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AT&T gives CEF $10K, Byron Cook addresses students at presentation

By Jennifer Miller Daily Sun     

AT&T is partnering with Corsicana ISD students in a big way. At Friday’s Corsicana Education Foundation board meeting, Debbie Keel, Regional Director for AT&T’s External Affairs, presented board members and students with a $10,000 check. State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) was present at the event and his support of local public schools was publicly acknowledged by Keel.cook-att-2

“I want to give a special thank you to State Representative Byron Cook for attending today,” Keel said. “We greatly appreciate your continued and strong support of education efforts and initiatives in the workforce in Corsicana and beyond.”

The grant will fund the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program at Corsicana High School.

In a press release issued by CISD and AT&T, Cook stated the following:

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RERfirst Note:

Only July 21, 2016 the Texas GOP primary victory of State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana RER56) was referred to the Office of the Texas Attorney General for investigation because of evidence of election fraud.  Read the RERfirst story here. 

Texas radio host’s daughter, 16, is found 1,200 miles away near Mexican border three days after she was reported missing with man, 29, who was arrested for unlawful restraint

A 16-year-old girl who went missing for three days has been found to the relief of her father, a radio show host who issued a public appeal for help on air.

Gabrielle Pagliarulo, of Spring Branch, Texas was found more than 1,200 miles away in San Diego, California on Saturday with Christopher Lee Fretwell, 29, who was arrested for unlawful restraint, police said.


The girl’s father Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, expressed his gratitude after he announced she was found near the border of Mexico.

Gabby was reported missing on Wednesday, and she was last seen with Fretwell in a 2011 Toyota Camry on Arizona’s Interstate 40, police said.

On Friday, Joe, who is broadcast on WOAI in San Antonio and KPRC in Houston, shared his worries on air, asking for people to keep their eyes peeled.

He also wrote a post on Facebook that read: ‘WE NEED her home. Gabby, we love you and miss you so much baby. Come home now.’

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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Huffines Calls for Real-Time Paper Election Records Urges the Office of Secretary of State to Rewrite Recently Proposed Rules

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Don Huffines

State Senator • District 16

August 31, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Contact: Brent Connett (512-463-0116)

Senator Huffines Calls for Real-Time Paper Election Records Urges the Office of Secretary of State to Rewrite Recently Proposed Rules

(DALLAS, TX) – After a careful review of recently proposed changes to the administration of elections in Texas and after considering input from concerned constituents, Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) called on the Office of the Secretary of State to reconsider and rewrite proposed rules to provide for real-time paper records and backups.

The following statement is attributable to Senator Huffines:

“Proposed updates to the way elections are run in Texas would wrongly reduce paper records and backups when we ought to be tightening security by making sure we keep proper records. The state’s chief election officers must reconsider and redraft their proposed election rules to pursue more realtime paper records and backups, not fewer. The proposed election rules take Texas backward on election integrity by raising voters’ doubts and suspicions at a time when Texas should be increasing voters’ confidence. The comfort & convenience of election administrators should not take priority over voters’ confidence and election integrity.

“Transparency in the administration of elections is an absolute necessity so voters may have confidence that our elections are fair and free of undue influence. Texas must bolster voters’ confidence by offering them transparent election policies that include real-time paper backup records.

“Foreign governments have recently compromised the records and communications of national partisan organizations, and of states’ registration rolls, making election hacking a remote but serious possibility. We must close the door to the possibility of undue influence over our elections, and we must prevent foreign governments from exploiting our systems and driving an outcome that serves them better than it serves the American people. At minimum, real-time paper records will help inform us of any irregularities – whether benign or malicious – so appropriate remedies can be pursued.

“I am outraged that Texas is not the nation’s leader on election integrity, and I’m appalled that we are moving backward rather than forward.”


Senator Don Huffines represents the North half of Dallas County in the Texas Senate. First elected in 2014, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and as a member of the Business & Commerce Committee, the Education Committee, and the Administration Committee. Senator Huffines is an advocate for free markets, less regulations, and believes in limited government, personal responsibility, and that individuals have the God-given right to pursue their own path.