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Texas Lt. Governor Moving Gun Legislation Forward

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick referred the Campus Carry Bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The move comes one day following what has been seen by some as a contradictory statement about open carry legislation.

Lt. Gov. Patrick said Senate Bill 11 (SB11) already has enough votes for passage. “The bill author already has 19 Senate co-authors which, because of last week’s rule changes, is enough to bring it to the floor for passage,”

at Jan 29, 2015 3:34 PM
       

Thousands ‘Rally for Life’ at Capitol with Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott

Thousands of pro-life conservatives converged on the Texas Capitol with Texas’ First Lady Cecilia Abbott on Saturday to show support for the passage of more pro-life legislation. The Texas Legislature is just beginning the 84th session and pro-life supporters are expecting more from this highly conservative legislature.

First Lady Abbott delivered a very touching and emotional speech that included reading a letter from her husband, Governor Greg Abbott, according to a tweet from the Texas Young Republicans (@TexasYR on Twitter). During her speech, Mrs. Abbott stressed the importance of adoption in preventing abortions.

at Jan 26, 2015 3:36 PM
       

Texas Swears-In New Governor with BBQ and Ball

AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time since the first year of this century, Texas will have a new Governor. It has been over fourteen years since Governor Rick Perry First took the oath of office filling the vacancy created after Governor George W. Bush resigned the office to become the 43rd President of the United States. On Tuesday, Greg Abbott will take over the reins of the Lone Star State from Perry and begin a new era of leadership.   Read more »

at Jan 20, 2015 5:08 PM
       

Three Texas Legislative Races Heading to Runoffs — Early Voting Underway

The special election for three Texas legislative seats has ended without a final decision. They will be heading to a runoff election. One race was for the Senate District (SD) 26 seat vacated by failed Lt. Governor candidate, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, who resigned to run for mayor of San Antonio. The other two were for House seats vacated by state

at Jan 8, 2015 5:02 PM
       

New Generation of Bush Family Takes Office in Texas

The swearing in of George P. Bush as the 28th Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) marks the passing of the baton to a new generation of Bushes in American politics. Bush took the oath of office in the chambers of the Texas Senate on Friday. The ceremony was witnessed by his father, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.   Read more »

at Jan 4, 2015 9:14 PM
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Houston Man Killed by Random New Year’s Eve Bullet

A Houston man was killed by a random bullet while standing in his front yard with his wife on New Year’s Eve. The couple was in their yard watching celebratory fireworks when he was struck in the head and collapsed.

Houston Police said the stray bullet hit Javier Rivera in the head shortly after midnight Thursday night according to a report on KHOU-11. Police speculated the bullet may have been fired by someone celebrating the new year.

Rivera’s wife Erica said, “He was standing right next to me and he fell.” She described her husband as a good husband and father who was always happy.   Read more »

at Jan 2, 2015 5:01 PM
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Texas Railroad Commissioner-Elect Fulfills Campaign Promise – Steps Down From His Company

Texas Railroad Commissioner-Elect Ryan Sitton fulfilled one of his campaign promises by announcing his stepping down as president of PinnacleAIS, a company founded by Sitton and his wife. During the Republican Primary campaign, Sitton had promised to place his company in a blind trust to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.   Read more »

at Dec 31, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Whataburger Reigns Supreme in Texas Hamburgers

Whataburger hamburgers reign supreme in Texas as the number one visited hamburger chain. The chain, founded in Corpus Christi, Texas, also fares well in large sections of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and even the panhandle of Florida.

The ranking comes from a survey of 20,000,000 Foursquare check-ins compiled by Thrillist.com.

at Dec 29, 2014 5:00 PM
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Lower Gas Prices Cast Shadow on Texas’ Economic Future

Lower gas pump prices could mean a loss of jobs and lower tax revenue for the State of Texas. The rapidly dropping gasoline prices are a result of the price of oil dropping into the $55 per barrel range. The price-point hits the range where some fracking operations become unprofitable which could cause reductions in both manpower requirements and oil production revenue to the state’s treasury.   Read more »

at Dec 22, 2014 2:05 PM
       

Texas House Democrat's Bill Could Impact Hiring of Illegal Immigrants

Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed a bill in the Texas House of Representatives to increase fines for employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors when they should rightfully be classified as employees. This technique is often used by companies to work illegal immigrants as independent contractors avoiding the I-9 employment documentation process.   Read more »

at Dec 11, 2014 5:01 PM
       

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