This Week in Texas: December 16, 2009

Posted December 16, 2009 in The Mignon Memo

The race for governor underwent some changes this week. Kinky Friedman announced that he is leaving the race for the Democratic nomination for governor next year and will run for Texas Agriculture Commissioner instead. He will join Hank Gilbert in the Democratic primary for that post.

Larry Kilgore announced that he will not run for governor in the Republican primary. If you are keeping tabs, the remaining major party candidates include Democrats Farouk Shami and Bill White; and Republicans Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Debra Medina.

Darren Yancy, a small business owner from Burleson, will challenge Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco) in the Republican primary for Senate District 22.

James Huffines, current chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, will step down from that post in March of 2010. Huffines will remain on the Board and the nine-member board will select a new leader from amongst themselves.

Need a new refrigerator or dishwasher? If you can wait a few months, you may be eligible for a rebate. Comptroller Susan Combs announced that the state will use $23 million in federal stimulus funds for a mail-in rebate program for consumers who purchase certain energy efficient household appliances between April 16 and April 25, 2010. For more information, follow this link to the State Energy Conservation Office’s website: .