This Week in Texas: September 15, 2021

Posted September 15, 2021 in The Mignon Memo

President Biden Issues New Vaccine Requirements

President Joe Biden has announced that the federal government will require companies with more than 100 employees to vaccinate all employees against COVID or require all unvaccinated employees to go undergo weekly COVID tests.

The White House said the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will ensure compliance with this new vaccine requirement for the business sector.

OSHA has yet to publish information on this plan, but Governor Abbott has stated that “Texas is already working to halt this power grab” and Attorney General Ken Paxton has promised to sue the Biden Administration “very soon.

Gov. Abbott Announces Runoff Election Date

Yesterday, Governor Abbott set September 28 as the date for the special runoff election to fill the seat vacated by now-Congressman Jake Ellzey.

Brian Harrison and John Wray received the two most votes in that race and will now face off in this runoff election. Harrison finished ahead of Wray, 41% to 36%.

Another Special Election…

Five candidates have filed for the September 28 special election in Texas House District 118 to fill the seat of former state Rep. Leo Pacheco (D-San Antonio) after he resigned last month to take a job at San Antonio College

The candidates who filed include three Democrats and two Republicans. They are:

  • Democrat Katie Farias, a member of the Southside Independent School District Board of Managers
  • Republican John Lujan, former HD-118 representative
  • Democrat Desi Martinez, prominent trial attorney
  • Democrat Frank Ramirez, former zoning and planning director for the city of San Antonio
  • Republican Adam Salyer, the 2020 GOP nominee for the seat

Only in Austin…

Explore Austin-area museums this Saturday — for free! The 24th Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science.

More than twenty museums in Austin will welcome visitors with special programming including guided and self-guided exhibition tours, activities, and more for visitors of all ages. Click here for more information.