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Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

The Brief: A "Smackdown" on Senate Floor for Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took a drubbing on the Senate floor Sunday from GOP leaders, who scolded him for calling the Republican majority leader a liar.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs several higher education related bills into law on June 4, 2015. He also praised state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, for her work in the most recent legislative session on education issues.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs several higher education related bills into law on June 4, 2015. He also praised state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, for her work in the most recent legislative session on education issues.

The Brief: How Abbott Is Helping New Hampshire Republicans

Gov. Greg Abbott's push to lure New Hampshire businesses to Texas is helping Granite State Republicans with their arguments against their Democratic governor's policies.

Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015. (Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune)
Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015. (Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune)

The Brief: Lawyers Prepping for Religious Freedom Battles

With same-sex marriage now legalized, conservative lawyers are beginning to prepare defenses for government employees who refuse to marry same-sex couples due to their religious objections.

Janelle Boone left hold her head up with joy after obtaining her marriage license with her partner Christine Wylie at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015 the same day the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages as legal
Janelle Boone left hold her head up with joy after obtaining her marriage license with her partner Christine Wylie at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015 the same day the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages as legal

The Brief: Public Employee Same-Sex Spouses to Receive Benefits

Texas public employees' same-sex spouses can begin enrolling for benefits today after last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the grand opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new Austin building on April 21, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the grand opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new Austin building on April 21, 2015.

The Brief: Paxton Says Clerks Can Deny Marriage Licenses

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says county clerks can decide against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections, but that if they do so, they should be prepared for lawsuits or fines.

During the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on Mar. 23, 2015 at the Texas Capitol, a protester raises questions of marriage sanctity noting celebrities who've been married multiple times.
During the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on Mar. 23, 2015 at the Texas Capitol, a protester raises questions of marriage sanctity noting celebrities who've been married multiple times.

The Brief: Texas Voters Split on Gay Marriage

Texas voters are split on whether gay marriages should be legal, with age playing a crucial role in how voters view the issue, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found.

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth in her classroom at the Dallas Independent School District elementary school Cesar Chavez Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

The Brief: Abbott Appoints Chair of Board of Education

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Donna Bahorich as the new chairwoman of the Texas State Board of Education. But the former staffer for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick drew criticism from one board member for not having enough experience.