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What you need to know
Voters in San Antonio and El Paso elected new mayors on Saturday. Here's what you need to know:
• Ivy Taylor's three-year tenure as San Antonio mayor ended. In a runoff election, Taylor was defeated by City Councilman Ron Nirenberg. With the backing of former Mayor Julián Castro, Nirenberg won 55 percent of the vote to Taylor's 45 percent.
• A former state lawmaker is the next mayor of El Paso. Dee Margo, a former Republican state representative, defeated David Saucedo, a newcomer to city politics, with 57 percent of the vote. Margo is set to replace outgoing Mayor Oscar Leeser.
• The state's new "sanctuary" law played a notable role in both cities' races. In San Antonio, Taylor disagreed with the City Council's decision to join a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4, while Nirenberg said he backed it. In El Paso, Margo and Saucedo said they would defer to the city's police chief on the matter — an apparent pivot for Margo, who voted for a version of the bill in the Texas Legislature in 2011.
• From Ross Ramsey: During the special session, Texas lawmakers will be talking about your rising property taxes again, but that does not mean your tax bill is going to get any smaller.
• Gov. Greg Abbott's schedule during May provides a glimpse into the final stretch of the legislative session, where the governor tried to bring together lawmakers to avoid a special session.
• Give us your take: Should state regulations override local ride-hailing rules?
News from home
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What we're reading
Links below lead to outside websites; we've noted paywall content with $.
Republican lawmakers refuse to back Trump's attacks on Comey, Politico
Former Edinburg mayor's daughter to run for same post, The Monitor
Counter-protest derails 'March against Sharia' in Austin, Texas Observer
Armed protesters at Hermann Park defend Sam Houston statue, The Houston Chronicle ($)
Chief: Sanctuary city ban won't change policy, Daily Sentinel ($)
All 3 incumbents losing Dallas City Council runoffs with some mail-in votes left to be counted, The Dallas Morning News ($)
Quote to note
"We're just different bodies. I've served in both, and they just operate differently."
— State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, about why a deal to prevent a special legislative session was unsuccessful.
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