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Debate over the immigration plank of the Republican Party of Texas' platform will be a key part of the GOP's convention in Fort Worth from June 5-7, 2014.
Debate over the immigration plank of the Republican Party of Texas' platform will be a key part of the GOP's convention in Fort Worth from June 5-7, 2014.

Immigration to Be Key Topic at Texas GOP Convention

With the long and contentious 2014 primary season over in Texas, it's state party convention time. And as Texas Republicans meet this week in Fort Worth to work on their party platform, immigration is set to be a key point of discussion.

 

Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.
Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.

The Brief: NRA — We Don't Need to Be Victims of Friendly Fire

As some open-carry activists look to take their long-gun-brandishing demonstrations outside the state GOP convention in Fort Worth, the movement's efforts are catching criticism from a pair of unlikely sources — the nation's largest gun-rights group and a state legislator who has pushed open-carry legislation.

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 the party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records from three decades ago and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.  

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.

The Brief: Dewhurst Stresses Relevancy of Patrick's Medical History

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst seemed of two minds on Monday in his treatment of former rival Jerry Patterson's decision to give media outlets court documents detailing his runoff opponent Dan Patrick's treatment in the 1980s for depression.

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.

Dewhurst Addresses Questions on Patrick's Medical Records

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reiterated Monday that his campaign was not responsible for the release of GOP runoff opponent Dan Patrick’s medical records, though he stopped short of saying the information was irrelevant.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are both running in the 2014 Republican primary for lieutenant governor
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are both running in the 2014 Republican primary for lieutenant governor

The Brief: Who Leaked Documents on Patrick Treatment?

News reports late Thursday that lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick had received treatment for depression and exhaustion in the 1980s threatened to roil further an an already tense runoff contest just days before voters begin casting ballots.

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.

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor from left, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston; Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst take their places for a debate at KERA studios in Dallas on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
Republican candidates for lieutenant governor from left, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston; Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst take their places for a debate at KERA studios in Dallas on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

The Brief: The Hits Keep Coming in Dewhurst vs. Patrick

Land Commissioner (and former lieutenant governor hopeful) Jerry Patterson will endorse David Dewhurst in the primary runoff contest over Dan Patrick, Dallas radio station KERA reported on Sunday.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

The Brief: UT Regent Records Executive Session Discussion

In another sign of troubled times among the leadership at the University of Texas System, word emerged Monday night that a regent clandestinely recorded a discussion with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during an executive session in August.

Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.
Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.

Blurred Lines: Texas-BLM Spat Has Complicated History

Amid a federal agency's looming decision about what to do with a ribbon of land along the Red River it claims, Texas officials are speaking out on the issue. This is how we got here. 

Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.
Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.

The Brief: The Texas-BLM Conflict Explained

As state officials prepare to meet with the man who has become the face of the increasingly politicized spat between Texas and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Tribune's Jim Malewitz has an exhaustive background story on the seeds of the conflict.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Patterson, Staples Weigh In on Lt. Gov. Runoff

Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered differing takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.

The Brief: Davis, Abbott Supporters Differ on Education Priorities

Democrats and Republicans in Texas differ in their enthusiasm for spending more money for education, but they tend to agree on the need to invest more, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are both running in the 2014 Republican primary for lieutenant governor
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are both running in the 2014 Republican primary for lieutenant governor

The Brief: Patrick Has an Immigrant Worker Problem

News reports on Tuesday evening that the famously tough-on-immigration lite guv candidate Dan Patrick employed undocumented immigrants at his sports bar in the 1980s had a couple of his rivals condemning him and Patrick complaining of dirty politics.