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August 10, 2022      2:31 PM

A Travis County judge denies Sen. Gutierrez request for DPS records related to Uvalde massacre

Gutierrez plans to appeal, saying “Governor Abbott’s administration is going to every extreme not only to withhold basic information about the Uvalde massacre, but to paint a narrative that absolves the Texas Department of Public Safety of responsibility”

Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, plans to appeal after a state district court judge in Travis County on Wednesday ruled in the Texas Department of Public Safety doesn’t have to release records related to what actually happened in Uvalde on the day of the massacre at Robb Elementary School.

Gutierrez sued trying to get to the bottom of the response of 91 DPS officers who were on scene along with law endorsement from other agencies.

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August 10, 2022      2:05 PM

With some conservatives questioning his silence, Lt. Gov. Patrick finally weighs in on FBI raid of Trump home

Patrick's statement simply parroted national commentators: “If Democrats will weaponize DOJ, FBI, IRS against a former President, they will think nothing of weaponizing them against the American people. That means you!”

After two days filled with right wing anger over the FBI raid at the Florida home of former President Donald Trump, his most outspoken supporter in Texas finally spoke up.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has chaired Trump’s campaign in Texas and brags even more than Ag Commissioner Sid Miller about Trump’s endorsement, tweeted a brief statement that quickly pivoted to criticism over expansion of the ranks of IRS agents supported by Democrats.

Here is Patrick’s tweet in full:

“If Democrats will weaponize DOJ, FBI, IRS against a former President, they will think nothing of weaponizing them against the American people. That means you! Biden’s wrecking of the economy is nothing compared to the pain of 87,000 new IRS auditors in their new spending bill.”

Right wing enforcement groups like Texas Scorecard, funded by Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks, expressed frustration about Patrick's perceived hesitance to defend Mr. Trump. Michael Quinn Sullivan, the longtime spokesman for Dunn, said “Finally, a comment from Lt Gov Dan Patrick.”

By Scott Braddock

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August 10, 2022      2:13 AM

Republicans ask Texas Supreme Court to remove about two dozen Libertarian candidates from November Ballot

Attorneys for GOP candidates argue Libertarians did not collect needed petition signatures or pay filing fees

Republicans wants the Texas Supreme Court to remove 23 Libertarian candidates from the ballot, including those in the races for Lt. Gov., 8 US House races, 7 Texas House races, 3 Texas Senate races, etc.

Big props to Statesman Reporter Chuck Lindell who first tweeted the court filing, which you can read here.

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August 9, 2022      5:14 PM

Kathleen Jackson sworn in as new PUC commissioner

Jackson was most recently on the Texas Water Development Board. She said “I’m grateful for Gov. Abbott’s continued confidence in me to serve the people of our great state and I’m honored to continue my service with the Public Utility Commission."

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August 9, 2022      5:00 PM

Climate change hitting poor Texans the hardest, experts discuss ways to fix that

As the temps rise, many Texans are using less energy because they feel “scared or broke”

The heat punishing Texans and people in other states is not going away in the years to come. But a roundtable of experts said today that what can be alleviated is the burden of the growing high price of energy costs on lower-income families.

Presented by the Texas-based Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, the discussion highlighted the intersection of energy, affordability, and poverty.

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By James Russell

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August 9, 2022      2:46 PM

Like Rick Perry before him, Gov. Abbott agrees to a debate with his Democratic challenger during Friday night high school football

Abbott agrees to a Nexstar TV debate hosted in the RGV on September 30; his campaign said it's the only debate he will do with Beto O'Rourke

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August 9, 2022      2:30 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Dewhurst files for bankruptcy, per Fox 26 TV in Houston

Reporter Greg Groogan tweeted the picture of the documents showing David Dewhurst has filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection

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