House Panel Debates Bills to Rein In Film Incentives

Texas A&M University System Regent Jim Schwertner and former Regent Richard Box participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits the decision to move to the SEC.
Texas A&M University System Regent Jim Schwertner and former Regent Richard Box participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits the decision to move to the SEC.

A Texas House committee on Thursday considered a pair of bills taking aim at the state film incentives program. One would block state grants for films and video games containing adult content. Another would abolish the program altogether.

The Ticket: Rand Paul and Matthew Dowd

In this week's episode of The Ticket, a co-production of the Tribune and KUT, Jay and Ben break down the presidential campaign announcement speech of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and talk with Mathew Dowd, who directed George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.

New in Trib+Edu: STAAR Scores in Texas Hold Steady

In this week's edition of the Trib+Edu newsletter: No change in passing rates since introduction of STAAR test, Obama stresses education as a response to Baltimore unrest and an interview with Colleen Reutebuch of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Brief: Reaching Out to Hispanic Evangelicals in Houston

Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.
Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.

A gathering of Hispanic evangelicals in Houston on Wednesday attracted two Republicans eyeing a run for the White House who repeated positions on immigration that have gotten them in hot water with party conservatives.

Hispanic Christians Highlight GOP Immigration Dilemma

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference met Wednesday in Houston to hear speeches from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Their remarks illustrated the line the GOP is straddling on immigration as it gears up for the 2016 presidential race.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference met Wednesday in Houston to hear speeches from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Their remarks illustrated the line the GOP is straddling on immigration as it gears up for the 2016 presidential race.

At a conference for Hispanic evangelicals Wednesday, two White House hopefuls straddled the line on immigration, illustrating the GOP's challenge in reconciling views on what the federal government should do with millions of people in the country illegally.

Cruz: Obama Has "Inflamed Racial Tensions"

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Speaking to Austin's entrepreneur community, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasts Washington's attempt to regulate the Internet on Nov. 14, 2014.
Speaking to Austin's entrepreneur community, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasts Washington's attempt to regulate the Internet on Nov. 14, 2014.

Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday at a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in Washington that President Obama has aggravated racial tensions around the country rather than unifying the nation.

Abbott, Patrick Boost Charter Schools at Rally

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick shake during a joint appearance at Texas Charter School rally April 29, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick shake during a joint appearance at Texas Charter School rally April 29, 2015.

The state's two top elected officials — along with a handful of other policymakers — appeared before a crowd of charter school supporters Wednesday to call for more of the publicly funded, privately managed schools. 

Lawmakers Lend an Ear to Concerns Over Payday Loans

State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, speaks at a press conference on payday lending bills April 29, 2015. He is flanked by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, to his right.
State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, speaks at a press conference on payday lending bills April 29, 2015. He is flanked by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, to his right.

Lawmakers from both chambers gathered Wednesday to lend support to a range of bills that would limit the loan size and number of installments offered by payday and auto title lenders.