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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.

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.

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.”

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,

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.

Nov 08, 2016

Austin Poll Worker Confusion Leads to Extra Delays for Some Voters

Travis County sent technical support to explain correct procedures to polling staffers when voters don’t have approved forms of photo ID.

Nov 08, 2016

A Few Problems, Some Confusion at the Polls in Central Texas on Election Day

Photo ID Rules Caused Some Hiccups, but Early Long Lines Dissipated.

Nov 07, 2016

Reporting Texas Joins National Effort to Cover Voter Experiences on Election Day

Initiative will look for long lines, misinformation at the polls and any signs that voters are being intimidated.

Nov 06, 2016

Ending Obama Immigration Program Could Affect Texas Classrooms

“If DACAmented teachers were to just suddenly disappear, advocates would go away from schools,” said Alexis Torres, who said he understands the resources his undocumented students need.

Nov 03, 2016

Felons Face Difficulties in Regaining Voting Rights

Texas allows felons to regain voting rights after they have completed their sentences, paroles and probations, but many fail to take advantage.

Nov 02, 2016

Language Can Be a Barrier at the Polls for Some Asian American Voters

A federal appeals court has ordered Texas to relax standards for interpreters. That makes voting easier for people who are less than proficient in English.

Oct 31, 2016

For Politicians, Personal Health Is Risky Territory

Admitting an illness can suggest a candidate is weak, and give ammunition to rivals.

Oct 23, 2016

Voter Registration Crush Renews Calls for Online Signup System

Texas counties spend a lot of time and money to register voters using paper forms. Some officials want the state to join the 31 others that allow voters to sign up online.

Oct 20, 2016

Trump True Believers See America’s Future on the Line with Election

At a watching party for the final debate, cheers for Trump, boos for Clinton, and worries about a rigged election.

Oct 12, 2016

Late-Night Rush Shatters Travis County Voter Registration Record

The county has topped its 90-percent registration goal; now the goal is to set another record for voter turnout.

May 16, 2016

IGNITE Aims to Fire Up Political Ambition in Young Women

Cindy Ramirez has been interested in politics since she was a ninth-grader. That year, she joined the Dallas chapter of IGNITE, an organization that works to inspire more young women to become involved in politics. Once at the University of Texas at Austin, Ramirez sought out the program again, and is now marketing director of […]

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