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each copy over a 30-day period does not exceed $1.50, and
that is printed and distributed at a daily, weekly, or other
short interval for the dissemination of news of a general
character and of a general interest.
The problem TDNA is seeking to address is that the larger daily
newspapers in Texas are bumping up against that "average sales
price over a 30-day period" of $1.50 or less, though none have
exceeded it. The current 30-day average sales price for the Dallas
Morning News is $1.26; for the Houston Chronicle and Austin
American-Statesman, $1.20; and for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
and San Antonio Express-News, $1.06.
The proposed bill would raise the threshold to $3 from the current
$1.50. The last time it was changed was in 2003, went it went from
75 cents to $1.50. The next steps will be to find a House sponsor
and meet with Comptroller Susan Combs to see if she will help as
TDNA will also be looking for help for another attempt to pass a bill
which seeks to shed more light on the hiring process of school
superintendents. The biil has passed the Senate that last the last
three sessions but we was unable to get any traction in the House.
The results of the primary elections earlier this year mean both the
House and Senate will have a plethora of new faces in 2013. As the
larger body, that is especially true in the House.
Six House incumbents lost in the primary, several others are in
runoffs and 30 chose not to seek re-election. After the large
turnover in 2010, there's a chance that more than half the House
members in 2013 will be freshmen or sophomores. The Republican
majority will probably recede from its high-water mark of 100-to-
50 last session but the GOP is expected have at least 85 of the 150
In the Senate, four members chose not to seek re-election and
one, Senator Jeff Wentworth is in a primary runoff. The primaries
were pushed back to May 29 this year as a result of the state's
redistricting plans, which were challenged in court as unfair to
minorities under the federal Voting Rights Act. The partisan
makeup will likely remain at 19 Republicans and 12 Democrats
assuming Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, wins a tough re-
The one pending election that will have the biggest impact on the
Senate, however, is the race for U.S. Senator that involves
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz
was able to keep Dewhurst from getting more than 50 percent of
the vote in the primary and avoid a runoff in a four-candidate race.
Dewhurst is expected to win the runoff, but recent polls have
shown Cruz with a slight lead.
Here’s what’s next.
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