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Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on April 20, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on April 20, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Rattling the Bones

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's reelection prospects, Wendy Davis' poll numbers, the grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Perry's veto of funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, and more.

The Brazos River as it flows past Glen Rose on Aug. 2, 2013. Drought conditions have led to a significant decrease in water levels in the river. Use of the river by cattle farmers along its route is another factor leading to a decrease in water quality and shore erosion is.
The Brazos River as it flows past Glen Rose on Aug. 2, 2013. Drought conditions have led to a significant decrease in water levels in the river. Use of the river by cattle farmers along its route is another factor leading to a decrease in water quality and shore erosion is.

Appointment of Brazos Watermaster Hotly Contested in East Texas

The Brazos river's hotly contested lower basin will soon be subject to much more regulation than its users have experienced in the past. Will that help solve disputes or deepen divisions? 

Appointment of Brazos Watermaster Hotly Contested in East Texas

The Brazos River as it flows past Glen Rose on Aug. 2, 2013. Drought conditions have led to a significant decrease in water levels in the river. Use of the river by cattle farmers along its route is another factor leading to a decrease in water quality and shore erosion is.
The Brazos River as it flows past Glen Rose on Aug. 2, 2013. Drought conditions have led to a significant decrease in water levels in the river. Use of the river by cattle farmers along its route is another factor leading to a decrease in water quality and shore erosion is.

The Brazos river's hotly contested lower basin will soon be subject to much more regulation than its users have experienced in the past. Will that help solve disputes or deepen divisions? 

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Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI

Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th
Texas gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis speaks to press following an education rally in Austin, Texas on April 14th

The agency charged with prosecuting public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.

 

Questions of Politics, Experience in Burton, Shelton Runoff

Tea Party candidate Konni Burton and former state Rep. Mark Shelton are vying to represent Senate District 10 in a Republican runoff election.
Tea Party candidate Konni Burton and former state Rep. Mark Shelton are vying to represent Senate District 10 in a Republican runoff election.

Former state Rep. Mark Shelton and Tea Party favorite Konni Burton are vying in a Republican runoff election for the state Senate seat left open by Wendy Davis. It's a swing district that both political parties are paying close attention to.

Polling Center: Leaving Tests Behind

Bayless Elementary teacher Holly Guillmen identifies and explains the use of the contents of the Waterwise home water conservation kit provided to students by the High Plains Underground Water District in Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 17, 2012.
Bayless Elementary teacher Holly Guillmen identifies and explains the use of the contents of the Waterwise home water conservation kit provided to students by the High Plains Underground Water District in Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 17, 2012.

The same voters who responded well to George W. Bush's education policies oppose one of its main components: the standardized tests introduced to make schools more accountable.

In Power Line Dispute, Rancher Questions Utilities' Wiggle Room

Johnny Vinson stands on the part of his Wise County, Texas ranch where Oncor built a power line  through his property. Vinson says the power company didn't build the line where they said they would.
Johnny Vinson stands on the part of his Wise County, Texas ranch where Oncor built a power line through his property. Vinson says the power company didn't build the line where they said they would.

After landowners sign off on power line routes, can transmission companies install them somewhere else? The Public Utility Commission is set to consider a rancher’s complaint.

 

Texas Seizes Polygamist Group's Ranch in West Texas

FLDS members arriving at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas for the first day of court hearings on the custody of the hundreds of children taken by the state of Texas from the compound on April 17, 2008.
FLDS members arriving at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo, Texas for the first day of court hearings on the custody of the hundreds of children taken by the state of Texas from the compound on April 17, 2008.

Six years after Texas officials removed hundreds of children from their polygamist parents, state and local authorities seized the sprawling 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch this week.

 

A&M System Announces Further Consolidation of Services

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013

In keeping with a recent and often controversial trend of public universities seeking savings by consolidating services, the Texas A&M University System announced a plan overhaul its IT infrastructure.