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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
       

Texas Republicans Set to Flex Their Muscles in 114th Congress

Texas will be sending 25 Republicans and two very powerful Senators to the 114th Congress which is set to kick-off in January, 2015. Key committee chairmanships for six of those House Republicans will give Texas control of nearly one-third of the House’s twenty-one committees. This positions Texas representatives to flex their muscle in the effort to extend the Texas model of success to the other 49 states.   Read more »

at Dec 8, 2014 1:15 PM
       

Russian Money Possibly Behind Anti-Fracking Protests

The apparent shutdown of a Chevron fracking facility in Romania may be the results of efforts by Russia to stop natural gas production in Eastern Europe. Not long after opening the hydraulic fracturing facility in Pungesti, Romania, protesters began to stage confrontations that became violent at times.

“I was really shocked,” recalled the Mayor Vlasa Mircia in an article in the New York Times. “We never had protesters here and suddenly they were everywhere.”   Read more »

at Dec 1, 2014 5:00 PM
       

Gov-Elect Abbott Names Cameron County Judge as Next Texas Secretary of State

Governor-Elect Greg Abbott named Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos to be the next Secretary of State for Texas. Cascos will replace the current Secretary of State, Nandita Berry who was appointed to the position earlier this year by Governor Rick Perry. The announcement of the appointment came Tuesday morning during a meeting in Brownsville, which is the county seat of Cameron County.   Read more »

at Nov 14, 2014 3:49 PM
       

Former President George W. Bush Visits Texas Ebola Healthcare Workers

Former President George W. Bush visited Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to meet with healthcare workers who treated three Ebola patients including two of their own nurses. The former President came to the hospital to help celebrate the end of the 21 day observation period for many of the workers.

“The last five weeks have been a trying time for the city and residents of Dallas and especially the people of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas,” former President Bush said.

at Nov 9, 2014 6:54 PM
       

Sid Miller Plants Solid Win to Become Texas Ag Commissioner

Former Texas State Representative Sid Miller will become the next Texas Agriculture Commissioner after a solid victory over his Democrat opponent Jim Hogan. Miller won a decisive victory by garnering nearly 60 percent of the vote. His opponent only received about 37 percent of the vote. Miller will replace outgoing Commissioner Todd Staples who decided not to run for re-election in order to pursue a run for Lt. Governor in the Republican Primary.

at Nov 5, 2014 11:04 AM
       

Texas Attorney General Abbott Receives Child Support Performance Award

Under the leadership of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the office’s Child Support Division received an Exemplary Performance Award from the Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC). The award recognizes a state, regional, county or tribal program that consistently and comprehensively exemplifies excellence in child support enforcement. The award was accepted for Attorney General Abbott by Charles Smith, Deputy Attorney General at the WICSEC 2014 Annual Training Conference in San Diego, California.   Read more »

at Nov 3, 2014 4:58 PM
       

Houston Mayor Rescinds Subpoenas of Pastors

Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, rescinded the subpoenas sent to five Houston area pastors. The subpoenas originally demanded all sermons and correspondence dealing with homosexuality, gender identity and the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).   Read more »

at Oct 31, 2014 11:55 AM
       

Wendy Davis Dragging Down Other Dems

Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis appears to be dragging down other candidates on the Democrat ticket. As Davis’ desperate attack ads and other political missteps continue to pile up many Democrats are privately admitting her campaign has been a huge failure.

For Davis, success is all but out of reach according to Karen Tumulty in a Washington Post article. She wrote that there was a moment where Davis

at Oct 27, 2014 12:46 PM
       

Early Voting Begins in Texas General Election

Early voting for Texas 2014 General Elections began Monday and runs through October 31st. The General Election date is November 4th. Across Texas, voters will go to the polls to cast votes in one of the most influential primary elections in at least a generation. Every statewide office in the Texas executive branch is up for grabs. Many high-profile legislative and judicial seats are also at stake in this election.   Read more »

at Oct 23, 2014 6:28 PM
       

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