Category Archives: Texas Politics

Guest Column Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa: Texans Suffer the Consequences of a Decades-Long Push for Energy Deregulation

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Texas often prides itself on being a low-regulation state that puts the free market ahead of all else. While this approach does work in some situations, often on a short-term basis, it can also have dire consequences as demonstrated by millions of Texans left without power and/or water. To understand how the human-side of this

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Bill Filed In Austin Could Help Texas Student Athletes

A bipartisan bill was filed in the Texas Legislature on Thursday that would allow Texas NCAA Student Athletes to earn compensation and benefit, if they choose, from their own names, images, and likenesses. State Senator Judith the Zaffirini introduced Senate Bill 660 and while State Rep. Jeff Leach filed the companion House Bill for that chamber on Thursday. Should the

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Governor Sends Funds For Improvements At NASCC

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the City of Corpus Christi has been awarded a $901,952 grant to replace the natural gas system at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee during the 2019 legislative session, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa supported an appropriation of $30 million for the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance

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Texas Preservation Board Lays Out How Public Can Access State Capitol For The Upcoming Legislative Session

The Texas State Capitol will re-open to the general public on Monday morning but there will be noticeably different changes in place due to COVID-19. The Texas State Preservation Board, which oversees the Capitol complex and public areas announced that the building will be open to the public between the hours of 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Saturday and

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Local food bank continues to grapple with the possibility that demand will likely increase as the community awaits clear policy decisions

Matt Pierce Briscoe Published 12/16/20 14:28pm CST Maria Valencia, 33, never once imagined that she and her husband would have to rely on a food pantry to help feed their family of 5.  Before the pandemic the Valencia family, who lives in the Corpus Christi, Texas area, were making ends meet by combining their salaries, Maria caring for the elderly

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TWIA filed for a rate increase on Tuesday as lawmakers waste no time firing back

Matt Pierce Briscoe The board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association voted on Tuesday to file a rate increase of 5% for residential and commercial policies with the Texas Department of Insurance. At the Association’s quarterly meeting, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s board directed staff to make the rate filing with the expectation that the change would go

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Staff at Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center now face financial difficulties amid trying to keep residents and themselves safe

Staff at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center have gone through a lot this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and a breakout of the virus that crippled the facility during the summer. Now, several of those staff members are facing financial hardships after having their vehicles vandalized while on duty.  Staff members say that over the past few weeks

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OPEC+ Meeting Rescheduled After Talks Stall On Monday

A regularly scheduled OPEC+ meeting ended on Monday without an agreement among its members regarding the production cuts next year.. The cartel meeting ended with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE taking different positions as to how to handle production rates over the next year. The meeting with OPEC+ cartel meeting was supposed to resume on Tuesday, but announcement came

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Online sales taxes are helping with state budget even though it is still going to be slimmer than usual

State Comptroller Glen Hegar briefed the Legislative Budget Board in Austin on Monday ahead of what is expected to be a fairly tight fiscal budget for the state’s next biennial budget.  Hegar told Senate and House Budget Board members that revenue collections from around the state have exceeded what was initially predicted back in July of 2020 and that certain

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Las Vegas Is Watching Texas Very Closely This Week And They Have Good Reason To Be Concerned

The first National Finals Rodeo was held in Dallas in 1959. Three years after that they moved to Los Angeles for three years. From there, they moved out to Oklahoma City, where they maintained a home through 1984. In 1985 the National Finals rodeo packed their bags once more and headed out to the entertainment Mecca of America—Las Vegas.  The

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