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From Texas Standard:

By now, most Texans are familiar with Sid Miller. Famous for his ever-present cowboy hat, the state agriculture commissioner – who's also a rancher and a Republican – has generated his share of controversy in recent months. But this week he's making news on his own terms with a commentary written for TribTalk, the editorial wing of the Texas Tribune.

From Texas Standard:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a trade agreement Wednesday between the state and a group of settlers on the West Bank of Israel. Neither the U.S. government nor the United Nations recognizes the settlements.

On Texas Ag Chief Sid Miller's Facebook, Fake News Flows Freely

Dec 3, 2016
Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Thousands of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's followers on social media might believe that terrorists are — in his words —preparing "for their jihad against the state and our nation” from a training compound outside of Houston.

Eight Texas Republicans Who Could Serve In Trump's Washington

Nov 9, 2016
Todd Wiseman/Lucas Jackson (Reuters)/Bob Daemmrich

No sooner had Donald Trump shocked the political world by winning the presidency than Texas Republicans turned to a new discussion: How much influence will the Lone Star State have in the next White House?

Party Leaders' Rhetoric Leaves Texas Republican Women Reeling

Nov 4, 2016

For many female Texans working in Republican politics, last month's release of a video showing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump boasting about groping women was bad enough. They have since watched in astonishment as male elected officials from their own state have engaged in coarse rhetoric of their own. 

Christopher Connelly

A since-deleted tweet sent from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's account on Tuesday used an obscene term to describe Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

From Texas Standard:

With his cowboy hat and boots in a suit, few Texas politicians cut the figure Sid Miller does. Part of his job is being de facto ambassador, promoting Texas-made food and the like.

But when an investigation by the Houston Chronicle alleged Miller's trips to Oklahoma and Mississippi – paid for by state and campaign money – weren't all business, the Texas Rangers stepped in to investigate.

 


Texas Agriculture Chief Won't Face Charges For "Jesus Shot" Trip

Sep 21, 2016
Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Travis County prosecutors will not press criminal charges against Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller for tapping taxpayer funds for two trips that involved personal activities — including an appearance in a Mississippi rodeo and the receipt of a medical injection in Oklahoma called the “Jesus Shot.”

Sid Miller Says Campaign Finance Probes Going Nowhere

Jun 6, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

More than two years after being accused by a political foe of violating state campaign finance laws — including a charge that he improperly paid himself interest on a campaign loan — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says he believes the complaints dating to his days as a state legislator are languishing and will amount to nothing.

Texas Rangers Investigating Sid Miller's State-Paid Trips

Apr 14, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

The Texas Rangers have launched a criminal investigation into Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's use of taxpayer funds to bankroll two out-of-state trips, the Department of Public Safety confirmed Wednesday.

From Texas Standard:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent visit to Mississippi has him bucking big criticism.

Miller went to compete for prize money – netting over $800 in winnings for calf-roping – and paid for the whole thing using a combination of state and campaign funds.

Miller Facebook Post Compares Refugees To Rattlesnakes

Nov 19, 2015
Facebook / via Texas Tribune

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — no stranger to social media fireworks — appears to be comparing Syrian refugees to venomous rattlesnakes. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Don’t expect Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to apologize over a social media post that appeared to call for the atomic bombing of “the Muslim world” – despite an outcry from critics.

Not All Texas School Districts Will Bring Back Sodas And Fried Foods

Jul 1, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Students eager to purchase soda and fried foods when they return to school in the fall may be disappointed, despite Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent announcement that both will be welcome back on Texas public school campuses after a 10-year ban. 

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / The Texas Tribune

It's about freedom, not the fries. So says new Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced Thursday that the state will repeal a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public school kitchens.

A little more than 10 years ago, Texas banned soda machines and deep fryers in public school cafeterias.

Now the state's current agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, wants to do away with that ban. He believes these kinds of restrictions should be in the hands of local school boards — not state regulators. But some students are among those who aren't happy about this idea.

To Some, Texas Agriculture Commissioner's School Food Plan Is Half-Baked

May 13, 2015
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / The Texas Tribune

The reintroduction of deep fat fryers and soda machines into public schools may top the agenda of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. But some teachers, nurses and parents don't appear to share his appetite for sugary drinks and french fries.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Republicans did well in Texas Tuesday night, sweeping all of the major statewide races. Here’s a roundup: