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The Brief: Paxton Shopped Districts for Transgender Policy Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least two North Texas school districts about adopting transgender guidelines that led to his lawsuit against the federal government.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

The Brief: Texas Files 40th Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

In the latest legal action taken against the current president, Texas was one of 11 states moving to stop a directive for public school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice.

Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.
Voters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.

The Brief: Primary Runoffs Are Low Turnout, High Stakes

Although today's primary runoff elections will likely see low turnout in contests for the Legislature, the Railroad Commission and the State Board of Education, there are at least five things to watch for on Election Night.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.

The Brief: Abbott Has a Weighty Book Out. So, What's Next?

The decision by Gov. Greg Abbott to pen a book touting a weighty national political proposal before he's been in office for two years has plenty of people wondering if he's setting up a run for higher office.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz rally in Texas prior to the 2016 Texas primary.
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz rally in Texas prior to the 2016 Texas primary.

The Brief: Texas GOP Preps for Eventful State Convention

While the Republican Party's presidential nominee has been decided, the state's GOP convention in Dallas will still have plenty to watch: from Ted Cruz's homecoming to further conversation on the ongoing fight over transgender rights.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick expressed his opposition to new rules for transgender children in the Fort Worth Independent School District at a press conference in Fort Worth on May 10, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick expressed his opposition to new rules for transgender children in the Fort Worth Independent School District at a press conference in Fort Worth on May 10, 2016.

The Brief: Battle Over Transgender Bathroom Policy Rages On

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reiterated his request for Fort Worth ISD's chief official to resign over a bathroom policy aimed at accommodating transgender students. Policy supporters said Patrick shared "fake outrage" to score political points.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.

The Brief: Transgender Student Guidelines Spark Call to Action

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called late Monday afternoon for the superintendent of Fort Worth ISD to resign following his issuance of new guidelines there dealing with transgender students.

Former West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Governor Rick Perry fires up the crowd before West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to evangelicals in West Des Moines, Iowa on the eve of the final Republican debate before next week's caucuses.  Cruz has challenged leader Donald Trump to a Saturday night showing when Trump declined to show for tomorrow's debate.
Former West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Governor Rick Perry fires up the crowd before West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to evangelicals in West Des Moines, Iowa on the eve of the final Republican debate before next week's caucuses. Cruz has challenged leader Donald Trump to a Saturday night showing when Trump declined to show for tomorrow's debate.

The Brief: Rick Perry Becomes Latest To Endorse Trump

From "a cancer on conservatism" to "one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president," Rick Perry changes his tune on Donald Trump.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz drops out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his wife Heidi (R) looks on during his Indiana primary night rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., May 3, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz drops out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his wife Heidi (R) looks on during his Indiana primary night rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., May 3, 2016.

The Brief: Cruz's Race for the White House Ends in Indiana

Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday night, soon after the results from the Indiana primaries showed that he was absorbing a crushing defeat there at the hands of Donald Trump.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke on April 26, 2016, to supporters in Knightstown, Indiana, during a rally at the Hoosier Gym.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke on April 26, 2016, to supporters in Knightstown, Indiana, during a rally at the Hoosier Gym.

The Brief: Cruz Looks West After Losing East Coast Contests

Ted Cruz had a rough night in the five presidential contests held Tuesday along the Atlantic seaboard, an outcome that had the Texas senator looking immediately to more promising terrain elsewhere.

Texas Attorney Gen.  Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015

The Brief: Paxton Tries To Calm Tempest Over Tea Party IRS Remark

Remarks made by Attorney General Ken Paxton at a Tea Party event over the weekend caused some confusion afterward as to whether he admitted to being audited by the IRS.

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

The Brief: On Bigger Stage, Controversy Dogs Sid Miller

The Tribune’s Morgan Smith and Terri Langford take a deep dive into the increasingly long list of controversies dogging Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who is not yet 16 months into his term of office.

Border Patrol Agent José Perales peers out across the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas, while searching for a group of five undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river in a raft from Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico, on March 8, 2016.
Border Patrol Agent José Perales peers out across the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas, while searching for a group of five undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river in a raft from Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico, on March 8, 2016.

The Brief: Taking a Close Look at One Day on the Border

The Tribune’s Jay Root recently spent some time along the border in the Rio Grande Valley, reporting what he witnessed for the Tribune’s ongoing “Bordering on Insecurity” project.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 19, 2016.

The Brief: Cruz Looks Ahead After New York Defeat

There was little suspense Tuesday when it came to New York’s Republican presidential primary. But while Donald Trump easily won his home state, GOP rival Ted Cruz was already looking to one of the campaign’s next big prizes.