85th Legislative Update #24

SPECIAL SESSION 1 As previously reported, in June, Governor Greg Abbott announced his intentions to call the legislature back into Special Session. This morning, at 10:00 a.m., both chambers gaveled and got the Special Session underway. This will be interesting to watch as the only thing that both chambers of the legislature and the Governor…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights – 8.10.2016

While many legislators are participating in their annual National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), a lot can happen whether you’re distracted by travel, the Summer Olympics or the tabloidesque media coverage of presidential politics.  The past week offered a few relatively good examples of why the routine happenings of politics matters, including newly elected/selected members…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights – 8.1.2016

The hot summer months, particularly July and August are typically a slower period politically, due to family travel, state legislative conferences, and many members focusing on their re-election. Further contributing to the lack of any big, state policy news, is that we are in a presidential election year, where the Democratic and Republic conventions tend…

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Longbow Partners’ March Legislative Update

With the primaries behind us (and run-offs quickly approaching), legislative activity has increased over the last two weeks, with several committees holding hearings to address their interim charges, covering quite a few significant issues, including an outlook on the 85th legislative session budget, an analysis of the current state of HHSC’s Medicaid Managed Care Program,…

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Longbow Partners’ Texas Elections Update

PRESIDENTIAL OVERVIEW Despite the rapid escalation of anti-Trump campaign expenditures in various states, yesterday’s primary election results, certainly brought into focus the identify crisis gripping the GOP, sending a real signal to the so-called establishment, that Donald Trump, barring some catastrophic change in voter direction, is extremely well poised to win the Republican nomination. After…

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Longbow Partners’ Legislative Highlights -1.29.2016

Presidential campaign headlines and some heated state contests are dominating media coverage cycles leading up to the primary election date, March 1. Campaign fundraising sources, endorsements, and expenditures are being scrutinized, while questions about primary voter turnout are being debated extensively. However, at the end of the day, predictions about turnout remain largely a mystery…

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