Christine Ayala

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In Stick's DWI Case, Perry Critics See Double Standard

Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.
Jack Stick, a lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He has fought a drunken-driving charge that has gone relatively unnoticed.

The DWI case of Republican Jack Stick, the top lawyer for the state’s health care agency, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing next week after two years of delay. But it has received little attention from politicians or the media.

Abbott Unveils New Health Policy Proposal

Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott, speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his his appearance at a Congress Ave. coffee house on July 10th, 2014
Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott, speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his his appearance at a Congress Ave. coffee house on July 10th, 2014

Increased funding for preventive care and luring medical professionals to Texas are at the center of gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott’s health care plan, unveiled in Houston on Wednesday.

UTD Students: We Were Excluded From Abbott Event

Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his appearance at a Congress Avenue coffeehouse on July 10, 2014.
Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his appearance at a Congress Avenue coffeehouse on July 10, 2014.

When Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott unveiled his higher education plan on the University of Texas at Dallas campus on Tuesday, students were not invited, according to the president of the university's student government. 

Lieutenant Governor Candidates Settle Debate Plans

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the Texas Business Roundtable candidate forum on Jan. 14, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, addresses delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention on June 27.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the Texas Business Roundtable candidate forum on Jan. 14, and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee, addresses delegates at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention on June 27.

Lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte will face off in a televised statewide debate on September 29 at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Texas Tribune, Austin's KLRU-TV and Univision.

Davis Releases Full Tax Return

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.

On Tuesday, as the Tribune was preparing to write a story about Wendy Davis' limited release of her 2013 tax return, her campaign agreed to its full publication. You can find it here

 

Railroad Commissioner Calls Out Feds for Terrorist Risk

The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.
The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, expressing concern about border security and nearby oil and gas pipelines, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Friday suggesting the federal government is putting Texans in harm's way and asking what the agency is doing to protect pipeline infrastructure.