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December 5, 2022      12:26 PM

SOS Scott resigns

Says he is staying through end of the year

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December 3, 2022      1:18 PM

Phelan wins House GOP Caucus Speaker endorsement by vote of 78-6

No surprise -- six no votes now relegated to back bench but non-legislative GOP purity warriors have what they think might be an issue in the next primary

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December 2, 2022      3:04 PM

HK: Patrick lays out priorities, some big and some bite size

While their legislative numbers dwindle, it’s clear the rural vote is critical to the future of the GOP

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick this week laid out some of his major priorities for the upcoming session.

This is likely to be Patrick’s last term in office and unless lightning strikes and Greg Abbott moves to a prestigious D.C. address, the Lite Guv is landlocked. Although never specifically stated, Patrick seemed aware that his time is limited and his twelve years as a statewide officeholder leaves a legacy, whether intended or not.

Patrick’s recurring frame was that he did not intend to leave the “building” without having addressed long term challenges like property taxes and the electricity grid.

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By Harvey Kronberg

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December 2, 2022      12:05 PM

People on the Move

Power players, lobby moves, staffer moves, honoring a Capitol veteran, and more

Did y’all have fun pretending to work this week? Just kidding, sort of. The week after Thanksgiving is one of those times when even those who aren’t on vacation are, shall we say, slow to respond to texts, calls, and emails. It’s okay. Probably guilty of that myself this week.

Speaking of the holidays, let’s do this for People on the Move in December: Your final chances this year to see your moves in the pages of Quorum Report will be today, next Friday the 9th and the following Friday, December 16th. POTM will for sure be on vacation on the 23rd and the 30th. So, if you need something announced before January, send it to ksbraddock@gmail.com in the next couple weeks. We’ll resume regular POTM service as we roll into the session that you’re all so eagerly anticipating. Okay, I’m kidding for real on that one.

Here’s this week’s edition of People on the Move.

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By Scott Braddock

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December 2, 2022      9:11 AM

GOP Challenger to Rep. Rosenthal files petition to try to initiate Texas House investigation of Harris County election

Rep. Rosenthal said, “The challenge brought forth by my previous opponent is a frivolous exercise that is more a political stunt than any type of serious complaint or concern.”

The Republican who lost to Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston, has filed a petition with the Secretary of State in hopes of having the Texas House of Representatives investigate the election in Harris County.

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By Scott Braddock

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December 1, 2022      4:12 PM

Veteran lobbyist Rob Looney, longtime TXOGA president has passed away

With 26 years in the industry, Looney represented the industry through boom and bust. Details to follow

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December 1, 2022      11:48 AM

Abbott announces changes in staff leadership

The changes are here.

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November 30, 2022      3:22 PM

In bid for Speaker, Rep. Tinderholt says he has called every Republican House member, omits how many calls were returned

In his longshot bit for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Tony Tinderholt on Wednesday said he has now reached out to every GOP member of the body by trying to call them. Just days before the GOP Caucus meets this weekend to endorse a candidate to speaker, Tinderholt did not say how many of the members returned his calls.

Without naming names, Tinderholt said he has “been encouraged at the number who tell me they think we GOP need new leadership in the Texas House.”

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By Scott Braddock

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November 30, 2022      3:20 PM

In South Texas Senate race, Adam Hinojosa requests recount after falling short to LaMantia

The difference after election day was just .019%

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November 30, 2022      2:40 PM

LBB votes unanimously to implement constitutional spending limit allowing 12.33% growth for next 2 years

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November 29, 2022      2:58 PM

In the increasingly nasty Austin mayoral runoff, Sen. Zaffirini distances herself and son from attack ad against Rep. Israel

Sen. Zaffirini’s son Carlos is listed as a top donor to a PAC that hit Israel on the issue of affordable housing; both Zs said they thought the money would go toward an effort to portray former Sen. Watson in a positive light

Veteran of the Texas Legislature Sen. Judith Zaffirini spent some of her Monday evening explaining that she does “not condone” a campaign attack against Rep. Celia Israel in the retiring legislator’s bid to lead the City of Austin as mayor. Israel and former Sen. Kirk Watson, of course, are locked in battle ahead of the December 13 runoff.

Zaffirini felt compelled to comment after it was pointed out that her son, Carlos Zaffirini, is listed as one of the top five donors to a group called Stand Together Austin.

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By Scott Braddock

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November 29, 2022      2:26 PM

Memorial for Harold Cook set for December 6 in Austin

The invitation is here.

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November 28, 2022      6:16 PM

Abbott announces leadership shakeup at DFPS

The rundown via the Office of the Governor is here.

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November 28, 2022      3:58 PM

El Paso County District Attorney Yvonne Rosales resigns effective Dec. 14th

The breaking news via El Paso Matters:

El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales resigned on Monday after less than two years in office, ending a turbulent tenure that saw her facing a trial that could have led to her removal from office.

The resignation is effective on Dec. 14, the day before a hearing that could have led to her suspension from her job until the conclusion of the removal effort. A jury trial had been set for March 2023 on whether to remove Rosales from office.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of Rosales’ term, which runs through the end of 2024.

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