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Comedian Joan Rivers and Gov. Rick Perry
Comedian Joan Rivers and Gov. Rick Perry

Perry Not First to Link Abortion Regulations and Rivers Death

Gov. Rick Perry drew media attention around the world Sunday when he suggested comedian Joan Rivers might not have died had a measure similar to one that implemented new regulations on Texas abortion clinics been put into place in New York. Several conservative writers had previously made a connection between Rivers' death and Texas' regulation of abortion clinics.

Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.
Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.

Texas and the EPA Find Agreement Underground

In their efforts to regulate the wells that hold Texas' oilfield waste, state officials have found a surprising ally in the federal Environmental Protection Agency, long a political punching bag in Texas. 

 

Texas and the EPA Find Agreement Underground

Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.
Although leadership at the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency often feuds, staff at each agency has found ways to work together, says Milton Rister, executive director of the Railroad Commission.

In their efforts to regulate the wells that hold Texas' oilfield waste, state officials have found a surprising ally in the federal Environmental Protection Agency, long a political punching bag in Texas. 

 

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The 2014 Texas Tribune Festival's Keynote Videos

TribFest: The Keynote Videos

Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.
Editor Evan Smith listens as Gov. Rick Perry reminisces about his time as governor during the final keynote of TribFest on Sept. 21, 2014.

Couldn't make it to the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival? We've collected all the videos of the keynote track conversations and panel discussions on one page.

New in TribTalk: Tillman on Eminent Domain; Harris on Art and Oil

One of the many pipeline markers sprinkled across David Holland's family farm near Beaumont, Texas. Holland is involved in major litigation involving common carrier status against Denbury Resources, which built a pipeline across his land.
One of the many pipeline markers sprinkled across David Holland's family farm near Beaumont, Texas. Holland is involved in major litigation involving common carrier status against Denbury Resources, which built a pipeline across his land.

Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of DISH, writes that it's time for real eminent domain reform in Texas, and Houston artist J.J. Harris explains how the oil and gas industry is helping the city's arts scene thrive

The Brief: Sept. 22, 2014

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush takes a question from the public at TribFest Sept. 19, 2014.

Texas politics was the big conversation in Austin and even outside the state with this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival.

Abbott Sets Sights on "The Bluest Part of a Red State"

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November  general election.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott answers a question during a Sept. 19, 2014, gubernatorial debate with state Sen. Wendy Davis. The debate, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, was the first of two scheduled before the November general election.

Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for Texas governor, is trying to break the Democrats’ near lock on deep South Texas. The Democrats are dismissive of his effort, but it underscores the importance both camps are attaching to Hispanics this year.

Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Texas Voter ID Trial

This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.
This is a sample Texas Election Identification Certificate, available for those voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID such as a driver's license or a U.S. passport.

Texas' voter ID law was designed to thwart emerging minority voting power in the state and should be dropped, attorneys for the law's opponents said during closing arguments in a federal court on Monday. 

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is shown at the Dec. 12, 2013, UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.

Patrick's Push to Repeal Texas DREAM Act Could Face Criticism

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.

A vow by state Sen. Dan Patrick, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, to repeal the Texas DREAM Act could face criticism from Republicans trying to reach out to Hispanic voters.