Railroad Commission

Other campaign finance reports:

US Senate:

  • Sen. John Cornyn: Raised $2.3 million since January, $5.9 million cash on hand

Land Commissioner:

  • George P. Bush: Raised $2 million since January, $2.6 million cash on hand

Attorney General:

  • Dan Branch: Raised $1.5 million since January, $4 million cash on hand
  • Barry Smitherman: Raised $698,770 since January, $1 million cash on hand
  • Ken Paxton: Raised $278,620 since January, $1.6 million cash on hand

Railroad Commissioner:

  • Stefani Carter: $3,301 cash on hand
  • Malachi Boyuls $329,572 cash on hand
  • Becky Berger: $ 339.81 cash on hand

Comptroller:

  • Harvey Hilderbran: Raised $394,372 since January, $1 million cash on hand
  • Debora Medina: Raised $55,569 since January, $55,005 cash on hand
  • Glenn Hegar: Raised $221,461 since Januaryr, $1.8 million cash on hand
  • Raul Torres: Raised $2,350 since January, $2,531.17 cash on hand

Capital Tonight: Straus sets up showdown over water funding

A showdown could be brewing between the House and Senate over funding for the state’s water plan.

In an interview with Peggy Fikac of the San Antonio Express-News, House Speaker Joe Straus revealed he was digging in his heels against a Senate plan that would include funding for education.

Senate Joint Resolution 1 would ask voters to authorize dipping nearly $6 billion into the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund to pay for water and transportation infrastructure. But the measure also includes an extra $800 million for public education as part of a compromise with Senate Democrats.

Straus has been vocal about the need for water infrastructure funding since the start of session, but he now says such a decision should be made by lawmakers. He compared the constitutional amendment strategy to punting the issue to voters.

Capital Commentators Harold Cook and Ted Delisi joined us in studio to talk about the implications of Straus’ new stance. 

  

Education Bill Update

After passing with overwhelming support in the House, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock’s bill to change graduation and testing requirements remains stalled on the Senate side. The House Public Education chair spoke to Capital Tonight’s Paul Brown about what he believes will happen next. 

  

House Gun Debate

The gun debate has been in the national spotlight lately, and this weekend, it’s expected to spur renewed debate at the Capitol. Capital Tonight’s LeAnn Wallace spoke to one lawmaker whose name is on several of the proposed bills to get a preview of what to expect.

Capital Tonight: Testing the limits of education reform

The path toward public education reform

A proposal to reduce the number of tests needed to graduate in Texas came up before the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. It would reduce the number of tests from 15 to four or five. Some teachers fear the change could jeopardize education standards.

Beverage distributors and craft brewers reached an agreement on a proposed bill that would allow smaller breweries to sell their beer directly to customers in some cases.

 

Fracking in Texas

Railroad Commissioner David Porter sat down with Paul Brown to discuss the benefits of fracking to the Texas economy. A study on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas was released by the Texas Railroad Commission.

 

The Eagle Ford Shale Task Force Report looks at the economic benefits of fracking, the infrastructure needed and the Railroad Commission’s regulations on the industry.

For the full interview, click the video below.

 

Capital Commentators

Harold Cook and Ted Delisi sat down with Paul Brown to discuss George P. Bush’s announcement that he’s running for land commissioner next year. They also discussed election laws and a poll recently conducted by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas

 

Craddick to start Railroad Commissioner term early

Railroad Commissioner-elect Christi Craddick will begin her term a few weeks early. Gov. Rick Perry appointed her today to fill the remainder of Commissioner Buddy Garcia’s term.

Garcia was appointed to the Commission earlier this year. He took over for Elizabeth Ames Jones, when she resigned for an unsuccessful run at state senate. Garcia did not run for the seat in November and stepped down from that post, last week.

In November, Craddick beat democrat Warren Chisum to secure the post. As per Gov. Perry’s appointment, she will take over the seat immediately and will serve a six year term.

Craddick wins runoff for Texas Railroad Commission



Photo courtesy ChristiCraddick.com


Christi Craddick defeated state Rep. Warren Chisum for the Republican nomination for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, which has nothing to do with trains but regulates oil and gas exploration statewide.

Craddick will face Democrat Dale Henry in November’s general election for the Place 1 seat on the three-member commission.

Born in Midland, Craddick is an Austin oil and gas attorney whose father is former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick. Chisum has been a Texas lawmaker for more than 25 years.

All the candidates for the board campaigned against overregulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and said the Railroad Commission’s name should be changed to reflect its true duties.

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Smitherman gets GOP nod for Railroad Commission



Photo courtesy Texas Railroad Commission.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has defeated Gregory Parker for the Republican nomination to retain his seat on the board that has nothing to do with trains but regulates oil and gas exploration statewide.

Smitherman faces no Democratic opposition in the November general election for the Place 2 seat on the three-member commission.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Smitherman to the chairman position last year, replacing Michael Williams. Smitherman is running to complete Williams’ original term, which expires in 2014.
Smitherman was an attorney for the Public Utility Commission and later became its chairman. He helped create Texas’ robust wind power infrastructure.

All the candidates for the board campaigned against over regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and said the Railroad Commission’s name should be changed to reflect its true duties.

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.