Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge has become one of its more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the new governor's administration.Full Story
With enough House Republicans publicly backing Speaker Joe Straus to all but guarantee his re-election, excitement about the speaker's race is dissipating. So, this week's playlist starts with B.B. King and Tracy Chapman singing "The Thrill is Gone."Full Story
The best of our best content from Nov. 17-21, 2014.
After the president doubled down on his promise to change the immigration system, Greg Abbott made his own vow: Expect a lawsuit from Texas. But some legal experts doubt Abbott can successfully challenge the president's order.Full Story
The Texas Supreme Court will not review whether a $5-per-patron fee at live nude entertainment clubs is an occupation tax in disguise, letting stand a ruling that found alcohol-serving strip clubs must pay up when it comes to the "pole tax."Full Story
Newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is reaching out to a former House colleague to fill a key staff position in his new administration.Full Story
The State Board of Education voted to adopt a new list of social studies textbooks Friday morning, following a week of intense debate and hundreds of pages of updates and corrections.Full Story
Nothing better demonstrates San Antonio's distinction as a political springboard for Hispanic Democrats than the political turnover triggered when Mayor Julián Castro left to join the Obama administration.Full Story
A border surge overhaul, a looming speaker's race and a high-profile departure: All that and more in the latest issue of our subscriber-only newsletter for political insiders ($).Full Story
Texas will feel more of the effects of Obama's action while a proposed overhaul of the Secure Communities programs draws bipartisan criticism.Full Story
His Senate career was marked by pioneering work on end-of life decisions, AIDS, mental health treatment, the prison system and the issuing of state debt. He earned the nickname “Fairabee” for his ability to work across the aisle.Full Story
Attorneys for schizophrenic death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti on Thursday asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to halt his impending Dec. 3 execution, saying their client is too incompetent to be legally put to death.
President Obama on Thursday said he will use his executive authority to grant millions of undocumented immigrants a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings. Reactions from Republicans were swift and outraged.
State Reps. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, and Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, debate whether President Obama had the authority to issue executive orders preventing the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.Full Story
A state audit released Friday found weak oversight and some conflicts of interests at school districts that approve large property tax breaks for businesses.Full Story
A major publisher has decided to withdraw a social studies textbook under consideration for approval in Texas amid ongoing controversy over last-minute content changes.
While drilling for oil and gas has exploded across Texas, residents and environmental advocates allege that state regulators haven't kept up with complaints about negative health effects. This story is part of our Shale Life project.Full Story
As the numbers mount in favor of House Speaker Joe Straus' reelection, the establishment wing of the Republican Party in Texas appears to be prevailing over activists who insist the state is more conservative than its Legislature.Full Story
A private company's plan to spend billions of dollars to develop a bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston has drawn strong support from the two cities. But reaction from communities along the 240-mile route has been mixed.Full Story