Jeb Hensarling

 Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

The Brief: May 14, 2014

Wichita Falls is catching more than a little flak for its plan to take treated sewer water and use it for drinking water, a plan that got put on the fast track with the current drought. But the wisecracks hide an important fact — wastewater reuse is already common across the state.

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 United States Coast Guard

The Brief: March 25, 2014

Tar balls from Saturday's spill of 168,000 gallons of fuel oil in into Galveston Bay began to wash ashore on Monday as officials assessed the long-term effects of the accident.

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 Justin Dehn

The Brief: March 11, 2014

Ted Cruz's positioning for the next stage of his political career was the common thread in Monday's news coverage of Texas' junior senator.

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 Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Updated: The 2012 Holdouts List

Some are waiting to see what the courts will do. Others want to see if any opponents surface. Regardless, with six days to go until the filing deadline, how many incumbents haven't filed yet? A whole bunch.

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 Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich / Sara Chilcott

Anti-Washington Perry Heading to Capitol Hill

Gov. Rick Perry will hit the city he vows to shake up this week for a presidential candidate forum and meetings with the lawmakers on Capitol Hill whose salaries and work he plans to slash.

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Randy Neugebauer: The TT Interview

The GOP congressman from Lubbock on Gov. Rick Perry, cuts in direct payments that could be headed for Texas farmers, his hopes for the supercommittee and what the 2012 elections will say about Americans' view of the economy.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Q3 Fundraising Could Mean Tight House Races

Texas congressional incumbents raised more than $4.7 million during the third quarter of the year, but some of them face challengers who also displayed a knack for raising political cash.

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Texas Republicans Pile On Job Numbers

Texas’s congressional Republicans seized on new unemployment numbers to decry President Obama’s economic policies days after he stopped in Mesquite to sell his jobs plan.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Meet the Chairmen?

At stake in next Tuesday's elections are powerful committee chairmanships in the U.S. House of Representatives, a few of which will likely go to members of the Texas delegation if the GOP does as predicted and wins back the majority. We've built an interactive chart that takes a closer look at which of our Republican congressmen are poised to wield the gavel — Smith? Hall? Hensarling? Burgess? Barton? — and how public policy could be impacted here and elsewhere.

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Primary Color: HD-66

The race to replace state Rep. Brian McCall, R-Plano, has it all: the high price of ambition, reruns of a 2006 campaign ad, a bikini-clad beauty and a fight over conservative bonafides.

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 Matt Stiles

The Capital Gang

The six Texas congressional candidates who ended the year with $1 million or more on hand are incumbents. Only two of the candidates with the 20 biggest bank accounts are not.

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