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With $2.4 million haul, Beto O'Rourke easily outraised Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to close out 2017

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, easily outraised U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz over the last three months in his campaign to unseat the Texas Republican, raking in over $2.4 million to Cruz's $1.9 … more

In report, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott boasts economic growth, record unemployment

The state of our state is strong, Gov. Greg Abbott pledged in a report released Monday. The 42-page “Report to the People of Texas,” which highlights the status of … more

New allegations in border fence lawsuit: racketeering, bribes and money laundering

The kickback scheme was allegedly hashed out over weeknight drinks at a steakhouse in McAllen. Amid surf and turf and expensive scotch, a Hidalgo County official said he would meet with … more

At Koch network retreat, Cornyn acknowledges a need for a tax reform sales job

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, acknowledged last Saturday that Republicans will need to fight to sell their tax overhaul that was recently signed into law by President … more

Does business group's use of "dark money" for its political action committee follow state ethics rules?

The Texas Association of Business, the state’s de facto chamber of commerce, hasn’t been reluctant to talk about its opposition to last year’s “bathroom bill” that … more

Analysis: In Texas elections, size matters

The two big political parties are often presented as equals, each in position at any given time to prevail in an election … more

Senate backs bill that would roll back cellphone safety laws in dozens of Texas cities

The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave tentative approval to a measure that pre-empts local ordinances on drivers’ mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back safety laws in the 45 Texas cities where … more

State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.


Texas Rangers to investigate famed Karolyi Ranch in wake of Nassar trial

Nearly a week after prominent USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of several female gymnasts, Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate … more

At University of Texas, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for modernizing NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement is an important accord for the region — but it's also due for an update, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday during a speech at the … more

Health agency leader: "We welcome" audits into contracting issues

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission won’t fight an auditor coming through their doors — in fact, they welcome it. That’s what Charles Smith, executive commissioner … more

After lawsuit, Texas plans to install air conditioning in a stifling prison

The state of Texas plans to install air conditioning in a notoriously hot prison after reaching a settlement with inmates in a federal class action lawsuit, an attorney for the inmates said … more

After land office inks Harvey contract, Land Commissioner George P. Bush gets donations from contractor

The government’s seemingly sluggish response to Hurricane Harvey has been a headache for Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose office plays a major role in getting Texans back into damaged … more

White House to withdraw controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality

The White House plans to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, according to two administration officials briefed on the matter … more

Federal judge grants Texas request to block Obama-era restrictions on criminal background checks in hiring

The federal government can't enforce in Texas a rule limiting the use of criminal background checks in hiring, a federal judge in Lubbock ruled Thursday. As part of a years-long legal quest to … more

Despite sunny economy, Texas budget forecast is dreary

The Texas economy is growing healthily, but that doesn’t mean state budget writers will have more money at their disposal next year, state officials said Tuesday … more

Texas denied thousands of students special ed services. Does the policy go back to George W. Bush's presidency?

In the wake of a scathing federal report last month blasting Texas for excluding thousands of students from special education, a wave of accusations has rolled through the state's education … more

How a federal proposal could affect millions of dollars in Texas workers' tips

A U.S. Department of Labor proposal that could change how workers in Texas and the rest of the nation receive tips is facing greater scrutiny after a report revealed the department withheld an … more

In Austin, Sessions touts Trump's hardline stance on immigration

During a visit to Austin on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a harsh rebuke of what he called the “open borders” lobby, praised the Texas Legislature for passing a controversial immigration enforcement measure and doubled down on some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals, including the construction of a wall of the country’s border.


Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters. more
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