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Feb 14, 2019

President Donald Trump and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke held dueling rallies in El Paso trading jabs over the idea of more physical barriers along the international boundary with Mexico.

After the rallies, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that not only was O'Rourke's political career ended by the day's events, but he went on to...


Feb 7, 2019

Frustrations boiled over during a marathon hearing on property taxes in the Texas Senate when Chairman Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, clashed with local officials. Gov. Greg Abbott laid out his priorities, including property tax "reform" and school finance. 

Beto O'Rourke spent time on Oprah's couch, teasing about...


Feb 1, 2019

Abbott unveils a tax plan, secretary of state rolls back a voter list, and Cornyn gets a head start on re-election

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley continues to take heat for the way his office rolled out a list of suspected noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. As it turns out, many of the people on the list...


Jan 24, 2019

The debate over the federal government shutdown in Washington has become emotional with senators shouting at each other on the Senate floor and Sen. Ted Cruz taking the brunt of the criticism from those who argue he has trivialized shutdowns in the past.

Back in Austin, tensions in the Texas Senate between Lt. Gov. Dan...


Jan 17, 2019

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were inaugurated this week as they begin their second terms as the top elected officeholders in Texas. Each made a solid commitment to funding public education while the House and Senate offered their initial budget proposals, each reflecting that commitment. It's a far...