Tribpedia: Ted Cruz

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Rafael Edward Cruz, more commonly known as Ted Cruz, is a lawyer and the junior U.S. senator from Texas. He succeeded U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who announced her retirement in 2011.

In his first year on the job — he was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 — Cruz has established himself as a leader — perhaps the leader ...

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Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.
Pipes used for fracking are shown in front of a Fasken OIl and Ranch drilling rig outside of Midland on Oct. 8, 2013.

The Brief: With Oil Below $60, What's Next?

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil closed Thursday below $60, "a level of great psychological significance," according to the Washington Post, and a price not seen in five years.

A Pre-Kinder student works to learn syllables and word identification in his class, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School, in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
A Pre-Kinder student works to learn syllables and word identification in his class, part of the Summer Bilingual Academy at Wilson Elementary School, in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

The Brief: Funding Questions Surface on Popular Kids' Programs

A couple of popular government programs for children — one helping with early education and the other providing health care — are facing funding questions.

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz decries Washington efforts to regulate the Internet as a utility in a speech to Capital Factory on Nov. 14, 2014.
U.S. Sen Ted Cruz decries Washington efforts to regulate the Internet as a utility in a speech to Capital Factory on Nov. 14, 2014.

Analysis: Cruz, Business Joust Over Online Taxes

Congress has proposed a national standard for sales taxes on the internet, an idea backed by trade groups for so-called brick-and-mortar retailers. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a loud opponent of the legislation, even though sales taxes are the single largest source of revenue for the state government.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

The Brief: Abbott on 2016 Field — Leave Me Out of It

Incoming Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear he would not play favorites in 2016, telling Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd in a Sunday appearance on the show that his endorsement would come only after Republicans select their presidential candidate.

Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott introduces Daniel Hodge as interim chief of staff who will oversee the transition team from a Perry administration to an Abbott shop.
Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott introduces Daniel Hodge as interim chief of staff who will oversee the transition team from a Perry administration to an Abbott shop.

Still at Abbott's Side, Hodge Readies for a New Role

Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge, 36, has spent his entire professional career working for Greg Abbott. In so doing, he has become one of state government's more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the incoming governor's administration.

Cruz Explains His Opposition to Net Neutrality

During a speech at Austin's Capital Factory Friday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz explained why he opposes President Barack Obama's proposal to implement rules to beef up regulations on high-speed Internet providers in order to protect net neutrality. At one point, Cruz produced a telephone to emphasize his argument that using regulations to enforce net neutrality would stifle online innovation and encourage the creation of monopolies.

We're livestreaming U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's remarks on Internet taxation and the future of the web at Capitol Factory in Austin. Cruz has argued that regulating the Internet threatens entrepreneurial freedom.

Livestream: Ted Cruz on Internet Regulation

We're livestreaming U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's remarks on Internet taxation and the future of the web at Capitol Factory in Austin. Cruz has argued that regulating the Internet threatens entrepreneurial freedom.

Picture of Mitt Romney's Facebook page
Picture of Mitt Romney's Facebook page

The Brief: Campaigns 2.0

Examples are starting to pile up of the arrival of social media as a force with an effect on political campaigns as influential as traditional media coverage and advertising buys.

The Rally for Immigration Reform on Congress Avenue near the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
The Rally for Immigration Reform on Congress Avenue near the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Obama Action on Immigration Could Benefit Texas Economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas' agricultural, construction and service industries.

Republican Greg Abbott celebrates with family after winning governor's race in a landslide.
Republican Greg Abbott celebrates with family after winning governor's race in a landslide.

Greg Abbott Crushes Wendy Davis in GOP Sweep

As expected, Attorney General Greg Abbott crushed Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis in a landslide in the Texas governor's race. Abbott, 56, who will become the first Texas governor in a wheelchair, presided over a sweep of the statewide ballot and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders.