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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

In Iowa, a Preview of a Revamped Perry

In 2011, Rick Perry swept into Iowa late and unprepared. Nearly four years later, back in the Hawkeye State as he flirts with another presidential bid, he's making one thing clear: There will be no "Oops" moment this time around.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.

Daddy Issues: While Rand Paul Seeks Donors, Ron Paul Talks Secession

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and his son, presidential hopeful and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, are in a strange predicament as the 2016 campaign season begins. They are a father and son tied together — but running in opposite directions.

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and possible 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and possible 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

John Bolton: The TT Interview

The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — and potential presidential contender — on his political ambitions, his ties to Texas and the role the state will play in the 2016 race.

Daddy Issues: While Rand Paul Seeks Donors, Ron Paul Talks Secession

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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and son Rand speak at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and his son, presidential hopeful and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, are in a strange predicament as the 2016 campaign season begins. They are a father and son tied together — but running in opposite directions.

John Bolton: The TT Interview

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and possible 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and possible 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — and potential presidential contender — on his political ambitions, his ties to Texas and the role the state will play in the 2016 race.

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Feds Tell Texas to Try Again on Teacher Evaluations

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.

Rejecting a proposed Texas educator evaluation system, federal officials raised concerns about the lack of information tying standardized test results to measuring educator performance. The rejection puts the state's No Child Left Behind waiver in danger.

Lawmakers Consider Boosting Earthquake Research

Lynda Stokes, the mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission on Jan. 21, 2014, about her concerns with an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake.
Lynda Stokes, the mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission on Jan. 21, 2014, about her concerns with an increased number of earthquakes around Eagle Mountain Lake.

State lawmakers are considering a nearly $2.5 million plan to help answer a pressing question in some Texas communities: Why does the ground keep shaking?  

 

Groundwater Wars Brewing in Austin's Hill Country Suburbs

Electro Purification's wells (the yellow dots on the map) are outside any regulator's purview. They're also near many other wells that depend on the Trinity Aquifer (the blue and green dots).
Electro Purification's wells (the yellow dots on the map) are outside any regulator's purview. They're also near many other wells that depend on the Trinity Aquifer (the blue and green dots).

A crack in Texas' mishmash groundwater regulatory framework is allowing a water company to pump a huge amount of water from underneath Hays County with virtually no oversight. 

Health Commission Ditching Anti-Fraud Initiative Started by Stick

Jack Stick in the evidence room of the state Office of Inspector General in Austin on June 18, 2012.
Jack Stick in the evidence room of the state Office of Inspector General in Austin on June 18, 2012.

After Jack Stick joined the Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General, he incorporated sales quota-like performance standards for investigators. The effort got results, but reviews have been mixed and the initiative is being shut down.

Patrick Sets Committees; Taylor Gets Education

Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.
Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's office on Friday announced new committee members. Among the new chairs: State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who will lead the Senate Education Committee.