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Faith Johnson was sworn in as Dallas County's first African-American female district attorney Monday. At the ceremony, Johnson said she was excited and grateful to both God and Republicans.

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T.C. Broadnax, who's spent four years as city manager in Tacoma, Wash., officially has the top city staff job in Dallas. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to hire him as the next city manager.

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Justice Stephen Breyer has served on the Supreme Court for more than 20 years. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with him about his career on the bench and his book “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.”

Rick Perry's Energy Legacy Is More Complicated Than You Think

Dec 13, 2016
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As he said farewell to the Texas Legislature in January 2015, Rick Perry couldn’t help but reflect on how energy technology and policy had transformed the state’s landscape — and fueled its economy — during his record 14 years as governor. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday appointed Republican Faith Johnson as Dallas County District Attorney, filling the vacancy three months to the day after it opened.

Texas Lawmakers Set A Spending Cap They Likely Won't Reach

Dec 2, 2016
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The Legislative Budget Board on Thursday set the state’s growth rate, a number that in flush times looms large over lawmakers haggling over state spending.

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A vote scheduled to begin Nov. 14 to help rescue the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund instead has been put on hold after five cops and firefighters filed a lawsuit.

As First Bills Are Filed, Battle Lines For 2017 Session Begin To Emerge

Nov 14, 2016
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On the first day lawmakers could file bills for consideration during the 2017 session, leaders from both parties began drawing battle lines for fights over taxation, immigration and social issues that will likely dominate the upcoming meeting of the Texas Legislature. 

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Texas lawmakers sure are eager -- on the first day they could file bills for the 85th state Legislative session, they filed several hundred of them, as well as dozens of resolutions.

Bill Filing Day At The Texas Capitol Revives Old Controversies

Nov 14, 2016
Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

State lawmakers began putting their campaign promises on paper Monday morning, as they filed hundreds of bills on the first filing day for the 2017 legislative session.

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