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Jun 2, 2022

Texas senator: Uvalde school police chief didn’t know of 911 calls during shooting

Forth Worth Star-Telegram

After calls for a special session to deal with gun reform and mental health, the governor asks state leaders to form committees to review issues

Jun 1, 2022

Texas senate launches special committee following Uvalde shooting

Corsicana Daily Sun

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named 11 state senators to a special committee to protect all Texans on Wednesday following a directive from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Jun 1, 2022

Perry appointed to Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans

Fox 34

Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued the following statement announcing the Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans. Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, will serve as Chair. Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, will serve as Co-Vice Chairs. Upon forming the committee, Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement.

Jun 1, 2022

Gov. Abbott Calls for Special Committees to Examine School Safety, Mental Health After Massacre

NBC Dallas Forth Worth 5

After calls for a special session to deal with gun reform and mental health, the governor asks state leaders to form committees to review issues.

May 12, 2022

State Rep. Jasmine Crockett Faces Jane Hope Hamilton in Democratic Congressional Runoff

The Texan

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced last year that she would not seek reelection after almost three decades in office.

May 3, 2022

Senator West Teams Up With Whirlpool Corp. To Provide Refrigerators To Dallas Community Organizations Addressing Food Inequality

Texas Metro News

State Senator Royce West and the Whirlpool Corp. are collaborating to bring “Feel Good Fridges” to Dallas, in partnership with local community organizations. Through donations of refurbished “community fridges” by Whirlpool Corp., the organizations chosen to receive the donated refrigerators will be able to continue their food pantry, nutrition education and food giveaway programs.

Mar 13, 2022

Democratic National Committee passes resolution in Support of Reparations


The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday passed a resolution affirming its commitment to establishing a reparations study commission for Black Americans.

Feb 23, 2022

Raising the minimum wage is long overdue

North Dallas Gazette

One of the unexpected outcomes of the two year plague that is COVID-19, was that minimum and low-wage workers were able to find their voices. And although some would adamantly block out reason to maintain the status quo, it is clear that increasing the federal and state minimum wage is past overdue.

Feb 16, 2022

EBJ retirement sends ripples into Texas House race

North Dallas Gazette

Just as Jasmine Crockett is leaving her position in District 100 of the Texas House of Representatives to enter a very heated race for Eddie Bernice Johnson’s seat in Washington, D.C., her vacancy has created another hotly-contested race at the state level. There are four candidates entering the Democratic Primary hoping to replace her.

Feb 11, 2022

Republicans outraise Democrats by 92% in Texas state legislative races

Ballotpedia News

New campaign finance filings for Texas state legislative races show Republicans leading Democrats in fundraising. Between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, Republican candidates outraised Democratic candidates by 92 percent.

Feb 10, 2022

Hutchins Public Safety Ribbon Cutting Marks Progress

FDN Focus Daily News

A ribbon cutting commemorating the opening of the Hutchins Public Safety building Wednesday morning drew about 75 people including residents and elected officials.

Feb 7, 2022

At Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Beto O'Rourke promises not to take Black voters for granted

The Dallas Morning News

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Monday that he will not take Black voters for granted, and promised to push programs that would protect their voting rights, provide access to affordable health care and promote economic equality.

Dec 20, 2021

Texas governor's decision: Whether to pardon George Floyd

News 4 JAX

Doling out pardons is a holiday tradition for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who around every Christmas grants them to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago.

Dec 17, 2021

DMV Committee Recommends Fingerprinting Some Dealers to Slow Paper Tag Fraud

NBC 5 Investigates

Royce West told NBC 5 Investigates Governor Gregg Abbott should consider bringing the legislature back sooner to deal with the problem.

Dec 16, 2021

Dallas County’s new Oak Cliff Government Center now open for paying taxes, obtaining licenses

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas County officials cut the ribbon this week on the new Oak Cliff Government Center, where residents can pay taxes or get marriage licenses without having to drive across town.

Dec 3, 2021

Thankful that justice was served

Dallas Voice

As we absorbed the events of past weeks and the day before we prepared for Thanksgiving and a holiday weekend, the verdict was announced in the case involving the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The souls of any who do not agree with the numerous counts of murder levied on the three defendants should also be on trial. I can be thankful that justice was served, but not happy. Because it was the second Thanksgiving that Ahmaud’s seat at the family table was empty.

Nov 21, 2021

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement after almost 3 decades in Congress

KETK - Texas Politics

Longtime U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, announced Saturday she is not running for reelection after serving nearly three decades in Congress. “I have gone back and forth … the whole time because of the pleading and the asking, but as of January … the year after next, I will step down,” Johnson said during an event in Dallas. “I will retire, and let me assure that I will also recommend to you whom I feel is the best to follow me.”

Nov 12, 2021

Progress report: University of Houston offers sneak peek at new Law Center building

Houston Business Journal

The University of Houston provided a sneak peek of its $93 million Law Center building under construction, unveiling a project that has been more than eight years in the making. But the Nov. 10 unveiling ceremony was about more than just celebrating the new building. Several lawmakers in attendance threw down a challenge for the UH Law Center to do more to support the greater Houston community.

Sep 21, 2021

A Closer Look At A Potential Beto O’Rourke Run For Texas Governor


News that Democrat Beto O’Rourke is considering a run against Governor Greg Abbott has people talking, including Democratic activist Haley Taylor Schlitz.

Aug 31, 2021

Texas Senate passes bill critics say restricts votes; goes to governor


The Texas Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that critics say will unduly restrict voting access for minority voters, and the governor is expected to sign the measure soon into law.
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