This Week in Texas: October 23, 2013

Posted October 23, 2013 in The Mignon Memo

Early voting for the November 5th general election has begun.  I urge all Texans to get out and vote.  Don’t forget your ID.  This is the first statewide election with the photo ID requirement in effect for in-person voting.  The seven forms of approved ID are a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS); a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS; a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS; a Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS; a United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph; a United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph; and a United States passport.

Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) has joined the race to replace Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) in Senate District 4.  Rep. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) has also decided to join the race after pulling out of the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

Former state representative Sid Miller joined the Republican primary race for Agriculture Commissioner. Miller entered the race after Rep. Brandon Creighton
left to run for Senate District 4.

Rep. Stefani Carter (R-Dallas) will seek a third term in the House District 102 seat she currently holds instead of running for the Texas Railroad Commission. Carter may face opposition as several candidates have already announced their intent to run in House District 102.

Speaker Joe Straus re-appointed Pete Geren and appointed Dr. Cynthia Mulrow to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee.  Speaker Straus appoints three of the nine members of the CPRIT Oversight Committee and has said he will name his third appointee soon.