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Special Election to Replace Strama Set for Nov. 5

State Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, talks with colleagues in the Texas House on Feb. 13, 2013. Strama announced that he's not seeking re-election next term.
State Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, talks with colleagues in the Texas House on Feb. 13, 2013. Strama announced that he's not seeking re-election next term.

Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday set Nov. 5 as the date for the special election to determine who will serve out the remainder of state Rep. Mark Strama's current term.

Changes to B-On-Time Have Million-Dollar Consequences

In a session largely marked by unfinished business in higher education, tweaks to the B-On-Time Loan Program are among the more noteworthy accomplishments, and could mean millions of dollars in savings for some universities.

Wendy Davis Gets the Taiwanese Animation Treatment

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, stretches while answering questions during her abortion bill filibuster on June 25, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, stretches while answering questions during her abortion bill filibuster on June 25, 2013.

Nobody does the news quite like Taiwan-based Next Media Animation, whose latest storyline is Fort Worth Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster of a bill that would have added restrictions on abortion.

 

Wallace Hall: The TT Interview

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

The controversial member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on the prospect of his impeachment, the motivations for his much-scrutinized actions and whether he believes UT-Austin President Bill Powers should be fired.

Supreme Court Remands Fisher Case to Lower Court

The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.
The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.

UPDATED: University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers said the school was "encouraged" by a U.S. Supreme Court decision to send a high-profile case regarding the use of race in admissions back to the 5th Circuit court.

Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, sits at his desk in the House Chamber on April 3, 2013. Pitts' HB 1 the Appropriations Bill will be heard on the House floor Thursday, April 4th.

UPDATED: State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the House's chief budget writer and a critic of some current University of Texas System regents, said Friday he is confident he has the support needed to unseat UT Regent Wallace Hall.

TribCast Plus: The Latest UT/TT Poll Numbers

In a special edition of the TribCast, Jim Henson, Daron Shaw and Joshua Blank of the Texas Politics Project talk with Reeve about the latest findings in the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.