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January 21, 2022      3:00 PM

Campaign finance reports show enthusiasm at the top of the ticket, little shape to down ballot races crowded with legislative hopefuls

Gov. Abbott, Beto O’Rourke reporting millions raised, Paxton is outraised by Guzman but maintains as cash on hand advantage, open Texas House races are a free for all

Campaign season is getting into full swing and the always riveting January semiannual reports are coming in. As always, we’ll do our level best to bring you the interesting numbers in the top races to watch but feel free to reach out and suggest anything important that you think we missed.

Let’s start at the top of the ticket and then get into the battles for Texas House and Texas Senate districts.

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By James Russell

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January 21, 2022      2:52 PM

People on the Move

Significant moves at big organizations, lobby changes, and more

The first campaign finance reports of the year are out – reporter James Russell has full rundown right here in the Daily Buzz – and the primaries are humming right along. The freezing weather has people freaking out about possible blackout although that remains statistically unlikely. We’ll keep an eye on all of it for you.

Meantime it seems like the career moves slowed down a bit this week, but significant changes are happening at big organizations. If you have career news to share, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, send it along to ksbraddock@gmail.com and use POTM in the subject line so I can keep it all straight.

Here’s the latest edition of People one the Move.

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By Scott Braddock

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January 20, 2022      6:42 PM

ABC News: FBI raid on home of Rep. Cuellar is related to Azerbaijan probe, source says

The breaking news from ABC is here.

 

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January 19, 2022      5:32 PM

Gov. Abbott is set to possibly start a full-court press for school vouchers as soon as this week

Gov. Greg Abbott has promised to announce a parental bill of rights tomorrow, and many are speculating that bill of rights will include a full-throated endorsement of vouchers.

Abbott spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation at lunch on Wednesday, touting Texas exceptionalism, a sunny view of the current state of the Texas economy and a promise to respect the rights of parents in their child’s education.

“I’ve supported public schools. Also, I’m a product of public schools. Public schools have a role to play,” Abbott said. “But, in the end, we need to come to grips with the reality that no public program can replace the role that parents play in the education of their children.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

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January 19, 2022      5:18 PM

FBI activity near home of Rep. Cuellar in South Texas

The breaking news from MyRGV.

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January 19, 2022      5:12 PM

Paxton tests positive for covid, is said to be very sick

He has canceled in-person meetings, is taking meetings on zoom, etc. One of his advisers asks folks of faith to pray for him

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January 19, 2022      1:29 PM

Commissioner Miller severs ties with Todd Smith

“Todd Smith and I have mutually agreed to terminate his association with my campaign effective immediately. My campaign and the TDA will cooperate fully with any agency involved in this matter so it can be resolved openly, fairly and judiciously," Miller said.

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January 18, 2022      5:32 PM

Todd Smith, top consultant to Sid Miller, indicted in Travis County

Indicted on charges of theft and bribery in hemp license "shakedown"

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January 18, 2022      10:36 AM

Beto raised $7.2 million in six weeks, Abbott raised $18.9 million in 6 months

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January 17, 2022      5:20 PM

PUC shifts strategy on electric reliability infractions

“Let this serve as a notice to all our stakeholders that, going forward, we’re not going to renegotiate past settlements,” Chairman Lake said. “Going forward, we’re going to look ahead.”

The Public Utility Commission has agreed to take more focused direction to address violations of electric service reliability, folding ongoing violation settlements into annual reporting.

The straightforward policy decision – made at the commission’s last meeting – was buried in the middle of the electric docket.

Both Entergy Texas and CenterPoint Energy had lingering settlements for specific past violations without a clear timeline for corrective actions.

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By Kimberly Reeves

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January 17, 2022      5:13 PM

Texas REALTORS release initial slate for 2022 primary

It can be downloaded here.

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January 17, 2022      12:26 PM

Candidate Don Huffines confirms $12M raised as QR reported two weeks ago after Braddock radio interview

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