Vol 31, Issue 16 Print Issue

The Week in the Rearview Mirror

The House select committee investigating UT System Regent Wallace Hall is expected to vote May 12 on whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.

Republican AG candidate Ken Paxton maintained radio silence this week after a news report that he did not disclose his work as an investment adviser representative. His runoff rival, Dan Branch, called on Paxton to drop out of the race if he could not provide proper answers.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott unveiled the second phase of his public education platform, proposing a reduction in state mandates as well as the creation of a new school district to oversee low-performing elementary schools.

Amid heated controversy over the placement of dangerous sex offenders, the presiding member of a board that oversees an agency that manages civilly committed violent sex offenders resigned on Tuesday.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, has finalized plans to lead a delegation May 12 to Irwindale, Calif., to meet with the CEO of the maker of Sriracha hot sauce and to tour the facility where it is made. Accompanying him are Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge and Gov. Rick Perry's director of business development, Jose Romano.

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Political People and their Moves

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, picked up the support of WallBuilders founder and prominent conservative David Barton in his runoff contest against John Ratcliffe. Add this statement of support to previous endorsements from the Family Research Council PAC and South Carolina Congressman (and Tea Party favorite) Trey Gowdy. Ratcliffe is being backed by the conservative groups Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Republican AG candidate Dan Branch picked up endorsements from State Republican Executive Committeewoman and former railroad commissioner candidate Becky Berger as well as House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa.

Republican railroad commissioner candidate Wayne Christian has received endorsements from former supporters of Malachi Boyuls, who placed fourth in the first round of voting. The most prominent endorsements came from former Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo and former Republican Party of Texas Chairwoman Cathie Adams.

Republican HD-10 candidate John Wray picked up a trio of endorsements this week from the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Alliance for Life as well as former HD-10 rival Duke Burge. Wray faces T.J. Fabby in the May 27 runoff.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, will join the Husch Blackwell law firm as a partner. He joins the firm's Energy and Natural Resources team. He also becomes the second member of the Legislature affiliated with the firm, joining state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.