This Week in Texas: January 15, 2014

Posted January 15, 2014 in The Mignon Memo

Governor Rick Perry has appointed Zak Covar, a former aide on environmental policy, to become a member of the three-member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Covar, who has served as TCEQ Executive Director since 2012, joined the agency staff in 2007.  

Governor Rick Perry has appointed John W. Townes III of Granbury to the Texas Lottery Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commission oversees the Texas Lottery, and ensures lottery and bingo games are conducted in a legal and fair manner. Townes is retired senior vice president of USAA and previously served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a rear admiral.

Today is the deadline for state office holders and candidates for those posts to file their campaign finance reports for the last half of 2013 with the Texas Ethics Commission.  Inquiring minds are curious to know how much cash the leading candidates have to spend on television advertising and other campaign related items.  The official reports should be accessible to the public on the Texas Ethics Commission website within  24 hours.  

Introducing a new feature of our weekly memo – Only in Austin.  Each week, we will include an interesting photo of a sight unique to Austin, Texas.