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  • BELLAIRE — If the three House primary challengers Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed lose their races on March 6, it won't be for a lack of trying on the governor's part. Free of serious primary opposition in his re-election campaign and sitting on a staggering $43 million war chest, Abbott has made it his main political project in recent weeks to...

  • SAN ANTONIO — If a businessman takes the ostrich approach — burying his head in the sand — to avoid evidence that his colleagues are perpetrating a fraud, is he also guilty of that fraud? Probably — but state Sen. Carlos Uresti is no ostrich, defense attorneys insisted Tuesday morning in their last opportunity to sway the jury. The San Antonio Democrat, who’s been on...

  • In his first public comments since last week's Florida school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called for fixing the federal background check database for gun buyers and identifying mental health issues that could lead to gun violence. “It’s clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and everybody in every state must take action,” Abbott told reporters in Austin after voting early in...

  • * This story has been updated throughout.  In an exceedingly rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend a lesser sentence for a death row inmate facing execution. The board voted unanimously in favor of clemency for Thomas Bartlett Whitaker, a man who is set to die on Thursday evening. The decision now falls on Gov. Greg...

  • Races for the Texas House and Senate are drawing some of the most attention ahead of the March 6 primaries. Here are snapshots of some of the most interesting legislative races.

  • * This story has been updated to include a comment from the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Two female Texas A&M University professors who say they were denied a chance to become foster parents for refugee children because they didn't "mirror the Holy Family” have sued the federal government and a Catholic group contracted by the government to administer a refugee...

  • How do I know if I’m registered to vote? What am I voting on? How do runoffs work? We've got answers.  

  • If Texas politics is a contact sport, shouldn't it have a fantasy league?  The Texas Tribune is excited to present its first Political Pick'em contest. We've selected 15 competitive Texas primaries, and we want you to pick the candidates you think will get the most votes on election night. Afterward, we'll pick one entry to receive a special prize, which includes:  Two...

  • After lawmakers last year failed to overhaul how the state funds its public colleges and universities, a special committee on Wednesday will begin a new attempt to review the complicated higher education finance system in Texas.  Complaints have crescendoed about eroding government support for higher education. But at stake in the coming months isn't how much money Texas pumps into its...

  • The most reliable indicator of whether a Texan thinks Donald Trump has what it takes to be president is the party that voter identifies with, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Republicans are full of praise. Democrats are full of scorn. Overall, more than half of Texas registered voters do not believe Trump has the temperament to be president,...

  • Texas Republican voter opinion turned against the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller even before last week’s mass shooting in a Florida high school and indictments of Russian propagandists who tried to influence American elections, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. It’s a peculiar position for a party known for its strong law-and-order positions. Only 14 percent of...

  • Political money follows political power, and in Texas that means it’s mostly going to Republicans, who scooped up almost 90 cents of every dollar that’s gone into state campaign coffers so far in the 2018 election cycle. Put another way: Donors pumped a total of $67 million into state-level campaigns from the beginning of 2017 through Jan. 25, and a whopping...