Tribpedia: Tom Pauken

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Tom Pauken is a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and agency head during the Reagan administration. He also served as chairman of the Texas Republican Party during the GOP’s rise to dominance in Texas politics in the 1990s. On March 21, he confirmed his candidacy for governor of Texas.

Pauken was born Jan. 11, 1944, in Victoria ...

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In Texas, Conservative Candidates Ride Out Hard Hits

Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.
Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.

In three statewide Republican runoff races, candidates who have aligned themselves to the right of their opponents are poised to capture their party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records three decades old and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.  

Republican Tom Pauken discusses his challenge to Attorney General Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination for Texas governor on July 9, 2013.
Republican Tom Pauken discusses his challenge to Attorney General Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination for Texas governor on July 9, 2013.

Tom Pauken Withdraws From Governor's Race

Tom Pauken said on Thursday that he wouldn't file for the GOP primary for governor, explaining that the difficulties of running against the best-funded statewide candidate in the state would be too great. 

Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.
Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.

Abbott Urges Reform, Not Repeal, of DREAM Act

While other Republicans make noise about repealing the law that lets young undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates, the front-running GOP candidate for governor has been silent on the issue. Aides say he wants to reform the law — not repeal it.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.