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Criminal investigation opened into fraudulent pro-school voucher letters

Note: This story first appeared on the Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  As Texas House members continue to ask questions about the legalities surrounding those “fraudulent” pro-school voucher letters sent to their offices, two criminal complaints have been filed and an investigation has been opened by prosecutors […]

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Hotze’s Bathroom Bill Campaign Just Latest Episode in Long-Running Anti-Gay Crusade

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. Dan Patrick, began running television ads against Speaker Joe Straus in his district demanding the measure receive a vote in the House. After Senate Bill 6 passed the full […]

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On bathrooms, Patrick speaks for Abbott because Abbott lets him

There was much chuckling and chatter at the Texas Capitol following the release of Texas Monthly’s cover story featuring Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick holding the gavel standing over the words “In Charge.” One recurring reaction went something like this: “Maybe the magazine should have done a vote count on Patrick’s priority bills before making that […]

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Amid accusations of fake news, phony organizations help AG Paxton in felony case

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, parroting President Donald Trump, has recently taken to calling news coverage he dislikes “fake news.” As a distraction, it works. When it comes to transparency, the Texas Senate’s recent moves to restrict media coverage are in line with Patrick’s order to the Legislative Budget Board to suppress staff reports – a […]

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On restrooms, Patrick sides with Texas House foe Steve Hotze over business

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has suggested Gov. Greg Abbott should articulate a clear position on one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities for the legislative session: Restrictions on bathroom access based on gender. […]

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Group of TPPF board members spent heavily against Texas House GOP leadership

The Texas Public Policy Foundation promotes itself – and has been promoted in various media outlets – as merely a conservative free market think tank. The group, founded by “school choice” advocate James Leininger of San Antonio, says its “mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the […]

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Worker misclassification debate starts anew at the Texas Capitol

The issue of worker misclassification promises to loom large once again during the next session of the Texas Legislature – and not just as it relates to the construction industry. Misclassification happens when businesses pretend their labor is being done on a subcontracting basis when by law the people doing the work should be compensated as […]

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The Trump Effect in Texas

During an election cycle in which it’s been repeatedly proven the political chattering class has the capacity to be quite wrong, it is no shock the ascendancy of Donald Trump has some prognosticators once again raising the question of whether Texas will be any color other than deep Republican red when voters make their choice […]

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El Paso House race turns nasty as Quintanilla teams with TER in bid to unseat Rep. González

EL PASO – The race to represent one of the poorest areas in Texas has now been infused with big money from outside the district as a former lawmaker tries to take back the seat in The Legislature he surrendered several years ago to run unsuccessfully for county commissioner. That cash from a third-party group […]

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Activists rail against gays and Texas House leadership as Woodfill announces for RPT Chair

HOUSTON – A day after once again stepping onto the national political stage by inserting himself into the Planned Parenthood video fight, former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill last week formally announced he is running to lead the Republican Party of Texas. He is running alongside Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, who has […]

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