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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.

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.

Robert Hart / The Texas Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is planning a "major announcement" Wednesday afternoon amid speculation that he is zeroing in on a running mate.

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President Obama’s time in the White House, at this point, is measured in months, but according to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, Obama is using every tool in the executive toolbox to being seen as a lame duck.

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Texas used to be considered an easy grab for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And while the state’s delegates are definitely not out of reach on Tuesday, there are some primary voters slipping through his fingers. 

More than a dozen states vote Tuesday, and almost 1,500 delegates are at stake. It's the biggest day of the 2016 presidential election, and it could be pivotal.

Seven Southern states are voting Tuesday — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. That means on the Democratic side, black voters will play a pivotal role. (Six of those states, except Oklahoma, have significant black populations in Democratic primaries.) But for the GOP, those same Southern states mean a more socially conservative, more religious electorate.

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. 

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. 

It's big.

The five remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination meet tonight in Houston, Texas, the biggest city in the biggest state holding a primary on March 1, which is Super Tuesday, which is the biggest voting day so far in 2016 – and the biggest all year besides election day in November.

Whoever prevails tonight gets a long leg up toward being the biggest vote-getter on Tuesday. And whoever sits on top after Tuesday is going to be increasingly hard to deny.

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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Millennials are the largest generation in the United States today and politicians want their vote. But we don’t know a lot about their voting habits. Alexander Heffner has studied millennials. He’s host of PBS’ "The Open Mind."

Jeb Bush has struggled in the fight for the Republican nomination and now he's asking his big brother — George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States — for help.

The two will be together for a rally Monday evening in North Charleston, S.C.

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

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won clear, early and decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

Trump beat the GOP field by double digits. He got 35 percent of the vote, well ahead of surprise second-place finisher John Kasich, who pulled in 16 percent. Kasich was followed by Ted Cruz at 12 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent and Marco Rubio, who, after a poor debate performance Saturday, faded to fifth just shy of 11 percent.

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.

As any bridge player can tell you, the game is different when there is no trump.

On Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa, the seventh debate among major candidates for president in the Republican Party set a new standard in both substance and tone. And it did so because the front-runner in the 2016 nomination fight, Donald J. Trump, did not attend.

Dallas Rally Will Be Rubio's First Public Campaign Stop In Texas

Jan 6, 2016
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While Ted Cruz is spending the week crisscrossing Iowa ahead of that state's upcoming caucuses, his colleague in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, is making his first major play for Cruz's home turf with a campaign rally in Dallas.

That the freshman senator from Texas had a good night onstage at the latest Republican debate surprises nobody anymore — Ted Cruz is poised, articulate and smart. He's gaining ground in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and he's positioning himself to capture supporters from Donald Trump or Ben Carson, should either falter. There's still a long way to go in this contest, but Cruz and his campaign are well-funded, well-organized and confident in his ability to outlast and overtake his rivals.

In a feisty debate in Colorado on Wednesday night, Republican presidential candidates spent almost as much time sniping at the CNBC moderators as they did at each other.

The faceoff was messy and chaotic from the beginning, with candidates trying to jump on others and make their voices heard.

One person who succeeded at that was Marco Rubio. The Florida senator had several standout moments and earned many plaudits from pundits after the debate.

Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

While candidates talking to church congregations may sound like small beans local politics, this is 40,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church. Its Plano campus can seat 7,000, and pretty much all of the seats were full.  Six candidates vying to be the Republican presidential nominee showed up, even though all of the major candidates from both sides of the aisle were invited.

Santorum In Fort Worth: 'Explode' The Tax Code

Oct 12, 2015
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Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Fort Worth on Monday to give a talk to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, unveiling a tax plan that he says will ease the burden on working families and simplify the tax code by creating a single tax bracket and reducing the number of personal deductions to two.

From Texas Standard:

Former Governor Rick Perry's bid for the presidency may have come to an end, but there's still a few chances that someone with Texas ties could occupy the White House next term.

Touring Texas, Walker Vows To 'Wreak Some Havoc' On Washington

Sep 3, 2015
Cooper Neill / Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Promising to “wreak some havoc” in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker brought his presidential campaign to Texas for the first time Wednesday, bidding for the state’s expanded influence in the 2016 nominating process.

How Rick Perry Ended Up In A Financial Hole

Aug 12, 2015
Abby Livingston / Texas Tribune

Already considered among the walking wounded politically, Rick Perry startled the Texas political world on Tuesday when it became clear that his presidential campaign is in serious financial trouble.

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. 

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The final polls are in and the stage is set for Thursday night's first Republican presidential debate.

Those who made the cut, according to Fox News: businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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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.

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