GOVERNMENT: Legislature

Greg Abbott: Convention of states to amend Constitution still needed under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the Convention of States gathering at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 6, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott squared the new political reality Tuesday with his long-standing crusade to amend the U.S. Constitution by arguing President-elect Donald Trump "epitomizes exactly why we need a convention of states."

Texas moving forward with budget cuts for disabled kids' therapy services

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

In two weeks, Texas will officially enact cuts of Medicaid reimbursement rates for disabled children's therapy services. 

Analysis: Some politicians want your attention and some don’t

Joe Straus, Texas Speaker of the House, speaks at an 85th Legislation Session Preview at the Dallas Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016.
Joe Straus, Texas Speaker of the House, speaks at an 85th Legislation Session Preview at the Dallas Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016.

It makes political sense for statewide officials like the governor and the lieutenant governor to do things that attract favorable attention from voters. Speakers of the House live a little farther from the limelight.

Susan Combs' next act? Empowering Texas women.

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, "Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny." The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.
Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, "Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny." The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.

After decades in Texas politics, Susan Combs is focused on building safe spaces for women to exchange ideas and experiences. With a new memoir and a new nonprofit, she hopes to encourage more women to take on leadership roles.  

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