In his new memoir — and in an interview with the Tribune — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks about how his "cocky" nature has tripped him up in the past, and what he learned from getting passed over for a senior spot in George W. Bush's administration.Full Story
Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to more regulation and a takeover of private property.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will implement new guidelines designed to better protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities, the agency announced Monday.Full Story
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed about half of the state’s abortion facilities.Full Story
Three days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some Texas county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Full Story
Now that same-sex marriage is legal, gay rights activists are setting their sights on pushing for more protections for LGBT people. In front of the Texas Capitol, activists on Monday vowed to target discrimination in areas including employment and housing.
A coalition of states including Texas has defeated the Environmental Protection Agency in a battle over major regulations on mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals emissions that spew from power plants, including many plants in Texas.
County clerks who have religious objections to same-sex marriage can opt out of issuing such licenses — but they should be prepared to face fines or legal challenges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion.
While Texas continues its demographic march into diversity, only one city — El Paso — requires its 911 emergency call takers to be fluent in English and Spanish. Other cities are striving to keep up with the need to handle emergency calls in a wide range of languages.Full Story
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said county clerks in Texas should "absolutely" be able to opt out of issuing same-sex marriage licenses if they have religious objections.Full Story
A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants.Full Story
Texas couples began impromptu weddings in Travis County and others following Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.Full Story
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that upheld the use of an execution drug used in Oklahoma will not change how death row inmates in Texas are executed, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman.Full Story
The future of the University of Texas at Austin's use of race in some admissions decisions is again in doubt after the U.S. Supreme Court indicated Monday that it will rehear a challenge to the school’s admissions rules.
Can't find consensus among state political leaders in the wake of a momentous wave of news? Maybe that's because they can't find it among voters.Full Story
As expectations rise for Ted Cruz's presidential bid in his home state, the Republican senator says the Texas primary is important to him — but that his campaign is already looking far beyond it.Full Story
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says county clerks can decide against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections, but that if they do so, they should be prepared for lawsuits or fines.Full Story
Ted Cruz is digging in his heels in an increasingly bitter spat with Karl Rove, a longtime adviser to Texas' most famous family in politics — a family now fielding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush against Cruz in the 2016 presidential race.