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Trent Ashby Heading for Austin Early

Lufkin School Board President Trent Ashby won't "officially" become the State Representative from House District 57 until he takes the oath of office in January, when the next legislative session convenes.  But Ashby's not waiting until then to learn his new job.  He's "chompin' at the bit", and ready to hit the ground running.

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Fixed-Rate Power Contracts in Danger

Officials at several big electricity providers are wondering out loud if changes in wholesale power prices could allow them to break the fixed-rate contracts they have with consumers.

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Winners and Losers in Party Primaries

We have good news and bad news.  The good news is that the state party primaries have finally come and gone.  We now know what the November general election ballot will look like, and that's the bad news. We can also look forward to five more months of relentless and sometimes nasty campaigning.

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Voters Head to the Polls for Texas Primary

Have you voted yet? Election officials in Angelina County say more than 5600 people voted early, in the two weeks prior to today’s primary.

The race for Angelina County Sheriff is one to watch. On the Republican side voters will choose between Allen Hill and Greg Sanches. Jim Hodges runs unopposed as a Democrat for Sheriff.

The polls are open from 7am to 7pm today, so let your voice be heard. Voting is a good way to get out of the office and stretch your legs, and my political science teachers in high school and college always used to tell me it’s my civic duty to get out there and fill out a ballot. The candidates are waiting for us to decide their fate.

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Big Brother Really is Watching us Online

There was a time when most sane people would say a story like this is just pure paranoia.  But not any more.  Big Brother's minions really are scanning the Internet 24/7 -- watching everything you and I write in our emails and social media websites, including Facebook.

We know this because the government has admitted it. Not willingly of course.

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Early Voting for Primaries Ends Friday May 25th

After months of uncertainty, the Texas party primaries will finally be held next Tuesday May 29th, which means the time is running down for early voting, which ends this Friday.  The Texas Secretary of State -- the state's top elections official -- is going around the state spreading the word about the primaries and clearing up some misconceptions.

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Texas Leads Nation in Job Discrimination Complaints

Being number 1 isn't always a good thing, especially in this category.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it got more complaints of workplace discrimination from workers in Texas than from any other state last year.

The EEOC says one out of every 10 job discrimination complaints filed nationwide last year came  from Texas.

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Ashby and LISD Officials Blast Beck Campaign Flyer

Lufkin School Board President Trent Ashby and school district officials are blasting a political flyer that accused Ashby of raising taxes to give the superintendent a big pay raise.

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