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Voting Rights Bill Would Address, Not Invalidate, Texas Voter ID Law

WASHINGTON — A voting rights bill introduced in Congress last week would subject Texas elections to new levels of federal scrutiny, but it would not invalidate the state’s controversial 2011 voter photo ID law that helped inspire it.

 

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New in TribTalk: Klineberg on Public Opinion in Texas

In State's Premarital Counseling Program, Few Options for Gay Couples

The state's Twogether in Texas program grants couples a $60 discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital education class from the state's network of providers, most of which are faith-based groups. Many providers don't plan to open their classes to same-sex couples.
The state's Twogether in Texas program grants couples a $60 discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital education class from the state's network of providers, most of which are faith-based groups. Many providers don't plan to open their classes to same-sex couples.

Many of the providers in a state program that gives engaged Texans a discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital counseling course do not plan to open up the classes to same-sex couples.

Texas Primary Voters to Get More Say in 2016 Than Planned

Voters enter and a polling station at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in northwest Austin Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Voters enter and a polling station at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in northwest Austin Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

The Texas Democratic and Republican parties are finalizing plans to allocate all their national convention delegates on presidential primary day in 2016. For the Democrats, it's a break from tradition, and for the Republicans, it's a return to normal.

Big Schools Don't Fry: Not All Districts Warm to Miller's Initiative

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller gives away cupcakes at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller gives away cupcakes at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.

Soda machines and deep fat fryers are now allowed back in Texas public schools, thanks to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's reversal of a 10-year ban. But many school districts say they have no appetite for reinstating the unhealthy choices for students.

Despite Rains, Lake Release Limits Upheld

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Despite recent wet weather, state environmental regulators have extended limits on downstream releases from Lakes Travis and Buchanan, meaning rice farmers and other customers will go without water from the lakes for the fourth straight year.

The Brief: July 2, 2015

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

A special prosecutor said Wednesday that he's bringing evidence to a grand jury to get first-degree felony fraud charges against Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Prosecutors Developing Criminal Case Against Attorney General Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Ken Paxton's legal troubles — stemming for his admission last year that he violated state securities law — may be getting more serious. A special prosecutor says he plans to start presenting evidence in less than a month seeking to indict the attorney general for first-degree felony securities fraud.