Perry gives parting speech

Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for the last time on Jan. 13, opening day of the 140-day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature.

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Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts.

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New mix of lawmakers, officials heading for Austin

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Ed Sterling

When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13 and oaths of office are administered, the political party split will be 21 Republicans to 10 Democrats in the 31-member Senate, and 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats in the 150-member House.

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State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Ed Sterling

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Dec. 18 requested that the special prosecution unit of the Travis County District Attorney's Office "begin a formal and thorough investigation" into transactions between the State of Texas and 21CT, a software intelligence firm with offices here and in Vienna, Virginia.

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Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empaneled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state's "rainy day fund" approved $7 billion as the floor for it.

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Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to screen current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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Austin shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city's downtown area around 2 a.m. Nov. 28.

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Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s action on immigration

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama Nov. 20 announced his decision to take executive action on immigration because Congress has not acted on immigration reform to address the presence and inflow of undocumented residents.

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Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas' 31 state senators and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won't be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls.

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Secretary of State posts early voting numbers

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Secretary of State's Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state's 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron.

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Campaigns in final push as election day approaches

Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 early voting deadline before Election Day, Nov. 4.

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High court allows voter ID law for current election

Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By Ed Sterling

With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas' 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being.

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Ruling prevents state from enforcing voter ID law

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
By Ed Sterling

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.

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Frontrunning candidates appear in debate forums

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week.

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Top candidates debate with election on horizon

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Monday debate pitted Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015.

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Davis, Abbott answer questions in McAllen forum

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Ed Sterling

With less than six weeks until election day on Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19.

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Texas, Mexico exchange words over military at border

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the "9-11" terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed.

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Judge rules revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Ed Sterling

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.

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Court rules school finance system unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Ed Sterling

When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state's school finance system - again.

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