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November 11, 2019      4:41 PM

Mark McCaig exits race for HD 135 in Houston, clears the way for Republican Justin Ray to take on Rep. Jon Rosenthal

"I hope to be able to repay the kindness so many have shown me since I launched my campaign," McCaig said. He also endorsed Ray: "We must ensure that Republicans are united and that our resources are used effectively."

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November 11, 2019      12:00 PM

Texas Young Republican Federation joins other conservatives in asking Abbott for reprieve in Rodney Reed death penalty case

“Many conservative representatives in the Texas House have asked you to grant a reprieve of Mr. Reed's death sentence until the evidence and developments in his case are resolved. We stand with these representatives…”

Here’s the letter from the TYRF to Gov. Greg Abbott.

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November 10, 2019      8:02 PM

Poll shows Chairman Meyer behind Democrat Cattanach by 6 points in his Dallas district

A new poll out from Public Policy Polling shows Texas House General Investigating Committee Chairman Morgan Meyer trailing by six points when matched up with Joanna Cattanach, one of the Democrats who wants to take him on next November.

In the poll, 44% of voters say they would vote for Cattanach, 38% for Meyer, and 18% were undecided.

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November 9, 2019      12:08 PM

Services set for Monday for former Rep. Tuffy Hamilton

From the obituary posted today:

A gathering of Mr. Hamilton’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Broussard’s. Mr. Hamilton’s interment will be held at the Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota Street, Austin, at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

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November 8, 2019      4:30 PM

People on the Move

Reorganizing in the Office of the Governor, agency changes, lobby moves, and more

SAN ANTONIO – “Somebody call Scott Braddock.”

Those were apparently the words uttered by a top staffer in Texas state government at the conclusion of a tearful farewell speech as that person transitioned from their current job and prepares for a new life in the private sector. The comment drew laughter, I’m told. Honestly, you could not ask for better marketing than that for POTM.

Writing to you from The Alamo City today, where the candidates to lead the Republican Party of Texas, incumbent James Dickey and former Congressman Allen West, are set to debate this morning. I love a chairman’s race, having covered them all the way back to when Tina Benkiser ran the RPT. Democrats, of course, have their own drama and purity tests. But few things in this state’s politics are more enjoyable to me than an RPT chairman’s race.

We’ll see how this unfolds.

Meantime, there were some substantial changes in the careers of combatants at the Capitol and that’s what Fridays are (generally) all about at Quorum Report. Never hesitate to let me know where you’re headed. You can also pass along news concerning others. We can’t be accused of being a gossip rag if you don’t. Let me know what’s up at ksbraddock@gmail.com and use “POTM” in the subject line. That way, it’s less likely to be lost in the shuffle of my inbox.

Here’s the latest edition of People on the Move:

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November 8, 2019      4:06 PM

Tommy Williams retiring from Office of the Governor

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November 8, 2019      2:32 PM

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez not seeking reelection

“I will not stand for reelection for a fifth … term in the Texas House of Representatives," Nevárez said in a statement. "I want to thank the folks in HD 74 who put me in a position to serve."

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November 8, 2019      7:25 AM

Former Rep. Tuffy Hamilton passed away this morning

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November 7, 2019      4:45 PM

Initial report from HHSC Inspector General finds The Heidi Group owes state roughly $1.5 million

Carol Everett with The Heidi Group says she was never interviewed by investigators, contends her organization complied with contracts and served more than 30,000 patients, not the roughly 2,300 that’s been alleged

The Office of the Inspector General at Texas Health and Human Services is recommending a broader review of the contracts awarded to The Heidi Group, which was chosen to help provide reproductive health care to women as the state was defunding Planned Parenthood in recent years. "The preliminary findings outlined in this report show serious contractual violations that occurred throughout the seven-month period," states the report from the OIG.

But Carol Everett, who runs The Heidi Group, says she was never interviewed during the investigation, argues she did what was required under the contracts, and says the programs served more than 30,000 patients – not the roughly 2,300 alleged.

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November 7, 2019      6:52 AM

GOP Texas House members encouraged to sign up for new project to find and register likely Republican voters

"For the first time ever, the list of unregistered Texas households has been microtargeted” to find and register people “whose background marks them as very likely to be Republicans…There are as many as 1.5 million of these in Texas today."

After strategist Karl Rove told members of the Texas House GOP Caucus last month that their majority is potentially in real danger in 2020, those legislators are being encouraged to sign up for the state GOP's new "Voter Engagement Project.”

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By Scott Braddock

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November 7, 2019      6:07 AM

As protections for young immigrants face Supreme Court scrutiny, Texas Business leaders push legislative solution

If DACA is terminated, “the Texas economy could lose $6 billion in GDP annually and the federal government could lose $90 billion in tax revenue”

As attorneys prepare to make arguments about protections for young immigrants before the United States Supreme Court next week, nearly 50 business leaders from around Texas asked Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to "take up legislation that will provide a permanent solution for undocumented youth, also known as Dreamers."

"The Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision on the continuation of this program in the spring of 2020," the business leaders wrote in their letter to Cornyn and Cruz. "If the Supreme Court rules that the DACA program can be terminated, 115,290 Texas DACA recipients will lose their ability to work and become deportable."

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By Scott Braddock

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November 7, 2019      5:04 AM

Must see video: Full Tony Buzbee election night speech

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November 6, 2019      2:35 PM

Shanna Igo announces departure from TML

“It’s just time to move on to something new,” Igo said. “TML provided a wonderful opportunity for over three decades to work with amazing, talented people helping city officials serve the interests of all Texans who live in our cities.”

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November 5, 2019      10:15 PM

Prop 4 passes. Prop 1 sinks.

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November 5, 2019      7:25 PM

Democrat Markowitz and Republican Gary Gates apparently headed for runoff for Zerwas seat

Markowitz 38, Gates 30, Krenek 19, Allred 9

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November 5, 2019      7:12 PM

Early voting: Mayor Turner leading opponents; Birabil ahead in Dallas

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November 4, 2019      4:48 PM

Programs grapple with the challenges of the Texas nursing shortage

“The feedback we’re getting is that we’re just at the point of saturation. To add more seats is almost impossible”

Addressing the state’s nursing workforce shortage may soon be hampered by an inability to recruit qualified staff to teach in the two and four-year programs across the state.

An ongoing review of the state’s short of nurses by a stakeholder task force – formally known as Nursing Shortage Reduction Program Rider 28 task force – is written into the Texas budget. Each year, lawmakers set aside $10 million in awards for two-year, four-year and private not-for-profit institutions to expand both enrollment and graduation from nursing programs.

Nursing programs gathered recently to discuss the constraints and challenges of the nursing shortage program. Director Marla Erbin-Roesemann, president of the group, told the task force the feedback was that programs are close to hitting the wall on capacity.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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November 4, 2019      4:40 PM

Braddock on Radio: Beto drops out and the GOP huddles to plot a course after Bonnen steps aside

Among other things, Editor Scott Braddock and KFYO Radio host Chad Hasty delve into what TLR, ART, and Texas House members heard from Dave Carney last week

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