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From Texas Standard:

George P. Bush has been taking an active role in his father's GOP campaign. But has it been negatively affecting his role as the General Land Commissioner?

Just over six months into his term as Texas Land Commissioner, George P. Bush has been hard at work ... campaigning for his dad.

Bush ran for his current position on a commitment to "reboot" the General Land Office. But he's drawn new headlines recently over how much time he hasn't been at work, despite active initiatives to institute a new management structure and return the agency to zero-based budgeting.

Brian M. Rosenthal, state bureau reporter for the Houston Chronicle, tells the Standard that based on the land commissioner's calendar, George P. Bush was off of work 23 out of the 50 days since his father Jeb Bush announced his run for president.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Shortly before 5:00 p.m. Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump arrived in Dallas for what his campaign has billed as his largest supporter rally yet.

Some 20,000 could show up at the American Airlines arena for the official campaign rally, though reporters at the arena say there are still a lot of empty seats.

A crowd of protesters organized by LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, is confronting Trump outside the arena.  The protesters are drawing attention to Trump's call for deporting all illegal immigrants and building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 

Perry Again Fails to Make the GOP Debate Main Stage

Sep 11, 2015
Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

CNN on Thursday night announced who would be on the main stage at its GOP presidential debate next week and as had been expected, it is Carly Fiorina who will join the first tier candidates and not Rick Perry.

From Texas Standard:

Picture this: A prominent Republican speaks at one of the country's most liberal enclaves, The University of California at Berkeley. Not only is it a full house, he gets a standing ovation.

  The San Antonio City Council unanimously passed a mammoth $2.5 billion budget today; the largest in the city’s history.

 Among some of the new initiatives included are a gunshot detection system and 1300 body cameras for police officers. The budget was passed amid ongoing police and fire department negotiations over healthcare and wage contracts which City Manager Sheryl Sculley says continue to outgrow the city’s capacity to fund it.