David Dewhurst

Politics
12:39 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Dewhurst Accuses Campaign Manager of Embezzling $600K

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the 2012 Texas Republican convention. Dewhurst and aides say a campaign manager used his access to embezzle funds.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is accusing one of his aides of stealing at least $600,000 from his campaign.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, an Austin political consultant who has worked for Dewhurst for years, is alleged to have use accounting tricks and false invoices to take the money. The embezzlement allegedly goes back years, and could involve up to a million dollars of campaign funds.

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Education
1:05 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Dewhurst, Patrick Discuss Plans for School Reform

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, during press conference to discuss education reform in Texas including school choice.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera, Texas Tribune

Speaking in a Catholic school classroom in Austin, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick gave the first details of what they promised would be a wide-ranging set of proposals for public education policy during the upcoming legislative session.

Patrick, a Houston Republican who chairs the Senate Education Committee, said he would carry legislation that would increase the options for public school students through lifting the state's cap on charter schools, fostering open enrollment within and across school districts, and creating a private school scholarship fund through offering a state business tax savings credit to corporations. 

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Politics
4:23 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Dewhurst Says Education Funding May Get A Boost But Provides Few Details

Courtney Collins

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 11:38 am

With less than six weeks until the Texas legislature convenes, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says that he wants to improve the state’s education system -- and that there may be additional money for public education.

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Texas
5:23 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Lawmakers Consider Changes to Public Information Law

Lizzie Chen for KUT News

Texas lawmakers met today to discuss possible changes to the Public Information Act due to advances in technology. With the confluence of available data and technologies, elected officials may redefine what is public information and what isn't.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked the Senate Open Government Committee to take a look at possible revisions to the Public Information Act. Today, that committee heard testimony about how technologies are creating public information and how access to that information can affect government contractors.

As it currently stands, the language of Texas Public Information Act presumes that government information should be available to the public. The Act was instituted in 1993 to ensure that all government information is available to the public with the exception of information that is either confidential or protected.

In actuality, there are plenty of exemptions, it can take a long time to get some information and often there are fees involved.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
4:05 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Should Texas Drug Test for Unemployment Benefits?

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst support a program to drug test people getting unemployment benefits.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry has given his support to a bill that would have recipients of unemployment benefits submit to drug tests. Those failing a test would be denied benefits for 12 months, or until they completed a drug treatment program.

Gov. Perry told reporters every dollar the state takes from its people and spends counts, which is why he’s pushing lawmakers to pass legislation creating the drug testing program.

"Every dollar that goes to someone who uses it inappropriately is a dollar that can’t go to a Texan who needs it for housing for childcare or for medicine," Perry said.

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Politics
9:03 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Are Stricter Rules Ahead for Welfare Recipients?

Lawmakers are filing the first bills of the 2013 legislative session.
KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are holding a joint press conference this morning about possible changes to welfare and unemployment insurance.

Monday was the first day Texas lawmakers filed bills for the 2013 Legislative Session.

A Republican State Senator from Flower Mound filed a bill that she says would strengthen work and job training requirements under welfare. State Sen. Jane Nelson says the bill would also institute some drug testing for so-called "high-risk participants" and tighten rules to prevent welfare funds from being used for alcohol and tobacco.

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Politics
11:18 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Shuffles Senate Committee Chairs

David Dewhurst in 2011.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is making some big leadership changes ahead of the 2013 legislative session.

On Thursday morning, his office announced that he was shuffling committee chairs up for the remainder of the interim, appointing state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to chair the education committee, and replacing state Sen.Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, with state Sen. Kel Seliger R-Amarillo, as chair of the higher education committee.

Both Seliger and Patrick have pushed to lead the education committee since it was vacated by retiring state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano. 

Dewhurst’s pick indicates his support for school choice legislation, for which Patrick has become an increasingly vocal advocate. The Houston senator recently led an interim committee hearing that focused on the benefits of such reforms, including private school vouchers. In August, he told the Houston Chronicle that "this was the year" to pass laws enacting them, saying it would be "the photo ID bill of this session." At the Republican National Convention, Dewhurst told delegates he looked forward to working with Patrick in passing school choice reform.

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Politics
12:08 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Committee Moves Signal Dewhurst's Political Tack

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst met voters on July 31, 2012, in a Houston deli on the day of the GOP primary runoff. Dewhurst lost the U.S. Senate primary runoff to Ted Cruz.
Michael Stravato, Texas Tribune

Dull as it sounds, appointing the committees in the state Senate is a big deal. The lieutenant governor is dishing out power, giving more to this senator than to that one, letting the senators know how they rank for the next several months. The idea is to get things done while strengthening friendships and loyalties, to do it without making too many enemies and to be sure the enemies who remain are too weak to fight back.

That’s the inside game. Outside, the public is watching, particularly that narrow slice of the public that votes in primary elections. Now that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has decided to run for re-election in 2014, what he does with his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session is the first step in his next campaign.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Dewhurst Declares Support for School Choice Legislation

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaking with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on the floor of the Texas Senate.
Texas Senate

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, throwing some red meat to conservatives after his bruising defeat at the hands of Tea Party darling Ted Cruz, has put private school vouchers and expanded “parental choice” back on the legislative agenda.

Speaking to delegates at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Dewhurst said he would work with state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to hammer out the details of the proposal.

Dewhurst made it clear that he supports the voucher concept, though he said that is just one of many options to pursue.

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Politics
11:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Dewhurst to Seek Another Term in 2014

David Dewhurst speaking at this year's state Republican convention.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

Despite a recent defeat in the Republican Senate primary, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has announced he’ll run for re-election.

Dewhurst has served as Lt. Gov. since 2003. The second highest statewide position in Texas, the Lt. Gov. also serves as president of the Texas Senate.

Speculation regarding Dewhurst’s future mounted following his defeat at the hands of Ted Cruz in the runoff for Texas’ Republican U.S. Senate seat. But following a leak of a re-election fundraising letter, and confirmation of Dewhurst’s plans to run for re-election in 2014, the long-serving Lt. Gov. has made it official he seeks to win another term.

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Politics
11:27 am
Fri August 3, 2012

For Two State Leaders, an Uncomfortable Homecoming

Bob Daemmrich / Eric Kayne, Texas Tribune

This might be kind of awkward.

Usually, when candidates with seemingly every advantage blow their political races, they retreat into the holes they crawled out of.

In fact, until this year, Texas never had to contend with statewide officeholders serving after being rejected by the voters.

Now we have two.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Cruz Bests Dewhurst in Republican Senate Runoff

The Associated Press has called the U.S. Senate Republican runoff for former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz over Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

Cruz will go on to meet Democrat Paul Sadler this November in the contest for the Senate seat.

It’s a reversal of fortune for Dewhurst, who lead on the night of the general election.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Runoff's Storyline Doesn't Begin and End With Ideology

Todd Wiseman / Gage Skidmore, Texas Tribune

The pundits have this one all wrong.

Their persistent and ubiquitous storyline is that the Tea Party and the politicians who've embraced it are beating stodgy incumbents all over the country, winning an ideological battle against moderates whose conservative blades have been dulled by years of governing and compromising.

The argument travels through Indiana, where a longtime U.S. Senate incumbent who apparently didn’t visit home often enough lost to an insurgent candidate who wasn’t supposed to have a shot. It hopped to Nebraska, where two statewide officeholders beat the stuffing out of each other while a lesser-known candidate favored by insurgents emerged unscratched.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Dewhurst Dismisses Unfavorable Poll at Chick-fil-A

US Senate Candidate David Dewhurst outside Chick-Fil-A in Austin, TX on July 30, 2012
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst crossed the Chick-fil-A parking lot in Austin on Monday morning holding one of the fast food chain’s signature white paper bags. He stopped before a phalanx of reporters and television cameras positioned nearby so that the Chick-fil-A sign would be visible behind him.

“Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” Dewhurst said.

The previous 12 hours had not been good for the lieutenant governor. Though his primary runoff against former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz isn't until tomorrow, Politico practically called the race for Cruz in a story published Sunday evening. An hour later, a new independent poll came out showing Cruz leading Dewhurst by 10 points.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Cruz, Dewhurst Set to Spar Again

Ted Cruz (l) and David Dewhurst (r) will hold a thrid and final debate next week.
Jennifer Whitney, Texas Tribune

Two debates weren’t enough.

The Texas Tribune reports that the two candidates in the Republican runoff election for U.S. Senate – Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz – have agreed to a third debate. It's scheduled for Monday, July 23,  the first day of early voting in the runoff:

The King Street Patriots, a Houston-area Tea Party group, and Fox 26, a Houston-based affiliate, are scheduled to host a televised debate in front of a live audience Monday at 6 p.m. Details on airings statewide weren't immediately clear.

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