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Ted Cruz and the No Bid Contracts

Houston Senator Ted Cruz officially announced he will be running for president in 2016 via his twitter account after midnight on Monday, March 23rd. That makes him the first of the potential candidates to do so. He reaffirmed his intent at a press conference at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday morning. We’ll discuss […]

Houston Senator Ted Cruz officially announced he will be running for president in 2016 via his twitter account after midnight on Monday, March 23rd. That makes him the first of the potential candidates to do so. He reaffirmed his intent at a press conference at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday morning.

We’ll discuss whether he has the Republican party’s support and his chances of winning.

Also, Texas has been garnering attention when it comes to contracting businesses to do work for the state. There’s evidence of incidences where contractors have been used for more than one state run body, but without a formal bidding process to win the contract.

Most recently a top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission resigned because he urged a vendor to contact a sister agency in Texas to get a contract. That agency was the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and they signed on. However, they didn’t officially bid for the contract.

Then, there were concerns over Texas Department of Public Service contracts and border security programs that involved Former Governor Rick Perry, which is one of the reasons that Governor Perry has been indicted.

We’ll talk about whether these instances are new to the state of Texas, and whether lawmakers proposing changes in the legislature mean that something will change.

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