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Point Austin: Perry's Peacock
Wallace Hall's abuse of power serves his governor
News Column  April 18, 2014, by Michael King
"...Nor is this a partisan fight: In fact the Committee is bipartisan, and the legislator most personally locked in combat with Hall has been Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxa­hachie (in a reckless attempt to embarrass Pitts, Hall fed confidential UT documents to cooperative reporters)...."

On the Lege
When suffering the Lege, just remember: It could always be worse
News Column  May 25, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...But his trademark poker face is showing signs of mutiny-related stress, as a crop of veteran Republicans has lined up to run for his seat. As of midweek, the hopefuls included Ways and Means Chair Jim Keffer; former Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts (making his second attempt); Brian McCall, who early this year pulled out of the speaker's race to support Pitts; and local-government champion Fred Hill...."

Point Austin: News Not Fit To Print
Trying to find a silver lining ... anywhere
News Column  January 28, 2011, by Michael King
"...My colleague Richard Whittaker, who's bravely paying even closer attention, is convinced that House Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts, who laid out the no taxes/no reserves budget to his stunned colleagues last week, was engaging in "brinkmanship" intended to shake some sense into those reps who still believe you can run a state this size (and growing) on ideology and air. As evidence, Richard notes that longtime Capitol observer Dave McNeely reported this week that after the draft House budget reflected the closing of four community colleges, four GOP reps went home to tell their constituents they would not allow that to happen (and the Senate draft retains the colleges)...."

The Plot Thickens
Funeral Scandal Is a Real Scene Stealer
News Story  May 5, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...The funeral directors have taken many of their complaints to Rep. Jim Pitts, the Waxahachie Republican who helped write the legislation during the last session that now governs the TFSC..."

Point Austin: We Have Just Begun To Fight
The budget battles are only skirmishes in the long march toward democracy
News Column  March 18, 2011, by Michael King
"...Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, and Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie – and several other legislative veterans have made it clear they cannot write a rational state budget without at least using some of the Rainy Day Fund (aka the Economic Stabilization Fund, for fans of fiscal stability)..."

Medicaid and the Lege: Throw 'Em in the Street?
'Dropping out of Medicaid' may not be so easy for Texas
News Story  December 10, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...On Nov. 20, House Appropri­a­tions Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxa­ha­chie, told an Ellis County tea party meeting that if Medicaid goes, "We will have to throw some people out in the street." Rep..."

Dukes Under Siege
District 46 race pits veteran incumbent vs. newcomer Thompson
News Story  January 25, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...But due to the support several of its members showed for Craddick during the unsuccessful challenge by Jim Pitts and later in the session, they have been tagged as Craddick Ds. Strother, who is also Dukes' campaign spokesman, called it "comparable to using a slur, whether it be a racial or sexual..."

TV Eye
What on TV is bugging "TV Eye"? Pretty much everything.
Screens Column  April 11, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...I admit to finding a few laughs in Oliver Beene (Fox), but I think it's mostly the automatic reflex of a couch potato gone catatonic. And The Pitts (Fox)? The name says it all...."

Budget: Artificial Limits
Despite economic boom, Lege looks to restrict spending
News Story  January 8, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...So has Comptroller Susan Combs, replaced by Williams' former chambermate, Glenn Hegar. Meanwhile the House starts deliberations without five-time Appropriations Committee chair, respected Waxahachie Republican Jim Pitts..."

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
News Story  January 14, 2011, by Richard Whittaker, Wells Dunbar, Lee Nichols and Jordan Smith
"...However, ranking Republicans like House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, and Public Health Chair Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, have already started trying to blunt tea party aggression against essential programs like Medicaid. Once on the floor, the more pragmatic GOPers are likely to work with the more seasoned Democrats – presuming there are enough of either..."

Special Summer?
Gov. Perry and Speaker Straus play down the need for a speedy special session (note the speedy bit)
DAILY News  June 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...First the press had to endure the Straus presser (well, endure is the wrong term, considering he had the courtesy to lay on coffee and breakfast tacos.) Flanked by the great and the good of the House, incuding Reps. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, and Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, Straus admitted that it had been a complex session (further complicated by the fact that "after [Rep..."

Gov. Perry Signs Film Incentives Bill Into Law
Troublemaker Studios plays host to supporters of HB 873
Screens Story  May 1, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...When the bill was originally introduced, it excluded Dallas and Austin from extra incentives for shooting in economically distressed areas: Those restrictions were stripped out, meaning productions at both Austin Studios and Troublemaker can compete with facilities in other poorer areas of the state. Dukes noted the work isn't finished until the state budget goes through the joint House-Senate conference committee, but with House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, joining Dukes as a bill author, the outlook is good...."

Film News
Friday Night Lights gets renewed for two more seasons, and the House passes the incentives bill. Are things looking up for the Texas film industry?
Screens Column  April 10, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...Rep. Jim Pitts, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, is talking of needs for additional oversight of all Perry's programs, including film..."

The Insurance Industry Scam
A Q&A with whistle-blower Wendell Potter
News Story  January 21, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...AC: House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts recently told a tea party meeting that cutting Medicaid would mean throwing patients out in the street. You saw this room of "government-over-my-dead-body" types rock back in their seats..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 11, 2003
"...I wrote to express my appreciation to you for such a well-thought-out commentary on the raging debate over affirmative action in this country ["Page Two," June 27]. Your point about the privileged being helped out by another sort of de facto affirmative action for centuries was echoed this week by Leonard Pitts, a columnist in the Miami Herald..."

Luv Doc: - * - = +
When is it appropriate to punch the Dalai Lama in the face?
Columns  October 1, 2015

The Spirit of 76th
The Presidential Card
News Column  June 17, 1999, by Erica C. Barnett
"...Legislation by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, that would have allowed Texas to execute juveniles as young as 16 by lethal injection, died in a Republican-chaired committee..."

1, 2, Tres, Cuatro: The Name Game
What's in a name? Plenty if you're a WIMP or WEENIE!
Music Column  February 10, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Oh yeah – Rose does the mom thing, too. Her daughter Noël Marie Pitts is the newest addition to the Chronicle's promotions department...."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Davis The story of two brothers: one who’s devoted to his family, the other who’s obsessed with the Manson Family. Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Tobin Bell, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue (World Premiere)..."

Money for Nothing
The Texas record on "enterprise funds" is even worse than meets the eye
News Story  October 30, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Dukes said, adding that there has been "an ongoing conflict" during the last three sessions between the Legis­lat­ure and the governor's mansion. "There have even been efforts by [House Approp­ri­ations Committee Chair Jim Pitts] and the Republicans to zero out the budget..."

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