Texas Soda Tax Sits Flat for East Texas

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
TYLER (KYTX) – You’ve probably heard the debate about the tax increase on sugary drinks in New York.Now, a Texas law maker wants you to pay more.A representative in San Antonio proposed a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity and other health problems.That means this can of coke, wouldn’t just be 99 cents at the gas station, it would cost you 12 extra cents to take a sip.... Read More

Local Leaders Weigh in on Ruling

Friday, February 08, 2013
Local legislators and school officials alike said they were not surprised by a judge’s ruling Monday finding the state’s funding system for public education unconstitutional.All agreed it is time for legislators to roll up their sleeves and work to fix the broken system.Rusk ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis said he hopes legislators are ready to do the work necessary to correct the system. “The court today pretty much said, ‘Go to work …’” Davis said. “It’s not going to be one person; it’s going to have to be a bipartisan effort to get this addressed.”... Read More

Gun Enthusiasts Rally for Second Amendment Rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Before an estimated 300-plus people, state and local officials proclaimed their ardent support for the right to bear arms.Citing the long history of armed citizenry and explaining why this right is key to every other Constitutional right, their remarks elicited claps, cheers, and whistles from the attendees who stood on a hillside outside of Tyler’s Lock and Load Indoor Shooting Range on Loop 323.... Read More

Future freshman legislator Schaefer finds his new seat

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
AUSTIN –State Representative-elect Matt Schaefer used the Capitol Building rotunda as an impromptu compass to direct him toward the House Speaker’s office last week. It wasn’t the future freshman legislator’s first time in the building, but its halls can turn even veteran legislators around.Schaefer’s secret lies in the star within the state seal on the marble floor of the rotunda. The top of the star and seal points north and Schaefer is headed west — to meet with Frank Battle, the speaker’s general counsel and a resource, to discuss possible local legislation and the legalities of hanging a loaned painting of Tyler roses in his legislative office.... Read More

Berman passes the torch to Schaefer

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
TYLER — Next week, District 6 Representative Leo Berman will pass the torch to Tyler attorney Matt Schaefer.“After 14 years and 45 years in public service, including the military and city council and Texas State Guard, I’m ready to retire really…and do my own things like playing golf and traveling a lot,” Berman said.... Read More

Politics, alcohol, elections lead the top news stories

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Politics, beer and a pigskin-chunking phenomenon nicknamed Johnny Football dominated the Tyler Morning Telegraph headlines in 2012.In the wake of a landslide vote in November, Tyler area merchants looked forward to fattening profits from selling beer and wine, while the community got thinner thanks to a new Fit City initiative called Lighten Up East Texas.... Read More

Challenger Calls for First Debate With Berman

Friday, November 30, 2012
Berman, the seven-term Texas House District 6 incumbent, and his opponent Matt Schaefer, officially filed for a place on March primary ballots Monday. On Tuesday, Schaefer challenged Berman to debate.Berman, 76, is seeking his eighth two-year term. He said he was aware of Schaefer’s request but had not received a direct invitation.... Read More

Whitehouse Chamber Luncheon

Sunday, September 02, 2012
Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce members and guests heard from Matt Schaefer who is working toward the Republican nomination for the District 6 seat in the Texas House of Representatives during their quarterly lunch meeting on Tuesday. Schaefer took questions from the audience ranging from border security policy to education funding. Incumbent Rep. Leo Berman was scheduled to be present for a debate however the veteran lawmaker was unexpectedly hospitalized.... Read More

In HD-6, Berman Battling an Opponent—–and Cancer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
After seven terms in the Texas House, state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, one of the chamber’s staunchest conservatives, told people in his district last year that he was ready to reel it in.The 76-year-old retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel said he changed his mind when he met the man who wanted to follow in his footsteps. Republican Matt Schaefer, a lawyer and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, took his resume to Berman and asked for his support.... Read More

Candidates Talk State Education

Thursday, April 12, 2012
The teachers had the floor as they shared with and listened to candidates for state office during a forum sponsored by the Tyler chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.The teachers spoke with State Board of Education Rep. Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant; Randy Stevenson, who is running against Ratliff for the District 9 position and Tyler resident Matt Schaefer, who is running for District 6 representative in the Texas House.... Read More