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Perry Doesn't Make Cut For First GOP Presidential Debate

Aug 4, 2015
ABC News

Former Gov. Rick Perry has failed to qualify for the first Republican presidential debate, a setback for a candidate who has promised improvement over his ill-fated 2012 run. 

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party's takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

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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.

Laura Buckman / The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Dallas on Sunday. That followed his appearance at an event in Arizona, where he was interrupted and heckled at the Netroots Nation conference.

Grant Miller / George W. Bush Presidential Center

It was a first. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton shared the stage with a different kind of leader: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’s also on TV’s Shark Tank.

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Texans surveyed in a UT/Texas Tribune poll out this week agree discrimination’s a problem. But they disagree on who’s the target of it. People of color made the list, but James Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at University of Texas at Austin, said some of the respondents believe whites are victims of discrimination.

In Addison, Perry Announces He's Running For President

Jun 4, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced this morning in Addison that he's running for president again. 

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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Polls open Saturday morning for the city and school elections. Early voting turnout was mixed in some areas, but there's one more chance to cast a ballot. Here's a look at elections across North Texas:

Marcos Ronquillo Campaign

Voters in Dallas will decide between two candidates for mayor Saturday: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

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Just over a year ago, the mayors of Dallas and Houston announced their support for a proposed privately funded bullet train that would travel between the two cities in less than 90 minutes.

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

As a bystander's video of a South Carolina cop shooting and killing an unarmed black man reignites a national debate over police brutality, Texas lawmakers are set to discuss police body cameras in a public hearing.

Texas Tribune

After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday at Liberty University in Virginia that he's seeking the Republican nomination to run for president in 2016. Our friends at the public radio program The Takeaway did a mash-up with the Texas senator's speech and the John Lennon song, "Imagine." 

'I Believe In You:' Ted Cruz Launches Presidential Bid

Mar 23, 2015
Michael Stravato / Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday in a speech heavy on faith and hard on President Obama, making him the first major party candidate to formally jump into the race. 

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A measure that would take the state's public corruption-fighting unit out of the hands of the Travis County district attorney's office and place it in the Texas attorney general's office was approved Monday by the Senate State Affairs Committee.

Rick Perry Looks To Flip Script In Iowa

Mar 9, 2015
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

It's a frequent whisper among Republicans in Iowa and the nation's capital: Don't count Rick Perry out just yet. 

In North Texas, Rand Paul Makes His Play For The Lone Star State

Feb 2, 2015
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

FORT WORTH — Since 1988, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul watched his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, run three noteworthy but quixotic presidential campaigns. 

Five -- And A Half -- Things We Won't Forget About Rick Perry

Jan 5, 2015
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When Gov. Rick Perry leaves office this month, he’ll wrap up a three-decade stretch in state elective office that concluded with his being the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

Internal Memos Detail Wendy Davis Campaign Dysfunction

Nov 12, 2014
Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. 

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Gov. Rick Perry is in New Hampshire saying he's preparing to make a second run for president. The GOP hopeful says he'll make a decision in May or June.

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The 2014 elections are over. But in an interview with KERA, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price dropped a little news of her own about next year's election: She plans on running for another term.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Deep-blue Dallas County got a touch of red Tuesday when Republican Susan Hawk ousted District Attorney Craig Watkins. Hawk talks about some of her plans, while a loyal Democrat talks about why she may have gained votes that used to belong to Watkins

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Tuesday's Republican sweep added a new layer of conservatism to state government in Texas.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler talked with Ross Ramsey with The Texas Tribune about how that might play out at the Texas Legislature.

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

Denton made history Tuesday night, becoming the first city in Texas to ban fracking within city limits. The vote passed 59 percent to 41 percent, to the surprise of even the supporters of the ban.

Map: Find Your Polling Place On Election Day

Nov 4, 2014
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Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, but you don't know where to go? Here's a handy tool.

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

For months, the candidates for Texas governor have sparred, debated, and tried to sell themselves to voters.  Tuesday night, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will find out who will lead this state.

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA

Once again, the battle over a state senate seat in Tarrant County is the most closely watched legislative race in Texas.  

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