Tribpedia: Ted Cruz

The Brief: Guns Again Take Center Stage in Legislative Session

Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015
Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015

Legislative activity begins to ramp up in the two chambers this week with speculation rampant that the Senate might take up as early as today legislation that would allow permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly.

Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.
Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.

Cruz Hunts for Conservative Support in N.H.

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He is not officially a candidate for president, but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz edged a little closer to becoming one as he went looking for conservative voters in New Hampshire Sunday, telling people to "stay tuned" to learn his plans. 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.

At SXSW, Paul Courts Nontraditional GOP Voters

While other presidential aspirants were in conventional venues like New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in Austin to open a new campaign outpost and to try his luck with a voting bloc that often ignores his party.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.

Cruz Heavy on Border Rhetoric, Light on Trips

As he feels out a possible presidential bid, Ted Cruz has made border security and immigration his calling cards. But Texas' first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to border in the last two years. By comparison, his colleague John Cornyn has made 13.

Senators Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen and Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, listen to DPS Director Steve McCraw testify Dec. 1, 2014 at the Legislative Budget Board meeting at the State Capitol.
Senators Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen and Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, listen to DPS Director Steve McCraw testify Dec. 1, 2014 at the Legislative Budget Board meeting at the State Capitol.

The Brief: Margins Tax Creates Headache for Senators

Senate budget writers in the middle of what they are describing as "Tax Relief Week" expressed remorse en masse at having created the business margins tax in 2006.

Rick Perry in 1991 at Uncle Ben's rice offices in Houston to promote his Make It Texas initiative. The program was designed to promote the agricultural processing industry with loan guarantees, but a high failure rate sank the program and triggered a $14.7 million bailout in 2009.
Rick Perry in 1991 at Uncle Ben's rice offices in Houston to promote his Make It Texas initiative. The program was designed to promote the agricultural processing industry with loan guarantees, but a high failure rate sank the program and triggered a $14.7 million bailout in 2009.

Perry's Embrace of Tax Subsidies Could Haunt '16 Bid

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been promoting tax subsidies for private businesses since the early 1990s. But the programs have rarely lived up to their promise, and a series of damning audits could hurt his expected 2016 presidential run.