AUSTIN — During their caucus meeting Saturday, Texas house Republicans selected Jim Murphy to be their new caucus chair.
Murphy, a state representative from the Houston area, is best known for a 2018 corruption scandal when a local TV station discovered he was collecting $56,000 per month running an obscure local government entity while chairing their legislative oversight committee.
“This an exciting new era,” Murphy said. “I’m honored to have been selected by colleagues to do what I do best. This will be the Republican caucus’ most profitable session ever.”
The Texas Association of Business praised Murphy as “our kind of Republican.”
AUSTIN — Appearing at an end of week news conference, Governor Greg Abbott announced a ‘strike force’ to guide Texas through post-Coronavirus re-opening.
“Over the next ten days,” Abbott said, “I have instructed my team to examine campaign finance records. In addition, I have authorized an unprecedented outlay for in-field political polling. This data driven approach will guide me in the coming weeks.”
Abbott’s strike forces is excpected to report back within ten days, at which time Abbott “hopes to begin targeted reopenings according to campaign contributions and polling results.”
The Texas Association of Business praised Abbott’s “bold and visionary” approach.