His father's youthful misguided allegiance to Fidel Castro, the overdose death of a half-sister and blunt observations on Congress and fellow Republicans are all contained between the covers of a memoir released as Ted Cruz runs for president.
The Tribune identified 28 schools in Texas named after Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Albert Sidney Johnston. Of those, four have a majority of white students.
Soda machines and deep fat fryers are now allowed back in Texas public schools, thanks to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's reversal of a 10-year ban. But many school districts say they have no appetite for reinstating the unhealthy choices for students.
As of Wednesday, public employers including Texas agencies and universities will allow current and retired gay and lesbian employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in the same benefit programs and services available to opposite-sex couples.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage, family law attorneys are gearing up to make sure Texas birth certificates reflect the ruling and allow same-sex couples who have or adopt children to get full parental rights.
As the glow from Permian Basin work sites hinders research and amateur stargazing at the McDonald Observatory in far West Texas, some companies are calling on their colleagues to address the problem.
On the first day of legal same-sex marriage, more than 630 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in 10 of the state's largest counties. But keeping track of how many licenses are issued over time may prove difficult.
Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to more regulation and a takeover of private property.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will implement new guidelines designed to better protect transgender people in immigration detention facilities, the agency announced Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed half of the state’s abortion facilities.
Three days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some Texas county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Now that same-sex marriage is legal, gay rights activists are setting their sights on pushing for more protections for LGBT people. In front of the Texas Capitol, activists vowed to target discrimination in areas including employment and housing.
A coalition of states including Texas has defeated the Environmental Protection Agency in a battle over major regulations on mercury, acid gases and other toxic metals emissions that spew from power plants, including many plants in Texas.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that upheld the use of an execution drug used in Oklahoma will not change how death row inmates in Texas are put to death, according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will rehear a challenge to the school’s admissions rules, which allow for the use of race in some decisions. The court had heard the same case two years ago and sent it back to an appeals court. The court is now indicating that it wants to have final say on the issue.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is digging in his heels in an increasingly bitter spat with Karl Rove, a longtime adviser to Texas' most famous family in politics — a family now fielding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush against Cruz in the 2016 presidential race.
Can't find consensus among state political leaders in the wake of a momentous wave of news? Maybe that's because they can't find it among voters.
As expectations rise for Ted Cruz's presidential bid in his home state, the Republican senator says the Texas primary is important to him — but that his campaign is already looking far beyond it.
While Texas continues its demographic march into diversity, only one city — El Paso — requires its 911 emergency call takers to be fluent in English and Spanish. Other cities are striving to keep up with the need to handle emergency calls in a wide range of languages.
The U.S. Supreme Court settled the core question of same-sex marriage — it is a constitutional right and states must recognize those unions — but the political and culture debate will rage on.
Texas' Republican leaders suffered a historic loss on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court held that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional. But social conservatives vowed not to go down without a fight over religious liberty.
The agency responsible for enforcing environmental laws in Texas is paying a private company $1.65 million to conduct research to challenge forthcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on ozone pollution, which exacerbates asthma, lung and heart disease.
It was a mostly new cast of characters in the Texas Senate, a chamber historically ruled by seniority, that flexed its political muscle to stop a statewide texting-while-driving ban this year.
James Wetherbe of Texas Tech University is the rare professor who thinks tenure is terrible. His opinions have him tangled up in a long-running lawsuit against the university where he teaches.
The GOP's Tea Party wing has made serious inroads into Texas state offices, but the movement has come up short when it comes to congressional elections, failing to field candidates with serious chances of ousting incumbent U.S. House members.
If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants county clerks to hold off on issuing marriage licenses to such couples until his office has given them direction.
Milton Rister, executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, plans to leave the agency on Aug. 31, according to a letter he sent to commissioners.
State Rep. Scott Turner, the Frisco Republican who unsuccessfully ran for speaker this year, has decided not to seek re-election.
Use Texas Tribune interactive menu to see how the demographics in your county have changed since 2010, according to race and ethnicity figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The biggest federal housing subsidy program in Texas — which awarded $9.7 billion in tax credits from 1990 to 2011 — effectively has been reinforcing segregated housing, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday.
Texas voters — especially conservative voters — are uneasy about domestic use of the U.S. military by the federal government, and many think the governor was right to dispatch the Texas State Guard to watch the Jade Helm exercises in Central Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
If they finish their sentences and comply with any terms of parole, Texans convicted on felony drug charges soon will be able to receive food stamps, though another strike will put them back under a lifetime ban.
Tony Buzbee, the Texas A&M regent who oversees Rick Perry's team of criminal defense lawyers, asked Gov. Greg Abbott's office a few months ago to consider him for chairman or vice chairman of the university system's governing board.
Dozens of emails obtained by the Tribune provide a rare peek into the private deliberations of Gov. Greg Abbott. The emails paint a portrait of a chief executive more interested in the nitty gritty of state policy than what’s known of his predecessor.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that families that enter the country illegally to seek asylum will no longer be detained after they’ve established a legitimate claim for relief.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is opening a new front in his war of words against Washington, D.C., decrying a "Washington cartel" replete with corruption and cronyism.
Texas voters remain divided over a question — should same-sex couples be allowed to marry? — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Their answers are clearer on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana and restricting judicial bypasses to parental consent for minors seeking abortions.
In an interview with the Tribune, Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexico's newest general consul in Austin, discussed the challenges of reaching out to the state's diverse communities of Mexican nationals, and how he interacts with state leaders at the Capitol.
Texas' network of tolled highways stretches for more than 500 miles, but its growth was curtailed this session as lawmakers passed several measures that make it tougher for toll projects to move forward.
Gov. Greg Abbott, who took office in January as an enigma to even Capitol veterans, has ended his first session with a reputation as a thoughtful behind-the-scenes player with a less aggressive approach than his predecessor had. If former Gov. Rick Perry enjoyed playing the role of actor in Austin's political theater, Abbott is much more at home as a producer, according to one longtime Capitol observer.
Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s eleventh-hour change of heart on the biggest vote since he became a presidential candidate, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle Tuesday that will likely give President Obama the authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history.
Three statues at the University of Texas at Austin that commemorate Confederate leaders were vandalized overnight Monday, hours after the school's president met with student leaders to discuss whether they should be taken down.
Texans haven't changed their answers on the biggest problems facing the state and the country — or on how the state and the country stack up, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Texans believe discrimination is a hard fact of life in the U.S., but they have dramatically different views on what groups fall victim to it, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The survey also found voters split along partisan lines on where handguns should be allowed.
The conservative wing of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's party wasn't thrilled with his first legislative session, objecting most notably to his "godless" pre-kindergarten plan. But Abbott seems to be mending fences by vetoing two measures the Tea Party disliked.
Under a law passed this year by the Legislature, some Texas school districts will be required to have cameras in special education classrooms. The cameras are meant to ensure safety, but some say it's an unfunded mandate for districts.
Former Gov. Rick Perry expressed support Monday for taking down the Confederate flag in South Carolina that has become a lightning rod of controversy since a deadly shooting at a church there.
Come August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may require Texas to cut 200 billion pounds of carbon emissions over the next two decades. Top Republican officials still won’t confirm whether Texas will flout those rules — an option that some critics call risky.
A push to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin has gained new momentum after last week's deadly shooting in a black church in South Carolina.
A number of elected officials from Texas are parting ways with campaign donations from the white supremacist leader of a group tied to the recent massacre at a church in South Carolina.