Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump's executive order for an immigration crackdown.

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Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdle

Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate's approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.

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Governor raises four issues to emergency status

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31.

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Marches come one day after inauguration of new president

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington.

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Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29.

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Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

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Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse's aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon's Christmas decoration.

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Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

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Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas lawmakers will have just under $100 billion to use for the non-constitutional spending portion of state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.

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Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial.

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Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Just a few of Texas' 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming session.

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Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.

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States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

Published Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the state of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law.

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Officials urge state’s high court not to expand same-sex marriage ruling

Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right.

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Judge reaffirms, expands reach of injunction against bathroom directive

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms.

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Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse.

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High court refuses to rehear Texas immigration case

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration's petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case.

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State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

Published Wednesday, October 5, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30.

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State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State's refugee plan by Sept. 30.

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Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sept. 14 announced the opening of a "Defense Innovation Unit Experimental" hub at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.

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