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Cruz kicks off 2016 race with advantages, challenges

Cruz kicks off 2016 race with advantages, challengesPolitical insiders weigh in on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) 2016 presidential campaign announcement.
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  • 1 week ago
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Ted Cruz to announce presidential run Monday morning

Ted Cruz to announce presidential run Monday morningTexas Senator Ted Cruz is expected to make a big announcement Monday morning -- his run for the 2016 presidential seat.
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  • 1 week ago
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Ted Cruz sets off 2016 buzz with speech announcement

Ted Cruz sets off 2016 buzz with speech announcementNews that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz would deliver a major speech at Liberty University on Monday set off a wave of speculation late Friday that the Texas Republican was preparing to take a step into the 2016 presidential race.
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  • 1 week, 2 days ago
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#TXLEGE: A week of agendas, speculation at the Capitol

#TXLEGE: A week of agendas, speculation at the CapitolA look at agendas and inside ball this week in the 84th Texas Legislature.
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  • 1 week, 3 days ago
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Teacher performance, failing schools under Senate microscope

Teacher performance, failing schools under Senate microscopeSenate committee considers bills concerning teach performance pay, qualifications and failing schools.
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  • 1 week, 4 days ago
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Senate lawmakers to debate education bills

Senate lawmakers to debate education billsThe Committee on Education planned to take public testimony on seven bills on the agenda.
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  • 1 week, 4 days ago
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Paxton files lawsuit over same-sex benefits in FMLA

Paxton files lawsuit over same-sex benefits in FMLAAccording to Paxton's office, the revised definition would direct state agencies to violate Texas law and grant family and medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples.
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  • 1 week, 4 days ago
Politics

Texas Senate approves 'campus carry' on party-line vote

Texas Senate approves 'campus carry' on party-line voteRepublican-led Senate gives the go-ahead to concealed handguns on college campuses.
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  • 1 week, 5 days ago
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Texas House passes sweeping border security bill

Texas House passes sweeping border security billHouse Bill 11 passed Wednesday by a 131-12 vote. The decision came after hours of debate and dozens of proposed amendments.
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  • 1 week, 5 days ago
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Legislation proposes separate watchdog for foster care

Legislation proposes separate watchdog for foster careHouse Bill 1371 would create a separate, independent Office of Consumer Affairs to oversee complaints about the Department of Family and Protective Services.
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  • 1 week, 5 days ago
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Patients fight for legal use of medical marijuana

Patients fight for legal use of medical marijuanaPatients with cancer, seizures and PTSD are fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Texas -- despite Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's stance against it.
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  • 1 week, 6 days ago
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More testimony, outbursts as gun bill battle moves to House

More testimony, outbursts as gun bill battle moves to HouseTempers flare as testimony over open carry, campus carry bills begins in House committee.
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  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Texas

House begins gun bill debate

House begins gun bill debateThe House Homeland Security Committee is listening to testimony from both sides of the argument.
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  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Politics

Congressman: 'World war' potential in Ukrainian crisis

Congressman: 'World war' potential in Ukrainian crisisU.S. Rep. John Carter (R-TX 31) discusses recent trip to global conflict regions including Ukraine, Middle East.
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  • 1 week, 6 days ago
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Texas Senate approves open carry

Texas Senate approves open carrySenate Republicans overruled Democratic amendments that would have banned openly carried guns in city halls or within 1,000 feet of public parks.
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  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Texas

84th Texas Legislature enters new phase Monday

84th Texas Legislature enters new phase Monday84th Texas Legislature enters new phase Monday
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  • 2 weeks ago
Politics

Capitol Kid quickly learning the levers under the dome

Capitol Kid quickly learning the levers under the domeAfter helping write Civil War holiday bill, Austin eighth-grader learning politics first hand at the Texas Capitol.
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Politics

Powdered alcohol approved for sale, bill filed to keep it out of Texas

Powdered alcohol approved for sale, bill filed to keep it out of TexasThe Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of powdered alcohol Wednesday, and one lawmaker has filed a bill to keep it from coming to Texas.
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Marlise's Law would allow pregnant women to control care

Marlise's Law would allow pregnant women to control careRep. Elliott Naishtat filed HB 3183, also known as "Marlise's Law," which would repeal the pregnancy exclusion currently found in the Texas Health and Safety Code.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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Bill to grant top community college students automatic acceptance at Texas public universities

Bill to grant top community college students automatic acceptance at Texas public universitiesState Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today filed House Bill 3384 to grant the top 10 percent of community college students who achieve junior standing automatic acceptance at Texas public universities.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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North Texans caravan to protest immigration laws

North Texans caravan to protest immigration lawsA group of North Texans was in Austin Thursday for an immigration protest in support of President Barack Obama's executive order, which would give amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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Lawmakers aim to crack down on 'revenge porn'

Lawmakers aim to crack down on 'revenge porn'Victims say growing online business of promoting intimate photos and info posted by ex-partners is ruining lives.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Texas

Statewide texting ban moves through House committees

Statewide texting ban moves through House committeesA bill that would ban texting while driving across all of Texas is getting closer to becoming a law. The bill is out of the House Transportation committee and is now onto the House Calendars Committee.
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  • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Politics

Chairman McCaul: Homeland funding standoff "built on a lie"

Chairman McCaul: Homeland funding standoff "built on a lie"U.S. House Homeland Security Chair McCaul addresses funding standoff, ISIS, letter to Iran and Middle East concerns.
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  • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
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House committee to address foster care deaths

House committee to address foster care deathsHouse committee to address foster care deaths
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  • 3 weeks ago
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Statewide text ban supporters hope third time's the charm

Statewide text ban supporters hope third time's the charmLawmaker hopes change in leadership could lead to fresh look at statewide ban on texting while driving.
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  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Local

New Braunfels woman fights for 'upskirting' legislation

New Braunfels woman fights for 'upskirting' legislationHalie Powell hopes this year Texas will ban improper photography in public places, a law that's once been in effect, but overturned.
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  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago