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Hutchison's decision to stay put scrambles other Texas politicians' plans
The Dallas Morning News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's announcement that she's staying in the U.S. Senate scrambles the playing field for more than a half-dozen Texas politicians who had been angling to replace her. Some, including former Secretary of State Roger Williams and Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones, immediately charged ahead with plans to run in 2012, when Hutchison's seat is next on the ballot. More



Perry supports former GOP challenger's decision to stay in Senate
The San Antonio Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced that she will not resign from Congress after her failed bid for Texas governor. Incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, who will face former Houston Mayor and Democratic contender Bill White in the governor's race, released a statement applauding Hutchison's decision. More

Texans line up to campaign for U.S. Senate in 2012
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Senate race for 2012 officially began Wednesday. Shortly after Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced that she will finish her term rather than resign, several Texans who would have run in a special election for the post said they're ramping up campaigns for when Texas' senior senator's six-year term expires. That's providing, of course, that Hutchison relinquishes the seat in 2012 as most analysts expect. More

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Elizabeth Ames Jones goes for broke
The San Antonio Express-News Texas Politics Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones said today she's running for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat in 2012 no matter what. That means Jones has to give up her job at the Texas Railroad Commission to go for the seat. More

Michael Williams still in the Senate race
The San Antonio Express-News Texas Politics Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams says he also is staying in the race for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat when her term expires. In Williams' statement, he notes, "I have said from the beginning, I will be a candidate for this seat whenever it comes up." More



Gas company files suit over proposed pipe
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The company that owns a natural gas pipeline that exploded last year and injured three members of a Bushland family is suing some nearby landowners as it seeks to relocate the line around a populated neighborhood. Houston-based El Paso Natural Gas filed a condemnation lawsuit March 25, seeking right of way to bury a new 2.3-mile, 24-inch natural gas pipeline around the development near where a Nov. 5 rupture occurred. More

Victoria opens Edwards Aquifer public hearings
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Seven meetings on the future of the Edwards Aquifer begin with a public hearing in Victoria. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hearing was set for Thursday night. More

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EPA formally rejects Texas' clean-air rules
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Texas environmental regulators blinked this week in a standoff with federal officials over clean-air rules, including state provisions that could allow industrial polluters to avoid some Clean Air Act requirements. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have skirmished since summer over a series of issues, and officials on both sides said this week's actions indicate that they are working to overcome their differences. More

DPS director: 'Spillover is here'
The Monitor via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drug violence in northern Mexico has reached a level much worse than that which wracked Colombia two decades ago, and it's affecting Texans on a daily basis, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said. Likening Mexican drug cartels to Islamic terrorist groups and the Italian Mafia, the state's top homeland security official told lawmakers that he expects the situation along the border to deteriorate before it improves. More

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Galveston tearing down Ike-empty houses
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Galveston's residential look is changing as dozens of Hurricane Ike-wrecked houses are being torn down. The city is spending $21 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a buyout program meant to clear the streets of empty and decaying homes. More

Obama's oil decision draws skepticism locally
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For those with ties to the West Texas oil industry, surprise and skepticism were two reactions to a policy shift on offshore drilling announced by President Obama. The new policy could put oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska. More


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