700 Babies Maybe Exposed to TB at Texas Hospital

EL PASO, Texas — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was placed on leave, but she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013, said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the health authority for El Paso County.

Davis’ flurry of attacks reflects strategy to win over women, Hispanics

Four years later, Richards lost to George W. Bush, who carefully avoided mistakes, answering his opponent’s jabs in their televised debate with cool, measured responses directed into the camera. Abbott’s approach Friday was a model of Bush’s in 1994. In a state in which a burgeoning Republican Party was headed toward hegemony, Richards didn’t win her voters. And Bush didn’t lose his.

Davis, Abbott spar in debate

Rice University political scientist Mark P. Jones said opinions may differ on whether Davis or Abbott narrowly won the debate, but that Davis needed more. “Davis needed to deliver a knockout punch. That didn't happen,” Jones said. “That's what she needed to shake up the dynamics of this race.”

George P. Bush clarifies comments on climate change

The comments were something of a reframing of an interview last month with the Texas Tribune in which Bush said climate change was causing more variation of weather patterns and could increase Gulf Coast storms, a prospect that "honestly keeps me up at night."

Eva Longoria To Produce Texas Political Drama For ABC With Conde Nast

The colorful and cutthroat world of Texas politics will serve as backdrop of a Latino family drama from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment, which has landed at ABC with penalty. The project is loosely inspired by a 2003 Vogue article that profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman.

Biden on Davis: ‘Do not give up on that race’

Vice President Joe Biden gave Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis a vote of confidence Friday morning, telling his party’s top female boosters they should not rule her out. “I was just down in Texas for Wendy Davis,” Biden said during a speech in Washington, D.C. “She’s going to win that race.”

Analysis: Democrats, Republicans — and Novembers

The biggest single cluster of Texas voters has not been to the polls so far this year: Texans who vote only in November. That group outnumbers those who vote in either the Republican or the Democratic primaries. Both parties are counting on this group.

As November Nears, High Hopes for Hispanic Turnout

National groups have embarked on a voter registration campaign targeting Hispanics in Texas. But with Election Day less than two months away, some observers are skeptical that advocates' ambitious goals can be met.

Against the Odds, Finding Refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso.

The Brief: High-Stakes Showdown in the Valley

The Brief: High-stakes showdown in the Valley; Against the odds, finding refuge in El Paso; State invites more toll roads amid signs of resistance; Analysis: Democrats, Republicans — and Novembers; ICYMI: State judge decides not to stop "Historical Racing"; Letters routed through UT chancellor's office released.

Editorial: Dan Patrick is MIA

Dan Patrick's unbridled tongue over the years has been known to alarm and irritate colleagues and cohorts, not to mention the typical Texas voter, who's unlikely to be an absolute political zealot, the Houston state senator's core constituency.

Funding bill becomes immigration battle

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To be sure, the measure was not substantively immigration legislation. But Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Budget Committee, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) used an obscure procedural maneuver that – had it passed – would have allowed them to offer legislation gutting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and block it from being expanded.

Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has pledged $250,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee from his campaign coffers, part of an effort by the freshman to go all-in for the GOP as it battles to retake the Senate majority in this fall elections, a source familiar with the commitment told POLITICO.

Governor debate: First of the season, first for the Valley

For the first time this election cycle, gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis will share a stage Friday. And for the first time in any election cycle — in a nod to the growing electoral power of the region and the state’s Latino population — a debate for governor will be in the Rio Grande Valley.

Kennedy: Anti-school-bond group taking debt fight across district lines

The campaign against $330 million in school bonds begins inside a tiny Boulevard 26 office. Miles from most of the parents and children looking to voters on Nov. 4 for Birdville and Keller school improvements, a North Richland Hills Republican is opposing new debt in both and also wants to change the Fort Worth water district board next spring.

‘Historical racing’ lawsuit dismissed

A Fort Worth judge late Thursday dismissed a state lawmaker’s challenge of a plan to allow historical racing machines at dog and horse racetracks statewide, including Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, sued the Texas Racing Commission, hoping to prevent the slot-machine-like devices — which replay races that have already been run — from being allowed in Texas.

Choice of debate site shows Hispanics’ importance in Texas elections

The hour-long debate, hosted by three local news organization, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance and will undoubtedly focus on issues considered high priorities to the state’s 9.5 million Hispanics, including education, health care and immigration. It is believed to be the first gubernatorial debate ever held in the Valley, a region that sometimes gets bypassed in statewide contests because of the perception that it is unwaveringly Democratic.

Michael McCrum, Perry special prosecutor, again facing contempt charge

The special prosecutor in the case that led to felony charges against Gov. Rick Perry will have to answer to a contempt of court charge against him that has resurfaced in the lawyer’s hometown of San Antonio. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals — the highest criminal court in the state — revived contempt proceedings against Michael McCrum, who presented the case against Perry to a Travis County grand jury, which indicted the governor last month.

UT medical school on track for 2016 opening, dean says

The dean of the University of Texas Dell Medical School says the likelihood of its opening on time, in July 2016, is greater than 90 percent. “We’re making good progress on all the activities,” the dean, Clay Johnston, told the American-Statesman’s Editorial Board this week, referring to hiring, legal agreements, accreditation, construction and other aspects of starting a medical school from scratch.

Five things to know about Texas governor debate

Texas gubernatorial candidates meet for their first debate Friday evening in the Rio Grande Valley, a high-stakes opportunity for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, to shake up the race. Leading in the money race and the polls, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is looking to hold on to his front-runner status. Here's what we're watching with hours to go until Abbott and Davis take the stage at 6 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center: