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Poll shows Texans support same sex marriage


Abbott says armed school employees are permitted


Public Integrity Unit closes ethics investigation on Wendy Davis


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Dallas Judge Carlos Cortez Loses Bid to Keep Allegations of Drug Use, Child Molestation Secret

For the past three-plus years, Dallas County District Judge Carlos Cortez has been fighting to keep potentially damaging allegations about his personal life secret.

On Wednesday, Cortez lost the fight. A Texas appeals court decided that, even though none of the allegations against him resulted in a formal determination of wrongdoing, they were filed as part of an open court proceeding and therefore should be available to the public.

Suffice to say, it's easy to see why Cortez fought so hard to keep the documents under wraps. The Dallas Morning News, which has been digging on this story for months, has a long and well-researched piece on the allegations, but below are excerpts from depositions given by two women, Melinda Henry and Patti Haynes, with whom Cortez had a relationship.

Strip clubs: Henry testifies that she was a waitress at Silver City Cabaret when she met Cortez around 2005. This was the year before he was elected to the bench, and he was a regular there, showing up around lunchtime and sipping red wine until the evening.

All of the dirt on Judge Cortez is at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/04/dallas_judge_carlos_cortez_los.php .

Georgia-Pacific eyes huge distribution project south of Dallas

Developer Hillwood is close to landing another huge warehouse deal south of Dallas.

The developer is in talks with building materials and consumer products firm Georgia-Pacific to lease a new distribution building Hillwood plans on the east side of I-45 near the FedEx ground shipping terminal, real estate brokers say.

Last year the City of Hutchins okayed Hillwood’s plans to build a 1.6 million-square-foot warehouse on 83 acres the developer bought on Cleveland Street.

The building site is near Union Pacific’s rail terminal and just north of where developer Panattoni Development Co. is building a more than 1 million square-foot warehouse for Procter & Gamble.

More at http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/georgia-pacific-eyes-huge-distribution-project-south-of-dallas.html/ .

[font color=green]Just what Dallas needs--more Kochsuckers in town.[/font]

Texas conservatives debate how to cut taxes, provide key services

Anticipating budget surpluses, the state’s largest conservative think tank on Wednesday invited economists to suggest how Texas can cut taxes while providing essential services, including roads, schools and water.

The “free market” responses ranged from ending annual tax reappraisals of residences and undoing the bedrock of water law to allowing school choice and creating a special fund for tax cuts.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/business/texas-conservatives-debate-how-to-cut-taxes-provid/nfbwp/ (subscription required).

Julian Castro Wipes Floor With Dan Patrick In Televised Immigration Debate

Last night, the Texas Tribune and Univision 41 (link in Spanish) televised the much anticipated immigration debate between San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Texas state Senator Dan Patrick, likely Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

The debate covered multiple issues concerning immigration, such as border security and the Texas DREAM Act -- and even some other issues, including Asian terrorists, "anchor babies," choice, and gay marriage, that Patrick decided mid-debate somehow pertained to the discussion.

Seemingly missing from the debate was moderator Evan Smith, Trib CEO and Editor-in-Chief, who allowed Patrick to talk over Castro throughout the debate and did not correct Patrick when he used misleading information as facts. Thankfully, Mayor Julian Castro was there to fact-check Patrick and keep him honest about his awful immigration record.

Immediately as soon as the debate began, Dan Patrick tried to distance himself as far away as possible from all the previous anti-immigrant, racially-fueled rhetoric he's been spewing and highlighting throughout the Republican lt. gov. primary:

"This is an important discussion tonight. I hope we stay away from politics and talk about what is maybe the most important public policy issue that faces Texans, Americans, the mayor, hopefully the lieutenant governor," Patrick said, pointing at himself. "It's not about being tough. It's about telling the truth. It's about talking about our broken immigration system [that] forces people to come to this country illegally.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15105/julian-castro-wipes-floor-with-dan-patrick-in-televised-immigration-debate .

Tea Party Texans Said What? New Poll About Funding Texas Education Has Surprising Answers

Along with the issue of equal pay, education is front and center in the statewide races this election cycle. Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott, Glen Hegar, and Dan Patrick are counting on their education policy platforms to turn voters out in November. Education is not only an election-cycle issue. The last two legislative sessions saw education funding take center stage in battles over the budget.

All of the candidates and campaigns know how important education is to Texan voters - but are they really saying what Texans want to hear? A recent poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune may have the answers - and they might surprise you.

From preschool education to vouchers, candidates know that education matters to Texas voters. However, some of the assumptions made on both sides of the aisle may not truly reflect what Texans want going in to the 2014 election cycle - according to the poll.

In the past, the results have been predictable. When asked what should be done with the surplus in funding back during the 2013 legislative session, following the previous cuts to education to the tune of five billion dollars in 2011, Republicans chose "either limit government (51 percent) or lower property and business taxes (19 percent" over restoring funding to public education. The tendency towards limited government also colors Abbott's attacks on Davis' education plans. By making claims about the possible cost to the state of her education proposals, Abbott can talk about education in the context of limiting government: a one-two punch for conservative voters.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15097/tea-party-texans-said-what-new-poll-about-funding-texas-education-has-surprising-answers .

Texas Petroleum Industry Giving Major Cash to Greg Abbott, Other Tea Party Candidates

The oil and gas industry is one of the biggest in the world, raking in $93 billion in profits last year alone. At the center of the industry is Texas, which is home to many of the nation's major oil companies. These oil companies are deeply involved in state politics, using their considerable funds to support many state and local candidates.

It should come as no surprise that most of the candidates oil and gas companies choose to support are Republicans.

Over the past year, several major Texas gas companies have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans running for office, including many Tea Partiers running for the Texas Legislature. These companies want to ensure Texas is controlled by right-wing politicians, and are using the vast resources at their disposal to make that a reality.

When it comes to the top office in the state, it's clear that the petroleum industry prefers Greg Abbott over Wendy Davis. According to the Republican Governors' Association campaign finance report from the last quarter of 2013, several Texas oil companies gave gave large sums to the RGA in October 2013, right after Wendy Davis announced her run for governor. 3

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15099/texas-petroleum-industry-giving-major-cash-to-greg-abbott-other-tea-party-candidates .
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