Craig L. Estes

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Abbott Signs "Pastor Protection Act" Into Law

Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed a bill Thursday that allows clergy members to refuse to conduct marriages that violate their beliefs, said that "pastors now have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights."

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KQED QUEST

The Brief: April 22, 2015

A shift in the public debate over the relationship between oil and gas production and earthquakes happened Tuesday with a new study in Texas and a turnabout by the Oklahoma government on the issue.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: March 16, 2015

Legislative activity begins to ramp up in the two chambers this week with speculation rampant that the Senate might take up as early as today legislation that would allow permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Paul Hudson

Senators Show Interest in Ditching Margins Tax

As a key Senate committee prepares to hear public testimony on tax cut proposals Wednesday, senators expressed strong interest in repealing the state's unpopular margins tax on businesses, which has raised $4.7 billion annually.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: July 18, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is on his way out in a few months, but on Thursday he moved to fill some key Senate leadership slots to help the chamber prepare for the coming legislative session in January.

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Callie Richmond

Gun Control Just Got Stricter? Come to Texas!

UPDATED: As debates over gun control intensify across the nation, state senators on Tuesday tentatively approved a measure allowing Gov. Rick Perry to offer economic incentives to gun manufacturers that want to move to Texas.

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Bob Daemmrich

Before Iowa Vote, Perry Blasts Rivals as "Corrupt"

Gov. Rick Perry is not going down without a fight. He spent his last full day on the campaign trail in Iowa throwing furious punches at his rivals, rallying his Texas “posse” for support and pleading with voters to look past polls showing him in fifth place here.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Where Are Perry's Emergency Items?

With fewer than five weeks left in the regular session, none of Gov. Rick Perry's emergency items — voter ID, sanctuary cities, sonograms for women getting abortions, a federal balanced budget amendment, and eminent domain protection — have made it to his desk.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

House Tentatively Passes Eminent Domain

Another bill on Gov. Rick Perry's emergency items list — eminent domain — tentatively passed in the House today, and it could further curb the government's right to take private property.

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Needles and the Damage Done

Public health officials have been trying for years to get dirty syringes and the diseases they spread off Texas streets with needle exchange programs that allow IV drug users to get clean ones — and always they've come up short. Given November's election results, they fear 2011 may be no different.

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