Category Archives: Texas GOP

Special Blog Report: Live music and arts are suffering more than many people realize in Texas

More bad news for live music… The pandemic has effectively pulled the plug on live music events, dealing a heavy blow to the state that is home to the self-proclaimed live-music capital of the world. Two-thirds of venue owners across the state say that they expect to permanently close because of the crisis, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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Athletics Seems To Have Had Heavy Influence Over Texas Return To School Guidelines

Officials suggest that the possibility of parents leaving public school sports for so-called “select leagues” heavily influenced TEA return to campus decision making during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Texas Attorney General Rules In Favor Of Open Government Saying That Names Nursing Homes With COVID-19 Outbreaks Must Be Released

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has rejected most arguments presented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for concealing information on nursing home names and locations where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred. The attorney general ruling on July 6 required release of the bulk of information requested earlier this year by numerous organizations and individuals. The non-profit Freedom of Information Foundation of

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What We Learned From Thursday’s Campaign Finance Reports In Local State Races

Candidates for public office in Texas filed their financials this week and as there always is there is plenty to discuss—it wouldn’t be Texas politics if there wasn’t. But what we learned and what may actually become of it might be two very different outcomes. In both Texas House Districts here in Nueces County we saw both the Democrat and

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Private Schools Face Uncertain Future In Light Of Public Health Orders And Nueces County May Now Be Involved In the Fight

On Thursday afternoon public health officials in Nueces County took action that would require public and charter schools within the boundaries of Nueces to hold no in-person classes until at least September 8, 2020 in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order is not unique to Nueces County. The order mimicked similar decrees in El Paso and Laredo which

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Gov. Abbott confirms that federal resources are en route to Texas but the Comfort and Mercy are not listed among them

Governor Greg Abbott has announced that additional federal resources have been activated and will be sent to the Houston region to combat COVID-19. These resources include an Urban Area Medical Task Force from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that will arrive in the region on Monday and a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from U.S. Health and Human Services that

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Lawmakers Send Request For Surge Team To Nueces County

State Representative Todd Hunter has sent an email to the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Department of Emergency Management asking for a surge to be sent to Nueces County to help with testing and comprehensive medical needs. Rep. Hunter sent the notice after conferring with State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and fellow State Rep. Abel Herrero, who

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Texas education officials announce a return to school plan for the upcoming school year and here is what you can do to let your voice be heard

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) dropped their official guidance for the return to on-campus education starting this fall. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath made the announcement via conference call Tuesday to educators and officials from around the state. At best, the guidance was generic and left many with more questions than answers. Morath said schools will have to offer on-campus

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Educators, school districts, parents and teachers find themselves left with more questions than answers as a new school year draws closer

Matt Pierce Briscoe The Texas Education Agency has almost every parents, student, educator and school district in their own predicament as they have still yet to announce official guidance for the upcoming school year. While the agency and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath have sent some messages to school officials around the state, the message that he is sending is

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Increased Concerns About The Situation At The Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center Cause Public Outrage

It was over a week ago when employees and family members began becoming concerned about the coronavirus situation at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center. As we first reported earlier in the week, there have been now as many as 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus among the estimated 182 resident population. As tragic as that is in itself, those

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