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Picked up anything deadly

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE It’s been a good while, but I believe I detected some movement last weekend, as we began gradually to emerge from the shells in which we have been cowering for the past year. I responded to an invitation to attend an event north of San Antonio specifically for fellow model…

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Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues

Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly in East and Central Texas. At the height of the…

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We will rebuild together

Last week, millions of Texans faced extreme winter weathers and days without power or running water. However, we also saw incredible kindness to our fellow neighbors, including taking in strangers without power and delivering food and supplies to those in need. I am working hard to make sure our local governments, non-profits, and residents have…

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We cannot let our guard down

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT We must remain keen on doing our part. Now is not the time to let our guard down with the virus. If we want to build back our economy, we must remain keen on doing our part and keeping one another safe. We will economically recover from this pandemic and save countless lives…

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Snow, ice single-digit temps blanket the state

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Texans from Lubbock to Longview shivered under single-digit temperatures as their week began, with snow and ice creating dangerous road conditions throughout the state. Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all 254 Texas counties and urged residents to stay alert to changing weather conditions. The Texas Division of Emergency Management deployed…

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COVID-19 vaccine pace rises; hospitalizations drop

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The number of people in Texas hospitalized with COVID-19 has declined more than 28 percent in the past month, according to the Texas Department of Health Services. As of Feb. 7, Texas hospitals were treating 9,957 COVID-19 patients, down from nearly 14,000 a month ago. The number of new cases in the past…

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Vaccine administration picks up statewide

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS It’s an honor to take over writing “Capital Highlights” from two capable predecessors, Chris Cobler and Ed Sterling. They are tough acts to follow, but I’ll do my best. Chris has accepted another challenge, so Mike Hodges, executive director of the Texas Press Association, asked if I wanted to take on this task.…

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Lawmakers start $7 billion away from target

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Texas House and Senate leaders appear to agree on their proposed budgets. Next, they just have to figure out how to cut $7.2 billion. Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, worked with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to propose a state budget of $119.7 billion in general funds. House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont,…

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Observers welcome quiet opening to Legislature

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS The Texas Legislature opened quietly, which delighted everyone after the violence inside the U.S. Capitol the previous week. At the Texas State Capitol, a variety of legislative agendas took center stage at the start of the 87th session, which will run 140 days. Gov. Greg Abbott’s goals include ensuring Texans have access to…

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Info on second round of stimulus checks

STATE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT The 87th Legislative Session began Tuesday at noon on January 12, and leadership is working hard to put pandemic protocols in place to provide a safe working environment for members, staff and the public. It has been anything but the typical pre-session run-up to session. I am working diligently with our local…

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