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From Texas StandardIn 2012, the mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro, won a spot at the Democratic National Convention. He gave a keynote address that would propel him into the national spotlight – in a similar way that Sen. Barack Obama's speech had some eight years before. Castro's rising profile was reaffirmed when President Obama tapped him to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back At Critics Of 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 11, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called "bathroom bill" he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation. 

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the NPR newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the NPR newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Dan Patrick Announces He's Running For Re-Election

Jan 9, 2017
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick formally announced Monday he's running for re-election, looking to finally quell speculation he's interested in higher office. 

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Former Gov. Rick Perry has resigned from the board of Dallas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners as he prepares to become energy secretary under President-elect Donald Trump. 

Ted Cruz Dismisses Concerns Over Russian Role In Election

Jan 5, 2017
Allison Shelley for The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dismissed concerns Thursday about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling them an effort to undermine Donald Trump's victory. 

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Updated: The Electoral College vote today in Texas was, as expected, an overwhelming win for Donald Trump. What wasn't expected was the number of Republican voters who resigned or defected. Four electors quit and were replaced. The final tally was 36 for Trump and one each for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and for fellow Texan Ron Paul.

How To Be A Successful Presidential Appointee

Dec 12, 2016
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President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration could appoint as many as 4,000 senior-level bureaucrats. Many of those appointees will arrive on the job with no government experience.

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Texas could lose big if it pursues policies that curtail the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. That’s the message from a study commissioned by the Texas Association of Business, the state’s chamber of commerce. The study finds that the state potentially faces huge losses, and it comes as fights over LGBT rights are brewing in Austin ahead of the next legislative session.

Trump's Unsupported Claim Of Voter Fraud Appears To Have Texas Roots

Nov 28, 2016

When President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Sunday — without evidence — that "millions" of people voted illegally in the race for the White House, he invited a wrath of condemnation for again stoking doubts about the U.S. election system. 

Texas Republican Elector Resigns Over Donald Trump

Nov 28, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A Texas Republican elector is resigning over the election of Donald Trump, saying he cannot "in good conscience" vote for the incoming president. 

After Recount, Anderson Remains Apparent Winner In Re-Election Battle

Nov 27, 2016
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Update, Nov. 30: After a recount, state Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, is still the apparent winner in his re-election battle against Democrat Terry Meza.

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The next legislative session doesn’t start until January, but the battle lines are being drawn. One issue is sure to be contentious: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Lawmakers have introduced a number of bills, some intended to help LGBT folks, others that would strip protections and reverse recent gains.

Cruz Fuels Speculation On Cabinet Position With Surprise Trump Meeting

Nov 16, 2016
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is fueling new speculation about his political future following a surprise meeting Tuesday with President-elect Donald Trump. 

In late October, Donald Trump released an action plan for what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. Below, NPR reporters and editors from the politics team and other coverage areas have annotated Trump's plan. We've added context on several of his proposals, including whether he can really repeal Obamacare and what a hiring freeze on the federal workforce would actually look like.

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While Donald Trump won Texas handily, Hillary Clinton won most of the state’s big cities. Dallas County went blue by a big margin, and Democrats dominated local races. While they flipped a handful of state house seats, Democrats fell short of the gains they had hoped for. In Dallas County, just one seat moved from red to blue.

Eight Texas Republicans Who Could Serve In Trump's Washington

Nov 9, 2016
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No sooner had Donald Trump shocked the political world by winning the presidency than Texas Republicans turned to a new discussion: How much influence will the Lone Star State have in the next White House?

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President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

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Hillary Clinton delivered what are expected to be her final remarks of the presidential election after a devastating loss to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Wins Texas, Leads Hillary Clinton By 9 Points

Nov 9, 2016
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Donald Trump carried Texas on Tuesday en route to a shocking upset in the presidential race, though he earned the smallest margin of victory — nine points — for a Republican nominee in the solidly red state in two decades.

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Democrats gathered on election night hoping for a big Hillary Clinton win. As the night wore on however, those feelings faded.

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The excitement at the Dallas County GOP watch party cranked up a notch each time a state was called for Donald Trump. Republican leaders and GOP supporters celebrated a race that stunned them all.

A ballroom at the Westin Dallas Park Central erupted with cheers each time Donald Trump’s electoral vote total ticked up.

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The Texas Rangers will be getting a new stadium. That news after voters in Arlington overwhelmingly approved a plan to use local tax dollars to pay for half of a $1 billion ballpark with a retractable roof.

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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time.

The History Of Black Party Affiliation

Nov 8, 2016
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Historically, a majority of African Americans in the U.S. have voted Democrat. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Corey D. Fields of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford about African Americans who lean Republican.

How Google Trends Data Will Fuel #Electionland Tuesday

Nov 8, 2016
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Tomorrow, as Americans go to the polls, more than 650 journalism students, 450 journalists, 250 media organizations, two nonprofits and seven technology companies will come together to work on Electionland, a collaborative reporting initiative to provide insights into what’s taking place at polls across the country.

Election Day is almost here. If you weren’t one of the millions of Texans who voted early (more than 4 million voted in the state's 15 largest counties), Tuesday is your last opportunity to participate.

To make the experience as smooth as possible, we’ve answered the questions you might have before you cast your ballot.

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Throughout North Texas, there are very few competitive state legislative races, and they all happen to be in Dallas County. Democrats in the county are hoping that changing demographics, higher turnout and Donald Trump might be the right combination to help them take a handful of Republican-held seats.

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The United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County asked the U.S. Justice Department this week to investigate complaints of voter suppression among elderly Latino voters. The group alleges state investigators looking into mail-in voter fraud in the county are actually “creating an atmosphere of fear.”

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