Top row, left to right: Jon Cobb, Brent Mayes, Dawn Buckingham. 
Bottom row, left to right: Reed Williams, Susan King,  Ryan Downton.
Top row, left to right: Jon Cobb, Brent Mayes, Dawn Buckingham. Bottom row, left to right: Reed Williams, Susan King, Ryan Downton.

With 4 Candidates in Health Care, Senate Race Stirs Unique Debate

In a Republican primary cycle dominated by talk of illegal immigration and national security, four of six candidates for an open state Senate seat have ties to the health care industry. The candidates are talking at length about issues not coming up in other races, like boosting Medicaid payments and improving health care access.

 
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.

University of Houston Keeps GOP Debate

CNN announced Wednesday that the University of Houston will still get to host the Feb. 25 GOP primary presidential debate. The university's status had been called into question after NBC News was removed as the organizer of the event. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

The Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

University of Houston Keeps GOP Debate

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.

CNN announced Wednesday that the University of Houston will still get to host the Feb. 25 GOP primary presidential debate. The university's status had been called into question after NBC News was removed as the organizer of the event. 

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

The Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

 

Cruz Trails in New Hampshire GOP Pack

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A week after his win in the Iowa caucuses, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was jockeying for third place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, finding himself among a pack of also-rans swamped by real estate magnate Donald Trump.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan

The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases.  In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases. In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from Texas and more than two dozen other states to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.  

Email Shows Dukes Directed State Staff to Work on Festival

An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.
An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.

When state Rep. Dawnna Dukes sent out an email to her staff last month, her urgent instructions about an upcoming project made clear what she wanted. But the email from the Austin Democrat had nothing to do with state business.

New in TribTalk: Post-Iowa Strategy for Ted Cruz

Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.
Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz should not take his victory in the Iowa caucuses to mean anything more than a one-delegate advantage over billionaire Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, writes St. Edward's University associate professor Brian W. Smith.

Telemedicine Program Quickly Spreads to 57 North Texas Schools

Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

In 2013, a telemedicine initiative run by Children’s Health hospital system in North Texas began at two preschools. Today, there are screens and carts in 57 urban and rural campuses. 

Cruz: New Hampshire, Iowa Show Only I Can Beat Trump

Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A day after coming in third in New Hampshire's Republican primary, Ted Cruz stormed into South Carolina, the next early voting state, with a frontrunner's message: I'm the only who knows how to beat Donald Trump. 

A Familiar Uresti-Madla Ballot In San Antonio

Democrats candidates Helen Madla, left, and incumbent Carlos I. Uresti, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas Senate District 4.
Democrats candidates Helen Madla, left, and incumbent Carlos I. Uresti, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas Senate District 4.

The upcoming face-off between state Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio and Helen Madla, the widow of the senator Uresti defeated in 2006, flips the script on a storied battle between two prominent San Antonio families.