84th Legislative Session

Illustration by Shelby Knowles/ Texas Tribune

Analysis: The Death of Taxes on Illegal Drugs

Until the most recent legislative session, the state had a tax on illegal drugs, adding tax evasion to the list of things that could put buyers and sellers into jail. Those drugs remain illegal, but the transactions are now tax-free.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

GOP Brags, Democrats Wince as HD 118 Goes Red

A day after a Republican unexpectedly snatched away a long-held Democratic statehouse seat in San Antonio, state GOP leaders were crowing while Democrats swore the low-turnout special election was a non-repeatable fluke.

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Video: McCraw on Sandra Bland

At our 1/19 conversation, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, talked about the Sandra Bland case and his decision to begin termination proceedings against Trooper Brian Encinia.

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