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Kay Bailey Hutchison officially enters governor's race, filed her candidate paperwork
El Paso Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison had a new tactic Monday as she officially stepped into the race for governor. Hutchison said Houston Mayor Bill White's decision to seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination merits attention. She said White is a credible candidate, and his emergence requires Republicans to nominate the person mostly likely to defeat him. More

Debra Medina picks a fight over debates
The Austin American-Statesman First Reading Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Debra Medina, the other candidate in the Republican primary for governor, complained that Gov. Rick Perry is avoiding debates with her. But Medina's campaign seems to be engaged in its own debate with reality. More

Friedman not dropping out yet
The Austin American-Statesman Postcards Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many expected Kinky Friedman to drop out of the Democratic race for governor today, but his campaign just put out a statement saying he's sticking in - at least for a few more days. More

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White brings new governor campaign to San Antonio
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Houston Mayor Bill White says he will bring integrity to Austin if elected Texas governor. White returned to his hometown of San Antonio on Monday in one of his first campaign stops since announcing last week that he was abandoning his U.S. Senate campaign to run for governor. More

Houston hair care tycoon says he's staying in governor's race
The Dallas Morning News via The Denton Record-Chronicle    Share    Share on
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Hair care tycoon Farouk Shami said Monday that he'll press forward with his candidacy for governor, even though much of the Democratic establishment is lining up behind Houston Mayor Bill White. "People are tired of career politicians," Shami said as he opened his first North Texas office, at 1451 Empire Central Drive in Dallas. "They want an honest man. I'm that man." More

EPA plan to regulate greenhouse gases gets criticism, cheers in Texas
The Dallas Morning News via The Denton Record-Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that greenhouse gases spewed by power plants, oil refineries and vehicles constitute a public health threat, a verdict that positions the government to set new limits on global-warming emissions. More

El Paso No. 33 on real estate list
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LinkedinE-mail article ranks El Paso No. 33 on its latest list, this one related to real estate markets - America's Best Bang-For-The-Buck Cities - released Monday. Other Texas and regional city rankings included McAllen-Edinburg, seventh; Albuquerque, 34th; San Antonio, 39th; Austin-Round Rock, 45th; Tucson, 62nd; and Dallas-Fort Worth, 64th. More

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Houston housing authority director's $60,000 bonus irks Emmett
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The county's public housing boss got a $60,000 bonus last month for the second consecutive year, prompting County Judge Ed Emmett to question the decision to boost his pay by about 30 percent while other public agencies are tightening spending. Guy Rankin stands to make more than $260,000 this year as executive director of the Harris County Housing Authority. Two years ago, his salary was $102,502. More

Tax credit fuels skyrocketing Dallas-area preowned home sales
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The North Texas housing market came roaring back in November. Pre-owned home sales rose 31 percent last month from a year ago – one of the biggest increases on record and the second consecutive month of rising sales. More

Texas prisoner captured after week on the run
The Associated Press via The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A convicted sex offender who was the subject of a weeklong manhunt after pulling off a daring escape during a prison transfer was captured Monday after authorities received several phone tips, including one from a salesman who recognized the inmate outside his business. More

Dallas real estate icon Henry S. Miller Jr. dies
The Dallas Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Dallas real estate community lost an industry icon with the death Saturday of Henry S. Miller Jr. Miller Jr., who was 95, greatly expanded the real estate company his father started in 1914. He joined Henry S. Miller Co. in 1946, became chairman and CEO in 1960, and is known for building the firm's expertise in brokerage, property management, as well as the development of shopping centers and office buildings. More

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