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After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

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President Obama gave his State of the Union address tonight. The Republican response followed, featuring Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. We aired the address and the response here on KERANews.org, as well as on KERA 90.1 FM and KERA-TV (Channel 13).

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Republicans did well in Texas Tuesday night, sweeping all of the major statewide races. Here’s a roundup:

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

It’s the presidential race no one is talking about: Two Texas political stars, both testing the waters for a run in 2016 –without mentioning it, of course. Ted Cruz and Rick Perry took their not-so-stealth campaigns to the annual RedState gathering today -- in the heart of America's biggest red state.

In their new state platform, Texas Republicans suggest reparative therapy" for patrients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexuality." The platform also says "homosexuality is a chosen behavior," something most gays and lesbians reject. Gay Republicans say they had convinced many party delegates to back their efforts to remove offensive comments from the platform, but convention rules prevented the delegates from addessing the audience.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Texas Republicans have taken a tougher stand against undocumented immigrants already living in the state by dropping support for a guest-worker program from their party platform.  

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

In meeting rooms and hallways at the Texas Republican Party Convention, delegates Friday hotly argued over whether a guest worker program should remain in their party platform. Gay Republicans fought to eliminate a plank that suggested reparative therapy be available for those who want to escape their gay "lifestyle."

Ron T. Ennis / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On stage at the Texas Republican Convention Friday in Fort Worth, the spotlight was on Greg Abbott, who left little doubt his campaign for governor against Democrat Wendy Davis will be a slug fest.

Republican Party of Texas

As 11,000 Texas Republicans gather in Fort Worth for their state party convention, KERA’s Shelley Kofler sat down with Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri for a wide-ranging conversation.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Some 11,000 Republicans headed to their state convention in Fort Worth on Thursday will be greeted by armed protesters as they enter the convention center.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Gay Republicans say they’ll fight to eliminate demeaning language about “homosexuality” in the state GOP platform when the party brings its convention to Fort Worth on Thursday.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

On primary night two months ago, Ken Paxton had an 11-point edge over Dan Branch in the Republican race for attorney general. Since then, Paxton has been fined for breaking a state securities law. With the May 27 runoff looming, both candidates are vying for the state’s top legal office. In an interview with KERA, Paxton defended his record.

RedState Women

A new conservative Texas political action committee launched online this week. Named "RedState Women," the group wants to counter efforts by Wendy Davis to attract female voters. 

Cari Christman is chief of staff for a Texas senator and executive director for the PAC. She said Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis doesn’t speak for all Texas women.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Two North Texans will be battling it out in the Republican race for Attorney General. With 44 percent of the vote, State Senator Ken Paxton topped State Representative Dan Branch, who got 33 percent. Neither topped 50 percent, so the two now head into a May runoff.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

In the three-way Republican race for attorney general, candidates are trying to outdo the next as the most conservative. Their strategies may make political sense, but they don’t exactly reflect what the attorney general actually does.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

At the age of 90, Congressman Ralph Hall is the oldest person in Congress. That hasn’t stopped the Republican from pursuing an 18th term. This time, Hall has some stiff competition in the March 4 primary from opponents who say it's time he retires.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

For the first time in more than 40 years, an incumbent isn't running for district attorney in Tarrant County. Joe Shannon Jr., the 13th criminal district attorney, announced his retirement not long after a sexual harassment case against him was settled, ultimately costing taxpayers about $500,000.

Three Republican candidates are vying to replace Shannon.

Before we talk names, and qualifications, consider these numbers: The job pays about $200,000. The elected official will manage a budget of more than $35 million. And the office handles roughly 45,000 criminal cases a year.

Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas has wasted no time in trying to pin a liberal label on Democrat Wendy Davis who announced her bid for governor Thursday.

"That was a mistake," Ken Emanuelson says of his statement at a May 20 event organized by the Dallas County Republican Party. His full quote then: “I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

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Hundreds of Texans are expected at a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid as planned under the federal health care law.

The former North Texas congressman helped found the Tea Party-affiliated group, which powered Republicans to a House majority in 2010. The Washington Post also reports that two other top FreedomWorks officials have left.

The Critical Thinking Crisis

Nov 7, 2012

You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned. But commentator Stephen Whitley doesn't agree.

Mallory Benedict/PBS NewsHour / flickr

North Texas delegates are reporting both triumphs and disappointments from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Texas Republican Party has adopted a plan for some of the illegal immigrants in our state. This weekend the party adopted a platform calling for a guest worker program.  

Curt Cleaver

Age: 45
Birthplace: Gary, IN

Professional/Political Experience: National Sales Manager for national hotel chain; President & CEO, Five Star Hotel Management Corporation, Fort Worth,1996-Present.

Texas Connection: Member, Gateway Church, Southlake; Lives in Fort Worth; Texan for 26 years.

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