Politics

Katy ISD Bond Committee Chair Keith Carmichael presents to the school board. KISD photo

Katy School Board Receptive to $609 Million Bond Proposal

KATY, Texas (Covering Katy) – The public and the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees were provided details of the proposed 2017 education bond on Monday night. The $609 million bond proposal, if approved by the school board and placed on the November ballot, would include funds for new schools, improvements at existing facilities, […]

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid

  SAN ANTONIO (Texas Tribune) – Greg Abbott is running for governor again. The governor formally launched his re-election campaign to a crowd of sign-waving supporters and friends Friday, not far from where he launched his first bid for the state’s highest office four years ago. “To keep Texas the best very state in the United States, […]

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - Courtesy Marjorie Kamys Cotera/TX Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions for Teachers

  AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – With less than a week before the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal Thursday to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money from the Texas lottery. Patrick called a press conference […]

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House Education Leaders Won’t Budge on School Finance, Private School Choice

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune The top House education leader said Sunday that “private school choice” is still dead in the lower chamber. “We only voted six times against it in the House,” House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty said. “I’m prepared to have that discussion again. I don’t think [the Senate is] going to like it — because now I’m […]

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California’s Texas Travel Ban Creates Confusion in College Sports

By Matthew Watkins and Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune The politicians running Texas and California continue to prove that they want nothing to do with each other. But athletes in the two states are inextricably linked. As a result, the latest salvo in the Texas v. California culture wars has created widespread confusion in the college […]

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Cruz declines to support Senate GOP health care bill, while Cornyn defends it

  By Abby Livingston, Marissa Evans and Andy Duehren,The Texas Tribune   WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama’s 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas’ two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure. While U.S. Sen. John Cornyn took to the floor early Thursday […]

Governor Greg Abbott on stage. - Photo by Eric Kayne/Texas Tribune

Silver Alert Now Protects Everyone who has Alzheimer’s Disease

  AUSTIN (Covering Katy) – Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill which will allow a family whose loved one goes missing or wanders due to younger-onset Alzheimer’s to call their local police to activate a Silver Alert and aid in the rescue of their family member. Passed during the regular session of the 85th […]