Patterson and Patrick Spar over Senator’s Lack of Military Service

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  As if the campaign to preside over the Texas Senate weren’t nasty enough, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Sen. Dan Patrick got into a war of words Thursday over exactly why Patrick did not […]

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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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Battle Over Dark Money Erupts at the Texas Capitol

This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  By Scott Braddock and Harvey Kronberg Senior state lawmakers from both parties made it clear this past week that Gov. Perry’s veto of a dark money bill last session and Sen. Ted Cruz’s criticism of their […]

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GOP Runoff for Texas Ag Commissioner is Personal

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  To say the runoff for the GOP nomination for Agriculture Commissioner is nasty might be a bit of an understatement. Former Reps. Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller have traded all sorts of accusations and used […]

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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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