Elena Schneider

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Texans in D.C. Share Special Sense of Camaraderie

Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, many Texans have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs. They are always eager to meet fellow Texans, grab some barbecue and talk about life back home.

 

Congressional Democrats Write Letter to Boehner

Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012.   Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.
Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.
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Eight Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday outlining the effects of the federal government shutdown on the state and demanding a clean continuing resolution.

 

Federal Government Shutdown to Keep Texas Workers Home

Sirvesta Thomas, right, and his wife, Tina Thomas, at CityWalk at Akard, an affordable housing project in downtown Dallas, on April 25, 2012.
Sirvesta Thomas, right, and his wife, Tina Thomas, at CityWalk at Akard, an affordable housing project in downtown Dallas, on April 25, 2012.
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Thousands of “nonessential” Texas federal employees will be off the job until Congress passes legislation to turn the government’s lights back on. Texas has the nation's third-highest concentration of federal employees.

 

Craft Breweries Seeing New Doors Open

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Matt Bitsche, chief engineer and head brewer at Infamous Brewing Company, inspects a pint of beer for clarity, aroma and overall carbonation in the glass, Jul. 12, 2013.
Matt Bitsche, chief engineer and head brewer at Infamous Brewing Company, inspects a pint of beer for clarity, aroma and overall carbonation in the glass, Jul. 12, 2013.

Texas' craft brewers are facing the biggest legislative overhaul the industry has seen in 20 years. News laws are letting them expand sales of their products. This story is part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Sequester Could Hit Special Ed, Poor TX Students

Stacy Ford taking her daughter, Aurora, who is 11 years old and has Down's Syndrome, to school on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Stacy Ford taking her daughter, Aurora, who is 11 years old and has Down's Syndrome, to school on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

The automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester could hit special education and programs for low-income students hardest. And state lawmakers are unlikely to come up with cash to fill the federal hole.