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Monday, October 27th, 2014

San Antonio awaits arrival of Phil Collins’ Alamo collection

More than 200 artifacts tied to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo will return to San Antonio — some for the first time in 178 years — this week, courtesy of British rock star Phil Collins. It is a significant step in a planned transformation for the state's historical site.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Jerry Patterson: Don’t let race-baiting tarnish Confederate license plate

In a guest commentary, the Texas Land Commissioner writes that a federal appeals court’s was right to rule that the state could not bar the issuance of a speciality drivers license plate sponsored by the Sons of...

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

‘Tea Party’ conservatives win top GOP runoffs

After 16 years in statewide office, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost a bitterly fought battle to State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston. In the GOP attorney general race, state Sen. Ken Paxton prevailed over State Rep....

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Dan Patrick allegedly bought radio station with laundered money borrowed from backer

Two days after the candidates’ white-hot debate in Houston, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for re-election, saying challenger Dan Patrick has “consistently proven to be unable to tell the truth.” | WITH VIDEO...

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Candidates brace for final showdown in Tuesday’s primaries

Republican turnout in Hays County quadrupled during early voting compared to 2010. Democrats saw a spike in participation, too

Monday, February 24th, 2014

GOP primary turnout on course to nearly quadruple over 2010

Driven by free-for-alls in most statewide races and several heated regional and county contests, voters are beating a path to early voting locations compared to years past.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Audio: Lieutenant governor candidates spar in Dallas debate

The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor took on end-of-life issues, border security, and of course, each other, in an hour-long Dallas debate.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Armed protesters rally at Alamo over gun restrictions

More than a thousand people, many sporting rifles and other long guns, turned out at the Alamo on Saturday for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions, according to organizers' estimates.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

The GOP’s fresh prince, running at arm’s length

There are no sure things in politics. If there were, George P. Bush would be the presumptive successor to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

George P. Bush announces bid for land commissioner

George P. Bush told state election officials Tuesday he will run for land commissioner in 2014. He had previously filed papers required for anyone raising campaign funds in the state, but hadn’t officially specified what office he...

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