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Against All Odds, TX State Rep Getting Things Done as a Freshman Legislator

Against All Odds, TX State Rep Getting Things Done as a Freshman Legislator
Texas State Rep. Gene Wu helped lead the fight in the House to restore $3 billion of the $5 billion education cut in 2011. He worked with his colleagues to pass a law that reduces traffic congestion from oil and gas production areas. He was able to get Texas pipeline safety regulations in line with federal standards, no small feat with Republicans controlling the Legislature.
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Victory Fund-Endorsed TX House Candidate Celia Israel Reflects on Fight for Equality

Victory Fund-Endorsed TX House Candidate Celia Israel Reflects on Fight for Equality
Last week I was proud to be endorsed by Victory Fund. They were there from the very start for LGBT candidates like Tammy Baldwin, now US Senator, Annise Parker, Houston Mayor, not to mention Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and State Representative Mary Gonzales.
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Rick Perry Calls Third Special Session, GOP Rep Demands Wendy Davis Pay for Costs

Rick Perry Calls Third Special Session, GOP Rep Demands Wendy Davis Pay for Costs
That groan you hear emanating from downtown Austin is the collective exasperation of staffers and lawmakers who are about to be called back for a third special session this summer. The House and Senate ran out of time to finish a transportation funding plan, in part because much of the second special session was spent on a high-profile fight against anti-woman legislation designed to block access to abortion in Texas.
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Texans Paying $35,000/Day for Partisan Special Session to Implement Discriminatory Redistricting Maps

Texans Paying $35,000/Day for Partisan Special Session to Implement Discriminatory Redistricting Maps
Rick Perry is desperate to get his discriminatory redistricting map passed because a new, legal map would be drawn by a San Antonio federal court. The daily cost to taxpayers of the craven, politically-motivated special session to get this done? $35,000.
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TX Officials are Alright With TX Officials Double-Dipping on Pensions

TX Officials are Alright With TX Officials Double-Dipping on Pensions
An absurd loophole that gained national attention when Rick Perry invoked the provision to collect his pension AND salary without retiring — increasing his take-home pay by more than $90,000 per year — will continue, as the Texas House of Representatives refused a hearing on "double-dipping."
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Lush Fund: $20,000 Tab For Texas Committee's Year-End Party Includes 75 $50 Wine Bottles

Lush Fund: $20,000 Tab For Texas Committee's Year-End Party Includes 75 $50 Wine Bottles
It is very common for committees in the Legislature to have end of session parties and invite staff and friends of the committee. What is not probably too common is the final tab the party racked up: $18,584.55, with a 20% tip of $3,656.48 added, for a total tab of $22,241.03. That includes around 75 bottles of wine for 121 people.
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