POLITICS

A soldier fires an M9 in a training exercise at Fort Hood Army base.
A soldier fires an M9 in a training exercise at Fort Hood Army base.

Fort Hood Shooting Sparks Calls for Concealed Guns on Military Bases

Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns. And now, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is seeking a congressional hearing on the matter.

Mayor Julian Castro and Sen. Dan Patrick shake cordially after their San Antonio debate on April 15, 2014.
Mayor Julian Castro and Sen. Dan Patrick shake cordially after their San Antonio debate on April 15, 2014.

The Brief: April 16, 2014

Playing to the base trumped any middle ground in a hotly anticipated clash between two rising stars in their respective parties.

The Brief: April 16, 2014

Mayor Julian Castro and Sen. Dan Patrick shake cordially after their San Antonio debate on April 15, 2014.
Mayor Julian Castro and Sen. Dan Patrick shake cordially after their San Antonio debate on April 15, 2014.

Playing to the base trumped any middle ground in a hotly anticipated clash between two rising stars in their respective parties.

The Brief: April 15, 2014

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a Democrat, and State Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican who is running for lieutenant governor, are set to debate immigration policy in Castro's hometown on April 15.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a Democrat, and State Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican who is running for lieutenant governor, are set to debate immigration policy in Castro's hometown on April 15.

Julián Castro and Dan Patrick square off this evening in a San Antonio television studio in their long-awaited debate over immigration. Here are some things to watch for.

Property Tax Lending Under Review Again

Some officeholders have raised the idea of replacing Texas' property tax with a larger sales tax. But that could create some new fiscal challenges.
Some officeholders have raised the idea of replacing Texas' property tax with a larger sales tax. But that could create some new fiscal challenges.

Facing an interim charge to review a bill regulating property tax loans in Texas, lawmakers are taking a closer look at the controversial industry.

The Brief: April 9, 2014

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to media about his education proposals at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas on April 2nd, 2014
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks to media about his education proposals at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas on April 2nd, 2014

The Greg Abbott campaign wants to make clear it is not calling for testing of 4-year-olds.

Abbott Campaign: Pre-K Plan Does Not Mean More Tests

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott after speaking to the media promoting his Pre-K-3rd grade education proposals on April 2nd, 2014 at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott after speaking to the media promoting his Pre-K-3rd grade education proposals on April 2nd, 2014 at IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio, Texas

After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.

 

 

Criticism of Water Policy Flows From Conservatives

Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.
Granbury resident Joe Williams (left) stands with City Council Member Rose Myers and Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry under a Lake Granbury resident's dock in the Waters Edge neighborhood on Lake Granbury's north shore. The lake is 53 percent full.

Many conservative activists in Texas worry that when it comes to state water policy, Republican leaders have not focused on principles like small government, private property rights and local control. 

Polling Center: Threading the Needle on Education

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

Education policy is usually a winner for Democratic candidates, but in Texas, things are more nuanced, especially when it comes to education spending. This year's race for governor race is a great example.