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This week I'll continue working down the ballot for November's General Election.

Getting past the executive branch we come to the Attorney General for the State of Texas. According to the office's website: "The Attorney General is the lawyer for the State of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to:

defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas 
represent the State in litigation 
approve public bond issues

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State."

Next on the ballot is Comptroller of Public Accounts. If you had to describe this office in nutshell you could say it holds the purse-strings for the state. According to the official website: "The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government."

Following the Comptroller is the Commissioner of the General Land Office. It is an awesome responsibility stewarding the lands of the state. According to the official website: "The General Land Office's duties are the management of state lands and mineral-right properties totaling 20.3 million acres. Included in that portfolio are the beaches, bays, estuaries and other "submerged" lands out to 10.3 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, institutional acreage, grazing lands in West Texas, timberlands in East Texas, and commercial sites in urban areas throughout the state."

Next on the ballot is the Commissioner of Agriculture. While the land office is taking care of the State's land, the Agricultural commissioner is assisting the state's produce and a myriad of programs including; consumer protection, agricultural production, healthy living and economic development.

You would think a Railroad Commissioner would be overseeing railroads. While that was part of the duties when the commission was formed it has evolved into something much more. The Railroad Commission website states: "The Railroad Commission has primary regulatory jurisdiction over oil and natural gas industry, pipeline transporters, natural gas & hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal & uranium surface mining operations. The Commission is responsible for research & education to promote the use of LP-gas as an alternative fuel."

You won't be able to wait for the next installment because it's going to be all about judges.