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Courtesy of the Fort Worth Opera

Race and policing was one point of discussion at a sweeping conversation in Fort Worth about the legacy of the civil rights movement in the decades after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. he conversation came just days before the Sunday anniversary of the assassination. It was part of a series of discussions the Fort Worth Opera is sponsoring as it prepares to premiere a new opera called “JFK." It follows Kennedy’s last hours in Fort Worth and Dallas. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Dallas on Tuesday. The former secretary of state spent the morning fundraising. Then she revved up hundreds of loyalists packed into a gym at Mountain View College in Oak Cliff.

Clinton, In San Antonio, On Castro VP Buzz: I'll 'Really Look Hard at Him'

Oct 15, 2015
Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Accepting Julián Castro's endorsement Thursday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addressed speculation he could serve as her running mate, saying she plans to "really look hard at him for anything."

Santorum In Fort Worth: 'Explode' The Tax Code

Oct 12, 2015
Christopher Connelly/KERA

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Fort Worth on Monday to give a talk to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, unveiling a tax plan that he says will ease the burden on working families and simplify the tax code by creating a single tax bracket and reducing the number of personal deductions to two.

Changing Primary Schedule Would Be 'Lunacy,' Cruz Says

Oct 12, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

FORT DODGE, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz opened a packed swing through early voting Iowa on Monday by blasting leaders in his own party for contemplating changes to the presidential primary calendar, calling it “lunacy” and a “terrible idea.” 

From Texas Standard:

It happened on the floor of the U.S. Senate: Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas and prospective applicant for the top job in the executive branch, asked for a recorded vote on his proposal to defund Planned Parenthood and dump the nuclear deal with Iran.

What followed was seven seconds of awkward silence, which said more than any pundit could about the relationship between one Texas senator and the rest of the U.S. Senate.


From Texas Standard:

Former Governor Rick Perry's bid for the presidency may have come to an end, but there's still a few chances that someone with Texas ties could occupy the White House next term.

Ted Cruz Lets Loose In Lonely Senate Floor Speech (Video)

Sep 29, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off the campaign trail in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz returned to the U.S. Capitol Monday to escalate his attacks against his party's leadership for not fighting hard enough against President Obama.  

Plano Megachurch Forum To Draw At Least 4 White House Hopefuls

Sep 29, 2015
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

At least four presidential candidates are coming to North Texas next month to participate in a forum at one of the state's largest megachurches. 

Texans Eye Leadership Posts After Boehner Retires

Sep 25, 2015
Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner’s retirement could create an opportunity for at least two Texans to emerge as national party leaders.