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Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Rose campaigns against primary challenge

When Patrick Rose first ran for the state legislature in 2002, he was 23, not long out of Princeton and unsure if he would win the office, let alone how long he would keep it. Today, Rose (D-Dripping Springs), 31, is a four-term representative who says that to “get anything done” in the legislature “you need seniority,...

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Hays County political party chiefs say they expect gains in 2010

Both major Hays County political party chairs say they are fielding solid candidate slates in 2010 and point to an abundance of high-profile primary races as a sign of their strength in the famously purple county.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Barton vs. Sumter begins, Tibbe walks to win

Local political junkies will be occupied by a number of contests in the March 2 primaries after the filing deadline passed Monday to determine who will run. Democrats will consider four countywide races, while Republicans will vote...

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Rose draws Democratic primary opponent

Four-term State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) has drawn an opponent in the March primary. Andrew Backus of Driftwood, a long-time Rose opponent in matters of local groundwater management, filed his intention to run with the Texas...

Monday, August 31st, 2009

County budgets more HTGCD funding

Following a contorted process in which a local groundwater district couldn't agree with local state legislators on a funding bill, Hays County Commissioners appear ready to increase the district's funding from the county.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Commissioners talk dev regs in Wimberley

Hays County Commissioners spoke with western Hays County residents for five hours last week about new development regulations without making a decision last week.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Failed in lege, HTGCD asks county for funds

After the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) couldn't make a deal with the legislature for more funds, the district asked the Hays County Commissioners for more money this week.

Monday, May 11th, 2009

HTGCD struggles with lege on funding law

Officials with the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District hoped to gain Chapter 36 authority in the present state legislative session. However, those officials have been unable to reach agreement with local lawmakers.

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