October 24, 2020

Inside Texas Politics: What is the Texas Railroad Commission? A look at who’s running

Dallas Democrat Chrysta Castañeda is operating in opposition to Republican Jim Wright for a seat on the Texas Railroad Fee, which oversees the oil and fuel trade.

Many citizens may not sometimes pay a lot consideration to who sits on the three-member Texas Railroad Fee, however this yr’s election has drawn elevated consideration to the place. 

Dallas Democrat Chrysta Castañeda faces South Texan Republican Jim Wright within the bid to exchange Ryan Sitton, who was upset by Wright through the main

If elected, Castañeda can be the primary Democrat in many years to sit down on the fee, which oversees the oil and fuel trade. 

Texas Democrats say Wright is the improper individual for the job as a result of his oil waste enterprise has been investigated by the fee he needs to hitch. However Wright says he was solely an investor and he paid to repair the issues. 

“These allegations had been a case the place I didn’t personal that facility, I merely was financing it,” Wright stated on Inside Texas Politics. “I actually did the precise factor to guard the taxpayer {dollars}.” 

On the middle of the race between Wright and Castañeda is how they might deal with implementing environmental protections whereas serving on the fee. 

Castañeda is operating on a platform of concentrating on scofflaw oil and fuel corporations. She stated she needs to make sure these companies observe guidelines which were in place for 100 years. 

“I’m merely operating to get the railroad fee again on observe in implementing these legal guidelines,” she stated of flaring, the observe of burning off fuel. 

The 2 candidates differ on the problem of local weather change and whether or not fossil fuels have an effect. 

“The earth’s going to proceed to evolve, and I am unsure we’ve got good information on what’s inflicting our local weather change,” Wright stated. 

However Castañeda stated it’s turning into the trade customary to acknowledge the impression of carbon emissions on the setting. 

“There is not any doubt that local weather change is actual and that fossil fuels manufacturing impacts it,” she stated. “However that doesn’t imply we’re sunk, it simply implies that the oil and fuel trade must do higher with its greenhouse fuel emissions.” 

Texas sees excessive variety of early voters

Many Texans are turning out in droves to vote early for the November election. 

Regardless of authorized battles over mail-in voting, Republicans say the legislation is obvious that there can solely be one drop-off location for absentee ballots per county. 

And so they do not consider that limiting mail-in voting will harm their possibilities of incomes votes. 

State Senator Paul Bettencourt says even aged voters are turning out at early polling areas and many individuals have opted to forfeit their mail-in ballots in order that they’ll vote in individual as a substitute. 

RELATED: Here is methods to keep away from the commonest errors made on mail-in ballots in Texas

Reporter roundtable

WFAA anchor Jason Wheeler, the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey, Fort Price Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and WFAA political producer Berna Dean Steptoe focus on the most recent headlines within the state. 

All people’s speaking in regards to the massive early vote in locations like Houston and Tarrant County. We nonetheless have two full weeks to go — what will we make of those lengthy traces and massive numbers? And we check out the early voting turnout information.

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