Category Archives: Texas State Politics

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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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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Nueces County Commissioners To Consider The Ratification Of A Contract With A Communications Firm Using Money From Far-Left Wing Sources

Nueces County Commissioners are going to take an item on Wednesday that could show just how deep special interest money is in play in local politics. The question stems around the ratification of an agreement with Crosswind Media & Communications, LLC for promoting safe voting during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase voter confidence in the safety of the process. But

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TWIA Board Set To Meet On August 4th; Public Comment Is Being Taken Until July 31

There are two types of disasters that Coastal Texas residents are well of and understand that they need to keep their guard up for: Hurricanes and TWIA. While you might not be able to do anything about the natural disaster, you can at least put in your comments for the manmade disaster. August marks the annual rate filing for the

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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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Protecting The Vulnerable: The Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center Faces Scrutiny Over Potential Mishandling Of COVID-19

Matt Pierce Briscoe The first case of coronavirus at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center (CCSSLC) was reported back on June 24, 2020. From there, the situation spiraled out of control amid what current and recently departed staff members report as a severely mismanaged crisis. In an email sent out to staff members n June 24, Director Melissa Gongaware

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If You Drive Padre Island Drive You Might See A New Billboard With A Recognizable Face

Last month former Nueces Country Sheriff and current Republican Party Chairman Jim Kaelin stirred up a firestorm when he shared a post that many people felt was blatantly racist. Even Gov. Greg Abbott took notice and called for Kaelin to resign. He survived a ”confidence vote” from his party and then rushed to hold a press conference where he maintained

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