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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.

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Houston on April 18, 2016. Here, the Buffalo Bayou is close to washing out Studemont Street near downtown Houston.
Heavy rains caused widespread flooding in Houston on April 18, 2016. Here, the Buffalo Bayou is close to washing out Studemont Street near downtown Houston.

The Brief: Fatal Floods in Southeast Texas

The Houston area is grappling with devastating floods that have been blamed for at least five deaths, and Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a disaster declaration for nine counties in the state.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath addressed the State Board of Education for the first time on Jan. 27, 2016.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath addressed the State Board of Education for the first time on Jan. 27, 2016.

The Brief: A Makeover for the Texas Education Agency

As Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced his picks for several new deputy commissioner positions, some teacher groups were to quick to focus on the charter school experience among the group.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a Rotary Club of San Antonio luncheon, Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016, in San Antonio.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a Rotary Club of San Antonio luncheon, Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016, in San Antonio.

The Brief: Abbott Tackles Life Story, Constitution in New Book

Next month sees the release of the first book by Gov. Greg Abbott, a project that will combine how he overcame personal adversity with his proposal to overhaul the U.S. Constitution to place more power with the states.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters with his father Rafael, his wife Heidi and their children outside his new presidential campaign headquarters in Houston on March 31, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters with his father Rafael, his wife Heidi and their children outside his new presidential campaign headquarters in Houston on March 31, 2015.

The Brief: Cruz Moves To Widen Lead Over Trump Among Women

Ted Cruz made women the focus of his campaigning on a day in which his main Republican rival struggled to communicate clearly his position on how women should be treated should abortion become outlawed.

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: Cruz Raises Profile on Home Turf of Rival Trump

Ted Cruz has been in New York the past couple of days, raising his profile ahead of next month’s presidential primary there that is gaining in importance given the unsettled state of the GOP nominating contest.