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The Back Mic: Legislators Opposed to Democratic Chairs Listed, Rep. Moody Quells DA Appointment Rumors, House Rules Discussed

The Back Mic: Legislators Opposed to Democratic Chairs Listed, Rep. Moody Quells DA Appointment Rumors, House Rules Discussed

Brad Johnson 11 hours ago
This week — 18 Texas legislators members oppose appointing Democratic chairs, an El Paso representative tempers calls for district attorney appointment, and a committee considers changes to the House Rules.
Former Dallas School District Superintendent Declines to Challenge Mayor Eric Johnson

Former Dallas School District Superintendent Declines to Challenge Mayor Eric Johnson

Hayden Sparks December 8, 2022
Citing other professional projects, Hinojosa told local media that now is not a good time to mount a challenge to Mayor Eric Johnson.
Fort Worth Plans to Require Registration of Short-Term Rentals, Makes No Zoning Changes

Fort Worth Plans to Require Registration of Short-Term Rentals, Makes No Zoning Changes

Kim Roberts December 8, 2022
Given a recent decision by the Fifth Circuit, Fort Worth is leaving its zoning ordinance as is and not expanding the allowed location of short-term rentals.
GOP Judicial Candidate Behind by Less than One Percent Files Election Contest in Harris County Court

GOP Judicial Candidate Behind by Less than One Percent Files Election Contest in Harris County Court

Holly Hansen December 8, 2022
Citing 19 alleged violations of election code, a Republican candidate who lost by 0.26 percent is seeking a new election in Harris County.
Texas Governor Directs State to Ban Chinese-Owned TikTok on Government Devices

Texas Governor Directs State to Ban Chinese-Owned TikTok on Government Devices

Brad Johnson December 7, 2022
The directive comes alongside similar ones from South Dakota and Maryland.
League City Council Votes to Remove ‘Obscene’ Books From Children’s Section of Library

League City Council Votes to Remove ‘Obscene’ Books From Children’s Section of Library

Holly Hansen December 7, 2022
The city will prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for explicit materials targeted to children and start moving those materials to the library's adult section.
Nearly Three Years After Pandemic’s Start, Abbott Reiterates Support for Banning Vaccine Mandates

Nearly Three Years After Pandemic’s Start, Abbott Reiterates Support for Banning Vaccine Mandates

Matt Stringer December 7, 2022
Support to codify a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates in state law is growing, with Gov. Abbott once again signaling his support for the legislation.
City of Uvalde Sues District Attorney Over Materials Related to Robb Elementary Shooting Investigation

City of Uvalde Sues District Attorney Over Materials Related to Robb Elementary Shooting Investigation

Hayden Sparks December 7, 2022
Elected officials have also criticized Christina Mitchell Busbee for her handling of benefits for those impacted by the May 24 massacre.
Texas Legislature Wants Its Say on ERCOT Market Redesign

Texas Legislature Wants Its Say on ERCOT Market Redesign

Brad Johnson December 7, 2022
After handing the task of redesign off to the Public Utility Commission in 2021, legislators now pine for a say in the decision to tweak the ERCOT market.
Dallas-Fort Worth TEXRail Task Force Proposes Ideas to Increase Ridership Numbers

Dallas-Fort Worth TEXRail Task Force Proposes Ideas to Increase Ridership Numbers

Kim Roberts December 7, 2022
Four years into its existence, TEXRail ridership has increased but has yet to meet the projected numbers from its initial proposal.
GOP House Candidate Contests Election Results, Citing Harris County Election Troubles

GOP House Candidate Contests Election Results, Citing Harris County Election Troubles

Holly Hansen December 6, 2022
Citing Harris County’s paper ballot shortage that halted voting at multiple sites, Mike May is contesting his loss to Rep. Jon Rosenthal.
Texas Sen. Jane Nelson Appointed Next Secretary of State

Texas Sen. Jane Nelson Appointed Next Secretary of State

Brad Johnson December 6, 2022
Nelson's nomination must be confirmed by her colleagues in the Texas Senate during the 2023 legislative session.
The Texas General Land Office: Historic Texas Agency to See New Leadership

The Texas General Land Office: Historic Texas Agency to See New Leadership

Matt Stringer December 6, 2022
With new leadership set to take command, the oldest statewide office in Texas plays a variety of important roles in state government.
Austin’s Police Labor Negotiations Stall Out Over Proposed Pay and Oversight Office Role

Austin’s Police Labor Negotiations Stall Out Over Proposed Pay and Oversight Office Role

Brad Johnson December 6, 2022
With the lifespan of the current contract winding down, negotiations between the City of Austin and the police union have reached an impasse.
In Secret Recording, Top Kemah Officials Discuss Alleged Selective Code Enforcement

In Secret Recording, Top Kemah Officials Discuss Alleged Selective Code Enforcement

Holly Hansen December 5, 2022
In a secretly recorded conversation, the city’s administrator told a council member he had issued a certificate of occupancy for a property under scrutiny.
Republicans Could Impeach Mayorkas After Taking Control of House, Though Senate Conviction Unlikely

Republicans Could Impeach Mayorkas After Taking Control of House, Though Senate Conviction Unlikely

Hayden Sparks December 5, 2022
The GOP regained a majority in the U.S. House on Election Day and could use that power to investigate or even impeach Secretary Mayorkas.
Texas Secretary of State John Scott to Step Down at End of Year

Texas Secretary of State John Scott to Step Down at End of Year

Brad Johnson December 5, 2022
Scott has held the position for just over one year and will move back to his private practice in 2023.
Speaker Phelan Endorsed by House GOP Caucus in 78 to 6 Vote

Speaker Phelan Endorsed by House GOP Caucus in 78 to 6 Vote

Brad Johnson December 5, 2022
GOP members of the 2023 Texas House voted by secret ballot for their preference to lead the chamber as speaker during the 88th legislative session.
Houston Democrat Files Bill to Place Casinos, Sports Betting on Statewide Ballot

Houston Democrat Files Bill to Place Casinos, Sports Betting on Statewide Ballot

Hayden Sparks December 5, 2022
Sen. Carol Alvarado filed a joint resolution to legalize a limited number of casinos and authorize a sports wagering program in Texas.
Texas Oil and Gas Producers Provide a Look at Weatherization Techniques

Texas Oil and Gas Producers Provide a Look at Weatherization Techniques

Brad Johnson December 5, 2022
The Texas Legislature mandated weatherization for the state's electric generators and the Railroad Commission passed a similar requirement for the gas industry.
Abbott Joins Governors’ Letter to Congress Calling Military Vaccine Mandate a National Security Risk

Abbott Joins Governors’ Letter to Congress Calling Military Vaccine Mandate a National Security Risk

Matt Stringer December 2, 2022
Gov. Greg Abbott is adding his name to a letter calling on congress to lift a vaccine mandate imposed on the military by President Joe Biden.

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