Sandra Bland Mourned From Illinois to Texas

Sharon Cooper speaks at the memorial for her sister, Sandra Bland, at Hope AME Church in Prairie View, Texas, on July 19, 2015.
Sharon Cooper speaks at the memorial for her sister, Sandra Bland, at Hope AME Church in Prairie View, Texas, on July 19, 2015.

On both ends of the path that marked Sandra Bland's 28-year life — the western suburbs of Chicago where she grew up, and the Texas town where she died — family, friends and supporters Sunday took time to remember, honor and demand answers.

In Texas, Sanders' Tough Talk Fires Up Thousands

Bernie Sanders, 2016 Democratic candidate for president, speaks at a rally in Dallas on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Bernie Sanders, 2016 Democratic candidate for president, speaks at a rally in Dallas on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent running for president as a Democrat, rallied thousands of Texans on Sunday in Dallas and Houston with a progressive clarion call that included some tough talk for Democrats who may be looking past the state.

Waller County DA: Bland's Death Won't Be "Swept Under the Rug"

Sandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.
Sandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13.

As Waller County authorities vowed on Friday to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged at the county jail, the Texas Department of Public Safety moved forward on a separate inquiry into how arrest procedures were violated in the case.

Analysis: The Center Did Not Hold

Early voting at the Acres Home Multiservice Center in Houston on Oct. 26, 2014.
Early voting at the Acres Home Multiservice Center in Houston on Oct. 26, 2014.

Middle ground is arguably the most dangerous turf for a Texas lawmaker to occupy these days, and new research shows that none are doing it. The gap between moderate Republican and Democratic lawmakers is growing.

No Campaign Dollars for Paxton Legal Defense — For Now

TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton, dogged by a cloud of legal uncertainty since taking office in January, is not using taxpayer dollars to pay his lawyers, according to aides, who left it less clear whether he plans to tap his campaign account.