Politics

Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Jan. 30, 2013

Largely devoid of any conservative red meat, Gov. Rick Perry's State of the State address may have offered some clues to his political future.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 29, 2013

Your evening reading: Perry's State of the State avoids hot topics; Cornyn, Cruz vote against Kerry's confirmation; poll shows Perry vulnerable in 2014

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Ben Hasson

Livestream: Perry's 2013 State of the State Address

Gov. Rick Perry delivers his seventh State of the State address today, telling the 83rd Legislature — and the rest of us — what's on his mind and what he hopes state lawmakers will accomplish before the end of the regular session. Watch live starting at 11 a.m.

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Illustration by Gage Skidmore

The Brief: Jan. 29, 2013

A major new federal immigration proposal has corralled bipartisan support, but Texas Republicans aren't biting.

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Rob Crow

Business Association Launches Criminal Justice Agenda

The Texas Association of Business, the state's largest business lobby, is adding criminal justice reform to its agenda for the first time. The association says reducing the prison population and increasing the workforce makes business sense.

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Steve Pribut

The Evening Brief: Jan. 28, 2013

Your evening reading: Texans react to senators' immigration plan; report urges state to expand Medicaid; Boy Scouts may end ban on gay leaders

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Texplainer: What is the Blocker Bill?

The blocker bill, a tradition of the Texas Senate, gives the minority party power, because it requires that two-thirds of the Senate must agree before a bill is heard on the floor.

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Tamir Kalifa

Railroad Commissioner Wants Firearm Training for Employees

With the debate over gun rights still raging in Texas and across the nation, the head of one Texas agency, the Railroad Commission, is pushing to provide training for employees so they can carry concealed handguns on the job.

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Todd Spoth

The Brief: Jan. 28, 2013

The immigration debate about to descend on Washington has already pushed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz into the spotlight.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Evening Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

Your evening reading: Republicans challenge group hoping to turn Texas blue; White House to begin immigration push next week; conservative groups come out against school security bill

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Jennifer Whitney

At Railroad Commission, a Push to Modernize

The Texas Railroad Commission regulates one of the most advanced industries in the world — oil and gas drilling. Yet the commission’s software systems, many of its rules and even its name are from another era. But change is coming.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

National Group Aims to Turn Texas Blue

Texas Democrats have been fighting an uphill battle against Republicans for almost two decades, but a new Washington-based group wants to invest tens of millions of dollars to turn Texas blue.

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Tamir Kalifa

The Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

A new group may provide Texas Democrats with an answer to their long-ignored prayers for a political comeback.

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