Cassandra Pollock

Cassandra Pollock is a newsletters fellow for the Texas Tribune and a graduating journalism student from The University of Texas at Austin. Cassi has previously reported for The Daily Texan, the university's official student newspaper, where she focused on student voter turnout and elections. She has also reported for The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C., and she spent the 84th legislative session interning at the Texas Capitol.

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The Brief: Two major bills head to the full Senate

Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.
Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.

The Senate State Affairs Committee advanced two major pieces of legislation Thursday: a bill that would end most union payroll deductions for public employees in the state and a resolution that would put Texas in support of a convention of states.

Convention of states resolution is on its way to full Texas Senate

Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.
Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.

The Senate State Affairs Committee addressed one of Gov. Greg Abbott's four emergency items Thursday: passing a resolution showing the state backs an Article V convention. 

Senate State Affairs greenlights bill to end most union payroll deductions

Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, listens to testimony on the affirmation of First Amendment liberty protections in Texas from invited witnesses on Feb. 17, 2016.
Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, listens to testimony on the affirmation of First Amendment liberty protections in Texas from invited witnesses on Feb. 17, 2016.

The Senate State Affairs Committee greenlighted a bill to the full Senate Thursday that would end the state’s practice of collecting dues for certain public employee unions through automatic payroll deductions.

The Brief: New abortion fights in Texas start today

Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.
Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is taking up three abortion-related bills today. Here's what you need to know. 

Flu season near peak in 43 states

A vile of the M-M-R Virus Vaccine at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 2013. The Immunization Collaboration offers low cost vaccines targeting hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, measles, mumps and HPV amongst other illnesses.
A vile of the M-M-R Virus Vaccine at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 2013. The Immunization Collaboration offers low cost vaccines targeting hepatitis, the flu, chickenpox, measles, mumps and HPV amongst other illnesses.

The winter flu is considered “widespread’’ in 43 states, and experts say it is the deadliest season in at least six years.

The Q&A: Joseph Lamelas

Dr. Joseph Lamelas is associate chief of cardiac surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Joseph Lamelas is associate chief of cardiac surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

In this week's Q&A, we interview Joseph Lamelas, associate chief of cardiac surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.