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National Guard Theatrics Jeopardize Billions in Potential Growth Along the Texas Border

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  While Gov. Perry continues his national cable TV tour talking about the influx of migrant children along the border and his decision to deploy as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the region, […]

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Immigration Talk Simmers at Central Texas Congressional Town Hall

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of politics and government.  BASTROP – Now that Congress is on recess following an ugly meltdown over immigration and border security last week, lawmakers in Texas and around the country are diving into the time-honored tradition of trying to explain […]

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In high-level talks, Texas business leaders press the White House to act on immigration

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Amid the chaos on Capitol Hill and the crisis on the border, Texas construction executives pushing for immigration reform traveled to Washington and met late Friday with senior advisers to President Obama. Houston construction executives […]

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A Terrible, No Good Week for Michael Quinn Sullivan

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government. It would be difficult enough to cover something as complex as a matter before the Texas Ethics Commission if all sides were honest brokers about the proceedings. The fact that they are not makes cutting […]

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Job-Luring Funds Go Under the Microscope at the Texas Capitol

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  The special Texas House committee appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to scrutinize Gov. Perry’s job-luring pots of money – chiefly the Texas Enterprise Fund – got down to work last Wednesday. In its first hearing, […]

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Sour-faced Perry is Picking the Right Fights

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Not only did Gov. Perry get way out ahead of the border crisis politically but he has also now figured out a way to differentiate himself in a major way from a potential fellow GOP […]

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The Austin School District Should Follow Houston ISD’s Progress on Construction Jobs

The Austin School Board recently voted to adopt Davis-Bacon federal wage rates on construction of facilities under the district’s new $490 million bond package. While some have hailed this as a historic step, it is seen by many as merely a short-term fix for attracting workers into the skilled trades. In short: more needs to […]

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Texas Business Leaders Are In a Full-Court Press on Immigration

Note: This column originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Hoping to lose none of any ground – either real or perceived – they may have gained on immigration in the United States House of Representatives, Texas business interests over the last couple weeks have […]

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Texas Business Leaders Offer Mixed Reactions to Obama’s New Immigration Push

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Some Texas business leaders sounded skeptical of President Obama’s announcement that he’ll start to take executive action on immigration reform this year and not wait for Congress to pass a reform package. But others, including […]

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Houston Equal Rights Fight Could Have Statewide Electoral Consequences

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas government and politics.  Time is running short for opponents of Houston’s recently passed equal rights ordinance, which supporters call HERO, to gather signatures on a petition to try to overturn it. Opponents led by longtime – and now […]

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