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July 22, 2014      7:56 AM

Press releases: Mostyn top Davis donor, Reax to troops on the border, Straus on managing costs and more

July 21, 2014      5:12 PM

HK: Ethics Commission ruling may create possible criminal liabilities for MQ Sullivan

TEC alleges losing or destroying evidence plus lobbyist Sullivan refused to answer questions under a lawful subpoena.

We and others will be exploring these issues in more depth in the coming days, but the shocker in the today’s Texas Ethics Commission Ruling was the quite explicit declaration that Michael Quinn Sullivan and his associates either lost or destroyed substantial amounts of evidence sought for the investigation.  The exact quote referenced in our earlier story by Scott Braddock was that Commissioners were “left with the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Sullivan and Empower Texans have destroyed or lost thousands of emails sent to members of the Legislature during 2010 and 2011.”

In addition, Sullivan refused to answer questions under a lawful subpoena.  That would be his right if he invoked his Fifth Amendment protections.  He did not.  Instead, he refused to answer citing First Amendment which is a questionable legal theory at best.

Sullivan has multiple legal channels available to appeal and his attorneys of course said they will do so.  Nevertheless, along the way, Sullivan may have exposed himself to possible criminal liability.

By Harvey Kronberg

July 21, 2014      4:07 PM

Perry uses controversial Exec Order deploying military to border

Shifts from humanitarian crisis to criminal incursions; law enforcement unclear about value of military

Gov. Rick Perry deflected criticism of his executive order to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border this afternoon, shifting the focus from deportee children from war-torn countries to drug traffickers and criminal opportunists crossing the Texas border to commit hundreds of thousands of crimes over the last 6 years.

News of Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard troops to assist the Department of Public Safety in the ongoing effort called Operation Strong Safety leaked out over the weekend, giving critics enough time to question the how, why and how useful the National Guard would be at the state’s southern border.

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, called for support along the border last month with emergency funds, but he balked at the use of additional law enforcement in The Monitor over the weekend.

“They (cartels) are taking advantage of the situation,” Hinojosa told The Monitor. “But our local law enforcement from the sheriff’s offices of the different counties to the different police departments are taking care of the situation. This is a civil matter, not a military matter. What we need is more resources to hire more deputies, hire more Border Patrol. These are young people, just families coming across. They’re not armed. They’re not carrying weapons.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 21, 2014      3:41 PM

Updated: Ethics Commission finds MQS guilty of failing to register as a lobbyist

Agency finds that MQS and Empower Texans either lost or destroyed email evidence; maximum civil penalty of $10,000 is imposed

Note: This story has been updated throughout, including reaction from lobbyist Steve Bresnen – SB

The Texas Ethics Commission on Monday announced that the agency has found Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of Empower Texans and a spokesman for Midland oilman Tim Dunn, guilty of failure to register as a lobbyist. For that, the commission imposed the maximum civil penalty of $10,000.

The agency found, among other things, that Sullivan and Empower Texans either lost or destroyed thousands of pieces of email evidence. Commissioner said they were “left with the inescapable conclusion that Mr. Sullivan and Empower Texans have destroyed or lost thousands of emails sent to members of the Legislature during 2010 and 2011.”

“The Texas Ethics Commission unanimously finds that Mr. Sullivan, as part of his regular employment, communicated directly with members of the legislative branch to influence legislation without properly registering as a paid lobbyist,” the order said. The commission said the agency didn’t seek a contempt order against Sullivan because it would have delayed the case, however commissioners felt the fact that Sullivan was uncooperative bolstered the case against him.  

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By Scott Braddock

July 19, 2014      2:10 PM

Federal challenge to House map concludes with final testimony

DOJ seeks to find intent in Republican map drawing to exclude Latinos

The Department of Justice put former Rep. Burt Solomonschief of staff and committee clerk on the stand for the first time Saturday morning, closely questioning her about when, and if, minority members had the same access to the House map as key Republicans advisers in the House.

Saturday is likely the last day of trial testimony around the Department of Justice’s concerns that the 2011 Texas House and Congressional maps abridge the rights of minorities under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This is not to be confused with separate actions ahead on the amended 2013 maps, which will begin in September.

This week before the three-judge federal panel was devoted to the process and results of the original 2011 House map, amended on the floor of the House during the original legislative session. Those on the docket for today included John Alford of Rice University, as well as former chief of staff Bonnie Bruce and attorney Ryan Downton, who drew the map.  

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 18, 2014      6:43 PM

SBOE tries to calm conservative critics of history curriculum

Rule changes likely to accommodate conservative concerns over Common Core

The most valuable lesson the State Board of Education appears to have learned out of the lingering CSCOPE controversy last year is that when it comes to criticism, the board can never act too swiftly to address conservative activists.

More than a dozen angry parents and a couple of college students were on hand for an informal hearing around the AP US History framework this morning. The topic was not set for the agenda, but Chair Barbara Cargill made it known that people who wanted to express concerns could address the board on Friday morning.

Such a decision seems to flout the spirit of the Open Meetings Act, but when it comes to addressing controversial topics, it might be a smart move. The rise of conservative media ready to latch onto topics such as CSCOPE or Common Core – and post updates on a weekly, daily, or even minute-to-minute basis – makes quick responses imperative.

“This is radical departure from what our Texas teachers are accustomed to,” testified activist Alice Linahan, who has a pretty broad outreach with her Women on the Wall Radio shows. “We’re shifting from passing a Texas US history state exam, based on our Texas TEKS, that are traditional, foundational and knowledge based and going to APUSH, which has a completely different philosophy of education.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 18, 2014      5:57 PM

Updated - Rottinghaus: Which conservative groups endorsed best?

University of Houston political scientist ranks the success rates of Empower Texans, Texas Right to Life, and others in the primaries

With the 2014 primaries and runoffs in the books, the refrain nationally and internationally is that the Tea Party ran the table in Texas.  The New York Times reported that the “Tea Party Holds Sway,” the Wall Street Journal wrote that the election showed the “Tea Party’s Muscle,” while the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom proclaimed a “Tea Party Takeover.” 

Does the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party control the Republican nomination politics in Texas?  Texas is undoubtedly conservative but there is variation in which groups have the most sway.  One way to look at which groups are most influential is to examine the successful percentage of endorsed candidates in the primary and runoffs.  An endorsement from a political group signals to voters that the endorsed candidate’s views are seminal to those of the organization and gives us a window into their influence on the Republican electorate.  The voter guides produced by each political organization is a shorthand way for voters to understand the views of the groups. 

The complete column from Brandon Rottinghaus can be found in today's R&D Department. 

July 18, 2014      5:56 PM

Press Releases: Announcements, appointments, women's health, Common Core controversy and more

July 18, 2014      5:03 PM

Eltife to chair Business and Commerce and Estes to head up State Affairs

Dewhurst unveils key appointments

Lt. Gov David Dewhurst announced more interim appointments on Friday afternoon, including the chairmanships of some of the Senate’s most powerful committees. The appointments include Sen. Craig Estes as chair of State Affairs and Sen. Kevin Eltife as chairman of Business and Commerce.

All of the new appointments announced by Dewhurst on Friday afternoon can be found in the announcement here.

July 18, 2014      9:43 AM

Stanford: We cannot leave these men behind

From the Left: Our liberal columnist Jason Stanford argues that Congress needs to act quickly to save the lives of Afghan interpreters who put it all one the line for the United States.

The situation on Texas’ southern border is not the only refugee crisis facing the United States. Thousands of Afghan interpreters who need to get out before the Taliban kills them for collaborating with U.S. troops are stuck over there because the State Department has run out of visas. Make no mistake, this is a test of our national character: These men risked their lives to help us bring democracy to Afghanistan, but they might die because our government doesn’t work.

About 6,000 interpreters need to come here, and we’ve only got 3,000 slots left. We can either start digging 3,000 graves in Afghanistan, or we can remember that we’re the country that put a dozen men on the moon. We can do big things, and this is just paperwork. This should not be that hard.

As fun as it may be to blame feckless diplomats working for Hillary Clinton and now John Kerry, the number of visas the State Department is allowed to hand out is limited under the Special Immigrant Visa program set to expire in September. That means the only solution lies in the greatest deliberative body in this history of the world, the United States Congress.

Yes, I know. This is the same congress that only gets a 7% confidence rating from Americans, which according to Gallup, is the worst rating recorded for any institution. Ever. A 2013 poll found that cockroaches, head lice, colonoscopies, and—ugh—political pundits were more popular than congress, which is on track to pass the fewest non-ceremonial bills. Ever. So yes, at this point I’m willing to engage in a little empty flattery to move this along.

Jason Stanford's complete column can be found in today's R&D Department.

By Jason Stanford

July 18, 2014      12:49 AM

Dewhurst says Schwertner will chair Health and Human Services

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told our friends at Time Warner Cable News in Austin that Sen. Charles Schwertner will replace Sen. Jane Nelson as the chair of Health and Human Services. Nelson is moving up to Senate Finance Committee chair – the first woman ever to hold that position.

July 17, 2014      5:35 PM

Results unclear for textbook changes

Advances under instructional material bill possible but uncharted

Four years after the legislature’s massive overhaul of the state’s textbook and technology allotment, it’s still unclear whether intended price controls have materialized, if the available array of instructional materials has broadened or even if the march on technology was improved in the process.

What was clear at this week’s State Board of Education meeting was no anticipated disbursement to the Available School Fund was going to cover multiple instructional material proclamations at once. With more than $800 million in anticipated expenditures already on the table for math, science and technology, member Thomas Ratliff pulled the plug on Proclamation 2016, pushing the adoption of materials around languages other than English back an additional year.

Ratliff told his colleagues that the board’s anticipated payout for textbooks, which could add an additional $600 to $800 million for the biennium, would not be enough to cover all the various instructional material proclamations currently on the table.

And if you don’t think Ratliff’s projection is stark, consider the fact the wheels of the State Board of Education continue to turn, with career and technology education on the agenda for review this year and a new look at English/language arts next year. All will be followed by materials, be it print, digital or some hybrid in between.

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 17, 2014      4:40 PM

Press Releases: Appointments, even more fundraising, organizing, campaign shots and more

July 17, 2014      4:22 PM

Former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor sets his sights on Duncan's Senate seat - With extended audio interview

Jodey Arrington has an impressive warchest; argues that conservatives must articulate what they are for not just what they’re against

The special election to fill the Texas Senate seat just vacated by former Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, will be an expensive one that may last into next year and could easily come down to the wire.

Resources and fundraising will be especially critical in communicating a winning message across the region – Senate District 28 includes 50 full counties and a portion of a 51st county – and the fact that this contest will likely include a crowded field means it probably won’t’ be settled without a runoff. The victor, then, would not be a senator until the 2015 regular session of The Legislature is already underway.   

The election has not been set as of now by Gov. Perry but the likely date is Nov. 4.

The two most talked about candidates are Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, who threw his hat in the ring as soon as it became known Duncan was stepping aside to become Texas Tech System Chancellor, and former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington. Perry, of course, is a known quantity around the Capitol but Arrington is a novice at running for office so we thought it would be informative to introduce him to the Quorum Report audience.

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By Scott Braddock

July 17, 2014      3:57 PM

Dewhurst makes Nelson appointment as Finance chair official

Members of the LBB announced as well

After the appointment was leaked to the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday night, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Thursday afternoon made it official.

The members of the Senate Finance Committee now include Sen. Jane Nelson as Chair and the new members of the committee will be Sen. Brian Birdwell, Sen. Kelly Hancock, Sen. Robert Nichols and Sen. Charles Schwertner.

The Senate's representation on the Legislative Budget Board will now be Sen. Nelson, Sen. Craig Estes, Sen. Kevin Eltife, and Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa.

July 17, 2014      3:56 PM

Rocketship charter fails to launch

Some advances but some setbacks for charters as well in Texas

The high-profile but somewhat beleaguered Rocketship charter chain has pulled out of interviews at the Texas Education Agency next week, offering a letter that says it intends to focus on its existing charters. 

That probably suits its critics well, including State Board of Education member Mavis Knight. Rocketship, once considered a rock star in national charter circles for its bold use of technology, has seen scores dip in the last couple of years. An onslaught of critical assessments in Nashville and an active campaign against the chain in California has laid the once-ambitious charter chain low.

Director Heather Mauze informed the State Board of Education’s Initiatives Committee Rocketship had withdrawn from consideration today.  

“Probably a wise move considering what I read about their expansion issues,” Knight countered tartly, “and I’ll leave it at that.”

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 17, 2014      10:17 AM

Kolkhorst openly mulls Texas Senate candidacy

Veteran Brenham lawmaker announces she's raised nearly $800K

One of the worst-kept secrets in the Capitol community is out - Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, is considering a run for the Texas Senate seat that Sen. Glenn Hegar plans to vacate as he runs for Comptroller. She's got a warchest of $792,000, which includes a $100,000 loan from herself.

“We’ve had some amazing accomplishments for the conservative values we hold in Texas, but we can do better. We’re excited about all the support we have received from conservatives across House District 13, Senate District 18 and all across Texas. We continue to be encouraged to consider running for the Texas Senate, and have assured all of our supporters that we will be making an announcement soon," Kolkhorst said.

Here’s her statement in full.

July 16, 2014      8:02 PM

DMN: Dewhurst to name Nelson as Senate Finance chair

Not clear who will take her position as chair of Health and Human Services

The scoop from Bob Garrett at the Dallas Morning News.

July 16, 2014      5:15 PM

Press Releases: More fundraising news, appointments and more

July 16, 2014      4:46 PM

Creighton takes to the airwaves in his bid to replace Sen. Williams

Touts Tenth Amendment legislation and opposition to Medicaid expansion

Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, is up on the air with new radio ads in his bid to succeed former Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

In the ads, Creighton's campaign highlights his past efforts to reinforce the Tenth Amendment - complete with praise from Gov. Perry. The ad also makes reference to this RedState.com article called "The Man Who Kept Obamacare Out of Texas."

Listen to the ad by clicking here.

Creighton, of course, faces Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, in an August 5 runoff after two other candidates were eliminated in this special election sparked by Williams' resignation. Creighton, by the way, has $165,000 cash on hand to Toth's $50,000.

July 16, 2014      2:24 PM

Education Commissioner defends end-run around the SBOE on charter approval

SBOE Member Knight: “I said I would accept it, but I didn’t say I would go quietly." She suggests political connections are at play.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams firmly defended his decision to grant expansion of the fledgling Great Hearts charter network to Dallas at the State Board of Education this morning, saying the choice was at his discretion and one made in accord with last year’s charter bill.

The SBOE had squashed an earlier application for a Great Hearts charter in the Dallas area, over the recommendations of Williams. Given the discretion to grant expansions, Williams did so for Great Hearts to the consternation of some board members, who considered their voices ignored.

“I said I would accept it, but I didn’t say I would go quietly in accepting it,” said Dallas-area member Mavis Knight, who implied the charter had been granted for its political connections rather than its adherence to Texas standards. “I don’t have any confidence in this organization at this time,” she said.

Texas, almost two decades after the first charter legislation was put on the books, is finally facing the age of large-scale charter expansion with a big push from the Obama administration. For the first time, charter chains like IDEA, Great Hearts and Rocketship are putting business plans on the books for Texas that promise not one or two campuses, but dozens of campuses and thousands of students.

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 16, 2014      12:54 PM

Memorial service set for former Rep. Phil Cates

Longtime lobbyist and friend passed away this past weekend

A memorial service has been scheduled for former Rep. Phil Cates at 10am on Saturday morning, July 26 at the Texas State Cemetery. Flowers may be delivered the day before. For further information, contact Pamela Clarke, Chair of the Texas Paint Council. She can be reached at 713-434-9900.

July 16, 2014      12:47 PM

Cigarroa focuses on trust issues as the reason he demanded Powers step aside

Transparency Committee doesn’t get much in the way of specifics for Cigarroa's demand that Powers resign

The Texas House committee now drafting articles of impeachment against UT System Regent Wallace Hall spent much of Wednesday morning grilling system officials about what exactly changed leading up to Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s recent demand that UT Austin President Bill Powers resign. Powers, as you may know, is now set to step down after the regular session of The Legislature next year.

Rep. Carol Alvarado, the Houston Democrat who co-chairs the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, said that last week was “momentous” for the UT System. Her co-chair, Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, said “Sadly there are many folks that just want us to rubber stamp an issue." When this is all said and done, Flynn said he hopes the vast majority of observers will feel the committee did a "fair and thorough” job of looking into Hall’s actions and the impacts on UT Austin as well as the system at large.

Chancellor Cigarroa was asked point-blank by Rep. Alvarado about what ultimately led him to issue an ultimatum to Powers over the July 4 weekend to step aside.

Cigarroa answered that understanding the situation would require knowing about the history of his interactions with Powers. Cigarroa said he had long ago laid out certain “tenets” that were important. Among those were good citizenship, rebuilding collaborations, enhancing trust, and cooperation. One of the reasons a deal was reached to allow Powers to stay through next year, Cigarroa said, was so that he could serve out his tenure as the chairman of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious national group. Everyone in the system is very proud of that accomplish by Powers, Cigarroa said.

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By Scott Braddock

July 16, 2014      12:12 PM

Denton fracking ban initiative moves to November ballot box

City council rejects ban after hours of passionate testimony

After eight hours of impassioned public testimony, the Denton City Council voted 5-2 early Wednesday morning against a citizen petition banning fracking within city limits, passing the issue directly to voters on the November ballot.

The marathon meeting drew state politicians; former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips, now representing the oil industry; oil industry regulators and executives; and a steady stream of ordinary Denton residents who vowed they are not about to back down from their fight against fracking.

Phillips warned that, should the citizens prevail in November, they’d face certain lawsuits from members of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. Both sides repeatedly declared that the eyes of the nation and even the world were on Denton during the proceedings, noting that the ban would be the first in a state with a rich tradition in oil and gas drilling.

But as 500 people showed up at Denton City Hall, fracking opponents said they proposed the ban only as a last resort and only when natural gas operators proved recalcitrant to working out reasonable solutions for residents living in the shadow of drilling rigs.

Councilmembers Kevin Roden and Jim Engelbrecht peppered opponents of the ban with questions, siding with residents who said they were fed up with natural gas companies that found legal loopholes to counter existing city ordinances governing such lifestyle changing issues as setbacks from residential properties.  

The rest of the story is in the Texas Energy Report.

July 15, 2014      4:54 PM

Appeals court rules UT can use race in admissions

“To deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience."

A split appeals court on Tuesday upheld that the University of Texas, in a narrowly tailored way, can use race as a part of the university’s admissions policy.

The US Supreme Court remanded Fisher v the University of Texas back to the Fifth Court of Appeals to review the specific formula that UT Austin has used for race-conscious factors, which must be defined as “narrowly tailored.” The circuit court returned an opinion to support the UT Austin admissions policy, 2-1.

In a 69-page ruling, the Fifth Circuit court notes that the vast majority of UT-Austin students, 80 percent, come into the university under a race neutral basis. In the case of UT-Austin admissions, race is layered into a multi-layer application process beyond the Top Ten Percent guaranteed automatic admissions to the state’s flagship universities.

Lawyers for Abigail Fisher, a Sugar Land student who applied to the university in 2007, argued UT-Austin had achieved sufficient diversity – a critical mass of non-white students --without the use of race in admissions for open slots beyond the Top Ten Percent. According to the brief, however, use of race for non-Top Ten Percent students had not resulted in a flood of minority students onto the Austin campus.

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 15, 2014      4:53 PM

Press releases: Fundraising, appointments, more on the border crisis, and Sen. Cruz calls legislation "extreme"

July 15, 2014      4:48 PM

Straus names three to the Legislative Budget Board

Darby, Otto and Zerwas appointed to replace outgoing members

“Reps. Drew Darby of San Angelo, John Otto of Dayton and John Zerwas of Simonton to serve on the LBB until the next Legislature convenes. They will replace Reps. Dan Branch of Dallas, Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville and Jim Pitts of Waxahachie, who are not returning for the next legislative session.”

Here is the full announcement.

July 15, 2014      4:28 PM

Bearse: Dignity and Security

From the right: QR's conservative columnist argues that Evangelicals should indeed care about immigration, "but their chief concern should be treating all people as if they were made in the image of God. Because they are."

Whatever your politics, what is happening at the border is a humanitarian crisis. Dead children have washed ashore in the Rio Grande River. A 15-year old Guatemalan boy was found in dessert brush, dead from heat stroke. Little children are stuffed into makeshift detention centers where conditions are squalid.

It breaks my heart that young children would take a perilous journey by train to get to America, unaccompanied by adults, exploited by coyotes and traffickers. It’s a human tragedy. And like Hurricane Katrina, Texans are showing their love for their fellow human beings knows no bounds. Charities are standing in the gap for these children. So are Border Patrol and Texas law enforcement, even if it is not what they are trained to do. We will do right by these kids. The question is whether we will actually fix the problem.

The sad reality is that the only way to stop new waves of illegal migrants is to send home those who have already arrived on our border. The Obama Administration must work with Congress to change the law for child migrants not from contiguous countries. They must also unravel a 2012 decision that helped open the floodgates.

Eric Bearse's complete column can be found in today's R&D Department.

By Eric Bearse

July 15, 2014      4:26 PM

Common Core controversy may erupt at the SBOE

Conservatives on the SBOE making time for critics of Common Core, which is already outlawed in Texas

State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill has agreed to set aside time on Friday morning for Common Core opponents to present their arguments on the new Advanced Placement US History course test, which will roll out next year.

Critics, particularly those on the conservative Breitbart online news outlet, have labeled the new AP US History framework “stealthy,” “radioactive” and “David Coleman’s next great deception.” Coleman, as you may be aware, was a key architect behind the Common Core standards before he was named president of College Board, which administers the PSAT, SAT for college readiness and AP tests for college credit.

Cargill, who is squarely in the board’s conservative bloc, said a discussion of the AP US History course did not make the board’s agenda due to timing. But the board does have time available on Friday morning for testimony about items that aren’t on their agenda.

“I have told people, if you’ll get the word out, we can have people address us during public on Friday morning,” Cargill said. “So that’s what we’re doing.”

The Common Core has been adopted by more than 40 states, plus the District of Columbia. Texas never joined. While a handful of states have backed out of the effort in recent months, the vast majority will begin testing under the new math and English standards, whether under a testing consortia or with state-developed tests.

To place “AP US History” and “Common Core” in the same sentence, however, would be a stretch. The Common Core, developed by states in conjunction with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, sets math and English standards, not history.

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By Kimberly Reeves

July 15, 2014      3:46 PM

Van de Putte raises just over $2 million for the reporting period

$1.2 million of that was since runoff night

July 15, 2014      3:45 PM

Glenn Hegar reports more than $1.2 million cash on hand

July 15, 2014      3:44 PM

Abbott reports raising $11.1 million for this reporting period

Campaign says Abbott shattered the record and now has $35.59 million cash on hand

July 15, 2014      3:34 PM

Correction: Estimated Medicaid costs in supplemental budget in the millions, not billions

On Friday, QR reported in a story about health care for retired teachers that lawmakers shunted "$3 billion in estimated Medicaid costs" to the supplemental budget. That number was incorrect and we regret the error.

Some of our sharp readers pointed out that the number could not be correct at this point in the budget cycle. We checked with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which estimates it will request $970 million to cover the gap in Medicaid in the supplemental budget. This number, the HHSC reminded us today, is always up for adjustment as the lay of the land changes. 

July 15, 2014      12:33 PM

Davis campaign: $11.2 million raised from more than 72,000 contributors this period

Campaign says 75% of contributions were under $50; the average contribution was $105.25 this period. Davis has $13.1 million combined cash on hand after raising $27 million so far in campaign.