Tribpedia: Charles Butt

Billionaire Charles Butt is the chairman and CEO of H-E-B, a Texas-based grocery chain that does billions of dollars in sales every year. The family enterprise includes 300 stores and 56,000 employees.

H-E-B got its start a century ago in Kerrville, when Charles C. and Florence Butt opened their first store with an initial investment of $60. Their youngest ...

The Brief: Jan. 8, 2014

Texas charter school children and supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding on May 8, 2013.
Texas charter school children and supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding on May 8, 2013.

The Tribune's Morgan Smith has a must-read piece on what's next for the education reform group funded by tort reform champions that left a big imprint on policy debates during last year's legislative session.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.

In Education Reform Debate, One Group Standing Out This Session

Raise Your Hand Texas has been a key player this session, impacting bills like Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school legislation. The advocacy organization's influence in policy negotiations has won it both respect and exasperation in education circles.

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Charter Bill Brings New Faces to Education Debate

As lawmakers work on charter school legislation, lobbyists better known for their work in other areas have been showing up regularly at education committee hearings.

McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu, Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and Dallas businessman H. Ross Perot were among the largest donors to Texas candidates and officeholders during the second half of 2009, according to state campaign reports.
McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu, Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and Dallas businessman H. Ross Perot were among the largest donors to Texas candidates and officeholders during the second half of 2009, according to state campaign reports.

Twenty Who Gave Plenty

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry tops the list of the biggest donors to Texas candidates in the last half of 2009. McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu and Dallas businessman Ross Perot Sr. also gave large sums.