Despite a stormy session, House Speaker Straus of San Antonio intends to run again

“That’s my intention,” Straus, R-San Antonio, said in an interview with the Express-News when asked whether he will run for another term. “But I never make a big splash or statement at the end of a session. I like to let the dust settle, let the governor have his veto period, make sure we’re not coming right back in a special session.

“But that’s my intention,” Straus said.

Texas 'bathroom bill' near collapse over GOP standoff

A proposed Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people neared collapse Friday over a deadlock between Republicans heeding warnings from big businesses and sports leagues — including Google and the NFL — and social conservatives who drive the state’s political agenda.

Supporters of telecom bill are mum on conflict of interest questions

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On Jan. 10, 2017, lobbyist Mindy Ellmer tweeted a picture of her with long-time boyfriend Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, standing next to the Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price. The caption read, “Happy to kick off the 85th with two of my favorite peeps.”

Texas tea party group: 'BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST'

The day after a Montana congressional candidate was charged with assaulting a reporter at his campaign headquarters, a Tarrant County tea party group tweeted, “BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST #Gianforte.”

The @NETarrantTea twitter account soon deleted the tweet.

Texans oppose Trump border wall in Texas

The Star-Telegram recently visited a 325-mile stretch of the Lone Star State’s boundary with Mexico to gauge attitudes toward the proposed wall. The trip included stops in Presidio, Big Bend National Park, Del Rio and Eagle Pass in late April, and visits with a farmer, a rancher, a wildlife biologist, a sheriff and people from many other walks of life.

In ‘Giant of the Senate,’ Al Franken suspends the ‘unwritten rules’ to write about how much he loathes Ted Cruz

Taking a break from the final excruciating grind of the 85th Texas Legislative Session, let us look for some diverting reading.

How about Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s new book, Giant of the Senate. Oh, it’s not out for a few days. But thanks to Amazon with its search inside this book feature, I searched for Ted Cruz.

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