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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local):
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Texas agency makes plea on behalf of ‘unaccompanied veteran’
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The death of a U.S. Air Force veteran with no known family and whose Central Texas funeral was not expected to bring any visitors has drawn the attention of a state agency.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a statement encouraged the public to attend the service Monday for Joseph Walker at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
George P. Bush remembers ‘Gampy’ at funeral
Texas county judge blasts Bush for lack of Harvey relief
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A county judge on Texas' Gulf Coast has written to fellow Republican and state Land Commissioner George P. Bush, decrying that there's "no adequate relief in sight" a year after Hurricane Harvey's devastation.
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry's letter Tuesday asks Bush, son of ex-2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, to "personally look into this and assist our community." Bush's office is overseeing state rebuilding efforts post-Harvey.
NEW YORK (AP) — A dispute between two political families escalated Tuesday as Donald Trump Jr. canceled plans to raise money for the eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas General Land Office has released an internal audit criticizing the Alamo's accounting practices.
The audit findings are consistent with a September draft report that Land Commissioner George P. Bush had previously called "doctored," the Austin American-Statesman reported .
The second letter writing campaign coordinated by the Recover Lake Houston movement wrapped up April 3 with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's tour of the Lake Houston area.
Recover Lake Houston was launched by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with area officials and community members.
George P. Bush becomes second official to answers Plea to See campaign
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush got a first-hand look at the San Jacinto River's massive sand deposits during his visit to the Lake Houston area on Thursday, March 22.
His tour of the area was initiated in response to the Plea to See Lake Houston campaign.
Campaign invites officials to see Lake Houston’s continued post-Harvey needs
A second flood-related letter writing campaign is up-and-running in an effort to promote flood mitigation measures for the Lake Houston area.
George P. Bush poised to lock up Republican nomination for Land Commissioner
AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush appeared headed for a victory in the Republican primary, edging past former commissioner Jerry Patterson and two other candidates as he worked to head into the November election without a runoff.
In early returns, Bush held a sizeable lead over Patterson, who did not have a big enough share of the early vote to force a run-off. Land surveyor Davey Edwards and former school teacher Rick Range trailed far behind.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush's campaign flyers in Texas declare that he's "standing beside our president" — the one who called his dad, Jeb, an embarrassment to his family and a pathetic person.
Using Trump’s endorsement, George P. Bush makes final push for primary victory in Texas land commissioner race
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is the scion of a political dynasty but he’s standing firmly with President Donald Trump as Tuesday’s Republican primary approaches.
Our recommendations in primaries for federal, state and county races follow (a party candidate running unopposed will not be listed):
Land Commissioner George P. Bush made a whirlwind trip to the Rio Grande Valley late this week in an effort to clinch a second term in office in what has become a heated race.
The Texas General Land Office, or GLO, has broad duties spanning from natural disaster recovery and coastal protection to funding public schools through the leasing of public lands and overseeing veterans-related programs.
Trump tweets support for top Texas Republicans
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for eight top Texas Republicans ahead of the state's primary next week.
On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump encouraged "all of my many Texas friends" to vote for Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
All are favored in the March 6 primary, though Paxton has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges.
Trump tweets support for some, but not all, top Texas Republicans
AUSTIN - President Trump blessed the re-election campaigns of Texas’ top four officeholders Tuesday, but he didn’t voice support for two of his backers who are trying to fend off fierce Republican primary challenges.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller weren’t mentioned in a tweet in which Trump gave his enthusiastic backing to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Possible Cenotaph relocation slammed by Bush’s Republican primary challengers
Three Republicans challenging Land Commissioner George P. Bush slammed his proposal to relocate the granite Cenotaph from Alamo Plaza during a rally Friday night.
“This is the symbol of liberty, and it shall stay right here,” said candidate Jerry Patterson, who led the General Land Office for 12 years before Bush.
Abbott won’t say if he voted for incumbent Republicans
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has refused to say if he voted for other statewide officeholders from his own party in the Texas primary.
Abbott spoke to reporters Tuesday, after casting his ballot as early voting opened ahead Election Day on March 6.
Gov. Abbott votes early but won’t say if he supported fellow state leaders
AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott, who cast an early ballot Tuesday, wouldn’t say whether he voted for fellow Republican incumbents Attorney General Ken Paxton, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller or Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
But he is campaigning against three incumbent Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio, who ran afoul of the governor when Larson tried to strengthen state ethics laws.
To find out more about what the governor said after voting, go to expressnews.com
Early voting begins Tuesday. Our recommendations in primaries for federal, state and county races follow (a party candidate running unopposed will not be listed):
Republican incumbents generally don’t attract many opponents in statewide races in Texas. Land Commissioner George P. Bush has three, including, surprisingly, his predecessor in that office, Jerry Patterson.
On the Democratic side, two are vying for the nomination.
We recommend Bush in the GOP primary and Miguel Suazo on the Democratic side.
Re: “The need for openness at the Alamo,” Editorial, Jan. 19:
Just the sound of the name puts me into instant protective mode. And God knows, the Alamo needs to be protected. But, then, I don’t have to tell you that.
Poor old Alamo. Are we all doing our part? I was always told never to underestimate the power of the written word. For many of us that is all we have. We have no guns! No bayonets! No swords! No Bowie knives! Just words and heart! We need to make the most of them.
Report criticizes agency’s oversight, management of Alamo
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The unusual use of a nonprofit to manage the Alamo is overly complicated and sometimes violates state requirements, according to a preliminary audit report about state oversight of the landmark's operations.
Bush blasts draft audit critical of the way he runs the Alamo, saying audit was ‘doctored’
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush says a draft audit critical of Alamo operations that was released this week was “doctored” and the state agency has reported its unofficial release to law enforcement for investigation.
Trump’s son endorses George P. Bush in reelection bid for Land Commissioner
AUSTIN — Donald Trump Jr. waded into the contested Texas Land Commissioner race Tuesday, backing Republican incumbent George P. Bush over his main challenger who was critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential contest.
“Elections are about choices,” Trump Jr. tweeted, adding that Bush endorsed and campaigned for Trump. “His opponent attacked Trump and urged him quit the race. Texas conservatives have a clear choice: Bush for Texas Land Commissioner.”
Trump’s son endorses George P Bush’s Texas re-election bid
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has endorsed George P. Bush's re-election bid for Texas land commissioner, repaying Bush for breaking with his powerful political family and supporting Donald Trump's 2016 presidential bid.
The president's oldest son tweeted Tuesday that "Texas conservatives have a clear choice: Bush for Texas Land Commissioner."
Bush got contractor donations after $13M Harvey contract
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Employees of a disaster recovery accounting firm donated almost $30,000 to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush's re-election campaign days after his agency signed a nearly $13.5 million contract with the company to help manage the state's Hurricane Harvey response.
Bush's office is overseeing the housing rebuild post-Harvey and agreed to the contract in October with Horne LLP. Three days later, 34 Horne officials collectively donated $27,500.
More transparency for the nonprofit board overseeing the Alamo is a welcome move.
The Alamo Trust runs the day-to-day operations of the Alamo, which is undergoing changes to increase access and historical accuracy according to a master plan developed by the state, the city of San Antonio and the Alamo Endowment, the private group that has another subsidiary trying to raise private funds for improvements.
Patterson raises $90,000 in GOP race against Land Commissioner George P. Bush
AUSTIN — Republican Jerry Patterson raised nearly $90,000 during the first month campaigning to win back his old job from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
The sum pales, however, in comparison to the $1 million the Bush campaign reports pulling in over the last six months.
The face-off is expected to be one of the most competitive statewide GOP primaries on March 6.
Charge that General Land Office has repaired two homes since Harvey oversimplifies
Says the Texas General Land Office led by George P. Bush has repaired just two homes since Hurricane Harvey.
— Jerry Patterson on Dec. 8, 2017, in an interview with Ken Herman of the Austin American-Statesman
Jerry Patterson says the fellow Republican who succeeded him as Texas land commissioner, George P. Bush, fixed very few homes in the months since Hurricane Harvey slapped ashore in August 2017.
The Alamo has launched an interactive “digital battlefield” that gives online visitors an unprecedented side-by-side view of the 1836 battle compound and its appearance today in the middle of downtown San Antonio.
Local flood victims still struggling to put roof over their heads
Ruby Robinson carries her insurance documents everywhere she goes, keeping the company's denial letter in her purse in case she needs it at a moment's notice.
The letter, which says she did not qualify for any money from the damage done by Tropical Storm Harvey to her Nome home, is all she has to show for hours on the phone and weeks of waiting for financial assistance.
Perhaps it was inevitable, since the state land commissioner is an elected position, that the Alamo, which the General Land Office administers, should threaten to become a political football as another election year approaches.
Inevitability, however, does not equal desirability.
George P Bush draws unlikely GOP challenge from predecessor
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — What some Texas conservatives are calling the "new battle of the Alamo" has triggered an unlikely, intraparty squabble involving the rising-star scion of one of the nation's most famous political families.
Citing Alamo, Jerry Patterson to challenge Land Commissioner George P. Bush
AUSTIN — Former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who has been critical of his successor George P. Bush's handling of the Alamo and other issues, said Friday he is running to reclaim the office.
“I’ve concluded that there are some things more important than me enjoying my retirement, and the Texas General Land Office is more important,” Patterson told the San Antonio Express-News.
He said he would file for the Republican primary on Monday, the deadline for doing so.
First lady Melania Trump in Texas to visit Harvey responders
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — First Lady Melania Trump has returned to Texas to visit first responders and view recovery efforts since Hurricane Harvey hit more than three months ago.
Trump and Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, flew to Corpus Christi on Wednesday. Both posed for photos with emergency staff and military personnel who responded after Harvey barreled ashore in South Texas on Aug. 25.
State legislators quizzed Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush about the Alamo and a long-range master plan, and asked him to look for ways to provide more transparency in the management of the historic mission and battle site.
“We need to get it more simple, and clearer,” Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said at the conclusion of an hourlong exchange Tuesday between Bush and the Senate Finance Committee, which Nelson chairs.
Officials: Harvey recovery complicated by cost and lack of temporary housing
Officials from areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday said federal agencies continue to complicate local efforts to provide temporary housing and prepare for future storms.
At an informational meeting on Harvey recovery efforts held in Richmond, local officials told Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush that many of their constituents with damaged homes are still unsure whether they will receive money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
AUSTIN - Commissioner George P. Bush recently announced the donation of Carl Flemming's 1844 map of Texas to the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records from Carol and Morris McIntyre of Kerrville.
Pence promises to bring Texas ‘all the way back’ from Harvey
AUSTIN — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday promised Texans still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that the federal government will be with them until the recovery is complete, working closely with the state and local governments.
“Our promise was we were with you today, we’re with you tomorrow we’ll be with you every step of the way,” Pence said, recalling the pledges he and President Trump made soon after the hurricane.
Settlement: Red River determines Texas, federal boundaries
DALLAS (AP) — Texas landowners who live along a river separating them from Oklahoma have reached a settlement with federal officials saying the Texas border lies with the meandering flow of the river.
Alamo activist challenging Bush in land commissioner’s race
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An activist who has criticized Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush's oversight of a $450 million renovation of the Alamo has announced a longshot bid to take Bush's job.
AUSTIN -- It could take as long as the year 2020 before some homeowners get federal funding to permanently rebuild or fix their Hurricane Harvey-ravaged homes, key state officials told a Texas Senate committee on Tuesday.
New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so.
George P. Bush announces restoration plan for Alamo war cannons
Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush, speaking to a crowd in front of the Alamo on Monday afternoon, announced that the state will partner with Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Lab to restore and preserve seven cannons used during the 13-day siege and battle in 1836.
Federal, Texas officials testing boats displaced by Harvey
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal and state officials have teamed up to recover and test around 300 boats that were displaced, overturned or sunk when Harvey passed through Southeast Texas, causing record floods in its wake.
In a statement Saturday, the Texas General Land Office said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to test the vessels for oil leaks. Commissioner George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, says that the hurricane's destruction will "require a long recovery."
EDITORIAL: Abbott should reconsider special session for Harvey
Gov. Greg Abbott has responded capably to the chaos of Tropical Storm Harvey, and his scheduled appearance today in Port Arthur is part of that outreach. Abbott plans to assess storm damage to public housing along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and recovery czar John Sharp. That's an impressive lineup, and it helps Southeast Texans feel that they are not being forgotten in the battle that lies ahead.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush on Monday formally announced he is seeking re-election as Texas land commissioner next year, hoping to continue running a little-known but powerful agency in a state where his political-dynasty family has been prominent for decades.
Bush's grandfather, President George H.W. Bush, was once a Texas congressman and his uncle, George W. Bush, won two Texas gubernatorial elections before leaving for the White House.