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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signs bills on last day of 84th Legislative session June 1, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signs bills on last day of 84th Legislative session June 1, 2015

Patrick Dissolves His Advisory Board

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is dissolving the grassroots advisory board he established at the start of the 84th legislative session, saying several of its members, including Tea Party organizer JoAnn Fleming, "expressed a desire for greater independence." 

 

 

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State Won't Track Gay Marriage Numbers

Laura LeBoeuf and Angie Balmer at a ceremony at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on June 26, 2015.
Laura LeBoeuf and Angie Balmer at a ceremony at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on June 26, 2015.

On the first day of legal same-sex marriage, more than 465 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in 10 of the state's largest counties. But keeping track of how many licenses are issued over time may prove difficult.

 

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. 

Texas Primary Voters to Get More Say in 2016 Than Planned

Voters enter and a polling station at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in northwest Austin Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Voters enter and a polling station at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple in northwest Austin Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

The Texas Democratic and Republican parties are finalizing plans to allocate all their national convention delegates on presidential primary day in 2016. For the Democrats, it's a break from tradition, and for the Republicans, it's a return to normal.

Spouses of Gay Public Employees Get Benefits

A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.
A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.

As of Wednesday, public employers including Texas agencies and universities will allow current and retired gay and lesbian employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in the same benefit programs and services available to opposite-sex couples.