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.
Got your popcorn ready? The Texas Legislature opens its 84th 140-day regular session today at noon, with ceremonies, a little pomp and a skirmish or two. Here's a look at what's happening today, as well as a couple of other notable events to keep on your calendar.
Texas’ recent attempts to figure out what will happen with oil prices have one thing in common: They’re rarely accurate. But that’s the norm for most anyone watching the volatile petroleum industry.
At a White House ceremony, the president on Monday offered the reigning NBA champions advice on winning back-to-back, one of the few milestones the Spurs have yet to reach.
In his first official act as Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller granted full amnesty to cupcakes. Miller was seeking to reassure Texas parents that it's legal to bring cupcakes and other treats to school — and that he'll protect that right.
State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, said Texas lawmakers shouldn't wait for the outcome of a sprawling school finance lawsuit to discuss changes to the state's public education funding system.
When it comes to supporting higher education, Texas is good — but not great — according to a nonprofit group focused on economic opportunities for young adults.
Announcing a two-year revenue estimate that reflects "uncertainties in oil prices and the possibilities of a slowing global economy, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday that lawmakers will have $113 billion to divvy up in its next two-year budget.
Another legislative session is starting, with a twist. Texans, accustomed to the same players in the same offices for years and years, will see something new as this unfolds: change.
The Texas Railroad Commission recently endorsed changes to how cities can challenge natural gas utility rate increases. Commissioners say the rule should help cut expenses for ratepayers. But some critics say the rule puts cities at a disadvantage.
When he first tried to end the Senate's two-thirds rule eight years ago, Dan Patrick was a neophyte state senator easily brushed aside by tradition-bound colleagues. As lieutenant governor, the odds are a bit more in his favor.
Two of three federal appeals judges hearing arguments on Texas' ban on same-sex marriages had tough questions for a state attorney's argument that marriage is a “subsidy” that the state has the right to grant and withhold.
Gov. Rick Perry joked about his "oops" moment when asked Friday for the first three things he would do as president to strengthen the U.S. economy.
This year, for the first time in a while, there will be new faces in the spotlight as Austin prepares for its quadrennial inauguration festivities. A two-day, $4 million bash is set to usher Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick into office.
If fans of Dr Pepper and the Fort Worth Zoo don't get it in gear, their chance to buy specialty license plates might soon be gone. The Houston Rockets are hanging by a thread.
State or local government employees giving out same-sex marriage licenses would stop receiving their salaries under a bill filed Wednesday for the 84th legislative session.
Four days into his new job atop the UT System, Chancellor William McRaven likens it to his days as a Navy admiral. Trust helps, conflicts need to be settled and the troops — now it's the students — come first.