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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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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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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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A Fight Over Who Can Own Liquor Stores in Texas

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  SAN ANTONIO – A fight in federal court is quietly playing out between liquor store operators based in Texas and those that are headquartered elsewhere but would like to gain a greater foothold in the […]

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Texas GOP’s Change in Immigration Stance is Deeply Troubling to Hispanic Republicans

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  FORT WORTH – On Friday, Harvey Kronberg wrote that this convention was one of the least angry Republican Party of Texas gatherings in years. Make no mistake: That made sense when Harvey wrote it. But […]

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Does Gov. Perry Still Have Political Magic in Him?

It’s safe to say Gov. Perry’s rebranding effort isn’t slowing down a bit.  But, whether he’s having success in the endeavor is an open question. His appearance this morning on Meet the Press continued his campaign to show himself to be one of the functional elected Republicans in America, which would be any Republican officeholder […]

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Many Law-Abiding Companies Can’t Compete in Dallas/Fort Worth, Executive Says

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans. But, there was also significant pushback from certain […]

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Senior Republican Texas Congressman Calls for Guest Worker Program

In what may come as a shock to some, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, on Friday said that not only does he support a guest worker program for adults who are not documented and a path to citizenship for their children, but he also plans to propose sweeping legislation to that effect in the next few […]

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Some in Business Join With Labor to Call for Mandatory Workers’ Comp in Texas

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  The Texas House Business and Industry Committee on Tuesday got down to work this week on an extensive review of whether workers’ comp insurance should continue to be voluntary. Texas, as you may know, is […]

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