State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, and conservative radio show host Glenn Beck took turns criticizing House Speaker Joe Straus on Monday in the latest salvo in Turner's bid to unseat Straus.
During a news conference in which he announced the selection of his senior staff, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Monday that he wants to improve the educational foundation that students receive in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.
Attempts to pass an open-carry bill this session might hit a roadblock if backers can't agree whether to accept one step at a time or insist on the whole shooting match.
Congress has proposed a national standard for sales taxes on the internet, an idea backed by trade groups for so-called brick-and-mortar retailers. But U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a loud opponent of the legislation.
After winning 44 percent of the Hispanic vote on Election Day, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott may find himself in turbulent political waters as he attempts to balance the interests of his Republican base and his newfound Hispanic friends.
Texas Attorney General and Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott on Sunday declined to throw his support behind any the Texas Republicans rumored to be considering a run for the White House in 2016.
Lawmakers are asking the federal government for more than half a billion dollars as a reimbursement for securing the border and providing services to undocumented immigrants.
The Texas prison system is making it easier for family members to visit loved ones behind bars, hoping to strengthen social networks inmates need when they are released.
Here's video of Texas Tribune's 84th Legislature preview session on the budget debate. Panelists included state Sens. Judith Zaffirini and Kel Seliger and state Reps. Drew Darby and Donna Howard.
Texas' first governor to use a wheelchair will move into a mansion built 134 years before ADA accessibility requirements. But thanks to an arsonist’s Molotov cocktail, the home needs only minor fixes.
Depending on your political leanings, the spending cap state lawmakers set this week was either too low, too high or just right. Regardless, the arcane measure could effectively block lawmakers from accessing billions of dollars in state revenue.
In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.
Members of the press will continue to be allowed on the Texas House floor in the upcoming legislative session, but they will now be required that to affirm that they do not lobby.
Tensions at Kilgore College reached new — and possibly violent — heights in mid-November when allegations surfaced that the school was in the habit of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos from its buildings, including a hospital. Secret recordings and a gunshot now punctuate the controversy.
In his 31st lawsuit against the Obama administration, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott leads Texas and 16 other states challenging new protections for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.
If he opts to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry wants to ensure that his entry into the field bears little resemblance to 2011, when he jumped into the Republican presidential primaries with little preparation or forethought. That explains all the Iowans showing up for lunch at the Governor's Mansion.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that he would require all state agencies to use E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system that aims to prevent the hiring of illegal workers. “The E-Verify system has been improved, it’s been streamlined and it currently is the most accurate and efficient way to check a person’s legal work in the United States,” Perry said.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate with a history of schizophrenia, just hours before he was to be put to death in Huntsville. In its order, the court says the stay allows it "to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter."
Scott Panetti, who donned a cowboy suit to defend himself at his capital murder trial, is set for lethal injection unless Gov. Rick Perry or the courts step in.
With the help of more than $6 million from the state of Texas, prairies west of Houston are being restored with native grasses to increase the population of bobwhite quail, whose numbers have been on the decline in recent years.
In city council runoff elections now underway in Austin, some voters will have the chance to weigh in on a sibling rivalry, while others will be asked to choose sides in a fight over religion and a theory about 9/11.
After fending off accusations of liberalism from opponent Gary Gates throughout their special election race, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst got to respond to her main challenger face-to-face Tuesday night.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Tuesday that a new border security task force is coming to the U.S.-Mexico-border as part of President Obama's executive action on immigration. Republicans, however, warned Johnson that he should prepare for another surge of illegal migration like the one Texas saw over the summer.
Less than a month after state leaders announced $1 million in state-matching funds to develop coordinated veterans’ mental health programs, local and regional agencies are primed to learn the ins and outs of the application process.
A rule change will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to move more quickly in lowering speed limits on particularly dangerous roads in the state's drilling regions in West and South Texas.
The first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing tells a court it has every right to do so, calling the oil and gas extraction technique a “public nuisance” with "offensive results."
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services released a series of recommendations late Monday for the 2015 legislative session.
Betty King, the beloved former secretary of the Texas Senate, died Monday after a long illness, according to her family. She was 89.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles won't recommend a reprieve for convicted killer Scott Panetti, leaving it up to Gov. Rick Perry to decide if he will delay Wednesday's scheduled execution of the schizophrenic death row inmate.
The Legislative Budget Board approved another $86 million to continue heightened law enforcement at the border, though some questioned whether the funds could be better used elsewhere.
State leaders including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus voted to set the state growth rate for the next two years at 11.68 percent, a move that will impact the budget lawmakers write in next year's session.
As shrubs and seedlings take hold in the scorched Bastrop State Park, park officials face a new quandary: An abundance of whitetail deer is threatening the new growth.
Lawmakers this week will choose a number — a projected growth limit for the state government — that will frame their budget battles throughout the coming legislative session.
The return of six books temporarily suspended by Highland Park officials to classrooms has not ended an intense debate over who should determine what is read in public classrooms. Since September, two opposing groups of parents have mobilized.
About 23,000 pounds of a flammable, foul-smelling toxic gas leaked from the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte where four workers died earlier this month, the company said Saturday.
As states compete to become the center of private space flight, SpaceX could change the game in Texas. Helped by hefty public incentives, the company is building a new facility near Brownsville.
With the support of 80 percent of Texas voters, Proposition 1 is expected to add billions to the state highway fund without raising taxes or fees. For lawmakers, state officials and local stakeholders, now the real work begins.
A Republican judge on Texas’ highest criminal court says he now opposes the death penalty. Judge Tom Price, one of nine members of the Court of Criminal Appeals, wrote Wednesday that he has “given a substantial amount of consideration to the propriety of the death penalty as a form of punishment for those who commit capital murder, and I now believe that it should be abolished.”
The fact that Scott Panetti is facing lethal injection on Dec. 3 despite a 30-year history of documented mental illness demonstrates that the ambiguities of the legal standard of “competency” he helped to define are far from resolved.
Over the objections of Texas officials, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a long-delayed rule to slash levels of ozone – a smog-forming pollutant known to worsen asthma, lung disease and heart conditions.
College students foiled the will of permanent residents in Denton's vote to halt hydraulic fracking, the ban's opponents claim. The Tribune crunched the numbers, and found the argument difficult to support.
Climate scientists project that Texas will be hotter and drier in the coming decades, which means less rainwater will make it into lakes and reservoirs, and more will evaporate. That could spell trouble for the state's fast-growing cities and industry.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected a request to delay Scott Panetti's execution because the proper appeal was not filed in time.
Allies of both current House Speaker Joe Straus and challenger Scott Turner are calling for a record vote in January when House lawmakers convene to elect their leader. Such a record vote hasn't occurred since 1975.
When Rep.-elect Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. And a nonprofit she founded counsels against both birth control and sex education that promotes it.
The booming activity in the Houston Ship Channel may be the best evidence of Texas' economic success. But it also demonstrates the state's vulnerability to climate change, with the prospect of stronger storms and rising seas threatening severe damage to the stability of Texas, the United States and the world.
Less than a month after Election Day, some Texans are already headed back to the polls to fill the state Senate seat given up by Glenn Hegar after he was elected Comptroller of Public Accounts.
A state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order shielding as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation could come from Texas in the next two weeks, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says.
Open spots in the political firmament are prompting officeholders to shop around some, and voters are about to see some names on special election ballots that were on the general election ballots just a couple of weeks ago.
Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge, 36, has spent his entire professional career working for Greg Abbott. In so doing, he has become one of state government's more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the incoming governor's administration.