Vol 31, Issue 20 Print Issue

The Week in the Rearview Mirror

As a House panel set to work on drafting articles of impeachment against UT System Regent Wallace Hall, Gov. Rick Perry launched his fiercest defense yet of his appointee.

The University of Texas System board of regents voted not to raise tuition for in-state students at all of its academic institutions.

After the GOP contest for lieutenant governor hit a new height for controversy late last week with the release of Dan Patrick's medical records detailing his treatment for depression and exhaustion in the 1980s, the candidates did an about-face and were on their best behavior Tuesday at their final debate before the primary runoffs.

State Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, was named the sole finalist for the job of chancellor at Texas Tech University. His departure could lead to a lively election contest to choose a successor, with one challenger, state Rep. Charles Perry, already announcing his intention to run.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was offered the Cabinet position of housing and urban development secretary in the Obama administration. The news quickly led to speculation as to what this means for the Texas Democrat's future on the national stage.

Longtime Perry adviser Jay Kimbrough suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident late last week. He underwent surgery on Monday, which a family friend said went well.

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Political People and their Moves

Cathleen Parsley of Austin was reappointed as chief administrative law judge for the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings by Gov. Rick Perry  for a term to expire May 15, 2016.

Former state Rep. Kent Grusendorf has joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation as a senior fellow for education. The Arlington Republican was chairman of the House Public Education Committee for the 2003 and 2005 legislative sessions.

Public education advocacy group Texas Parent PAC released its slate of runoff endorsements: SD-2 — Republican Bob Deuell; HD-10 — Republican John Wray; HD-66 — Republican Glenn Callison; HD-76 — Democrat César Blanco; and SBOE 11 — Republican Pat Hardy

FreedomWorks PAC announded a trio of legislative endorsements to coincide with the start of early voting for the runoff elections: HD-10 — Republican T.J. Fabby; HD-58 — Republican Philip Eby; and HD-66 — Republican Matt Shaheen

State Reps. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, and Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, have endorsed Dan Branch for attorney general in the May 27 primary runoff.

Democratic HD 76 candidate Norma Chávez announced three new endorsements from the political arms of the Texas Chiropractic Association, the Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association (TIADA), and the El Paso Independent Auto Dealers Association.