This Week in Texas: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Posted September 16, 2015 in The Mignon Memo

Countdown to the 2015 Constitutional Amendment Election (and Special Election for House District 118)

TX constitution

On November 3, 2015 Texans will vote whether to approve constitutional amendments passed during the 2015 Legislative Session. To see what is on the ballot, click here. Propositions include reducing property taxes, dedicating a certain amount of sales and use tax for transportation funding, and recognizing the right to hunt/fish/harvest.

Residents of House District 118, the south/southeast of San Antonio, will also vote for a new state representative to fill the vacancy left by retiring Rep. Joe Farias. Candidates include:

  • Anthony Alcoser (D) – Development Director Texas A&M University System
  • Robert A. Casias (R) – retiree; former Marine and National Guard Member
  • Gabe Farias (D) – son of Rep. Joe Farias, President of West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Holdman (R) – small business owner, GPS Your Way
  • John Lujan, III (R) – retired firefighter; Vice-President of an information-technology consulting business
  • Tomás Uresti (D) – brother of Sen. Carlos Uresti and Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti; Legal Assistant at The Uresti Law Firm, owner of URC Construction

Early voting begins October 19, 2015. To read more…


Perry drops out of presidential race

Rick Perry dropping out

Friday, former Governor Rick Perry suspended his presidential campaign. This announcement follows campaign staff scale-backs and failing to make the second GOP debate on CNN. To read more….


For the Aggies (and hot dog lovers) out there

Aggie Dog

The Texas Aggies are playing in a new Kyle Field this season after it received a $485 million renovation. Not only is College Station home to the biggest stadium in the SEC, it is also home to the new “Aggie Dog,” a 4 foot long, 12 pound hot dog that is now available at Kyle Field. To read more…


Speaking of hot dogs

biking dauchshunds

One Austin commuter bikes to work with a pair of four legged friends. Downtown resident, Sarah Bigelow, pedals to her job in Westlake with her two long-haired dachshunds, Mandu and Kimchi. Only in Austin… To read more…


Only in Austin…

google car

Have you seen one of these driving around town? It is one of Google’s self-driving cars that has been hitting the streets of Austin since July. A second self-driving model is expected to arrive in Austin later this month. To read more…