Vol 33, Issue 30 Print Issue

The Week in the Rearview Mirror

Laura Thompson is the first Independent to serve in the Texas Legislature in more than a half-century, even though she won't be there long. The last was Howard Green, the grandfather of actor Ethan Hawke.

Health care providers, funeral operators and women's rights activists on Thursday were expected to tell Texas health officials that a rule requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains will do little to improve public health and could be burdensome to women.

After less than two months on the job Dallas County's Republican chairman has quit, leaving behind an organization in financial distress and setting off a breakneck race to replace him, with a state senator's twin brother deep in the fray.

The fault lines that will define efforts to improve the state's system of funding education came into sharp focus Wednesday as a Senate panel began studying how to improve the "efficiency" of public schools in Texas.

Texas agreed Wednesday to terms that will weaken its voter ID law and that lawyers suing the state say will make it easier for minorities to cast a ballot in the November general election.

Political People and their Moves

Democratic precinct chairs in Houston meet this Saturday to choose who will take Borris Miles’ place on the November ballot in House District 146. Five candidates — Erica Lee Carter, Larry Blackmon, Valencia L. Williams, Rashad L. Cave and Shawn Thierry — are confirmed candidates for the seat. The seat is open after Miles was chosen to take Rodney Ellis’ spot on the ballot for Senate District 13. Ellis is giving up his seat in the Senate in order to run for commissioners’ court.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced an endorsement from David Cuevas and Eric Batton, the president and vice president of the Harris County Sheriff Deputies Organization, in support of her bid for re-election.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has named Gloria Meraz assistant state librarian. She starts work at the archives Aug. 8 after serving 17 years as director of communications for the Texas Library Association.

In Kansas, three-term congressman Tim Huelskamp, who was a supporter of Ted Cruz’s presidential bid and was later endorsed by Cruz, lost his primary. The race had evolved into a proxy war between the movement conservative wing of the GOP — of which Huelskamp was a member — and the establishment wing backed by business groups.