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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Margaret Justus  281-250-8253

    (AUSTIN) After wrapping up one of their most attended and most discussed on social media public conferences last month, officials with The Texas Lyceum today announced that Renard U. Johnson of El Paso, President and founder of Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI) has been sworn in as their 2017 President. In addition, the non-profit, non-partisan premier leadership organization announced 16 new Lyceum Directors were selected (see list below) to join the organization, which is focused on cultivating the next generation of Texas leaders by engaging them in a wide range of timely public policy topics generating dynamic, yet respectful debate.

    “As a proud El Pasoan I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this network of dynamic people into its 37th year,” said Johnson. “The Texas Lyceum plays a significant role among our state’s opinion leaders by gathering a diverse group of smart Texas leaders and providing them opportunities for civil discourse about significant policy issues which are important to the future of Texas and our nation.”

    Johnson holds a B.S. in Business from The University of Texas at El Paso and is very committed to and passionate about his community. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch; Former Chairman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and a former member of the UTEP College of Engineering Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the UTEP College of Business Gold Nugget Award in 2013 and the UTEP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

    One of the many advantages of serving as a Lyceum Director is the opportunity to participate in a list of select forums focusing on important public policy topics facing Texas such as the upcoming March conference in Corpus Christi entitled, “Two Americas: Guns’ Polarizing Effect on American Culture.” In June the group convenes in Washington D.C. for “Is Civility Lost? When Did Compromise Become a Dirty Word? Finding Common Ground in a Fractured Society” and then in Bastrop in October where the public policy topic is “Human Trafficking…Demystifying the Taboo.”

    In addition to conferences, another key 2017 Lyceum program includes the 11th annual statewide independent Texas Lyceum Poll (date to be announced), examining the public policy issues most important to Texans.

    The Texas Lyceum also announced that Brad Morrison of Boerne will serve as the Texas Lyceum 2017 President-Elect.

    In addition, The Texas Lyceum has named the following outstanding Texans to serve as Directors in the Class of 2017:

    HOUSTON
    Yvette Casares Willis, Senior Account Executive, Houston Dynamo, Major League Soccer

    DALLAS
    Sarah Jackson, Director of Public Affairs, Dallas Citizens Council

    SAN ANTONIO
    Casandra Matej, President and CEO, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs
    Lillian Riojas, Director, Media Relations and Communications, Valero Energy

    EL PASO
    Eduardo Gutierrez, Vice President of External and Public Affairs for El Paso Electric

    FORT WORTH
    Michael Crain, President, Krobar Holdings

    AUSTIN
    Jay Kleberg, Associate Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
    Joseph Kosper, President, moovel
    Paul Miller, Associate Director, Clements Center for National Security
    Emily Ramshaw, Editor in Chief, Texas Tribune

    MCALLEN
    Amanda Saldaña, The Amanda Saldaña Law Firm

    DUNCANVILLE
    Michael Grace, Managing Principal, Metro Development Consulting

    MIDLAND
    Stephen Robertson, Executive Vice President, Permian Basin Petroleum Association

    LUBBOCK
    Robert Schmid, M.D., President and Founder, Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute

    DRIFTWOOD/DRIPPING SPRINGS
    Walt Smith, President, Duck Documents/The Mallard Group

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


  • Sunday, January 08, 2017 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Lindsay, Lyceum VP Media, Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com, 281-224-0968

    AUSTIN—The Texas Lyceum, the premier non-profit, non-partisan statewide leadership organization, will convene its 31st Public Conference with the topic “What is the Proper Role of Government?” on Friday, January 27th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas. The conference will feature officials from all tiers of government, influential business leaders as well as members of the judiciary. The Texas Lyceum conducts periodic public forums, commissions The Texas Lyceum Poll, and convenes programs for its 96 directors to explore and discuss key economic and social issues of the state and nation.

    “This conference will take place two weeks after the onset of the 85th Legislative Session of the State of Texas and one week after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States at the ideal time and place for the Texas Lyceum’s exploration of the tension between local, state and federal authority,” said Renard Johnson, Texas Lyceum President. “The Lyceum exists to help build a deeper understanding of the complex and important public policy issues impacting Texas, and, with this conference we will explore policy areas in education, e-sharing, border control, pensions and much more.” Notable conference participants include: former Dallas Mayor and Ambassador Ron Kirk; former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; Matthew Dowd with ABC News; Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush; former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos; Texas Mayors Sylvester Turner (Houston), Steve Adler (Austin), Betsy Price (Fort Worth) and Maher Maso (Frisco); Texas Legislators Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Jeff Leach, Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Rep. Rafael Anchia, Sen. Don Huffines and Sen. Sylvia Garcia, four Justices on the Texas Supreme Court and top executives with AT&T, Uber and Chambers of Commerce.

    The day kicks off at 8:15 am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, Texas with a greeting from Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

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    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum



  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Margaret Justus 281-250-8253

    Presidential Trial Ballots: Trump, Clinton, Johnson & Stein PLUS 
    Longitudinal topics from past Texas Lyceum Polls

    ·       Border security / Immigration
    ·       Voter ID law
    ·       Affordable Care Act / Medicaid Expansion
    ·       Police discrimination
    ·       Right track / wrong track
    ·       President Obama’s and Governor Abbott’s job approval ratings
    ·       Most important issues facing Texas and the country
    ·       U.S. and Texas economic outlook

    Some new questions asked this year

    ·       Building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration
    ·       Transgender Public Facilities Policy
    ·       Regulating Ride Hailing Services like Uber and Lyft

    (AUSTIN - TX) The Texas Lyceum 2016 Poll, a public service provided by the state’s only nonpartisan, nonprofit premier leadership public policy group, is scheduled to be released at a news conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, September 14, 9:00 AM at the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Ann Arnold Center, 502 East 11th Street, 2nd floor.

    The following morning, Thursday, September 15, a second set of poll results from the same survey will be released via a news release and on the Texas Lyceum website covering the U.S Presidential race, job approval numbers, right track/wrong track and Texans’ attitude about the state and national economies.

    The Texas Lyceum Poll, which was in the field from September 1 – September 11 surveys 1,000 Texas adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. The poll enlists the latest in polling techniques, using live interviewers and contacting respondents both by landline as well as on cell phones (40%) with the use of English and Spanish language instrumentation and interviewing.

    "This year marks the 10th annual Texas Lyceum Poll and we're honored to provide it as a public service to Texas. The 2016 poll will test major public policy issues facing our state and will be one of the last polls focused on Texas leading up to the presidential election," said 2016 Texas Lyceum President Dave Shaw. "Anyone who follows politics and public policy will not want to miss the trial ballots or Texans' perceptions of issues heating up for the 85th Legislature." 

    Daron Shaw (no relation to Dave Shaw) Ph.D., a Lyceum Alumnus and Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Joshua Blank Ph.D, manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project, independently conducted the 2016 Texas Lyceum Poll as they have for the past ten years.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.om/texaslyceum

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  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Program to bring together business leaders, athletes and policymakers to explore all aspects of football in the Lone Star State

    CONTACT: Lauren Van Ert
    512-344-2601
    Lauren@MonumentGroupLLC.com

    AUSTIN – The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan statewide leadership organization, will host its 30th annual Public Conference on the sport of choice in Texas…football.

    The conference will take place on April 1, 2016 on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus in Fort Worth and will gather several hundred conference attendees and speakers, including policymakers, business leaders, broadcasters, interested citizens and athletes to discuss “The Big Business of Football in Texas.”

    "The Texas Lyceum Public Conference is a forum for addressing the leading public policy topics facing our state, and here in the birthplace of Friday Night Lights, football is both a cultural touchstone and a multi-billion dollar industry," said Texas Lyceum President Dave Shaw. "Our program includes state and national experts who will take on issues like the economic impact of football on communities, brain health and concussions, college recruiting and student athletes, high school football, and the future of a sport that means so much to Texans."

    The conference will investigate topics of ethics and leadership, the role of the student-athlete, concussions and brain health, recruiting and the impact of sports on our economy and our communities, among other topics. The 2016 Public Conference will be interactive, dynamic and informative, and provide insight into the big business of football in Texas in a way that has never been done before.

    Featured speakers will include panel discussions with athletes, coaches, parents, medical professionals, recruiters, journalists, equipment manufacturers and more. Confirmed speakers include:

    • Britton Banowsky, Executive Director, College Football Playoff Foundation

    • Ben Blocker, Creative Director, C3 Presents (Producers of NFL Draft Town)

    • Dr. Charles Breithaupt, Executive Director, UIL

    • Sandra Bond Chapman, Founder and Chief Director, Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas

    • Jennifer Hale, Sideline Reporter, Fox Sports Southwest

    • Dale Hansen, Sportscaster, WFAA

    • Dave Marver, CEO and Co-Founder, Vicis

    • Mathew Matheny, Attorney, Provost Umphrey Law Firm

    • Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

    • Daron K. Roberts, Former NFL Coach and Director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, University of Texas at Austin

    • D.W. Rutledge, Executive Director, Texas High School Coaches Association

    • Brad Sham, The “Voice” of the Dallas Cowboys

    • Lauren Silverman, Health Reporter, KERA

    • Reilly Fox, Kicker, Paschal High School

    • Ricky Williams, 1998 Heisman Trophy Winner, Former NFL Player, Longhorn Network Commentator

    • Troy Vincent, EVP, NFL Football Operations

    • Craig Way, Host, AM 1300 The Zone and High School Scoreboard Live on Fox Sports Southwest Play-by-Play Announcer, Texas Longhorns

    The Lyceum meeting is open to the public and those interested in attending can visit www.BigTexasFootball.com to register. Media interested in covering the event are welcome to attend, but must RSVP to Lauren@MonumentGroupLLC.com or (512) 344-2601.

    For media interested in speaking with a panelist in advance of the event, please contact Lauren@MonumentGroupLLC.com or (512) 344-2601.

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    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.BigTexasFootball.com. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/texaslyceum.


  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Statewide Leadership Group schedules expedition to Cuba and a bold Public Conference on the Big Business of Football in Texas

    (AUSTIN) The Texas Lyceum today announced that Dave Shaw of Austin, President of Arrow Media, an Austin based branding and public relations firm, will be sworn in as its president on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Texas Capitol. In addition, the non-profit, non-partisan organization announced 18 new Lyceum Directors have been selected (list below) to join the organization, which is focused on cultivating the next generation of Texas leaders by engaging them in an array of invaluable statewide and international programming sparking lively and respectful public policy debate. Texas State Senator and Lyceum Alumnus Kirk Watson of Austin will deliver the oath of office to Shaw in the Texas House Chamber.

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Texas Lyceum into its 36th year,” said Shaw. “The Texas Lyceum plays a vital role by bringing together diverse leaders from across the state and creating a space for civil discourse about the policy issues that are important to the future of Texas. It’s an organization where we leave partisan politics at the door to create a statewide network of leaders who can work together for the betterment of our state.”

    Shaw holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Communications at Chapel Hill and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an Austin Under 40 award and being named a Fellow of the British-American Project.

    In 2016, Lyceum Directors will engage in a valuable list of statewide programming including the year’s first meeting later this month in Galveston entitled, “Facing the Storm: Preserving a Resilient Texas,” which will focus on state preparedness for natural disasters, as well as the economics of recovery. On April 1st the Texas Lyceum’s 30th Public Conference will be held in Fort Worth with strong debate around “The Big Business of Football in Texas,” including issues such as the economics of football, college recruiting and concussions. In June, Lyceum Directors will travel to Havana, Cuba to learn how Texas can be a top Cuban trading partner. Other 2016 Texas Lyceum programming will take the group to the Rio Grande Valley in August for a comprehensive discussion on border security and immigration, and to San Antonio in October for an examination of the state’s evolving auto industry and sharing economy.

    Another key 2016 Lyceum program includes the 10th annual statewide independent Texas Lyceum Poll (date to be announced), examining the public policy issues most important to Texans.

    The Texas Lyceum also announced Renard Johnson of El Paso will serve as the Texas Lyceum 2016 President-Elect.

    In addition, The Texas Lyceum has named the following outstanding Texans to serve as Directors in the Class of 2016:

    HOUSTON
    Alejandro “Alex” Cestero, Sr. Vice President, General Counsel, Frank’s International N.V.
    Amanda Hughes, Vice President, Angelo, Gordon and Company
    Ryan Lindsey, Gallery Owner, John Palmer Art Gallery and Studio

    DALLAS
    Holly Kuzmich, Senior Vice President, George W. Bush Presidential Center
    L. Brandon Steinmann, Government Relations Department Manager, DFW International Airport

    SAN ANTONIO
    Erika Gonzales-Reyes, CEO, South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals

    AUSTIN
    Fayruz Benyousef, Founder and Principal, Fayruz Benyousef Consulting
    JJ Colburn, Executive Director, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
    Dan Graham, Founder and CEO, Build a Sign
    Thomas Miranda, Founder and CEO, Sparkovation IT Advisors

    BROWNSVILLE
    Judge David Sanchez, 444th State District Court

    CALDWELL
    State Representative Leighton Schubert, HD-13

    HARLINGEN
    Rosalinda Mercado-Garza, CEO, E-Colors Education Inc.
    Dan Sanchez, Cameron County Commissioner

    HUMBLE
    Reda Hicks, Senior Counsel Americas Energy Solutions, Panalpina, Inc.

    PLANO
    Lori McMahon, Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson

    SPEARMAN
    Garrett Gumfory, Director/Owner, Speartex Grain Company

    VICTORIA
    Annie Cullen, Attorney, Cullen, Carsner, Seerden, Cullen LLP

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


  • Friday, October 23, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAN ANTONIOThe Texas Lyceum, the premier non-profit, non-partisan statewide leadership organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, will today convene state leaders and policy experts for a robust and interactive discussion on the “Storied Relationship Between the U.S. Military and Texas.” The Texas Lyceum conducts periodic public forums, commissions The Texas Lyceum Poll, and convenes programs for its 96 directors to explore and discuss key economic and social issues of the state and nation. This program is the final meeting of 2015.

    San Antonio is the ideal setting for the Texas Lyceum’s exploration of the relationship between the military and our state,” said Jane Cummins, Texas Lyceum President. “The Lyceum exists to help build a deeper understanding of the complex and important public policy issues impacting Texas. Our active duty military and our veterans, and the issues that impact them, are among the most important topics we can discuss and understand.”  

    The meeting kicks off at 8:30am on the grounds of The Alamo where Lyceum directors and guests will be greeted by San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, following the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Pledge of Allegiance led by a local Cub Scout troop. Following the opening ceremonies, will be three panel presentations as outlined below:

    9:15am         Setting the Stage – Texas and the Military

    Stephen L.  Moore, Author of Texas Rising, Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign, Last Stand of the Texas Cherokees: Chief Bowles and the 1839 Cherokee War in Texas, Taming Texas: Captain William T. Sadler's Lone Star Service

    10:00am       Scenes from Texas Military History: An Epic Across Three Centuries

    Moderator: Josh Trevino, Vice President for Strategy, Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Lyceum Class of 2014

    Speakers: Dr. Don Frazier, Professor of History, McMurry University; Dr. Stephen Hardin, Professor of History, McMurry University; Emilio Zamora, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin               

    10:50am       The Physical and Emotional Well-Being of Our Active Military and Veterans

    Moderator: Esteban Lopez, President, San Antonio and Southwest Texas, Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas, and Lyceum Class of 2015

    Speakers: LTC. Kevin Chung, M.D., Interim Director of Research, for the Research Directorate, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research; Julianne Flynn, M.D., Acting Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System; Dr. Byron Hepburn, Major General, USAF (Ret) AVP and Director, Military Health Institute (MHI) at UTHSCSA; Colonel Damon Baine, Chief Operating Officer, San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS)

    In the afternoon, Lyceum directors and guests will visit Lackland Air Force Base for additional presentations, including conversations around base realignment, veteran employment and cyber warfare, among other topics.

    In the evening, the Lyceum will host a dinner and conversation at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts where the group will be greeted by J. Bruce Bugg, Chairman and Trustee of The Tobin Endowment, and will later hear from Major General William Len Smith, TXARNG, Deputy Adjutant General-Army and Commander, Texas Army National Guard and Colonel Doug O’Connell, TXARNG, and Lyceum Class of 2011.

     

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    About The Texas Lyceum
    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit
    www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum

     


  • Thursday, October 01, 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUSTIN — An independent poll conducted by the Texas Lyceum, a non-partisan, nonprofit statewide leadership group, shows billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump leading U.S. Senator Ted Cruz by five points (21 percent-16 percent) in Texas in the 2016 Republican Presidential nominating contest. The survey also shows former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a substantial lead in the Democratic primary, but trailing in a November 2016 general election among Texas voters.

    “We are proud to publicly share the results of our ninth Texas Lyceum Poll with Texas’ policymakers, scholars and citizens,” said 2015 Lyceum President Jane Cummins. “We included a diverse set of questions ranging from U.S. presidential contenders to a variety of issues facing our state. We will continue to use the poll as a foundation for discussion at our annual public conferences and quarterly meetings, and readily share these valuable data to inform public policy discussions in Texas.”

    Trump’s support in the Lyceum Poll remains consistent with national polls across most age groups: including those 65 and older, 45 to 64, and 30 to 44, only trailing retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson by one point (22 percent to 21 percent) among potential Republican Primary voters under the age of 29.

    Due to the large field of candidates, the Lyceum poll asked, “who would be your second choice” for president? This question revealed that 37 percent of Trump’s voters would support Ted Cruz, followed by 24 percent for Carson.

    On the Democratic side, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field with 36 percent of the vote followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (24 percent), Vice President Joe Biden (15 percent), and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (2 percent).

    Looking ahead to the November 2016 general election in Texas, Clinton trails Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump by eight, seven, and two points, respectively. However, she is ahead of Florida Senator Marco Rubio by seven points.

    “Mrs. Clinton actually polls better in Texas right now than one might have expected,” said Prof. Daron Shaw, who oversees the Lyceum Poll along with Lyceum Research Director, Joshua Blank. “But this is primarily due to her greater name recognition and the divisiveness of the GOP contest at this early stage.”

    Texas and National Economy

    Despite a declining state unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.8 percent this time last year, Texans see the economy as stagnant compared to a year ago. Looking to the national economy, Texans’ attitudes are mixed. A plurality believes we are worse off than last year (34 percent), but an almost equal proportion (31 percent) says that the national economy has improved.

    Job Approval

    In the poll, which was conducted September 8 - 21, 56 percent of likely voters approve of the job Governor Abbott is doing. Meanwhile, the poll shows a slight bump (eight percent) in approval ratings for President Obama compared to last year’s Lyceum poll. A majority of respondents, 52 percent, indicated that President Obama is either doing a “very good” or “somewhat good” job as president, compared with 44 percent who indicated that the president is doing either a “somewhat poor” or “very poor” job.

    The Texas Lyceum poll is an important snapshot of opinions on the key issues and people driving public discussion in Texas,” said Jenifer Sarver, Vice President of Media & Poll for the Texas Lyceum. “Texas is poised to play an important role in the 2016 presidential election and we hope this poll will be an informative tool for media and voters as we move closer to the primary.”

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit  www.texaslyceum.org. Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum  http://twitter.com/texaslyceum

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  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Texas Lyceum Poll Finds:

    •       Immigration remains the most important issue facing the state and Texans support lawmakers’ increased spending on border security.
    •       Texans’ views on gay marriage are changing. Forty nine percent of Texans support gay marriage - up from 29 percent in 2009.
    •       Experience with race-based discrimination shifts greatly depending on the racial or ethnic background of the person polled.   
    •       Football rules in Texas. Despite national poll numbers revealing 40 percent of Americans would discourage their children from playing youth football, 72 percent of Texans would encourage children to play football.
    •      A growing number of Texans, 46 percent, support legalizing the use of marijuana (up by 13 percent since 2011) and among those who oppose legalization, 57 percent support decriminalization.
    •       Texans are not overly concerned about climate change, but a majority (67 percent) would support new regulations on private companies.

    AUSTIN — An independent statewide poll conducted earlier this month (Sept. 8-21) by the Texas Lyceum, the state’s premier non-partisan, nonprofit statewide leadership group, suggests that Texans believe immigration is the state’s number one issue, continue to love their football, have moderated their opinion on the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage over the years, and support some regulation to reduce global warming.

    “As the Texas Lyceum celebrates its 35th anniversary, we are proud to conduct this public service offering the media, policymakers, scholars and the general public an annual snapshot of Texans’ views on key issues,” said 2015 Texas Lyceum President Jane Cummins. “This year the Texas Lyceum held meetings focused on the Texas economy and the war on drugs, among other topics, and next year we will address the big business of football in Texas, showing our programs are on point with what Texans are talking about.”

    Border Security / Immigration

    Border security and/or immigration has remained one of the top three issues for Texans since the inception of the Lyceum Poll. This year the Lyceum Poll gauged Texans’ thoughts on two related policies - one state and the other federal. At the state level, a majority of Texans (62 percent) favor state lawmakers’ approval to spend $800 million on border security operations over the next two years.

    Turning to federal policy, 65 percent of Texans approve of the federal government’s decision to halt deportations of undocumented immigrant youth who attend college or serve in the military while providing them with a work permit. Only 20 percent queried believe this policy did “a lot” to encourage illegal immigration.

    Gay Marriage

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision over the summer that legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states, more Texans favor allowing same sex marriage than say they oppose it. Our survey shows 49 percent of Texans favor gay marriage, up from 33 percent when asked a similar question in 2011. However, 40 percent are opposed to allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to marry legally.

    Racial Discrimination

    In light of recent national and Texas race-related controversies, the Lyceum Poll asked respondents two related questions: First, was there ever "a specific instance in which you felt discriminated against by the police because of your racial or ethnic background?” Second, was there ever, "a specific instance in which you felt discriminated against by an employer or a potential employer because of your racial or ethnic background?” Reviewing the total sample with regard to police discrimination, only 17 percent of Texans believed they were discriminated against by police because of their racial or ethnic background. However, on closer inspection, these numbers shift significantly according to the race or ethnicity of the respondent. Four percent of whites, 24 percent of Hispanics and 45 percent of black respondents said they had felt discriminated against by the police. This pattern held with regard to Texans’ attitudes about employer discrimination as well. Only 11 percent of whites indicated they had been discriminated against by an employer, while 27 percent of Hispanics and 42 percent of black Texans felt they had experienced a form of workplace discrimination.

    Football Reigns

    Despite growing national concern that children who suffer repeated head injuries from tackle football can sustain long-term brain damage, Texans would not discourage their children from playing the contact sport. In fact, 72 percent of those polled said they would encourage children to play football while only 21 percent would discourage it. These numbers contrast with a national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken last year showing that 40 percent of Americans would steer their children away from playing football due to concerns over concussions.

    Legalizing / Decriminalizing Marijuana

    As more states either decriminalize or legalize marijuana - with Texas lawmakers passing limited medical marijuana use this past legislative session - a majority of Texans don’t support legalization outright. The survey shows 50 percent of Texans are opposed to legalization, while 46 percent of Texas adults said that they would support legalizing the use of marijuana. However, the numbers are breaking in favor of legalization as support has gone up by 13 points when compared with a question asked in the 2011 Lyceum Poll. Meanwhile, among those who oppose legalization, 57 percent said they would support decriminalization. Specifically, this group agrees on “reducing the maximum punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a citation and a fine.”

    Climate Change

    Global warming is not a top concern for Texans. When asked if they personally worry about climate change, 50 percent say “only a little” or “not at all.” But when asked “would you support or oppose Congress passing new legislation that would regulate energy output from private companies in an attempt to reduce global warming,” 67 percent of Texans said they would support such regulation.

    Daron Shaw, Ph.D., Professor at The University of Texas at Austin and a Texas Lyceum alumnus, oversaw the poll, which was conducted September 8-21, 2015, and queried 1,000 adult Texans. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Dr. Shaw and Texas Lyceum Research Director Joshua Blank, used the latest statistically-advisable polling techniques: live interviewers contacted respondents both by landline as well as cell phones (40 percent) and administered the survey in the respondent’s language of choice (English or Spanish).

    “Throughout its history, the Texas Lyceum Poll has demonstrated that the demographic and cultural diversity of Texas produces a wide range of attitudes and opinions on economics, society, and politics,” said Shaw. “We continue to be disabused of the notion that Texans are all one thing or the other; there certainly is a conservative reservoir of opinion, but that plays out in complex ways depending upon the particular issue.”

    “The Texas Lyceum is a pipeline for Texas leaders, and an important part of our mission is to provide current and future leaders with data to drive substantive, informed debate and discussion,” said Jenifer Sarver, Vice President of Media & Poll for the Texas Lyceum. “As the premier non-partisan statewide leadership organization, we have provided a transparent, independent survey for nine years running, and we look forward to the conversations this poll will spark.”

    The poll covered a number of additional topics from the economy to the Affordable Care Act. Please view the summary of the poll and additional information on our website, where we have provided all results for the past nine years.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


  • Monday, August 10, 2015 9:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Lyceum, a premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced it will convene its quarterly meeting in El Paso, Texas, on August 14, 2015 to discuss the hotly debated topic, “Have We Lost the War on Drugs?”

    “The Texas Lyceum aims to provoke thoughtful and informed discussions about important public policy issues facing Texas,” said Jane Cummins, president of the Texas Lyceum. “The war on drugs is a hot topic, with a wide range of opinions on all sides of this controversial issue and we aim to study, investigate and debate each one.” 

    At the day-long meeting, Lyceum Directors and their guests will hear from a wide range of El Pasoans, including journalists and judicial, law enforcement and political leaders who are well versed in these challenging issues. Throughout the day, panelists will address questions such as:

    • ·       Should our state be discussing the legalization of marijuana?
    • ·       Could legalization or decriminalization of marijuana be in Texas’ future?
    • ·       What have we learned from other states?
    • ·       How could this radical change potentially impact our economy and our legal systems?

    The El Paso quarterly meeting will delve into these important questions and will include varied perspectives on the war on drugs. In addition, we will provide an exclusive view of how law enforcement agencies deal with the drug trade as it enters the country through our Texas borders.

    We have assembled a number of expert panelists, which consist of current law enforcement (E.P.P.D., FBI, DEA, Sheriff) along with a number of Federal, local Judges and elected officials that will provide their views on these controversial issues.

    The meeting will include the following panels:

    ** Morning panels held at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center Room 128**

    8:45 a.m.         The Battle on the Streets: Law Enforcement Perspective

    Moderator: Estela Casas, News Anchor, KVIA Channel 7 ABC affiliate

    Speakers: Greg Allen, El Paso Chief of Police; Jaime Esparza, District Attorney for the 34th  Judicial District of Texas; Douglas Lindquist, FBI Special Agent in Charge, El Paso; Will Glaspy, DEA Special Agent in Charge, El Paso

     10:30 a.m.       The Courts and the Price of the “War on Drugs”

    Moderator: Patrick Schaefer, Executive Director, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, The University of Texas at El Paso

    Speakers: Judge David Briones, United States Senior District Judge for the Western District of Texas; Judge Miguel Torres, United States Federal Magistrate for the Western District of Texas; Judge Diane Navarrete, State District Judge, Criminal District Court 1; Jim Darnell, Criminal Defense Attorney El Paso; Rafael De La Garza II, Criminal Defense Attorney Dallas

     **Afternoon panels to be held at Southwest University/Chihuahua Stadium, Durango Street entrance, WestStar Bank Area **

    12:45 p.m.      Excerpts from “Kingdom of Shadows”

    Speakers: Alfredo Corchado, Mexican Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News; Bernardo Ruiz, Founder, Quiet Pictures

    2:15 p.m.        Marijuana: Legalization, Decriminalization, and Alternatives to Prosecution

    Moderator: Angela Kocherga, Border Bureau Chief, KHOU

    Speakers: Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff; Colt DeMorris, Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), El Paso Chapter; Joe Moody, State Representative, District 78 D-El Paso

    The Lyceum meeting is closed to the public, but media interested in covering the event, are welcome to attend, but must RSVP to Jenifer@SarverStrategies.com or 512-577-9099.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum 


  • Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUSTIN The Texas Lyceum, thepremier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced that Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush would join members of the Texas Lyceum in Panama City, Panama for a three- day visit.

    “The Texas Lyceum aims to provoke thoughtful and informed discussions about important public policy issues facing Texas,” said Jane Cummins, president of the Texas Lyceum. “The expansion of international trade and the role ports play in our diverse, vibrant economy are critical to Texas’ future. By taking a firsthand look at the Panama Canal Expansion, we will forge important bonds with our Central American neighbors, andenable our members, guests and state officials to best prepare Texas for future growth and economic opportunity.”

    Texas ports provide jobs for 1.4 million Texans and contribute $2.4 billion in state and local taxes. Texas leads the United States in goods exports and waterborne commerce, which expands the Texas brand globally. Ports are vital to the economic strategy of Texas and maintaining a competitive edge is essential in long-term economic opportunity for Texans. The Panama Canal is currently undergoing substantial expansion to increase traffic flow and lower shipping costs across the globe. The expansion will double the Panama Canal’s current capacity, allowing larger ships (1,200-foot vessels) that carry cargo three times as great as previous trips.

    “The Texas economy is greatly influenced by international trade and our extensive port system,” said Secretary Cascos. “Texas should be preparing today for the opportunities that will come with the Panama Canal expansion tomorrow.”

    "The Panama Canal has played a key role in international trade for morethan 100 years. The new expansion will double the Canal's capacity,” Commissioner Bush said. "More shipping means more business opportunities for Texas, and we have to be ready to capitalize on it."

    Members and guests of the Texas Lyceum will address two key questions over several days of meetings, presentations and site visits to both the existing and newly expanded sections of the canal. First, do Texas ports have the infrastructure to deal with the larger vessels? And second, how can Texas partner with Panama to increase shipping traffic between Texas and Asia?

    In addition to panel discussions with leaders from Texas businesses andports, Lyceum directors are pleased to welcome statewide officials to Panama for the visit. Secretary Cascos and Commissioner Bush will both lead “fireside chats” with guests on subsequent evenings of the trip. The fireside chat is a long-standing Texas Lyceum tradition, in which invited speakers deliver remarks in a casual format that encourages discussion, debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, consistent with the organization’s mission.

    The trip, which runs from June 11-June 14, 2015 is open to Texas Lyceum directors, guests and sponsors. Sponsors of the meeting in Panama City include AT&T, SureScore, the Port of Houston Authority and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six- year term while under the age of 46, andhave demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


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