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Analysis: Campaigning for a Seat That's Not Yet in Play

State Sen. Glenn Hegar, the Republican nominee for state comptroller, is shown at a TribLive event on May 29, 2014.
State Sen. Glenn Hegar, the Republican nominee for state comptroller, is shown at a TribLive event on May 29, 2014.

Three candidates are vying for the state Senate seat occupied by Glenn Hegar, a Katy Republican. They're even advertising. But Hegar, the GOP nominee for state comptroller, is still in office, and his Senate seat is not on the November ballot.

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Dental Board's Review Process Gets Makeover

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After hearing critics take aim at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, legislators approved new regulations that they hope will improve the board's efficiency.  This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1.  

Bipartisan Caucus Lays Groundwork for Food Movement

The bipartisan "farm-to-table" caucus landed a couple of key victories in its first legislative session, laying the groundwork for its effort to help local agricultural businesses crop up across Texas. It's supporters include small-government Republicans and Democrats who want healthier food options for low-income urban communities. 

Amid Medicaid Debate, Kolkhorst's Health Care Math

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, the Republican chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee, gives a whiteboard math lesson in this video posted Thursday by Gov. Rick Perry's office. On Monday, Perry meets with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and other state health leaders to reassert their opposition to expanding Medicaid under federal health reform. 

In an email, Kolkhorst said her "journey this session has been to make an informed decision," and that she is not advocating for or against expanding Medicaid in the video. "There are some positives to not expanding Medicaid and there are some negatives, but for me, too much focus has been given to one part of the [Affordable Care Act]: Medicaid expansion."