Politics

Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: March 14, 2013

Your evening reading: at CPAC, Perry calls Medicaid expansion "coercion"; El Paso lawmaker arrested on DWI charge; Democrat scolds Cruz at gun hearing

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Justin Dehn

El Paso Legislator Arrested on DWI Charge

State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, was arrested by Austin police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and booked into Travis County Jail early Thursday morning, according to Travis County public records.

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Spencer Selvidge

The Brief: March 14, 2013

Ted Cruz on Wednesday offered some pointers to conservative activists preparing for their annual confab in Washington.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribCast: The Bushes, Medicaid and UT School of Law

Evan, Emily, Ben and Reeve talk about George P. Bush's launch of his bid for land commissioner, the chances of Medicaid expansion in Texas, and the ongoing questions about the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Ryan Murphy / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Interactive: Sorting Lawmakers With the Texas Weekly Index

Going by the Texas Weekly Index, which is based on the results of contested statewide elections over the 2010 and 2012 political cycles, the state's most conservative districts are in the Panhandle. Use this interactive to see charts that illustrate the political climate of each district.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Dewhurst Tries to Lure Gun Manufacturer to Texas

As gun control discussions heat up at the state and federal level, it's open season on firearm manufacturers' business. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is hoping to bag Beretta USA — currently based in Maryland — and bring it to Texas.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: March 11, 2013

Your evening reading: at education rally, Davis knocks Combs over revenue estimate; committees hear $2 billion water plan proposal; Garcia sworn in to Senate seat

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Former Lawmaker Blasts Her Successor in Email

Former state Rep. Vicki Truitt says she's over her primary loss to Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake. But an email she sent to "selected friends" early this month indicates she's still harboring resentment over the bruising campaign.

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Graphic by Ben Hasson / Todd Wiseman

TribCast Plus: A Deeper Look at the UT/TT Poll

The guys behind the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll — Jim Henson, Daron Shaw and Joshua Blank — sit down with Reeve for a special edition of the TribCast to shed some light on their process and the significance of their latest numbers.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Lawmakers Seeking "Texas Solution" to Medicaid Reform

As GOP governors across the country negotiate deals to draw down federal Medicaid dollars, long-resistant Texas Republicans are beginning to consider changes to the health program that might allow the state to tap into the funds.

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