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Monday, June 18th, 2012

San Marcos’ new state senator to visit Texas State

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat whose newly constituted SD-21 includes a sliver of eastern Hays County, will speak this week at Texas State University.

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Wentworth lawsuit may proceed, judge rules

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth’s defamation lawsuit against his former primary challenger Elizabeth Ames Jones may proceed, a Bexar County judge ruled Thursday.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Wentworth lives to fight another day… against Campbell

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, has nine more weeks of battle ahead, after finishing first in a tight three-way primary with less than 36 percent of the vote.

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Jones strikes back at Wentworth’s ‘puppet’ ad (with video)

Today, Jones's campaign put out an ad of its own responding to the attack. It features Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, who says in the 30-second spot, "I know political campaigns can be rough, but Wentworth's...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Campus carry debate likely to return next session

The wrangling over the hot-button issue of allowing concealed firearms on college campuses has roiled the Texas Capitol for multiple sessions and is likely to return in 2013. The chief proponent of the allowing concealed carry is...

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Ames Jones hits the airwaves with jobs ad

Running for a state senate district that includes much of Hays County, Elizabeth Ames Jones' first TV commercials says she'll create jobs and fight "Obama bureaucrats."

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Federal judges will draw new political maps

Next year's congressional and legislative elections in Texas will probably be conducted using political maps drawn by federal judges instead of those drawn by lawmakers.

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Updated: Ames Jones to challenge Wentworth

Elizabeth Ames Jones, who left the Legislature for a spot on the Texas Railroad Commission, will reportedly get out of the U.S. Senate race to run instead for the Texas Senate against incumbent Jeff Wentworth, a San...

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

LCRA delays decision on utilities sell off

On Tuesday, a Canadian bank working for the Lower Colorado River Authority recommended that the authority sell 24 water and wastewater systems in Texas to a Canadian company. The LCRA board on Wednesday put off making a...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Wentworth surprises senate with campus carry maneuver

Sen. Jeff Wentworth surprised his colleagues and brought the Senate to a standstill today when he tried to tack his controversial campus carry bill onto another measure.

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