As the night lengthened on Tuesday, the real contest, it seemed, was to find a fitting description as to how thoroughly Democrats were taken to the woodshed both in Texas and nationally.Full Story
Voters go to the polls today with much at stake, as in the wholesale turnover at the top of state government, but seemingly little in the way of suspense about the outcome of those races.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
A lingering fight over a failed petition drive aimed at the city of Houston's equal rights ordinance boiled over this week as subpoenas issued against area pastors allied with the petition effort drew the ire of conservative leaders.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
Texans identify differently the most pressing issues facing the nation and the state, according to the most recent installment of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Full Story
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.
Texas' recent designation as one of six test states for a federal project that seeks to expand drone use is spotlighting how far apart border lawmakers are on using more unmanned aircraft for border security. Some say adding more drones could deter illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Others fear unwarranted surveillance.
The Obama administration on Thursday announced that it deported fewer undocumented immigrants in 2013 than in 2012, but the numbers still drew criticism from immigration advocates.
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.Full Story
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 ActFull Story
Your evening reading: Anderson gets jail time; Perry releases national TV ad amid Iowa trip; pro-Hillary Clinton PAC raises $100,000 in San Antonio fundraiserFull Story
Your evening reading: federal court weighs emergency appeal by Abbott of abortion law ruling; Abbott also needs affidavit to vote; USA Today weighs in on Perry's job poaching tourFull Story
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.
Proponents of a comprehensive immigration overhaul say that when members of Congress return from their August recess, they face a narrow timeline on passing immigration legislation.Full Story