Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to report released Wednesday.
The Texas Association of Business' 2015 agenda calls for the Legislature to end diversions of state gas taxes from road funding and to dedicate half of motor vehicle sales taxes to road construction and maintenance.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s pick for Texas Secretary of State voted for a local resolution last year endorsing the expansion of Medicaid — a central tenet of the federal Affordable Care Act that Abbott fiercely campaigned against.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will be the Senate's next majority whip, Republicans in the upper chamber decided Thursday. The majority whip is tasked with counting votes and helping communicate the majority leader’s position.
Legal wrangling over Denton's fracking ban will give Texans a free course on the widely mischaracterized oilfield technique that put Texas at the forefront a national energy boom.
Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. After Election Day, their warnings seem eerily prescient.
A board of medical professionals appointed by Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that the state should provide health coverage to low-income Texans under the Affordable Care Act — a move the Republican-led Legislature has opposed.
Texas’ top health official told lawmakers Wednesday that they should combine the state's five health departments into one “mega-agency.”
The ongoing tension between Texas legislators and the University of Texas System Board of Regents looks likely to bleed into the 2015 legislative session.
Abigail Fisher's case against The University of Texas at Austin regarding the consideration of race in admissions for students not admitted through the state's Top Ten Percent Law was dealt another blow on Wednesday.
Saying Wednesday that low-income Texas women will no longer wonder how to find out about state-provided health services, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek unveiled a new information website.
In his bid to unseat House Speaker Joe Straus, Frisco state Rep. Scott Turner is making it clear that he plans to force a vote on the first day of the legislative session. Tea Party activists are strongly backing Turner, and outraged that state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has switched sides.
Frustrated for decades in its search for a new source of water, San Antonio thinks it has finally divined the answer. It will pay a premium to let private companies do the work.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott reaches out to a Rio Grande Valley GOP leader, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, for the first appointment of his new administration.
Former President George W. Bush used an event designed to promote a new book to give his brother Jeb a boost. Invoking his father, Bush said: "I can speak for 41 when I say this. He ought to run for president, and he would be a great president should he win.”
Next session, lawmakers will have 29 billion reasons to reconsider Medicaid expansion. That's how many federal dollars the Obama administration could hold hostage in exchange for some solution for 1 million uninsured Texans.
Last week, "the Vaqueros" was selected as the new mascot for the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. It has since proved controversial, and on Monday, the university's president, Guy Bailey, issued a response to the criticism.
Two months ahead of the first day of the 84th legislative session, eager lawmakers on Monday filed bills addressing issues including guns, texting while driving, health, transportation and much more.
Chip Roy, who has worked for several of the state's top elected officials and currently works in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's political office, is the leading candidate to be first assistant to Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton.
State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez both said Monday they will consider running for Leticia Van de Putte’s seat in the Texas Senate if she leaves it behind for the top spot in San Antonio.
State District Judge Lora Livingston has ruled that the Texas Racing Commission did not have the authority to allow the installation of historical racing machines — which critics call glorified slot machines — at Texas racetracks.
After a mistrial was declared Monday in the case of state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, a new trial was scheduled to start Jan. 5. Reynolds is accused of illegally offering legal services to accident victims within 30 days of their incidents.
A bipartisan group of lawyers led by former Texas Solicitor General James C. Ho plans to file an amicus brief on Monday morning asking a judge to dismiss the case against Gov. Rick Perry.
After the winners of Tuesday’s elections are sworn in, there will be only seven white Democrats left in the Texas Legislature. That complicates the party's efforts to attract independent voters if it is unable to argue that it represents all Texans, including Anglos.
Thousands of Texans who voted in 2010 did not come back to do it again in 2014, and most of those voted for the Democratic candidate for governor four years ago. At the same time, another kind of voting — mail ballots — is booming.
UPDATED: State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is also thinking about a mayoral run, she acknowledged Sunday afternoon.
If you want to know how the officeholders you elected on Tuesday will govern, look at how they ran and what the voters responded to.
Greg Abbott's gubernatorial campaign pulled back the curtain this week on its exhaustive ground game and voter targeting efforts. The campaign credits those efforts for aiding the Republican's strong showing among Hispanics and his eye-popping margin of victory — 20 points — over Democrat Wendy Davis.
With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas' agricultural, construction and service industries.
Texas is ready to start handing out $2 billion in seed money for water projects, more than a year after voters approved a constitutional amendment tapping into excess oil and gas tax revenues.
In her failed bid for governor, Democrat Wendy Davis followed a tradition going back well over a decade of gubernatorial candidates attempting to paint their opponent as an "Austin insider."
Gov. Rick Perry appeared in court Thursday to watch his attorneys, armed with plenty of theater, try to convince a judge that the prosecutor pursuing abuse-of-power charges against him was improperly sworn in.
At a Thursday pre-trial hearing on Rick Perry's abuse of power indictment, all eyes will be on the Texas governor, who is expected to make his first appearance in court.
Texas voters have picked the agriculture commissioner for more than a century. But is that a good idea in a state almost 90 percent urban?
Many Texas Democrats had said that Wendy Davis was the kind of candidate who could at least move the needle for the party, which had not won a statewide race since 1994. But failed tactics and other issues helped doom Davis' 2014 bid for governor.
Battleground Texas launched nearly two years ago with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into a purple state where Democrats could compete. But after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever. So what went wrong?
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Texas Enterprise Fund, which has given hundreds of millions of dollars to companies looking to relocate to Texas, should be “thoroughly re-evaluated.”
Twenty-nine Texans who weren't in the state Legislature last session will take their seats as new members of the Texas House and Senate in January. All but three of them are Republicans. Explore our list of fresh faces.
Denton on Tuesday became the state’s first city to ban hydraulic fracturing, setting up a high profile property clash likely to be fought in courtrooms and the Legislature.
For the third time in as many elections, CD-23 is changing changed hands, this time going back to the GOP after challenger Will Hurd ousted incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego.
Wendy Davis on Tuesday lost a bit more than her gubernatorial race. Her vacated Texas senate seat flipped to Republicans on a rough night for Democrats in legislative races.
Texas voters reasserted themselves in the face of ballyhooed Democratic voter turnout efforts: This remains — emphatically — a Republican state.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday he is recommending that the state should implement a new classification system for monitoring health care workers and others returning from West African nations dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
Greg Abbott supporters who dialed into a Monday evening tele-townhall were exhorted to get out the vote on Tuesday, lest Democratic opponent Wendy Davis usher into Texas the evils of liberalism and Barack Obama.
It's Election Day, and Texans will turn over every statewide executive office, settle some locally important legislative and congressional races, and decide on issues like transportation funding.
Gov. Rick Perry has no legal right to a transcript of what witnesses told the grand jury that indicted him, prosecutors told a judge Monday, and Perry's bid to have his indictment thrown out is legally flawed.
Lawyers for a schizophrenic Texas death row inmate want their client evaluated before his scheduled execution next month.
President Obama on Monday urged Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, warning in a conference call that voter apathy would ensure Republicans retain control in Texas.
After Tuesday's general election, political observers will examine voter turnout and exit poll data, seeking insights into where Texas is politically, and where it may be headed. Here are the questions most drawing their attention.
As officials in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez celebrate a drop in crime in the Mexican border city, residents in nearby Guadalupe, Chihuahua continue fleeing to Texas in droves amid continuing violence and corruption.