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Perseverance, work ethic define area's newest state rep

Houston Chronicle - By the time Harris County's conservative leaders fished for their car keys at their Election Night watch party, there were few candidates left to congratulate. Nearly every Republican had won, and each had earned a handshake or name-check from the movement's political class. Every one, that is, but Gilbert Pena.

..."If you underestimate Gilbert Pena, you're making a mistake," said his treasurer, Bill Treneer.

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Anti-abortion lawmakers in Texas push for more restrictions

San Angelo Standard-Times - Anti-abortion lawmakers are looking to use the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature to build on the restrictions that led to the closing of more than half of Texas’ 40 abortion clinics. Among the proposals: more limits on legal exemptions for girls seeking abortions without notifying their parents and efforts to ensure that women are not coerced into having abortions, particularly in human trafficking cases.

...Republican state Rep. Debbie Riddle has offered a bill to require staff at abortion clinics to complete a training program to recognize and respond to signs of human trafficking. Riddle said she sees abortion facilities as the “first line of defense” for female victims.

“If somebody, a doctor or a nurse or somebody dealing with that young woman, can spot the fact that that young woman is a victim of human trafficking, then that will help,” Riddle said.

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Lois Kolkhorst Excited to Start Work in the Senate

Bryan-College Station, The Eagle - State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst took a leap of faith when she decided to run for the vacant Senate District 18 in a special election, but the risk and hard work paid off with her swearing-in to the seat by Gov.-elect Greg Abbott in Austin...

..."I have 14 years of legislative experience and I think that is going to bode well in the Senate having spent so much time on issues that Texas is facing right now," Kolkhorst said. "That learning curve is something I'm not going to have. It was a faith journey to make the decision when I would have been in the Top 25 for seniority in the House."

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Democrats Will Remain Outnumbered in the New Legislature

San Antonio Express-News - Despite all of the turnover in state government in 2014, the Texas Legislature will reconvene in January with a familiar balance of power. Democrats, resigned to a perennial minority, remain outnumbered by Republicans by a 2-1 margin.
The majority is seen as most conservative in recent memory, a reality that Democrats say may augur a tougher 140 days than usual for them.

...Nonetheless, lawmakers from both parties are quick to note a large part of their work in Austin is not as politically divisive as the legislation that often makes headlines.

“It’s going to be a very conservative Senate, but this is Texas, it’s not Washington, and we have to get things done,” said state Sen. Joan Huffman of Houston, who chairs the Senate Republican Caucus.

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For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session

The Texas Tribune - When Texas lawmakers come back to Austin in January, there will be a new governor who touts public schools as a top priority, and plenty of money in the state bank account. But that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly as the 84th Legislature navigates public education policy.

Here are five things to watch when the legislative session gets underway:

Education Committee Shuffling: Whomever Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick appoints to fill his spot leading the Senate Education Committee — Larry Taylor, Kelly Hancock and Donna Campbell are possible contenders — will wield considerable control over which education bills do and don’t get hearings. 

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Oil Prices Will Make Big Tax Cuts Difficult

Austin American-Statesman - A recovering economy and the oil and gas boom of recent years – and all the additional state revenue it has generated – bolstered campaign promises last year for sweeping tax cuts for homeowners facing skyrocketing property levies and also for businesses that often help finance those bids for elected office.

...lawmakers probably will have to pursue “small ball” tax cuts rather than “grand slam home runs,” said state Sen.-elect Paul Bettencourt, a Republican from Houston who is closely aligned with Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick. Both called for property tax cuts during their campaigns.

“Realistically, the small balls are much more probable than the big block busters, at this point,” said Bettencourt, a tax consultant and former Harris County tax assessor-collector, noting that oil dipped below $50 a barrel on Monday for the first time since 2009.

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Texas Lawmakers To Feds: Leave Us Alone

Ft. Worth Star Telegram - State lawmakers hope to send a clear message to the federal government this year: Don’t mess with Texas. Already, more than a dozen bills have been filed to push back against what their sponsors say is a continued federal overreach.

Touching on issues from guns to the 10th Amendment, state lawmakers are calling on the federal government to do everything from repaying the costs Texas incurred for dealing with people illegally in the country to abolishing the income tax system.

...state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 to claim sovereignty for Texas under the 10th Amendment, which says that powers belong to the states unless the Constitution specifically grants them to the federal government.

“It has always been very important to me, not only to make a statement to Congress, but to keep the issue of affirming our state rights before the Legislature and the public,” said Creighton, who has unsuccessfully proposed this measure in other sessions. “It’s difficult when the feds act outside their constitutional authority.”



Vote Straight Ticket Republican: VIDEO

Our conservative leadership team is fighting against the liberals and we must help them win this fight. 

Watch this video on why voting straight ticket Republican this election is so important to Harris County.

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Photos from GOTV Rally with Dan Patrick

The HCRP GOTV Rally with Dan Patrick, Paul Bettencourt, Devon Anderson and Jack Cagle was a huge success. 

Thanks to all that came out to celebrate and vote! 

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Republicans Make Harris County Work Video

HCRP put together a great video reminding us of all the reasons Republicans make Harris County Work - let's keep it going! 


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