GOVERNMENT: Governor's Office

CA Lawmaker Takes Job-Recruiting Trip to TX

California State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, speaks to media outside the Texas State Capitol on June 30, 2014. Gaines is in Austin discussing his efforts in promoting California as a premier destination for business relocation.
California State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, speaks to media outside the Texas State Capitol on June 30, 2014. Gaines is in Austin discussing his efforts in promoting California as a premier destination for business relocation.

Following Gov. Rick Perry's travels to Sacramento earlier this month to promote Texas’ business climate, a California state senator has returned the favor. 

 

With State Unit Gone, Fuel Tax Fraud Cases Flow to DAs

Ismael Gonzalez, 22, with DNT Construction filled his tanker truck with dyed diesel fuel at Tex-Con Oil Company on May 20, 2014, in Austin.
Ismael Gonzalez, 22, with DNT Construction filled his tanker truck with dyed diesel fuel at Tex-Con Oil Company on May 20, 2014, in Austin.

Local prosecutors are now responsible for pursuing cases targeting fuel tax theft after the public integrity unit's motor fuels tax fraud division shuttered last summer, a move that followed state funding cuts. Some are concerned that criminals will see less of a deterrent to fuel tax fraud schemes.

Willingham Won't Get Posthumous Pardon

September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.
September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

UPDATED: The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted not to recommend a posthumous full pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed a decade ago after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his daughters. 

 

Unknown to Most, Cecilia Abbott Could Make History

Cecelia Abbott hugs her husband, Attorney General Greg Abbott after he announces his plans to run for governor of Texas during a campaign event at LaVillita in San Antonio.
Cecelia Abbott hugs her husband, Attorney General Greg Abbott after he announces his plans to run for governor of Texas during a campaign event at LaVillita in San Antonio.

Cecilia Abbott has been a regular at her husband's side as he travels across the state for his campaign for governor. She could become the first Latina to be the first lady of Texas.

Perry Assembles Red River Boundary Commission

Gov. Rick Perry has missed a legislative deadline to assemble a commission tasked with answering the latest questions about precisely where Texas and Oklahoma's border sits along Lake Texoma, pictured above.
Gov. Rick Perry has missed a legislative deadline to assemble a commission tasked with answering the latest questions about precisely where Texas and Oklahoma's border sits along Lake Texoma, pictured above.

UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who had missed a legislative deadline for making his appointments to the Red River Boundary Commission, announced his picks for the five-person panel on Friday.

2011 UP Settlement Could Impact Bridge Dispute

The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.
The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.

A 2011 settlement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Union Pacific could play a role in ending the current stalemate over the transfer of a Cameron County rail scanning machine.

Candidates File for Governor

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott made their candidacies for governor official on Saturday by filling out the paperwork and paying the $3,750 fee to file in their respective primaries.