Politics

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lt. Gov. Patrick Names Senate Committees, Further Punishes Democrats

Democrats in the Texas Senate were shoved further aside by the Republican majority Friday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments with the minority party in charge of only two panels.

01/23/2015

A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL Lage (credit: YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Texans Hope Cuban Relations Boost Business

As American tourists rejoice in easier rules for traveling to Cuba, some business owners are hoping to benefit as well.

01/16/2015

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Transportation Official: Gridlock, Growth Overwhelming Texas Highways

While Texas has bragging rights to a network that includes the most highway lanes in the nation, everything is not rosy.

01/15/2015

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‘Citizen’ Board Of Wealthy Texas Donors Will Help Lawmakers

Billionaire political donors and other special interest heavyweights are among ‘citizen advisory’ members named by incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to help Texas lawmakers write bills over the next five months.

01/15/2015

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Governor-Elect Abbott Goes One-On-One With CBS 11 News

Governor-elect Greg Abbott raised a lot of eyebrows when he criticized locally-approved ordinances such as Denton’s ban on fracking and Dallas’ ban on plastic bags — calling it the “Californication” of Texas.

CBS 11–01/14/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Want More Protection Following Run-In With Gun Rights Activists

Open Carry Gun activists wandering the hallways of the Capitol building in Austin have some state lawmakers calling for heightened security.

01/14/2015

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House Votes To Undo President Obama’s Immigration Policies

The House has passed legislation to overturn President Barack Obama’s immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children.

01/14/2015

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Former Abbott Deputy Named Texas Insurance Commissioner

A former top deputy of Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is taking over the Texas Department of Insurance.

01/12/2015

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Taxes, Immigration Top Texas Lawmakers’ Agenda

The start of Texas’ 140-day legislative session Tuesday may answer some key questions on several important topics, but it is sure to raise many others.

01/12/2015

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Texas Comptroller: Plunging Oil Prices ‘Dampened’ Budget Outlook

The first legislative session under Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott will begin with lawmakers having a so-called budget surplus of $7.5 billion.

01/12/2015

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lt. Gov. Patrick: Nix In-State Tuition Law, Prosecutor Unit Funding

Patrick pledged hefty property and business tax cuts, as well pushing to scrap a popular 2001 Texas law offering in-state university tuition to the children of people who came to the U.S. illegally.

01/08/2015

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EXCLUSIVE: Governor Perry Looks Ahead, Reflects On Years In Office

Rick Perry is a giant in Texas politics. And after serving 14 years as Governor, he’s spending his final days in office.

CBS 11–01/07/2015

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