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U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro (l) points at his brother Julián Castro at a 2013 press conference.
U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro (l) points at his brother Julián Castro at a 2013 press conference.

Texas Democrats Leave Philly With Few Prospects

After years of being soundly thrashed by Republicans in Texas statewide races, the Texas Democratic Party leaves its national gathering still looking for a path out of political exile. But beyond the Castro brothers from San Antonio, few names have emerged of candidates to challenge Republican incumbents in 2018 or beyond.

At UT, Debut of Texas Gun Law Intersects with Tower Shooting Anniversary

The granite memorial on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in memory of the victims of Charles Whitman’s murderous on-campus shooting spree. The 50th anniversary of the shooting is Aug. 1, 2016.
The granite memorial on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in memory of the victims of Charles Whitman’s murderous on-campus shooting spree. The 50th anniversary of the shooting is Aug. 1, 2016.

Aug. 1 is an important day on the University of Texas at Austin campus for two reasons: It’s the first day people will be allowed to carry guns into Texas university buildings, and it’s the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting.

On Historic Night, Clinton Accepts Nomination

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pust her hand on her heart as she delivers her nomination acceptance speech on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016.
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pust her hand on her heart as she delivers her nomination acceptance speech on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 28, 2016.

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in American history to accept a major party's nomination for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.

Joaquin Castro Takes his Democratic Convention Turn

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro took the national stage Thursday on the closing day of the Democratic National Convention in the highest-profile speaking slot of the state's federal delegation.

 

Wendy Davis Draws Starstruck Fans in Philly, 3 Years After Pink Shoes

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis getting ready for a television interview inside of the Wells Fargo Center, site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 27, 2016.
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis getting ready for a television interview inside of the Wells Fargo Center, site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, on July 27, 2016.

Judging by the throngs of adoring fans at the Democratic National Convention, you'd never guess former state Sen. Wendy Davis lost her bid for Texas governor by 20 points. 

Pokémon Politics: In Bid for Votes, State Rep Wants to Catch ’Em All

James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."
James Ratcliff, 39, plays "Pokémon Go" outside the Texas Capitol on Thursday. "We're trying to figure out if there are more people here playing than visiting the Capitol," he said. "We think there is."

The craze over the smartphone game “Pokémon Go” is coaxing Texans out of their homes and into the summer heat — and now at least one state lawmaker is looking to the game to bolster voter engagement efforts.