From 2000 to 2011, the Austin metro area saw the nation’s second-fastest increase in the number of poor people living in the suburbs, according to a new book to be released Monday which describes poverty dramatically shifting from America’s inner cities to the suburbs and which calls on policymakers to rethink how they respond to poverty.
Maybe this is what the road back looks like for Democrats.
House and Senate leaders struggled Monday to protect their complicated deal on the two-year state budget. The two chambers’ budget chiefs clashed over whether a tax-relief package should rely heavily on rebates of a fee on electricity bills.
And that's exactly the path Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, is taking as part of a grudge match with Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston. Keeping true to her word, McClendon spiked four of Huffman's bills that hit the House floor Monday — just days after using a procedural move to tank another Huffman proposal.
Now, with just over a week left in the 140-day session, Democrats appear to be within reach of a legislative triumph after negotiating a proposed budget accord that reverses most of the public school reductions from 2011.
The budget deal that House and Senate leaders stitched together last week began to fray Monday as legislators disagreed about what they had agreed to.
As fast as Central Texas school districts are growing, the number of highly paid administrators is growing even faster.
Turkey hunting in Texas dried up along with the state's water due to the epic drought of 2011. And while the drought has relented, turkey season hasn't been the same.
Becoming an American can be bad for your health.
A recent wave of kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo was prominently featured in a recent Sunday edition of El Mañana, one of the largest and most long-standing Spanish-language newspapers on the border.
High stakes testing is a hot button issue in public education. State lawmakers are poised to scale back tests in high school. But some parents are worried about tests for younger kids — as young as kindergarten.
The industry lobbying group for companies that mine gravel, rock and sand along the Brazos River has contributed tens of thousands of campaign dollars to members of the Texas House Natural Resources Committee, an analysis of campaign finance records by the Glen Rose Current shows.
Forty-nine years ago, Ashley Yost’s grandfather sank a well deep into a half-mile square of rich Kansas farmland. He struck an artery of water so prodigious that he could pump 1,600 gallons to the surface every minute.
Get to know the people behind the governor, and see how they benefit from being a Friend of Perry in this weekly feature from Chron cartoonist, Nick Anderson.
Over the past 20 years, graduation rates have improved incrementally, Dallas Morning News research shows. The statewide six-year rate stands at 59 percent, up from 48 percent for students who entered college in 1987.
Even if the Senate passes an immigration bill currently before one of its committees, the legislation will face serious roadblocks in the House.
A deal on a Texas budget is finally done. Now the Legislature must withstand one final and furious week without sinking a compromise that restores nearly $4 billion to public schools and puts more water in the pipeline amid a historic drought.
With just a week to go in the 140-day legislative session, a last-minute flurry of passing bills gears up Monday as legislative leaders move to tie the final bow on the state budget and send legislation to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.
And I agree with Ted that our constitutional right to bear arms should not be undermined. I want all those who are qualified to purchase a gun to be able to do so. But — and here is where I part ways with my brother — not everyone is qualified to own a gun, so expanded background checks should be a legislative priority.
Despite recent attention, Texas senator lacks appeal, charisma and a Hispanic base.
y most measures, Philip Kingston’s voting history indicates that he’s a Republican. The Dallas City Council candidate has also given to GOP causes, including the Maverick PAC founded by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and led by George P. Bush, both Republicans. But this year, Kingston, who’s in a runoff for the District 14 seat, suddenly signed an oath declaring himself a Democrat.
The iced tea summit is indicative of the new, more aggressive tactics being employed by Republican senators to fend off primary foes in 2014. Instead of waiting for insurgents to catch them asleep at the switch, GOP incumbents running in 2014 — like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Pat Roberts of Kansas and John Cornyn of Texas — are acting early and proactively to ensure no serious challenger emerges.
As the Senate moves toward passage of comprehensive immigration reform, Texas' two senators have been bit players in the legislative theatrics, adding a handful of minor amendments to a plan that was crafted by others.
New revisions to a major water bill calls for ousting the six-member Texas Water Development Board and its top official before the state embarks on a new $2 billion fund to provide low-interest loans for projects.
Former Baylor women's basketball star Brittney Griner says that Kim Mulkey, her college head coach, told players not to be open publicly about their sexuality because it would hurt recruiting and look bad for the program.