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Liquor regulators now acknowledge Rangers haven’t cleared them

By Jay Root AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – After state liquor regulators got hit with a complaint last year that it violated its own rules when it served alcohol without a permit at a state convention, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said it conducted a thorough investigation, determined no permits were needed and then forwarded […]

State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chair of the Senate Education Committee. Photo by Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune.

Senate Education Committee Passes School Choice Legislation

By ALIYYA SWABY AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – After little debate Thursday, the Senate Education Committee voted 7-3 to pass legislation that would create two public programs subsidizing private school tuition and homeschooling expenses. Senate Bill 3, a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, now heads to the full Senate, where it’s also expected to pass. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Tesla vehicle on display outside the Texas Capitol on Jan. 15, 2015. Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Tesla tries a new, ambitious approach at Texas Capitol

By Patrick Svitek,, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Tesla is not giving up at the Texas Capitol. In fact, it’s getting more ambitious. Instead of looking to create any kind of carve-out that favors the high-end electric car maker, legislation filed Friday would simply allow any vehicle manufacturer to sell directly to Texans […]

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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 […]

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New Harris County Policy Reignites Marijuana Decriminalization Debate In Austin

  By Sanya Mansoor, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Some state officials are fuming at Harris County’s forthcoming policy to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, while others say local jurisdictions should have discretion when it comes to enforcing laws. The policy, announced Thursday by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and […]

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Former President George H.W. Bush Discharged from Hospital

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune HOUSTON (The Texas Tribune) – Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday after recovering from bacterial pneumonia and respiratory problems, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. “He is thankful for many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the […]