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John Ratcliffe: The TT Interview

John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Texas' 4th U.S. Congressional District speaks in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

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." 

Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is interviewed in his Longworth House building office in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2015.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is interviewed in his Longworth House building office in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Flores Doesn't See New Post as a Springboard

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.

The Playlist: My Name

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The Academic Building at Texas A&M University was about to have its name changed to the "Governor Rick Perry ’72 Building," but the governor declined the honor. This inspired the first song on this week's playlist: "My Name" by Kevin Morby.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Analysis: The Court of Public Opinion, Revisited

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.

A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.
A voting precinct at the Parker Lane United Methodist Church in Austin is shown in November 2013.

Analysis: A Lot of Races, But Not as Much Drama

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. 

Analysis: Down the Ballot, Few Races in November

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.

Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Hill Country Barbecue Market in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Texans in D.C. Share Special Sense of Camaraderie

On Texas Independence Day, more than 60 Lone Star transplants in the nation's capital gathered to celebrate with breakfast tacos. Despite the capital’s buttoned-up atmosphere, the many Texans who have flocked here for government posts and lobbying jobs are eager to share the familiar talk and tastes of home.

 

Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Consultant Who Stumped for Cruz Targets Sessions

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is facing a primary challenge from Katrina Pierson, a candidate with strong ties to the national Tea Party movement and Ted Cruz's successful campaign for U.S. Senate. For Pierson, the campaign is just the latest step in her growing immersion into Texas politics.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.

Castro: No Split Among Democrats on Immigration Reform

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said that despite reports that some Democrats are urging their colleagues not to work with House Republicans on immigration reform, the party remains united and wants to see something pass before the year ends.

The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.
The uncompleted new international railroad bridge near Brownsville passes over the border fence and US 281 before crossing the Rio Grande.

Dispute Over Scanning Machine May Stall Bridge Opening

Just weeks before a new rail bridge connecting Texas and Mexico is set to open, controversy surrounding an X-ray machine for the bridge has unfolded. County officials in the Rio Grande Valley say it's on Customs and Border Protection to pay to relocate it, but the feds say they don't have the money. 

Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012.   Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.
Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, explains a policy position while speaking with Evan Smith at TribLive on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District now held by Quico Canseco of Corpus Christi.

Congressional Democrats Write Letter to Boehner

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Eight Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Monday, outlining the effects of the federal government shutdown on the state and demanding a clean continuing resolution— legislation to fund the budget without language defunding President Obama’s health care law.

 

Some Texas Lawmakers Forgo Federal Pay During Shutdown

As thousands of federal workers across Texas and the nation prepare to go without paychecks during the government shutdown, some lawmakers are planning to forgo their federal pay, too. Some lawmakers and organizations are calling on members of Congress to give up their pay until they get the government running again.