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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lawmakers approve $86 million for border surge

The Legislative Budget Board approved another $86 million to continue heightened law enforcement at the border, though some questioned whether the funds could be better used elsewhere.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Zaffirini named to senate’s Natural Resources committee

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents a meandering district that includes about a third of Hays County residents, has been appointed to the senate’s Natural Resources committee.

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....

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Legislators look to help cut wait times at VA clinics

More attention is being paid to the quality of care at VA medical centers in Texas. Though the state is limited in what it can do to assist the federal facilities, legislators are still proposing possible methods...

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...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Van de Putte plans San Marcos visit in bid to mobilize Hays County Democrats

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, will rally volunteers visiting voters door-to-door on Saturday as part of an all-day effort to round up support in San Marcos and Kyle for the...

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

A rundown of the runoffs on May 27 ballot

Republican primary races for lieutenant governor and attorney general are among several that are headed for runoffs this year in Texas. Check out the list of races that are set for the May 27 runoff ballot.

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.

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.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Report: Texans need expanded Medicaid

Expanding Medicaid is a "smart, affordable and fair" decision for Texas, according to a report issued by Billy Hamilton, a non-partisan consultant commissioned by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and Texas Impact, a statewide interfaith network.

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