Texans in Congress are trying to balance party loyalties, distrust of the president and the interests of their districts as they decide whether to give President Obama fast-track authority on a Pacific Rim trade deal.Full Story
Midnight marked the deadline for Texas' members of Congress to file their campaign fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. Here's a look at what they're raising — and spending.Full Story
As expected, former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, will run for Congress in a rematch against Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio. Hurd ousted Gallego in 2014 by a 2-point margin. The race for the 23rd District is likely to be Texas’ most exciting federal race in the fall of 2016, thanks to a lack of competitive House races.Full Story
The hunt is on in Southeast Texas for a Democrat to challenge U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold. At first glance, it might seem like an absurd notion; the Corpus Christi Republican won re-election easily in 2014. But some Democrats say they have designs on his seat because of accusations against him in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year.Full Story
An Austin digital firm signed on Wednesday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's leadership PAC. Leadership Matters for America PAC hired Upstream Communications as part of its digital operation. The move could mean that the firm would be part of a presidential campaign, should Christie follow through on a run for the GOP nomination.Full Story
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's public face to Capitol Hill, press secretary Catherine Frazier, is heading home to Houston to join his political operationFull Story
The new Texas congressman on ousting the dean of his home state's delegation, making friends in Washington and his insistence that he won't "fit into a particular box."Full Story
A federal audit found that former U.S. House Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco's 2010 campaign accepted $100,000 worth of “prohibited contributions from a foreign national corporation” during his 2010 campaign.
As the new chairman of the influential Republican Study Committee, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores could position himself for a seat at the U.S. House's leadership table. But the Bryan Republican is talking more about term limits than leadership posts. In an interview with the Tribune, Flores also talked about the committee's growth and who his favorite Democrat is.Full Story
High-profile public figures exonerated after prosecutions for violations of state ethics and election laws paved the way for public skepticism about those kinds of cases — like one now pending against Gov. Rick Perry. The governor, like Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison before him, contends that prosecutors are trying to make crimes of legal behavior.Full Story
The list of who's in and who's out in the Texas Legislature and in the state's congressional delegation is not quite complete, but it's getting there. Here's the current list.Full Story
Here's video of Friday evening's debate between U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and his Democratic challenger, David Alameel. Much of the debate, which was hosted by KUVN Univision 23, centered on immigration.
Editor's note: Due to technological issues with the live feed, video of the debate starts four minutes in, with the first question.Full Story
With fewer than 10 weeks left until Election Day, almost all of the Texas races for Congress and the Legislature are all but over. Just a handful of competitive races — one each in the congressional delegation and the state Senate and fewer than a dozen in the House — remain.Full Story
Political mapmakers have moved most of the real competition for congressional and legislative races in Texas to the March primaries. Though there will be 36 congressional races, 15 Senate races and 150 House races on the November general election ballot, only a dozen or so are expected to be truly competitive.Full Story