Contributing Writer | 10/07/2016

T. Dan Friedkin is the owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, the largest private company in Houston. With exclusive rights to sell Toyota vehicles in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas, Mr. Friedkin has expanded upon the business originally built by his father. In 2016, according to Forbes, Mr. Friedkin ranked as the 162nd …

Contributing Writer | 09/27/2016

This year’s race for Texas State House District 115 (HD115) was the third battle in a row between State Representative Matt Rinaldi and former State Representative Bennett Ratliff. Since 2012, when businessman Matt Rinaldi challenged sitting State Rep. Bennett Ratliff, it has been game on. State Rep. Ratliff fended off the challenger to hold the …

Contributing Writer | 09/20/2016

The race to represent State House District 8 (HD8) was one of the most high-profile and costly of the last election cycle. Longtime State Representative Byron Cook, chairman of the powerful State Affairs Committee, was challenged by young businessman Thomas McNutt. Here’s a quick look at the numbers: Texas House District 8 – By The …

Contributing Writer | 09/20/2016

Meet the top ten individual donors to Texas political candidates and PACs in the last election cycle. (10) T. Dan Friedkin – Owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, the largest private company in Houston. In 2016, according to Forbes, Mr. Friedkin ranked as the 162nd wealthiest person in the United States. In his spare …

Contributing Writer | 09/20/2016

More than $225,000,000.00. That’s the amount of money raised by Texas candidates and PACs in the last election cycle alone, January 1, 2015 – August 9, 2016. Yes, nearly a quarter of a billion dollars flowed through political hands in Texas—and that doesn’t count the money given to candidates in national races or presidential campaigns. …