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  • Left: U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke campaigning in El Paso in 2018; right: Ted Cruz campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Ivan Pierre Aguirre: O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz BEAUMONT — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, pushed Saturday for accountability for the Saudi role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with Cruz also highlighting the situation to drive a contrast with O'Rourke. After initially...

  • Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a get out the vote rally in Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, the first day of early voting for Republican and Democratic primaries in Texas.  Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott, facing little competition in his own campaign for another term, is hitting the road for other Republicans. This weekend, Abbott will embark on a statewide tour during which he will appear with over...

  • Kwame Rockwell, convicted in the 2010 deaths of a gas station clerk and delivery man in Fort Worth, was set for execution on Wednesday, Oct. 24. TDCJ: Kwame Rockwell/Jolie McCullough: Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas For the second time this month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted an execution days before it was set to proceed. Kwame Rockwell, 42, was set for execution Wednesday, Oct. 24. In a late appeal, his lawyers...

  • Jean Gearhart gives a tearful statement with her husband Troy Gearhart to the panel about her special needs child. U.S. Department of Education officials held a meeting in Edinburg on their tour of Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune Federal officials said Texas should be doing even more to improve special education — and they're planning a visit early next year to check. In a...

  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, talks to the press in the open-air rotunda at the Capitol on August 16, 2017. Austin Price / The Texas Tribune On CNN Friday morning, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, without citing evidence or sources, suggested that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner may have played a role in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Let me get to the point that I think...

  • The University of Texas System Board of Regents sits for a special meeting Aug. 4, 2018, in Austin. | by Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune A report posted online suggests the University of Texas System Board of Regents is pushing to further curtail top-down initiatives and headcount in its central offices, deepening a break from a vision held in past years that saw a...

  • Texas' execution chamber in Huntsville. In June, it looked like Texas would have to name a pharmacy that had supplied the state with execution drugs. But with a Texas Supreme Court reversal on Friday, that decision is now up in the air. This summer, the high court declined to review a Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals decision that found the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must provide identifying information for an execution drug supplier....

  • Voters lined up at the Austin Community College Highland Campus in Austin for the first day of early voting on Oct. 24, 2016. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If money voted — heck, if yard signs voted — Beto O’Rourke would be well on his way to the United States Senate. But only voters vote. Starting Monday, Texans...

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  • Illustration by Todd Wiseman The Texas Tribune is part of Electionland — a collaboration of newsrooms across the country tracking voting problems — and working to collect stories from voters casting ballots in the 2018 general election. Whether you’re voting early (which begins Monday in Texas) or heading to the polls on Nov. 6, we want to hear from you if you have any trouble voting. You can tell us about your experience...

  • At a press event in Alton, Texas, two organizations unveiled a study that found undocumented families in the Rio Grande Valley experience higher levels of "toxic stress" due to fear of deportation. Hannah Wiley/The Texas Tribune In a self portrait that a 10-year-old girl pencil-sketched after her father was deported, her expression is solemn, eyes downcast and tears stream down her face. “What I felt when [they] took my dad was the worst,” the...

  • U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, speaks at a televised town hall meeting in McAllen on Oct. 18, 2018. CNN screenshot Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, expressed some regret Thursday evening for using the infamous nickname "Lyin' Ted" during a recent debate with the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz. "It’s not something that I feel totally comfortable with, and perhaps in the heat of the moment...