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The Brief: George P. Bush Tells Texas GOP to Back Trump

The state's land commissioner changes his tune on Donald Trump, now urges his fellow Texas Republicans to back the man that beat his father in the race for the nomination.

Supporter waiting for Donald Trump at a campaign event in The Woodlands, Texas Friday June 17, 2016.

The Big Conversation

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush seems to have changed his tune on Donald Trump, urging fellow state Republicans to support the party’s nominee for president even though he had previously held out on endorsing him.

“From Team Bush, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton,” Bush said to state Republican activists on Saturday, addressing them as Texas GOP's victory chairman, the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek reports.

Bush had been criticized for taking the role without backing the party's presidential nominee,” Svitek writes. At least until Saturday, Bush had been one of the most prominent elected officials in Texas withholding his support for Trump. A spokesman for Bush did not respond Sunday afternoon to messages seeking additional detail on his current position on Trump.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, meanwhile, said in a radio interview last week that he is working with the Trump campaign on an agriculture team, Madeline Conway reports in the Tribune.

Trib Must Reads

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In Fight over Surprise Medical Bills, Some Lawmakers Target Insurance Regulators, by Edgar Walters — Lawmakers are trying to find a way to prevent surprise medical bills, while doctors, insurance companies and patients argue over who is responsible for them. Now, some lawmakers are pointing fingers at the state's insurance department.

At Convention, Texas Greens Welcome Bernie Sanders Voters, by Isabelle Taft — Much of the programming at the Green Party National Convention in Houston this weekend seemed calculated to appeal to disaffected Democrats.

Attorney Wins Democratic Nod to Replace Rep. Borris Miles, by Patrick Svitek — Attorney Shawn Thierry on Saturday clinched the Democratic nomination to replace state Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston.

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Quote to Note

“Of course my emphasis will be carrying Texas for the ag industry for Trump. Personally I think Donald Trump will be great for agriculture.” 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, in an interview with KFYO’s Chad Hasty

Trib Events for the Calendar

•   A Conversation with state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and state Reps. Terry Canales and Bobby Guerra on Aug. 26 at UT Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg

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•   TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism on Sept. 24 at the University of Texas at Austin's Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

•   A Conversation with state Reps. Four Price and John Smithee on Oct. 4 at Amarillo College in Amarillo

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