Abortion Provider Shutters McAllen and Beaumont Clinics

Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.
Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.

Whole Woman's Health announced late Wednesday that it is closing two abortion clinics — one in the Rio Grande Valley and another in Beaumont — as a result of strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.

 

Tone of Races Could Grow Nastier During Runoffs

Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.
Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.

Candidates in several races came out swinging during the primary season, and that is not expected to ebb during the runoff campaign — particularly in the GOP races for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Davis Losses in Border Counties Encourage GOP

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, takes the stage as supporters at her Fort Worth headquarters cheer her victory in the primary election.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, takes the stage as supporters at her Fort Worth headquarters cheer her victory in the primary election.

In an election year in which Hispanic voters are crucial to Democratic success, the first feud of the now-official general election gubernatorial matchup is being fueled by state Sen. Wendy Davis' primary performance on the border. 

TribCast: Live Post-Primary Election Review

Texas Tribune staffers dissect Tuesday's primary election results at Triblive on March 5, 2014. Left to right are Reeve Hamilton, Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey, Emily Ramshaw and Morgan Smith.
Texas Tribune staffers dissect Tuesday's primary election results at Triblive on March 5, 2014. Left to right are Reeve Hamilton, Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey, Emily Ramshaw and Morgan Smith.

Reeve, Evan, Ross and Emily participate in a special live edition of the TribCast at the Austin Club on the morning after Tuesday's primary election. Morgan, Aman and Jim make special appearances.

Anti-Abortion Candidates Saw Strong Returns

Sen. Bob Deuell, far left, and state Rep. Sarah Davis, center right, have been targeted by Texas Right to Life. Agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller, center left, and comptroller candidate Glenn Hegar, right, both heavily promoted their anti-abortion stance on the campaign trail.
Sen. Bob Deuell, far left, and state Rep. Sarah Davis, center right, have been targeted by Texas Right to Life. Agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller, center left, and comptroller candidate Glenn Hegar, right, both heavily promoted their anti-abortion stance on the campaign trail.

In statewide races, Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary night returns on Tuesday. 

 

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