News For July, 2011

Video: Texas Tea Party Voters Disappointed

Tea Partiers thought this session was their time to shine, after helping to elect and elevate the GOP to supermajority status in the state House. As The Texas Tribune's Thanh Tan reports, they're disappointed some of their pet issues were not resolved. 

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Todd Wiseman

Across Texas, Athletic Fields Suffer in Drought

As one of the worst droughts in Texas history intensifies, a notable if lesser worry is the condition of athletic fields. Some fields are getting patchy already, and a summer of 90 or 100 degree temperatures still lies ahead.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

The Brief: July 1, 2011

Since most Texas counties have fireworks bans in effect this July 4 weekend, what better way to celebrate than recalling the legislative fireworks of recent weeks and imagining those still to come on the campaign trail?

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Bob Daemmrich

The Midday Brief: July 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Rick Perry may or may not be running for president, but he definitely had back surgery today. Also, his security detail may not have to disclose their travel records after all.

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Spencer Selvidge

Lawmaker to State Troopers: Help Fight Drug Cartels

A border-area lawmaker in Texas wants state troopers to help the federal government stop southbound weapons and funds that are boosting Mexican drug cartels. Hernán Rozemberg of public radio's Fronteras Desk reports.

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Graphic by Ben Hasson

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Tan on how it all came out in the special session, Tan and Dehn on what the Tea Party folks thought of the results, Aguilar on Rick Perry's uneasy relationship with Latinos, Root on Perry's past positions on various controversies and how those would figure into a presidential race, Ramshaw on a $90 million health care mistake, yours truly on the candidates falling out of the race for the U.S. Senate, Hamilton's exit interview with former University of Texas advisor Rick O'Donnell, Grissom on Anthony Graves' payday, and Galbraith on the Texas drought's effect on hallowed athletic grounds: The best of our best content from June 27 to July 1, 2011.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Drought Fizzles Fourth of July Fireworks

This Independence Day, the night sky will remain dark in many Texas cities. Most have issued residential fireworks bans because of the historic drought, and some are scrapping annual celebrations for fear of igniting more than the sparklers.

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Todd Wiseman

Attacking the Cost of College, From the Outside

Michael Crosno is working on lowering the cost of higher education by applying pressure from the outside. He is not a policy wonk. He is a businessman who has built and sold a string of successful companies. His latest is called MyEdu.

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