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Nine Harmony Campuses Named ‘State School Of Character,’ More Than Any School System In The U.S.

Only 15 campuses in Texas and 73 in the U.S. earned the prestigious honor Nine campuses from Harmony Public Schools were named official Texas “State Schools of Character” for their outstanding efforts in promoting cultures of character in their schools and communities. The awards were announced this week by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in schools. Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on […]

Paxton Issues Consumer Alert Warning Texans of Scammers in the Aftermath of the Houston Storms

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton is encouraging Texans in the Houston area to be cautious of scammers who may try to take advantage of consumers, including the elderly, in the wake of recent severe weather. The personal, emotional, and financial hardship that comes from dealing with flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disasters can be devastating. This is sadly compounded by the fact that there are often bad actors and unreliable contractors seeking to capitalize on vulnerable Texans […]

Paxton Leads Effort to Stop Biden Administration from Forcing Left-Wing “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” Policies on States

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief in the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to stop the Biden Administration’s relentless pursuit of new so-called sexual orientation and gender identity policies. Attorney General Paxton had successfully sued to stop the implementation of two related woke Biden Administration rules, including one by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) requiring employers to enact rules governing bathroom, locker room, and shower usage, as well as dress codes and pronoun usage to be predicated on “gender identity” as opposed to biological sex. The […]

Sen. Cruz, Texas Colleagues Introduce Resolution Calling for Release of Texan Mark Swidan, Wrongfully Detained in China

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced a resolution calling for the release of Mark Swidan, a Houston, Texas resident who has been unjustly detained by China since 2012. The resolution is cosponsored by Sen. Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Representative Michael Cloud (R-Texas) introduced the resolution in the House. Last May, Sen. Cruz sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the State Department calling for them to take urgent action to secure Swidan’s release. […]

Sens. Cruz, Manchin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prohibit Sale of Oil from SPR to China

Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) today introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the sale of American crude oil from […]

State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled Record $4.11 Billion in January

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.11 billion in January, 6.6 percent more than in January 2022. The majority of January sales tax revenue is based on sales made in December and remitted to the agency in January. “While state sales tax collections reached another all-time high, it is important to note that the rate of growth from the previous year was the lowest in the 22 months since the […]

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Observes National Unclaimed Property Day, Feb. 1

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

  (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is joining other unclaimed property administrators to celebrate the third annual national Unclaimed Property Day tomorrow, Feb. 1. “I am proud to have returned more than $2 billion dollars to Texans since becoming Comptroller, and we are continually looking for new ways to return even more,” Hegar said. “This effort is part of my continued commitment to focus on customer service and provide taxpayers with transparent and accountable government. […]

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Extends Effective Date for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Listing Under the Endangered Species Act

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials encourage landowners to take advantage of a 60-day U.S. Fish & Wildlife (FWS) endangered species listing extension and consider enrolling in one of the conservation programs that provide protections from federal regulations and exemption from consequences of incidental “take” under the Endangered Species Act. Programs that provide these regulatory protections include the Texas Lesser Prairie-Chicken Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) and the Natural Resources Conservation […]

Wilbarger, Montgomery County Game Wardens Honored for Going the Extra Mile

Texas Game Wardens Dyke McMahen and Brannon Meinkowsky were presented yesterday with separate awards as Shikar Safari Officer of the Year and the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife’s Officer of the Year, respectively, by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Nominated by their supervisors for outstanding service in the line of duty, both officers share a passion for conservation, youth outreach and criminal investigation. Often found patrolling Lake Conroe, Montgomery County Warden Meinkowsky leads […]

Texas A&M-Kingsville Students Honored On President’S List, Dean’S List, Honor Roll

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2022 semester. The President’s List requires a grade point average of 4.00 on all work attempted for a particular semester, with a minimum of 15 semester undergraduate hours completed. The Dean’s List requires a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for a particular semester, with a minimum of 13 […]