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In Austin, Trump Says He's Open To 'Softening' In Immigration Laws

Aug 23, 2016
Scott Ball / Texas Tribune

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he is open to a "softening" in laws dealing with people who are in the country illegally, offering a pivot away from the hardline immigration views he espoused throughout the primaries. 


Donald Trump steered clear of fundraising throughout the GOP primary, but has embraced donations since then. But are North Texas donors embracing him? 

LIVE BLOG: Donald Trump In Austin

Aug 23, 2016

Donald Trump has arrived in Austin. He's taping a town hall event at ACL Live at the Moody Theater from 4 to 6 p.m. Afterward, he'll head to a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. at the Headliners Club, then on to a rally at the Travis County Expo Center at 7:30 p.m.

Trump Makes Unusual Swing Through Texas

Aug 23, 2016
Allison V. Smith / The Texas Tribune

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is making an unusual general election swing through Texas with a series of events — some public — planned Tuesday across the reliably red state.

Hope As They Might, Democrats Don't See Trump Losing Texas

Aug 18, 2016
Gage Skidmore/Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Arizona. Georgia. Utah. Indiana. Is Texas next? 

Rick Perry To Khizr Khan, Father Of Fallen Muslim Soldier: 'Shame On You'

Aug 16, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry is defending Donald Trump's war of words with the family of a fallen Muslim soldier, saying the father "struck the first blow" against the Republican presidential nominee and is not above criticism in return. 

Poll: Donald Trump Leads Hillary Clinton By Only 6 Points In Texas

Aug 16, 2016
Michael Stravato / Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by just 6 percentage points in deep-red Texas, according to a new poll

Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Texas is taking the Obama administration to court again on Friday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking a federal judge in Fort Worth to temporarily block federal rules that would let transgender kids use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. The Obama administration says Texas is jumping the gun.


Three years ago, James Glassman was founding executive director of the institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Yesterday, he helped launch a group called R4C16, which stands for Republicans for Clinton in 2016. He tells KERA that's because his fellow Republican, Donald Trump, "would be a disaster" as president.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / Texas Standard

Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for vice president, is in Texas this week – and he responded to the latest controversial comments from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Tim Kaine No Stranger To Texas Democrats And Donors

Aug 9, 2016
United States Department of State/United States Senate

Nearly six years ago, then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine was headed to Las Cruces, New Mexico — a battleground state in the 2010 midterms commanding national attention.

The Zika virus will be front and center as public health officials meet in Austin Monday to discuss infectious disease preparedness in the state. Besides funding issues, though, pockets of high uninsured rates in Texas could make monitoring for the mosquito-transmitted virus more complicated.


Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, sketched out his plans on the economy in Detroit on Monday. KERA radio aired the speech live, followed by a call-in special hosted by Think's Krys Boyd.

At Houston Convention, Texas Greens Welcome Bernie Sanders Voters

Aug 8, 2016
Michael Stravato / Texas Tribune

HOUSTON — Like most of those who cast a ballot in the Texas Democratic Primary in March, Sheereen Ibtesam voted for Hillary Clinton.

Resignation Leaves Dallas County GOP Broke And Feuding

Aug 4, 2016
Huffines Communities Website

When Mark Montgomery won election earlier this year as chairman of the Dallas County GOP, it was nothing short of a fluke.

VP Hopeful Tim Kaine Coming To Texas, Hoping To Hook Donors

Aug 2, 2016

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is coming to Texas next week to raise money for Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House.  Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, will attend fundraisers Aug. 9 in Austin and Aug. 10 in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Mike Blake / Reuters

Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban returned to his birthplace of Pittsburgh on Saturday to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, borrowing a local term to assail her bombastic Republican rival. 

PBS Newshour

Today is the last day of the Democratic National Convention -- Hillary Clinton will accept her party's nomination for president, becoming the first woman nominated by a major U.S. political party. You can watch the convention livestream here all day, and the NPR/PBS NewsHour coverage starting at 7 p.m. Central time.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Hillary Clinton tonight accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for President after a long primary battle with Bernie Sanders. But some supporters of the Vermont Senator continue to struggle with the idea, including some in the Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

PBS NewsHour

President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Virginian who wants to fill the No. 2 job, Tim Kaine, are at the top of the Day 3 ticket for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. You can watch the convention livestream here all day, and the NPR/PBS NewsHour coverage starting at 7 p.m. Central time.

Donald Trump urged Russian agents to "find" his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails and release them, an unprecedented move by a candidate for president encouraging such a foreign breach.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," the GOP presidential nominee said at a news conference in Miami on Wednesday. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

The Democratic National Convention made history Tuesday evening: Amid applause, shouts, cheers and in some cases tears, the delegates on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia nominated Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

Clinton is now the first female presidential candidate of a major American party.

PBS NewsHour

Delegates will vote for their nominee and Bill Clinton will speak on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. You can watch the convention livestream here all day, and the NPR/PBS NewsHour coverage starting at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Minnesota Public Radio

The first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia kicks off with speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the party's presidential runner-up, Sen. Bernie Sanders. You can watch the convention livestream here all day, and the NPR/PBS NewsHour coverage starting at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Texas Democrats Aim To Show A United Front In Philadelphia

Jul 25, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

After a tumultuous Republican National Convention, Texas Democrats are heading to Philadelphia anticipating relative unity — relative being the key word — as they formally nominate Hillary Clinton for president. 

5 Things To Know About Tim Kaine

Jul 23, 2016

After weeks of speculation, Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced she will tap Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Appearing on stage together for the first time since Friday's vice presidential announcement, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made a push for voters of color by highlighting his record on diversity and civil rights.

Kaine also spoke about gun violence, job creation, equal pay and raising equal pay — all mainstays of Clinton's campaign.

Clinton said Kaine has "lived" the values of diversity. That, she argued, is in contrast the GOP ticket and last week's Republican National Convention. "Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not," she said.

Tim Kaine is boring. Just ask him.

"I am boring," the man Hillary Clinton picked on Friday night to be her running mate said last month on NBC's "Meet The Press."

The Virginia senator tried to play it off with something of a dad joke: "But boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country," he laughed.

So why would Clinton pick "boring" to be her vice president? (And it's not because there are suddenly loads of more boring people out there voting as a bloc.)

Hillary Clinton has chosen Tim Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate. The Virginia senator has been an elected official — including mayor, governor and senator — for over 20 years and was once the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was also on President Obama's shortlist of running mates in 2008.

Trump On Ted Cruz: 'I Don't Want His Endorsement'

Jul 22, 2016
Texas Tribune

CLEVELAND — A day after formally accepting his party's presidential nomination, Donald Trump breathed new life into old battles against a long-vanquished Republican rival: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.