Archive for June, 2009

Wednesday Evening Press Clips

June 25, 2009

Burkablog, LYCEUM POLL: PERRY 33, HUTCHISON 21

Burkablog, Roberts Rules: The Northwest Austin MUD case and the future of the Voting Rights Act

Burkablog, The Lyceum Poll: the issues (politics comes tomorrow)

Off the Kuff, Kirk Watson on the vetoes

Off the Kuff, Friends and foes

Trail Blazers, Hutchison says Gov. Perry has repelled people from the GOP

Three Wise Men, Poll has bad news for Texas GOP and opening for Dems

Monday Evening Press Clips

June 22, 2009

Burnt Orange Report, Schieffer to launch Gubernatorial Bid Wednesday; Declares state suffers from ‘Crisis in Leadership’

Off the Kuff, Bacarisse, too

Off the Kuff, Once more with the vetoes

Off the Kuff, Is there a problem with the stimulus funds?

PoliTex, Perry fires up the campaign troops

Texas Politics, Gov. Perry: A message to my foes — and you know who you are.

Texas on the Potomac, Cornyn, Hutchison’s reaction to Ensign scandal? Don’t ask

The North Texas Conservative, You Don’t Toss The CEO If The Company Has Been Going Strong

The Travis Monitor, Socialism by any other name still stinks

Daily Kos, SCOTUS Upholds Voting Rights Act — For Now, Anyway

Thursday Morning Press Clips

June 18, 2009

The Dallas Morning News, Texas Democrats try to block Perry’s use of stimulus funds

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, It’s time for Texas governor to put his stamp on Legislature’s action

The Austin American-Statesman, John Tower paved way for GOP’s rise to power in Texas

The Austin American-Statesman, Cornyn: Lower the cost of health care without sacrificing control to Washington

The Austin Chronicle, Gov. Perry: I SIGNED A TAX CUT (*and a tax increase too*)

The Austin Chronicle, Special Session Is the Only Thing That’s Certain

Wednesday Evening Press Clips

June 17, 2009

The Daily Texan, Affirmative reaction

Burkablog, Gallup: Conservatives are largest ideological group

Burnt Orange Report, TX-10: Republican Mike McCaul Named A Top Target for DCCC in 2010

Burnt Orange Report, Bill White, Twitter, & Social Media: Texas Democrats Adapt to Internet Organization

Daily Kos, Compassionate conservatism and the death of GOP empathy

Off the Kuff, The most important issue in the Republican gubernatorial primary

PoliTex, Local family, interest groups, hope to add their issues to special session

Trail Blazers, Perry signs bills, Hutchison assigns blame

Wednesday Morning Press Clips

June 17, 2009

The Austin American-Statesman, Hold off conservative power play

The Houston Chronicle, In debt to the feds

Bloomberg, Biggest Shift in U.S. Health Care May Emerge in 45-Day Sprint

The New York Times, Gun Rulings Open Way to Supreme Court Review

Politico, Rural Democrats differ with Barack Obama

The Houston Chronicle, Report: Climate change is here

The Battalion Online, Top 10 percent rule amended

The Austin American-Statesman, Abbott: Private-sector health insurance for more kids

The Brownsville Herald, Third year of fewer illegal immigrants caught

The Dallas Morning News, Editorial: John Cornyn, practicalty and immigration

The Dallas Morning News, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs off on tax cut for small businesses

The El Paso Times, Business owners cheer widened, revenue-based tax exemption

TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

June 16, 2009

AUSTIN – The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees has selected two firms that will serve in key advisory roles to the board and staff of the 1.2 million-member system.

The firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren of Milwaukee, WI was chosen as fiduciary counsel from a field of four firms which were interviewed by the board during its June 12 meeting in Austin. The firm will provide counsel about compliance with fiduciary responsibilities, review investment policies, provide educational training, and review ethical and conflict of interest issues. Founded in 1894, the firm is one of Wisconsin’s largest and has provided similar services to retirement systems in Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

After hearing presentations from four firms for actuarial services, trustees voted to continue with Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company (GRS). As it has done for the past several years, the firm will advise on technical and policy issues related to the administration of TRS on an actuarially sound basis. As part of its work, GRS will prepare an actuarial valuation of TRS at the end of each fiscal year. Headquartered in Detroit, MI with other offices in Dallas, Chicago and Denver, the A.G. Gabriel Company began providing actuarial consulting services to benefit plans in 1938. GRS’ client base includes more than 600 public sector agencies.

“We are very pleased with the caliber of expertise both firms will offer us in the days ahead,” said TRS Board Chairman Linus Wright. “We are always mindful of our primary missions here at TRS, which are to provide excellent retirement and related benefits to our members and ensure the fund’s health. These firms will greatly enhance our ability to make wise choices in this regard.”

Trustees authorized TRS Executive Director Ronnie Jung to enter into contract negotiations with both firms. The actuarial contract is for three years by state statute. The fiduciary contract, pending approval by the Texas Attorney General, will be for one year with the option to renew for one additional year at the end of the term.

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas delivers retirement and related benefits that have been authorized by the Texas Legislature and manages a nearly $83 billion trust fund established to finance member benefits. More than 1.2 million public education and higher education employees and retirees participate in the system.

George Strait headlines opening concert at the new Cedar Park Center

June 15, 2009

Cedar Park, TX – Officials with the brand new Cedar Park Center announced today ACM Artist of the Decade and Grammy award winning country music artist George Strait will headline the opening event on September 25, 2009, in what will be the first of many memories at the new Cedar Park Center.

“George Strait is a country music legend and a Texas treasure and we are thrilled to have him open Cedar Park Center. Opening this state of the art facility with an artist of this magnitude demonstrates our commitment to bring the best entertainment in the world to the Greater Austin Area.” said Tommy Hicks Jr. – Vice President, Hicks Holdings, LLC. 

The King of Country Music is more likely to sing, “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls,” along with other fan favorites from his 57 number one singles.  

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m., June 20 at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800.745.3000 and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and www.cedarparkcenter.com
Earlier this year, Strait’s Troubadour was named “Best Country Album” during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.  On April 6, he received the Academy of Country Music’s ‘Artist of the Decade’ award in recognition of his record-breaking career.  He also received four additional ACM nominations this year.  Strait has won 19 ACM Awards including “Entertainer of the Year” in 1990.  

With a career that spans more than 25 years, he holds the record for the most Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.  He has sold more than 67 million records, garnering him 32 different platinum or multi-platinum albums resulting in the most RIAA platinum certification in country music and the third in all genres, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  For tour dates and more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com

 Cedar Park Center:
 Located at the intersection of New Hope Drive and Toll Road 183A, north of Austin, Cedar Park Center will be a multi-use facility, with 6,800 seats available for hockey and 8,700 for concerts and other events. The Center will have 24 suites (including four party suites) and 545 club seats with a private club lounge. A retail site of 17 acres is adjacent to the facility grounds for mixed-use development that will include 91,000 square feet for retail and 91,000 square feet for commercial, developed by Hicks Cedar Park, LLC.

Monday Evening Press Clips

June 15, 2009

The Daily Texan, Viewpoint: Constitutional Crisis

The Daily Texan, Big John’s about-face

Burnt Orange Report, Lack of Leadership Costs Texas Taxpayers

Burnt Orange Report, Bill Clements Warns GOP to Avoid Bloody Primary

Burnt Orange Report, Social Networking with the 2009 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

Burnt Orange Report, Sessions and Texas Republicans Cozy Up to Club For Growth

Half Empty, Governor Rick Perry: Egg Meet Face           

PoliTex, Kinky Friedman sends Rick Perry a gift

Burnt Orange Report, Cornyn: Sotomayor “confirmation process will be fair and dignified.”

Burnt Orange Report, Seemingly Chastised, Cornyn Cozies Up To Far-Right Senate Candidate in PA

The Illustrated Conservative, ‘Crops Under Stress as Temperatures Fall’

Monday Morning Press Clips

June 15, 2009

The Houston Chronicle, Harris Co. voter registrar’s 2nd job creates appearance of bias

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Politicians, observers assess blame for Texas Legislature needing special session

The Austin American-Statesman, Local control, sprinkled with confusion

The Fort Worth Business Press, Truitt: Death of local transit bill will create gridlock

The Amarillo Globe-News, Eye on Austin: Special sessions take a toll

The Texas Observer, Bang! Special Session Triggered?

The Houston Chronicle, Session’s cost to Texas taxpayers: $9.1 million

Friday Evening Press Clips

June 12, 2009

Bay Area Houston, What did he do and when did he do it?

Texas Insider, UT Austin’s Battle Against Free Speech

Burnt Orange Report, After Meeting, Hutchison Still Unsure about Sotomayor Vote

Burnt Orange Report, Perry Points to Possible Mico-Special Session 

Burnt Orange Report, Perry Opposes Carbon Dioxide Limits, Questions Global Warming

Trail Blazers, Cornyn supports legislation to sell U.S. government’s share of stock

Eye on Williamson, No more free rides

Postcards, Abbott: GM deal violates Texas laws