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Gov. Abbott endorses Rep. Paul Workman of Austin for re-election
 Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...

10:50 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...
Gov. Abbott endorses Rep. Paul Workman of Austin for re-election
 Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...

3:45 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday endorsed state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, for re-election. It was the first of what the governor has promised to be a number of endorsements in contested GOP primary races on behalf of legislative allies, and perhaps also, in support of challengers who he finds to be more in sync with his agenda. Workman is being...
Austin Democrat Justin Nelson is running for attorney general
 Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...

12:57 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...
Austin Democrat Justin Nelson is running for attorney general
 Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...

11:45 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

Declaring that “Texans can do better than our indicted attorney general who is charged with criminal fraud,” Austin attorney Justin Nelson Wednesday announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Ken Paxton in 2018. “Justice is for all,” Nelson said in a statement released...
State lawmakers demand action in wake of Sutherland Springs shooting
 A Republican state legislator, as well as several Democrats and gun control advocates called Wednesday for action in the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church shooting. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, called on Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to create a commission to “determine the root...

11:37 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

A Republican state legislator, as well as several Democrats and gun control advocates called Wednesday for action in the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church shooting. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, called on Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus to create a commission to “determine the root...
Villalba seeks Texas commission to recommend `common sense gun control’
 In the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is calling for the creation of a Commission on Gun Violence to examine its causes in Texas and recommend “common sense gun control reforms” to the next session of the Texas Legislature. In an open letter to his “Fellow Texans...

11:37 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

In the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is calling for the creation of a Commission on Gun Violence to examine its causes in Texas and recommend “common sense gun control reforms” to the next session of the Texas Legislature. In an open letter to his “Fellow Texans...
Dawnna Dukes lashes out at Statesman, state Reps. Howard and Israel
 State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, kicked off her bid for a 12th term in the Texas House at the Austin Club on Tuesday, hours after lobbing the explosive allegation that fellow Austin Democratic Reps. Donna Howard and Celia Israel were behind an effort to keep her from winning re-election. Dukes asserted that Howard and Israel undermined...

1:40 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, kicked off her bid for a 12th term in the Texas House at the Austin Club on Tuesday, hours after lobbing the explosive allegation that fellow Austin Democratic Reps. Donna Howard and Celia Israel were behind an effort to keep her from winning re-election. Dukes asserted that Howard and Israel undermined...
Dukes blames Statesman, Reps. Howard, Israel for working against her
 State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, kicked off her bid for a 12th term in the Texas House at the Austin Club on Tuesday, hours after lobbing the explosive allegation that fellow Austin Democratic Reps. Donna Howard and Celia Israel were behind an effort to keep her from winning re-election. Dukes asserted that Howard and Israel undermined...

5:30 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, kicked off her bid for a 12th term in the Texas House at the Austin Club on Tuesday, hours after lobbing the explosive allegation that fellow Austin Democratic Reps. Donna Howard and Celia Israel were behind an effort to keep her from winning re-election. Dukes asserted that Howard and Israel undermined...
Sheriff Lupe Valdez is listening to pleas that she run for governor
 Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is hearing out people who are encouraging her to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, but has made no decision to make the race. “People have been talking and Sheriff Valdez is listening as she always does,” Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, said in a brief statement...

11:51 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is hearing out people who are encouraging her to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, but has made no decision to make the race. “People have been talking and Sheriff Valdez is listening as she always does,” Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, said in a brief statement...
Abbott puts church shooting in context of evil from Bible to Hitler
 Gov. Greg Abbott, in an interview on Outnumbered Overtime on Fox News, sought to put the church shooting in Sutherland Springs in historical context Monday, saying evil has been with us from the Bible to the Middle Ages to Hitler. Abbott’s response came in answer to a question from host Harris Faulkner, who said, “Governor, you...

9:35 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott, in an interview on Outnumbered Overtime on Fox News, sought to put the church shooting in Sutherland Springs in historical context Monday, saying evil has been with us from the Bible to the Middle Ages to Hitler. Abbott’s response came in answer to a question from host Harris Faulkner, who said, “Governor, you...
Amid the sleeping giants, is there a place in Texas politics for the Milder White Guys?
 Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White Good Monday Austin: In the last couple of weeks — nine months into the Age of Trump –  two Milder White Guys stepped forward to indicate a desire
            to run for statewide office in Texas under the MARA (Make America Reasonable Again) banner. Last week, it was Scott Milder...

4:31 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White Good Monday Austin: In the last couple of weeks — nine months into the Age of Trump –  two Milder White Guys stepped forward to indicate a desire to run for statewide office in Texas under the MARA (Make America Reasonable Again) banner. Last week, it was Scott Milder...
Julián Castro will decide whether to run for president by end of 2018
 Julián Castro said Sunday that he will decide by the end of 2018 whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “That’s something I’m going to keep on the table,” Castro said on a panel discussion at the Voto Latino Power Summit at the AT&T Center on the University of Texas Campus, before setting...

7:27 PM Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017

Julián Castro said Sunday that he will decide by the end of 2018 whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “That’s something I’m going to keep on the table,” Castro said on a panel discussion at the Voto Latino Power Summit at the AT&T Center on the University of Texas Campus, before setting...
After three decades in Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith to call it quits
 U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end. “I love my job; there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing...

12:28 AM Friday, Nov. 03, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end. “I love my job; there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing...
Former Rockwall councilman to challenge Lt. Gov. Patrick in primary
 Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall City Council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s got to stand up and confront...

11:06 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall City Council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s got to stand up and confront...
‘Rational Republican’ Milder enters race against ‘extremist’ Dan Patrick
 Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s’s got to stand up...

12:12 AM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s’s got to stand up...
Gov. Abbott says more Harvey aid is on its way, but he’s not sure when
 Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assured him on a visit to Washington this week that the Trump administration would submit a supplemental budget with additional Harvey recovery money for Texas by mid-November, but that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him the Senate calendar...

11:52 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assured him on a visit to Washington this week that the Trump administration would submit a supplemental budget with additional Harvey recovery money for Texas by mid-November, but that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him the Senate calendar...
House GOP report calls for bypassing Democrats in picking new speaker
 A work group of the Texas House Republican Caucus is recommending that the caucus consider changing its bylaws to choose a candidate for House speaker in December 2018 in advance of the next regular legislative session, effectively bypassing Democrats. The change is intended to increase the likelihood that, with Speaker Joe Straus’...

7:08 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

A work group of the Texas House Republican Caucus is recommending that the caucus consider changing its bylaws to choose a candidate for House speaker in December 2018 in advance of the next regular legislative session, effectively bypassing Democrats. The change is intended to increase the likelihood that, with Speaker Joe Straus’...
Hey, Matthew, Sandra, Willie, wanna buy a paper?
 Copy of photo in Statesman publishers office – Franki Trlica, Paperboy 1929
                Jno P. Trlica, Photographer
               Good morning Austin: Good day Austin. We learned yesterday that Cox Enterprises has put the Austin American-Statesman up  for sale. Not the incalculably valuable waterfront property by the bat bridge...

3:53 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Copy of photo in Statesman publishers office – Franki Trlica, Paperboy 1929 Jno P. Trlica, Photographer Good morning Austin: Good day Austin. We learned yesterday that Cox Enterprises has put the Austin American-Statesman up  for sale. Not the incalculably valuable waterfront property by the bat bridge...
Gov. Abbott says more Harvey aid is on the way, but he’s not sure when
 12:35 p.m UPDATE Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney assured him Tuesday that the administration would submit a supplemental budget with additional Harvey recovery money for Texas by mid-November, but that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him the Senate calendar may impede swift action. Abbott met with...

2:58 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

12:35 p.m UPDATE Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney assured him Tuesday that the administration would submit a supplemental budget with additional Harvey recovery money for Texas by mid-November, but that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him the Senate calendar may impede swift action. Abbott met with...
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