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Voter's Voice
10:37 am
Thu December 1, 2005

Rep. Dunnam issues latest call for ERS board member's immediate resignation

Austin, TX –

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Voter's Voice
10:56 am
Mon November 21, 2005

Texas Tax Reform Commission meets; discussion centers on 'imbalance' of taxes, economy

Austin, TX –

Charged with the daunting task of reforming the state's tax structure and reducing property taxes, the 24-member Texas Tax Reform Commission today held its first hearing and began discussions on how to achieve the chairman's stated goal for the panel: to produce "a tax system that is the envy of the other 49 states."

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Voter's Voice
11:36 am
Tue September 13, 2005

More indictments returned against Colyandro, Ellis in 2002 election investigation

Austin, TX –

More indictments on felony charges were returned today by a Travis County Grand Jury against two men associated with fundraising efforts for Texans for a Republican Majority.

Today's three-count indictment comes after five indictments were handed down last week against the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (TRMPAC) in relation to alleged illegal campaign contributions in Texas elections in 2002.

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Voter's Voice
3:08 pm
Fri September 9, 2005

Texan Karen Hughes administered oath

Austin, TX –

Texan Karen Hughes, longtime adviser to President George W. Bush, today was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador in a ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Hughes' husband Jerry, son Robert, daughter Lauren and other family members were all on hand for the swearing-in ceremony.

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Voter's Voice
3:03 pm
Thu September 8, 2005

Gov. Perry signs HB 11, judicial pay raise bill

Austin, TX –

Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 11, legislation that provides a pay increase for Texas judges.

"This legislation will give Texas judges their first pay increase in several years and help keep qualified, experienced men and women on the bench meeting the needs of Texas," Perry said.

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Voter's Voice
2:56 pm
Thu September 8, 2005

TCTA files suit over SB 5, the telecommunications bill

Austin, TX –

The Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association (TCTA) today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin division, to challenge SB 5, signed into immediate law Thursday by Gov. Rick Perry.

SB 5, passed during the second special session of the 79th Legislature, will adversely impact Texas consumers by dividing communities into the "haves" and "have nots" of advanced technologies for the home.

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Voter's Voice
2:42 pm
Thu September 8, 2005

Strayhorn: Audit review a 'political witch hunt'

Austin, TX –

Calling an audit review of her agency a "political witch hunt" orchestrated by Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn today said a State Auditor's Office review has given both her and her agency a "clean bill of health."

Strayhorn said that Perry, a fellow Republican she is challenging in the governor's race in 2006, used the audit "for his own political purposes," noting the audit report cost Texas taxpayers thousands of dollars and "it found nothing."

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Voter's Voice
11:02 am
Thu September 8, 2005

Indictments returned against TAB, TRMPAC

Austin, TX –

Although individuals were not named, a total of five grand jury indictments were announced by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle today against the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (TRMPAC).

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Voter's Voice
11:00 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson to seek Barrientos' Senate seat

Austin, TX –

The lights in the Speaker's Committee Room were hardly turned off after Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos' announcement that he would not seek re-election before former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson today threw his hat into the ring as a candidate to succeed Barrientos.

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Voter's Voice
10:55 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Barrientos announces he will not seek re-election to Senate seat

Austin, TX –

"I have something important to tell you," began Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin), who today held a press conference to make an announcement regarding his future political plans. "And here it is. Based on last weekend's results, I think this is the year that Texas finally beats Oklahoma!"

While initially joking about the nature of today's news, Barrientos said the real story is that, after 30 years in the Texas Legislature, he will serve out his current term but will not seek another term.

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