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Patrick fills the chairs; now let's watch

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is the Man of the Texas Senate and his first serious act as the No. 2 man in state government is complete: He’s filled Senate committee chairs. 312 more words

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Patrick names Senate committees; further sidelines Democrats

AUSTIN (AP) — Democrats in the Texas Senate were further sidelined by the Republican majority Friday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments with the minority party in charge of only two panels. 368 more words

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Lt. Gov. Patrick Names Senate Committees, Further Punishes Democrats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Democrats in the Texas Senate were shoved further aside by the Republican majority Friday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments with the minority party in charge of only two panels. 113 more words

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So long, Texas Senate civility

It took Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick no time at all to get his wish as the man who runs the Texas Senate.

The Republican super-majority that now comprises the 31-member legislative body has done away with the two-thirds rule. 326 more words

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Abbott appoints 2 new Texas regents, reappoints 1

AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday appointed two new members to the University of Texas System governing board, and re-appointed a long-standing member to a new six-year term. 116 more words

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The single mom who almost lost her housing voucher because of source of income discrimination

This is the first in a series about tenants who have faced discrimination because of their source of income. With Austin’s new source of income protection ordinance threatened in the courts and the state legislature, these are the personal stories behind the fight to protect housing choice voucher holders. 694 more words

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Texas Senate vote does away with two-thirds barrier for bills

AUSTIN (AP) — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Texas Senate on Wednesday, shrugging off nearly 70 years of tradition with a rules change that knocks out the Democrats’ ability to block legislation on party-line votes. 494 more words

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