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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Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits.

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Top officials order surge to secure border

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.

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Senate panel addresses slowness of VA

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities.

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EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed "the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants."

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Lieutenant governor’s challenger wins runoff

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November.

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