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Hundreds Protest, Lobby For Gay Rights In Texas

Hundreds of people are in Austin to lobby Texas lawmakers to support equality for lesbians, gays and the transgendered, including the right to marry.

03/11/2013

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Texas Clergy Call For More Women’s Health Funding

More than 370 members of the clergy asked the Texas Legislature to boost funding for women’s health programs. Leaders of Methodist, Buddhist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Baptist and Unitarian congregations lobbied lawmakers for more spending.

03/04/2013

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State Insurance Commissioner May Be Rejected

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman could have trouble winning Senate confirmation to keep her job, as Democrats with enough votes to defeat her nomination question her credentials.

02/25/2013

Capitol Hill

Fort Worth Democrat Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Texas, 10 years after the Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment banning it.

02/14/2013

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Texas Democrats Plan To Force Education Votes

How the state will pay for public schools will take center stage this week in the political theater known as the Texas Legislature. And it will likely remain there throughout the session.

02/10/2013

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Texas Leaders Stick To Guns Amid Firearm Crackdown

The mass shooting at a Connecticut school has sparked a federal effort to crack down on firearms. But in Texas — where packing heat is as much a part of a frontier image as the Alamo — lawmakers are sticking to their guns.

02/04/2013

A bull tries to escape a running wildfire on April 19, 2011 in Graford, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Texas Agency Seeks Millions More To Fight Fires

The Texas agency responsible for fighting wildfires has asked the state Legislature for an additional $27.2 million to add some 90 firefighters and buy equipment as it faces the threat of more devastating fires in the future.

01/17/2013

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State’s New Budget Gives Slight Increase For Public Education

Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.

01/14/2013

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Texas Getting Serious About Water Issues

After decades of dire warnings about Texas’ growing demand for water, the state’s leaders are getting serious about funding the State Water Plan.

01/13/2013

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

Perry: No Promises To Restore ’11 Budget Cuts

Gov. Rick Perry is making no promises that Texas will roll back any of the deep state spending cuts imposed during past economic doldrums — not even $5.4 billion sliced from public schools.

01/09/2013

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Gov. Perry Urges Texas Lawmakers To Cut Taxes

Gov. Rick Perry says a booming Texas economy and rosier state revenue picture should allow lawmakers to cut taxes.

01/08/2013

A woman takes a photo of the Texas Senate chamber during the 82nd Legislative session. (credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Texas Legislature Opens 2013 Session

The 83rd Texas Legislature has convened for its 140-day regular session where it will tackle the state budget, students testing, water issues, health care and hundreds of proposed new laws.

01/08/2013

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