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Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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In the wake of the "bathroom bill" fight that generated strong business backlash, House Speaker Joe Straus is putting together a committee to make sure Texas can continue to chase new companies. 

Laura Skelding: O'Rourke/Douglas Young: Cruz / The Texas Tribune

After getting outraised by his Democratic opponent earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas appears to have regained fundraising momentum from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Greg Abbott may not have a serious opponent for re-election yet, but he is already running against one group in particular: those who say Texas’ Republican governor can’t make further inroads with the Hispanic community in the era of Texas' "sanctuary cities" ban and Donald Trump.

The Texas Tribune

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is nominating two Texans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Dallas attorney James Ho. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott is making major changes in his office after his first two regular sessions — and a special session — bringing in several new senior staffers with deep legislative experience, according to aides.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Texas House Speaker Joe Straus urged business leaders Tuesday to keep up the fight following the failure of legislative efforts this year to pass a "bathroom bill" that many of them opposed.

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Angela Paxton, the wife of Attorney General Ken Paxton, is running for the state Senate. 

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President Donald Trump returned to Texas on Saturday to check in on the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort and meet with victims of the storm that ravaged southeast Texas. 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

It's official: State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, is running for Congress.

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday weighed in on the renewed debate over Confederate monuments in Texas, saying that removing them "won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future." 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

President Donald Trump is slated to raise money in Texas next month. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday put blame on the House — particularly Speaker Joe Straus — for the shortcomings of the special session and left the door open to calling another one.

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The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority.

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HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has received a Dec. 11 trial date in his securities fraud case.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott has a nearly $41 million war chest heading into his re-election campaign — and a special session in which he's looking to keep political pressure on lawmakers to pass an ambitious 20-item agenda. 

Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune

President Donald Trump announced Monday he will nominate former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to serve in the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

In a Texas congressional district that includes one of the country's largest military bases, a military hero is betting she can stage a political upset.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed 50 bills that were passed during the regular legislative session, his office announced Thursday.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has received a new judge in his securities fraud case — a newly elected Democrat who unseated Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's son last year.

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A state appeals court sided Tuesday with Attorney General Ken Paxton in his bid for a new judge in his securities fraud case, ruling the current judge lost jurisdiction when he changed venue to Harris County in April.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday promised to make an announcement "later this week" on whether he will call a special session.

Courtesy State Rep. Charlie Geren

A lawsuit is moving forward against Gov. Greg Abbott over his order to remove a satirical nativity scene from the Texas Capitol last year.

Bob Daemmrich/The Texas Tribune

Donald Trump has tapped half a dozen well-known Texans — including the state's former governor — to advise him on agriculture policy in his campaign for the White House.

Robert Hart / The Texas Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is planning a "major announcement" Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that he is zeroing in on a running mate.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

A state appeals court on Friday ruled against one of two counts in the indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry

Gage Skidmore

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is still coming to Texas on Thursday, his campaign said, even though a Border Patrol union here backed out of hosting him.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday turned one of his highest legislative priorities into law, signing a bill aimed at improving early education in Texas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott's predecessor — a soon-to-be presidential candidate named Rick Perry — would call it the no-manual test.

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a case that centers on how Texas draws its political districts, a longtime point of dispute between the state and voting rights advocates.

Rebecca Miller

Former Gov. Rick Perry is set to announce June 4 in Dallas whether he is running for president in 2016.