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Tourists enter the empty Senate chamber Wednesday morning as the Texas Senate adjourned sine die the day before, leaving the House with unfinished business on June 29, 2011.
Tourists enter the empty Senate chamber Wednesday morning as the Texas Senate adjourned sine die the day before, leaving the House with unfinished business on June 29, 2011.

The Brief: Tea Party Wins Again in Senate Special Election

State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, a Tea Party favorite, cruised to an outright win on Tuesday night in the special election to fill the West Texas Senate seat formerly held by Robert Duncan.

State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, were the four initial candidates in a May 10 special election for Senate District 4. Creighton and Toth are heading to a runoff Tuesday.
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, insurance company president Gordy Bunch, former state Sen. Michael Galloway and state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, were the four initial candidates in a May 10 special election for Senate District 4. Creighton and Toth are heading to a runoff Tuesday.

Special Election to Fill Empty Senate Seat

With all of the precincts counted, Brandon Creighton and Steve Toth finished first and second and appear headed for a runoff in the contest to succeed Tommy Williams in the Texas Senate. 

 

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.

Citizens on both sides of the abortion debate crowd the Capitol rotunda as Senators debate the bill inside the chamber on July 12th, 2013.
Citizens on both sides of the abortion debate crowd the Capitol rotunda as Senators debate the bill inside the chamber on July 12th, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Nov. 1, 2013

Your evening reading: clinics end abortion services after court ruling; Carona lends his plane to Patrick for lite guv campaign; no cooling off period for Williams

A raw water pump station at Lake Texoma on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The station is bisected by the state line between Texas and Oklahoma, complicating the transportation of water to its intended destination in Texas.
A raw water pump station at Lake Texoma on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The station is bisected by the state line between Texas and Oklahoma, complicating the transportation of water to its intended destination in Texas.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 31, 2013

Your evening reading: statewide candidates say where they stand on Prop 6; Katy ISD plans $69 million football stadium; Cruz's dad says the darndest things 

Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, holds a copy of the state budget on the Senate floor March 20, 2013.
Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, holds a copy of the state budget on the Senate floor March 20, 2013.

In the Senate, an Expected Exit and a Surprising One

Texas Weekly

Announcements from state Sens. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, increased the number of senators who won't be back in 2015. Those announcements bring the certain turnover in the 31-member body to four, and the possible turnover to seven. 

TribLive at the Austin Club featuring State Rep. Jim Pitts and Sen. Tommy Williams  on financial issues facing the 83rd Texas Legislature.
TribLive at the Austin Club featuring State Rep. Jim Pitts and Sen. Tommy Williams on financial issues facing the 83rd Texas Legislature.

Senators Hope to Revive Plan to Fund Roads

A plan to fund Texas highway construction by diverting half of the money that currently feeds the state's Rainy Day Fund could find new life in a special session.

State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.
State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.

Texas House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Budget

After days of negotiations, House and Senate representatives agreed to a budget plan that would add roughly $4 billion in extra funding for public education. It also paves the way for a $2 billion fund for water infrastructure projects. The plan still needs approval from the full House and Senate, as well as the governor.

Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, holds a copy of the state budget on the Senate floor March 20, 2013.
Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, holds a copy of the state budget on the Senate floor March 20, 2013.

Zerwas: House Medicaid Bill Will Include Williams' Plan

UPDATED: State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, confirmed Wednesday that he will incorporate into his own Medicaid reform bill a proposal by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, to use premium tax revenue to subsidize private health policies for the uninsured.

 

 

Budget Votes to Set Stage for Future Negotiations

The $195.5 billion budget that senators will vote on Wednesday includes $1.4 billion extra for education, pay raises for most state employees and additional funding for various regulatory agencies. The House Appropriations Committee is likely to vote on its version of the two-year budget on Thursday.