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Sources: Brendon Anthony to Head Texas Music Office

texastribune.org — Gov. Greg Abbott has tapped Brendon Anthony to head the Texas Music Office, multiple sources told the Tribune. Anthony is known for, among other things, playing fiddle in Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green's band.

Rep to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance

texastribune.org — Freshman state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is not in Austin today to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions for the staff in her Capitol office on how to handle visitors who are, including asking them to declare allegiance to the U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

.@CAIRNational rep said they're happy w/ Straus' statement yesterday regarding @MollyWhiteTX's FB post trib.it/1Kbu284 #txlege 1/2

Jan 30, 2015

RT @stevesilberman: Idiocracy: GOP Rep. @MollyWhiteTX demands that Muslim visitors to her office pledge allegiance to America. texastribune.org/2015/01/29/rep…

Jan 30, 2015

With political leaders like this in America, our very real enemies in the world are surely gleeful: texastribune.org/2015/01/29/rep…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @stevesilberman: Idiocracy: GOP Rep. @MollyWhiteTX demands Muslim visitors to her office pledge allegiance to U.S. texastribune.org/2015/01/29/rep…

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Top House Lawmaker's Daughter to Step Down as Lobbyist

texastribune.org — Following attacks from conservative activists over a possible conflict of interest, House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock announced Friday that his daughter would step down from her role as an education lobbyist for the upcoming legislative session.
Jan 30, 2015

.@morgansmith: @aycockjd’s daughter withdraws registration as lobbyist texastribune.org/2015/01/30/top… #txlege

McRaven Letter Takes Aim at Campus Carry

texastribune.org — Allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college and university campuses would create "less-safe" environments, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven wrote in a letter to legislative leaders on Thursday. On Wednesday, a bill by state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, that would allow campus carry was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee by Lt.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @eramshaw: This guy, who kinda sorta knows a thing or two about guns, wants to keep them off TX campuses texastribune.org/2015/01/29/mcr… pic.twitter.com/lfrm9CrO94

Jan 29, 2015

This guy, who kinda sorta knows a thing or two about guns, wants to keep them off TX campuses texastribune.org/2015/01/29/mcr… pic.twitter.com/lfrm9CrO94

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Friday Night Football Returns to Water Politics

texastribune.org — In the midst of the worst drought in recent memory, Texas lawmakers two years agosent the state a message: The need for water can transcend politics.
Jan 30, 2015

Great quote: "There are people who'll say, 'Well, shit, we threw $2 billion at this. What do you want?'" #txlege texastribune.org/2015/01/30/aft…

Abbott: "Civil Discourse" Needed on Religious Freedom

texastribune.org — A day after state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, came under fire for instructing staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to pledge their allegiance to the U.S., Gov. Greg Abbott called for civil discussions "so that everyone has the opportunity to weigh in on their beliefs."
Jan 30, 2015

Straus response to Q abt White's instructions: Nothing in TX House rules prohibits member from requiring oath trib.it/1yM0KXd #txlege

Sen. Donna Campbell Wants to Ban Foreign Control of Alamo

texastribune.org — SAN ANTONIO - One state lawmaker wants the world to remember this about the Alamo: It belongs to Texas. A legislative proposal by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would ban any foreign entity from owning, controlling or managing the Alamo complex.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @shuddlestonSA: Patterson says Campbell's Alamo bill is not needed. This is a non-issue that I've already written about. fb.me/6t7KhVhWD

Jan 30, 2015

Thumbs Down for lack of Agenda 21 reference: Sen. Donna Campbell Wants to Ban Foreign Control of Alamo #txlege texastribune.org/2015/01/30/don…

Committee Breakdowns: Texas Senate

texastribune.org — We take a look this week at how the newly formed Senate committees stack up by party ID and by gender. Women are significantly underrepresented on the Administration, Nominations and Finance committees. And in the most extreme example, there is not a single woman on the Business and Commerce Committee.
Jan 30, 2015

Trivia I learned from latest @texasweekly: the TX Senate Biz & Commerce committee has no women. #txlege texastribune.org/texas-weekly/v…

Perry Attorneys File New Request to Dismiss Indictment

texastribune.org — Following the cues provided in a judge's ruling this week, lawyers for Rick Perry filed a request on Friday to get an indictment against the former governor dismissed. The new request noted "serious, well-founded concerns" that Judge Bert Richardson had in his ruling on Tuesday regarding the wording of the two charges against Perry: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

Slideshow: Scenes From Texas Muslim Capitol Day

texastribune.org — Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which started in 2003, has become a regular feature of Texas' biennial legislative session. This year's gathering was marred by an inflammatory Facebook post from freshman state Rep. Molly White and a small but disruptive group of protesters.
Jan 30, 2015

Here’s a slideshow from Texas Muslim Capitol Day — where things went very awry. #txlege texastribune.org/2015/01/29/tex… pic.twitter.com/dSGviH8699

School Choice Supporters to Gather at Capitol

texastribune.org — As pressure mounts for Texas lawmakers to pass a private school voucher program, educators, parents, students and other advocates will gather Friday at the Capitol for what's being billed as the state's largest-ever school choice rally. The event is part of National School Choice Week, which has included dozens of events in states across the country.
Jan 30, 2015

At today's school choice rally, many attendees will be young students — a policy raising eyebrows among parents trib.it/1wGGFkf

Jan 30, 2015

School choice rally — billed as the state's largest-ever — kicking off at the Capitol trib.it/1wGGFkf #txlege

TxDOT: Toll Billing Problems Being Addressed

texastribune.org — Amid complaints from drivers about confusing bills and shoddy customer service, the Texas Department of Transportation said Thursday it is working to address concerns with its new toll billing system. TxDOT signed a five-year, $100 million contract with Xerox last year for the company to take over its tolling operations, including billing and customer service.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @MarkW_KVUE: Viewers have been telling us about lots of issues w/ @TxDOT toll billing. @TexasTribune's @amanbatheja is on it too: texastribune.org/2015/01/29/txd…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @MarkW_KVUE: Viewers have been telling us about lots of issues w/ @TxDOT toll billing. @TexasTribune's @amanbatheja is on it too: texastribune.org/2015/01/29/txd…

Jan 29, 2015

TxDOT outsources toll billing to Xerox. There are big problems w/ billing. Haven't we heard this stry before? trib.it/1BvrJs1 #txlege

Jan 29, 2015

.@AmanBatheja on how TxDOT ironing out customer service ishs with toll billing vendor Xerox trib.it/1BvrJs1 via @TexasTribune

Public Integrity Unit Will Not Prosecute AG Paxton

texastribune.org — New Attorney General Ken Paxton, who in 2014 was found to have violated the Texas Securities Act,will not be prosecuted by the state's office that investigates public corruption, officials said Thursday. Paxton, a former state senator from McKinney, violated the Securities Act by soliciting investment clients without being registered, as required by law, according to a disciplinary order last year from the State Securities Board.
Jan 29, 2015

Public Integrity Unit won't prosecute @KenPaxton, but forwarded portion of investigation to Collin & Dallas counties trib.it/1CDHS2x

Jan 29, 2015

Texas Public Integrity Unit Will Not Prosecute AG Paxton trib.it/1CDHS2x via @TexasTribune

State Will Close Three More Charter Schools

texastribune.org — Three Texas charter schools will be shut down for failing to comply with either the state education code or provisions in their charter, state officials said Thursday. The Texas Education Agency notified administrators at La Amistad Love and Learning Academy in Houston, Global Learning Village Charter School in Houston and Somerset Charter School in El Paso that their charters would be revoked.
Jan 29, 2015

TX shuttering 3 more charter schools. Among the reasons: Failing to file w IRS & not opening on time. trib.it/1Ci9Y4T #txed #txlege

Perry All But Confirms Run for President on Fox News

texastribune.org — On Fox News Wednesday, Rick Perry told host Sean Hannity that he's been preparing to run for president since late 2012. "So when I stand on the stage and debate this next time, you're going to see a person who is very, very well prepared," he said.
Jan 29, 2015

Perry All But Confirms Run for President on Fox News trib.it/1yDiUub via @TexasTribune

Jan 29, 2015

.@GovernorPerry all but confirms run for prez on Fox News, calls indictment "badge of honor" trib.it/1yDiUub #PerryIndictment

Jan 29, 2015

RT @TexasTribune: Perry all but confirms run for president on Fox News, calls case against him "badge of honor": trib.it/1yDiUub #PerryIndictment

Rep to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance

texastribune.org — Updated at 1 p.m.: The Council on American-Islamic Relations has sent a letter to House Speaker Joe Straus asking whether state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, violated ethics rules by instructing her staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to declare their allegiance to the United States. "Our ethics question is: Has Rep.

Open Carry Survives Despite its Supporters

texastribune.org — A day after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came close to declaring legislation permitting the open carry of handguns dead on arrival, a deluge of angry calls and comments from gun rights activists appears to have resurrected it.
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Study Touts Community Programs for Juvenile Offenders

texastribune.org — Juveniles in Texas who break the law are less likely to reoffend if they're placed in community supervision programs instead of state facilities, according to a report released Thursday by criminal justice researchers.
Jan 29, 2015

Study Touts Community Programs for Texas Juvenile Offenders trib.it/1z9g9Gf via @TexasTribune

Analysis: An Early Ethical Message, Intentional or Not

texastribune.org — The state's new lawmakers have been in Austin for less than a month, but they are beginning to leave some first impressions. What are they trying to tell us? The proposed state budget from the Texas Senate omits funding for the public integrity unit at the Travis County district attorney's office.
Jan 29, 2015

Analysis: An Early Ethical Message From New Texas Lawmakers, Intentional or Not trib.it/1zZeDb6 via @TexasTribune

Jan 28, 2015

RT @eramshaw: .@RossRamsey analysis: On #txlege ethics, there are signs of restraint in the House. The Senate, on the other hand... trib.it/1zZeDb6

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