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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County processes governor after felony indictment

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block-and-a-half from the Governor's Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left.

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Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

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Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent - the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.

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Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.

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Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Tensions continued last week concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans - primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children - who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.

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Dewhurst appoints Senate Finance chair

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.

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Perry, Obama meet for border security discussion

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Ed Sterling

As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.

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Panel gets input on population influx at border

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, "Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors," was conducted in McAllen on July 3.

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