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With 2018 election looming, Texas back in court over political maps

SAN ANTONIO — Eight months ahead of the 2018 primaries, Texas and its legal foes on Monday will kick off a week-long trial that could shake up races across the state. The state and minority … more

Lawmakers file dozens of bills as Abbott officially calls special session

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a declaration for a special session of the Texas Legislature Monday, formally inviting lawmakers back to Austin to pass “sunset legislation” that will keep several key … more

Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18. more

Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government?

Hey, Texplainer: Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government? more

Why one of the largest counties in Texas is going back to paper ballots

Frank Phillips spent last Wednesday staring down 600 boxes of election materials — voted ballots, blank ballots, precinct records — sitting in a warehouse run by Denton County. After sitting in … more

Some counties question need of special courts for law enforcement

There’s one new law on the books intended to help police in Texas that has gotten less attention than several others in a year when lawmakers touted their “back the blue” bills. It’s a … more

Texas is putting troubled nursing homes on notice

Texas nursing homes beware: The state’s tolerance for mistakes is dropping fast. In September, a new state law takes effect that will make it more difficult for long-term care facilities cited … more

School boards, cities sought to stop Gov. Abbott from signing drone bill

Organizations representing hundreds of Texas cities and school boards unsuccessfully urged Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month to veto a bill aimed at restricting drone use around the state, worried … more

Texas Supreme Court throws out ruling that favored same-sex marriage benefits

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to … more

Justice Department watching 'sanctuary cities' lawsuit

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the federal court case over Texas' Senate Bill 4, arguing that the state is within its rights to adopt the anti-"sanctuary cities" law. more

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn at odds over Senate GOP health care bill

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama's 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas' two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure. more

Houston joins the legal fight against Texas' new immigration law

Texas’ largest four cities are now backing the legal fight against the new immigration enforcement law, with the city of Houston — the largest in the state — joining the table and adding its … more

Ride-hailing nonprofit struggles to survive in Austin

RideAustin, one of several small companies that started operations in Austin last year after Uber and Lyft left the city, is now seeing its ridership cut in half since the two returned to town. more

Congress is eyeing big Medicaid cuts. Here’s why it matters to Texas families.

As Republicans debate health care reform, there is one issue on the mind of many Texas families: Medicaid reform. more

Texas voters wary of making changes to the U.S. Constitution

Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature proposal to get the states together to revise the U.S. Constitution is a nonstarter with most Texas voters, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune … more

U.S. Supreme Court ruling could imperil Texas sex offender rules

Texas rules barring some sex offenders from using certain websites were thrown into jeopardy Monday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a similar statute in North Carolina violates the … more

How important is the 'bathroom bill' to Texas voters?

The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, … more

Cruz: Congressional baseball shooting should be a "wake-up call"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should be a "wake-up call to us all," urging greater civility on both sides of the aisle. more

Despite "Texas miracle," affordable housing difficult for many urban dwellers

A new Harvard study found that Americans — especially poorer ones — are having a harder time find a suitable place to call home. Texas lawmakers, experts and development industry leaders say there are plenty of reasons why that's true here, too. more

Beermakers' efforts to get Abbott's veto go flat

House Bill 3287, which Gov. Greg Abbott didn't veto, will force larger breweries to pay a distributor to deliver their beer — even if they're delivering it to on-site taprooms just yards away from where it's produced. more
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