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State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, speaks during a Texas Tribune event on Jan. 12, 2015.
State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, speaks during a Texas Tribune event on Jan. 12, 2015.

Huffman Discloses Husband's Financial Holdings

Houston state Sen. Joan Huffman, who tried to shield the spouses of elected officials from ethics disclosure rules, has now revealed a slew of business interests held by her husband on her personal financial statement. 

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.

Ted Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

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. 

Ted Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

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.

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. 

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Some Texas Counties Withholding Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jeff Sralla, left, with his partner of 28 years, Gerard Gafford, at the Travis County Clerk's office, where they applied for a marriage license after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide on June 26, 2015. Travis County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately after the ruling, but other counties did not.
Jeff Sralla, left, with his partner of 28 years, Gerard Gafford, at the Travis County Clerk's office, where they applied for a marriage license after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide on June 26, 2015. Travis County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately after the ruling, but other counties did not.

Three days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some Texas county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

Gay Rights Activists: Fight is Only Just Getting Started

Gay rights activists held a demonstration on Monday, June 29, 2015, in front of the Texas Capitol. The event came a few days after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Speakers at the event included (from left) Cleo DeLeon, Chad Griffin, Jim Obergefell, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, Rebecca Robertson and Kathy Miller.
Gay rights activists held a demonstration on Monday, June 29, 2015, in front of the Texas Capitol. The event came a few days after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Speakers at the event included (from left) Cleo DeLeon, Chad Griffin, Jim Obergefell, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, Rebecca Robertson and Kathy Miller.

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.

 

Supreme Court Thwarts EPA Mercury Rules in a Victory for Texas

Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.
Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.

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.

 

 

Paxton: Clerks Don't Have to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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.

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.

 

Demand for Bilingual 911 Services Growing

Downtown El Paso at night.
Downtown El Paso at night.

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.

Advocates Call for Release of Some LGBT Asylum-Seekers

Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.
Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.

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.

Ceremonies and Celebration as Marriages Begin

Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin greets Anthony Tang and Jayme Mathias after a program at the Central Presbyterian Church on June 26, 2015  after the  U.S. Supreme Court overturned state bans on gay marriage June 26, 2015
Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin greets Anthony Tang and Jayme Mathias after a program at the Central Presbyterian Church on June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state bans on gay marriage June 26, 2015

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.

The Brief: June 29, 2015

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

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.