"...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)...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Rep. Jim Pitts, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, is talking of needs for additional oversight of all Perry's programs, including film..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Oh yeah – Rose does the mom thing, too. Her daughter Noël Marie Pitts is the newest addition to the Chronicle's promotions department...."
"...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)..."
"...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..."