His strategy in business, he said, is to be helpful to Republican candidates in their current capacities, and to stay on his toes in the event that circumstances and party dynamics change. Without any visible ruffling of feathers on stage or in a packed room at a TribLive talk this week, the speaker of the Texas House threw cold water on school vouchers, on the possibility of tax cuts, and on transportation funding as a serious competitor to funding for water infrastructure.
A former aide to Lt.
Barfield, a longtime advisor to Dewhurst, served as campaign manager of his campaign for U. Senate and has worked on his political campaigns for several years. The federal investigation and amendments to the federal filings were first reported in The Dallas Morning News.
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Dewhurst had earlier disclosed campaign finance reporting problems that he attributed to Barfield, correcting Texas Ethics Commission reports on his political contributions and expenditures dating back to The campaign brought the matter to the attention of Travis County prosecutors at the time, and proceeded on to an accounting audit of its federal campaign reports. Senate campaign. Barfield also stole funds for his own personal gain from the federal campaign account. This is a serious and unfortunate situation and our attorneys have turned this matter over to the U.
Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission. The federal campaign is fully cooperating with both agencies in their investigation of this matter and we look forward to the resolution of this matter. In this edition of the Texas Weekly Newsreel: The state's school finance system is ruled unconstitutional, committee hearings kick off at the Capitol and California Gov.
For instance, officers were trained to consider IAD and CID as separate investigative tracts that operate independently. Castille himself endorsed the production of a training videotape on how to keep African Americans from juries during his time as District Attorney. It is duly noted! These Sites Published It. Read complete message here. He has also been separated from his family, denied appropriate medical care despite critical health crises and chronic conditions caused by his incarceration, and subjected to inhumane treatment, such as substandard food and other denials of basic needs. CHACON: Well, you know, the casings on the -- the shell casings, or actually, the markings on the casings are almost like a fingerprint for each individual gun.
Jerry Brown dukes it out with Rick Perry. A majority of the insiders think the ruling will force a tax increase at the state level. Slightly less than half think it will result in higher local school property taxes.
One in eight insiders said nobody will; 44 percent said it will fall on Republicans and 16 percent said blame will fall on incumbents. It will almost entirely be overturned. So why are school districts celebrating now? It's like winning the Publisher's Clearinghouse, but being told it may be up to two years before you get your money.
The rather unjustifiable differences in the amounts that school districts receive in the system are likely to bring this thing down. There's no explaining it away. They will write this one, but will punt the final funding and solution to the legislature and call it conservative. The high court struck down much of his previous ruling so we will see. If upheld, would the school finance ruling force a tax increase of some kind? We don't need no education! We don't need no thought control!
Who knows, even gambling might be on the table. Phasing in other required improvements will run concurrent with the improving economy. That doesn't cost the state anything, financially speaking. Reduce the size of the 'district office' staffs and put teachers in classrooms. But it won't be. Look for gaming to come back into the picture. If upheld, would the school finance ruling force an increase in local property taxes? And when too many districts are forced to go that route, that's the cue to file the next lawsuit against the state.
Good luck choosing the one that can pass. Its tradition for them to do so. Since the state still hasn't been able to make up for the revenue lost to the forced school property tax cut, the only option will be to let the districts with voter approval raise their local rates even higher.
Or give up on getting kids to pass tests. Who, if anyone, will voters most blame for the consequences of the ruling?
Republican voters will blame judges. A court of inquiry in Williamson County is hearing testimony that could lead to charges against former prosecutor Ken Anderson. Anderson was in charge of the case against Michael Morton , who was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife and spent 25 years in prison before being freed. The court will decide whether there was evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the form of evidence being withheld. Meanwhile, two former top officials with CPRIT who were scheduled to testify were told not to come as scheduled. Investigators pursuing civil and criminal charges in the case were concerned that the officials' testimony might provide them with legal immunity.
Standardized testing requirements for public schools are under fire in the Legislature; the newly installed chairman of the House Public Education Committee, Rep.
Jimmie Don Aycock , R-Killeen, introduced a bill that would reduce the number of required tests from 15 to five. The Legislature originally required the tests in a bill to bulk up the college readiness of Texas graduates. A state district judge ruled the state is not required to tell the public how much it pays in pensions to former members of the Texas Legislature. Texans for Public Justice sued to get the information; that group wanted the state to produce the total cost of retirements for former lawmakers who now lobby the Legislature.
TPJ is mulling an appeal. At a gun store and shooting range in Katy, Morgan tested several of the weapons on site, then went on to interview local business owners and state officials. Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Dan Patrick , R-Houston, made appearances on the show objecting to any new gun controls and stressing the need for Texans to be able to defend themselves. Morgan bantered with them, but let rocker Ted Nugent lecture the audience about the need for law-abiding citizens to have unlimited access to guns.
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