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The Back Mic: Bonnen and Sullivan Recording, New Fundraising Numbers

The Back Mic: Bonnen and Sullivan Recording, New Fundraising Numbers

McKenzie Taylor October 18, 2019
Here are this week's updates, including snippets from the recording of the once private meeting between Michael Quinn Sullivan and Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
Rick Perry Resigns as Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry Resigns as Secretary of Energy

Sarah McConnell October 17, 2019
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry notified President Trump of his resignation today, making him the second cabinet secretary to do so in less than a week.
Cornyn Leads the Pack in Third Quarter Campaign Fundraising Hauls

Cornyn Leads the Pack in Third Quarter Campaign Fundraising Hauls

Brad Johnson October 17, 2019
Just over a year out from the 2020 election, fundraising is a key indicator of where Texas candidates stands in their respective races.
Warren Emerges as Front-Runner in Fourth Democratic Debate, O’Rourke and Castro Fail to Stand Out

Warren Emerges as Front-Runner in Fourth Democratic Debate, O’Rourke and Castro Fail to Stand Out

Sarah McConnell October 16, 2019
The fourth Democratic debate left little doubt of Elizabeth Warren's front-runner status as Texas candidates O'Rourke and Castro struggle to keep up.
Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro Struggle to Secure Spot in November Debate as Fundraising Lags

Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro Struggle to Secure Spot in November Debate as Fundraising Lags

Brad Johnson October 16, 2019
The dismal third-quarter fundraising numbers for both O'Rourke and Castro will do little to improve either candidate's prospects in the Democratic primary.
Fort Worth Police Shooting Leads to Calls for Reform from State Lawmakers

Fort Worth Police Shooting Leads to Calls for Reform from State Lawmakers

Kim Roberts October 16, 2019
Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean has been arrested and charged with murdering Atatiana Jefferson in her home, spurring calls for police training reform.
Texas Cities and Counties Scramble to Increase Property Taxes Before New Law Takes Effect

Texas Cities and Counties Scramble to Increase Property Taxes Before New Law Takes Effect

Brad Johnson October 15, 2019
The new property tax law, which kicks in next year, limits increases at 3.5 percent for local governments and 2.5 percent for school districts with anything above requiring voter approval.
Texas Court Strikes Down Obama Rule to Force Doctors to Perform Gender-Transition Surgeries

Texas Court Strikes Down Obama Rule to Force Doctors to Perform Gender-Transition Surgeries

Daniel Friend October 15, 2019
The ruling in the Northern District of Texas would prevent doctors from being forced--under threat of federal penalty--to perform gender-transition surgery.
Dallas Jury to Weigh In On Parental Rights Case of Purported Transgender Child

Dallas Jury to Weigh In On Parental Rights Case of Purported Transgender Child

Daniel Friend October 15, 2019
A parental rights case this week will involve a Dallas jury and court determining whether a 7-year-old boy is raised as a girl or as his biological sex.