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Political news from North Texas, across the state and beyond.

In Grand Prairie And Austin, Thousands Turn Out For Bernie Sanders

Feb 27, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' message of modern-day populism brought out Texans by the thousands on Saturday.

In Irving, Ben Carson Attracts A Big Crowd That Unloads On Ted Cruz

Feb 27, 2016
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

Ben Carson’s campaign may be flagging, but he can still attract a Texas crowd. 

Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, notching a decisive win in a state where she suffered a devastating loss just eight years ago.

The Associated Press called the race for the former secretary of state over rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just seconds after the polls closed at 7 p.m. ET. With all precincts reporting, Clinton beat Sanders by nearly 50 points, winning 73.5 percent to 26 percent.

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump At Fort Worth Rally

Feb 26, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Real estate magnate Donald Trump chose Cowtown as his site to announce perhaps the most high-profile endorsement of his campaign, the support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

In Dallas, Marco Rubio Eviscerates 'Con Artist' Donald Trump

Feb 26, 2016
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

Marco Rubio, in Dallas on Friday, unleashed a full-frontal assault against Donald Trump, blasting him as a "con artist" who is hijacking the conservative movement and mercilessly mocking Trump's alpha-male status. 

Texas House of Representatives

When it comes to just about every state legislative race in Texas, the March 1 primary is effectively the election. There are deep red Republican districts and deep blue battles in Democratic districts. There are just a handful of purple districts with competitive general election races come fall.

Greg Abbott Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Feb 24, 2016
Chris Maddaloni / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed Ted Cruz for president, becoming the highest-ranking elected official in Cruz's home state — and the country — to support the U.S. senator's campaign.

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Across Texas, insurgent Republicans who rode Tea Party anger to Austin are now facing challenges themselves. That’s the dynamic in Tarrant County, where state Rep. Jonathan Stickland and challenger Scott Fisher are racing toward Tuesday's primary.

TCU Catholics Respond To Pope's Immigration Comments

Feb 23, 2016
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After the pope's criticism of Donald Trump's immigration policies last week, a priest at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth said Francis has taught the message of building bridges - not walls - all along.

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Bill Clinton made a historic trip to Paul Quinn College Monday. It was the first time a president – former or current – has visited the private, historically black university in Dallas.

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With a week remaining before the Texas Republican primary, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has an 8-percentage-point lead over Donald Trump, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Hillary Clinton Leans In On Texas To Grab Presidential Mojo

Feb 22, 2016
Michael Stravato / Texas Tribune

HOUSTON — Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have come to Texas to lick their wounds and call on old friends when past campaigns were on life support.

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John Wiley Price is facing the two biggest challenges of his three decades as a Dallas County commissioner.

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Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson is seeking his fifth and, he says, final term. 

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Jeb Bush isn’t expected to win the Republican primary in South Carolina, but where the former Florida governor finishes might impact the major donor support he’s had in Texas.

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State Rep. Charlie Geren is in the middle one of the toughest primary fights in Texas. Entrepreneur Bo French is challenging the 15-year House veteran in a district that stretches from Fort Worth to the northwest corner of Tarrant County. It’s a battle over the future direction of the statehouse that offers voters in House District 99 the choice between experienced deal maker, or replace him with a fresh face promising a more conservative agenda.

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As Texans start heading to the polls for early voting Tuesday, they’ll get to name their choice for their party’s presidential nominee. Some of them will also be choosing sides in fierce battles over seats in the state legislature, races where millions of dollars are being spent to convince Republicans in North Texas how to vote.

The sudden and shocking death of Supreme Court icon Antonin Scalia this weekend will have enormous repercussions for the U.S. legal system and political process, both in the immediate term and for many years to come.

Lawmakers, presidential candidates on both sides and other prominent Americans have been reacting to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday at a luxury ranch in West Texas.

Both conservatives and liberals have been describing him as brilliant, patriotic and a defender of the Constitution. And while several commenters have said they disagreed with Scalia's views, they all professed sound respect for him. We've rounded up some of the tributes.

President Obama struck a somber tone, remembering the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a "towering legal mind" who influenced a generation, but made it clear, he intends to replace him.

"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in — due time," Obama said. "There will be plenty of time for me to do so, and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote."

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism on the nation's highest court, was found dead Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed. Scalia, who had been staying at a luxury ranch in West Texas, was 79 years old.

PBS

We livestreamed the PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Ted Cruz's Campaign Enters High-Stakes Phase In South Carolina

Feb 10, 2016
Allegra Boverman

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Next election night, Ted Cruz probably won't be able to claim victory with a third-place finish.

Texas Takes On Growing Role In 2016 Democratic Primary

Feb 9, 2016
Amanda Renteria / Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — On Saturday, as Hillary Clinton knocked on doors in New Hampshire days before the state’s primary, Amanda Renteria, her national political director, was doing the same 2,000 miles away.

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The Denton County Republican Party held its biggest fundraiser of the year on Ronald Reagan’s birthday and it was a show of force. About 1,000 Republicans in formal wear crowded into a cavernous banquet hall Saturday to hear from elected leaders.

Ted Cruz: Drafting Women Into Military Combat Is 'Nuts'

Feb 8, 2016
Allegra Boverman / Texas Tribune

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.

Jonathan Stickland Eats His Words In Tough Primary

Feb 4, 2016
Texas Tribune

Before Jonathan Stickland became the Texas Legislature’s most boisterous “former fetus,” he was ~Stick, a minor celebrity in the obscure backwaters of the Internet.

From Texas Standard:

If you want to understand what's happening in the nation at large, you need to understand the unusual politics of Texas. On Tuesday, a prominent advocate of the idea that "less is more" when it comes to government has a big head start on a voyage he hopes will end at the White House.

Edging Out Trump, Cruz Pulls Out Win In Iowa Caucuses

Feb 1, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Iowa's GOP presidential caucuses on Monday, edging out billionaire Donald Trump for the top spot in the first-in-the-nation nominating contest. 

Cruz Wins GOP Race In Iowa; Clinton, Sanders Locked In Democratic Battle

Feb 1, 2016
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Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, won the first contest in the 2016 Republican presidential race Monday night, edging Donald Trump and and a stronger-than-expected Marco Rubio.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton had an extremely narrow lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders with most of the precincts counted.

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