Analysis: Donald Trump’s Trickle-Down Effect on Texas Politics

From left: Texas Agriculture Sid Miller, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
From left: Texas Agriculture Sid Miller, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Donald Trump and everyone’s reaction to him might turn out to be unimportant in the next couple of election cycles. If the Republican wins the presidency, he’ll be a factor in the 2018 mid-term elections. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a memory.

Rural Texas County Tries to Derail High-Speed Train

The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.
The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.

In a rebuke of a private firm’s plans to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, local officials in rural southeastern Texas moved Tuesday to restrict high-speed rail development in their corner part of the state.

 

Here's Why Texas Students Wait Weeks for Basic Mental Health Services

At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.
At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.

Students who need help dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues often must wait weeks to see a counselor at Texas' major public universities.

Cruz Hunkers Down at Home as 2018 Talk Heats Up

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during the third
night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

As speculation simmers about his political future, Ted Cruz is hunkering down in his home state with a weeklong tour aimed at getting back in touch with constituents following a long and contentious presidential campaign. 

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