State government

The Brief: January 12, 2010

Just because the Republican debates will make for good television, don’t forget the joys of a live show. Today, the State Board of Education is coming to town

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Jacob Villanueva

Still Restrained

Texas educators forcibly pinned down students with disabilities as many times in 2009 as they did in 2008, despite efforts to curb the practice.

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Hijacking History

Was America ordained by God to lead the world? Are our public school students taught enough about the African American and Hispanic experiences? Was Joseph McCarthy an American hero? The always controversial State Board of Education meets this week to take up such questions as it revises Texas' social studies standards.

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Texas Legislative Council

Mapping It Out

What does the 2010 census mean for 2011 redistricting? Ben Philpott filed this report for KUT News and the Tribune.

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Guest Column: The 2010 Agenda: Business

To restore jobs lost during the recession and to prepare for those ready to enter the job market, Texas must create more than two million jobs in the next decade. A key factor in achieving this target is having educated employees available to fill positions as they become available.

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Jacob Villanueva

No Dollar Left Behind

Let's say you're a donor to a candidate or an elected official who quits a race mid-campaign or chooses to not run for reelection. What if you made a contribution to one of the nine Texas legislators who decided not to seek reelection this year, or to a former diplomat who toyed with a bid for governor but ultimately thought better of it, or to a tech executive who considered a challenge to a member of Congress but decided against running at the last minute? What happens to your money?

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Illustration by Courtesy of the Cole family

TribBlog: Perry Indicates He'll Pardon Timothy Cole

Gov. Rick Perry appears willing to sign a posthumous pardon for the exonerated Timothy Cole after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today issued an opinion that said the governor could grant one.

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TribBlog: AG Says Posthumous Pardons Possible

A posthumous pardon is possible after all, according to an opinion from Attorney General Greg Abbott's office. This clears the way for the possible post-death pardon of Tim Cole, who was exonerated of a sexual assault conviction in a Travis County court last year, but had died in prison many years prior.

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Austin Chronicle

On the Records: Spending Search

We have 10 years and more than $350 million in Texas campaign expenditures available for search and download. Find your own stories.

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Associated Press

TribBlog: Fair Game

State Sen. John Whitmire didn't break the law by spending $90,000 in campaign funds on sports tickets, the Texas Ethics Commission finds.

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