Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, right, on Feb. 12, 2015, at the Texas Capitol.

Open Carry, Funding Likely Police Issues Next Legislative Session

Texas lawmakers brushed off the wishes of many in law enforcement when they passed open carry legislation in 2015. With pro-police rhetoric flowing after numerous shootings, police groups hope the law can at least be revisited, and they'll also try to get back some of the funding legislators have cut from training and other programs.

 
Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.
Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.

Hillary Clinton: “Ted Cruz Was Right”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz may have angered his own party when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this week, but his divisive comments drew praise from an unlikely source: Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton: “Ted Cruz Was Right”

Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.
Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston on Feb. 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz may have angered his own party when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this week, but his divisive comments drew praise from an unlikely source: Hillary Clinton.

 

Cruz in Rear View Mirror, Trump Accepts Nomination

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Texas Republicans capped a tumultuous week at their national convention watching a forceful address by Donald Trump, the presidential nominee whose defeat of favorite son Ted Cruz loomed large over the festivities in Cleveland.

New in TribTalk: NAFTA after Brexit

A truck travels on TX-281 Military Highway in Pharr, Texas.
A truck travels on TX-281 Military Highway in Pharr, Texas.

Now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, the nations that comprise NAFTA can either follow its isolationist example or work together for growth and progress, writes J.D. Salinas III of the Texas Border Coalition.

In School Choice Fight, a Fresh Force Emerges

Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.
Texans for Education Opportunity Executive Director Randan Steinhauser, also an adviser for National School Choice Week, speaks during a school choice rally at the Texas Capitol in 2015.

An ambitious new player has emerged in the controversial effort to use taxpayer dollars to help Texas parents send their kids to private or religious schools.

New in Texas Weekly: Republicans Gather in Cleveland

The insiders weigh in on the Texas Republicans' performance at their national convention, another ethics commissioner wants off the panel and a date is set to find a replacement for a newly vacated Houston House seat — all that and more in the latest issue of our subscriber-only newsletter for political insiders ($).

New in TribTalk: Funding Texas Charter Schools

Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy charter school, San Antonio, TX, October 14, 2013.
Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy charter school, San Antonio, TX, October 14, 2013.

The best way to achieve an adequate, suitable, and efficient education is to move students from a waiting list to a classroom, writes David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association.

12 Hours in Cleveland: How Cruz Crashed Trump's Convention

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Cruz speaks as the Texas delegation looks on during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Cruz speaks as the Texas delegation looks on during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

In the hours before Ted Cruz delivered the biggest speech of his political life, a key element was in flux: Would he or wouldn't he endorse Donald Trump? There are conflicting accounts of who knew what, and when.