Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.
Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.

Texas and the EPA Find Agreement Underground

In their efforts to regulate the wells that hold Texas' oilfield waste, state officials have found a surprising ally in the federal Environmental Protection Agency, long a political punching bag in Texas. Support for the plan, expressed in a letter this month, provides a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes collaboration between two agencies whose relationship often appears icy.

 

T-Squared: Mirror Images

At this year's Texas Tribune Festival, we partnered with Twitter to capture backstage images of politicians and pundits on the social media company's Internet-connected, do-it-your-selfie photo booth.

Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.
Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.

TribFest: The Keynote Videos

Couldn't make it to the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival? We've collected all the videos of the keynote track conversations and panel discussions on one page.

T-Squared: Mirror Images

At this year's Texas Tribune Festival, we partnered with Twitter to capture backstage images of politicians and pundits on the social media company's Internet-connected, do-it-your-selfie photo booth.

TribFest: The Keynote Videos

Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.
Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.

Couldn't make it to the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival? We've collected all the videos of the keynote track conversations and panel discussions on one page.

 

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.

New in TribTalk: Tillman on Eminent Domain; Harris on Art and Oil

One of the many pipeline markers sprinkled across David Holland's family farm near Beaumont, Texas. Holland is involved in major litigation involving common carrier status against Denbury Resources, which built a pipeline across his land.
One of the many pipeline markers sprinkled across David Holland's family farm near Beaumont, Texas. Holland is involved in major litigation involving common carrier status against Denbury Resources, which built a pipeline across his land.

Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of DISH, writes that it's time for real eminent domain reform in Texas, and Houston artist J.J. Harris explains how the oil and gas industry is helping the city's arts scene thrive

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.

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.

At UH, Push for Tier One Prompts Praise, Questions

Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.
Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.

While the aggressive transformation of the University of Houston has drawn praise, it has also prompted questions about the college’s role in both the community and the university system.