Ted Cruz Ends Year as He Began It: No Apologies

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on July 31, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., on July 31, 2013.

By the time Ted Cruz completes his first year in office, he will arguably have become the most recognizable face of the GOP’s far right. So what does he have to say for himself? In a wide-ranging interview, he sized up year one.  

The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 19, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas speaks to press during a visit to Killeen Texas on December 3rd, 2013.
Senator Ted Cruz R-Texas speaks to press during a visit to Killeen Texas on December 3rd, 2013.

In a wide ranging interview with The Texas Tribune's Jay Root, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz refused to say whom he favored in the primary contest between John Cornyn and Steve Stockman, said he's working on renouncing his Canadian citizenship and had little to say about a potential run for the White House in 2016.

Powers: Controversy Has Done "Significant Harm" to UT

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers told a legislative panel on Wednesday that persistent controversy, largely stemming from the actions of a regent, has taken a toll on the reputation of the university.

Committee Investigating Hall Nears End of Inquiry

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.

The conclusion of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations' investigation of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall is on the horizon, if not imminent.

In North Texas, ACA Navigators Under Scrutiny

Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.
Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.

Organizations charged with hiring "navigators" to help the uninsured buy coverage in the federal marketplace have come under intense scrutiny, particularly in North Texas, over allegations of poor oversight and misdeeds.

 

Did Texas Hurt Industry by Fighting EPA Regulations?

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Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.
Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.

Texas has been fighting federal greenhouse gas regulations for years over concerns that they would cost the state jobs. But now, critics say the state's unwillingness to issue air pollution permits ended up hurting, not helping, companies in Texas.

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