Tribpedia: John Carter

Congress is Back, But Don't Expect Much

The U.S. Congress returns Tuesday for four weeks of legislating, but with November elections on the horizon expect modest results — maybe a stopgap funding bill and some new federal judges for Texas. Zika funding is also on the table, along with at least one more round of hearings on the possibility of more hearings into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst delivering his concession speech after losing his re-election bid on May 27, 2014.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst delivering his concession speech after losing his re-election bid on May 27, 2014.

The Brief: July 18, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is on his way out in a few months, but on Thursday he moved to fill some key Senate leadership slots to help the chamber prepare for the coming legislative session in January.

The Brief: July 3, 2014

The Tribune's four-part "Hurting for Work" series exploring the flip side of the "Texas miracle" — workers getting hurt and not finding much help from a system set up to minimize government regulation of business — wrapped up on Wednesday.

A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.
A tour group samples treated wastewater at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center, operated by the San Antonio Water System.

The Brief: May 14, 2014

Wichita Falls is catching more than a little flak for its plan to take treated sewer water and use it for drinking water, a plan that got put on the fast track with the current drought. But the wisecracks hide an important fact — wastewater reuse is already common across the state.

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

Updated: The 2012 Holdouts List

Some are waiting to see what the courts will do. Others want to see if any opponents surface. Regardless, with six days to go until the filing deadline, how many incumbents haven't filed yet? A whole bunch.

Protesters march to the site of the fundraiser with Speaker John Boehner and several Texas congressmen.
Protesters march to the site of the fundraiser with Speaker John Boehner and several Texas congressmen.

Protesters Gather for Boehner Reception

Protesters gathered outside the Headliners Club in Austin to urge U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Boehner was in Austin to attend a reception with several GOP congressmen from Texas.

Anchors Away

As anti-immigration sentiment continues to rise along with border violence, proposals to abolish the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision have ricocheted through the political noise machine as an antidote for the incidence of “anchor babies.” But as a practical matter, what would the removal of birthright citizenship mean for the country? Pierce the fog of rhetoric and you’ll quickly discover that nobody really knows — including the state and federal lawmakers yelling loudest for change.

Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. John Carter and Rep. Michael McCaul at groundbreaking for the new Austin United States Federal Courthouse.
Rep. Lamar Smith, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. John Carter and Rep. Michael McCaul at groundbreaking for the new Austin United States Federal Courthouse.

Barack and a Hard Place

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Two very different Texans in the U.S. House of Representatives — Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and John Carter, R-Round Rock — respond to the president's State of the Union address.