Law clarifies where electioneering may occur

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Questions over where you may stand, what you can say and when you can say it arise here and there around Texas at election time. A new law to solve such issues is on the books.

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Candidates show differences as primaries near

Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Counting down to primary election day on March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor in their respective party races.

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Permanent School Fund reaches new high

Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Texas' 160-year-old Permanent School Fund had grown to $29 billion, a record high value, in December 2013, the Texas Education Agency reported Feb. 6.

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President’s annual address draws reactions

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst posted similar takes on President Obama's annual State of the Union address, televised live Jan. 28.

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Perry touches on pot policy in international forum

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Ed Sterling

With the end of his longevity record of 14 years as governor less than a year away, Rick Perry took part in policy discussions at the 2014 World Economic Forum Jan. 21-25 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

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Report proposes paths toward water security

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Ed Sterling

State Comptroller Susan Combs on Jan. 14 released "Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution," a study of water issues Texas faces, and a set of recommendations.

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Railroad commission to hire seismologist

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Ed Sterling

After meeting with Azle residents in a town hall-style meeting last week, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter called for the agency, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to hire a seismologist.

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Attorneys general fire off letter to Sebelius

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Ed Sterling

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Berry to succeed Steen as secretary of state

Published Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 19 announced the appointment of Nandita Berry of Houston as the 109th Texas Secretary of State, effective Jan. 7, 2014.

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Comptroller reports state revenue surplus

Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By Ed Sterling

Texas will have some $98.9 billion in general revenue for state budget makers to work with in the 2014-2015 biennium, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs' revenue estimate.

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Candidates line up for party primaries

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Ed Sterling

Texas' primary election is set for March 4, 2014, and the list of candidates for statewide office is largely settled with Dec. 9 as the filing deadline.

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50th year since JFK assassination is marked

Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Ed Sterling

Texans, Americans and citizens of the world in the past week remembered the shock and aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Governor reacts to health care proposal

Published Wednesday, November 20, 2013
By Ed Sterling

President Obama's announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal "Affordable Care" law's requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors' visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry.

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Proposed constitutional amendments pass

Published Wednesday, November 13, 2013
By Ed Sterling

All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 5 election ballot passed.

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Appeals court grants stay in abortion law case

Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being.

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Early voting turnout looks strong statewide

Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By Ed Sterling

Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election.

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Federal shutdown ends but issues remain

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Ed Sterling

A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees.

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Court rejects case against election law

Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 3 rejected a case challenging the constitutionality of a 2011 Texas election law regulating deputy voter registrars.

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Budget impasse results in shutdown

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013
By Ed Sterling

At midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years when the U.S. House and Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion.

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Court lets redistricting maps stand, for now

Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Ed Sterling

A San Antonio federal court on Sept. 6 ordered that redistricting maps passed by the 2013 Texas Legislature will serve as interim plans and those plans would be used in upcoming elections, including 2014 elections.

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