Congress passes bill rolling back internet privacy rules

By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill allowing internet service providers to continue to sell users’ browsing history to advertisers, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s expected signature. The legislative move undermines an Obama administration rule from last fall at the Federal Communications […]

Proposed Bill Would Speed Up the Process of Bonding Out of Jail

  By Johnathan Silver, The Texas Tribune – Two state lawmakers hope their bill – and a constitutional amendment – will speed up the process of releasing jailed defendants who are considered unlikely to skip their court date or become safety risks. The proposed legislation would require judges to use an automated, pretrial “risk-assessment” system to measure those risks […]

YouTube screenshot of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, currently a candidate for U.S. Senate, from a Western Center for Journalism interview on Feb. 2, 2014.

Former U.S. Rep. Stockman Charged with Violating Federal Election Law

  By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has been charged with violating federal election law. Stockman conspired with former congressional employees to funnel money intended for a charity to his campaign, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent unsealed Thursday. He is also accused of making false […]

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Cruz Taps Former Iowa Director for Re-Election Campaign

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune Bryan English, the Iowa Republican operative who guided U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to victory in the first-in-nation caucuses last year, has joined the Texas senator’s re-election campaign. English recently moved to Houston and is serving as a senior adviser to Cruz’s 2018 effort, according to Cruz officials. English is […]

Texas Rep. John Zerwas, (R) Richmond - Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Zerwas Proposes Withdrawing Additional $1 Billion from Rainy Day Fund

By Edgar Walters, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – While Senate leaders have been wary of any calls to tap the state’s savings account, known as the Rainy Day Fund, Texas House leaders on Thursday proposed withdrawing an additional $1 billion on top of their earlier proposal to pay for the needs of a growing state during a […]

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, photo by Bob Daemmrich - Texas Tribune

Houston State Rep. Wants to Fine Men who Masturbate

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – When it comes to issues related to health, state Rep. Jessica Farrar says that men should have to undergo the same “unnecessary” and “invasive” procedures that she says Texas women are subjected to under recently passed state laws. That’s why the the Houston Democrat […]

Chuck Brawner, candidate for Mayor of Katy - City of Katy photo

Chuck Brawner Candidate for Mayor – Campaign Statement

Below is the unedited campaign statement of Chuck Brawner who is running for Mayor of Katy. We will publish one unedited campaign announcement from each mayoral and city council candidate.  Campaign statements should be emailed to info@coveringkaty.com. KATY (Press Release) – Chuck Brawner has filed to run in the open seat to be the next […]

Mayor Fabol Hughes - Covering Katy photo by Dennis Spellman

Mayor Hughes Will Not Seek Re-election – Updated with Mayor’s Statement

Statement from Mayor Hughes added on 2/24/17 Story previously updated to reflect comments from mayoral candidates Hill Adams and Steve Jurovic. CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy)—Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes will not be seeking re-election and mayor pro-tem Chuck Brawner has resigned as the council member of Ward A to run for Hughes’ position. The election is in […]