This Week in Texas: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Posted November 2, 2016 in The Mignon Memo

Gov. Abbott voices opposition to education special session.

Gov. Greg Abbott talks about President Obama's immigration executive order at a news conference at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday February 18, 2015.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has suggested a special 30-day legislative session to address school funding, in light of a Texas Supreme Court case that found the state’s school finance system to be legal but flawed. Gov. Greg Abbott says these issues can be addressed during the normal 140-day legislative session. To read more…

House District 118 Rematch.


When state Rep. Joe Farias stepped down in August 2015, John Lujan outdid Tomas Uresti in a special January election runoff to assume the seat. Rep. John Lujan now faces off against Tomas Uresti once again, in what is proving to be a tight race for House District 118. To read more…

How many Texans are voting early?



2,102,212 Texans voted at polling stations in the 10 counties with the highest number of votes, shattering turnout records. To see just how many voters are heading to the polls this year compared to the 2008 and 2012 elections, check out the Texas Tribune’s turnout tracker.

Only in Austin…


Tiff’s Treats cookies are an Austin staple. After a $11 million round of funding, Tiff’s is laying plans to open a series of new stores beyond Austin’s city limits, including one in Georgia. Leon and Tiffany “Tiff” Chen are focusing on quality rather than quantity, carefully selecting new locations where stores will thrive. Nonetheless, they’ve delivered over 50 million cookies since opening their first store in Austin. To read more…