TexasTribune – Texas House passes bill to vastly expand access to medical cannabis

The Texas House advanced a bill Monday that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis. House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and a bevy of other illnesses to an existing state program that currently applies only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain ...Read More

TexasTribune – Texas lawmaker whose bill allowed medical cannabis oil wants to expand its use in 2019

Four years after she authored legislation that legalized the sale of medical cannabis oil to Texans suffering from a small number of conditions, Republican state Rep. Stephanie Klick plans to push to expand the list of eligible patients in 2019. On Thursday, the Fort Worth representative filed House Bill 3703, which would give Texans with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spasticity access to medical cannabis ...Read More

ABC7Amarillo – Texas Senator Kel Seliger removed as Chair of Senate Ag Committee for ‘lewd comments’

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Texas Senator for District 31 Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, has been removed from his appointed position as the Chair of the Senate Agricultural Committee due to "lewd comments" made during a radio interview that aired Monday, according to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The announcement comes just days after the Lt. Gov. announced that Seliger would not chair ...Read More

DallasNews – Historic GOP win in state Senate race dampens Democratic hopes for a ‘blue wave’ in Texas

Shocking. Humiliating. Just plain not great. That's how Democrats describe losing a long-held South Texas state Senate seat to upstart conservative Pete Flores on Tuesday night. The Republican win was historic, the first GOP victory there since just after the Civil War, but the implications stretch far beyond the district. Republicans are now more likely to hold on to a ...Read More

Chron.com – Former Rockwall official announces GOP race against Dan Patrick

AUSTIN -- Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city councilman and an outspoken candidate for public schools, formally announced Thursday that he will challenge Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the spring GOP primary. Milder, who had stated his intentions several weeks ago to run, was the first Republican to formally announce he will challenge Patrick, an ultra-conservative who he has ...Read More

Statesman.com – ‘Rational Republican’ Milder enters race against ‘extremist’ Dan Patrick

Presenting himself as “a rational, conservative Republican running against an extremist incumbent,” Scott Milder, a former Rockwall city council member and advocate for public education, declared Thursday that he is challenging Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the March Republican primary. “Somebody’s’s got to stand up and confront the bully who’s never going to stop picking on the little guy,” Milder, ...Read More

San Antonio Express – Smith, like Straus, departs on his own terms

For the second week in a row, a titan of San Antonio Republican politics has decided to step down. U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith officially declared Thursday that he would leave Congress after more than 30 years in office. Last week, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced he wouldn’t seek another term. The two men have deep connections. Back in the ...Read More