The state has worked for decades to halt the proliferation of colonias, but it has no way to declassify communities that have outgrown the colonia description.Full Story
As state officials rush to announce tax cuts, a former mayor now in the Senate is pleading for a little restraint and a return to pay-as-you-go government.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Changes ahead for medical schools, most parents favor vaccines for preventable diseases and an interview with Bruce Meyer, executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern.Full Story
Leading Texas Republicans on Monday asked the Obama administration for greater flexibility to administer Medicaid — a move that has gotten little traction in the past — while reiterating that they would not participate in an expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.Full Story
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The Tribune's Jay Root and Neena Satija filed a story over the weekend on the problem of deferred maintenance at state government buildings in multiple agencies. It makes for some grim reading.Full Story
Iowa and New Hampshire have the first presidential nominating contests, but there’s a key Republican primary fight going on in Texas: the money chase. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at GOP donors and bundlers in high demand.Full Story
The first University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll of 2015 had good news for likely White House hopefuls Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton — so we’re kicking off this week’s playlist with George Jones singing “The Race Is On."Full Story
When patients in Texas turn 18, they have to give the state permission to keep their vaccination records in its electronic registry. Otherwise they're expunged. But some lawmakers and doctors are attempting to change that.Full Story
In a House committee hearing on Monday, one witness sought to redefine the climate change debate as one with clear implications to national security.Full Story
During an event that had an unmistakable political charge, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke Monday about how a nuclear Iran presents an existential threat to Israel.Full Story
The new chief watchdog for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission told lawmakers Monday he plans to right the embattled department by going after fraud and waste outside and inside the $37 billion state social services empire.
"I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix," writes state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview.Full Story
The border security bill unveiled by House Republicans on Monday is supposed to end the sporadic surges and establish a systematic, consistent state law enforcement presence on the border.
Bob Armstrong died Sunday night at age 82. He served as land commissioner for 12 years, and later at the U.S. Department of the Interior. "He was a lover of Texas," says one of his successors.
A Democratic state lawmaker on Monday kicked off efforts to force a discussion about climate change in Texas, but he faces an uphill battle in a state where most Republican leaders don't believe it is a problem.Full Story
Sen. Rand Paul won his third consecutive Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, dashing the hopes of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who came in third, and former Gov. Rick Perry, who placed eleventh.Full Story
After years of budget cuts, raids on dedicated funding and deferred maintenance, rats, bats, leaking roofs and audible bathroom sounds are the new normal in state government.Full Story
The best of our best content from Feb. 23 to 27, 2015.Full Story
In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.Full Story