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The federal government shutdown is over, for now. But the battle over who gets the blame for the congressional meltdown will likely extend through the 2014 party primaries and general election. So how did the shutdown affect the political landscape in Texas?

A recent Rasmussen poll found 78 percent of the country would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start over. And yesterday, the Houston Chronicle expressed regret for its endorsement of Sen.Ted Cruz in the 2012 Senate race. Sounds like there are dark days ahead for our Congressional incumbents in Texas.

Actually … no, says Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.

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Senator Ted Cruz is unapologetic for leading the fight that has brought the federal government close to defaulting on its debt payments.

In the second day of a partial government shutdown, Congress is at a stalemate.

On Tuesday night, House Republicans tried to pass three small bills funding popular parts of the government, such as the national parks. But they failed. The White House had already threatened a veto.

That strategy, as with others in this fight, is credited to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Reaction to Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon speech is mixed in Washington and in Texas.

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Update, 12:03 p.m: Sen. Ted Cruz has ended a marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes.
The Texas Republican and tea party conservative stopped speaking at 11 a.m. Dallas time Wednesday, sitting down to yield the floor, The Associated Press is reporting. The Texas freshman began talking Tuesday afternoon, seeking to urge defunding of the 3-year-old health system overhaul. Fellow conservatives helped by making occasional remarks.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A bedtime story from Ted Cruz, classical music groups love the Dallas City Performance Hall, should Big Tex be burned down every year?, and more.

Reaction from lawmakers – from Texas and elsewhere -- continues to pour in following last night’s presidential address to the nation about Syria.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said that a U.S. attack that allows Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power wouldn’t promote U.S. national security interests. Cornyn calls a strike "reckless" and "ill-advised."

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz faced some hecklers in Dallas Tuesday night as he urged conservatives to demand their elected representatives vote to defund ObamaCare.

The push comes as Cruz is increasingly mentioned as a likely presidential candidate in 2016.

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  Freshman Texan Ted Cruz made his first formal speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate today, offering an amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. (He did speak last week during Sen. Rand Paul's marathon filibuster protesting U.S. drone policy, but did not offer legislation for discussion.)

The Senate began debate on the proposal to pull funding for the health care law this afternoon, but the solid Democratic majority ensures that Cruz's amendment has almost no chance of passing.

Texas Braces For Federal Cuts

Feb 21, 2013
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If Congress doesn’t come to an agreement on the budget before the end of the month, Texas is going to feel the pain. The so-called sequestration – the series of mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts – will hit federally funded programs in Texas particularly hard in the areas of health, defense and education.  

Josh Hinkle of KXAN in Austin outlines how sequestration would affect you:

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz is offering no apologies for being an outspoken Washington newcomer who aggressively grills cabinet nominees. 

During a stop in Dallas Wednesday he said he hasn’t changed his style since being elected, and doesn’t plan to.

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Republican Ted Cruz today placed his hand on his father’s Bible  as he became Texas’ first Hispanic senator during Congress’s swearing-in ceremony.

Cruz then told reporters if he’d been in the U.S. Senate two days ago, he would have voted against the fiscal cliff  legislation.

“It’s a lousy deal,” said Cruz, a second-generation Cuban American and Texas' former solicitor general. 

A new Congress took office today in Washington, D.C., and among the newcomers are a pair of trailblazers from Texas: Republican Ted Cruz, the first Latino to represent the Lone Star State in the Senate, and Democrat Marc Veasey, the first African-American House member from Tarrant County.

University of North Texas political scientist Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha says that while freshman often don't wield much power, newcomers Cruz, Veasey and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a Weatherford Republican, will face some heavyweight votes. 

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz has come out of his victory over Paul Sadler swinging. In a speech to the Federalist Society on Friday, he joked, "I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama."


Texas voters elected their first Hispanic U.S. senator Tuesday, as Republican Ted Cruz easily defeated Democrat Paul Sadler, 56 percent to 41 percent.

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Republican senate hopeful Ted Cruz campaigned today in north Dallas with both of the state’s Republican U.S. Senators. 

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Kay Bailey weighs in, another headline for Big Tex, kids save a buck and more.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Sadler has little money and faces an uphill battle. But during a stop in Dallas Wednesday he said voters shouldn’t count him out, even though he's trailing in the polls by double digits. In the last week, he has finally had enough money to launch a TV ad against Republican opponent Ted Cruz.

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In the home stretch of his campaign, Republican Senate Candidate Ted Cruz is stumping for himself and fellow GOP candidates.

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As early voting begins across Texas today, U.S. Senate candidates Paul Sadler and Ted Cruz are entering the home stretch of a long campaign. During their last debate Friday at KERA studios, Democrat Sadler and Republican Cruz presented sharp differences on many issues -- especially taxes.

Cruz vs. Sadler: The Live Blog

Oct 19, 2012
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Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz squared off Friday night at KERA’s Dallas studio in the final debate of their campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.


Senate hopefuls Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler prepare for their final faceoff tonight, with the live KERA debate beginning at 7 p.m. on channel 13, 90.1 FM, and Univision. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to some likely voters at the State Fair, and they shared some of their key concerns.

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler are trying to position themselves as defenders of a great Texas tradition: gun ownership. 

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Beyond some clear differences on important policy issues, one of the things we learned early during the first debate between Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz is that both trial attorney-candidates love to argue.  

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Accusations and insults flew last night as Democratic Senate Candidate Paul Sadler tried to narrow the double-digit lead held by Republican Ted Cruz. 

Updated: Cruz versus Sadler tonight, education as chief concern for voters, bad Texas roads and more.

Final details have been locked down for KERA’s Oct. 19 debate between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler, who are running to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Undies at halftime, peanut butter recalled, Cruz vs. Sadler and more.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz and Democratic candidate Paul Sadler have both accepted a KERA invitation to debate.

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