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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina on May 9 2015.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina on May 9 2015.

Cruz Boasts $51M War Chest After Raking in $10M

Ted Cruz said his campaign and the super PACs that support it raised about $10 million during the second quarter, bringing the total available to promote his campaign to $51 million. That might be enough to outpace all but one other candidate a Republican field that is trying to catch up with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the fundraising race.

Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015
Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015

Conservative Lawyers Prepare to Defend Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

With Republican leaders vowing to protect the religious freedom of government officials who refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, here's a look at the legal arguments conservative attorneys plan to use to defend those officials in court. 

Conservative Lawyers Prepare to Defend Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015
Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015

With Republican leaders vowing to protect the religious freedom of government officials who refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, here's a look at the legal arguments conservative attorneys plan to use to defend those officials in court. 

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Texas Hopes to Attract More Mental Health Care Workers

Mental health rally at the Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on Feb. 28, 2013.
Mental health rally at the Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on Feb. 28, 2013.

Lawmakers this year created a program that will help pay mental health professionals’ student loans if they practice in a medically needy area. The loan forgiveness program seeks to alleviate the state’s shortage of mental health professionals, which watchdogs are calling a "public health emergency."

In Letter, Lawyers Threaten to File Complaint Against Paxton

Senator Ken Paxton listens to a supporter following his announcement to run for Attorney General on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Senator Ken Paxton listens to a supporter following his announcement to run for Attorney General on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

Roughly 150 Texas attorneys have signed on to a letter threatening to file a complaint with the State Bar of Texas against Attorney General Ken Paxton for his response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

 

 

Despite Legal Woes, Paxton Emerges as Culture Warrior

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

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, under scrutiny for his financial dealings, stayed out of sight and coasted into office last fall as part of the new Republican leadership. Now his legal troubles are back, just as he's emerging as the hero for social conservatives who fueled his candidacy.

The Brief: July 3, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's opening of its new building on April 21, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's opening of its new building on April 21, 2015.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's recent actions opposing same-sex marriage were just another example of how he's become a hero among social conservatives who helped elect him.