This Week in Texas: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 in The Mignon Memo

Barton Creek gingerbread UT TowerHoliday Hustle:

  • In Saturday’s special election for Senate District 18, State Representative Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) won a five-way race, with 55.69% of the vote, to replace Comptroller-elect Glenn Hegar. The district reaches from Katy down to Corpus Christi, up through Victoria, and includes the area just outside of College Station. Senator-elect Kolkhorst will serve the remainder of Hegar’s four-year term.
  • Governor-elect Abbott announced his priorities for the upcoming session—education, border security, infrastructure needs of the state for water and transportation, and economic development. He also announced his key staff. A full list can be found here.
  • Terry Keel is leaving the Texas Facilities Commission on January 9, 2015 to become Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture. This newly-created position by Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller oversees enforcement, consumer protection, and border security.


Only in Austin…

If you have never been, you have through December 21st to visit the Trail of Lights, the Zilker Christmas Tree, and all the other festive displays along the 1.25 mile path. This year marks 50 years for the Trail of Lights, and a wheel has been added to commemorate the anniversary. The Trail of Lights at Zilker Park is also in the running for USA Today’s Reader’s Choice for “Best Public Lights Display.” We agree. We love this Austin holiday tradition!

Trail of Lights entrance Zilker Tree Trail of Lights ferris wheel

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