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Open Carry, School Choice On Tap In Austin
Open carry and school choice are two issues on tap in Austin.
Abbott Rewards Donors, Patrick Chalks Up A Victory
Newly-inaugurated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has rewarded some of his major donors and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick scored a victory as he made good on a campaign promise.
Patrick Appoints Senate Committees; Pushes Democrats Aside Further
Newly inaugurated Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments Friday that further shove aside Senate Democrats.
Texas Supreme Court Will Hear School Finance Case
The Texas Supreme Court will hear the state’s sweeping school finance case.
Republicans End 70-Year-Old Texas Senate Rule, Strengthen Power
Republican lawmakers ended a 70-year-old tradition Wednesday in a vote that ensures they’ll control nearly every major vote in the Texas Senate.
Abbott Inaugurated Tuesday; Ceremony Kicks Off $4.5M Party
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took the oath of office Tuesday morning in Austin in a ceremony that kicks off $4.5 million worth of festivities.
Bible Used In Texas Inaugurations Under Scrutiny
The bible long used to swear in Texas governors may not have belonged to Sam Houston, evidence suggests.
Inauguration, Senate Rules Top Texas Legislature’s Agenda
The inauguration of a new governor and a tough Senate rules fight top the Texas Legislature’s agenda this week.
Painkiller-Addicted Infants Pose Painful, Costly Problem
The growing number of newborns addicted to painkillers poses a painful and costly problem in Texas and around the U.S.
Nearly 10 Percent Of Texas HS Seniors Not On Track To Graduate
Nearly 10 percent of Texas high school seniors aren’t on track to graduate this spring.
Gridlock, Growth Overwhelm Texas Highways, Official Says
Gridlock and growth are overwhelming the state’s highways, a Texas transportation official said Thursday.
Perry Strikes Moderate Tone In Farewell Speech
Texas Gov. Rick Perry struck a moderate tone in his farewell speech Thursday.
Texas House Makes It Easier For Lawmaker To Get Panic Buttons
The Texas House approved a measure Wednesday that will make it easier for state lawmakers to get office panic buttons.
Abbott Wants Review Of State’s Sprawling Health Agency
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday he wants a review of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission after revelations about a $110 million no-bid state contract.
Texas House Re-Elects Speaker In First Contested Race Since 1975
Texas House members Tuesday re-elected Speaker Joe Straus to a fourth term.
GOP Leads The Charge As Texas Legislature Returns
Republicans are again in control as the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session Tuesday.
Analysis: Session A Mix Of New Faces And Uncertainty
Texas Republicans are divided, and the three Republicans at the legislative helm — Abbott, Patrick and Straus — have a political obstacle course ahead. Texas Democrats are weak in both numbers and message, but could play an outsize role if they can exploit those differences in the GOP.
Perry Won’t Greet Obama; Wants Meeting On Immigration
Texas Gov. Rick Perry won’t be on hand to greet the president when he arrives in Austin Wednesday, but says he does want to meet with him about the immigration crisis.
Pat Green, Clay Walker Headline Texas Inaugural Celebration
Waco’s Pat Green, Clay Walker and the Eli Young Band are among the musicians who will perform during the Texas Inaugural celebration in Austin.
Bush 41 Endorses Perry
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara have endorsed Gov. Rick Perry.
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