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Republican Presidential hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a function. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Power Struggle Continues For UT-Austin

Texas lawmakers continued Wednesday to question the actions of University of Texas System regents and their pressure on flagship campus President Bill Powers as the Senate considers a bill that would roll back some regents voting authority.

03/27/2013

Texas State Capitol

Senate Committee Approves Drug Testing For Welfare Benefits

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved a bill to require drug screening before receiving welfare.

03/26/2013

A man drinks a pint of beer on November 26, 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland. (credit: Chris Furlong/Getty Images)

Senate Committee Advances Beer Compromise

The state Senate will now consider a proposal to overhaul the way beer is sold in Texas under a compromise approved by an influential legislative committee on Tuesday evening.

03/12/2013

Senate Panel Endorses Closing $54M Private Prison

A key Senate panel has endorsed the closure of a $54 million private state prison in North Texas that ranks among the most dangerous lockups in the state.

03/04/2013

U.S. Border Patrol patch.  (Associated Press photo)

Senators Reach Agreement On Propsed Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.

01/28/2013

Obama And Biden Unveil Proposal To Decrease Gun Violence In U.S.

North Texans Vocal On Both Sides Of Gun Discussion

President Obama’s gun control proposals are triggering reaction from those on both sides of the debate.

01/16/2013

Mark Boal, Jason Clarke, Kathryn Bigelow, Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler attend the "Zero Dark Thirty" New York Photo Call at Ritz Carlton Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Say CIA May Have Misled Filmmakers

Lawmakers are accusing the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” by telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind.

01/04/2013

Senate Prepares For Christmas Eve Vote On Health Care Reform Bill

Senate Approves Fiscal Cliff Measure

Racing the clock, the White House reached a New Year’s Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to block across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.

12/31/2012

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) speaks to her peers on January 21, 2009 at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hutchison Defends Conservative Record On Way Out

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is defending her conservative record as leaves Washington after nearly two decades.

12/17/2012

Former U.S. Representative Dick Armey speaks at a Tea Party panel discussion at the 2010 New Yorker Festival at DGA Theater on October 2, 2010 in New York City. (credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images the New Yorker)

Former Tea Party Leader Blames GOP For Setbacks

The former leader of a tea party group says the Republican Party and stupid statements by some candidates are to blame for the GOP’s losses in last month’s congressional elections.

12/10/2012

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with female House Democrats (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Opinion: Pelosi Stays On As Leader, Continuing To Defy The GOP War On Women

She will remain the one woman in a leadership position in the room when important issues effecting women are negotiated over the next year and a strong reminder that Democrats stand with women and promote them to positions of power.

11/14/2012

Washington, D.C.

Dems, GOP Fight Brewing Over Curbing Filibusters

A brewing and potentially bitter battle over Democratic efforts to limit filibusters could increase partisan tensions in the Senate just as President Obama and Republicans are trying to find a compromise on major issues.

11/12/2012

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