Joe Straus en State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Despite an ongoing grant moratorium, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas received permission Wednesday from state leaders to move forward on contract negotiations for 25 grants that would bring renowned cancer researchers to Texas.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“We have worked hard to regain trust with our elected officials and the citizens of Texas,” Wayne Roberts, interim executive director at CPRIT, said in a statement. “We take this action as evidence that some progress has been made, and we will continue to work to strengthen this trust during the coming weeks and months.”</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The researcher grants represent a combined $72 million and were formally approved by the CPRIT oversight board in late 2012 before the&nbsp;<a href="" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">moratorium</a>&nbsp;took effect. Many of the researchers had moved their families and research labs to Texas in anticipation of receiving CPRIT financing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:50:22 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7025 at State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants Simpson Withdraws, Straus Reelected by Acclamation <p>After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican&nbsp;<a href="" title="">Joe Straus</a>&nbsp;was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House.</p><p>That last challenger, Rep.&nbsp;<a href="">David Simpson</a>, R-Longview, never found enough support to threaten the incumbent. An earlier challenger, Rep.&nbsp;<a href="">Bryan Hughes</a>, R-Mineola, dropped out weeks ago as Simpson entered the race.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:29:38 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6104 at Simpson Withdraws, Straus Reelected by Acclamation Straus, Speaker of Texas House, Endorses Romney <p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is picking up a big Texas endorsement Tuesday &mdash; from Speaker of the House&nbsp;<a href="">Joe Straus</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;The people of Texas are looking for a leader that will stand up to President Obama and clearly articulate conservative values. We&rsquo;ve had enough of the out-of-control spending, government intrusion, and economic decline of the last three years,&rdquo; Romney said in a release. &ldquo;I look forward to working with Joe in the months to come as I outline my vision to restore America&rsquo;s greatness.&rdquo;</p><p>The Straus endorsement comes as a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune&nbsp;<a href="">poll&nbsp;</a>shows rival Rick Santorum with a huge lead in the Lone Star State, crushing both Newt Gingrich and Romney by double digit margins. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Rick Perry</a>, who withdrew from the presidential race late late last month, has endorsed Gingrich.</p><p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:36:12 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 3697 at Straus, Speaker of Texas House, Endorses Romney Texas House Committees Posted <p>House Speaker <a href="">Joe Straus</a> has released his list of committees for the 82nd Texas Legislative Session. &nbsp;The list has dozens of changes from the last session. &nbsp;Which was expected after Republicans gained 25 seats since 2009 and now have a supermajority in the House. &nbsp;Democrats lost chairmanships on high profile committees like Ways and Means (where tax bills originate) and Transportation (which is were road bills originate).</p><p>Here's the list and demographic breakdown:</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 20:24:38 +0000 Ben Philpott 770 at Texas House Committees Posted The Daily Show Comes to Austin <table style="font: 11px arial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(245, 245, 245);" width="450" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="441"><tbody><tr style="background-color: rgb(229, 229, 229);" valign="middle"><td style="padding: 2px 1px 0px 5px;"></td><td style="padding: 2px 5px 0px; text-align: right; font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height: 14px;" valign="middle"><td colspan="2" style="padding: 2px 1px 0px 5px;">&nbsp;</td></tr><tr style="height: 14px; background-color: rgb(53, 53, 53);" valign="middle"><td colspan="2" style="padding: 2px 5px 0px; width: 360px; overflow: hidden; text-align: right;"></td></tr><tr valign="middle"><td colspan="2" style="padding: 0px;"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="autoPlay=false" src="" style="display: block;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="window" width="450" height="441"></td></tr><tr style="height: 18px;" valign="middle"><td colspan="2" style="padding: 0px;"><table style="margin: 0px; text-align: center;" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="100%"><tbody><tr valign="middle"><td style="padding: 3px; width: 33%;">&nbsp;</td><td style="padding: 3px; width: 33%;"></td><td style="padding: 3px; width: 33%;">&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart&nbsp;made a stop in Texas a few weeks back to tape a story on the Texas House Speaker's race. &nbsp;The reason for the trip was the inclusion of some<a href="">&nbsp;<span>anti-semitic</span>&nbsp;messages</a> in the campaign to oust current <a href="">Speaker Joe Straus</a>, who is Jewish.&nbsp; The segment aired Thursday night. &nbsp;</p><p>Austin's state Representative <a href="">Elliott <span>Naishtat</span></a>, who's also Jewish, was interviewed for the story but sadly didn't make the final cut. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:04:30 +0000 Ben Philpott 747 at Hartnett Appointed Discovery Master in District 48 Race <p>Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) appointed Representative Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) to serve as "master of discovery" to determine a winner in the Donna Howard-Dan Neil race in House District 48</p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:25:17 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 539 at Hartnett Appointed Discovery Master in District 48 Race Family Feud: GOP Edition <p>State House member <a href="">Warren Chisum</a> (R-Pampa) says he has collected a enough signatures to force the Republican caucus to take a vote on who will be the <a href="">next House Speaker</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In a e-mail statement released this morning, Rep. Chisum says the party needs the caucus to meet to select "one conservative candidate" for Speaker of the House.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:02:53 +0000 Ben Philpott 508 at Family Feud: GOP Edition Paxton Enters Speaker's Race <p>And then there were three.</p><p>State Rep. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) has announced he's running to be the next Speaker of the Texas House.&nbsp; The Associated Press reports that Rep. Paxton has thrown his hat into the ring because voters sent a message "that they favor leadership dedicated to protecting our freedoms and fighting government growth."</p> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:59:54 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 249 at Paxton Enters Speaker's Race Straus and Strain in the GOP <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong></p><p>Today <a href="">Rep. Bryan Hughes</a> (R-Mineola) withdrew his pledge for Straus. In a statement he said he made his decission after receiving a phone call from an unnamed lawmaker he says is on Straus's leadership team.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:02:46 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News & Ben Philpott 238 at Straus and Strain in the GOP