El Paso House race turns nasty as Quintanilla teams with TER in bid to unseat Rep. González

EL PASO – The race to represent one of the poorest areas in Texas has now been infused with big money from outside the district as a former lawmaker tries to take back the seat in The Legislature he surrendered several years ago to run unsuccessfully for county commissioner. That cash from a third-party group […]

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Activists rail against gays and Texas House leadership as Woodfill announces for RPT Chair

HOUSTON – A day after once again stepping onto the national political stage by inserting himself into the Planned Parenthood video fight, former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill last week formally announced he is running to lead the Republican Party of Texas. He is running alongside Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, who has […]

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AUDIO: Former undocumented Collin Street Bakery worker calls McNutt a hypocrite

The hardline immigration rhetoric of Thomas McNutt, GOP challenger to Rep. Byron Cook, is coming under intense scrutiny now that the Dallas Morning News has revealed that McNutt’s company has a history of hiring undocumented immigrants. McNutt told the newspaper he will look into how undocumented workers could have been employed by his family’s Collin […]

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Following rape comments, Stickland and key allies are sharply attacked for votes

Following revelations that Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, said publicly in 2008 that “Rape is non existent in marriage,” some of the votes that he and his closest allies have taken in the Texas House about sexual assault are under fresh scrutiny. A full-court press by Republicans against Tea Party incumbents began in the Metroplex on […]

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Defeat of HERO signals a campaign cycle of social conservatism ahead for Texas GOP

The defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Tuesday night came as a surprise only to those who had paid exactly zero attention to the politics on the ground – and for most of the campaign, the clueless seemed to include much of city leadership. Prior to and after the vote, many HERO supporters had […]

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Perry took a shot at appearing as the elder statesman from Texas at exactly the wrong time

While still fighting a criminal indictment in Travis County and – as a direct result – unable to make inroads in fundraising or the polls, former Gov. Rick Perry on Friday became the first in the crowded Republican presidential field to suspend his campaign. Unlike his first run for the presidency Perry tried something new: […]

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Texas is officially sending mixed signals to business

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  General Electric delivered a blow to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s economic development efforts on Friday as Bloomberg let us know that GE “dropped the Dallas area as a site for a possible headquarters move because […]

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Trump leads in Texas but does not likely have the staying power of Patrick or Cruz

Some were surprised this week to find out that a poll of likely Republican Texas voters puts real estate magnate and provocateur Donald Trump ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz in the Junior Senator’s home state by a significant margin. In the poll, Trump is the choice of 24% of likely GOP voters here. Cruz is […]

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One Would Think the Tea Party Would be Outraged by What the Texas AG is Said to Have Done

The three-count felony indictment handed up by a grand jury in very-Republican Collin County against Attorney General Ken Paxton has sparked some wild conspiracy theories but yielded little, if any, consistency from some of Paxton’s fellow Tea Party patriots. Employees of Tim Dunn’s Empower Texans, a self-proclaimed conservative group, have tried to make the case […]

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Texas has Not Disclosed Data Used to Achieve Massive Funding Cuts for Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Note: This story written by Emily DePrang originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government – SB  With the deadline looming to finalize new Medicaid therapy rates, stakeholders fear they’ll never get answers to serious questions about how the Health and Human Services Commission arrived at […]

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