Patrick kicks off property tax cut campaign in Austin

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The campaign to convince Texans to vote "Yes" on a measure to lower property taxes launched Thursday morning in Austin. With all the excitement of a campaign rally, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick joined a gathering of Texas realtors to pump up enthusiasm for Proposition 1 on the statewide ballot. The measure will go before voters in November as the final realization of one of Patrick's campaign promises. "It's the beginning of long-term property tax relief," Patrick said to roaring applause from the annual convention of the Texas Association of Realtors. Patrick explained to KVUE afterward, "It will forever eliminate the possibility of a tax when you sell your property."

Texans to decide whether to update their aging constitution

Tucked away in a custom-made box, and stored in a cool dark room, is a nearly 140-year-old historic document — the Texas Constitution — that determines how the state government works. As state employees work to preserve the aging document, lawmakers are asking Texans to again sign off on as many as seven amendments to it.

Texas has most drug offenders scheduled for release

When the federal government next month begins the early release of thousands of drug offenders, nearly 600 will be from Texas, the most of any state. The releases stem from a decision last summer by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively reduce prison terms for drug offenders

George P. Bush points to history of few outsider presidents as edge for his dad, Jeb Bush

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush thinks history is in his father’s favor as Jeb Bush makes his run for the White House. The younger Bush said during a speech at the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday that as far as he knew, only three U.S. presidents had been elected without having served in elected office before: Dwight Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant and George Washington.

Paxton says Texas should go even further on restricting abortion

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday offered his vision for the next phase of the state's battle against abortion, saying lawmakers should consider boosting regulations and inspections of clinics, prohibiting certain methods for the procedure and moving up the legal deadline for abortions to be performed.

Texas sues VW, Audi over emissions cheating

The state of Texas on Thursday joined the ranks of Harris County and the city of Dallas by suing Volkswagen and Audi, accusing the German carmakers of violating consumer protection laws and clean air standards by installing devices in their diesel cars that  allow them to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

Paxton case back in court next week

Special prosecutors in Ken Paxton's securities fraud case next week will tell the presiding judge why they believe he should throw out subpoenas the attorney general's lawyers recently filed seeking information on the grand jury that indicted him in July.

State database tracks officer shootings

Texas peace officers shot at least 10 people since state officials began tracking statistics last month in a public database aimed at increasing transparency about officer-involved shootings.

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