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September 21, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Key To Increasing Voter Engagement is Ending Dog Days of Summer Elections

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform has been charged by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to recommend ways to enhance voter engagement in local government decisions around budget and property tax rates. A recent study discussed in the Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2PQxQFX) argued that Texas ranked last in the nation in voter turnout.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

September 21, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Austin ISD Must Respect Religious Liberty Protections Afforded Churches Under the Constitution and Texas Law

In a letter today to the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office cautioned the school district against changing its facilities use policy to ban churches with traditional Christian beliefs from renting its facilities after school and on weekends.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 21, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Patrick Supported by Texas Land and Title Association PAC

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has the support of the Texas Land and Title Association Political Action Committee. In making the announcement, Aaron Day, Director of Government Affairs and Counsel, TLTA, said: “We appreciate Dan Patrick’s leadership in keeping Texas real estate strong.”

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 21, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson Releases Digital Ad Featuring Indicted Ken Paxton Stealing a $1,000 Pen

Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson released a new digital ad today showing indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stealing a $1,000 Montblanc pen from a tray located near the metal detector at the Collin County Courthouse, the same courthouse where he was indicted for securities fraud.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

September 21, 2018

Reform Austin: TX Poll: Cruz Holds Close Lead in Senate Race

Ahead of the first of their three scheduled debates, a newly released poll of likely Texas voters shows that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz holds a narrow four-point lead over his Democratic challenger, El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

From Reform Austin

September 21, 2018

Influence Texas: Free Web App Lets Taxpayers Track The Influence Of Money In Politics

Influence Texas and Texans for Public Justice announce the release of Influence Texas OS, an open source web app providing campaign finance and voting records of Texas state politicians, enabling taxpayers to track the influence of money in politics.

From Influence Texas

September 20, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform Hears Testimony On Shocking Property Tax Levels

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform heard testimony regarding three interim charges regarding enhancing voter engagement in the property tax process, examining available data, and evaluating the process of Appraisal Review Board operations.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

September 20, 2018

Texas Water Development Board: 2018 SWIFT Program Savings Of More Than $300 Million Announced

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today announced the projected savings for Texas communities participating in the 2018 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.*

From Texas Water Development Board

September 20, 2018

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Statements on New Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today released the following statements after Secretary of the Army Mark Esper announced that the Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division would be converted from a Stryker Brigade Combat Team to an Armored Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 20, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Ryan Sitton Highlights Texas' Global Energy Impact at Gulf Coast Industry Forum

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today gave the closing keynote address at the Gulf Coast Industry Forum, which brought together cities, counties, port authorities and hundreds of energy industry professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf Coast energy industry.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

September 20, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Patrick Supported by Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IMPACT)

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has the support of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas’ political action committee (IMPACT). In making the announcement, Bob Shepard, PAC Board Chair, Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, said:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 20, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Fact Checking John Culberson's Healthcare Claims

John Culberson just released a digital ad titled “Anita” that is false and misleading. Lizzie Fletcher, candidate for Texas' 7th congressional district, released the following statement: “John Culberson released an ad that is utterly untrue,” Fletcher said.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

September 20, 2018

Common Cause Texas: Advocates Plan to Gerrymeander Across TX to Talk Redistricting Reform

Next week, a coalition of nonpartisan organizations are hosting the Gerrymeander Tour of Texas series of events across the state to raise public awareness of the problems that result from gerrymandering and build support for reform solutions.

From Common Cause Texas

September 20, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: You're Gonna Hear Me Roar

TODAY, the campaign for Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier, highlights some of the key quotes from his interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith that was held in Austin this morning and was live streamed for an internet audience.

From Mike Collier Campaign

September 20, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC Enforcement Actions Taken at Commissioners' Sept. 18 Conference

The Railroad Commission of Texas assessed $355,324 in fines involving 265 enforcement dockets against operators and businesses at the Commissioners' conference this week. The Commission has primary oversight and enforcement of the state's oil and gas industry and intrastate pipeline safety.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

September 20, 2018

Kevin Lopez Campaign: Lopez Receives Recommendation

On Sunday, September 16th the Dallas Morning News recommended Kevin Lopez to voters in District 30. The recommendation came as an editorial piece touting Mr. Lopez as the candidate to “cure” the divisiveness that his opponent, Pat Fallon has brought to the Texas Senate.

From Kevin Lopez Campaign

September 19, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: TLRPAC-Backed Candidate Flores Wins Important Victory in SD 19 Special Election

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) congratulates Pete Flores on his important victory in the runoff election for Senate District 19, which covers Brewster, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Real, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala counties, and parts of Atascosa and Bexar counties.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

September 19, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed for re-election by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. In making the endorsement, Michael Quinn Sullivan, President, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said: “During his time as lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick has proven to be a champion for taxpayers and delivered on the promises he made to Texans.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 19, 2018

Kim Olson Campaign: Olson Condemns Violence, Miller Stays Silence

Kolby Monnig, campaign manager for Kim Olson for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, has announced that Olson recently reached out to her opponent to join together in denouncing physical or verbal violence during this campaign season.

From Kim Olson Campaign

September 19, 2018

Texas Senate Republican Caucus: Pete Flores Defeats Pete Gallegos to Become 21st Texas Republican Senator

In a tremendous victory, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallegos in the Senate District 19 special election to replace resigned Senator Carlos Uresti. Unified Republican support for Flores all the way from US Senators, to Governor Abbott, especially Lt. Governor Patrick, the entire Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and many others helped drive Senator-Elect Flores to a 53-47% win, a net 18 points above Hillary Clinton’s 12 point win in SD 19 in 2016.

From Texas Senate Republican Caucus

September 19, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: SD-19 Results Make LG Race Even More Crucial

TODAY, Texas Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier reacts to Republican Pete Flores’ victory in last night’s Special Election for Texas Senate District 19.

From Mike Collier Campaign

September 19, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Open Records Division Experiences Record-Setting Year for Public Information Requests and Opinions

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Open Records Division of his office handled a record number of public information requests and issued an all-time record number of rulings during state fiscal year 2018.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 19, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Selects Assistant Executive Director & Oil and Gas Division Director

The Railroad Commission of Texas announced Danny Sorrells will serve as Assistant Executive Director and Oil & Gas Division Director. Since Aug. 1, Sorrells has served as Acting Oil and Gas Division Director.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

September 19, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: "Wrecking Ball" Hits John Culberson on Dangerous Health Care Record

Today, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic candidate for Texas’ 7th Congressional District, released her second ad of the General Election, highlighting incumbent John Culberson’s efforts to undermine progress in our health care system.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

September 19, 2018

Texas DPS: Remembers Legacy of Retired Colonel Thomas Davis

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is remembering the life of retired DPS Colonel Thomas “Tommy” A. Davis Jr. who passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the age of 77. Colonel Davis’ career at DPS started in 1965 and spanned more than 43 years, including three years as Assistant Director and eight years as Director of the department.

From Texas DPS

September 19, 2018

Hispanic Republicans of Texas: Celebrates Historic Special Election Win

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas (HRT) PAC congratulates Pete Flores on winning ?the Texas Senate District 19 Special Election Runoff. ?“Pete Flores has proven that Hispanic values are Republican values,” said George Antuna, co- ?founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas

From Hispanic Republicans of Texas

September 19, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Statement by Lt Governor Dan PAtrick on Pete Flores Victory in SD 19

“I am proud to have endorsed Pete Flores and that he has been elected as the new senator in SD 19. The people of this district know they will be represented by a hardworking and principled conservative.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 18, 2018

Texas Central: Statement on SNCF Release

It is incredibly ironic that a French government-owned monopoly would accuse Texas of not being open for business by saying a private, entrepreneur-led train project ‘creates a monopoly on the future of Texas high-speed rail.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.

From Texas Central

September 18, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business Texas PAC

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed for re-election by the NFIB Texas PAC. In making the endorsement, Annie Spilman, NFIB State Director, said: “Lt. Governor Patrick realizes the economic importance of the small business community in Texas.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 18, 2018

Public Interest Legal Foundation: J.Christian Adams Applauds 'Final Victory' In Texas Voter ID Case

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today commended Texas’ “final victory” after extensive voter ID litigation. “Texas voters can finally rest assured their ballots will be waiting only for them on Election Day,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

From Public Interest Legal Foundation

September 18, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Business Decision Regarding Nike

There have been several news reports and social media traffic that misrepresent Texas Farm Bureau's position on Nike and the controversial advertising campaign for that brand.

From Texas Farm Bureau

September 18, 2018

SNCF America, Inc.: Statement Regarding Texas Central Partners, LLC Loan Announcement

SNCF America, Inc. releases the following statement in response to recent reports that Texas Central Partners, LLC has secured a $300 million loan from two Japanese-government entities to pay for the continued development of its proposed Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail project.

From SNCF America, Inc.

September 17, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Celebrating Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day

Wednesday commemorates the legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a Mexican-American civil rights leader who founded the American GI forum and fought for the rights of Hispanics in this country. In 2009, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa designated the third Wednesday in September as Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day through Senate Bill 495.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 17, 2018

League of Women Voters of Texas: Celebrates Constitution Day Today

Constitution Day (also known as Citizenship Day) marks the formation and signing of the United States Constitution and recognizes all those who were born with or have acquired American citizenship. This year marks the 231st anniversary since the signing of the Constitution on September 17th, 1787.

From League of Women Voters of Texas

September 17, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Announces Final Victory in Voter ID Case

Attorney General Ken Paxton today declared a final victory in his fight to preserve Texas’ common-sense voter ID law. A U.S. District Court judge agreed with Texas that the plaintiffs’ remaining claims must be dismissed because the case is now moot and the plaintiffs are not entitled to any relief.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 17, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: U.S. Government Reaches Settlement in Family Separation Cases

On Saturday, it was announced that the federal government has agreed to allow some parents whose asylum claims were rejected to reapply for this status. This settlement comes after numerous lawsuits regarding the Trump Administration's policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

September 17, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO: Launches Citizenship Campaign

The Texas AFL-CIO, along with affiliates and allied organizations, is proud to announce the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Campaign, aimed at helping eligible permanent residents with their naturalization application and the important rights that follow.

From Texas AFL-CIO

September 17, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Announces Endorsement from Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Democratic candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced today that she has received the endorsement of former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “I am proud to endorse Lizzie Fletcher,” said Parker. “She understands the challenges that face our community and will be the advocate and partner we need in Washington.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

September 17, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson Releases "Indictment Explainer" Video

Earlier today, Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson released a video walking through what it means to be criminally indicted. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is currently indicted on three felony counts and faces up to 99 years in prison.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

September 17, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed for re-election by the Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee. "TLRPAC is proud to endorse Dan Patrick in his re-election as lieutenant governor.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 17, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Speaks on the Arrest of Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Killing Four in Laredo

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement following the arrest a Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four in Laredo: "The arrest of the border patrol agent who has allegedly committed multiple murders could not have happened without the hard work and expertise of the Texas Rangers, the Webb County Sheriff's Office, the Webb County District Attorney's Office, and Laredo Police Department.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 14, 2018

Texas Values: VICTORY - Christian Heritage, Alamo Avoid "Death", Survive For Now

Today the State Board of Education (SBOE) took another step forward in restoring teaching about Judeo-Christian heritage, including Moses and the First Amendment, as well as the heroic defenders of the Alamo, and a letter written by William B. Travis while defending the Alamo.

From Texas Values

September 14, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Commissioner George P. Bush Votes in Favor of 10th State Veteran Home

Today, Veterans Land Board Chairman GeorgeP. Bush released the following statement applauding the Texas Veterans Land Board's unanimous vote to approve the process of planning, designing, constructing, furnishing, equipping and operating a new Texas State Veterans Home in the Dallas Metroplex area.

From Texas General Land Office

September 14, 2018

Texas Education Agency: SBOE Gives Preliminary Approval to Streamlined Social Standards and Gives Final Approval to a Mexican American Studies Course

Texas schoolchildren will still learn of the heroic "Victory or Death" letter penned by Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis while besieged in the Alamo, under streamlined social studies curriculum standards given approval Friday by the State Board of Education to solicit public feedback.

From Texas Education Agency

September 14, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by TSRA-PAC

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed for re-election by the Texas State Rifle Association Political Action Committee. Lt. Governor Patrick has, “gone ‘all out’ to protect the rights of law-abiding Texas gun owners while working to expand those rights,” said Alice Tripp from TSRA-PAC.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 14, 2018

Beverly Powell Campaign: Releases KonniBurton.org

Today, the Beverly Powell Campaign released a new website, KonniBurton.org, highlighting Konni Burton’s failed votes and failed record on the most pressing issues facing the state of Texas and Tarrant County: public education, taxes and job creation.

From Beverly Powell Campaign

September 14, 2018

Representatives Henry Cuellar and Michael Cloud: Vote to Secure $13 Million to Boost Oil Exports in Texas

Congressmen Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and Michael Cloud (TX-27) announced $13 million in federal funding towards the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP), which they voted to secure in a FY19 “minibus” Appropriations package, which includes the Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

September 14, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Office, Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham Obtain Conviction, 60-Year Prison Sentence in Sex Trafficking Case Involving Women and Underage Victims

As a result of a joint effort by his office and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a jury found Johnny Ray Matlock guilty on charges of continuous trafficking of persons, a first-degree felony.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 14, 2018

Randy Weber Campaign: Weber Statement On America's Water Infrastructure Act

On Thursday, September 13, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This bill provides two-year authorization of investment in our nation’s ports, inland waterways, and other water infrastructure, in addition to promoting flood protection and ecosystem restoration.

From Randy Weber Campaign

September 14, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Veterans Rally Support for Gina Ortiz Jones

Local veterans are recording videos of support for Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Texas’ 23rd District, following the release of a misleading attack ad by Rep. Will Hurd. In the ad, Hurd attempts to question Jones’ commitment to national security.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 13, 2018

Konni Burton Campaign: Senator Burton Launches First Television Ad: "Proud Adoptive Mom" Television Buys made for several more ads through Election Day

Today, Senator Konni Burton publicly released the first television ad of her reelection campaign for Senate District 10, entitled “Proud Adoptive Mom”. The ad highlights Sen. Burton’s personal experience as an adoptive mom and her passion for helping every child in need find their loving “forever family”.

From Konni Burton Campaign

September 13, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Election Fraud Unit Obtains Jail Sentence, Deportation for Non-Citizen Charged with Voter Impersonation and Voter Fraud

Attorney General Paxton today announced that Laura Janeth Garza, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to charges of voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both second-degree felonies. She was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 years in jail, probated for 10 years, charged a $10,000 fine, and 180 days in jail to be served day-for-day on each count as a condition of probation.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 13, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Alamo Executive Committee Resolution Signed by Commissioner George P. Bush

Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the following statement after signing the Executive Committee resolution to finalize the Alamo Plan, calling upon San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg to add his signature to the final document.

From Texas General Land Office

September 13, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by Texas Chemical Council

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed for re-election by the Texas Chemical Council. “Lt. Governor Patrick has been a stalwart for Texas business and industry. He brings a common-sense approach to state government by focusing on pro-business policies to keep Texas globally competitive,” said Hector L. Rivero, President & CEO of the Texas Chemical Council.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 13, 2018

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes: Announces Endorsed Candidates Dedicated to Fighting Trump's Agenda

Today, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) released its full list of over 40 endorsed state candidates committed to championing reproductive health and rights. The list of endorsements includes 19 challengers in competitive House districts, all who are facing extremist, anti-choice opponents.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

September 13, 2018

REV UP Texas: New ACC Study Reveals Texas-Sized Disability Voting Bloc

A study by the Austin Community College (ACC) Center for Public Policy and Political Studies released earlier this week confirms what advocates have claimed for years: Texans with disabilities are politically engaged and vote in extraordinary numbers.

From REV UP Texas

September 13, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: Texas SBOE Puts Politics Ahead Of Truth In Curriculum Standards

The State Board of Education on Wednesday moved to keep false and misleading claims about “states’ rights,” Moses, separation of church and state and other topics in social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools.

From Texas Freedom Network

September 13, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Releases First Broadcast Ads of General Election

Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign is releasing their first television ads of the general election. Kopser, a 20-year Army veteran, businessman, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, has spent over 18 months traveling throughout the district participating in town halls, meet & greets, and community events to share his history of independent leadership. He will continue to share that message with the new ad, called “The Aisle”

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

September 13, 2018

Texas Values: VICTORY- Christian Heritage Remains in Education Standards

Tonight, the Texas State Board of Education took preliminary votes to restore key elements of history for social studies and history standards in Texas public schools.

From Texas Values

September 13, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Commends U.S. District Court Ruling That Upholds Texas' Time-Honored System of Statewide Judicial Elections

Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded a decision by the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi upholding the well-established practice of statewide judicial elections for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. The court ruled that the system fully complies with voting rights’ laws.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 12, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Cmr George P. Bush Urges Texans to Monitor Warnings, Prepare for Severe Weather

Today Land Commissioner George P. Bush urged Texans to take heed of severe weather warnings, know their risk and be prepared. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is continuing to monitor several potential weather formations threatening the U.S., including a tropical disturbance over the Gulf of Mexico with a 70 percent chance of cyclone formation in the next 48 hours.

From Texas General Land Office

September 12, 2018

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Op-Ed: Texas Must Invest in Trauma Network Before Next Disaster Strikes

The time to invest in emergency preparedness and our trauma network and infrastructure is now. At the time of writing this, there are numerous weather events in the Atlantic Ocean, including Hurricane Florence which threatens the Carolinas with the loss of life and massive flooding and damage. Meanwhile, a tropical storm could be forming in the Gulf of Mexico that poses a threat of flooding to Texas.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

September 12, 2018

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Announcing our Future of Texas Award Winner

The Center for Public Policy Priorities is excited to announce the 2018 Future of Texas Award winner, Ms. Morgan Craven of Texas Appleseed.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities

September 12, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Endorsed by Houston Realty Business Coalition (HRBC)

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today that he has been endorsed by the Houston Realty Business Coalition (HRBC). In making the endorsement, Alan Hassenflu, Chairman, Houston Realty Business Coalitionsaid: “The Houston Realty Business Coalition is proud to endorse Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 12, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General Releases Grassroots Video Compilation from #MyPreExisting Campaign

Today, Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson released the latest in a series of videos featuring Texans who stand to lose insurance coverage for preexisting health conditions if indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wins the lawsuit he is leading against the Affordable Care Act.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

September 12, 2018

Representative Celia Israel: Announces Her Candidacy for Chairwoman of House Democratic Caucus

Today, Rep. Israel announced her candidacy for Chairwoman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. "I didn't run for the Texas Legislature to fight losing battles or sit on the sidelines. Last session was difficult. While our classrooms were underfunded and our teachers underpaid, state leaders obsessed over where to go to the bathroom.

From Representative Celia Israel

September 12, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Mr. Patrick Goes to Washington

TODAY, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier exposes the real reason his opponent went to Washington D.C. to ask President Trump for a Texas visit.

From Mike Collier Campaign

September 11, 2018

Texas Humane Legislation Network PAC: Endorses Nearly 3 Dozen for Texas Legislation in Midterm Elections

The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) PAC today announced its endorsement of 32 candidates running for Texas Senate and House of Representatives seats this November. 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 PAC

September 11, 2018

Representative Mary Gonzalez: Tornillo "Tent City" Surging to Hold Up to 3,800 Immigrant Children

Today it was announced that the ‘tent city’ in Tornillo, Texas detaining migrant children will remain open until the end of the year and expand to approximately 3,800 beds. The site is located on federal property and exempt from state regulation according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez

September 11, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'We Are Not Called to Defend the Alamo With Muskets and Cannon Today, but to Defend It in Our Public Square, and in Our Schools'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for FoxNews.com urging the Texas Board of Education to keep words describing the men who gave their lives at the Alamo, including “all the heroic defenders” in the state’s social studies curriculum.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 11, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Tornillo "Tent City" Surging to Hold Up to 3,800 Immigrant Children

Today it was announced that the ‘tent city’ in Tornillo, Texas detaining migrant children will remain open until the end of the year and expand to approximately 3,800 beds. The site is located on federal property and exempt from state regulation according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

September 11, 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Patrick Responds to Committee Recommendation to Cut Cosmetology from Career Tech

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following news reports of a Texas Education Agency (TEA) committee's recommendation to cut career tech cosmetology programs: “Career tech is a top priority for me.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor

September 11, 2018

Texas Freedom Network: Time For The Texas State Board Of Education To Teach The Truth

Scholars, religious leaders and other concerned Texans today are calling on the State Board of Education to correct widespread historical inaccuracies in social studies curriculum standards the deeply politicized board adopted in 2010.

From Texas Freedom Network

September 11, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Commissioner George P. Bush Remarks at SBOE Social Studies Hearing

Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released remarks for the record at the State Board of Education hearing on the proposed Texas social studies curriculum. The changes suggest removing the Travis letter and the word "heroic" from descriptions of the Alamo defenders, from the state curriculum.

From Texas General Land Office

September 11, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: As We Honor Those Lost, We Also Reaffirm Our Commitment to Defend America From Radical Islamic Terrorism

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in observance of the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “America’s resolve was greatly tested on a dark morning 17 years ago. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken by the evil of terrorism.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 11, 2018

TEXPAC: Endorses Ken Strange for Texas House District 45

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association, announces its endorsement of Ken Strange for Texas House District 45. “Ken Strange is passionate about health care, having served as Wimberley’s emergency medical services director, and having worked with the medical community for more than a decade,” said TEXPAC Chair Robert Rogers, MD.

From TEXPAC

September 11, 2018

TEXPAC: Endorses Pete Gallego for Texas Senate District 19

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association, announces its endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in the Texas Senate District 19 special election.

From TEXPAC

September 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Child Support Division Sets New Nationwide Record by Collecting $4.378 Billion in Child Support

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division set a new nationwide record by collecting more than $4.378 billion in child support for the state fiscal year that ended August 31. The collections benefited nearly 1.5 million Texas children and surpassed the previous year’s record by four percent.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton's Office Launches New Crime Victims' Compensation Portal

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today launched a new portal within the agency’s official website that enables victims and claimants to apply online for Crime Victims’ Compensation and Emergency Medical Care Compensation for sexual assault exams.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 10, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: "Streets 2 Safety" Donation Drive kicks off

The office of Sen. José Rodríguez participated in a news conference announcing the "Streets 2 Safety" donation drive for the El Paso Center for Children. The drive is a joint collaboration with the Texas Veterans Commission and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors, to help homeless youth of El Paso as well as the youth who reside in the Center for Children's emergency shelter.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

September 10, 2018

Texas Values: Policy Experts Asks SBOE to Reject changes to Alamo and Christian Heritage

As the elected State Board of Education (SBOE) meets tomorrow (Tuesday, September 11th) to consider proposed changes by an unelected Work Group, which among other things, removes mention of the Alamo defenders as heroic; Texas Values policy team members have asked the SBOE to reject all of these proposed changes for Texas Public Schools.

From Texas Values

September 10, 2018

Texas Education Agency: State Board of Education to set long-range education goals

The proposed Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which calls for establishing educational goals that will impact the next generation of Texas public schoolchildren and educators, will be considered Tuesday by the State Board of Education’s Committee of the Full Board.

From Texas Education Agency

September 10, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Thanks Scott Keller for an Incredible Record of Success as Texas Solicitor General, Names Kyle Hawkins as his Successor

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that he has appointed current Texas Assistant Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins to serve as Solicitor General. Hawkins succeeds Scott Keller, who accepted an offer to join Baker Botts as a partner in the law firm’s Washington D.C. office.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 10, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Endorsed by Texas Association of Realtors (TREPAC)

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the endorsement of the Texas Association of Realtors (TREPAC) today. In making the announcement, TREPAC Chairman David Alan Cox said:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 10, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Releases September 11th Letter to Texans

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following open letter to Texans ahead of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance:

From Senator John Cornyn

September 10, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District, Announces Endorsement from the Black Economic Alliance

Democratic candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher announced her endorsement today from the Black Economic Alliance, a coalition that “aims to drive economic progress and prosperity in the Black community with a specific focus on work, wages, and wealth.”

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

September 7, 2018

Representative Ron Reynolds: Statement

From Representative Ron Reynolds:

September 7, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson Calls on Ken Paxton to Follow Ron Reynold's Lead and Face Justice

Earlier today, Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) turned himself in to Montgomery County authorities to begin serving a year-long jail sentence for misdemeanor charges.

From Justin Nelson Campaign

September 7, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Applauds Inclusion of Bipartisan Substance Abuse Bill in Senate Opioids Package

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Substance Abuse Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to reauthorize drug abuse programs, was included in the Senate’s legislation addressing the opioid crisis.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 7, 2018

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Incompetent Trump Administration Incapable of Managing Family Detention

Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it is proposing changes to the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement that has played a pivotal role in the Trump administration’s implementation of its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration enforcement policy and the resulting family separation crisis.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez

September 7, 2018

National Rifle Association: Endorses Ken Paxton for Attorney General

Today, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced its endorsement of Ken Paxton for reelection as Texas attorney general.

From National Rifle Association

September 7, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Announces Public Comment Period for Harris County and City of Houston Local Plans

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced posting of the local plans for Harris County and the City of Houston as Amendment 1 to the State Action Plan for the federally mandated 30-day comment period.

From Texas General Land Office

September 7, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Public Hearings on Streamlined Social Media Standards and Instructional Materials Scheduled for Tuesday

The State Board of Education will hold public hearings Tuesday on proposed streamlined social studies curriculum standards and on new reading and language arts instructional material.

From Texas Education Agency:

September 7, 2018

Fire Ted Cruz PAC: Denies Involvement in "Imposter" Ted Cruz Texting Campaign

The political action committee Fire Ted Cruz (FTedCruz.com) denied involvement in a statewide texting campaign asking Ted Cruz supporters to give their opinion on the Senator’s weight, nationality, and possible status as the Zodiac killer.

From Fire Ted Cruz PAC

September 7, 2018

Texas General Land Office: SBOE Committee Recommendation to Remove Travis "Victory or Death" Letter Dilutes Heroic Story of Alamo Defenders from Texas

On Thursday, Texas Monthly reported that the State Board of Education Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups recommended deleting Alamo commander, Lt. Col. William Barret Travis' stirring "Victory or Death" letter calling for reinforcements during the 1836 siege from the state curriculum.

From Texas General Land Office

September 6, 2018

Dan Patrick Campaign: Patrick Takes Aim at Nike for Making Kaepernick Spokesman for Ads

HOUSTON, TX – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s regular radio message this week targets Nike’s selection of Colin Kaepernick as a national spokesman for their “Just Do It” campaign. The radio spot, part of the Lt. Governor’s on-going Conservative Conversations series, began airing statewide today. Patrick said this about Nike’s decision:

From Dan Patrick Campaign

September 6, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'No Democrat Has Disputed That Brett Kavanaugh Is Qualified to Serve on the Supreme Court'

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity to discuss the first and second day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and Senate Democrats’ efforts to coordinate protests and disruptions.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 6, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Continues Efforts to Find Smart Border Solutions

Following his August visit to the Northern Triangle, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) today met with Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.S. Claudia Canjura to continue discussing shared challenges and identify areas for collaboration regarding mass migration, border security, human trafficking, violence and transnational crime.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 6, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Statement on Senate Confidential of Alan Albright as Judge for Western District of Texas

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after the Senate approved the nomination of Alan Albright to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas:

From Senator John Cornyn

September 6, 2018

Texas Values: Federal Court Dumps Texas Law Protecting Human Dignity of Aborted Children

Today, Federal Judge David A. Ezra of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas struck down a state law in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith case, a lawsuit challenging measures that recognize the human dignity of aborted children. Whole Woman’s Health (an abortion provider) is suing the state of Texas over state rules and state law (SB 8) that ensure children who have been aborted are buried or cremated, rather than barbarically disposed of in a sewer or landfill.

From Texas Values

September 6, 2018

Four Price Campaign: State Representative Four Price Files for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

“Today, I announce my candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Having successfully worked for the last four sessions with my colleagues from across our state to pass major legislation and focus on issues of importance to all Texans, I am eager to seek this leadership position in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Four Price Campaign

September 6, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: TFB President Meets with Trump, Pence

Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening was among a small number of U.S. agricultural leaders to meet with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

From Texas Farm Bureau

September 6, 2018

Representative Will Hurd: Recognized for Championing Small Business

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) has received the “Hero of Main Street” award by the National Retail Federation for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses.

From Representative Will Hurd

September 5, 2018

Texas State Teachers Association: Bosse named TSTA Director for Public Affairs

Portia Bosse is the Texas State Teachers Association’s new Director for Public Affairs, Executive Director Richard Kouri announced today. Bosse, an attorney in her 13th year with TSTA, will direct a staff tasked with governmental and political relations as well as communications with members, the news media and the general public.

From Texas State Teachers Association

September 5, 2018

Representative Roger Williams: Names 'Hero of Main Street'

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin), has been recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to millions of small businesses and employees.

From Representative Roger Williams

September 5, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Reacts to Today's ACA Hearing in Fort Worth

Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General Justin Nelson released the following statement in response to today’s hearing in the national lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act led by current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton:

From Justin Nelson Campaign

September 5, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Questions Kavanaugh During SCOTUS Hearings

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today questioned Judge Kavanaugh on the importance of remaining an impartial arbiter of the law.

From Senator John Cornyn

September 5, 2018

Joseph Kopser Campaign: Kopser Releases Statement on Chip Roy's Failed Health Care Record

Today, oral arguments will begin in the Republican lawsuit to roll back protections for pre-existing conditions. Joseph Kopser--Army veteran, businessman, and candidate for Congress in TX-21--released the following statement.

From Joseph Kopser Campaign

September 5, 2018

Texas Alliance for Life: Federal Judge Rules Texas May Not Ban the Desecration of Human Remains after Abortion

U.S. Judge David A. Ezra released his ruling today permanently striking down the portion of Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) that bans the desecration of human remains after elective abortions and miscarriages.

From Texas Alliance for Life

September 5, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Vows to Continue Fight to Honor the Dignity of the Unborn and Defend 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 an injunction blocking Texas from implementing a new law on the humane disposition of fetal remains.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 5, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Lubbock and Leave It?

TODAY, the Collier Campaign is condemning Dan Patrick for his fly-by media blitz over the last two days. Using a private plane, the Lt. Governor has made stops in nearly a dozen Texas markets solely to meet with media.

From Mike Collier Campaign

September 5, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Jonens: 'Hurd isn't on our side' in health care fight

Gina Ortiz Jones released the following statement as a Texas federal judge prepares to hear arguments in a GOP-led attack on the Affordable Care Act that challenges the health care law’s constitutionality and would further undermine protections for people living with pre-existing conditions:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

September 5, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Asks District Court to End Unconstitutional Obamacare

Leading a 20-state coalition with Wisconsin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a U.S. District Court to strike down Obamacare – and issue a nationwide injunction to halt the program while the coalition’s lawsuit against it proceeds.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 5, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: Fletcher, Democratic Candidate for Texas' 7th Congressional District, Launches First Broadcast Buy for the General Election

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic candidate for Congress Texas’ 7th Congressional District, today released her first television ad of the general election.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

September 5, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Director of Enforcement Honored as a 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award Recipient

Dona Medlock, director of the Texas Comptroller’s Enforcement Division, was one of four women honored during a luncheon today to announce the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award recipients.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

September 5, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Applauds Alamo Management Committee Unanimous Vote To Approve Alamo Plan

Today, Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the below statement following the Alamo Management Committee's unanimous passage of the Alamo plan. The management committee has provided day to day oversight of the development of the Alamo plan and is comprised of representatives appointed by the San Antonio Mayor, General Land Office and Alamo Endowment fund.

From Texas General Land Office

September 5, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Brief to Protect Religious Liberty of Faith-Based Foster Care Providers

Leading a multistate coalition, Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting several foster parents – affiliated with Catholic Social Services – who are suing the city of Philadelphia over its policy blocking foster care providers who hold traditional beliefs about marriage.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 4, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Requests Additional Resources and Personnel to Combat Human Trafficking and Election Fraud

Today, on behalf of Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Office of the Attorney General, First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer testified before a legislative panel at the Texas Capitol, seeking an increase in funding to combat both human trafficking and election fraud across Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

September 4, 2018

Committee on Public Education: Calls for More Mental Health Resources in Report on School Safety

The Texas House Committee on Public Education released its preliminary report on school safety Tuesday, recommending a number of improvements to school mental health services and campus safety infrastructure.

From Committee on Public Education

September 4, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'Texas Is at the Center of the Energy Renaissance Occurring in the United States'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement applauding the announcement that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued environmental schedules for 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, six of which are located in the state of Texas.

From Senator Ted Cruz

September 4, 2018

Senator Craig Estes: Announces Longtime Chief of Staff to move to Texas Association of Counties

"Senator Craig Estes (R, Wichita Falls) wishes to thank longtime Chief of Staff, Noe Barrios, for his dedicated and exemplary service as he moves to the Texas Association of Counties. Noe will serve as Senior Legislative Manager for TAC after twenty-five years of state service in the Texas House and Senate.

From Senator Craig Estes

August 31, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Texas Supreme Court Ruling in Waller County Case is a Win for Individual Freedom

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the Texas Supreme Court after it left intact a state appellate court decision that sanctioned Waller County for suing a private citizen who complained that the county was unlawfully banning firearms from its government building.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 31, 2018

Representative Lloyd Doggett: Statement on Today's NAFTA News

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the Trade Subcommittee of Ways & Means and the sole Texas Democrat, released the below statement regarding the today’s trade developments: "In typical Trump fashion, amidst ever more insults, the Administration spins a nonagreement into an agreement.

From Representative Lloyd Doggett

August 31, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Nelson Reacts to Today's DACA Ruling

Earlier today, a district judge denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to immediately halt DACA. Justin Nelson, Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General, released the following statement:

From Justin Nelson Campaign

August 31, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Statement on Passports Denials for U.S. Citizens on the Southern Border

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the denial of passports to U.S. citizens along the U.S.-Mexico Border: “In the southern part of my district, we are facing increasing numbers of citizenship fraud along the U.S.-Mexico border. In some cases, American citizens born through a midwife are required to provide supplemental information and documentation in order to receive their passport.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

August 31, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Court Finds DACA Likely Unlawful

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after a federal court found the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely unlawful and the Plaintiff States are irreparably harmed.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 31, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Wayne Christian Addresses the Uintah Basin Energy Summit

Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian yesterday, spoke at the Uintah Basin Energy Summit in Vernal, UT on Texas' regulatory leadership of the oil and gas industry and America's path to energy security.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

August 31, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Congressional Leadership Fund Obtains and Releases Former-CIA Operative Turned Democratic Candidate's Security Clearance

Gina Ortiz Jones released the following statement in response to new reporting that Speaker Paul Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund obtained and shared the federal security clearance of a former CIA officer who is running for Congress in Virginia:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 31, 2018

Drew Darby Campaign: Representative Drew Darby Declares as a Speaker Candidate for the 86th Texas Legislature

After prayerful consideration, discussions with my family, and at the urging of my House colleagues, today I filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to start a speaker campaign for the 86th Legislative Session.?

From Drew Darby Campaign

August 31, 2018

Justin Nelson Campaign: Candidate for Attorney General Justin Nelson Responds to Houston Chronicle's "Texas Government Is For Sale" Editorial

In a scathing editorial published earlier today, the Houston Chronicle raised the alarm about corruption in Texas state government, declaring that our state capital is “on the market to the highest bidder.”

From Justin Nelson Campaign

August 30, 2018

Representative Lina Ortega: Ortega and Partners Aim To Increase Voter Turnout

The Office of State Representative Lina Ortega, District 77, is teaming up with the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and other local nonprofits to increase El Paso's voter turnout for the upcoming general midterm election and beyond.

From Representative Lina Ortega

August 30, 2018

Representative Henry Cuellar: Encourages Texas Partnership with FBI for Recruitment of Data Scientists

Congressman Cuellar (TX-28) announced today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently partnering with high schools and universities in Texas and around the country, as they undergo recruitment for data experts to increase agency capabilities.

From Representative Henry Cuellar

August 30, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Court To Consider Preclearance & Set Timeline For Remedy On HD 90

Today a federal district court in San Antonio has ordered the Texas Legislature to redraw House District 90 before the 2020 elections. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court found HD 90 to be a racial gerrymander. Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus served as plaintiffs in both cases, as litigation battles regarding discriminatory redistricting in Texas have persisted for seven years.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 30, 2018

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC: Endorses Rep. Paul for Reelection in HD 129

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC) today endorsed Rep. Dennis Paul for reelection in House District 129, which covers part of Harris County. “Texas would not be a national economic leader without a fair and predictable legal system as part of our economic foundation,” TLRPAC Chairman Richard J. Trabulsi Jr. said.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC

August 30, 2018

Texas Aspires: Responds To Frivolous Lawsuit Filed By National Teacher Unions

This morning, leaders from the state’s two nationally affiliated teacher unions announced a lawsuit meant to bar local leaders from partnering with charter schools, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations to improve schools.

From Texas Aspires

August 30, 2018

Texas School For The Deaf: Superintendent Recognized for Lifetime Achievements for Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Claire Bugen, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf (T.A.P.E.D.) at the recent Texas 2018 Statewide Conference of Education of the Deaf held in Grapevine.

From Texas School For The Deaf

August 30, 2018

Texas AFT: Lawsuit Against Education Commissioner on SB 1882

Two teachers unions filed a joint lawsuit against Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath Wednesday for violating state law in the promotion of charter-school takeovers of struggling public-school campuses.

From Texas AFT

August 30, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: What the U.S. Senate Did in August

“It's August and the Senate is in session, getting the people's work done. As the Majority Leader said last week, the reason we can't afford to take this time off is because we have so much to do.”

From Senator John Cornyn

August 30, 2018

Texans for Toll-free Highways: Statement Supporting Cruz/Lee/Rubio Transportation Empowerment Act

Grassroots America - We the People, Texans for Toll-free Highways, and Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF) issued the following statement in support of the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) re-introduced by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R - UT), and Marco Rubio (R - FL).

From Texans for Toll-free Highways

August 30, 2018

Permian Basin Petroleum Association: Effort Yields Results

Today, the Texas Sunset Commission met in Austin and responsibly pushed back against a DPS proposal that would eliminate up to 87 Driver’s License offices across rural Texas, including the booming Permian Basin.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association

August 29, 2018

Texas AFT: Defund Child Detention Network Calls on City to End Contracts with Southwest Key NOW!

The Defund Child Detention Network will hold a press conference on August 30, immediately before the regular meeting of the Austin City Council, which will consider a resolution to ensure that the City of Austin does not provide financial support to organizations who benefit from the separation of families or the mass incarceration of immigrant children.

From Texas AFT

August 29, 2018

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Helps Save West Texas Driver License Offices

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) helped save the Department of Public Safety (DPS) driver license offices in West Texas from the chopping block.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

August 29, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas to Receive $1.4 Million Federal Grant

The State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas in Austin was awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to increase the number of firefighters and support their work, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 29, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Will Hurd's Voting Record is a Nightmare for DREAMers

Gina Ortiz Jones released the following statement in response to a new ad that attempts to distort Rep. Will Hurd’s voting record and erroneously claims he is working for DREAMers:

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 29, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Files Court Brief to Safeguard Women's Health and Protect the Unborn in Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton last night filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for dismissal of Whole Woman’s Health’s lawsuit challenging almost all abortion laws and regulations in Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 29, 2018

Common Cause Texas: Details Emerging on Vote Suppression Effort in Houston

Last week, approximately four thousand Harris County residents were the target of a controversial scheme that appeared to be aimed at suppressing the voting rights of people predominantly in minority communities.

From Common Cause Texas

August 28, 2018

Texas Education Agency: More Than 400 Campuses Earn All Possible Distinctions in 2018 Accountability Ratings

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that more than 400 campuses that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2018 state accountability system also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school.

From Texas Education Agency

August 28, 2018

Senator Jose Rodriguez: Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Border Security to meet Wednesday

The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Border Security will have a hearing starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018) to review several interim charges related to "border security" and to monitoring bills that passed in previous sessions. That includes SB 389 by Sen. Rodríguez, which passed in 2015 to match military occupation codes with state job requirements.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez

August 27, 2018

Texas Farm Bureau: Statement on Trade Deal with Mexico

The following statement regarding the announcement of trade progress with Mexico can be attributed to Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening. "Today's announcement is the type of news that Texas farmers and ranchers have been waiting to hear. Texas Farm Bureau is encouraged by the news of a new trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico.

From Texas Farm Bureau

August 27, 2018

Representative Cesar Blanco: Statement on Preliminary Trade Deal Between U.S. and Mexico

"Despite its shortcomings, NAFTA has been a boon to our border communities and State economy. NAFTA has been a huge job creator for El Paso, Texas, and the United States. In El Paso alone, 1 in 4 jobs depend on cross-border trade with Mexico and is the 4th largest manufacturing hub in North America.

From Representative Cesar Blanco

August 27, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Announces Recovery.Texas.gov, The New Comprehensive Online Houston Recovery Resource For Communities Across Texas

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is pleased to announce the launch of Recovery.Texas.Gov providing long-term recovery information and resources for individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

From Texas General Land Office

August 27, 2018

Senator Donna Campbell: Requests AG Opinion on San Antonio's Annexation Proposition

State Senator Donna Campbell sent a request to Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion regarding the City of San Antonio's upcoming ballot initiative on annexation. Under the Texas Annexation Right to Vote Act, authored by Sen. Campbell and passed in 2017’s special session, cities are required to hold a vote to get majority approval of residents before they can annex the area.

From Senator Donna Campbell

August 27, 2018

Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn: Op-Ed in Houston Chronicle: A Year Later, We've Still Got Texas' Back

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) penned an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle recognizing the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas Gulf Coast, and highlighting their efforts to support Texas’ rebuilding and recovery efforts.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 27, 2018

Representative Randy Weber: Statement On Passing Of Senator John McCain

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Senator John McCain passed away surrounded by his family. Congressman Randy Weber (R – Friendswood) released the following statement: “Senator John McCain was a true hero and one of the last great statesmen.

From Representative Randy Weber

August 27, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign: Will Hurd Misrepresents Health Care Record in New Ad

Despite promising and voting for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Will Hurd is now trying to run from his record and claim that he hasn’t tried to take health care away from millions of Americans by standing alongside veterans in a new campaign ad.

From Gina Ortiz Jones Campaign

August 27, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Senator John McCain (R-AZ) passed away today: “Today the nation lost a proud veteran, seasoned lawmaker, and beloved father. A true maverick and highly-effective statesman, John McCain’s career spanned the globe and was the envy of many.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 27, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Statement on Senator John McCain

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: “Senator John McCain was a patriot, and an extraordinary American war hero. Born into a storied Navy family, he spent his entire life in service to his country, including 22 years in the Navy, five and a half of which were spent under the boots of North Vietnamese communists in a Hanoi prison.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 27, 2018

Mexican American Legislative Caucus: Texas and New Mexico State Officials Jointly Respond to the White House's Request to Validate the Trump Administration's Inhumane Immigration Policies

Today, 35 state legislators from Texas and New Mexico rejected the White House’s attempt to have state and local officials validate the Trump Administration’s inhumane and unconstitutional immigration policies.

From Mexican American Legislative Caucus

August 24, 2018

Texas Cable Association: Walt Baum Named President Of The Texas Cable Association

Walt Baum has been named president of the Texas Cable Association (TCA) after a search by the TCA Board of Directors. Baum will take the helm at TCA on Sept. 17. He most recently has been executive director of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA) since December 2015.

From Texas Cable Association

August 24, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Leads Long-Term Disaster Recovery Training to Commemorate 'A Year to Recovery' from Hurricane HArvey

Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush hosted a historic inaugural training for local officials from counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Texas Association of Regional Councils' Councils of Government (COGs) participated in the training, which was conducted through the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) interactive HUB systems.

From Texas General Land Office

August 24, 2018

Texas DPS: Issues Statement on Driver License Offices

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today issued the following statement regarding driver license offices to clarify misconceptions reflected in several recent news articles: The Texas Department of Public Safety is not implementing any plan for mass closures of driver license offices across Texas.

From Texas DPS

August 24, 2018

Permian Basin Petroleum Association: Opposes Potential Driver License Office Closures

Today, The Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) stated their opposition to a recommendation by the Texas Sunset Commission to close drivers license offices in the Permian Basin and across much of rural West Texas.

From Permian Basin Petroleum Association

August 24, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign: "Culberson Has BEen on Notice of Flooding Risks Since Tropical Storm Allison"

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic candidate for Congress Texas’ 7th Congressional District, today released a timeline to outline Houston’s 20-year history of chronic flooding and further illustrate how John Culberson’s record of failure in Washington has left this district even more vulnerable to extreme weather events.

From Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Campaign

August 24, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: 'As a Pillar in America's Defense, It Is Only Fitting That the Army Futures Command Call Texas Home'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Army Futures Command, along with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 24, 2018

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Harris County Voter Registrar Creates Confusion Suspending Voters In Middle of Election

Harris County Voter Registrar - Ann Harris Bennett (D-Houston) - erroneously sent out suspension notices to over a thousand Harris County voters creating serious confusion right before another dog days of summer special election.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt

August 24, 2018

The Wilbanks Group: New Interactive Tool Identifies Critical National Parks' Repairs in Texas

Across the United States, National Park Service [NPS] sites are challenged by $11.6 billion in backlogged repairs, including $167 million in Texas alone. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ new deferred maintenance interactive tool shows the overdue repairs needed state by state and park by park, using National Park Service [NPS] data.

From The Wilbanks Group

August 24, 2018

Representative Brooks Landgraf: Fights To Keep West Texas DPS Offices Open

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) is speaking out against the proposed closure of several Department of Public Safety (DPS) offices in West Texas.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf

August 24, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Bush Releases "Hurricane Harvey: Texas at Risk"

Today Texas Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush released a new report capturing lessons learned from the Hurricane Harvey housing assistance mission and making recommendations for how to improve both response and resiliency in future disasters.

From Texas General Land Office

August 24, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Launches Harvey Rebuilding Site Ahead of Anniversary

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) launched a page on his website for Texans with information on disaster aid legislation passed since the storm, flood mitigation projects currently underway along the coast, and resources to help as they continue to rebuild.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 24, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Commissioner Wayne Christian Tours Houston Ship Channel

Yesterday, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian toured the Houston Ship Channel with the Texas Waterways Operators Association to see first-hand how petroleum and petroleum-based products are exported from Texas.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

August 23, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Renews Fight to End Unlawful Obama-Era WOTUS Rule

Joined by Louisiana and Mississippi, Attorney General Ken Paxton late yesterday filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, asking a judge to expedite their request for a nationwide injunction to prevent enforcement of the unlawful Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which unlawfully expanded the reach of the federal Clean Water Act.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 23, 2018

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities: O'Rourke, Valdez, Collier, Nelson to Speak at Texas Disability Issues Forum

Candidates for statewide office will be joining their constituents with disabilities on Monday, August 27, at the Texas Disability Issues Forum (TDIF) in Austin. Through a series of one-on-one interviews, TDIF gives candidates the opportunity to discuss their positions on a variety of topics of interest to the estimated 3,250,900 Texans with disabilities and their families and supporters.

From Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

August 23, 2018

Mike Collier Campaign: Dan Patrick Agrees to Debate... Geraldo?

TODAY, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick put out a tweet saying he is agreeing to debate Fox News personality, Geraldo Rivera, who is not a candidate for any public office in Texas, nor anywhere else in the United States. This comes as Patrick continually refuses to debate his actual opponent, Democratic Lt. Governor Nominee, Mike Collier.

From Mike Collier Campaign

August 23, 2018

Texas Education Agency: Commissioner Morath Spotlights Outstanding Achievement in Single-Campus Districts

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today spotlighted the outstanding achievement of 38 single-campus school districts and charter districts that earned high marks in the 2018 state accountability ratings.

From Texas Education Agency

August 23, 2018

Harris County Republican Party: Chair Urges Democrat Voter Registrar to Stop Confusing Voters and Follow the Law

Paul Simpson, Harris County Republican Party Chair, today responded to false attacks by the Harris County Democrat Party and others trying to pin the blame on Republicans for mistakes by Democrat Harris County Voter Registrar Ann Harris Bennett who wrongfully suspended thousands of voter registrations, and trying to intimidate citizen volunteers from following Texas law:

From Harris County Republican Party

August 22, 2018

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Hegar Announces High Demand for Texas Short-Term Notes

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today's sale of $7.2 billion in Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRAN) received a net interest rate of 1.84 percent. “The tremendous demand for these notes is directly related to Texas’ conservative cash management and solid fiscal policies, which allowed the state to earn the highest possible short-term ratings ahead of this sale,” Hegar said.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

August 22, 2018

Texas Education Agency: SBOE Chair to Participate in Federal Commission on School Safety Listening Panel

State Board of Education Chair Donna Bahorich will participate in the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) listening session in Montgomery, Alabama on Aug. 28. The commission is gathering information about how to improve school safety.

From Texas Education Agency

August 22, 2018

Common Cause Texas: New Form of Voter Suppression Emerges in Texas

According to local media reports in Houston [1], approximately four thousand Harris County residents, principally in minority communities, were the target of a recent effort to kick them off the voter rolls.

From Common Cause Texas

August 22, 2018

Amarillo Matters: Finds Wide-Spread Support for Vet School

Amarillo Matters, a local political action committee, conducted a poll recently that found overwhelming support in Amarillo for the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine. “We chose to release this data to make sure decision makers and state legislators know how important the vet school is to our state economy and workforce,” Pair said.

From Amarillo Matters

August 22, 2018

Office of the Attorney General: Paxton Wins Multistate Obamacare Tax Lawsuit, Recoups Over $839 Million, Including Nearly $305 Million for Texas Taxpayers

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid programs.

From Office of the Attorney General

August 21, 2018

Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition: State Senator Kolkhorst Addresses Flood and Other Issues

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst on Tuesday urged residents of the lower Colorado River basin to get involved in the State Flood Assessment that is currently underway to evaluate flood risks and costs in Texas.

From Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition

August 21, 2018

Senator Ted Cruz: Introduces School Safety Amendment

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced a school safety amendment to the Defense-Labor-HHS appropriations bill, which allows local communities to utilize Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants for measures that reinforce school safety infrastructure and technology.

From Senator Ted Cruz

August 21, 2018

The Professional Bondsmen of Texas: Statement on Important Opinion Issued by 5th Circuit Regarding Bail Litigation

On August 14, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granted the request of 14 county criminal court judges who sought a partial stay of federal judge Lee Rosenthal’s second preliminary injunction issued pursuant to the 5th Circuits previous opinion and mandate reversing the previous order that order the County to release Harris County defendants from jail regardless of their ability to pay.

From The Professional Bondsmen of Texas

August 21, 2018

Texas General Land Office: Announces Communications Staff Transition

Today, Commissioner George P. Bush announced that Brittany Eck, current Press Secretary for the Texas General Land Office (GLO), has transitioned to the role of Communications Director for the Community Development and Revitalization Program (CDR). Karina Erickson, former Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, has joined the GLO as Press Secretary.

From Texas General Land Office

August 21, 2018

Railroad Commission of Texas: Closes Out 1st Mining Permit Issued by the Agency

The Railroad Commission today closed out its first-ever surface mining permit issued in 1976. The permit, number 001 was issued to Alcoa USA Corp for the Sandow Mine. Commissioners unanimously approved the release of Alcoa USA Corp.'s surface mining bonds after the company met its final reclamation obligations on more than 4,800 acres at the Sandow Mine in Milam and Lee counties.

From Railroad Commission of Texas

August 21, 2018

Senator John Cornyn: Statement on Roll Back of Obama-Era EPA Rule

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the Affordable Clean Energy rule to replace the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan: “I’m glad to see President Trump remains committed to eliminating job-killing Obama regulations that for years were a wet blanket on the Texas economy.

From Senator John Cornyn

August 21, 2018

Representative Paul Workman: Travis County Appraisal District Refuses to give Cedar Park's Travis County Property Owners a Tax Break

The taxpayers of Cedar Park in Travis County are entitled to a homestead exemption from property taxes equal to 1% of the appraised value of the residential homestead property, but not less than $10,000.

From Representative Paul Workman

August 21, 2018

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: Praise Confirmation of General Murray to Head U.S. Army Futures Command in Austin

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statements in praise of the Senate confirmation of John Murray to be a General in the U.S. Army: “General Murray’s impressive leadership experience within many levels in the U.S. Army makes him an exceptional candidate to lead its new innovative command in Austin,” said Sen. Cornyn.

From Senator John Cornyn

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