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Ted Cruz Goes Hunting in the Valley of Democrats

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.

Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions.

(L-R) Host Jason Whitely, Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics on June 7, 2015.
(L-R) Host Jason Whitely, Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics on June 7, 2015.

Inside Texas Politics: Grading the 84th Legislature

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey look back on the 84th Legislature, which wrapped up its biennial business last Monday.

Former Gov. Rick Perry poses with cadets after delivering a foreign policy speech at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, earlier this year.
Former Gov. Rick Perry poses with cadets after delivering a foreign policy speech at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, earlier this year.

The Brief: Perry Set to Return to Presidential Politics

Later this morning in Addison, Rick Perry is expected to announce that he plans to run again for the White House, testing whether GOP voters across the country believe in extending him a second act in presidential politics.

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stumping in South Carolina, an early primary state, on May 8 and 9, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stumping in South Carolina, an early primary state, on May 8 and 9, 2015.

Perry, Cruz Make Their Mark at South Carolina Forum

Speaking at a presidential contender forum in South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry took on issues like foreign policy and religious freedom laws, and they both remembered a certain Alamo commander and South Carolina native.

Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.
Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.

The Brief: In Garland, A Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Texas officials continue to investigate an incident Sunday night in Garland where two men shot a security guard outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Police returned fire, killing the two men.

Video: Castro on 2016

At our 5/1 conversation, Julián Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, talked about the 2016 presidential race — assessing the GOP field and gently deflecting questions about his own veep prospects.

Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.
Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.

The Brief: Reaching Out to Hispanic Evangelicals in Houston

A gathering of Hispanic evangelicals in Houston on Wednesday attracted two Republicans eyeing a run for the White House who repeated positions on immigration that have gotten them in hot water with party conservatives.

Speaking to Austin's entrepreneur community, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasts Washington's attempt to regulate the Internet on Nov. 14, 2014.
Speaking to Austin's entrepreneur community, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz blasts Washington's attempt to regulate the Internet on Nov. 14, 2014.

Cruz: Obama Has "Inflamed Racial Tensions"

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Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday at a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in Washington that President Obama has aggravated racial tensions around the country rather than unifying the nation.

Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.
Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.

The Brief: SMU Earthquake Report Could Cause Well Closures

There was more fallout late last week from the Southern Methodist University-led research study that linked wastewater injection wells to a swarm of earthquakes near Reno and Azle in late 2013 and early 2014.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Cruz, Perry Deliver Fiery Appeals to Jewish Donors

The two White House hopefuls from Texas made fiery appeals Saturday to a well-heeled crowd at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting in Las Vegas. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry vied for the hearts — and wallets — of the hundreds of prominent Jewish Republicans who packed a ballroom here at the Venetian hotel resort and casino.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Perry, Cruz to Make 2016 Pitch to Jewish Donors

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and are heading to Las Vegas to make their presidential pitches to a group of major Jewish donors that includes billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The two White House hopefuls are scheduled to speak Saturday morning at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Video: Ted Cruz on Gay Marriage

In light of a New York Times report that GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz took a different tone on same-sex marriage at a Monday reception at the home of two gay businessmen, here's a look at his comments on the topic to Tribune reporter Jay Root. 

At the reception, the Times reported, Cruz said he would be OK with his daughters being gay, and did not bring up his personal opposition to gay marriage.