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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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Battleground Texas and Republicans Spar Over Voter Outreach

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  The head of Battleground Texas and the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas each had harsh words for the other about their respective voter outreach efforts on Monday. There has, of course, been a […]

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More Resources May Be Needed For Texas Education Reforms to Work

Some lawmakers raised questions this week about whether school districts around Texas have the kind of resources they’ll need to fully implement sweeping education reforms signed into law last year. Starting this fall, students will have several new options for which path they’d like to take to earn a high school diploma. But whether those […]

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Dewhurst and Patrick Take the Gloves Off in the Hill Country

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  KERRVILLE – In this Hill Country county won by Sen. Dan Patrick on Election Day, both he and Lt. Gov David Dewhurst came out swinging in a blistering half-hour debate on Friday. The forum for […]

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Immigration Fight Simmers Ahead of Texas GOP Convention

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  HOUSTON – Business interests here in Southeast Texas and elsewhere are working to marshal their forces ahead of what could be a bloody fight at the Republican Party of Texas convention in June over where […]

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Facing a Challenge From the Right, A GOP Senator Sets His Sights on the Middle

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  DALLAS – One of the most closely watched Texas Senate races could be a key test for the future of the Republican Party as a whole. Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, faces a very serious challenge […]

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Calculating the Impact of Women and Latinos in Texas Elections

Note: This column originally appeared in the Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Some of the state’s top political number crunchers on both sides of the aisle told business leaders assembled in Austin this past week that the exploding Latino population and the emergence of unmarried women as […]

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Targeted Worker Misclassification Crackdown Begins in Texas

Construction companies across Texas that work on public projects are on notice now that the targeted worker misclassification crackdown passed by the legislature in 2013 has taken effect. HB 2015 “Worker Classification” was signed into law on June 14, 2013 and became effective on January 1, 2014.  This law is considered by many to be a good first […]

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