President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his state-by-state effort to combat climate change by reshaping the nation’s energy sector – a plan that has roiled Republican leaders in Texas.
When Gov. Rick Perry was indicted last year, there was a groundswell of support among Republicans for Perry. The response to Ken Paxton's indictment — particularly among some top state GOP leaders — has been more restrained.Full Story
As allegations that Ken Paxton improperly steered people into investments while failing to disclose his own financial involvement take the spotlight, so have a series of legal heavyweights on both sides of the case.
After President Obama unveils the nitty-gritty of his sweeping, state-by-state plan to fight climate change, no one doubts Texas will sue. But some who will bear the brunt of complying with the new regulations are calling that knee-jerk reaction shortsighted.
In a lengthy legal memo to the state's comptroller, aides to Gov. Greg Abbott defend his budget vetoes and decry a legislative agency's challenge as a threat to constitutional separation of powers.Full Story
The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged three days later in the Waller County Jail, was warned about his "unprofessional conduct" in 2014 while he was still a probationary trooper, according to his personnel file.Full Story
Due to a new law mandating training on canine encounters, all law enforcement officers — from sheriffs to park rangers to police — will spend at least four hours in a classroom and interacting with dogs in hopes of reducing unnecessary shootings.Full Story
Felony charges against state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, were dropped Friday and replaced with misdemeanor charges.Full Story
Former University of Texas at Austin President William Powers has joined the law firm of Jackson Walker, according to the firm.Full Story
The rules are a little different for how to complete the terms of statewide executive officials who leave office early.Full Story
State Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, announced Monday she will not seek re-election in 2016.Full Story
Fourteen years after lawmakers first tacked on a $200 annual licensing fee for some occupations, the so-called professionals tax will be repealed Sept. 1.Full Story
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants a special committee to review legislative agencies he co-chairs with House Speaker Joe Straus. It sounds a little weird at first, but could put him in position to remake some of those agencies.Full Story
The felony fraud indictment against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to be unveiled today.Full Story
Lawmakers have pumped millions into financial aid for low-income residents and are phasing out programs with less strict income requirements. Some higher education advocates wonder whether the middle class is being left out.Full Story
New filings show how just a few heavyweight financial backers are keeping former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the money race by contributing millions apiece to the Super PACs backing their presidential candidacies.Full Story
With varying degrees of concern, a smattering of government offices and institutions around the state are waiting to learn the fate of more than $200 million in funds that the governor might — or might not — have excised from the state budget.Full Story
Here's an updated look at the lawsuits filed by Texas against the Obama administration.Full Story
An Austin city councilman files suit against the city's campaign contribution limits, Dan Patrick will be a special guest at Senate fundraisers for Bryan Hughes and 200-plus lawyers file a grievance against Ken Paxton — all that and more in the latest issue of our subscriber-only newsletter for political insiders ($).Full Story