January 27, 2017

Texas Lobby Group at the top of Capitol Inside Lobby Rankings for 2017

The biennial rankings of Texas lobbyists and lobby teams were released today, and the Texas Lobby Group and its members topped the rankings, yet again. The Texas Lobby Group boasts three lobbyists that rank among the top 10 most powerful […]
November 11, 2016

2016 Election Recap

There was never a dull moment in this election cycle and Election Day was equally full of shock and awe. At around 2 A.M. this morning, the Associated Press finally called the last swing state and Donald Trump was named […]
November 7, 2016

2016 Election Update

A historic Election Day is around the corner, November 8, 2016, and while the Presidential race garners most, if not all of the attention, down ballot races are key to Texas politics. Voter turnout in Texas is set to be […]
September 12, 2016

Federal Regulators Take Teladoc’s Side in Medical Board Suit

Teladoc, the Dallas-based company that sued Texas over its telemedicine regulations, has a new ally in the Federal Trade Commission. In a letter sent to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court late Friday, the federal antitrust agency sided with Teladoc in […]
June 13, 2016

UnitedHealth Group Supports People Affected by Mass Shooting in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 12, 2016) —  UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking immediate action to support people affected by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. The company is […]
May 18, 2016

Carrie Simmons asks for your support for the Austin Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Family, friends and people who (mostly) like me, I know there are thousands of worthy causes out there. And I’m certain that you are often asked to donate your precious time, money and attention. I am reluctant to add to […]
May 12, 2016

Health & Human Services Master Meetings Calendar through June 2016

All meetings are in Austin, Texas unless otherwise indicated. Information compiled from agency websites. Subcommittees may not be included in this calendar but full board and council meetings are listed. Legislative Committee hearings are included if related to health and […]
May 7, 2016

Mike Toomey’s legacy to the budget process in Texas

There was a time when the Texas Legislature had most of the power in the budget process. But those days have passed, and now the governor has an unprecedented amount of power when it comes to determining how money is […]
May 5, 2016

Texas Health and Human Services Posted Meetings

The following meetings have been posted: May 5, 2016 1:30 p.m. — Austin Hospital Payment Advisory Committee May 10, 2016 3 p.m. — Austin Proposed amendment to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs Eligibility Requirements May 17, 2016 1 p.m. — Austin […]
April 25, 2016

Texas Health and Human Services Meetings

The following meetings have been posted: May 2, 2016 10:30 a.m. — Austin Perinatal Advisory Council May 4, 2016 10 a.m. — Austin Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities Executive Committee Meeting June 6, 2016 1 p.m. — Austin […]
April 3, 2016

Texas Health and Human Services Meetings

The following meetings have been posted: April 7, 2016 1 p.m. — Austin Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee Day Habilitation and Employment Subcommittee April 11, 2016 9:30 a.m. — Austin Proposed New Rules Related to Texas Healthcare […]
March 8, 2016

Privatizing the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Long Overdue

A question has been raised as to whether the proposed public/private partnership for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau would affect the “transparency” of its operations. For example, Express-News editorial columnist Josh Brodesky suggested that such a partnership would lead to […]