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The Health Care Budget: Four Things to Know

Department of Public Safety troopers guard the governor's office on April 1, 2013, as a group protests Republicans' stance on Medicaid expansion.
Department of Public Safety troopers guard the governor's office on April 1, 2013, as a group protests Republicans' stance on Medicaid expansion.

Texas can rebel against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion all it wants, but enrollment in the state's insurance program for the poor is growing, and the federal government will be paying for less of it. An additional $1.3 billion might be needed just to maintain the status quo.

Perry Courts the Jewish Vote in Iowa

Rick Perry speaks to voters in Maccabee's Kosher Deli in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.
Rick Perry speaks to voters in Maccabee's Kosher Deli in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

On a campaign swing through central Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry on Monday presented himself to Jewish voters as a man of the world — one who toured Israel and Auschwitz as governor and remains friendly with foreign leaders.

 

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.

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.