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May 25, 2017

The only thing left to do may be the crying.

As the 85th legislative session winds down, and with the bill-passing all done, bickering is still intense over two key issues: The controversial 'bathroom bill' and how far property-tax reforms will go.

Gov. Greg Abbott racheted up the final drama by saying...


May 19, 2017

High-drama is marking the final days of the Texas Legislature, starring House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Straus started the week off by penning a letter to Patrick suggesting that the chambers should work together to pass "two critical bills" -- the state budget and a "sunset safety net" bill -- before...


May 13, 2017

So, those reps used a procedural maneuver to kill all 120 bills on the calendar they had been denied. And then they started a talkathon to keep hundreds of other bills from being voted on.

By the time the political theater ended at midnight Thursday, more than 300 bills were reported dead, and emotions were...


May 5, 2017

Republican-supported legislation banning so-called "sanctuary cities"' proved controversial to the very end, as the Texas Senate played out the final drama before approving and sending to the governor a House version that includes a "show your papers" provision.

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected soon to sign the measure...