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Texas A&M Investigating After Black High Schoolers Harassed On Campus

7 hours ago

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Texas A&M University is conducting an investigation after a group of students visiting campus from an inner-city Dallas high school were harassed Tuesday with racial slurs and a demand to "go back where you came from."

Texas Regulators Uncertain on Hunt Deal

8 hours ago
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With a deadline looming, Texas regulators are struggling to make up their minds about the finer points of the Ray L. Hunt family’s $18 billion proposal to buy and reshape Oncor, the state’s biggest electric utility.

The biggest remaining sticking point is this question: Should the Dallas-based oil family allow Oncor, under a new corporate structure, to collect hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars — normally earmarked for federal taxes — that the company wouldn't actually have to pay?

With Clean Power Plan Ruling, Texas Dodges Climate Action

Feb 10, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has helped state Republicans — at least temporarily — dodge major action on climate change.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton For Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Feb 10, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

The list of investigations into Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct just got a little bit longer. The Texas State Bar was ordered last week to launch a disciplinary probe into Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage — an investigation that could end with Paxton getting disbarred.

Texas Takes On Growing Role In 2016 Democratic Primary

Feb 9, 2016

On Saturday, as Hillary Clinton knocked on doors in New Hampshire days before the state’s primary, Amanda Renteria, her national political director, was doing the same 2,000 miles away.

After a rally at the campaign’s new San Antonio office with over 200 supporters, Renteria canvassed some of the same neighborhoods that Clinton worked in during George McGovern's presidential campaign in 1972.

Ted Cruz: Drafting Women Into Military Combat Is 'Nuts'

Feb 8, 2016

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.

"It was striking that three different people on that [debate] stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military. And I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was 'Are you guys nuts?'" he said.

Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, Is An Early Primary State

Feb 8, 2016

When you talk about early primary states, remember that you’re sitting in one of them. Texans start voting in the presidential election in eight days.

Iowa is out of the way. New Hampshire voters add their voices Tuesday. And two more states — South Carolina and Nevada — will vote later this month. But Texans start the early voting for the March 1 primaries next Tuesday, and many voters here will cast their ballots before the results in those states are known.

As Jeb Bush Appears Vulnerable, Courting Of Texas Donors Begins

Feb 5, 2016
Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush

If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stumbles in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, many Texas Republicans point to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio as the likeliest suitor to a vast network of donors in the state who may be on the hunt for a new presidential candidate.

Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

Feb 3, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
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Attorney General Ken Paxton can raise money for a legal defense fund if he wants to, but he won’t have the state’s protection if he does.

This is problematic for the state’s top lawyer, who faces criminal charges in this first year of what is supposed to be a four-year term and needs some expensive legal talent to get him out of that jam.

Paxton can’t seem to catch a break.

Marco Rubio Announces Texas Leadership Team

Feb 2, 2016
GOP Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio

On the heels of his strong third-place finish in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida announced his Texas leadership team Tuesday morning.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed first in Iowa's Monday evening contest, and is expected to also best Rubio in Texas' March 1 primary. That said, Texas delegates will be awarded proportionally. That could give Rubio an opportunity to pick up some delegates, if not an all-out statewide win.

Gooden, Spitzer Prepare For Round Three in HD 4

Jan 29, 2016
Republicans Lance Gooden, left, and incumbent Stuart Spitzer, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas House District 4.
Texas Tribune

It's probably a day Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer will remember for years, whether or not he’s re-elected to represent House District 4 in March. 

On March 31, 2015, the Kaufman Republican called his wife to let her know he had an uncomfortable — and very public — exchange on the floor of the Texas House with a Democrat that included details about his being a virgin when he married at age 29. 

Facing Felony Charges, Anti-Abortion Group Cites Free Speech Protections

Jan 26, 2016

The imminent legal battle over anti-abortion activists’ efforts to infiltrate a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston is morphing into a dispute over First Amendment protections.

With two of its videographers indicted by a Harris County grand jury on felony charges, the Center for Medical Progress — the group behind a secretly recorded video of Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donations — is vowing to fight back.

New Texas Handgun Law is Confusing For Many, Senators Hear

Jan 26, 2016

Continued uncertainty over the provisions of a new state law allowing the open carry of handguns may prompt future legislative tinkering, Texas lawmakers said Tuesday.

Texas Wesleyan Opts Out Of Campus Carry

Jan 22, 2016
Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth announced Friday that it will opt out of the state's new campus carry law, making it the 21st private college to decide to continue to ban guns.

So far, none of the 38 private schools in Texas have made the opposite decision.

Trump Releases Attack Ad Against Cruz On Immigration

Jan 22, 2016
GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Donald Trump is taking his rivalry with Republican presidential opponent Ted Cruz to a new level, unveiling an attack ad that portrays the U.S. senator from Texas as weak on illegal immigration.