Former Comptroller Susan Combs, who is off the list of statewide elected officeholders for the first time since 1999, still has a sizable political treasury and a desire to make voters out of conservative Texans who don't pay attention to politics.
Keeping up with the ins and outs of the state budgeting process can be tricky. Here's a look at where Texas gets its money and how exactly it's spent.
While other state agencies have canceled contracts with Austin technology firm 21CT, the secretary of state's office said Thursday it plans to continue its business relationship with the company.
A former Texas environmental investigator says he tried to blow the whistle on his employer. But instead of helping him, he said, a high-profile Texas law firm tattled on him, leading to his dismissal. The firm, Baker Botts, denies the accusations.
Speaking Thursday at the Texas Hospital Association conference in Austin, potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said it was a “mistake to talk about repealing” the Affordable Care Act without offering an alternative.
UPDATED: Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced his nominees to fill upcoming vacancies on university system boards, sending clear signals about his vision for those boards.
Houston lawyer Terry Giles' legal career has ranged from defending comedian Richard Pryor to taking on Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. Now he's jumping into presidential politics as the top dog for Republican Ben Carson's nascent campaign.
The Texas Department of Transportation has spent about $10.6 million in education costs since 2002, nearly half what state agencies have spent in total on tuition reimbursements and other educational programs. Check out our breakdown.
A slim majority of Texas hospitals earned bonuses from Medicare this year for treating their patients well. But many are also being fined under a different Medicare program for treating their patients poorly.
Only one private company in the state has the power to condemn and take land for a toll road. Following public backlash over its proposed road near Dallas, state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, wants to take that power away.
Civil rights advocates say a Dallas case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday could weaken the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968.
In one of his first moves as governor, Greg Abbott has tapped Stuart Bowen, Jr., the special inspector general who oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq, to be the chief watchdog at the state's embattled health agency.
While former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waits to see if a judge will toss out the indictment against him, legal costs are starting to add up for both sides in the case over his threat to veto funding for a state watchdog unit.
With a new lieutenant governor installed for the first time in over a decade Wednesday — and over the cries of Democrats — the Texas Senate voted to break from an almost 70-year tradition intended to encourage compromise among its members.
A New Mexico man convicted for a drug-fueled triple murder in San Antonio in 1993 is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday. He would be the first Texas inmate to be put to death under Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Texas delegation's reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday was unsurprisingly split along party lines. U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz hoped for more, while U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said it struck the right tone.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is pushing new border security legislation that would make it easier for Border Patrol agents to operate on protected lands, and fund continued National Guard presence.
Three different musical acts — along with six cash bars — entertained an estimated 10,000 guests including lawmakers from both parties, legislative staff, Capitol lobbyists and some of the state’s top political donors.
The Liberty Institute said Tuesday that it has gathered far more than the number of signatures needed to force a voter referendum on Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has set an ambitious agenda for his first legislative session, and there to guide him will be a newly minted private advisory council. A Texas Tribune analysis reveals that the companies owned and operated by many of the people Patrick has appointed to the council heavily lobby the Legislature and rake in millions of dollars in state contracts.
In a moment he called "highly improbable," Greg Abbott officially became the 48th governor of Texas in a ceremony on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. His wife, Cecilia Abbott, became the first Latina first lady of Texas.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will officially drop the "elect" from their titles on Tuesday during an elaborate daylong inauguration celebration that has been months in the making. Cecilia Abbott will also make history as the first Latina first lady of Texas.
There was music, dancing and (literally) tons of barbecue at Tuesday's inauguration celebration. Here's a selection of what folks shared on social media, along with the Tribune's on-the-ground reporting. We'll be updating this throughout the day.
In one of his last acts as governor, Gov. Rick Perry gave $4 million to two Texas university consortiums to research offshore energy exploration, oil spill prevention and coastline protection.
Mexican governors attended the gubernatorial inaugurations of Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry. But in a break with tradition, they won't be in Austin when Gov.-elect Greg Abbott takes his oath of office.
Sure, it's early to talk about the 2018 governor's race. But think about this legislative session and the new faces in state offices and the issues that are developing: This is what you'll be looking back on when that 2018 race starts to form. And the new governor and lieutenant governor could be at the center of that future conversation.
With other state incentive programs under attack for favoritism and weak oversight, one that seems to be working famously might get caught in the crossfire. Film industry supporters hope it survives.
Travis County prosecutors said Saturday they dropped several criminal investigations — including one first reported by the Houston Chronicle involving no-bid state contracts — after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed their state funding in 2013.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to hear four cases with the potential to legalize gay marriage nationwide could delay a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas' own legal fight over same-sex unions.
In an interview, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott also told the Tribune he wants to "learn the facts" before deciding if the head of HHSC should be canned, and plans to appoint university regents "focused on elevating" institutions.
A day after Gov. Rick Perry bid farewell to the statehouse, he spoke to Republicans at a national party gathering in San Diego, where he offered no specifics on his expected run for president — but alluded to the burgeoning campaign.
The Court of Criminal Appeals has suspended a criminal defense lawyer, arguing that he filed motions to stop executions too late. The move is part of a ongoing feud in Texas between such lawyers and judges who rule on their claims.
Early on, supporters of Medicaid expansion pointed to an Arkansas approach as one way Texas might go about using federal money to help low-income people get health insurance coverage. But lately, the neighbor's grass doesn't appear quite as green.
The massive field of possible 2016 presidential contenders includes a baker's dozen of governors, both current and former. The clear winners from a job creation standpoint are Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Rick Perry will only be the governor of Texas for a few more days, but as he considers another run for president, his last speech to the Legislature was as much about the next 18 months as about the last 14 years.
House Speaker Joe Straus said the House's base budget plan, released Thursday, holds "spending in check while addressing some very important challenges related to our rapid growth." The Senate's base budget is expected to come out next week.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday that Texas is in the driver's seat for a test track for a transportation system known as the Hyperloop. He also said that a SpaceX facility wouldn't have been built in Texas without economic incentives.
Gun rights groups lined up at a press conference on Thursday to voice support for legislation that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns without a license.
Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick said Thursday he had appointed a 55-member special council made up of business and industry leaders in the state to provide recommendations to lawmakers throughout the legislative session.
A federal judge Thursday will consider granting an injunction in Greg Abbott's bid to shut down a White House immigration policy that could benefit hundreds of thousands of Texans living in the country illegally.
Prospects for Democrats in Texas might seem grim at the moment, but from his Washington perch, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey thinks things will turn his party's way. Eventually.
Along with offering a rhetorical highlights reel of his record-setting tenure, Rick Perry will use his final speech to lawmakers as governor to call for bipartisanship and encourage lawmakers to work across party lines.
During a rally at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, supporters of the Texas Dream Act said they were ready to challenge any efforts this legislative session to repeal the 2001 law.
On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced another major plan to combat climate change that aims to slash emissions of methane gas in the next decade by almost a half. Here’s why that’s a big deal for Texas.
When members debate the proposed rules for the House on Thursday, they'll discuss a plan from House Speaker Joe Straus to expand one committee's jurisdiction in investigating state agencies and practices.
The behavior of open-carry advocates trying to drum up votes for a measure repealing handgun licensing requirements prompted one lawmaker to escort them from his office Monday.
The House on Tuesday re-elected Joe Straus to be speaker, easily squelching a rebellion from a noisy but small faction of conservatives who backed Scott Turner. Were the challengers out of sync with Texans, or just with the current management?
With the backing of 85 percent of the Texas House, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was re-elected to his fourth term Tuesday. Straus drew 128 votes for re-election against challenger state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, who drew 19 votes.
As Texas lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session Tuesday, about a dozen activists carrying a variety of firearms gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest gun laws.
UPDATED: U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, apologized Tuesday for a controversial tweet that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.