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December 12, 2019

Representative Erin Zwiener: Named To House Interim Study Committee On Aggregate Production Operations

State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) was one of nine representatives and public members appointed to the House Interim Study Committee on Aggregate Production Operations (APOs) by Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) on Tuesday, December 10.

From Representative Erin Zwiener

December 12, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Now Recognizes Certain Out-Of-State Occupational Licenses Of Military Spouses

Texas Health and Human Services is recognizing out-of-state occupational licenses for spouses of military service members so that families moving to Texas can start work quickly.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

December 12, 2019

Henry Cuellar Campaign: Rep. Henry Cuellar Releases Endorsement List Of 114 TX-28 Leaders

Today United States Congressman, Henry Cuellar, representative for Texas’s 28th congressional district, released an endorsement list featuring 114 local elected officials, including officials from all of the district’s 9 counties. "No candidate for the 28th district has ever put out and endorsement list like this," Cuellar remarked. "It is truly unprecedented.

From Henry Cuellar Campaign

December 12, 2019

Environment Texas: Seven Texas Mayors Join National Coalition To Call For A Solar Energy Future

Mayors representing seven cities across Texas have joined a list of 300 across the U.S. in signing on to a letter, released this week by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, that calls for a future powered by more clean, renewable solar power. The group of “Mayors for Solar Energy” committed to this cause is bipartisan and represents cities of all sizes spanning all 50 states.

From Environment Texas

December 12, 2019

Mary Gonzalez Campaign: Democratic Lawmakers Send Open Letter To DNC Seeking More

In the beginning of the election cycle, the Democratic primary was applauded for having the most diverse pool of candidates. However, in a few short months, the infrastructure that has been established has demonstrated that, even with the possibility of diversity, opportunities may not be equal.

From Mary Gonzalez Campaign

December 11, 2019

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: No Surprise No Primary Challengers For GOP Senators

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued this statement today after the filing deadline for the 2020 Election Ballot confirmed that no Republican State Senator has a challenger in the March Primary Election: “It is no surprise that no Republican State Senator has a challenger in the 2020 Primary Election.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

December 11, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: Faith Leaders From Across Texas Sign Letter Opposing Local Abortion Bans

More than 170 Texas clergy and other faith leaders have signed an open letter condemning efforts in a number of small towns around the state to pass unenforceable abortion bans and label as criminal organizations entities that help women access reproductive health care services that include abortion care.

From Texas Freedom Network

December 11, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: All U.S. Attorneys General Call On Congress To Pass Bipartisan FIGHT Fentanyl Act

Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined all 56 attorneys general in calling for Congress to pass the bipartisan Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act, which permanently classifies fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs and ensures that law enforcement agencies and courts have the tools they need to bring justice to those trafficking in this deadly drug.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 11, 2019

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: TSRC Members Are Unopposed In GOP Primary

Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) announced that all nine members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus that are on the ballot in the 2020 election cycle will be unopposed in the March Republican Primary. This is a testament to the historic record of accomplishment by the Republican led Texas Senate, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, in passing conservative solutions to Texas challenges.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

December 11, 2019

TDP: RECAP: Texas Democrats On Filing Deadline

At the close of candidate filing, the Texas Democratic Party is proud of our candidates who filed for office in 2020. Key filing deadline highlights: Texas Democrats had a candidate file in every Congressional District (36/36).

From Texas Democratic Party

December 11, 2019

TexPIRG: Report: Texas Gets A "C-" For Economic Development Transparency

Texas received a “C-” for making critical information about how governments are subsidizing business projects with taxpayer dollars readily available to the public online, according to a new report from TexPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. Following the Money 2019, the organization’s tenth evaluation of online government spending transparency, gives 17 states a failing grade, while only four states received a grade of “B” or higher.

From TexPIRG

December 11, 2019

Representative Garnet Coleman: Appointed To House Select Committee On Statewide Health Care Costs

AUSTIN – On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced appointments to the House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs. Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement: "I have been appointed to the House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs by Speaker Bonnen.

From Representative Garnet Coleman

December 11, 2019

Christians Engaged: Bunni Pounds & Trayce Bradford Launch A New Nonprofit - Christians Engaged

Today, political consultant and former Congressional candidate, Bunni Pounds, and former President of Texas Eagle Forum, Trayce Bradford, launch a new 501(c)3 educational Christian nonprofit called Christians Engaged.

From Christians Engaged

December 11, 2019

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Maverick PAC Endorses Tony Gonzales For Congress

Maverick PAC (MavPAC), a national network of conservative young business professionals that donated over $180,000 directly to campaigns in the 2018 cycle, has endorsed Tony Gonzales for Texas’ 23rd congressional district. Additionally, they have named him to their ‘Majority Makers’ list of the top 10 congressional candidates in the country.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

December 10, 2019

Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions: Statement In Response To TWIA Board Vote Against A Rate Increase

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions (TCAIS) released the following statement in response to the vote Tuesday by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) board not to raise rates. The statement can be attributed to Beaman Floyd, executive director of the Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions, which represents major homeowners insurance companies doing business in Texas (Allstate, Farmers, Nationwide, State Farm, Texas Farm Bureau and USAA):

From Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions

December 10, 2019

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association: TWIA Board Votes On Rates And Member Company Assessments

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) Board of Directors voted today to assess member insurance companies $90 million based on losses from Hurricane Harvey and voted to defer further consideration of action regarding TWIA insurance rates on residential and commercial policies until its next statutorily required rate filing in August 2020. The member company assessment requires the approval of the Insurance Commissioner.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

December 10, 2019

Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers: Receives Legislative Achievement Award

Recently, State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD-113) was honored as the recipient of two prestigious service awards. On November 16, 2019, Bands of Hope, an area non-profit organization that supports underprivileged single women with children, named Representative Bowers as one of their 2019 Trailblazers. Bands of Hope's mission is to provide social and financial support to single women with children by empowering women to be successful by offering mentoring opportunities.

From Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers

December 10, 2019

North Texas Commission: Applauds Deal Reached On USMCA Trade Deal Ensuring Nearly 300,000 North Texas Jobs Will Be Safe

The North Texas Commission and the leaders of the North Texas region applaud the long-awaited news on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, also known as USMCA. This trilateral agreement, serving as the next iteration of NAFTA, will ensure that the nearly 300,000 North Texans whose jobs rely on trade with Mexico or Canada will continue to be active members of our region’s strong economy.

From North Texas Commission

December 10, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement On USMCA Progress

The following statement may be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced today an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

From Texas Farm Bureau

December 10, 2019

TDP: Houston Police Chief Calls Out Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, And Mitch McConnell For Their Cowardly Refusal To Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act

In the wake of yet another preventable tragedy, a Houston police sergeant’s death by a violent domestic abuser during a police call, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called out Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and their leader Mitch McConnell for their cowardly failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 10, 2019

Cesar Blanco Campaign: Unopposed In Democratic Primary, Cesar Blanco Turns Focus To 2020 General Election

Yesterday, December 9th at 6:00p.m. was the filing deadline for a place on the ballot for the 2020 Texas election cycle. State Representative César J. Blanco, who announced his candidacy for Texas Senate (District 29) in September, filed last month on November 12th for a place on the ballot. The seat is being vacated by Senator Jose Rodriguez who announced his retirement earlier this year.

From Cesar Blanco Campaign

December 10, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Final Defense Bill Benefits Texas Servicemembers, Families, and Veterans

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Senate and House Armed Services Committees announced their final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020: “One of Congress’ main duties is to provide for the national defense, and I’m glad to see that the final version of this year’s authorization bill includes provisions that will benefit Texas servicemembers, their families, and veterans,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

December 10, 2019

Representative Ed Thompson: Recognized As A 2019 Effective Conservative

Representative Ed Thompson was honored to be recognized as a 2019 Effective Conservative by the Conservative Round Table of Texas. “This award is based on your leadership to advance limited government and conservative solutions in the 2019 Session. This honor acknowledges your effective efforts to deliver results on essential issues for Texans,” stated Conservative Roundtable of Texas President, Robert Thetford.

From Representative Ed Thompson

December 10, 2019

Texas Values: Open Records Reveal Drag Queens Shocker: Worried About Criminal Record And Stayed At School For 10 Hours

As previously reported, Texas Values submitted an open records request to Austin and Willis Independent School Districts (ISD) after reports of drag queens being allowed on campus. The results are in and should be concerning to parents and administrators.

From Texas Values

December 10, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Joins 18-State Coalition Urging SCOTUS To Overturn The Shutdown Of A Job-Producing Pipeline

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office joined a coalition of 18 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that blocked construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, impeding the nation’s economic growth.

From Office of the Attorney General

December 10, 2019

Texas HDCC: Chair, Celia Israel: "Texas House Will Flip In 2020"

Texas Democrats need to flip just 9 seats in the Texas House to win control of the chamber for the first time since 2001. The Texas HDCC and allied organizations are targeting more than 20 seats that were within 10 points in 2018. Of those targeted seats, Beto O'Rourke won 9.

From Texas HDCC

December 10, 2019

Panhandle Hispanic Action Conservatives of Texas: Officially Endorses Dwayne Stovall For U.S. Senate

The Panhandle Hispanic Action Conservatives of Texas, also known as PHACTS, formally endorses Republican Dwayne Stovall for United States Senate. Stovall’s priorities of bringing Texans together, Putting Texas First and following the United States Constitution as written and amended perfectly aligns with the values of this organization.

From Panhandle Hispanic Action Conservatives of Texas

December 10, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats Fill Candidate In Every Congressional District

The Texas Democratic Party is proud to announce we are challenging every congressional district. After Texodus and Texas Democrats outraising Texas Republicans in 5 out of 6 DCCC targeted districts, Texas Democrats are the focal point of the House Democratic offensive strategy and poised to win congressional seats across the map.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 10, 2019

TDP: Applauds The Democratic Candidates Across The State Who Have Filed To Run For The Texas Legislature

The Texas Democratic Party is proud of the Democrats who have stepped up and filed to run for the Texas State Legislature in 2020. Texas Democrats are only 9 seats away from flipping the Texas State House and are targeting 22 seats that were within 10 points in 2018. The top of the ticket won a majority of seats in 2018, giving us a clear pathway to victory in 2020.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 10, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats Celebrate Strong Democratic Candidates In United States Senate Race

At the close of the candidate filing period, the Texas Democrats are excited by the strong candidates running for Senate to take out John Cornyn. Cornyn is vulnerable and weak, with four polls in a row showing him with a 25-37% approval rating in the state. With the strong candidates running against John Cornyn, Texas Democrats are ready to take back the Senate seat in November.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 9, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats On The Candidate Filing Deadline Tonight

Tonight at 6:00 PM marks the close of the candidate filing deadline. Texas Democrats are stepping up in every corner of our great state for offices on the Federal, State, and Local level.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 9, 2019

Inga Cotton Campaign: Mother And Educational Leader Inga Cotton Announces Run For State Board Of Education District 5

Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms, Inga Cotton, today announced her run for Texas State Board of Education District 5. The District covers Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba, and parts of Bexar and Travis counties. The seat is currently held by Ken Mercer, who announced his retirement this year.

From Inga Cotton Campaign

December 9, 2019

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Senator Lucio Fails To Show Up For Texas Women, Again

This past Saturday, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes held its first-ever candidate forum in the Rio Grande Valley with the candidates running in the Democratic Primary for Texas Senate District 27. Noticeably absent from the forum was longtime incumbent Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

December 9, 2019

TDP: Announces Vote-By-Mail Fund To Fully Fund The Largest Vote-By Mail Program In The Organization's History, Aims To Mail Out Record-Setting Amount Of Applications To Texas Voters

Today, the Texas Democratic Party launched its Vote-by-Mail Fund to fully fund the largest Vote-by-Mail program in the organization’s history. The Texas Democratic Party’s Vote-by-Mail program will send more than 925,000 vote-by-mail applications to Texas voters in the Democratic Primary.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 9, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: TFB President Says Eminent

The president of the state's largest farm and ranch organization told Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) members meeting in San Antonio that the battle to reform eminent domain in Texas is not over---- not by a long shot.

From Texas Farm Bureau

December 9, 2019

Dan Huberty Campaign: Huberty Earns Endorsements From Ted Poe

Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative, announced his endorsement by Ted Poe, former United States Congressman. “Dan is a friend, successful businessman and champion for our area,” Ted Poe explained. “Dan authored HB3, historic legisla

From Dan Huberty Campaign

December 9, 2019

Texas Farm Bureau: County Farm Bureaus Boost Membership In 2019

County Farm Bureaus across Texas were recognized for membership achievements during Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) 86th Annual Meeting Dec. 8 in San Antonio.

From Texas Farm Bureau:

December 6, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Hosting Public Hearing For $4 Billion In Mitigation Funds

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will host three regional public hearings in Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley and Houston to seek input on the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist eligible communities with mitigation projects.

From Texas General Land Office

December 6, 2019

TDP: Governor Greg Abbott Accused Of Removing Two Members Of The Texas State Commission On Judicial Conduct For Opposing Him On Hateful Policies In Secret Recording

In a bombshell revelation from the San Antonio Express-News, in secret recorded audio, Governor Greg Abbott’s office removed two members of the non-partisan Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct because he disagreed with their position on a case involving same-sex marriage.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 5, 2019

Texas House Democratic Caucus: Rep. Chris Turner Statement On Gov. Abbott Rescinding Appointments Over Same-Sex Marriage Case

Today, the Houston Chronicle reported that Governor Greg Abbott had rescinded two appointments to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The appointees believe they were ousted because of their actions on a specific case related to same-sex marriage.

From Texas House Democratic Caucus

December 5, 2019

Representative Lizzie Fletcher: Introduces Bill Naming Post Office In Honor Of Slain Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) introduced legislation to name a post office in Houston after Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, the first Sikh police officer to serve in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office while maintaining his articles of faith. Deputy Dhaliwal was killed in the line of duty on September 27, 2019.

From Representative Lizzie Fletcher

December 5, 2019

Nicole Collier Campaign: Making The List: What It Takes To Be A Texas-Approved Vendor

As a senior member of the House Business & Industry Committee, Rep. Nicole Collier is helping Texas contractors and vendors interested in doing business with state agencies, get a jump on 2020, through an informative town hall about Texas' procurement process.

From Nicole Collier Campaign

December 5, 2019

Texas Medical Association: TMA PracticeEdge ACOs Lead Texas In Medicare Savings

Three Texas Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) formed through TMA PracticeEdge were among state and national leaders in delivering quality care, improving patient outcomes, and generating more than $17.5 million in Medicare savings during the 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) performance year.

From Texas Medical Association

December 5, 2019

Eric Holguin Campaign: Democrat Eric Holguin Files To Run For Texas House District 32 For 2020 Elections

On Wednesday, Eric Holguin filed to run as a Democrat for Texas House District 32, which encompasses half of Nueces County (Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Padre Island, Port Aransas). Holguin announced his intentions to run for the office earlier this summer. He is running on a platform of change that puts people first.

From Eric Holguin Campaign

December 4, 2019

TDP: Developing ICYMI: 80,000 Texas Immigrants Stuck In Naturalization Limbo As 2020 Elections Loom

In a bombshell reveal by the Houston Chronicle, 80,000 Texas immigrants are stuck in naturalization limbo. This is the latest in Trump Republicans’ ongoing attacks on immigrants and mixed-status families. Instead of fixing the family backlog and passing comprehensive immigration reform, Republicans see a way to suppress the vote and potentially alter the election in the nation’s biggest battleground state.

From Texas Democratic Party

December 4, 2019

Wendy Davis Campaign: Davis Makes It Official And Files For U.S. House

Today, Wendy Davis made it official and submitted her paperwork to be the next Congresswoman from Texas’ 21st Congressional District. Surrounded by her daughter, granddaughters, and dozens of supporters, Wendy pledged to be a voice for the people of Central Texas.

From Wendy Davis Campaign

December 4, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Recognized By Conservative Roundtable Of Texas

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received two awards for achieving results that advance the principles of limited government from the Conservative Roundtable of Texas. Senator Nelson was recognized as an Exemplary Conservative for her leadership in producing a prudent, strategic budget, tax cuts and relief, as well as policies that increase government transparency.

From Senator Jane Nelson

December 4, 2019

TDP: From Donald Trump To Greg Abbott To Dennis Bonnen To The Leaked Republican Playbook To Rick Miller, Texas Republicans Are In Complete And Utter Chaos

Following the forced resignation yesterday of Republican State Representative Rick Miller, one underlying fact became abundantly clear: Due to racism, infighting, bribery, Texodous, and outright scared incumbents in the biggest battleground state in the country, the Texas Republican Party is in complete and utter chaos:

From Texas Democratic Party

December 4, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats On Vulnerable Republican Rick Miller Not Seeking Re-Election

Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee Chair Celia Israel issued the following statement: “Every Texan has the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. Texas Democrats are proud our candidates represent all Texans, no matter who they love, the color of their skin, where they come from, disability status, or how they identify. We will flip the Texas House in 2020.”

From Texas Democratic Party

December 3, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Applaud HUD Announcement To Award Disaster Funding To Texas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced its commitment to allocate nearly $240 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help Texans repair housing, businesses, and critical infrastructure damaged by multiple flooding events in South Texas and Tropical Storm Imelda.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 3, 2019

Scenic Texas: Texas Legislators Recognized For Protecting Scenic Environment

Scenic Texas, the state’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public, announced that it will be recognizing six outstanding state legislators with inaugural awards.

From Scenic Texas

December 3, 2019

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Files Papers To Officially Put President Donald J. Trump On The 2020 Texas Ballot

“A strong majority of Texans are ready to reelect the President, no matter what socialist, job-killing, energy-hating, tax increasing, pro-abortion, anti-gun candidate the Democrats manage to drag across the finish line. I am proud to officially add his name to the Texas 2020 ballot.”

From Dan Patrick Campaign

December 3, 2019

Brandon Batch Campaign: Republican Brandon Batch Releases First TV Ad Of Campaign

Republican businessman Brandon Batch today released his first television ad in his campaign for Texas’s 11th Congressional District. District 11 covers much of West Texas including the cities of Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Andrews, Brownwood, and Granbury.

From Brandon Batch Campaign

December 3, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senate Select Committee On Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety Hearing In Austin Tomorrow

The Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety will convene for a hearing in Austin to hear invited and public testimony starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 4).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

December 3, 2019

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Joins Texas Tribune's Odessa Event Discussing Oil's Impact On Texas

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) will be a panelist at an event hosted by The Texas Tribune to discuss Texas' oil and gas sector. The panel, titled BOOM: A Conversation About How the Oil and Gas Sector Impacts Texas, is scheduled to take place from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 10 in the Saulsbury Campus Center at Odessa College.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

December 3, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: Applauds Senate Confirmation Of Dan Brouillette To Be U.S. Secretary Of Energy

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement applauding the Senate’s confirmation of Dan Brouillette to be U.S. Secretary of Energy: “I’m pleased that a Texan will once again take the reins at the Department of Energy. Texas stands as a pillar in America’s energy renaissance.

From Senator Ted Cruz

December 2, 2019

Wendy Davis Campaign: Davis Responds To Chip Roy Announcing His Re-Election Campaign

Today, Wendy Davis released the following statement welcoming Congressman Chip Roy to the race now that he’s finally decided to run for re-election: “Today is a big day for the Wall Street executives, pharmaceutical lobbyists and NRA bigwigs who have been praying that their favorite congressman, Chip Roy, would be running for reelection.

From Wendy Davis Campaign

December 2, 2019

Ron Reynolds Campaign: State Representative Reynolds Files For Re-Election

From Ron Reynolds Campaign

December 2, 2019

Phil Stephenson Campaign: Governor Abbott Endorses Rep. Phil Stephenson For Re-Election To HD85

Governor Greg Abbott endorses Republican Phil Stephenson for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. The state of Texas is on the path toward a brighter future thanks to the leadership of Representative Stephenson. In a statement, Governor Abbott expressed his appreciation for Representative Stephenson’s role in securing property tax and school finance reform.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign

December 2, 2019

Senator Borris Miles: Statement On False And Misleading Endorsement Mail Piece

"Recently, a mail piece endorsing candidates in the December 14 Run-Off Election included my photo and has been circulating from the Harris County Black Democratic News. "I am outraged that anyone would try to trick and mislead the citizens of Houston. Let me be clear I am not, nor have I ever endorsed Eric Dick or Willie Davis.

From Senator Borris Miles

November 27, 2019

Representative Jessica Gonzalez: Statement On Filing For Re-Election

State Representative Jessica Gonza?lez, D-Dallas, announced Wednesday afternoon she will seek re-election for a second- term. Gonzalez filed to continue representing Texas House District 104 ( HD 104 ), composing of areas in Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Irving. Representative Gonza?lez released the following statement after filing for re-election:

From Representative Jessica Gonzalez

November 27, 2019

Representative Henry Cuellar: Fix NICS Act Reported To Be A Success

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued the following statement on the Justice Department’s Fix NICS Act reported impact. Their study shows the bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congressman Cuellar and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), which passed in March, 2018, has reduced the number of firearm purchases by unlawful individuals.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

November 27, 2019

Texas Alliance for Life: Releases First Round Of Endorsements For Federal Offices

Texas Alliance for Life, Inc., is proud to release our first list of endorsed candidates for federal office for the Primary and General Elections. We are very pleased to endorse for reelection for President and Vice President Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence, respectively.

From Texas Alliance for Life

November 27, 2019

Environment Texas: Statement On Port Neches Explosion

This morning the TPC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas exploded, sending three workers to the hospital and causing damage throughout the city. “Yet another disaster at a chemical plant in Texas, putting local communities, workers, and first responders at risk,” said Catherine Fraser, Clean Air Associate with Environment Texas.

From Environment Texas

November 27, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Announces Senate Chamber Review Committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced today that he has appointed a committee to review the history and procedures for the placement of art and other decor in the historic Texas Senate Chamber. Senate Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, will chair the committee.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 27, 2019

Cecil Bell, Jr. Campaign: Governor Greg Abbott Proudly Endorses State Rep. Cecil Bell For Re-Election

Just days after filing for re-election to the Texas House District 3, Governor Greg Abbott announced his endorsement for State Representative Cecil Bell. Representative Cecil Bell is currently serving his fourth-term and has established himself as a Conservative Leader in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Cecil Bell, Jr. Campaign

November 26, 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Statement On Surprise Billing Rules

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following news reports that the Texas Medical Board may be attempting to weaken the surprise billing legislation passed in the 2019 Legislative Session: “After passing the strongest “surprise billing” protections in the nation, I am not happy to learn that attempts may be being made at the Texas Medical Board to create a loophole to undermine this important law.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

November 26, 2019

TDP: Four Takeaways From The Leaked Texas Republicans' 2020 Communications Plan

Last night, in a bombshell fumble by the Texas Republican Party, their 2020 communications plan was leaked to the Texas Democratic Party. Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement: “Republicans have already fumbled the ball and we aren't even in 2020 yet. They know they’re in deep trouble ‘given the polarizing nature of the President’ and expect ‘Republicans will refuse to turnout during the General Election because they don’t want to vote for him.’

From Texas Democratic Party

November 26, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services: Awarded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Grant

Texas Health and Human Services is receiving a two-year grant of over $3 million from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s State Capacity Building Initiative. The grant will increase the state’s capacity to provide free, confidential, emotional support and services to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

From Texas Health and Human Services

November 26, 2019

TDP: Texas Republican Party Fumbles The Ball Before 2020 Even Starts, Leaks Communications Plan To Texas Democratic Party

In a breaking story from the Dallas Morning News, the Republican Party of Texas communications plan leaked tonight, expressing the concern of the “polarizing nature” of Donald Trump and attempting to make a fake diversity video due to the lack of diversity in their candidates.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 26, 2019

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Representative Zwiener Responds To Leaked Republican Disinformation Memo

Representative Erin Zwiener expressed disappointment but not surprise at a leaked Republican Party of Texas strategy memo that contained plans to mislead voters. “I know that the Republican Party will use disinformation strategies to mislead Texas voters, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing,” said Rep. Zwiener, “I’ll continue to campaign the way I always have, talking to voters about issues that matter like education, health care, and protecting the Hill Country.”

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

November 25, 2019

Representative Joaquin Castro: Statement On Unethical Scheme At Lackland Air Force Base, Urges Improvements For Military Housing

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a member of the House Intelligence and Education and Labor Committees, released the following statement today and sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, in response to reports about an unethical scheme at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where bosses pressured employees to forge maintenance records for military housing and other salient projects, in order to collect millions in bonuses:

From Representative Joaquin Castro

November 25, 2019

TDP: What Is John Cornyn Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Between his dark money, D.C. donors fueling his campaign, to his allies Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell doing his job for him, to his cronies in the billionaire Koch network dropping $250,000 in digital ads for him this week, Cornyn knows he has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 25, 2019

Travis County Tax Office: Travis County Looking For Volunteer Help To Register Voters

The Travis County Tax Office invites all county residents 18 years of age and older to make a difference in their community by registering voters. Texas law requires residents to take a free, one-hour training course that ends with the swearing in of participants as volunteer deputy registrars, the designation required to register voters.

From Travis County Tax Office

November 25, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Announces Transfer Of $3.3 Billion To State Highway And Rainy Day Funds

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he recently completed the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”). Each fund received more than $1.66 billion, or 50 percent of the total transfer.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

November 25, 2019

Joe Moody Campaign: Moody Files For Reelection Buoyed By Dozens Of Local & State Endorsements

Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) filed for reelection as state representative for District 78, covering Northwest and Northeast El Paso, on November 9, 2019. Today, he followed that by releasing an extensive list of endorsements:

From Joe Moody Campaign

November 22, 2019

Mary Nan Huffman Campaign: Huffman Files For Harris County District Attorney

Mary Nan Huffman filed as a Republican candidate for Harris County District Attorney today at GOP Headquarters. “I’m running as the experienced conservative choice for Harris County. I’m a mom and a smart tough prosecutor, not a politician,” Huffman said.

From Mary Nan Huffman Campaign

November 22, 2019

Erin Zwiener Campaign: Texas State Representative Erin Zwiener Files For Re-Election

This week, surrounded by family and supporters, Texas State Representative Erin Zwiener filed for reelection. She is a fifth-generation Texan and lifelong conservationist who currently represents Texas House District 45. “It’s my greatest honor and privilege to represent Hays and Blanco Counties in the Texas House,” said Rep. Zwiener.

From Erin Zwiener Campaign

November 22, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Announces New Chief Program And Services Officer

Michelle Alletto has been named the Texas Health and Human Services Chief Program and Services Officer, effective Jan. 20. “Michelle has extensive experience in health and human services and will be a strong asset to the HHS team,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS executive commissioner.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

November 22, 2019

TDP: What They're Saying: Texas Democrats Host Worker's Roundtable To Counter Trump Campaign's Visit To Austin

Austin American-Statesman: Trump in Austin: Democrats rebuke Trump over economic policies “Democratic state representatives and local officials, flanked by labor leaders, airport workers, electricians, public school teachers and other workers, gathered Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Austin to denounce Trump administration policies that they said largely have hurt working class Texans while cutting taxes for wealthy people.”

From Texas Democratic Party

November 22, 2019

Senator Judith Zaffirini: Recognized By AARP For 2019 Legislation

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, received the 2019 Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. The organization presented the award to recognize the senator's legislative efforts to improve the state's guardianship system. Her Senate Bill (SB) 31, which went into effect on Sept. 1, established the Guardianship Abuse, Fraud, and Exploitation Deterrence Program, which will help prevent the exploitation of persons who need a legal guardian because they cannot care for themselves.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini

November 22, 2019

Alliance For Securing And Strengthening The Economy In Texas: Judge Puts Hold On Overreaching San Antonio Sick Leave Policy

State District Judge Peter Sakai has issued a hold on San Antonio’s overreaching sick leave policy, agreeing that it violates the Texas Constitution by mandating that employers provide more than what is required by Texas’ minimum wage law. The ordinance was set to go into effect December 1.

From Alliance For Securing And Strengthening The Economy In Texas

November 22, 2019

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Introduce Bill To Protect Water Supply Future Of Texas

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Thursday introduced the Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act. The bill would provide certainty to water agencies who supply water to Americans in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, by ensuring that interstate water transfers between the three states are not shutdown as a result of the Lacey Act, which affects trade in wildlife, fish, or plants across state lines.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 22, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Defends Right To Life For 9-Month-Old Baby Girl

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the District Court of Tarrant County in support of a nine-month-old baby girl who is fighting for her life after Cooks Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas denied the baby’s mother’s request to continue life-sustaining treatment for her. Texas law currently allows a hospital’s “ethics” committee to vote to remove life-sustaining treatment against a patient’s wishes.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 22, 2019

Representative Steve Toth: Condemns Texas Lottery Commission For Targeting Low Income Dollar General Customers

Friday, Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) denounced the Texas Lottery Commissions’ plans to offer lottery products in the checkout lines of 1500 Dollar General stores across the state. At the Commission’s most recent public meeting, Executive Director Gary Grief confirmed plans to go live with their in-line sales initiative at the discount retailer’s Texas locations.

From Representative Steve Toth

November 21, 2019

Senator Jose Rodriguez: ACLU, League Of Women Voters Present El Paso Citizen Training On Redistricting

The ACLU of Texas and the League of Women Voters of Texas, along with the Office of State Sen. José Rodríguez, will co-host a Citizen Training on Redistricting in Texas. The training will start with sign-in at 9:15, with the program running until noon Saturday (Nov. 23, 2019) at the Pat O'Rourke Recreation Center, 901 Virginia. (Senator Rodríguez to speak at 9:30 a.m.) The training is meant to help community members prepare testimony for Texas House Redistricting Committee hearings set to begin in January, 2020.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

November 21, 2019

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Commissioner Keller's State Of Texas Higher Education Address

In his first state of higher education address, Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller expressed his eagerness to partner with Texas higher education institutions and other stakeholders. The goals are to transform higher education through innovations that create streamlined pathways for Texas students.

From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

November 21, 2019

Senator Ted Cruz: 'There Is An Energy Renaissance Occurring In The United States, And Texas Is Leading The Way'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) final approval of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects in the state of Texas, three of which will be in Brownsville, and one in Corpus Christi. These projects will bring billions of dollars in investment to the state, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

November 21, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Cmr. George P. Bush Releases Plan For More Than $4 Billion In Mitigation Funds For Texas

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the release of the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Texas communities with mitigation projects.

From Texas General Land Office

November 21, 2019

Equality Texas: Following A National Search Equality Texas Names Ricardo Martinez Chief Executive Officer

Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to securing full equality for LGBTQ Texans today announced Ricardo Martinez as the new Chief Executive Officer of Equality Texas. He is a gay, bilingual, Mexican American and a recognized LGBTQ leader by the Obama Administration.

From Equality Texas

November 21, 2019

Genevieve Collins Campaign: VIEWPAC Endorses Genevieve Collins For Congress

Genevieve Collins’ Campaign is excited to announce the endorsement of the Value in Electing Women PAC or VIEW PAC. VIEW PAC’s endorsement follows endorsement’s from Maggie’s List and E-Pac’s (Rep. Elise Stefanik). This string of endorsements by conservative Republican PACs whose goal is to elect more Republican women underscores Genevieve’s strong candidacy.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

November 20, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats And Texas AFL-CIO Put Trump's Harmful Economic Policies On Full Display During Workers Roundtable

Today, the Texas Democratic Party and the Texas AFL-CIO hosted a workers roundtable exposing how working Texans have been failed by Donald Trump’s economic policies.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 20, 2019

TDP: Yet Another Trump Visit To Texas

“Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country. That’s why Trump is making his seventh visit to our state this year. He’s terrified. Republicans are terrified.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 20, 2019

Center for Public Policy Priorities: "Texas Counts" Statewide Campaign Launches With Funding For Census Outreach

More than 100 leaders across the state celebrated the launch today of Texas Counts, a statewide collaborative effort working to leverage, amplify and share resources across communities and sectors to ensure that every Texan is counted in the 2020 Census.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

November 20, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: McCaul And Ivanka Trump Meet With Human Trafficking Survivor

Tuesday, Courtney and Kelly Litvak, a Katy, TX residents, joined Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, to discuss the prevalence of human trafficking in our communities and how to improve the way our country combats this heinous crime and takes care of survivors.

From Representative Michael McCaul

November 20, 2019

Progress Texas: Trump Clinging To Texas As He Visits For The Seventh Time This Year

Donald Trump will visit Texas for the seventh time this year on Wednesday, more than doubling his 2017 and 2018 visit numbers and further proving that the state is crucial to his 2020 campaign. “Donald Trump and Texas Republicans see Texas as a battleground state, and that’s why he’s visiting for the seventh time this year,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 20, 2019

League of Women Voters of Texas: Finds Only 20% Of Texas Counties Following Security Best Practice

The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its fourth survey of Texas county websites in late October and early November 2019. The League is proud to celebrate counties large and small which meet the needs of the diverse voters in their county. The League report also brings to light significant deficits with many Texas county election websites.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

November 19, 2019

Phil Stephenson Campaign: State Representative Phil Stephenson Files For Reelection To House District 85

Saturday, November 9th, State Representative Phil Stephenson filed with the Republican Party of Texas for reelection as representative for House District 85. HD 85 is comprised of south Fort Bend, Wharton and Jackson Counties.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign

November 19, 2019

Progress Texas: Gov. Abbott Support Discrimination After Chick-Fil-A Ends Anti-LGBTQIA+ Funding

Texas Republicans continue to expose their attempts to discriminate against queer Texans. Yesterday, Chick-Fil-A announced plans to stop their longtime funding of anti-LGBTQIA+ organizations, to which Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted his disapproval.

From Progress Texas

November 19, 2019

Troy Brimage Campaign: Republican Mayor Troy Brimage Announces Candidacy For Texas State House

Lifelong Republican and Mayor of Freeport, Troy Brimage today announced his candidacy for Texas State House District 25, the seat being vacated by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen. House District 25 covers a large portion of Brazoria County including the cities of Angleton, Freeport, and Lake Jackson as well as all of Matagorda County.

From Troy Brimage Campaign

November 19, 2019

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Nueces County Legislative Delegation Statement On The Harbor Bridge Project

Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced the suspension of the FIGG Bridge Group (FIGG) from the Harbor Bridge Project. The suspension allows TxDOT time to fully review the recent findings by the National Transportation Safety Board and their investigation of the 2018 Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse that was designed by FIGG.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

November 19, 2019

Genevieve Collins Campaign: Collins Files For The 32nd Congressional District

Today, Genevieve Collins, frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 32nd Congressional District, officially filed to run in the Republican Primary. “It has been incredible to see the outpouring of support from across the 32nd District for my candidacy,” said Collins, a local businesswoman and 7th generation Texan.

From Genevieve Collins Campaign

November 19, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Receives Certificate Of Conservative Achievement

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received a Certificate of Conservative Achievement from The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF). In receiving this certificate, Senator Nelson was applauded for her commitment to America's core principles as written in the nation's Constitution as well as her leadership demonstrated throughout Texas' 86th Legislative Session.

From Senator Jane Nelson

November 19, 2019

Ed Thompson Campaign: State Representative Ed Thompson Officially Files For Re-Election

Republican State Representative Ed Thompson has officially filed to seek re-election to House District 29 of the Texas State House of Representatives. House District 29 covers the northern part of Brazoria County, including the cities of Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, and Liverpool.

From Ed Thompson Campaign

November 18, 2019

Eddie Morales Campaign: Morales Files Official Paperwork For HD 74, Announces Funding And Endorsement

Yesterday, Eddie Morales filed his paperwork at the Texas Democrat Party to be a candidate for State Representative, District 74 on the March Primary ballot. He was surrounded by his family and friends from Eagle Pass supporting and encouraging him.

From Eddie Morales Campaign

November 18, 2019

Texas Alliance for Life: Statement On Tinslee Lewis In Cook Children's Hospital And The Texas Advance Directives Act

Texas Alliance for Life today released the following statement on Tinslee Lewis in Cook Children's Hospital and the Texas Advance Directives Act. The statement is attributed to our Executive Director Joe Pojman, Ph.D.: A great deal of controversy has arisen regarding the appropriateness of specific medical interventions of an infant named Tinslee Lewis, who is at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

From Texas Alliance for Life

November 18, 2019

Texas Values: Statement On Chick-fil-A Charitable Giving

Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values said: “The continued focus on Chick-fil-A and the Cathy Family is more evidence of the growing attack by the left on entities and individuals who support Christian ministries. Chick-fil-A’s stated purpose is to “glorify God” and they are closed on Sunday, which is why some LGBT advocates will always hate them, regardless of what charities they support.

From Texas Values

November 18, 2019

Rhetta Andrews Bowers Campaign: Bowers Files For Re-Election To House District 113

Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers officially filed for re-election to House District 113 representing Rowlett, Garland, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, Combine, and Dallas this morning at the Dallas County Democratic Party headquarters. Joined by her husband, MSG (retired) John P. Bowers Jr. and her Mother Naomi Cox Andrews Esq., Bowers expressed “This moment is about who we want to be as a state.”

From Rhetta Andrews Bowers Campaign

November 18, 2019

Libertarian Booster PAC: Vows Revenge Against Texas Republicans

The Libertarian Booster PAC is recruiting Libertarian candidates to run against the ten weakest Republicans in the Texas House. The PAC is offering to help pay their filing fees. PAC president Wes Benedict commented, "This is revenge for House Bill 2504, which Republicans passed this year. It imposed massive filing fees in order to push out Libertarian candidates.

From Libertarian Booster PAC

November 18, 2019

Jay Dean Campaign: Representative Jay Dean Files For Re-Election, Receives Governor's Endorsement

Today, Representative Jay Dean filed for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives District 7, which covers Gregg and Upshur Counties. "I am blessed to have the confidence of my neighbors to serve as the voice for our East Texas communities in Austin.

From Jay Dean Campaign

November 18, 2019

Gary Gates Campaign: With Governor Abbott Endorsement, GOP Frontrunner Gary Gates Files For Texas House Primary

Republican Businessman Gary Gates today officially filed to seek the Republican primary nomination for State Representative in Texas House District 28. Gates is already the strong favorite in a Special Election runoff against Democrat Eliz Markowitz.

From Gary Gates Campaign

November 18, 2019

Representative Carl Sherman: "Grateful" For Rodney Reed Reprieve

District 109 State Representative Carl Sherman said today he was “grateful to God” the parole board unanimously voted to recommend the Governor delay the execution of Rodney Reed.

From Representative Carl Sherman

November 18, 2019

Pete Flores Campaign: Flores Files For Reelection

“As your Senator, I have fought for the people of District 19 and I humbly ask for their trust and vote again,” said Flores. “We had a successful legislative session during which I authored or sponsored dozens of constituent-focused bills.

From Pete Flores Campaign

November 18, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Chair Responds To Rodney Reed's Execution Halt

Senator Peter P. Flores filed for reelection with the Republican Party of Texas today. “As your Senator, I have fought for the people of District 19 and I humbly ask for their trust and vote again,” said Flores.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

November 15, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Recovers $63.5 Million For State Of Texas, U.S. Medicaid Program

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today resolved an enforcement action against pharmaceutical product manufacturer Lupin Limited, Lupin Inc. and Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its Chief Executive Officer Vinita Gupta and Executive Vice President, US Generics Robert Hoffman.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 15, 2019

Ernest Bailes Campaign: Representative Bailes Will File For Re-Election

Representative Ernest Bailes has announced he will file for re- election and seek a third term as the state representative for House District 18, including Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties. This past session, Bailes fought for property tax reform, public education, border protection and private property rights.

From Ernest Bailes Campaign

November 15, 2019

Mary Gonzalez Campaign: Lower Valley Native & El Paso Leader Rep. Mary Gonzalez Files For Re-Election

After a successful legislative session in the Texas House with numerous accomplishments, Rep. Mary González has officially filed for re-election for State Representative in House District 75. Rep. González looks forward to continuing to create an equitable school finance system, support the needs of farmers and rural Texans, and advocate for marginalized communities.

From Mary Gonzalez Campaign

November 15, 2019

TDP: Conservative 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Overturns Common-Sense Voter Registration Ruling

Yesterday, the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2018 ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio found that Texas was in violation of the federal National Voter Registration Act and the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because “it treated voters who dealt with their driver’s licenses online differently than those who obtained or renewed their licenses in person at Texas Department of Public Safety offices.”

From Texas Democratic Party

November 14, 2019

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: MALC Chair Responds To Chairman Nevarez's Statement

State Representative Rafael Anchía, Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), released the following statement: “Addiction is a serious illness and acceptance is the first step to recovery.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

November 14, 2019

Representative Chris Turner: Praises UT System For Approving Funds To Replace Aging UT Arlington Facility

Today, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to allocate $60 million from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) to construct a new building at the University of Texas at Arlington. The building, which has been a top priority for the university for several years, will house the School of Social Work and the College of Nursing's Health Innovation Smart Hospital.

From Representative Chris Turner

November 14, 2019

ADL: Hate Crime Reports In Texas More Than Doubled While Reports Nationwide Slightly Decreased In 2018

The number of reported hate crimes in Texas more than doubled between 2017 and 2018 while the number of reported cases nationwide slightly decreased, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime report released yesterday.

From ADL

November 14, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming To Be OAG Crime Victim Services Attempting To Defraud Texans

Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans about reported scam callers falsely claiming to be members of the OAG’s Crime Victim Services Division and attempting to obtain personal and financial information from members of the public.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 14, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Fifth Circuit Rules In Favor Of Texas Voter Registration System In "Motor Voter" Lawsuit

Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after it issued an opinion agreeing with Texas’s arguments that the three plaintiffs suing the state over its voter registration process lacked standing.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 13, 2019

Senator John Cornyn: Schumer Blocks Cornyn Prescription Drug Bill From Passing

Today, U.S. Senate Democrat Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) blocked passage of Sen. Cornyn’s (R-TX) bipartisan drug pricing bill with Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT). Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

From Senator John Cornyn

November 13, 2019

Progress Texas: Democrats Should Lead With Progressive Values & Convictions In 2020

Ahead of 2020, candidates are often asked if they are too progressive for Texas. The reality is that in our state, progressive values have become mainstream values. “Texas isn’t a red state. It is a state that for far too long has misrepresented the needs of Texans under Republican governance,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.

From Progress Texas

November 13, 2019

TDP: John Cornyn Won't Do His Job, Won't Even "Listen" Or "Watch" Public House Impeachment Inquiry

Yesterday, John Cornyn publicly admitted that he was abdicating his Constitutional duties and “not watching” today’s impeachment hearing because he is “too busy.”

From Texas Democratic Party

November 13, 2019

Texas Freedom Network: It's Time For African American Studies In Texas Public Schools

The Texas Freedom Network today called on the State Board of Education to listen to scholars and approve a new elective course in African American Studies for public schools. “For too long, Texas has done a poor job teaching students the full truth about the experiences and contributions of African Americans and other people of color in our history,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network.

From Texas Freedom Network

November 13, 2019

Texas General Land Office: Success Of Homeowner Assistance Program Means Time And Funding Running Out - Apply Soon

Today the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) announced the Homeowner Assistance Program's (HAP) successful efforts to rebuild homes is bringing the application process to a quick conclusion. All potential applicants must submit completed applications by December 31, 2019, to be considered for eligibility pending funding availability.

From Texas General Land Office

November 13, 2019

Texas Comptroller of Pubic Accounts: Hegar Announces Recognition For Financial Reporting

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced his agency has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its fiscal 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The agency has received this honor for 29 consecutive years.

From Texas Comptroller of Pubic Accounts

November 13, 2019

Representative Michael McCaul: Urges Texas Governor Greg Abbott To Postpone The Execution Of Rodney Reed

Today, Congressmen Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging him to postpone the execution of Rodney Reed until all available evidence is evaluated and reviewed.

From Representative Michael McCaul

November 13, 2019

Tony Gonzales Campaign: Will Hurd Endorses Tony Gonzales For Congress

Today retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) endorsed Tony Gonzales to succeed him in Congress. "I care deeply about the hard-working men and women of the 23rd District and want to make sure their next Representative has their values and will fight for them in Congress,” said Rep. Hurd.

From Tony Gonzales Campaign

November 13, 2019

Sheryl Cole Campaign: Representative Cole Files For Reelection

Representative Sheryl Cole (D - Austin) has filed for reelection to the Texas House of Representatives. Cole had the following to say: “To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).

From Sheryl Cole Campaign

November 12, 2019

Texas Values: Thanksgiving And The Cowboys Attacked By LGBTQ Advocate

Singer Ellie Goulding recently threatened to cancel her halftime appearance at the Dallas Cowboy’s Thanksgiving Day game. She is currently scheduled to perform during the halftime show to encourage Americans to donate to the 129th Red Kettle Campaign.

From Texas Values

November 12, 2019

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Meeting The Moment

Today, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez announced that he is running for re-election to continue serving as the state representative for District 51 in the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Rodriguez has represented East Austin’s and Southeast Travis County’s District 51 in the Texas House of Representatives since his first election in 2002. He serves on the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means in the 86th Texas Legislature.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

November 12, 2019

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Statement On DACA Supreme Court Argument

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement on today’s United States Supreme Court argument on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “This case is about the rule of law. Congress has the sole authority to write immigration laws, and it has repeatedly rejected attempts to enact the polices embodied in DACA and DAPA; however, in a lawless exercise of executive power, the Obama administration attempted to bypass our elected representatives and put those policies in place by executive action,” said Attorney General Paxton.

From Office of the Attorney General

November 12, 2019

Texas Freedom Caucus: Hires Mike Garcia As Executive Director

From Texas Freedom Caucus

November 12, 2019

TDP: Shot/Chaser/Double/Floored: Cornyn On DREAMers

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing three separate arguments on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA. Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton filed one of the briefs to rip away protections for DACA recipients who have never known another home besides the United States.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 12, 2019

Senator Jane Nelson: Appointed Co-Chair Of Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound has been appointed Senate co-chair of the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council, which will conduct a review of state laws relating to individual privacy.

From Senator Jane Nelson

November 12, 2019

Texas DPS: Launches Initiative For Federal Firearms Licensees To Verify Validity Of LTC Permits

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new public webpage and automated telephone line allowing Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) to verify whether an individual’s Texas License to Carry (LTC) permit is valid when he/she attempts to use an LTC as an alternative permit to purchase a firearm. This new tool for FFLs is voluntary but highly encouraged.

From Texas DPS

November 12, 2019

Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Texas Breaks Ground On Construction At Rusk State Hospital

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, along with state and local officials, today broke ground on a $200 million construction project at Rusk State Hospital. HHS is building a new 225,000-square-foot patient complex that will include a 100-bed non-maximum security unit and a 100-bed maximum security unit.

From Texas Health and Human Services Commission

November 12, 2019

TDP: It's Been 100 Days Since The El Paso Shooting, Texas Republicans Still Refuse To Act On Ending Gun Violence Or White Supremacy

Yesterday, November 11, marked 100 days since the El Paso shooting. On August 3, 2019, tragedy struck in El Paso, as a white supremacist terrorist opened fire in a Walmart killing 22 people and injuring 24 more. Since the El Paso shooting, Republicans have refused to substantively address the gun violence and white supremacy epidemics, in fact, they have even weakened gun safety laws further.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 12, 2019

TDP: Texas Democrats Launch Second Staff The Movement Academy, Beginning In January

Following the success of the first Staff the Movement Academy, the Texas Democratic Party announced our second Staff the Movement program, which will run January through March 2020. Staff the Movement is the Texas Democratic Party’s three-month academy to give future campaign professionals the skills they need.

From Texas Democratic Party

November 12, 2019

Jeff Leach Campaign: Representative Leach Files For Re-Election To The Texas House Of Representatives

Representative Jeff Leach officially filed paperwork seeking re-election to the Texas House of Representatives to continue his service to the people of District 67, which includes portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County.

From Jeff Leach Campaign

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