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Hurricane Beryl Brings Texas' Power Grid, Need for Statewide Reforms to Foreground 

Earlier this year, Texas Public Utility Commission Chair Thomas Gleeson presided over a meeting focused on the ongoing efforts to improve the reliability of Texas’ electric grid. In the meeting, Gleeson said that while significant improvements have been made on reliability, more work was still necessary to ensure the long-term reliability of Texas’ power grid. “This doesn’t mean we’re done improving – we're continuously looking for ways to meet the needs of our fast-growing state,” Gleeson said.

07.19.2024
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Texas Continues To Outperform Nation In Annual Job Creation

Governor Greg Abbott today celebrated Texas continuing to outperform the nation and lead all states for jobs added over the last 12 months following the release of June employment data. Texas also set new highs for the number of Texans working and the size of the Texas labor force. Governor Abbott also recently celebrated Texas again being recognized with a Gold Shovel Award by Area Development magazine.

07.19.2024
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Assassination Attempt on President Trump

Last Saturday, I was horrified as I watched the events in Butler, Pennsylvania. I am so thankful that President Trump was spared by the grace of God. I join in mourning with our country, those who were harmed, and the family of Corey Compertore, who lost his life protecting his family. Following this tragedy, I hope to see a shift in political dialogue to fix, not fight. This is the time to unify as Americans, and political violence is decidedly un-American.

07.19.2024
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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Speech at 2024 RNC Convention Blasts Biden Border Crisis

"Never before has an election mattered so much. We're facing an invasion on our southern border. Not figuratively—a literal invasion. 11.5 million people have crossed our border illegally under Joe Biden. Look around you, this arena holds about 18,000 souls. Now imagine 639 arenas just like this filled to the brim. That is 11.5 million people—larger than all but eight states in the nation."

07.19.2024
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Texas' Civilian Labor Force Exceeds 15.3 Million

The state’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment, which is estimated independently of the civilian labor force statistics and refers to the number of filled jobs within Texas, showed a decrease of 1,200 jobs—from 14,190,000 in May to 14,188,800 in June. However, Texas’ nonfarm job count grew by 267,400 positions since June 2023. This reflected a 1.9 percent annual growth rate, which outpaced the nation by 0.2 percentage points.

07.19.2024
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Can We Let the Voters Decide — Not the FBI, CIA, DOJ, Lawyers, Prosecutors, and Judges?

When Donald Trump seemed to have a lock on the 2016 Republican primary, the Democratic Party concluded that the people could not be counted on to do the "right thing" of electing the Democratic candidate in waiting for Hillary Clinton. Eight long years of extralegal efforts followed to neuter the candidate, then President, then ex-President, and then-candidate again, Donald Trump.

07.19.2024
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Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces Creation of Senate Special Committee on Hurricane & Tropical Storm Preparedness, Recovery, and Electricity

“Texans are rightfully upset with the overwhelming failure of electric utility companies to restore power in a timely fashion following Hurricane Beryl. The electric utility companies’ failure cannot be tolerated, especially when it was so obvious a storm was headed toward Texas," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, announcing the creation of the Senate Special Committee on Hurricane and Tropical Storms that will be chaired by State Sen. Charles Schwertner, with Sen. Phil King serving as Vice Chair.

07.18.2024
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Rep. Tony Gonzales Delivers: Blackwell School Formally Established as 430th National Park Site

From 1909 to 1965, the Blackwell School served as the only school for children of Mexican descent in Marfa, Texas. In 2019, the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and met qualifications to become a National Historic Site. The Blackwell School National Park Site is one of the few national park sites designated to commemorate Latino history and culture in the United States.

07.18.2024
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Gov. Abbott Announces Federal Approval for SNAP Hot Foods Purchases in 36 Counties

“As communities recover and rebuild from Hurricane Beryl, Texas continues working to ensure that impacted Texans have access to fresh, quality food. With power outages still affecting Texans, this federal approval for 36 Counties will help eligible Texans purchase hot, ready-to-eat meals for themselves and their families," said Governor Greg Abbott earlier today after the Texas Health & Human Services Commission received federal approval. Here's a listin of the 36 Counties, and how to apply.  

07.18.2024
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Comptroller Hegar: No Need for Revision of Certification Revenue Estimate

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said he will not release a formal revision of the Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE), citing the fact that net general revenue-related (GR-R) collections through the first 10 months of fiscal 2024 are tracking with the 2024-25 CRE (PDF) issued last October. The October 2023 CRE forecast a 2024-25 ending certification balance of $18.3 billion.

07.18.2024
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YORK: Donald Trump & the J.D. Vance V.P. Calculation

Trump was tremendously successful in keeping his selection a secret. He kept his choice a secret until almost literally the last minute -- Vance was notified that he had been selected about 20 minutes before Trump publicly announced it on TruthSocial, his social media network. Senator J.D. Vance could help the ticket win the crucial states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. ​​​​​​​If he does help win even just one of those states, he will very likely be the next vice president of the United States.

07.18.2024
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Biden’s Black Voter Support Down Significantly: Just 56% in Pennsylvania, 54% in Michigan

Joe Biden's sagging support among the nation's Black Voters has set off alarm bells within the Democrat Party – and is raising hopes Donald Trump could score historic gains with one of "the backbones" of the Democrat Party's coalition. Have Black Americans felt “bullied” by Democrats while under the strain of "Bidenomics"? Are they having an “awakening” brought on by the masses of Hispanics Biden's allowing to stream across the U.S. Southern Border? Black Republicans are increasing in droves.

07.17.2024
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Donald Trump’s Dear-Death Experience: A 2nd Chance Means No Turning Back

Don’t expect to see the same Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this week that took the stage and was nearly shot to death in Butler, PA., last Saturday. Don’t expect to see the man who’s fought 2 Impeachments, 1 Conviction, the entire media, the Deep State, Big Tech, and societal machines that've been aligned against him for 8+ years now. Expect something different, something more. Expect a more selfless warrior who has those profound, deep-setting scars of a near-death experience.

07.16.2024
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Trump Picks Senator JD Vance as His Running Mate

After lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others, I have decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States is Senator J.D. Vance of the Great State of Ohio. J.D. honorably served our Country in the Marine Corps, graduated from Ohio State University in two years, Summa Cum Laude, and is a Yale Law School Graduate, where he was Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and President of the Yale Law Veterans Association

07.16.2024
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Gov. Abbott Tours Hurricane Beryl Resource Staging Area In Houston

​​​​​​"Everyone should be prepared for severe weather events, including during hurricane season. That's why the lack of power provided by CenterPoint compromises our No. 1 Goal: protecting life," said Gov. Greg Abbott as he toured a resource staging area at NRG Park in Houston, thanking 1st Responders who've worked around the clock to help their fellow Texans throughout Hurricane Beryl. After the tour Abbott held a Press Briefing with State & Local Officials to provide an update on the state’s continued response and recovery efforts.

07.16.2024
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Sens. Cruz, Cornyn File Amendment Creating New Framework to Ensure Mexican Compliance with Water Treaty Obligations

“Texas farmers and cities are suffering because Mexico has consistently failed to uphold its end of the bargain and provide Texans with the water they count on in the framework of the 1944 Water Treaty. This amendment strengthens the Treaty by introducing measures the Secretary of State must and can take to ensure Mexico provides predictable and reliable deliveries," said Sen. Ted Cruz, as he and Sen. John Cornyn introduced their effort to create a new framework for the waters of the Colorado, Tijuana, and Rio Grande Rivers.

07.16.2024
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Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Sends Let­ter to U.S. Sen­ate Urg­ing Pas­sage of The SAVE Act, a Law Requir­ing Proof of Cit­i­zen­ship to Vote

AG Ken Paxton sent a letter to the U.S. Senate detailing the pressing need to support legislation passed by the United States House to safeguard American elections by requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed to vote in federal elections. Current federal law prohibits states from requiring proof of citizenship, even though federal law also prohibits non-citizens from voting in federal elections.

07.16.2024
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Trump Rewrites Republican Convention Speech to Focus on Unity, Not Biden

Trump said when he stood up and saw the crowd had not moved, he needed to tell them that he and the country were going to be OK: "The energy coming from the people there in that moment, they just stood there. It's hard to describe what that felt like, but I knew the world was looking. I knew that history would judge this, and I knew I had to let them know we are OK."

07.16.2024
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07.17.2024

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