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I was somewhat dismayed this week to hear of the announced resignation of Texas Workers' Compensation Commissioner Ryan Brannan. His scheduled departure at the end of this month is a loss for Texas, as well as for our greater industry.
DALLAS, Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC), whose mission includes protecting and promoting Texas injury benefit plans, announces the appointment of Ryan Brannan as its new Consultant. As the immediate past Commissioner of Texas Workers' Compensation, Ryan served in the administrations of Governors Rick Perryand Greg Abbott, who appointed him to do the job of making Texas the best workers' compensation system in the nation. Now, he's continuing that Texas legacy through ARAWC.
Texas has one of the best workers' compensation systems in the country. We have some of the best outcomes, both for employers and for injured workers.
Just as the Texas Legislature and the state prepare for new leadership, the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) also gets new blood. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Ryan Brannan to the helm of the organization. His predecessor, Rod Bordelon, resigned in August.
Now that the dust is settling on the midterm elections, we can see two distinct takeaways. First, the “blue wave” was more of a ripple. Texas is not on the verge of turning blue. Second, and make no mistake about it, the voters in this year’s midterm elections sent a clear message to their elected officials.
President Donald Trump recently announced his appointment to fill the vacated United States Supreme Court seat: Brett Kavanaugh, a judge who sits on the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Almost immediately, Outrage, Inc. — left-wing advocates and their allies — fired up their hyperbole machine and argued that Kavanaugh would send us to the end of days. What has been the result of this initial bluster and saber-rattling? Not much. The manufactured character hits have ultimately harmed the left’s credibility and increased support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court.
Two lessons this runoff election taught us: voter turnout – or lack thereof – means the “blue wave” we were all told is coming, isn’t; and moderate Republicans winning Texas House races puts a bigger spotlight on the speaker’s race next legislative session.