Lone Star Reports

GOP Senator Tommy Williams admits Texas school cuts much larger than he claimed

When State Senator Wendy Davis heard the Republican Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Tommy Williams, claim that GOP education cuts in 2011 totaled only $800 million, she didn’t wait for PolitiFact. She pushed back immediately calling his figure “absurd” and then quickly produced data from the Legislative Budget Board correctly citing the cut as $5.3 billion.

Restraining order sought to protect choices made by Beaumont voters

A dramatic struggle is underway in Beaumont, Texas where Anglo-supported candidates who lost to African American candidates just 2 years ago are attempting to reverse the election results in Texas state court. They are seeking to end the four-year terms of three African American school board members after only two years.

Texas GOP arguing to use discriminatory maps

No one should think that Texas Republican leaders have any respect for basic minority voting rights or any intention of sincerely trying to win the support of African American or Hispanic Texans, even though African Americans and Hispanics combined make up a 

GOP Chair’s remarks on Texas Battleground nervous and defensive

Lately, Texas Republicans are coming across as a little nervous. Yesterday, Texas Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri attempted some tongue-in-cheek humor in response to the Battleground Texas plans to join with other Texas Democratic efforts aimed at ending failed one party Republican control of our state. Munisteri sounded defensive and consistently off the mark. He may want to move his tongue aside to make some room for his foot.

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Recent Reports

2013 Year in Review

Greg Abbott’s path to the Texas Governor’s Mansion seemed clear enough early in the year.

Candidate filings for the Texas 2014 Primary Election closed today at 6:00PM CST. Over the next couple of days, the Lone Star Project will report on next year's Must Watch races. In the meantime, please use the following links to view candidate filings in the major counties and throughout the state.

Statement by Matt Angle, Lone Star Project Director

"Greg Abbott’s hostility toward public schools places him far outside the mainstream in Texas. Rather than listen to Texas parents, teachers or responsible business leaders, Abbott takes his direction from big financial donors and school-voucher backers like James Leininger, and oddball advisers like Merrill Matthews Jr.

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