Politics

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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The Evening Brief: Jan. 24, 2013

Your evening reading: state tax-break bill targets federal contraception rule; national Democrats launch Texas initiative; Texas Republicans rebuke Clinton over Benghazi testimony

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Caleb Bryant Miller

Bill Would Count Prisoners Differently in Redistricting

Resuscitating the 2011 redistricting battle, two lawmakers have filed bills requiring the state to count prisoners at their last home address rather than where they are incarcerated. They say it cheats urban districts out of representatives.

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TribLive: Dewhurst on Buddy Barfield

At this morning's TribLive conversation, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst talked about the ongoing investigation into allegations that a longtime campaign aide stole hundreds of thousands of dollars — or more —from his political accounts.

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Khampha Bouaphanh

The Brief: Jan. 24, 2013

The 2013 legislative session may have just begun, but for half of the state Senate, the 2014 election season started Wednesday.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribCast: Guns, Health and Politics

Ross, Reeve, Emily and Morgan discuss how legislators might react to a recent shooting incident, the state's approach to the women's health services and the upshot of the recently announced Senate Committee assignments.

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The Evening Brief: Jan. 22, 2013

Your evening reading: 3 injured in shooting at Houston community college; lawmakers sound off on Roe v. Wade anniversary; Legislature weighing fees on electric cars

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Phil Roeder

The Brief: Jan. 22, 2013

Texas Republicans in Washington largely put partisanship aside on Monday as President Obama marked the beginning of his second term with a vigorous defense of liberalism.

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Tom Harris

The Evening Brief: Jan. 21, 2013

Your evening reading: Texas lawmakers set politics aside for inauguration; Cornyn calls Obama's speech "aspirational"; Mexico drawn into gun control debate

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