John Smithee

Callie Richmond

Guardianship Reform Could Offer New Freedoms

Dawn Carlton is intellectually disabled, but she says she manages fine on her own. The 38-year-old woman is pushing for a series of bills this legislative session to change the way court-appointed guardians are used in Texas.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: April 16, 2015

For all the talk about undocumented immigrants qualifying for in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, it turns out that these students make up a very small portion of the college-going population.

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Graphic by John Jordan

The Brief: Aug. 4, 2014

A new report raises fresh doubts about a key witness instrumental in securing the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. This new evidence forces again the question as to whether Texas executed an innocent man.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Feb. 7, 2014

The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP lieutenant governor's race — and personified by state Sen. Dan Patrick — is angering several Hispanic party leaders to the point where one of them is considering voting for a Democrat in the general election.

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Ben Philpott

The Brief: Feb. 6, 2014

Chris Christie is coming to Texas on Thursday and with a large target on his back placed there by Democrats.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Feb. 3, 2014

The Tribune's Jay Root has the story on another secret audio recording released with the intent to impact the already contentious gubernatorial contest.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Jan. 31, 2014

The House Republican leadership on Thursday released a one-page blueprint for immigration reform. But with its call to legalize 11 million undocumented workers, the immediate question was whether the plan would fly within the party.

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The Brief: Jan. 30, 2014

New research by a Sam Houston State University economics professor finds Texas fifth in income inequality. Could it become a big issue in the governor's race?

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Todd Wiseman

The Brief: Jan. 29, 2014

Time magazine on Tuesday posted an article talking about Wendy Davis' "moment of truth." Davis then spent the rest of the day making the most concerted effort of the past week to push aside critics who have seized on details of her life story to say she isn't fit for office.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Jan. 28, 2014

In their first televised debate, the four GOP candidates for lieutenant governor seemed content to continue to frame the contest as a race to see who could claim the title of the most conservative.

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Tamir Kalifa

The Brief: Jan. 27, 2014

The Austin American-Statesman's Jonathan Tilove had a must-read in the Sunday paper, reporting some fascinating details in what he described as a "cat-and-mouse game" between Battleground Texas and James O'Keefe's Project Veritas.

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The Brief: Jan. 24, 2014

The story of Steve Stockman is rapidly turning from that of a Tea Party-fueled challenge to the GOP establishment to a headline ripped from a milk carton — as in, no one seems to know where the Clear Lake congressman is.

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