Robert Duncan’s resignation to lead the Texas Tech University System will likely tilt the Texas Senate even further to the right.
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Not content to employ an army of former lawmakers and staffers, payday lenders are upset that
“special interests” are saying mean things about them.
Senator-elect Don Huffines (R-Dallas) may have made the transformation from outsider to insider faster than any candidate in recent memory.
Democratic astroturf group Balance PAC, otherwise known as “Texans 4 Justice,” claims to provide media services to candidates who’ve never heard of it.
Primary elections approach. Here’s five state senate races that will help you figure out the way the wind is blowing this Tuesday, and in the months afterward.
After a dramatic false start on Thursday, the big payday loan reform bill—tediously-negotiated by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas)—easily cleared the Senate. But not before senators agreed to changes that would more or less kill the payday and auto-title industry in Texas.
An ugly scene erupted in the Texas Senate today, with Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) suggesting that some of his Republican colleagues were “shills” for the payday loan industry and worrying that the GOP would be seen as “the party that is backed and bankrolled by payday lenders.”
Consumer advocates and Democrats are divided over a Senate bill that would impose light regulations on payday and auto-title lenders.
At a legislative hearing this morning, state Sen. John Carona, the Dallas Republican who’s leading the payday “reform” effort in the Senate, basically said the industry had bought off lawmakers. Carona was defending the latest version of his payday loan legislation, which most advocates derided as unacceptably weak.
Zaffirini’s nomination roast continued with a nod to Van de Putte’s 12 kids and grandchildren gathered around her desk. “I’m not sure when she became an advocate for Planned Parenthood,” Zaffirini said, “but I bet her children are glad it wasn’t earlier.”