Analysis: Take it from Texas — an election sweep carries no guarantee
Winning isn't everything when it comes to party control. If it was, Texas lawmakers would have nothing to do. But they still have plenty to fight about, and Republicans in Washington, D.C., will, too.
Cruz fuels speculation on Cabinet position with surprise Trump meeting
The meeting between the former rivals at Trump Tower in New York, where the business mogul has been planning his transition to the White House, spawned theories about Cruz's possible place in Trump's Cabinet.
Opposition to Dakota Access pipeline boils over in Austin
Hundreds protested at the Capitol on Tuesday, one of several demonstrations across the country against the oil pipeline being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
State Board of Education set to vote on Mexican-American studies book
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to accept a Mexican-American studies textbook opponents have called racist and inaccurate.
Federal agency: More recoverable oil in West Texas than previously thought
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that producers could tap some 20 billion more barrels of oil from under the Midland area. It's the agency's largest discovery of recoverable crude ever.
Help us understand the impact of college tuition rates in Texas
The Texas Tribune is exploring the impact of rising tuition costs in Texas. We want your help.
After Trump election, Bush says "anger shouldn't drive policy"
Former President George W. Bush, who did not support Trump, opened a speech on Tuesday by saying he does not "think it's helpful for a former president to criticize successors."
The Big Story
Since his victory on Nov. 8, President-elect Donald Trump has doubled down on the immigration policies he campaigned on. While no one knows for sure what promises his administration will actually deliver on, here’s what we know so far:
• On CBS News' "60 Minutes," Trump said he’d deport 2 to 3 million people and remained firm on his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though he said he would settle for a fence in some areas. In his interview, Trump said, “we are going to ... get the people that are criminal[s] and have criminal records, gang members [and] drug dealers.” Last week, the Tribune spoke to several undocumented immigrants, including one who said he "wouldn't even know how to get around Mexico" if he was sent back.
• According to the New York Times, Trump’s plan, if carried out, would require raids by a vastly larger federal immigration force to hunt down these immigrants and send them out of the country. The Obama administration estimated that there are 1.9 million “removable criminal aliens” in the United States but that that number includes people who hold green cards for legal permanent residency, those who have temporary visas and people who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes such as theft.
• On Tuesday, the second day to file bills for the 2017 legislative session, state Sen. Charles Perry filed legislation that would ban "sanctuary cities" – a term used to describe cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. While similar legislation Perry filed in 2015 didn’t garner enough votes to make it out of the Senate, Perry said he hopes this year will be different under a Republican president.
• And with a tight Texas budget session ahead, if Trump delivers on his promise to increase security on the U.S.-Mexico border, leading Texas lawmakers say they might stop spending so much money on it. "We’ve been spending a lot of state resources on issues associated with the border, border security, transnational gangs, human trafficking, so I look forward to maybe holding back on some of that money, actually,” said Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
Help us report on the impact of Trump's proposed immigration policies by telling us how his plans will impact you or your community. Your privacy is important to us. You may also share stories confidentially by emailing reporter Alexa Ura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The House Committee on County Affairs will meet today (10 a.m., E2.016 Hearing Room) to discuss improvements to both Child Protective Services and the criminal justice system. See the full committee schedule.
What We're Reading
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Two Texas congressmen lose bids for House GOP leadership jobs, The Dallas Morning News
Trump’s digital ad exec based in San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News
Trump across Texas, visualized, Houston Chronicle
Today in TribTalk
"It is incumbent on conservatives to uphold our principles and speak out against actions that violate our most cherished constitutional precepts — regardless of the occupant of the White House."
— Matt Krause, State representative, R-Fort Worth
"There can be no denying that the technology industry plays a significant role in Texas' economy and in global innovation as a whole. However, our state Legislature and Governor's Office have not evolved to properly handle technology issues."
Trib Events for the Calendar
• A Symposium Previewing the 85th Legislature on Nov. 29 at The University of Texas - Texas Union Ballroom
• A Conversation with Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University on Dec. 1 at The Austin Club
• San Antonio & the Legislature: A Preview of the 85th on Dec. 2 at University of Texas at San Antonio – Downtown Campus
• A Conversation with Sen.-elect Dawn Buckingham & Rep.-elect Hugh Shine on Dec. 8 at Temple College – Arnold Student Union