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.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz leads his closest Republican rivals for president — former Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — by less than 10 percentage points, while Democrat Hillary Clinton maintains a commanding lead over her rivals, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Texas lawmakers may be reluctant to ease up on punishing small-time pot smokers, but local prosecutors across the state are increasingly looking for ways to keep two-bit toking cases from clogging court dockets.
Gov. Greg Abbott has signed off on a budget provision that will oust Planned Parenthood from a state cancer screening program for low-income women.
Students who skip school will no longer be sent to criminal court, facing fines and possible jail time, under legislation signed by Gov. Greg Abbott late Thursday. Truancy will be a civil offense.
As Texas waits on the U.S. Supreme Court to rule, the state highest civil court ruled Friday that the Texas attorney general's office tried too late to stop a divorce between a couple married in Massachusetts.
Gov. Greg Abbott is officially getting rid of the state's controversial "pick-a-pal" system, signing legislation reforming the selection of people who serve on grand juries in Texas.
Ignoring calls for a veto, Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial legislation this week that will allow elected officials and bureaucrats to bypass local prosecutors when they are accused of public corruption.
Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed four criminal justice and public safety bills, bringing to eight the total number of vetoes he has issued in the aftermath of the 84th legislative session.
After more than 20 years of efforts to place a monument to African-Americans on Capitol grounds "littered" with Confederate tributes, state lawmakers have approved $1.5 million that should bring the African-American Texans memorial monument to fruition.
High school Advanced Placement students should be able to earn more college credits under a bill signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this month, a change that will save students and universities millions of dollars.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz used the imminent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage to make his case to a socially conservative group on Thursday.
A case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is heading to a grand jury next month, according to one of the special prosecutors investigating him.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Thursday restored the option for public schools to serve certain fried foods and soda by lifting a decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush made his debut this week as a surrogate for his dad's presidential campaign. The younger Bush hit the campaign trail in early-voting Nevada, making a pitch for his father in personal and political terms.
In a 5-4 ruling released Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court backed Texas’ decision to forbid specialty license plates sporting an image of the Confederate flag.
Low-income Texans can enjoy a discount on their electricity bills for a little longer. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed legislation ensuring that the remaining balance of the state’s “System Benefit Fund” would go toward that purpose.
The home address listed on a Texas driver's license used to be one of the best tools police had to track people down, serve warrants or notify next-of-kin when someone died. But no more in this job-hopping, mobile culture.
Many of the legislators who originally elevated Joe Straus into the House speaker's chair four legislative sessions ago are gone. But as he enters another election cycle with his eye on another term, Straus is in remarkably good political shape.
The U.S. Supreme Court could rule this week on a case that will decide the fate of tax subsidies for health insurance plans bought on the federal marketplace. If the subsidies are struck down, what happens next in Texas remains murky.
Mike Collier, a former candidate for comptroller, is taking a job with the Texas Democratic Party. He will serve as a finance co-chair for the party.
Beer and wine will be sold in all public vending areas within Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium starting this fall. Sales will begin Sept. 12 at the football game against Rice.
The North Texas city of Denton made headlines last year when voters there banned the oil drilling technique known as fracking. Early Wednesday morning, the Denton City Council repealed that ban.
At the Clements Unit, more prisoners reported being forced, coerced or pressured into sexual contact with staff than in any other male prison in the country.
The legislative session may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for many of the Capitol’s lobbyists. With a Sunday deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to veto legislation, some of them are still making a last-ditch effort to kill bills.
The backlog of immigration cases from Texas has grown almost 60 percent in two years. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, is trying to get Congress to cough up funding for 55 more immigration judges and staff to help overloaded courts across the country.
Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation that could make it tougher for local governments to sue big-time polluters – an effort that largely targets Harris County prosecutors.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has approved a request by University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall to hire a lawyer in his quest for access to confidential student information, setting the stage for Hall to sue the system he oversees.
Houston appeals court judge Michael Massengale said Tuesday he will challenge Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann in next year’s Republican primary.
The Texas Oil and Gas Association and the state’s General Land Office have expanded the scope of their lawsuits against Denton. Both are taking aim at the city’s moratorium on new gas drilling in addition to the toothless fracking ban still on its books.
The University of Texas at Austin has launched a broad investigation into the academics of its athletes after allegations that three of its basketball players cheated in recent years.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush enters the 2016 presidential race with perhaps more ties to Texas than any other candidate in the field besides the two who live here: former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. The state central to his family's political DNA will never be too far removed from Bush's White House ambitions.
Power in elected office doesn't always translate into success in elections. Just ask Leticia Van de Putte. Or Trey Martinez Fischer. Or John Carona. Or David Dewhurst.
The fight over guns on campus now shifts to the schools, where university and college presidents must figure out where and where not to ban weapons.
Texas has just three women in its 38-member congressional delegation, and hasn't sent a new long-term congresswoman to Washington in almost 20 years. Many in both parties wonder why the state's once-promising fount of woman candidates is running dry.
Attorneys who represented Texas doctors in a lawsuit against the state’s 2011 abortion sonogram law are considering their legal options following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday decision not to revive a similar North Carolina law.
Declaring “a new era of job growth in the state of Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a $2.56 billion bill cutting the franchise tax rate paid by businesses by 25 percent.
Though the test track for a futuristic high-speed transportation system is headed to California, not Texas, the private space company SpaceX announced Monday that it's hosting a Hyperloop design-build competition at Texas A&M University.
To add transparency to the state's capital punishment system, the Tribune is unveiling a new tool for readers: Faces of Death Row. It profiles all 261 inmates facing execution, summarizes their crimes and allows filtering by race, age, sex and years spent on death row.
"At the end of the day, we needed 3,000 Democrats to get off their asses and go vote, and they didn’t," observes one Democratic consultant, summing up why Ivy Taylor narrowly defeated Leticia Van de Putte in the San Antonio mayoral runoff.
Forty-five years ago, Bill Mahomes endured suspicion and scorn as the first black student to graduate from Texas A&M University's Corps of Cadets. Now, he helps run the school.
State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, has reportedly decided not to run for re-election in 2016, bringing to a close more than two decades in public service and setting off a potentially crowded GOP primary to replace him.
GOP has abandoned an effort to issue an official statement on the 84th legislative session, divided over a proposed resolution that would have accused individual lawmakers of standing in the way of gun rights legislation.
U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro on Friday declined to wade into the growing speculation that he is on Hillary Clinton's shortlist for a running mate.