Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB.
Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB.

State, Feds Target El Paso Hospital Over TB

More than 700 infants and 40 employees may have been exposed to an employee with tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital. An investigation "cited the hospital for deficiencies that represent immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety," a state health department spokeswoman said. State and federal officials say the facility has been given 23 days to fix its problems, or it could lose crucial funding. 

 
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Texas Voter ID Trial

Texas' voter ID law was designed to thwart emerging minority voting power in the state and should be dropped, attorneys for the law's opponents said during closing arguments in a federal court on Monday. 

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure Is Used

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Texas Voter ID Trial

This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Texas' voter ID law was designed to thwart emerging minority voting power in the state and should be dropped, attorneys for the law's opponents said during closing arguments in a federal court on Monday. 

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure Is Used

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

 

TribFest: Can the Center Hold?

At the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, former U.S. Sens. Bill Bradley and Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman, former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed discussed the nation's polarized political landscape.

TribFest: Ready for 2016

At the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, Politico's Maggie Haberman, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Dave Weigel of Bloomberg Politics previewed the 2016 presidential race.

Patrick's Push to Repeal Texas DREAM Act Could Face Criticism

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.

A vow by state Sen. Dan Patrick, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, to repeal the Texas DREAM Act could face criticism from Republicans trying to reach out to Hispanic voters.

The Brief: Sept. 22, 2014

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.

Texas politics was the big conversation in Austin and even outside the state with this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival.

Inside Texas Politics: Abbott and Davis Face Off

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Sept. 21, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Sept. 21, 2014.

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Wheeler, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey, it's all about the November elections.

Abbott Sets Sights on "The Bluest Part of a Red State"

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November  general election.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November general election.

Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for Texas governor, is trying to break the Democrats’ near lock on deep South Texas. The Democrats are dismissive of his effort, but it underscores the importance both camps are attaching to Hispanics this year.