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Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning

May 10, 2014
NPR

Calling for millions of dollars in increased funding for online learning initiatives, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday — a proposal to increase access to the Texas Virtual School Network and to create several grant programs to fund the development and implementation of digital learning courses.

Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case

May 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is still waiting to find out whom he'll face in the November general election. In a May 27 primary runoff, Democrats will choose between Dallas dental center mogul David Alameel and Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche disciple whom state Democratic leaders have shunned.

Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate

May 8, 2014
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In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on May 7.

The animosity between the two candidates became apparent within the first few minutes of the event, a political roundtable hosted by WFAA-TV in Dallas that included Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey. 

SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge

May 8, 2014
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Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board. 

Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech

May 4, 2014
NPR

Nearly a year after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have forced some tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors, a hearing in the Texas House on Thursday showed that it remains as divisive a concept as ever.

For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf

May 4, 2014
NPR

State Rep. James Frank has been hearing from constituents since February about goings-on along the Red River: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, citing a series of court rulings dating to the 1920s, had decided that a 116-mile stretch of land belonged to the federal government.

The roughly 90,000 acres included property long ago deeded to residents who had raised crops and cattle and paid taxes on it.

A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway

May 3, 2014
NPR

In modern-day Texas, the election that matters is usually the Republican primary.

The winners who emerge from Tuesday’s Republican primary and subsequent May 27 runoff elections will in most cases be the prohibitive favorites to win in November.

Analysis: Some districts just don't vote

May 3, 2014
NPR

*Correction appended. 

In his 2012 bid to oust state Sen. Wendy Davis, state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, received more votes than eight candidates who won seats in the Senate that year. But when those eight senators were sworn in, Shelton was back at his regular job as a pediatrician.

Ethics allegations shake up Texas Attorney General race

May 3, 2014

The battle for the Republican nomination for attorney general resembled most of the GOP primary fights this year: Candidates raced to the right, trying to claim the title of most conservative. But with less than a month until the primary runoff, one candidate has been busy fending off allegations that he broke the law. 

 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-/.

Candidates talk urban-rural divide in runoff

Apr 30, 2014
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*Correction appended

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand of suburban Houston.

Analysis: Down the ballot, few races in November

Apr 30, 2014
NPR

The Texas House has 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats. Don’t be surprised if November's general election leaves the numbers relatively unchanged.

This is the benefit or the price, depending on your point of view, of partisan redistricting. The mapmakers are so effective at what they do that one party or the other more or less owns each congressional and legislative district in Texas. As a practical matter, that puts most of the competition for those seats in the March primaries, when Republicans and Democrats fight for the nominations to the seats their parties already control.

Abbott calls for more local control of school options

Apr 27, 2014
NPR

Unveiling his latest education policy plan, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Wednesday proposed giving school districts and parents more control of students' education by tossing out state mandates and regulations that promote “one-size-fits-all solutions.”  Abbott’s plan, which he presented at Northbrook High School in Houston, proposes letting parents more easily petition the state’s educatio

AG seeks details on federal plans for land by Red River

Apr 23, 2014
NPR

Does the federal government plan to take control of 90,000 acres of Texas land along the Red River?

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the latest state official asking that question in relation to a looming U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision about what to do with a swath of federal and American Indian land in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — including the acreage in Texas along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River.
 

Analysis: Perry and the threat that boomeranged

Apr 23, 2014
NPR

A Travis County grand jury is deciding whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law trying to sink a prominent Democrat or merely offended his detractors with a brazen demonstration of hardball politics. If that panel of citizens thinks he broke the law, he could be indicted and tried. If they don't, add a new verse to the Ballad of Rick Perry. Either outcome figures into his future, as the 2016 presidential race begins to loom in political conversation.

Sources: Perry offered to restore vetoed funding if DA resigned

Apr 23, 2014
NPR

Even after Gov. Rick Perry stripped funding for the agency that prosecutes state public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap the resignation of embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for restoration of the money, several sources told The Texas Tribune this week.

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