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The Brief: San Antonio on Verge of Big Water Play

A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.
A cascade aerator is shown at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant outside of San Antonio, where the San Antonio Water System maintains an underground storage reservoir.

Questions continue to be raised about a giant water pipeline project that would pump roughly 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County to San Antonio.

An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

Program Helping to Reduce Wait Times at Border Bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

The Brief: Is There an Endgame on the Border Surge?

State leaders seem reluctant to break out the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the border surge even though apprehensions of illegal immigrants have hit a target goal laid out in July.

Governor Rick Perry's legal team includes, l to r, David Botsford, Tony Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg and Bobby Birchfield.  Not pictured is former Chief Justice Tom Phillips.
Governor Rick Perry's legal team includes, l to r, David Botsford, Tony Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg and Bobby Birchfield. Not pictured is former Chief Justice Tom Phillips.

The Brief: New Challenge, Same Argument Against Perry Indictments

Rick Perry's attorneys were back on Monday with a new filing in which they pursue a different path to quash the felony indictments handed down against the governor last month while relying on many of the same arguments as before.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The Brief: A New Leader for the UT System

At a special University of Texas System regents meeting on Tuesday evening, they are expected to name a sole finalist for the system's next chancellor. And their choice is expected to be Admiral William H. McRaven.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott isn't on TV right now, but he is spending campaign funds to screen his latest 30-second spot at theaters before screenings of some summer blockbusters.

Campaigns Test Conventional Wisdom With Summer Ads

In Texas, the traditional model for general election campaign advertising — don't run ads before Labor Day — is being challenged by some campaigns. Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has aired ads in movie theaters, and Democratic comptroller hopeful Mike Collier has already bought TV airtime in some markets.

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.

In CD-23, Advantages Are Seen for Both Gallego and Hurd

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is facing a challenge from former CIA agent Will Hurd, a Republican. The contest is considered a toss-up, with immigration and border security likely to be key issues in the border district.

Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Texans in D.C. Share Special Sense of Camaraderie

On Texas Independence Day, more than 60 Lone Star transplants in the nation's capital gathered to celebrate with breakfast tacos. Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, the many Texans who have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs are eager to share the familiar talk and tastes of home.

 

Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Immigration Reform Advocates Open to Piecemeal Approach

Steadfast supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say that to have a chance for any change in 2014, they may have to be content with legislation that only addresses some of their objectives. They add, however, that the end result matters more than how they get there.

Sen. John Cornyn and Gov. Rick Perry during Cornyn's reelection campaign kickoff in Austin, Texas on November 15th, 2013
Sen. John Cornyn and Gov. Rick Perry during Cornyn's reelection campaign kickoff in Austin, Texas on November 15th, 2013

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 15, 2013

Your evening reading: Cornyn earns Perry endorsement, says GOP must govern like "responsible adults"; Anderson released early from jail; two Texas Democrats break ranks with party on GOP bill to fix Affordable Care Act

Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012.   Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.
Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.

Congressional Democrats Write Letter to Boehner

Eight Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday, outlining the effects of the federal government shutdown on the state and demanding a clean continuing resolution— legislation to fund the budget without language defunding President Obama’s health care law.

 

With an eye toward restoring at least a modicum of bipartisanship in bitterly divided Washington, a group of Texans in Congress wants to bring back meetings of the entire delegation without regard to party affiliation.
With an eye toward restoring at least a modicum of bipartisanship in bitterly divided Washington, a group of Texans in Congress wants to bring back meetings of the entire delegation without regard to party affiliation.

Texans Seek Bipartisanship in a Sharply Divided D.C.

U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady and Pete Gallego are from different political parties, but they are united in trying to bring a little bipartisanship to the Texas delegation. They have scheduled a breakfast next week, with other congressmen, to discuss ways to forge a common agenda for the state.