a budget to pass that doesn’t satisfy everyone,” said Congressman Cuellar. “As members of Congress, we cannot turn our backs on our fellow Americans. Millions of hardworking citizens depend on us to keep the government working and to make it better for the people that we represent.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 9, 2018

Texas Parent PAC: Endorses 35 Candidates in Primary Election

Today the pro-public education Texas Parent PAC announces its endorsement of 35 candidates in the March 6 primary election. About 50 parents and grandparents were involved in candidate research and interviews.

From Texas Parent PAC

February 9, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Texas Democratic Congressional Representatives Vote on Bipartisan Budget Agreement to Keep Government Open

Today, Representatives Gene Green (TX-29), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Al Green (TX-9), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement regarding their support of the continuing resolution that contains a bipartisan budget agreement, funds the government through March 23 and provides relief for Hurricane Harvey victims:

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 9, 2018

Texas Parent PAC: Endorses Scott Milder For Lieutenant Governor

Today the pro-public education Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of Scott Milder for Lieutenant Governor in the Republican primary. "Scott Milder is a respected businessman, former city council member, co-founder of Friends of Texas Public Schools, and a seasoned leader," said Texas Parent PAC chair Carolyn Boyle of Austin.

From Texas Parent PAC

February 9, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Faircloth for Reelection in HD 23

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Wayne Faircloth for reelection in House District 23, which covers Chambers County and part of Galveston County. “Texas would not be a national economic leader without the common-sense lawsuit reforms that are part of our economic foundation,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

February 9, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Supports Full Military Funding in Bipartisan Budget Deal

This morning, following the House of Representatives budget vote to fully fund our military, U.S. Representative Will Hurd issued the following statement: “In 2017, we lost 80 brave service members in accidents and training incidents—nearly four times more than we lost in combat.

From Representative Will Hurd

February 9, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Passage of Disaster Relief, Budget Agreement

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released this statement after Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act, including nearly $90 billion in funding available for relief efforts following natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey:

From Senator John Cornyn

February 9, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act

Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act.

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 9, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Collier Unveils The Texas Great Property Tax Swindle

TODAY, February 8th, Democrat Lt. Governor candidate, Mike Collier, released a first-of-its-kind report detailing how, despite increasing property taxes being paid by homeowners, Texas’ public school systems are being failed by the Texas Legislature and the Lt. Governor’s Office.

From Mike Collier Campaign

February 9, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on the Senate's Budget Agreement

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s budget agreement: “After much consideration, I will reluctantly vote for this legislation. This bill contains major victories; if hurricane relief and restoring vital defense spending were the only elements of this bill, I would be supporting it energetically and enthusiastically.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 8, 2018

Senator Konni Burton: Applauds Gov. Abbott's Latest Policy Rollout

Today, Sen. Konni Burton attended a press conference with Governor Greg Abbott to unveil his new plan to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. Upon reviewing the plan, Sen. Burton released the following statement: "I am pleased to join the Governor for the second time this year to talk about serious policy ideas in advance of next session.

From Senator Konni Burton

February 8, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Announces $18.6 Million In Funding For MEdical Residency Programs In SD 20

Yesterday, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded a total of $18.6 million in funding to several Senate District 20 hospitals and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine to expand their Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. This funding is critical to ensure that Texas has the number of practicing physicians we need.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

February 8, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: What the Bipartisan Budget Act Means for Texas

Makes Almost $90 Billion in Disaster Relief Available for Those Recovering from Hurricanes: Ensures Texas will have increased access to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds

From Senator John Cornyn

February 8, 2018

Senator Borris Miles: Statement on HISD Budget Cuts

Last week, HISD proposed budget cuts to close their multi-million dollar deficit which would have a devastating impact on students, staff and communities of color. The proposed cuts include reducing bus routes and cutting janitorial services in schools.

From Senator Borris Miles

February 8, 2018

Kevin Roberts Campaign: Roberts Earns Endorsement from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF)

As a staunch defender of Constitutional rights and the only candidate for the 2nd Congressional District with a proven record of fighting to preserve the Second Amendment, Kevin Roberts today announced his endorsement from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). “I am honored to have the NRA Chairman, Chris Cox, recognize my commitment, dedication, and proven record of fighting to preserve the Second Amendment Rights of Texans,” said Roberts.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign

February 8, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: House Agriculture Committee Hearing Will Be Held In El Paso To Address Interim Charge

On Wednesday, February 21, there will be a House Agriculture & Livestock Committee hearing in El Paso. All members of the community are invited to attend this hearing, which will address an interim charge brought forth by Representative González concerning the identification of methods for the early detection of exotic invasive organisms that could threaten agricultural crops such as cotton.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

February 8, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Educators Endorse Beto O'Rourke for the U.S. Senate

The National Education Association, supporting the recommendation of its Texas affiliate, the Texas State Teachers Association, today announced its endorsement of Beto O’Rourke for the U.S. Senate. “Beto O’Rourke is the only candidate in the race committed to giving all Texas school children an opportunity to succeed,” said TSTA President Noel Candelaria. “In the Senate, Beto will continue working to assure that teachers have the resources and the professional freedom they need to teach to the child and not to the test.”

From Texas State Teachers Association

February 8, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Texans on U.S. Olympic Team

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in advance of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony, recognizing the three Texans on the U.S. Olympic team: “The Lone Star State has a long, proud history of first-rate athletes – and the Texans on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team are no exception. The accomplishments of the entire team leading up to this point are a testament to their extraordinary talent and relentless dedication.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 8, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Gratified Senate Is Taking Up $89.3 Billion in Disaster Relief, Including for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will soon consider revised disaster relief legislation that includes $8 billion in more funding available for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts than the version that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December: “While Texans have begun the rebuilding process in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our state is still in need of resources as we recover from the most extreme rain event in our nation’s history,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 8, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: It Will be an American Who First Steps Foot on Mars

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competiveness, today delivered the keynote address to the 21st Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference. There he discussed his efforts to advance America's leadership in space and his commitment to the International Space Station. He also urged for the swift confirmation of NASA Administrator nominee, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.).

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 7, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Urges Support for Senate Disaster Relief Bill

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged his colleagues to support the budget agreement announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which will include funding for disaster relief, including Hurricane Harvey.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 7, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: To Cornyn: Act Now to Provide Documented Status for DACA, TPS Participants

A delegation from the Texas AFL-CIO today urged U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a key broker in discussions on sustaining documentation for hundreds of thousands of working people, to act now to protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 7, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Distributes Nearly $912 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 6.2 percent more than in February 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2017 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

February 7, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Speaks at US-Mexico Bordernomics News Conference

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, and Homeland Security and Defense Subcommittees, joined Congressman William Hurd (TX-23), Senior Vice President of IBC Bank Eddie Aldrete, Executive Director of Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together (MATT) Aracley Garcia-Granados, Board Member of the MATT Foundation & Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, along with trade and border experts, to participate in the revealing of a trade study by renowned Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

February 7, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Highlights Efforts to Reduce Burdensome Regulations at Texas Water Day

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed members of the Texas Water Conservation Association for the 14th annual Texas Water Day. There, he discussed the four major victories achieved for Texans in 2017, including repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, and reducing the burden of federal regulations.

From Senator Ted Cruz

February 7, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Releases Spanish-Language Ad: "Todos"

Democratic candidate and nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis released “Todos,” the first major Spanish-language ad in the campaign for Texas’s 7th congressional district. The ad is running online, targeting Hispanic voters. The district is nearly 30% Hispanic.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

February 7, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC: Endorses Ruben Villarreal For Texas State Representative, District 144

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC announces its endorsement of Ruben Villarreal for ?Texas State Representative, House District 144. ?"We are very excited to join several other organizations in supporting Ruben Villarreal's campaign for the Texas House of Representatives. The voters of HD 144 deserve a committed public servant who will work diligently for Pasadena," said Hispanic Republicans of Texas Board Chair, Mano DeAyala.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC

February 7, 2018

TXBIZ FEDPAC: Releases List of Endorsements for Texas' Congressional Contenders

Today, TXBIZ FEDPAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, released its list of endorsements for Texas’ congressional seat holders. The TXBIZ FEDPAC stands behind officeholders who will represent Texas’ best interests in Washington, D.C. and fuel the state’s economic growth.

From TXBIZ FEDPAC

February 6, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: To Press Case to Cornyn's Office In Support of Dreamers and Immigrants Under TPS

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay will lead a union delegation in a meeting with the staff of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn tomorrow at his Austin office.

From Texas AFL-CIO

February 6, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Endorses Victor Leal For Texas State Senate, District 31

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC announces its endorsement of Victor Leal for Texas State Senate, District 31. Leal will be running against Senator Kel Seliger and Mike Canon in the Republican primary. “Endorsing Victor Leal for the Texas Senate is an easy decision because his campaign is based on issues that are important to us and have created growth and opportunity for families across Texas.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

February 6, 2018

Van Taylor Campaign: Ted Cruz Endorses Taylor For Congress In The Third Congressional District

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced his endorsement of State Senator Van Taylor, who is running for Congress in the Third Congressional District of Texas. “Van is a strong conservative leader, and I am proud to endorse him to be the next Congressman from the Third District of Texas,” said Cruz.

From Van Taylor Campaign

February 6, 2018

Texas Patriots PAC: Recommends Dan Crenshaw for Congressional District 2

The Texas Patriots PAC announces its recommendation of Dan Crenshaw for the open seat in the 2nd Congressional District for the US House of Representatives. Dan’s military and educational background bring well rounded skills to the needs of the US House.

From Texas Patriots PAC

February 6, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces Significant Voter Fraud Initiative and Offers Assistance in Addressing Starr County Voter Fraud

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office sent a letter to state Senator Bryan Hughes, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Election Integrity, announcing a significant voter fraud initiative and addressing key problems and policy areas related to election law.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 5, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Democrats Continue to Stall Texas Disaster Relief, Long-Term Funding Deal

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) implored his Democratic colleagues to allow disaster relief and a long-term government funding agreement to move forward, separate from the issue of illegal immigration.

From Senator John Cornyn

February 5, 2018

Chip Roy Campaign: Releases First Radio Ad, Featuring Ted Cruz

The Chip Roy for Congress campaign began running its first radio ad today, featuring Sen. Ted Cruz. The 60-second spot is running on stations throughout the 21st Congressional District of Texas.

From Chip Roy Campaign

February 5, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Holding County Affairs Hearing in Houston

Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) is holding a House Committee on County Affairs hearing in Houston tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6th to hear from experts and the public regarding interim charges related to Hurricane Harvey and county authority. Additionally, the Committee will discuss the implementation of Senate Bill 1849 otherwise known as the "Sandra Bland Act."

From Representative Garnet Coleman

February 5, 2018

Eric Johnson Campaign: Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson Reports Nearly $25,000 Raised Last Month; Maintains Over $371,000 Cash On Hand

Texas State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) has reported over $371,000 cash-on-hand in his 30-day pre-election campaign finance report covering the period from January 1, 2018 through January 25, 2018.

From Eric Johnson Campaign

February 5, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Endorses Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC announces its endorsement of Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas. "The Hispanic Republicans of Texas has found a strong ally in Lt. Governor Patrick who is as committed as we are to growing the Republican Party," said Hispanic Republicans of Texas Co-Founder George Antuna.

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

February 5, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Committee on Property Tax Reform Tells Frustrated Taxpayers Taxing Units Can Still Trigger Disaster Reappraisals on 2017 Property Tax Bills

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform met at Houston Community College’s Alief Campus to discuss disaster reappraisal as well as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, two Hurricane Harvey interim charges assigned by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Senators Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richmond Hills), Charles Perry (R- Lubbock) and Van Taylor (R-Plano) were all in attendance.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 5, 2018

Beverly Powell Campaign: Star-Telegram Editorial Board Recommends Beverly Powell

Yesterday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommended Beverly Powell in the upcoming Democratic Primary for Texas State Senate District 10. Star-Telegram highlights Powell's school board experience: After serving on the Burleson School Board for 10 years, the Star-Telegram said that Powell's experience on the school board would allow her to "hit the ground running if the legislature reforms education funding."

From Beverly Powell Campaign

February 2, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: State Representative John Cyrier Endorses Bech Bruun for Congress; Says He's The Best Candidate For Rural Texans

Texas State Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, saying the Bech Bruun was the best candidate for rural Texans in U.S. Congressional 27, has endorsed the Corpus Christi native for Congress in District 27. Cyrier represents Bastrop, Caldwell and Gonzales counties in Congressional District 27.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

February 2, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Texas House Members Urge Senate Action On Harvey Relief

Yesterday several members of the Texas delegation wrote a letter to Senate leadership urging quick action on a third emergency supplemental spending bill to provide critical relief to impacted areas and the people who have been living in temporary shelter in the State of Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfall last August. The House has acted to provide critical funds for Texas and the other states and territories damaged by the devastating hurricane season of 2017.

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 2, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on Release of HPSCI Memo

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 the declassification and release of a memo on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) majority.

From Representative Michael McCaul

February 2, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Commends Release of Memo

Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement regarding the public release of the House Intelligence Committee Majority memo. “President Trump should be applauded for releasing the memo. As a former Judge, I am alarmed by the abuses of government surveillance on Americans under the pretext of FISA,” said Congressman Poe.

From Representative Ted Poe

February 2, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform Listens to Frustrated Taxpayers

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform met at Houston Community College’s Alief Campus to discuss disaster reappraisal as well as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, two Hurricane Harvey interim charges assigned by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. Senators Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richmond Hills), Charles Perry (R- Lubbock) and Van Taylor (R-Plano) were all in attendance.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

February 1, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Prevails Over the Obama Administration's Unlawful Felon Hiring Rule

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised the U.S. District Court for siding with Texas in a lawsuit challenging unlawful hiring guidelines issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that limit the ability of employers – including the state of Texas and its agencies – from categorically excluding convicted felons from certain employment positions.

From Office of the Attorney General

February 1, 2018

Shepherd Government Affairs: Obie Salinas & Gus Garcia Announce the Launch of Shepherd Government Affairs

Today, Obie Salinas and Gus Garcia have announced their new partnership, a boutique firm focused on government and regulatory relations, public affairs, and strategic planning in economic development. Oberlyn "Obie" Salinas has served as the Chief of Staff to State Representative Poncho Neva?rez for the past 5 years.

From Shepherd Government Affairs

February 1, 2018

Representative Jeff Leach: Announces "Education Tour"; Plans to Personally Visit Every Public School Campus in House District 67 in 2018

Today, Representative Jeff Leach announced his “Education Tour," including plans to personally visit each public school campus in House District 67 prior to the 86th Legislature, which commences on January 8, 2019.

From Representative Jeff Leach

February 1, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Continues The Fight for Small Business Truckers

U.S. Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX-36) & Steve King (R-IA-04), along with 23 other Members of Congress, today sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) asking them to support the pending application for an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for small trucking businesses with exemplary safety records.

From Representative Brian Babin

February 1, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO COPE: Posts Endorsements for Congressional, Legislative Seats

The Texas AFL-CIO COPE rounded out its pre-primary endorsement list by adopting recommendations from central labor bodies across the state to go with endorsements made at the COPE Convention.

From Texas AFL-CIO COPE

February 1, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Speaker Straus' Call For Investigating Texas HHSC Contracting

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is calling for any investigation into contracting practices at the state’s Health and Human Services Commission to include an examination of taxpayer dollars thrown away in agency contracts with an unqualified anti-abortion organization called the Heidi Group.

From Texas Freedom Network

February 1, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: National Security Expert And TX-23 Congressional Candidate Gina Ortiz Jones Call Out Congressman Will Hurd's Vote To Release Nunes Memo

TX-23 Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones, a U.S. Air Force veteran and national security expert, with a combined 13 years in the intelligence community, released the following statement regarding Rep. Will Hurd’s reckless vote to release the ‘Nunes memo’.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

February 1, 2018

Kevin Roberts Campaign: Leading Harris County Law Enforcement Organizations Join Together to Endorse Kevin Roberts for 2nd Congressional District

Continuing his momentum with high-profile local endorsements, Kevin Roberts today announced he has earned the support of the Houston Metro Police Union F.O.P. and P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc., two leading organizations that represent law enforcement officers and their families across the 2nd Congressional District.

From Kevin Roberts Campaign

February 1, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Black History Month

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement today marking Black History Month: “Each February, Americans mark the birth month of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. But we also come together to pay tribute to the contributions made by the African American community to our great nation.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 1, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Observes International Day of Commemoration at the United Nations

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday attended the International Day of Commemoration at the United Nations and released the following statement:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

February 1, 2018

McGinnis Lochridge: Distinguished Austin law firm adds team of skilled corporate, estate planning and tax law attorneys

McGinnis Lochridge—a legal fixture in Austin for 90 years—today announced that 10 lawyers have joined the firm, bringing decades of experience in a wide variety of corporate and transactional matters, as well as estate planning and tax matters.

From McGinnis Lochridge

February 1, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Releases Television Ad for Texas' 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Today, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher released her first television advertisement throughout the Houston media market. “Fighter”—a 30-second spot—opens on Fletcher’s experience defending a Planned Parenthood clinic during the 1992 Republican National Convention, transitions into her work as a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and highlights her decade-long career as a lawyer.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

January 31, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Donna Howard Endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress

The Kopser for Congress campaign released the following statement from Texas Senator Kirk Watson and Texas Representative Donna Howard: Senator Kirk Watson said: “I couldn't be more excited by or proud of the energy we have seen in Texas 21. Since the last election, our party has produced a multitude of qualified candidates who have led substantive conversations with the voters of this district. While any of these candidates would be a great improvement, one candidate has proven himself to be the Progressive fighter we need to send to Congress. That person is Joseph Kopser.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

January 31, 2018

Texas Alliance for Life: Releases Texas Legislative Scorecard

Texas Alliance for Life (TAL), has released their 2017 Legislative Scorecard for both the Regular and First Called Special Sessions of the 85th Texas Legislature, which were both held in 2017. The scorecard highlights the tremendous pro-life success of the Legislature and recognizes the diligence of many elected officials in Texas who ensured that strong pro-life legislation passed into law.

From Texas Alliance for Life

January 31, 2018

Representative Ted Poe: Congressman Poe and Congressional PORTS Caucus Members Press for Infrastructure

On Wednesday, Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security (PORTS) Caucus co-chairs Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Ted Poe (TX-02) led a bipartisan coalition of 36 Members of Congress to call on Congressional leaders to ensure that any federal infrastructure package includes resources for America’s ports. “Our national supply chain begins at ports,” the Members wrote. “It is paramount that we provide our ports with the resources they need to both maintain and improve their infrastructure and the national freight network.” [Full letter text is below]

From Representative Ted Poe

January 31, 2018

Representative Brian Babin: Applauds President Trump's State of the Union Address

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) released the following video message today applauding President Trump’s State of the Union address: “The message from President Trump was loud and clear…America is back and we are only getting started,” said Rep. Babin. “Each day newspaper headlines announce that businesses are investing billions of dollars to expand here in America, building new factories, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs, and increasing wages for current employees.

From Representative Brian Babin

January 31, 2018

Speaker Joe Straus: Audit Highlights Lax Oversight At HHSC

A new state audit raises questions about the management of the state Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and illustrates the need for legislative hearings, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday. A report released this week by the State Auditor’s Office found that HHSC allowed Superior Health Plan, Inc. to report approximately $29.6 million in bonus and incentive payments paid to affiliates’ employees, even though those payments were not allowed under the state’s contract with Superior.

From Speaker Joe Straus

January 31, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Response to 2018 State of the Union

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The policies discussed are building blocks for a safe, strong, and proud America. Following the address, Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement: “President Donald Trump delivered a powerful State of the Union address.

From Representative Randy Weber

January 31, 2018

Insurance Council of Texas: 2017 Homeowner Complaints Minimal Despite Hurricane Harvey and Hailstorms

In 2017, Texas homeowners suffered significant losses from Hurricane Harvey, severe hailstorms and tornadoes around the state. Despite another year of bad weather, data from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) shows that justified consumer complaints continued to be low. Out of 6.7 million policies, and an estimated 700,000 homeowner claims, the agency recorded just 351 justified complaints.

From Insurance Council of Texas

January 31, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: And GOP Senators Urge Trump to Modernize NAFTA

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with 35 of his Senate Republican colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and outlining how President Trump can improve the agreement. “NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states,” the senators wrote. "Despite all of its benefits, however, we can do better and there are opportunities to improve the agreement.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 31, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'President Trump Underscored the Incredible Victories for Working Men and Women'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s first State of the Union address. “I thought the speech was very strong,” Sen. Cruz said. “The president highlighted the tremendous successes we had in 2017: passing a historic tax cut, reducing regulations, repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, and confirming a record number of strong constitutionalist judges.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 31, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on the President's State of the Union Address

This evening, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Committees on Intelligence and Foreign Affairs and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address to Congress: “There were few surprises in President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight. It was heavy on partisan promises, called for swift action without concrete details, and described a country, and political system, that is prospering.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 31, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Statement on the President's Inaugural State of the Union Address

Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union address.

From Representative Michael McCaul

January 31, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address to Congress: “Tonight, in his State of the Union speech, President Trump addressed the nation and laid out an agenda for the American people,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I am hopeful that the framework presented by the President will guide the country towards economic growth and prosperity.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 31, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: VIDEO: Cornyn Reacts to state of the Union Address

In a video, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) reacts to President Trump’s first official State of the Union address to Congress. Video and transcript can be found below. “Tonight’s State of the Union address from President Trump laid out big ideas and clear goals for the upcoming year. I support his call for greater bipartisanship in pursuing priorities that increase opportunity and strengthen the foundation of America.”

From Senator John Cornyn

January 31, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: President Trump's First State of the Union Address

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday night following President Trump’s first State of the Union Address to the nation: “Tonight, President Trump reminded us of what makes our nation great.

From Representative Roger Williams

January 30, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Addresses the President's First State of the Union

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) previewed President Trump’s first State of the Union and the legislative agenda in Congress this year. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 30, 2018

Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC: Releases List of Primary Endorsements

Today, the TSAPAC, the political arm of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA), released its lists of 2018 primary endorsements. The TSAPAC supports candidates who are committed to advancing the practice of the medical specialty of anesthesiology in the state and willing to continuously work on the critical issues impacting physicians and the safety of their patients in Texas.

From Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC

January 30, 2018

Texas Border Coalition: Suggests Hybrid Border Security, DACA Bill

As Congress re-engages with the immigration-border security debate, the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) has been evaluating a number of proposals that are currently under consideration in Washington. “TBC is grateful to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for his leadership on behalf of border communities to help secure the border by eliminating Carrizo cane, hiring more Customs inspectors, upgrading the land ports of entry and hiring more immigration judges,” said Laredo Mayor and TBC Chairman Pete Saenz.

From Texas Border Coalition

January 30, 2018

Jay Hulings Campaign: On Heels of State of The Union Address, Jay Hulings Takes On Trump At U.S.-Mexico Border In New TV Ads

Today, Jay Hulings’ campaign will launch its first TV ads in the San Antonio Democrat’s bid for Congress in Texas’ 23rd congressional district, one of the most competitive swing districts in the country. The ads feature Hulings at the U.S. – Mexico border in Del Rio, TX, where Hulings worked for years as a federal prosecutor taking on drug cartels and corrupt politicians of both parties.

From Jay Hulings Campaign

January 30, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Addresses San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at their 40th annual ‘SA to DC’ fly-in. There, he discussed the four major victories of 2017, from passing historic tax cuts, and repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, to reducing the burden of federal regulations, and confirming strong, constitutionalist judges to the federal bench. He also shared his priorities for 2018 moving forward.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 30, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin Endorses Bech Bruun For Congress In District 27

Citing his ability to work with law enforcement on issues like human trafficking and the drug cartels, Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin today endorsed Bech Bruun For Congress in District 27. “We need experienced leadership representing us in Washington, D.C.,” said Kaelin, who has been in law enforcement for over 40 years. “Bech is from here, he knows the district and he has the tools to get the job done.”

From Bech Bruun Campaign

January 30, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND: Official Endorsements for 2018 Primaries

The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND), Inc. has released an official endorsement list for the 2018 primary elections. “Texas requires strong leadership on both the state and federal levels,” Russell Boening, president of TFB and AGFUND, said. “The candidates AGFUND has endorsed bring with them leadership skills, accountability and an understanding of agriculture.”

From Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND

January 30, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb Endorses Bech Bruun For Congress In District 27

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb endorsed Bech Bruun For Congress in District 27 today, noting his connections to the region and his “clear track record of getting things done.” “Today Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area are on the verge of economic growth and prosperity like we have never seen before,” McComb said.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

January 30, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform: Announces Lilyanne McClean to Join as President, Addition of Marc Watts and Michael Weekley as Board Members

TLR today announced Lilyanne McClean will join the organization in April as president, as well as the addition of Marc Watts and Michael Weekley to TLR’s Board of Directors. Dick Weekley and Dick Trabulsi, TLR’s cofounders and longtime leaders of the United States’ pre-eminent lawsuit reform movement, will continue to lead TLR’s day-to-day operations as senior chairman and chairman, respectively.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform

January 30, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Trump Administration's Failure to Impose New Russia Sanctions

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and House Foreign Affairs Committee, this evening released the following statement: “Last July, the House passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act in a sweeping bipartisan vote of 419-3 that the President reluctantly signed into public law.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 30, 2018

Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign: Releases First Ad: "Tough"

Today, Democratic candidate for Texas’s 7th congressional district and nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis released his first TV ad of the primary election, “Tough.” The 15-second spot, which will be backed by a significant cable buy in the Houston media market and online, tells the story of how Alex will stand up to President Trump’s administration.

From Alex Triantaphyllis Campaign

January 30, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on House Intelligence Committee's Vote to Release Classified Nunes Memo

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the Committee’s vote this evening to release only the Majority memo: “It’s clear that the Intelligence Committee’s vote tonight to only declassify the Republican memo, and not the Democratic one, is yet another attempt to protect Trump and discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Putin’s 2016 presidential election hack.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 30, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Senate Democrats' Filibuster of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate Democrats’ filibuster of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: “Today, Senate Democrats continued their tradition of neglecting moral responsibility and blocked legislation that would put an end to abortions of babies older than five months and provide protections for unborn children capable of feeling pain.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 30, 2018

Senators Ted Cruz and Representative Henry Cuellar: To Bring Stephen and Pam Willeford as Guests to State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) announced they will bring Stephen and Pam Willeford as their guests to the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. “I am honored to have Pam Willeford attend as my guest at the State of the Union,” Sen. Cruz said.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 29, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Statement on Protecting DACA Recipients

Today, January 29, 2018 the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held a press conference calling on national leaders to provide a clear path to citizenship for all DREAMers. Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) released the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman

January 29, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Stands Committed to Honoring the Dignity of the Unborn and Defending Texas Law on the Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office will continue fighting to honor the dignity of the unborn after a U.S. District Court issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Texas’ new law on the humane disposition of fetal remains.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 29, 2018

Texas Health Care Association PAC: Announces 2018 Primary Endorsements

The political action committee representing skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across Texas today announced who they are supporting in the March 6 primaries. “The Texas Health Care Association PAC stands behind lawmakers who stand up for Texas seniors,” said Kevin Warren, President and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association.

From Texas Health Care Association PAC

January 29, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Appointed to America's Cabinet

Earlier this year, Rep. González was appointed to the Young Elected Officials Network’s national cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. Today, on the eve of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, Rep. González joined her fellow cabinet members to announce a collaborative vision for how America could live up to its promise here at home and around the world.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

January 29, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Average Houston Home's Property Tax Payment Rises to Nearly $5,000, Payment Due by January 31

Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) highlighted just how rapidly property tax bills have increased on an average Houston home by releasing the 8-line property tax bill calculations below that show property taxes are up 37.45%, or $1,341, in just four years. The average Houston home, with a market value of around $235,000 will pay $4,924 in property taxes, up dramatically from $3,582 in 2013.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 29, 2018

Representative Garnet Coleman: Announces County Affairs Hearing in Houston

Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) has announced that the House Committee on County Affairs will meet in Houston on February 6th to hear from experts and the public regarding interim charges related to Hurricane Harvey and flooding. Additionally, the Committee will discuss the implementation of Senate Bill 1849 otherwise known as the "Sandra Bland Act."

From Representative Garnet Coleman

January 26, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Discusses Over $144 Billion in CHIP Funding for the Next Six Years

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, supported the recent reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that will appropriate over $144 Billion for the next six years and provide funding for 9 million children across the United States. In Texas alone, over 1 million children will benefit by seeing their doctors for health care, preventive health, urgent care and hospitalization as well for services and rehabilitation.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 26, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Trump's Previous Attempt to Fire Mueller

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement: "Reports that the President sought to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller is yet another incident of Trump trying to dictate the boundaries of the investigation. Congress—including Republican leadership—must investigate it, and so too should Special Counsel Mueller as obstruction of justice which could ultimately move Trump closer to impeachment.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 26, 2018

Representative Michael McCaul: Visits Local Organizations Combating Human Trafficking

Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hosted meetings with local organizations combating human trafficking.

From Representative Michael McCaul

January 26, 2018

Travis County Tax Office: Voter Registration Deadline Feb. 5 for March Primary Election

The Travis County Tax Office is gearing up for the Primary Election voter registration deadline, Monday, Feb. 5, by providing several locations where you can register to vote. The tax office is working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to offer voter registration at several of its driver’s license locations, beginning Monday, Jan. 29 through the Feb. 5 deadline.

From Travis County Tax Office

January 26, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Presents $100,000 Federal Grant for Laredo Community College

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) presented a $100,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for unrepresented students who complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Laredo Community College (LCC). These funds will also support the first of its kind, NSF Conference from March 21st-23rd in Laredo, Texas.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 25, 2018

Texas DPS: Implements House Bill 1729

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that customers conducting driver license transactions may now make a monetary donation to the sexual assault evidence testing program. House Bill 1729, which passed into state law during the 85th Texas Legislative Session, requires DPS to establish a program to allow customers to provide voluntary financial contributions for testing evidence related to sexual assault or other sex offense cases.

From Texas DPS

January 25, 2018

Phillip Huffines Campaign: Realtor Coalition Endorsements

The Phillip Huffines for Texas Senate campaign announced today a list of 31 Realtors who work in the district who have endorsed his campaign for the open seat in Senate District 8. Phillip had this to say: “It’s truly humbling to have such broad support from the Realtor community in Senate District 8—our pro-business, pro-growth message is resonating.

From Phillip Huffines Campaign

January 25, 2018

Bech Bruun Campaign: The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Endorses Bech Bruun for Congress In District 27

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has announced their support for Bech Bruun in the race for CD-27, a 13-county district which spans as far south as Nueces County and as far north as Bastrop County. “Texas ranchers and landowners depend on capable, experienced representation in our nation’s capital, which is why we are proud to support Bech Bruun for Congress,” said Richard Thorpe, co-chairman of the TSCRA PAC.

From Bech Bruun Campaign

January 25, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Support of Trump Administration's Plan to Phase Out DACA

Leading a coalition of 13 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to overturn a lower court ruling that prevents the Trump administration from phasing out the illegal Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 25, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Introduces Bill To Help Prosecute Criminal In DNA Cold Cases

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the Justice Served Act of 2018, which would provide funds to prosecute the rape kit backlog and justice for victims of heinous crimes like sexual assault by resolving cold cases and exonerating those wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Senators Cruz, Tillis, Brown, Heller, Portman, and Feinstein are cosponsors of the legislation.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 25, 2018

TXBIZ PAC: Releases List of Legislative Endorsements for PRo-Business Candidates

Today, TXBIZ PAC, the political action committee representing the Texas Association of Business, released its list of endorsements for legislative candidates and incumbents. TXBIZ PAC supports contenders and officeholders who are committed to improving the business environment in the state and will remain focused on the real issues impacting Texans.

From TXBIZ PAC

January 25, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: To Participate In Centennial Remembrance Of The Porvenir Massacre

State Sen. José Rodríguez will participate in the "Texas State Representative José T. Canales & the 1918 Porvenir Massacre," which will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 28) in the Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

January 25, 2018

Representative Eric Johnson: Dallas Area Elected Officials Endorse State Rep. Eric Johnson

State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) is being challenged in the Democratic Primary for the first time since he was elected to represent District 100 in the Texas Legislature in 2010. The following list of Dallas area elected officials have endorsed him in his bid for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Eric Johnson

January 25, 2018

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Endorses Craig Estes for Senate District 30

The Texas Association of Manufacturers’ political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of incumbent Senator Craig Estes in the contested Republican primary for Texas Senate District 30.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

January 25, 2018

Jason Westin Campaign: Statement From Dr. Jason Westin On His First Campaign Commercial

Today, Dr. Jason Westin is proud to launch the campaign's first TV commercial, titled "Fighting for Facts". The ad will go live on January 25th and is the first on the air in the 7th Congressional District of Texas.

From Jason Westin Campaign

January 24, 2018

Texas Land Developers Association: Chairman Todd Hunter Kicks Off First Annual Texas Home & Mortgage Symposium

– Chairman Todd Hunter, R-District 32, will headline the first annual Texas Home & Mortgage Symposium January 25, as the opening keynote speaker, before more than 100 attendees from across the state.

From Texas Land Developers Association

January 24, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Sentencing of Larry Nassar

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. More than 160 women accused Nassar of sexual abuse, many of whom were abused at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2018

Fran Watson Campaign: Fran Watson Receives National Endorsement from Victory Fund

Candidate for Texas State Senate, District 17, Tuesday received the endorsement of Victory Fund. LGBTQ Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.

From Fran Watson Campaign

January 24, 2018

Texas Values Action: State, Federal Offices in Latest Wave of Pro-Faith, Pro-Family Endorsements

Three Texas Legislature challengers, one contender for Texas Railroad Commissioner, and two candidates for Congress are the latest to be endorsed by Texas Values Action.

From Texas Values Action

January 24, 2018

Elliott McFadden Campaign: Congressional Candidate Elliott McFadden Calls Out "Corporate Friendly" Opponent and his DC-Elite Backers

Democratic candidate Elliott McFadden is sounding the alarm in the 21st Congressional District of Texas and nationwide. McFadden is accusing powerbrokers in Washington of trying to use their money and influence to dictate that former Republican Joseph Kopser will win the Democratic nomination in that race, even though he is clearly not the choice of informed voters.

From Elliott McFadden Campaign

January 24, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: FOIA Request Reveals ICE Misled Public On 2017 Immigration Raids

Early this week, Gus Bova with the Texas Observer tweeted the results of a Freedom of Information Act request he submitted for details about the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation in South-Central Texas last February.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

January 24, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'There is a Renewed Sense of Urgency to Empower Families and Give Children an Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution declaring this week ‘National School Choice Week.’ Sen. Cruz also praised Texans celebrating student opportunity and school choice at the over 3,900 school choice events across the Lone Star state.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 24, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Multi-State Brief to Prevent Federal Overreach

Leading a coalition of seven states, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to protect critical state social service agencies from federal overreach.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 24, 2018

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Announces Primary Endorsements

The Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), the political arm of the Texas Association of Manufacturers (TAM), today announced its endorsements for the 2018 primary elections on March 6, 2018 in Texas.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

January 24, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Blasts Gov. Abbott's Letter to Trump

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes issued the following statement in response to Governor Abbott’s newly released letter to the Trump-Pence Administration. In his letter, Abbott applauds Trump’s recent attempts to block women’s access to health care and again requests federal funding for the state’s failed “Healthy Texas Women” program -- a program that was created in order to block care at Planned Parenthood, with devastating results for Texans.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

January 23, 2018

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Statement on Overpass Strikes

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) Tuesday released the following statement: "I'm frustrated and concerned about the alarming rate at which overpasses along I-20 in West Texas are being struck by oversized loads. These overpass strikes compromise highway safety, cause traffic congestion and cost taxpayers up to millions of dollars in repairs.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

January 23, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Texas Deputy Solicitor General J. Campbell Barker to U.S. District Court of Tyler

Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised President Trump’s nomination of Deputy Solicitor General J. Campbell Barker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Barker joined the attorney general’s office in 2015 and handles a wide range of state and federal cases. “I proudly support Cam Barker as President Trump’s nominee to fill one of the vacant judgeships in the Eastern District of Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said.

From Office of the Attorney General

January 23, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Cruz, Warren Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military Retirees

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced a bipartisan resolution designating April 18, 2018 as “Military Retiree Appreciation Day” to commemorate the life-long service of military retirees. The resolution encourages Americans to honor the past and continued service of the approximately 2 million retired service members across the United States.

From Senator Ted Cruz

January 23, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise the Judicial Nominations of Albright, Barker, Kernodle, Truncale

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Alan Albright to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and Cam Barker, Jeremy Kernodle, and Michael Truncale to fill judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

January 23, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Pushes Democrats to Stop Delaying Full Funding for Pentagon, Disaster Relief

Today at a press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the remaining priorities in need of full funding after the government shutdown, including the Defense Department and disaster relief. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

January 23, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Texas Commission on Public School Finance Holds First Meeting in Austin

The Texas Commission on Public School Finance met for their inaugural meeting today in Austin. Highlighting the “explosion of property taxes in Texas”, Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) presented data showing property tax levy growth from 2006-2016. Over this period, local school property tax levies have only grown by 43%, due to legislative buy downs of property tax rates and a recent homestead exemption increase.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

January 23, 2018

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement on Trump Voting Commission Pursuit of Texas Election Data

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement after the Trump Administration’s voting commission pursued Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters: “It’s likely this was part of a plan to suppress the Hispanic vote in Texas.

From Representative Joaquin Castro

January 23, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Opens Online Survey On Special Education Corrective Action Draft Plan

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has made available an online survey to solicit feedback on its draft corrective action plan for special education. The online survey, which is available on the TEA website (https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED), is open to anyone wishing to provide input on the draft plan.

From Texas Education Agency

January 23, 2018

The Wind Coalition: New Report: Texas Dominates Wind Energy Jobs, Investment

Texas produces more wind energy than almost any country in the world and ranks first in the nation in wind-related jobs, installed wind capacity and projects under construction, according to a new report from the Southern Legislative Conference.

From The Wind Coalition

January 23, 2018

Representative Jim Murphy: Earns 100% From NFIB/Texas on 2017 Voting Record

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/Texas) announced the results of their legislative scorecard for the 85th session on Wednesday. State Representative Jim Murphy earned a perfect score for his voting record in support of small business in the state. Representative Murphy has been recognized by NFIB/Texas in previous legislative sessions for his voting record.

From Representative Jim Murphy

January 23, 2018

Thomas McNutt Campaign: Senator Brian Birdwell Endorses Thomas McNutt for State Representative

Senator Birdwell endorsed McNutt saying, "In recent months, I’ve not only watched Thomas McNutt out on the campaign trail, but I’ve also spent a lot of time visiting with him about his faith, conservative values, policy positions, and his sincere understanding of the proper role and function of government.

From Thomas McNutt Campaign

January 23, 2018

Steven Kling Campaign: Announces Strong 2017 Fundraising Numbers

Texas State Senate candidate, Steven Kling, announced that he has raised $74,186 so far in the race to defeat Sen. Donna Campbell. With over eight months until the general election, Steven Kling for Texas Senate campaign has already raised twice as much as any Democratic challenger Sen. Donna Campbell has ever faced.

From Steven Kling Campaign

January 23, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on CHIP Extension, Government Shutdown

Today Congress voted to end the government shutdown and to extend the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. Members of Congress failed to adopt protections for young immigrants who came to America as children or to approve hurricane relief funding.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

January 23, 2018

Manufacturers PAC of Texas: Endorses Cindy Burkett for Senate District 2

The Texas Association of Manufacturers’ political action committee, the Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT), today announced its endorsement of Cindy Burkett in the contested Republican primary for Texas Senate District 2. The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers and MPACT Board Member. “Manufacturing is a core sector of our robust Texas economy and we proudly support a proven candidate like Cindy Burkett, who has demonstrated a commitment to growing jobs and keeping manufacturing strong in our state.

From Manufacturers PAC of Texas

January 23, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Passing Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government

Congressmen Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted to reopen the federal government after a three-day government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution passed by a total vote of 266 Yeas to 150 Nays— 221 Republicans and 45 Democrats voted in favor in the U.S. House of Representatives and will keep the government funded until February 8, 2018. It passed in the U.S. Senate by a total vote of 81 Yeas to 18 Nays— 49 Republicans and 32 Democrats voted in favor.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

January 23, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Statement on Government Reopening

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Monday after Congress voted to reopen the Federal Government: “After three days of a senseless government shutdown, the Democrats gained nothing but the disappointment of the American people.

From Representative Roger Williams

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