Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on  April 21, 2016.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on April 21, 2016.

Around D.C., Sheila Jackson Lee's image belies her persistence

Some see U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as a publicity hound, but according to dozens of interviews with members of Congress, House staffers and political players back home in Houston, there is a method to her madness.

Around D.C., Sheila Jackson Lee's image belies her persistence

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on  April 21, 2016.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks during the news conference at the Capitol with other members of the Heroin Task Force on combating heroin abuse on April 21, 2016.

Some see U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee as a publicity hound, but according to dozens of interviews with members of Congress, House staffers and political players back home in Houston, there is a method to her madness.

 

Unlikely allies: some homeschoolers fighting to kill school choice bill

School board member Corinne French and homeschooling advocate Nicki Truesdell were surprised to find themselves on the same side of the debate around private school choice in Texas.
School board member Corinne French and homeschooling advocate Nicki Truesdell were surprised to find themselves on the same side of the debate around private school choice in Texas.

Rural conservatives and homeschoolers are joining forces with public education advocates against Senate Bill 3, which pushes private school choice. Their state senators are not all on the same page.

Thousands at Texas immigration rally told they're being heard in D.C.

NoBanNoWall protesters crowd the south steps of the Texas Capitol Feb. 25, 2017 to rally against President Donald Trump's immigration actions.
NoBanNoWall protesters crowd the south steps of the Texas Capitol Feb. 25, 2017 to rally against President Donald Trump's immigration actions.

Thousands of Texans gathered Saturday afternoon to protest President Trump’s refugee ban and border wall proposal, hearing from speakers like U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, that their efforts are making a difference.

O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: "I really want to do this"

U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El  Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017.  Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.
U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017. Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is sailing toward a 2018 Senate campaign, an uphill battle that would pit the little-known congressman against one of the state's most prominent Republicans in the unpredictable era of President Donald Trump. 

 

White House confirms plans to drop key claim against Texas Voter ID

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Monday it plans to ditch its longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated against minority voters by passing the nation’s strictest voter identification law in 2011.

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs identifies as a male. He just won the Texas state girls' title.

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High school athlete Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, competes in a state championship girls wrestling competition, in
Cypress on February 24, 2017.
High school athlete Mack Beggs, a transgender boy, competes in a state championship girls wrestling competition, in Cypress on February 24, 2017.

Mack Beggs ended a highly controversial and dramatic weekend by becoming the first transgender participant to win a Class 6A girls’ state championship in Texas high school wrestling.