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Patrick Releases Committee Assignments

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Texas State Senators will be able to get to work quickly when they return on Monday after action by their new presiding officer. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ended his first week in his new office by releasing his Senate committee assignments. In assigning the positions, Patrick first shrunk the number of committees from 18 to…

UT Gets ‘Common Core’ Regent

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Coming out of the gate with appointments, the team advising Gov. Greg Abbott seems to have made an initial early misstep by appointing an advocate of “common core” to the University of Texas board of regents. This is most surprising, given the strong stance Abbott has taken in opposing Common Core in specific and the…

Patrick Takes Position as Lieutenant Governor

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Texas began its changing of the guard this morning as Dan Patrick was sworn in as the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of the Lone Star State. Receiving the oath of office from his son, a state district judge from Houston, Patrick will take the position alongside Gov. Greg Abbott and a completely new executive branch. In…

A Glimpse at Patrick’s Session Priorities

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At a press conference in the Texas Capitol, Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick delineated major items on his legislative agenda for the 84th session. Naturally, news outlets across the state bewailed the conservatism of Patrick’s checklist, suggesting recklessness and corrupt intentions. Despite the knee-jerk responses, however, it’s worth looking at a few of Patrick’s recommendations and why…

Comptroller Releases Revenue Estimate

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Monday morning, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE). Because the Texas Constitution requires a balanced budget, this estimate will set a total spending cap for the legislature as it comes into session this week. Hegar expects that Texas will have $113 billion available for general purpose spending, an estimate much rosier…

An End to Government by Sleight of Hand

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The contrasting words and actions of two establishment moderates and two rising conservative stars surrounding Monday’s meeting of the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) perfectly summed up our current legislative zeitgeist: Texans are experiencing an end to government by sleight of hand. State Representative Drew Darby, a Straus-ally and one of three likely appointees to craft…

Texas’ Statewide Sweep!

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Texans overwhelmingly supported a conservative statewide slate of candidates from governor to railroad commissioner. Across the state, voters have rejected the failed tax-and-spend polices of the left. Indeed, conservatives are on track to win by 18 percentage points or better. We are excited to congratulate our entire slate of statewide endorsees: GOVERNOR: Greg Abbott LT….

Straus’ JV Fumbles Attack On Patrick, GOP Senate

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While House Speaker Joe Straus has been silent on the rightward shift of the Texas Senate, he is sending his second-string squad to begin poking at presumptive-Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the new members of the Senate. This gives a foretaste of the obstructionism conservatives can expect from a 2015 Straus-led House. Indeed, many House…