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July 6, 2022      10:22 AM

Rep. Huberty, Charles Butt, and others take over Moak Casey, the largest public school consulting firm in Texas

Moak Casey, the largest public school consulting firm in the state, has new leadership including HEB Chairman Charles Butt and retiring Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble.

Per a news release this morning:

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By Scott Braddock

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July 6, 2022      10:20 AM

Whole Woman's Health, an independent provider of abortions in Texas for 20 years, will relocate to New Mexico

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July 6, 2022      9:44 AM

UT Texas Politics Project Poll: Abbott leads Beto by 6 points

The poll also shows a record high percentage of Texans believe the state is on the wrong track; majorities oppose outright ban on abortion

James Henson, Director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote:

“The results from several items on abortion and guns illustrate that state policies pursued in these areas by Texas Republicans in the 2021 legislative session remain at odds with the views of a majority of Texans, including large shares of Republicans. In a result consistent with years of previous polling on the subject, only 15% of Texans agreed that “abortion should never be permitted,” including only 23% of Republicans.”

The full results are here. Depending on your browser, you may have to right click the link and open in a new tab.

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July 5, 2022      6:30 PM

TPPF Senior Fellow among Trump allies subpoenaed in Georgia criminal investigation

From the New York Times this evening:

Two other Trump lawyers were also subpoenaed: Jacki Pick Deason, who helped make the Trump team’s case before the Georgia legislature, and Kenneth Chesebro, whose role has come into sharper focus during the House Jan. 6 hearings in Washington. In an email exchange with Mr. Eastman in the run-up to the Jan. 6 attack, he wrote that the Supreme Court would be more likely to act on a Wisconsin legal challenge “if the justices start to fear that there will be ‘wild’ chaos on Jan. 6 unless they rule by then, either way.”

Most of those subpoenaed could not be immediately reached for comment. A spokesman for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where Ms. Deason is a senior fellow, declined to comment.

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July 5, 2022      5:07 PM

Sen. Gutierrez and Uvalde Mayor McLaughlin ask Abbott to replace Uvalde County District Attorney as head of victim assistance

The letter from Sen. Roland Gutierrez and Mayor Don McLaughlin to Gov. Greg Abbott can be downloaded here.

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July 5, 2022      10:02 AM

Beto and the TDP announce a coordinated campaign director

Amid some private grumbling from down ballot Democrats, effort at coordination aims to "elect Democrats up and down the ballot who will go to work for the people of Texas.”

The Texas Democratic Party and the campaign of Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday announced the hiring of a coordinated campaign director – something needed amid private grumbling from down ballot Democratic candidates frustrated with a lack of any sort of effort at coordination by O’Rourke.

Lauren Harper, whose resume includes working on O’Rourke’s brief presidential campaign, will serve in the role.

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July 4, 2022      8:23 AM

Former East Texas State Senator Bill Haley passed away: Passed the biggest education reform to date, HB 72

Elected to the House in 1978, went to Senate in 1989, served until 1995. Lobbied for public education afterwards. Arrangements pending

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July 2, 2022      11:57 AM

Uvalde ISD Police Chief resigns from city council

The news via the Uvalde Leader News:

Pete Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday that he is resigning from his seat on the Uvalde City Council. Arredondo, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police chief, was elected to the District 3 council position on May 7 and was sworn into the role on May 31, days after the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, where 21 people died.

Arredondo maintains he was not the incident commander that day. Community members as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw have criticized Arredondo and other law enforcement officers for waiting more than an hour to enter classrooms where the shooter and injured and dying students and teachers were located.

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July 2, 2022      9:00 AM

In overnight ruling, Texas Supreme Court allows for civil enforcement of 1925 total abortion ban

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June 30, 2022      9:00 PM

HK: Wargaming politics and elections in Texas after the Supreme Court overturned Roe

It almost seems pre-ordained that Beto will squander the Roe opportunity by focusing on the danger to 1% of the population that is LGBTQ instead of the 53% of the Texas population legislated into second class citizen status

Despite being fully forewarned, the public reaction to the Supreme Court Dobbs decision landed like a lightning bolt on an already unusually volatile political environment. The competition for headlines is enormous amidst a war in Ukraine, inflation, gun violence, and women’s health issues.

The decision dramatically raises the stakes of the next session of the Legislature because the current statutory scheme in Texas effectively prohibits all abortions with no exceptions – a position that does not even come close to matching national and state polling of the general electorate on the issue. Nevertheless, Texas Republicans remain sanguine presuming it to be yet another storm to weather.

With President Joe Biden’s approval hovering around 40% in Texas, $5 gas, the border in daily headlines, and “attacks” on guns, Texas Republicans perhaps appropriately believe there is little to worry about in the current election lineup. With redistricting locked down, the wind is even more at their backs.

But that confidence may be misplaced.

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By Harvey Kronberg

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June 30, 2022      7:15 PM

Uvalde Mayor favors Texas House approach to investigating Robb Elementary School shooting, dismisses Texas Senate hearing

During a special meeting of the Uvalde City Council, Mayor Don McLaughlin voiced an appreciation for the way Texas House leadership is handling their probe into the massacre at Robb Elementary School. Mayor McLaughlin, who not unlike Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been a semi-regular guest on Fox News Channel, added that the Texas Senate’s public hearing in Austin was of little value.

The only witness before the Senate, he said, was Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw.

Mayor McLaughlin said he appreciated the closed-door proceedings of the House, "because they're trying to get witnesses to be more candid to talk and tell their story more truthfully than they would in a public setting."

But in the Senate, McLaughlin said “You had nobody from Uvalde, nobody from anywhere else. The DPS commander is the only one who spoke."

It is also becoming apparent now that many of the people who live in Uvalde are also aggravated to have seen the DPS commander presenting his most detailed account how the tragedy unfolded to lawmakers before anyone in the local community was given that information.

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June 29, 2022      4:18 PM

After migrant deaths in San Antonio, Abbott orders new round of truck inspections at the border

The news flash from Bob Garrett at the Dallas Morning News:

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered state police to resume inspecting trucks entering Texas from Mexico after 53 migrants died in a tractor-trailer abandoned near San Antonio. Abbott continued to blame President Joe Biden, saying the truck carrying Mexican and Central American migrants who died wasn’t inspected by Border Patrol agents because that federal agency lacks sufficient manpower.

The death toll among unauthorized immigrants crossing deserts or clambering into the back of trucks as temperatures soar will keep rising if Biden doesn’t act, Abbott warned. “I urge the president, stop the loss of life,” said Abbott, a two-term Republican who is up for re-election this year. “You have the ability to stop people from losing their lives if you make it clear that no one can come across illegally.”

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