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After O’Rourke Defeat, East Texas Democrats Disappointed but Optimistic about Future

O’Rourke’s defeat left some East Texas Democrats asking: If a hardworking, ready-for-prime-time candidate such as O’Rourke can’t win in Texas, when will the state turn blue?

Despite Dynamic Campaign, Julie Oliver Faces Uphill Battle for Congress

While the odds are stacked against Julie Oliver in her run for U.S. Congress, she has some advantages over Democrats who have run in Texas’ Congressional District 25 in the past.

In East Texas, O’Rourke Campaign Buoys Democrats’ Hopes

To defeat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke will have to succeed where East Texas Democrats have faltered in the recent past.

Expat Voters Could Tilt the Results of Mexico’s July 1 Election

Allowing expatriates to register abroad could boost participation in Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. Among the almost 260,000 people of Mexican descent in Austin, about 70,000 are Mexican-born.

Nov 28, 2017

House GOP Tax Bill Could Squeeze Graduate Students’ Finances

Graduate students plan a nationwide walkout Nov. 29 to protest a proposal that would tax tuition waivers and make graduate degrees much more expensive.

May 15, 2017

Federal Budget Might Axe Loans Designed to Boost Small Business

Loans offered by community development financial institutions have been a longtime part of the economy, but President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal seeks to eliminate them.

May 13, 2017

Colleges Wrestle with How to Handle Hate Speech but Protect Free Speech

Universities grapple with how to preserve an environment conducive to learning and freedom of expression for all points of view.

Apr 26, 2017

In South Texas, Border Wall Debate Includes Impact on Wildlife

While the political debate rages over illegal immigration, some South Texans worry that the wall could damage a prized wildlife refuge that contributes to the local economy.

Apr 13, 2017

Universities Fear Trump Policies Driving Away Iranian Students

The president’s executive order, now on hold, would disproportionately affect Iranian students and researchers.

Mar 10, 2017

Trump Immigration Policies Chill Some School Protests

After immigration raids, many Austin students fear speaking out will draw attention.

Feb 27, 2017

A Bid in the Legislature to Regulate Powdered Alcohol

In 2015, a proposal to ban sales outright didn’t make its way out of the state House.

Feb 15, 2017

Texas Women Mobilize to Continue the Momentum From the Marches

Austin and San Antonio events were among hundreds planned over the next several months to build on the activism the Women’s Marches inspired.

Jan 31, 2017

Trump Policy Adds Tension at Capitol Muslim Day

The president’s ban of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations was on everyone’s mind, though the biennial event was peaceful as usual.

Dec 13, 2016

Analysts: Trump Immigration Policies Could Spell Trouble for the Texas Economy

A policy of mass deportation would have a significant effect on Texas’ economy, which depends on immigrant laborers to fill jobs in its construction, agriculture and hospitality industries, according to economists and industry insiders.

Dec 07, 2016

Pastors for Texas Children Become a Rising Voice Against School Vouchers

The group vows to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s effort to pass school vouchers in the 2017 Legislature. Johnson said he has told Patrick to his face, “This will not pass.”

Nov 11, 2016

Young Hispanic Conservatives Grapple with Whether to Vote for Trump

His harsh comments about immigration bother some young Hispanics, even conservatives who plan to vote Republican. But some say Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric is causing them to make another choice,

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