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Lt. Gov. Patrick unveils 51-member advisory council

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick, pledging to bring successful business ideas to make Texas' government work better, on Thursday announced the creation of a 51-member advisory group that will serve as a policy "think tank" for his office.

Patrick said the panel will advise in areas of economic and workforce development, economic forecasting, energy, taxes, transportation and water policy.

"I intend to be the most plugged-in lieutenant governor," Patrick said, adding he expects the panel to "bring us some new ideas."

Chairman of the overall panel that will include six working groups on specific issues will be Roy Bailey, a Dallas insurance executive who is part of Patrick's transition team.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Patrick-unveils-51-member-advisory-council-6017774.php?cmpid=rrpolitics

Perry calls for bipartisanship in farewell address

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry, speaking from the House chamber "where it all began," on Thursday capped a state career of driving a GOP agenda by calling for bipartisanship and compromise.

"Compromise is not a dirty word if it moves Texas forward," said Perry, whose more moderate tone may reflect his national ambitions.

Perry, 64, recounted growing up without running water before being elected to the Texas House, where he served as a Democrat before switching parties and beginning his ascent as a statewide Republican officeholder.

Ending his career as Texas' longest-serving governor while eyeing a second run for the GOP nod for president, Perry highlighted accomplishments under his tenure. He said none would have occurred without bipartisan support.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Rick-Perry-set-to-deliver-parting-words-as-6017913.php

[font color=green]Adios mofo![/font]

Former Texas A&M student barred Hindu family from 'Muslim-free' gun range in Arkansas

Jan Morgan — a gun range owner in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who declared her business a "Muslim-free zone" last year — has reportedly barred a Hindu father and son of South Asian descent from her range.

The son, who asked local media to keep him and his father anonymous for safety concerns, told Arkansas Matters that they were immediately asked where they were from upon entering the range, answering that they were from Hot Springs.

Morgan then informed the pair that the range is "Muslim free," to which they replied they are Hindu, the son said.

The son said Morgan threatened to call the police if the father and son refused to leave.

"She just said, 'you know, I don't think you guys belong here,'" the son told Arkansas Matters.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Former-Texas-A-M-student-barred-Hindu-family-from-6017693.php

Cross-posted in the Arkansas Group.

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Former Texas A&M student barred Hindu family from 'Muslim-free' gun range in Arkansas

Jan Morgan — a gun range owner in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who declared her business a "Muslim-free zone" last year — has reportedly barred a Hindu father and son of South Asian descent from her range.

The son, who asked local media to keep him and his father anonymous for safety concerns, told Arkansas Matters that they were immediately asked where they were from upon entering the range, answering that they were from Hot Springs.

Morgan then informed the pair that the range is "Muslim free," to which they replied they are Hindu, the son said.

The son said Morgan threatened to call the police if the father and son refused to leave.

"She just said, 'you know, I don't think you guys belong here,'" the son told Arkansas Matters.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/Former-Texas-A-M-student-barred-Hindu-family-from-6017693.php

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Related threads:
Former Texas A&M student bans Muslims from her Arkansas gun range

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1039494 (Arkansas Group)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107821128 (Texas Group)

FBI is investigating 21CT Medicaid fraud deal; State Sen. Whitmire calls for HHSC chief to resign

The FBI is investigating the multimillion-dollar, no-bid deals brokered between Austin tech company 21CT and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, according to two people close to the investigation and a state legislator.

“I’ve been told that the FBI is investigating,” state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, told the American-Statesman.

Coleman cited a trusted source, but declined to reveal his source. Independently, the newspaper on Wednesday confirmed FBI involvement with two people close to the investigation who are not authorized to speak on the matter.

The scope of the federal inquiry is unclear. An FBI spokeswoman declined comment Tuesday, citing the bureau’s policy that it can “neither confirm or deny an investigation.”

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/sources-fbi-is-investigating-110m-21ct-medicaid-fr/njnxd/?ref=cbTopWidget

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Veteran state Sen. John Whitmire has called for the resignation of Kyle Janek, the top official at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which is now at the center of state and federal investigations for its multimillion-dollar, no-bid deals with an Austin tech company.

In his letter delivered to Janek’s office moments ago, Whitmire said: “I ask you do what is in the best interest of the State of Texas and resign immediately.”

“Enough is enough,” Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, told the American-Statesman. “I think he’s lost credibility to run this agency.”

Whitmire cited reported conflicts of interest within Janek’s office and a Statesman investigation that revealed an official in that office skirted procurement laws as he steered millions to 21CT, an Austin data analytics company hired to aid in Medicaid fraud investigations.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/sen-whitmire-calls-for-resignation-of-hhsc-commiss/njpX9/?ref=cbTopWidget

Ted Cruz and GOP Senate campaign arm part ways

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz’s turbulent stint at the Republican Senate campaign arm is over.

The Hill reports today that Cruz isn’t being asked back by the new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Roger Wicker.

The fact that Cruz is gearing up to run for president in 2016 made this parting of the ways inevitable and entirely predictable. But there was plenty of friction and ill will, too.

Just after the Texans’ election in November 2012, GOP leader Mitch McConnell – now the Senate majority leader—asked Cruz to serve as NRSC vice chairman in charge of grassroots outreach. In effect, he sought to bring the tea partier into the tent by making him the liaison to tea partiers.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/ted-cruz-and-gop-senate-campaign-arm-part-ways.html/

San Antonio FD lieutenant charged with 3rd DWI after reportedly urinating in a store has resigned

SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio Fire Department lieutenant who was charged with his third DWI while driving a city vehicle in October has resigned.

Lee Michael Stanphill, 39, was arrested late in October by members of the Bandera City Marshal’s Office.

An officer pulled Stanphill over after receiving a call that he had been seen urinating on the floor of a convenience store in Pipe Creek, according to an incident report from the Marshal’s Office.

The report said the arresting officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Stanphill, who refused to submit to a field sobriety test.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/An-SAFD-lieutenant-charged-with-3rd-DWI-after-6014589.php

[font color=green]He was only trying to put out the fire.[/font]

GI back from Liberia, found dead near Fort Hood, did not have Ebola

A soldier who was found dead after recently returning from Liberia was identified Wednesday as Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed.

The Army also said initial and more conclusive follow-up tests revealed that Sneed, 24, of Bossier City, Louisiana, did not have the Ebola virus. Fort Hood officials did not give a cause of death.

A passer-by called police early Tuesday after seeing him face-down in front of his apartment a few miles from Fort Hood. He was pronounced dead soon after.

Sneed joined the Army in June 2009 and was an automated logistics specialist. He had been assigned to the 36th Engineer Brigade's 62nd Engineer Company since June 2012.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/GI-back-from-Liberia-did-not-have-Ebola-6015935.php

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury against Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary.

Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman in the city prosecutor's office, confirmed Wednesday that the charges were filed.

According to the probable cause affidavit, two Indianapolis police officers said a 29-year-old woman accused an unknown man they later determined to be McNary of attacking her in the early morning hours of Dec. 1. Police, according to the report, determined the man was McNary after investigating a cellphone the woman claimed she took from the man's apartment.

In the report, police said the woman also picked McNary's image out of a group of photos.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Indianapolis-Colts-linebacker-Josh-McNary-charged-6015745.php

Will Texas Senate Keep Its Two-Thirds Rule in 2015?

Texas senators have long honored a tradition known as the two-thirds rule, which means two-thirds of the chamber’s 31 members – or 21 of them – have to agree to bring a bill up for a vote.

The full Texas senate will have a vote to decide whether to keep this rule or scrap it in the 2015 session, but Texas senators will have to wait until after the Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is sworn in before they vote whether to keep the two-thirds rule.

Patrick, who gets sworn in on Jan. 20, is a vocal opponent of the rule. He’d like to lower the bar to 60 percent of senators, or 19 of them in agreement, to bring up a bill. Right now, there are 20 Republicans in the Senate. In a video interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, he says Democrats have abused the rule.

"It’s one thing to use the 21-vote rule to try to leverage to improve a bill to get a bill passed that you can support. It’s another thing for 11 or 12 senators to go like this," said Patrick, crossing his arms there in what appears to resemble stubbornness.

Read more: http://kut.org/post/will-texas-senate-keep-its-two-thirds-rule-2015
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