Speaker Joe Straus during June 9, 2015 Tribune Conversation
Speaker Joe Straus during June 9, 2015 Tribune Conversation

Straus Settles into National Role for Campaign Group

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is settling into a new position that promises to grow his political profile outside Texas. As vice chairman of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, he will help elect more GOP members to statehouses across the country.

 
 

Mental Health Jail Check Failed in Bland Case

Waller County Jail booking video showing Sandra Bland appearing before Justice of the Peace Delores Hargrave.
Waller County Jail booking video showing Sandra Bland appearing before Justice of the Peace Delores Hargrave.

The Waller County Jail failed to complete a two-part mental health screening process as required by law during Sandra Bland's booking process, according to the state jail commission and at least one public policy group.

The Brief: July 30, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

The video filmed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas is "consistent" with the other recent videos from an anti-abortion group, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday. 

The Brief: July 31, 2015

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw waits to testify at the House Committee on County Affairs on the Sandra Bland incident on July 30, 2015.
Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw waits to testify at the House Committee on County Affairs on the Sandra Bland incident on July 30, 2015.

Steve McCraw, the director of Texas' Department of Public Safety, faced a grilling from lawmakers Thursday over the arrest of Sandra Bland.

McCraw Hammered at Hearing on Bland Case

DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw answers questions from State Rep. Garnet Coleman during invited testimony of the House Committee on County Affairs investigating the Sandra Bland death in Waller County on July 30, 2015.
DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw answers questions from State Rep. Garnet Coleman during invited testimony of the House Committee on County Affairs investigating the Sandra Bland death in Waller County on July 30, 2015.

State lawmakers grilled Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw on Thursday, voicing concerns about arrest procedures used by state police and pressing the agency head to explain the July 10 arrest of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged three days later in the Waller County Jail.

Perry's Debate Berth Hangs in the Balance

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."
Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."

Former Gov. Rick Perry is on the cusp of qualifying for his party's first 2016 presidential debate, his highest-profile opportunity yet to show he has learned from his disastrous 2012 campaign.

Perry Launches Populist Offensive Against Big Banks

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."
Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday launched an offensive against banks that are too big to fail, making a pitch for Wall Street reform.

At Hearing, Paxton Notes Texas Planned Parenthood Video

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video obtained by his office as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood practices is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group.