Government

Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...
Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...
Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads
More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5...
Land Commissioner George P. Bush announces raises to veterans land...
On Monday, Jan. 30, Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that Texas veterans are now eligible for low-interest land loans up to $150,000. Commissioner Bush increased...
Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...
Nichols' 5 Cents: State of the State address, school funding
This week marks the end of the first month of the legislative session. Senate committees are beginning to hold hearings and the Capitol is buzzing with constituent groups...
Congressman Hensarling, state honors veterans with Valentines
Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) asked students across the 5th Congressional District to help honor the service and sacrifice of veterans by participating in the annual...
Sen. Nichols, Rep. Ashby file legislation for small school districts
AUSTIN - Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) have once again filed legislation aimed at addressing the arbitrary small...
Rep. Clardy discusses healthcare, higher education options
This week, I had the pleasure of serving on the Education and Health panel at the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’ Policy Summit. The panel included four of my...
Nichols' 5 Cents: Senate Finance hearings, session timeline
This week, the Lieutenant Governor began referring bills to committee and we will soon begin to hear them in committee. The legislative process kills more bills than it...
Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting
The topic of the next Cherokee County Texas Republican Club meeting is “Self-Government is Not a Spectator Sport, [Understanding and Applying America’s Founding...
Rep. Clardy discusses inauguration day, proposed budget
January 20, 2017 was a historic day for the United States of America. President-Elect Donald Trump has taken the Oath of Office and is now America’s 45th president. Chief...
Nichols' 5 Cents: committee assignments and budget filing
Here in Austin, the Legislature has ended our second week of session. We are off the starting block and continue to pick up the pace for the long race ahead. During this...
Forever Stamp price increased
Forever Stamps were created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 2007. They are non-denominational First Class postage, which means that they can be used to mail...
City of Tyler agrees to extensive sewer system upgrades and...
On Tuesday, Jan. 17 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the city of Tyler, agreed to significantly upgrade its...