Michael Williams Could Move ... Again

Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at TribLive on January 27, 2011.
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

Michael Williams might be on the move again, switching from a new Tarrant County-centered congressional district to one that starts on that county's southern edge and runs all the way south of Austin into Hays County.

Facing Criticism, Perry Steps Back on Gay Marriage, States' Rights

House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry, taking flak from social conservatives, took a step back from his laissez-faire approach to New York’s gay marriage law on Thursday. Now he says it threatens the definition of marriage everywhere, including Texas.

Perry Faces Straw Poll Test in Colorado

Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry’s name won’t appear on the key Iowa Straw Poll ballot, but he’ll face a test of his strength among Western conservatives this weekend in Denver in a straw poll of declared and undeclared Republican candidates.

Rural Health Care at Risk in Texas, Study Says

More than half of the patients at Cedar View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center rely on Medicaid.
More than half of the patients at Cedar View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center rely on Medicaid.

According to a new study, already strained health care providers in rural regions will suffer without technological improvements. Bill Zeeble of KERA reports on the growing problem that could affect up to two million Texans.

End of an Era for Panhandle Wind Program

Aluminum tape covers the sensors being tested on a wind turbine in Bushland, Texas.
Aluminum tape covers the sensors being tested on a wind turbine in Bushland, Texas.

As the Department of Agriculture focuses on biofuels, it is pulling out of wind and solar research. For the tiny Panhandle hamlet of Bushland, this means the end of a wind program that has operated for 35 years.

For Many Iowans, Perry Still an Unknown Quantity

Gov. Rick Perry at the Frank Erwin Center on March 23rd, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at the Frank Erwin Center on March 23rd, 2011.

As Gov. Rick Perry considers a White House bid, a recent poll shows that 70 percent of Iowa Republicans still haven't fully committed to a candidate. That's fertile ground for Perry, but as Kate Wells of Iowa Public Radio reports, the governor has yet to introduce himself to voters in the Hawkeye State.