Texas Politics

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around.<p>But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal …

U.S. Politics

To Win Texas, Beto O'Rourke Is Running To The Left

If you arrived at Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall meeting in San Antonio even 40 minutes ahead of time, you were out of luck. All 650 seats were already taken.<p>It was one sign that the El Paso Democratic congressman has set Texas Democrats on fire this year, as he takes on Republican Sen. Ted …

Politics

A Tex-Mex restaurant celebrated serving Jeff Sessions — and had to quit social media after huge backlash

A Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston, Texas has deleted its social media accounts after allegedly receiving death threats for posting that it was an "honor" to serve Attorney General Jeff Sessions.<p>El Tiempo Cantina posted a picture of Sessions in the restaurant on Facebook, where it wrote: "Thank you …

Social Media

Trump adviser Katrina Pierson of Dallas denies Omarosa's claim that president used racial slur

WASHINGTON — The Dallas tea party veteran who serves as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is ripping former White …

Donald Trump

Supreme Court decision opens door for conservatives to pursue measures aimed at unions

NEW ORLEANS — Conservative lawmakers consider the Supreme Court's Janus v AFSCME decision to be the first step in what they consider to be a battle …

State Politics

Far apart on immigration, Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke both use the issue to woo voters

ODESSA — Rep. Beto O’Rourke has been barnstorming Texas, denouncing the border wall and the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies.<p>Sen. Ted …

Immigration

Female war hero leads new wave of veteran candidates

<b>Round Rock, Texas (CNN) —</b> MJ Hegar does not hold back. "I'm an ass kicking, motorcycle-riding, Texas Democrat. That's who I am!"<p>She says that emphatically, unblinkingly and unapologetically to a constituent at a political meet-and-greet in a suburban Austin, Texas, home. And she is talking to …

U.S. Politics

What Could Ted Cruz’s Campaign Have Meant When it Called Beto O’Rourke a “Triple Meat Whataburger Liberal”?

Politics are important. They can also be silly. Case in point: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a story on August 9 about how the Beto O’Rourke …

Ted Cruz

The Christian Right’s Politics of Cruelty

Conservative Christians back them, but the policies pushed by politicians like Donald Trump and Dan Patrick are anything but Christ-like.<p>Fri, Aug 10, …

Texas

Listen: Cruz cozies up to Trump, a Russian invite and 'Easy Rider' Abbott

Plus: Bail reform, a new DACA showdown and 'Winning for Texas' as campaign season rachets up<p>Image 1of/4<p>Caption<p>Close<p>During the 2016 presidential …

San Francisco Bay Area

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Texas to raise money for Rep. John Culberson

WASHINGTON-- Vice President Mike Pence will head to Houston late this month to raise campaign cash for embattled Rep. John Culberson. The Texas …

Politics

Democrats Get More Good News

We’re deep into the primary season, which returned in full force Tuesday along with a House special election in Ohio that drew plenty of attention. So there aren’t going to be a lot of overall surprises at this point. We know the big themes, as political scientist Dave Hopkins pointed out in his …

Opinion

Democrats ‘Flabbergasted’ by Lack of Latino Support

Liberal pollsters are saying they are confounded by the fact that large numbers of Latinos are supporting President Donald Trump instead of …

Conservative View

2 Texas congressmen bought shares in drug firm at heart of Rep. Chris Collins' insider trading case

WASHINGTON-- Two Texas Republicans are among the lawmakers who invested in an obscure Australian pharmaceutical company at the center of insider …

Multiple Sclerosis

Analysis: The most important 2018 candidate isn’t on the ballot

The president might be the most important candidate in Texas in November — and he's not even on this year's ballot.<p><i>Editor's note: If you'd like an</i> …

Government

DACA back in court today as Texas-led lawsuit seeks to shut the Obama-era program down

<i>Updated at 11 a.m. Aug. 8</i><p>A hearing on the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is under way in the courtroom of U.S. …

Immigration

Win or lose, Beto O’Rourke’s campaign against Ted Cruz could shape Texas politics for years

Despite the excitement he's generated among Democrats, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke's bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is still widely viewed as a long …

Republicans

Atlantans Will Finally Vote on the ‘Sunday Brunch Bill’ in November

Georgia’s supercharged gubernatorial race between Stacey Abrams (D) and Brian Kemp (R) won’t be the only game-changer Atlantans will vote on in the November mid-term election. On Monday, the Atlanta City Council finally voted 14-0 to allow the “brunch bill” otherwise known as the “mimosa mandate” …

Atlanta

Trump may not be enough to swing Latino turnout Democrats' way

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats have hit an unexpected speed bump in their drive to regain control of Congress: unsettling signs that the party may not generate as much turnout or support among Latino voters this fall as it expected.<p>Despite a procession of provocations from President Donald Trump -- from ending …

Politics

Gov. Abbott proposes tougher no-bail rules for violent crime suspects

Image 1of/5<p>Caption<p>Close<p>AUSTIN — Citing official lapses in the 2017 killing of a state trooper in East Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday proposed …

State Politics

U. of Texas Board’s Pick for Chancellor: a Higher-Ed Insider, but a Lone Star Outsider

Call it the nontraditional traditional pick. James Milliken’s lack of connection to Texas politics left some state insiders surprised by the …

State Politics

Huffines brothers go to Moscow to demand 'Russia stop meddling in our elections'

AUSTIN — How far would a Texan go to tell Russia to back off?<p>If you're Texas Sen. Don Huffines, oh, just about 5,753 miles. On Monday, the Dallas …

Rand Paul

Does Cruz lead O'Rourke by six points or two? Here's how to evaluate Texas polls.

Here are four things to keep in mind when you see a poll on a statewide race in Texas.<p>The top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate race in Texas has already …

Government

Some Texas House Republicans bristle at proposed fundraiser with Abbott during Texas-OU weekend

Image 1of/8<p>Caption<p>Close<p>AUSTIN -- After Gov. Greg Abbott declared war on the Texas House in 2017 and then on some key members in this year's …

San Francisco Bay Area

Clear the Aisle – Texas State Rep. Ina Minjarez Is Crossing It

click to enlarge<p><i>Editor's Note: Jade Esteban Estrada is the writer of Glitter Political, a series of articles detailing San Antonio's elections.</i><p>State …

San Antonio

Democrat Colin Allred: Obama Recognizes Game

<i>By Christian Smith</i><p>It's an honor to receive former President Barack Obama's support for his Congressional bid, said Colin Allred, but really it's a …

U.S. Politics

Poll: Most Texans support abortion rights

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>AUSTIN — The majority of Texans support legal abortions, and if the Supreme Court were to leave abortion rights to the states, …

Pro-choice Movement

Texas Tribune Fest 2018 lineup promises unprecedented political party

Since its inception in 2011, the Texas Tribune has brought the who's who of politicos to Austin for its annual festival. This year, however, the …

Texas

Does Texas actually have the right to secede from the United States? Curious Texas investigates

Ever since the end of the Civil War, some Texans have wondered: what if we left the United States?<p>Secessionist movements are as old as the Lone Star …

Rights & Freedoms

Texas Senate contest nearly a dead heat: Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke by 2 points, poll says

<i>Updated at 9:50 a.m. with the pollster defending the methodology.</i><p>A Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday morning shows a dead heat between Sen. Ted …

Republicans