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
John Ratcliffe, who is in a GOP primary runoff with U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall, says the incumbent has been in Washington too long. What he's not saying is that Hall, 90, is too old for office. Strategists say Ratcliffe must make his case without alienating older voters in a district where Hall has decades of name recognition.Full Story
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.
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.Full Story
The race to replace U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, drew six additional Republicans in the last week, bringing the full field to 12. The Texas Republican Party extended the filing deadline an extra week after Stockman abruptly withdrew his re-election bid to run for the U.S. Senate.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.
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.Full Story
We've added all the members of Texas' congressional delegation to our Ethics Explorer, an interactive tool to help educate citizens on the degree to which elected officials’ personal interests conflict with the public interest when passing bills and setting policy.Full Story
With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.Full Story