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AG candidate George P. Bush shares views on government transparency

At the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual conference in Austin, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, (left) who is challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in 2022, fielded questions about his views on open government issues during an interview program moderated by Bob Garrett, Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who is challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the 2022 Republican primary, fielded questions about his views on open government issues at the Freedom of Information Foundation annual conference in Austin.
Weeks after Bush announced his candidacy in June, former President Donald Trump endorsed incumbent Paxton, even though in the past Trump has referred to the Texas land commissioner as “the only Bush who likes me.”

FOIFT James Madison Award cites Odessa American publisher, staff in fight against city hall

Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty (left) accepts the James Madison Award from FOIFT Director Paul Watler, a First Amendment attorney with Jackson Walker. The American was also honored with the Spirit of FOI Award.

In leading his troops into battle for transparency in city government, Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty exemplifies the principles set forth in the of Bill of Rights by its author, James Madison, attorney Paul Watler said in presenting the James Madison Award at the Henry Faulk Awards Luncheon during the 2021 Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas annual conference in Austin.

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Promotions, staff additions and other changes at Texas newspapers.

MIRANDA OGLESBY, Mount Pleasant Tribune

FOIFT to honor Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty with Madison Award

AUSTIN – Odessa American publisher Patrick Canty, whose newspaper has waged a lengthy legal battle for access to local public records, will be honored with the prestigious James Madison Award.

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas bestows the award on those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the principles of the First Amendment and open government. It will be presented at the foundation’s state conference Sept. 24.

Better Newspaper Contest changing schedule for next event

The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is going back to a calendar year contest period, giving newspapers a few more months to prepare for the next event.

For the past two contests, newspapers have submitted contest entries in late September and early October. There is no contest entry period this fall, however. Instead, entries will be accepted next spring. The contest is changing to adapt to TPA’s schedule of an annual summer convention.

Texas Girls Coaches Association honors TPA

TPA Chairman Ramona Ferguson with Brad Blalock, TGCA board president.

The Texas Girls Coaches Association honored Texas Press Association with the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award, citing outstanding contributions to girls’ athletics, during an awards program held in conjunction with the group’s annual summer clinic. On behalf of TPA, Chairman Ramona Ferguson accepted the award from Brad Blalock, incoming TGCA board president. TPA was recognized for doing an outstanding job of promoting girls’ athletics throughout Texas by distributing press releases and covering girls’ athletics.