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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Video: Cruz and Abbott at Lackland Air Force Base

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott appeared together at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Monday following their tour of base facilities housing unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott appeared together at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Monday following their tour of base facilities housing unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border. 

Texas landowner Tommy Henderson speaks to a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement and media at the bridge over the Red River on Highway 79, northeast of Byers, Texas on April 28, 2014. Henderson has been in a legal battle  with the BLM over land he says he paid for and owns.
Texas landowner Tommy Henderson speaks to a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement and media at the bridge over the Red River on Highway 79, northeast of Byers, Texas on April 28, 2014. Henderson has been in a legal battle with the BLM over land he says he paid for and owns.

BLM Report Shows Safety Concerns Along Red River Land

A new report by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management highlights North Texans concerns about a disputed stretch of land along the Red River. Though many locals said they feared losing land they depend on and consider theirs to the fedearl government, others expressed concerns about feral hogs, trash, meth labs and a lack of management. 

Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The Brief: Tea Party Ascendant as Curtain Falls on Two Careers

The Tea Party demonstrated forcefully its predominant position in Texas GOP politics on a runoff election night that also closed the curtain on a couple of long political careers.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

The Brief: Perry Attorney Asks for Private Route to Grand Jury

Gov. Rick Perry's attorney is asking for the ability to get witnesses for his client before a Travis County grand jury without making them appear in public. But in a twist in a case that has already had plenty of them, the only way to circumvent the public entrance is to go through DA Rosemary Lehmberg's office.

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.

The Brief: Potshots at Wichita Falls Muddy Water Reuse Issue

Wichita Falls is catching more than a little flak for its plan to take treated sewer water and use it for drinking water, a plan that got put on the fast track with the current drought. But the wisecracks hide an important fact — wastewater reuse is already common across the state.

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas. He is joined but Teletón founder, Fernando Landeros, Univision President Cesar Conde and Mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro on August 6th, 2013
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas. He is joined but Teletón founder, Fernando Landeros, Univision President Cesar Conde and Mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro on August 6th, 2013

Video: Perry Talks 2016 on "Meet the Press"

In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Gov. Rick Perry acknowledged that his failed 2012 bid for president was a "botched" attempt, but said, "I think America is a place that believes in second chances."

 

Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.
Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.

The Brief: The Texas-BLM Conflict Explained

As state officials prepare to meet with the man who has become the face of the increasingly politicized spat between Texas and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Tribune's Jim Malewitz has an exhaustive background story on the seeds of the conflict.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.

Polling Center: Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

David Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Texas GOP has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.