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Determined not to be excluded from the post-election bipartisan talk of passing immigration legislation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday rejected two Republican proposals while outlining its own priorities.

The Texas Governor's short-lived presidential campaign wins a medal of (dis)honor from 'Washington Post' political blogger Chris Cillizza

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz has come out of his victory over Paul Sadler swinging. In a speech to the Federalist Society on Friday, he joked, "I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama."

The lawyer for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price calls the government’s forfeiture case against Price “nothing more than a sham or a ruse” to gather more evidence for a criminal investigation.

So that petition encouraging Texas to secede from the union, which has been signed by tens of thousands on the whitehouse.gov site? The press secretary for Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, and it sounds like the governor thinks the United States should stay united.

They're asking politely. Malcontents from 20 different states are petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the union.

Using the White House website's We the People function, in which petitions garnering at least 25,000 signatures get a response from the president, people from the state of Texas are asking to "peacefully ... withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

NPR

Texas has sued the federal government 23 times since President Obama was first elected, and the legal skirmishes often boil down to one thing:  regulation. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Senator Wendy Davis says her top legislative priority is education funding. The newly re-elected lawmaker who beat Republican Mark Shelton says she is not just for public schools, but also for higher education.

KUHF

Texas voters elected their first Hispanic U.S. senator Tuesday, as Republican Ted Cruz easily defeated Democrat Paul Sadler, 56 percent to 41 percent.

Bill Zeeble, KERA

Democrat Wendy Davis held onto her State Senate seat in Tarrant County seat with a tough, tight win over Republican State Rep.  Mark Shelton.

At the top of the Texas ticket, Republican Mitt Romney is expected to win and claim the state’s 38 electoral votes.

The 2008 Thrill Is Gone: Fewer Young People Voting

Nov 6, 2012
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Four years ago, Barack Obama’s promise of change unleashed enthusiasm on college campuses and sent student voters to the polls. But this election year, more young people are sitting on the sidelines.

Wendy Davis Campaign

Documents requested by KERA show Texas Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth waited two years to comply with a law requiring her to disclose business relationships with lobbyists. Davis’ campaign spokesman, Anthony Spangler, responded in an email, “As soon as she learned of the requirement she amended the report.”

District 10 is one of the most expensive state senate races in Texas history, and in Tarrant County it’s coming down to the wire as Republican Rep. Mark Shelton battles to unseat Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis.

BJ Austin / KERA News

The federal government is stepping up courtroom moves to seize nearly $500,000 from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his assistant, even though no one has been charged in the criminal bribery and money laundering investigation.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Republican senate hopeful Ted Cruz campaigned today in north Dallas with both of the state’s Republican U.S. Senators. 

One of the most competitive State House races pits two attorneys against each other in the battle for District 107. It covers parts of East Dallas, Mesquite and Garland.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Sadler has little money and faces an uphill battle. But during a stop in Dallas Wednesday he said voters shouldn’t count him out, even though he's trailing in the polls by double digits. In the last week, he has finally had enough money to launch a TV ad against Republican opponent Ted Cruz.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

In the home stretch of his campaign, Republican Senate Candidate Ted Cruz is stumping for himself and fellow GOP candidates.

Planned Parenthood is hoping yesterday’s federal appeals court ruling on women’s health care in Indiana will persuade Texas officials to reconsider its ban on the organization.

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Federal election monitors are on the ground in Dallas and Harris counties as early voting begins for the 2012 presidential election.

L.M. Otero / Associated Press

As early voting begins across Texas today, U.S. Senate candidates Paul Sadler and Ted Cruz are entering the home stretch of a long campaign. During their last debate Friday at KERA studios, Democrat Sadler and Republican Cruz presented sharp differences on many issues -- especially taxes.

Cruz vs. Sadler: The Live Blog

Oct 19, 2012
L.M. Otero / Associated Press

Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz squared off Friday night at KERA’s Dallas studio in the final debate of their campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

The race for the new House District 114 in Dallas County is among the most competitive state legislative races in North Texas. Former State Representative Carol Kent is facing business attorney Jason Villalba

StickWire

Senate hopefuls Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler prepare for their final faceoff tonight, with the live KERA debate beginning at 7 p.m. on channel 13, 90.1 FM, and Univision. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to some likely voters at the State Fair, and they shared some of their key concerns.

You've seen the attack ads on TV. State Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Mark Shelton were throwing elbows Thursday during their first debate.

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler are trying to position themselves as defenders of a great Texas tradition: gun ownership. 

KC Ivey / Flickr Creative Commons

Today is the deadline to register to vote in next month’s presidential election. You’ll have to find a stamp to mail the application by midnight.

Dallas Morning News

Beyond some clear differences on important policy issues, one of the things we learned early during the first debate between Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz is that both trial attorney-candidates love to argue.  

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Election officials don’t want anyone to be turned away from the polls next month because they thought they'd registered to vote online.

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