Politics

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Texas Senate Advances School Vouchers; House Still Opposed

The Texas Senate has advanced a school voucher plan using taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

04/20/2015

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Texas Senate OKs Budget, But Long Way To Abbott’s Desk Ahead

With seven weeks left, the real wrangling in Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s first session now begins.

04/14/2015

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Technicality Halts Texas ‘Open Carry’ Bill, For Now

Democratic state lawmakers have used a technical objection to temporarily derail a high-profile push to overturn Texas’ post-Civil War ban on the open carry of handguns.

04/14/2015

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House Republicans: Cut Texas Sales Tax Rate, Not Property Taxes

Texas would cut its sales tax rate for the first time in history under a House Republican plan that scraps homeowner tax relief sought by Gov. Greg Abbott.

04/08/2015

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Senate Votes To Move Texas Public Integrity Unit From Austin

The Texas Senate has voted to move state public corruption investigations out of left-leaning Austin and into district attorneys’ offices in the home county of elected officials accused of wrongdoing.

04/08/2015

Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth. (credit: Glen Ellman)

North Texas Congresswoman Fights Terror, Saves Friendly Beasts

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, a Fort Worth Republican, has been recognized for her work to fight the illegal poaching of wild animals throughout the world – a dangerous practice that she says can fund terrorism.

04/07/2015

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GOP Effort To Repeal In-State Tuition Law Takes Center Stage

The Republican-controlled Legislature began a push Monday to repeal Texas’ 14-year-old law that gives the children of some people living in the United States illegally in-state tuition at public universities.

04/06/2015

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Audit: Lack Of ‘Ethics’ Enabled $110M No-Bid State Contract

A state contracting scandal that has cost top Texas health officials their jobs and dealt new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott an early test was enabled by a lack of ethics and accountability, a state audit concluded Thursday.

04/02/2015

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TXDOT Considering Underground Toll Lanes On Central Expressway

A proposal by TXDot to build managed toll lanes under Central Expressway (Hwy 75) is now set to go before Richardson city council, after going before the Plano city council last week.

04/02/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Mull Increasing Juvenile Criminal Age To 18

Texas lawmakers are considering changing the state’s definition of who is considered an adult in the criminal justice system, and even some who disagree with parts of the proposals say the policy should be changed.

04/01/2015

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Following 18-Hour Debate, Texas Budget Battle Has Only Begun

The budget plan bursts with big wins for Texas Republicans: more border security dollars, room for tax cuts and new jabs at abortion providers.

04/01/2015

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Texas Health Commissioner Still On Job After Scathing Report

A state contracting scandal that dealt Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the first crisis of his administration escalated Monday with a scathing state report about Texas’ health commissioner, who responded by giving no indication he would resign.

03/30/2015

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