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Senator Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.
Senator Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.

After All He's Said and Done, How Does Ted Cruz Return To The Senate?

With his presidential campaign behind him, Ted Cruz will soon return to the U.S. Capitol and the job he was working so hard to transcend: rank-and-file senator. It will likely be hostile territory: The actions he took over the course of his presidential campaign only further frayed Cruz's strained relationships with colleagues.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Paxton Uses State Protection for Frequent North Texas Trips

For the past year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has used taxpayer-funded security teams and drivers to travel at least twice and as many as four times a month to North Texas where he has a home and businesses, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

Paxton Uses State Protection for Frequent North Texas Trips

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

For the past year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has used taxpayer-funded security teams and drivers to travel at least twice and as many as four times a month to North Texas where he has a home and businesses, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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Pro-Cruz Super PAC Plays Offense in Indiana

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on
April 26, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on April 26, 2016.

The pro-Cruz super PAC Trusted Leadership has pumped $2.4 million into the freshman Texas senator's scramble to pull out a win in Indiana.

As Indiana Primary Nears, Gov. Mike Pence Says He'll Vote for Cruz

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on
April 26, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally in Knightstown, Indiana on April 26, 2016.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Friday announced he would be voting for Ted Cruz for president, giving the Texas senator a much-needed boost four days before a potentially make-or-break primary for his campaign.

Pay is Climbing Fast for Texas University Leaders

Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.
Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.

In the past four years, the total pay for chancellors and presidents of Texas universities and systems has grown 70 percent, from an average total compensation of $565,000 in 2012 to an average of $955,000 now.

Cuts Hit Early Childhood Intervention Program

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.

Nonprofit providers of pediatric therapy services say sweeping budget cuts ordered by state lawmakers will jeopardize the Early Childhood Intervention program in particular.