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Straus: Legislators Need To Be Careful When It Comes To 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 18, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday further brought the battle lines over the "bathroom bill" into focus, saying lawmakers should be "very careful" about doing anything that makes the state less economically competitive.

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Paul Hudson

Texas Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson on Tuesday proposed a $213.4 billion two-year base budget, offering her chamber a starting point for haggling over how to spread limited funds this legislative session.

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The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating (sometimes arguing), deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making.

$25 Million Proposal Would Fund Bulletproof Vests For Patrol Officers In Texas

Jan 12, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants lawmakers to pass a $25 million grant program to pay for bulletproof vests for all patrol officers in Texas.

Texas Lawmakers Return To Austin For 85th Legislative Session

Jan 10, 2017
The Texas Tribune

They're back. State lawmakers descend on Austin on Tuesday for the 85th Legislative Session, facing a tight fiscal picture, varying priorities from their leaders and all the politics that naturally accompany the last regular session before statewide elections. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

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.

Samantha Guzman

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
Abby Livingston / Texas Tribune

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. 

Faith Johnson & Associates, L.L.P

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

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