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Seliger Files Bill to Continue use of ‘Individual Graduation Committees’

January 12, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Dist. 31 State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), filed Senate Bill 463 on Thursday, which allows for the continued use of Individual Graduation Committees.

According to a press release issued by Seliger’s Austin office on Thursday, SB463 “gives students who fail one or two STAAR exams, but otherwise meet all other graduation requirements, a path to graduation.”

“I am proud to author SB 463 to remove the Sunset date that was included in SB 149 last session,” said Seliger.…

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Burrows Discusses Sophomore Term of Texas Legislature

January 12, 2017

The 85th Legislature convened earlier this week, and according to preliminary budget numbers, things might get tight.

Texas Dist. 83 State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) said prior to the session that despite those challenges ahead, he was eager to get to work for his constituents, which includes the citizens of Gaines County.…

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Seliger to Serve as President Pro Tempore of 85h Texas Legislature

January 12, 2017

AUSTIN — Texas Dist. 31 State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore on Tuesday of this past week for the 85th Texas Legislature.

Elected by the Senate, the President Pro Tempore is a largely honorary position, but is third in the line for the Governorship of Texas.…

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With funding tight, legislators weigh options on school finance

January 12, 2017

With the 2017 session underway, Texas lawmakers will have to decide just how — and whether — they’re going to approach a major fixer-upper: the school finance system.

School district officials have repeatedly asserted that funding is arbitrary and inequitable across public school districts, and it does not allow many schools to meet the state’s academic standards.…

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Arrington Appointed to House Budget Committee

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. —  Newly-elected Congressman for Texas’ 19th District, Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock), has been selected to serve on the House Budget Committee.

In his role, Arrington will push for significant budgetary reforms to be made in the 115th Congress, according to a press release issued by his Congressional office on Tuesday afternoon.…

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Texas lawmakers focus on friendship on legislative session’s first day

January 11, 2017

The next six months in the Texas Capitol are expected to be tense, with money tight and the political conversation already dominated by social issues like who can use which bathroom.

But as lawmakers kicked off the 85th Legislative Session on Tuesday, they did it with a sense of optimism. Those fights will come in later days.…

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Trump blasts intel agencies over report on Russia ties

January 11, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted U.S. intelligence agencies, blaming them for leaking unsubstantiated reports on his relationship with Russia and demanding, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

A U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that intelligence officials had informed Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him.…

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‘Yes we did’

January 11, 2017

Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.

Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the U.S.…

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Oil slump socks Texas budget, making spending cuts likely

January 10, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) – A prolonged oil slump that has tested Texas’ economic resilience is now badly chewing away at the state budget, leaving a hole that could be as big as $6 billion just to maintain the status quo, a top Republican lawmaker said Monday.

That dismal outlook came in response to spending allowances handed to Republican Gov.…

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Electoral College meets amid effort to deny Trump presidency

December 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — And you thought Election Day was in November.

Electors are set to gather in every state on Monday to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House.

Protests are planned for state capitals, but they are unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump.…

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