POLITICS

Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth-graders at Bowie High School in Austin.
Hank Warner teaches a pre-advanced placement algebra course for ninth-graders at Bowie High School in Austin.

Education Board Vote Targets Common Core

Addressing concerns that Common Core teaching standards were leaking into Texas' classrooms, the State Board of Education voted Wednesday in support of amending its rules to clarify that teachers are required to teach to the state curriculum — even when teaching an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.

Perry Urges Mexican President to Visit Texas, See Guard at Work

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to witness for himself the operations of the National Guard patrolling the Texas side of the Rio Grande.

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

The Brief: Sept. 17, 2014

State leaders seem reluctant to break out the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the border surge even though apprehensions of illegal immigrants have hit a target goal laid out in July.

Perry Urges Mexican President to Visit Texas, See Guard at Work

Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to witness for himself the operations of the National Guard patrolling the Texas side of the Rio Grande.

The Brief: Sept. 17, 2014

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

State leaders seem reluctant to break out the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the border surge even though apprehensions of illegal immigrants have hit a target goal laid out in July.

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Henson, Blank on Real Stakes of the Perry Indictment

The Brief: Sept. 16, 2014

Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.
Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.

University of Texas System regents moved quickly Monday to keep two lawmakers from sitting in on interviews conducted by an external investigator into admissions procedures at the system's flagship Austin campus.

Cuellar: Debate on Immigration Surge Likely to Re-emerge This Year

US Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28th District) speaks with Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on February 19th, 2013.
US Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28th District) speaks with Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on February 19th, 2013.

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.

Abbott Unveils New Health Policy Proposal

Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott, speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his his appearance at a Congress Ave. coffee house on July 10th, 2014
Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott, speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his his appearance at a Congress Ave. coffee house on July 10th, 2014

Increased funding for preventive care and luring medical professionals to Texas are at the center of gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbott’s health care plan, unveiled in Houston on Wednesday.

The Brief: Sept. 15, 2014

State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.
State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.

At stake, according to a posted agenda for today's meeting of the UT System regents, is "the integrity and independence" of an external investigation of admissions procedures.

In Health Care, Some Organizers Find an Issue to Spur Hispanic Voters

Chris Ornelas, a Texas Organizing Project employee, speaking with Armando Rodriguez while canvassing in San Antonio's west side on Sept. 4, 2014.
Chris Ornelas, a Texas Organizing Project employee, speaking with Armando Rodriguez while canvassing in San Antonio's west side on Sept. 4, 2014.

In three of Texas' most populous counties, organizers are working to use Hispanic support of affordable health care to spur a movement they think could change the state’s electoral tide. Republicans suggest the issue ranks far behind unemployment and the economy — areas where they say their policies have the market cornered.