This Week in Texas: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Posted August 28, 2019 in The Mignon Memo

Gov. Greg Abbott Names Jane Bland to the Texas Supreme Court

On Monday, Gov. Abbott announced Jane Bland will fill the vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court left by Justice Jeff Brown, who was recently confirmed to the federal bench.  Bland, a former Republican appeals court judge in Houston, lost her seat in the November 2018 election.  She is Gov. Abbott’s third appointee to the state’s highest civil court, upon which he himself previously served, and she will be the third woman on the current court.

Your Next HEB Run:  Eggs, Milk, Tortillas…Cricket Protein Bars

Who knew bugs would successfully make the jump onto shoppers’ grocery lists?  Turns out test sales were higher than expected and HEB will be stocking “cricket-based crispy snacks and protein bars” come November.  The treats are made by an Austin-based company under the brand name Exo and are offered in flavors such as nutty chocolate chip and Texas barbecue.  We Capitol folk know a good place to harvest the crispy creatures come fall…

Are You Ready for Some Football?!?!

We don’t know about you, but we’re counting down the minutes until this Saturday’s first UT game, not to mention as much college football as we can stand starting this weekend.  To help fill your fall calendar, here are the game schedules for some favorites, including UT, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, SMU and the University of Houston.  Go Team!

Only in Austin…

UT’s Minister of Culture, Matthew McConaughey, will be a part-owner of Austin’s future pro soccer team, the Austin F.C. (Austin Football Club).  He joins local businessmen Marius Haas, Bryan Sheffield, and Eddie Margain as co-owners of Austin’s first-ever major pro sports team — up to now, Austin has been the largest city in America without one.  Can’t wait to see what he’ll wear on the sidelines!