Full video of my 12/18 conversation with U.S. Rep.-elect Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, who talked about the CIA torture report, Cuba, the Sony hack, border security, the Aggie Bonfire and more.Full Story
A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.
A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern.Full Story
John Ratcliffe, who is in a GOP primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, 90, is too old for office. Strategists say Ratcliffe must make his case without alienating older voters in a district where Hall has decades of name recognition.Full Story
Advocates for Texas doctors are renewing their calls for reform of a federal Medicare formula that leaves providers threatened with steep cuts to their payments year after year. Members of Texas' congressional delegation say that this year they got closer than ever to a permanent fix.Full Story
Texans are almost twice as positive about the direction of the state than about the direction of the country, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Full Story
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott has a single-digit lead over Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in the 2014 race for governor, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. Head to head versus Davis, Abbott leads by only 6 points. In a three-way race against Davis and Libertarian Kathie Glass, his lead shrinks to 5 points.
With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.Full Story
Republican voters in Texas still have immigration and border security atop their lists of most important problems facing the state, and their sway over members of the Texas delegation will be noted by political colleagues and potential opponents alike.Full Story
Fixing our immigration system and uniting families is the right thing to do. Sacrificing our border communities and economy by creating one of the most militarized borders in the world — as the U.S. Senate's immigration bill calls for — is not.Full Story
Texas politicians and institutions are getting much better marks from the state’s voters than the president and Congress, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Among Texas politicians, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz were viewed favorably by the highest percentages of people, but they also led in their share of unfavorable rankings.Full Story
Texas voters remain concerned about the economy and immigration, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. And three out of five Texas voters said the U.S. is on the wrong track, while 29 percent said the country is moving in the right direction.Full Story
Your evening reading: two Texas Republicans vote for Violence Against Women Act; state Senate panel approves $1.5 billion for public education; legislators protest security policy at Governor's MansionFull Story
Ted Cruz has only been Texas’ junior U.S. senator for two months, but he has wasted no time propelling himself into national headlines. On Tuesday, the Tribune sat down with Cruz in Washington to talk about the early days of his new gig, from his questioning of Chuck Hagel to how he has been perceived so far.Full Story
A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points, notably the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and in-state tuition for some of their children.Full Story
The political action committee of Dallas billionaire waste magnate Harold Simmons is asking 18 lawmakers to return about $65,000 in contributions after admitting that an oversight led to illegal campaign contributions.Full Story