Joe Straus

With an initial investment of $2.5 million, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday morning told Quorum Report he is launching a new PAC called Texas Forever Forward with a goal of promoting “a thoughtful,...
A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisi
With an expedited scheduled described as “unprecedented,” a special Texas House committee on Wednesday got down to work examining a wide variety of challenges facing the state as lawmakers study ways to preserve its economic...
In a move many business leaders called “long overdue,” Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has announced a new panel of lawmakers will consider what policies need to be in place – and what kind of policies should be rejected – in...
The Texas Legislature concluded its 140-day regular session at the end of May with sensational pro-life successes. The Legislature passed six pro-life bills, continued to fund alternatives to abortion and continued to defund...
"A lot of people felt that the bill itself, on its face, is not necessary," he said. "It's a solution looking for a problem."
With pro-life Republican Governor Abbott at the helm, and pro-life Republicans Joe Straus and Dan Patrick leading in the House and Senate, Texas continues to set the standard for protecting the unborn.
Throughout his ascendancy at the Texas Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has proven time and again the ability to adapt to the political environment. Unlike many in the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party from which he...
In line with concerns that tourism officials have raised about the bathroom bill’s effect on the convention business, Curry and Jennings wrote that the bathroom bill could also keep the national church from holding its 2018...
As the Texas Senate was getting down to work on the “bathroom bill,” Dr. Steve Hotze, an anti-gay activist and longtime business partner of Lt. Gov.
The race to be Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas is getting downright nasty ahead of the governing party of this state’s convention coming up in just a couple weeks.
We are a party with diverse opinions. At a recent Austin conference of the Texas Taxpayer and Research Association (TTARA), Senator Paul Bettencourt continued to champion fiscal conservative standards against bigger-...
Today, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced that he would not seek re-election for his Texas House of Representatives seat in House District 121. 
 Hurricane Harvey is shaping up to be a major theme for the next Texas legislative session. House Speaker Joe Straus is asking committees to begin working on long-term solutions to Harvey-related problems. Straus wants...
 The biggest problem is the Texas proposal is completely unnecessary. Why, you may ask? Because what Kolkhorst’s bill claims to prevent is already illegal.
"No industry will remain untouched by the unnecessary harm that discriminatory laws will do to our competitiveness, to our ability to attract talent, and to our employees and their families," the CEOs wrote.
Business and non-profit leaders from Houston and San Antonio signed letters this week opposing legislation restricting bathrooms access to transgender individuals and preempting any similar municipal ordinances.
The focus on which bathrooms people can use is distracting people from a "disingenuous" effort to lower property taxes and and a school choice bill that would "cripple funding" for rural public school districts, he said....
To thunderous applause by school board members from around the state gathered in the Alamo City, the presiding officer of the Texas House of Representatives last week said that despite a laundry list of red meat special...
The clock begins its inexorable tick to closing time and Republican members of the Texas Legislature such as myself are left to contemplate that which will  define the session and our political legacies. Most of us will hew...

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