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UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.

At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The Brief: Tea Party Ascendant as Curtain Falls on Two Careers

The Tea Party demonstrated forcefully its predominant position in Texas GOP politics on a runoff election night that also closed the curtain on a couple of long political careers.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on May 25, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on May 25, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Debating Debates

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about UT System Regent Wallace Hall, various races in Tuesday's runoffs and more.

Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.
Dan Patrick (l) in Salado, Tex., and David Dewhurst in Austin.

In Texas, Conservative Candidates Ride Out Hard Hits

In three statewide Republican runoff races, candidates who have aligned themselves to the right of their opponents are poised to capture their party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records three decades old and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.  

State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.
State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are in a runoff in the GOP lieutenant governor's race.

The Brief: Dewhurst, Patrick Eschew Fireworks in Final Debate

David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick, the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, gave one last surprise in their final debate before the May 27 primary runoff election — a largely civil debate that avoided mention of the personal attacks that have come to dominate the last few weeks.

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans president Michael Quinn Sullivan.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans president Michael Quinn Sullivan.

The Brief: How Tim Dunn Gets It Done

The Tribune's Aman Batheja has taken an in-depth look at Midland oilman Tim Dunn, who is best known in the Capitol for his funding of the conservative activist group Empower Texans.

Watch live as Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith interviews state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is in a primary runoff for attorney general. 

Livestream: Dan Branch at TribLive

Watch live as Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith interviews state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is in a primary runoff for attorney general. 

Branch Led Effort to Defeat Disclosure Requirement

Republican attorney general candidate Dan Branch has attacked his opponent, Ken Paxton, over what he calls a lack of transparency. But during Branch's first year in the House, he was a driving force behind an effort to prevent the disclosure of conflicts of interest that can arise when lawmakers work for firms that lobby the state Legislature. 

 

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, are in a runoff for attorney general.

Paxton Cancels Appearance at Tea Party Event

Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, canceled his appearance at a Northeast Tarrant Tea Party event Monday evening so that he could focus on an internal review of his financial disclosure filings, a moderator of the event said.

Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.
Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.

The Brief: Paxton's Personal Transparency Re-emerges as Issue

GOP attorney general candidate Ken Paxton is reviewing past filings with state regulators after the Tribune obtained letters "showing the McKinney lawmaker was being paid to solicit clients for a North Texas financial services firm at a time when he was not registered with the State Securities Board."