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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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Battle looming over whether workers’ comp should stay optional in Texas

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  On Tuesday, lawmakers in the only state in America where workers’ comp insurance is optional are starting to take a hard look at whether that should still be the case. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus […]

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Texas House Committee Hearing This Week on Worker Misclassification

A Texas House Committee has scheduled a hearing on the issue of worker misclassification and what more the state may need to do to combat the problem that is particularly rampant in the construction industry. The House Business and Industry Committee will take testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown that was signed into […]

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Patrick and Castro Clash in Immigration Debate, But for What Purpose?

Note: The original version of this story appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  In an hour-long exchange that shed nearly zero light on policy but did give both sides plenty of heat to try to exploit with various constituencies, Sen. Dan Patrick and San Antonio […]

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