POLITICS: Elections

Trump invites speculation after offering to "destroy" Texas senator

Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.
Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.

President Donald Trump invited a wave of speculation Tuesday at the White House when he volunteered to "destroy" the career of an unnamed Texas state senator in response to a state sheriff's complaint about the lawmaker.

Ted Cruz has $4.2 million for 2018 re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has $4.2 million cash on hand as he prepares for a potentially competitive re-election race in 2018. 

 

In Houston, DNC chair candidates talk fighting Trump, turning Texas blue

Some candidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee appeared at the Regional DNC Future Forum in Houston on January 28, 2017. Clockwise from top right: Tom Perez, Jaime Harrison, Jehmu Greene, Keith Ellison, Pete Buttigieg, Peter Peckarsky, Ray Buckley, Sally Boynton Brown and Vincent Tolliver.
Some candidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee appeared at the Regional DNC Future Forum in Houston on January 28, 2017. Clockwise from top right: Tom Perez, Jaime Harrison, Jehmu Greene, Keith Ellison, Pete Buttigieg, Peter Peckarsky, Ray Buckley, Sally Boynton Brown and Vincent Tolliver.

At a forum in Houston Saturday, the 10 candidates for Democratic National Committee chair trained almost all their fire on President Trump, assailing him as a threat to Democracy who deserves little, if any, Democratic cooperation. 

Cornyn concerned about Trump import tax proposal

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at a conference hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Jan. 13, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin, Texas.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at a conference hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Jan. 13, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin, Texas.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn expressed concern Friday over a proposal floated by the Trump administration to put a 20 percent tax on all imported Mexican goods to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Austin lawyer Trey Trainor joins Trump administration

Rep. Jonathan Stickland's attorney, Trey Trainor waits for House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics to resume on Sep 15, 2015. Stickland has been accused of breaking the law by listing witnesses who were not in Austin as supporters of his legislation during a House Transportation Committee in late April.
Rep. Jonathan Stickland's attorney, Trey Trainor waits for House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics to resume on Sep 15, 2015. Stickland has been accused of breaking the law by listing witnesses who were not in Austin as supporters of his legislation during a House Transportation Committee in late April.

Trey Trainor, an Austin lawyer well known in Texas politics, has joined the administration of President Donald Trump.

 

Castro brothers confront Trump era

Julián and Joaquin Castro speak to media during the Texas Democratic Convention on June 17, 2016.
Julián and Joaquin Castro speak to media during the Texas Democratic Convention on June 17, 2016.

Donald Trump's upset victory left many in both parties shocked, upending their best-laid plans for after the election. Among them are rising Texas Democratic stars Julián and Joaquin Castro.

Analysis: Luckily for Texas, voters don’t get report cards

During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

A recent study of mayoral races — those important but rarely epic meat-and-potatoes exercises in civic responsibility — revealed some ugly facts about voters in general and Texas voters in particular.

For Texas students at inauguration, history of moment trumps turmoil

San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.
San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.

After spending a year raising money for the trip, a group of San Antonio students managed to look past any political disappointment to enjoy the experience of witnessing a peaceful transfer of power. 

On "bathroom bill," Greg Abbott staying neutral as pressure builds

Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd of business leaders and educators following his speech Sept. 19, 2016 to the Texas Education & Workforce Summit luncheon on campus.
Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd of business leaders and educators following his speech Sept. 19, 2016 to the Texas Education & Workforce Summit luncheon on campus.

Two weeks after the high-profile legislation was unveiled in the Texas Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott maintained his largely neutral stance on the "bathroom bill" Thursday as pressure builds on him to weigh in.

Trump picks Perdue for agriculture secretary, passing over 4 Texans

(L-R) Former state Comptroller Susan Combs, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla and former Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano.
(L-R) Former state Comptroller Susan Combs, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla and former Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary, bypassing four Texans who had been seen as candidates for the job.

Can Texas Republicans hold America’s reddest large urban county?

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An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.
An unseasonably warm winter afternoon drew people to the fountains in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in December 2016.

Home to Fort Worth, Tarrant County continues to buck a national trend of big-city counties turning blue. There's no simple answer as to what makes it different. And little consensus on what it means for the future of Texas politics.

Ted Cruz urges Texas Legislature to focus on school choice

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz urged state lawmakers Friday to take on school choice this session, adding his voice to what is likely to be a tough battle for education reformers under the pink dome. 

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