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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Some House lawmakers are aiming to stop the Agriculture Commissioner’s feral hog poisoning program at all costs and that includes adjusting the state’s budget so that funds cannot be used for a warfarin-based poisoning program in Texas.

This month, Ag Commissioner Sid Miller announced he was bringing a “Hog Apocalypse” to Texas with the creation of a program that would allow farmers and ranchers to use the product, Kaput Feral Hog Bait, to poison feral hogs on their property.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Two Democratic congressmen considering U.S. Senate campaigns to unseat Ted Cruz spent the weekend at rallies in each other’s home towns. 

 

Rep. Joaquin Castro from San Antonio eyed support in El Paso, while Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke of El Paso held a rally in Castro’s back yard.

Ryan Poppe

Texans from across the state are at the State Capitol in Austin today telling lawmakers how they feel about the Texas Privacy Act, better known as the Transgender Bathroom Bill.  More than 400 signed up to testify at the first public hearing on legislation that has implications for businesses and families.

Health Care Sets Tone For Texas Congressman's Contentious Town Hall

Mar 4, 2017
Cooper Neill / The Texas Tribune

 

In a rare congressional town hall in North Texas on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, withstood two hours of booing from hundreds of angry constituents at a local high school.

It was notable that Burgess was there in the flesh; many of his colleagues have avoided such events during the congressional recess, choosing virtual discussions over rowdy and combative public forums with residents outraged over the Trump administration's recent policies. 

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