Ethics Debate Swirls in Race to Be the Next Railroad Commissioner

GOP Candidates for the Railroad Commission of Texas. Clockwise, from top left: Becky Berger, Malachi Boyuls, Ryan Sitton and former state Rep. Wayne Christian.
GOP Candidates for the Railroad Commission of Texas. Clockwise, from top left: Becky Berger, Malachi Boyuls, Ryan Sitton and former state Rep. Wayne Christian.

Ryan Sitton, a Republican candidate for railroad commissioner, says that if elected, he would remain involved with his company, which consults with some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Some of his opponents have raised concerns.

The Brief: Feb. 18, 2014

Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014
Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott gives keynote speech during the Texas Rally for Life on January 25th, 2014

Greg Abbott starts off the early voting period today on the road plugging his get-out-the-vote effort. But it's the presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee's choice of Ted Nugent to join him that is sparking headlines.

Pregnant Inmates Find Help to Stay Out of Jail

Pregnant and just postpartum inmates join hands in a circle after their life skills session in the pregnancy tank at the Harris County Jail in Houston Tuseday, February 11, 2014. The Mentoring Moms program is a relatively new reentry service at the jail set up to mentor the women and connect them with services on the outside upon their release.
Pregnant and just postpartum inmates join hands in a circle after their life skills session in the pregnancy tank at the Harris County Jail in Houston Tuseday, February 11, 2014. The Mentoring Moms program is a relatively new reentry service at the jail set up to mentor the women and connect them with services on the outside upon their release.

A new Harris County Jail program is helping pregnant inmates and young mothers transition back into society. Its goal is to ensure they learn how to be good mothers and to avoid going back to jail.

Challengers Say Campbell Shortchanged District

Senate District 25 candidates Mike Novak, Elise Chan, and freshman Sen. Donna Campbell wait to respond to a panel question at a Republican debate in Wimberley, Feb. 5, 2014.
Senate District 25 candidates Mike Novak, Elise Chan, and freshman Sen. Donna Campbell wait to respond to a panel question at a Republican debate in Wimberley, Feb. 5, 2014.

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, is playing defense against two Republican primary challengers, Elisa Chan, a former San Antonio city councilwoman, and Mike Novak, a former Bexar County commissioner.

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