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Racial Politics and Economic Woes Roil an East Texas City

How the battle over an East Texas city’s economic development corporation laid bare racial fault lines in the age of Trump.

Lois Kolkhorst, Rising Star in the Texas GOP, Won’t Back Down

Authoring hot-button socially conservative legislation has established Sen. Lois Kolkhorst as a leading voice in the socially conservative block of the Republican party in Texas. (Story also appeared in the Victoria Advocate.)

Mystified by Texas Politics? We’ve Got Answers

Find out why Democrats disappeared and get a quick look at the state’s most notorious political scandals.

Texas Pundits Ponder the Importance of the BriLab Scandal 40 Years On

Billy Wayne Clayton, the figure at the center of the scandal, remade the office of Texas House speaker.

May 06, 2019

Civil War Battle Rises Again in East Texas

The annual Battle of Blackjack Grove, a mock Civil War battle, started in 2017 in the East Texas town of Groveton and has attracted more and more attendees each year.

Apr 04, 2019

U.S. House Democrats Target Six Texas Districts for 2020, Face Uphill Battle

National Democrats are targeting six congressional districts in Texas in 2020. Despite Democratic gains in the 2018 midterms, some political scientists say the party faces an uphill battle in the Lone Star State.

Mar 15, 2019

Advocates Push for Criminal Sentencing Reform

Support is growing for legislation that would allow prisoners, even those convicted of violent crimes, to reduce their sentences through good behavior.

Feb 25, 2019

Bikers Rally in Opposition to Mandatory Helmet Proposal

The Dallas state representative who is sponsoring the bill says the numbers show that helmets save lives.

Feb 25, 2019

Advocates Continue Push to Lessen Importance of Standardized Tests in Texas

The debate over the proper role of standard tests in evaluating student performance returns to the Capitol.

Feb 21, 2019

For Texas Republicans, a Biennial Legislature Means Less Government

Unlike most states, the Texas Legislature only meets every other year.

Jan 20, 2019

School Trustee Woody Looks for Ways to Make Del Valle Better

The community of about 17,000 faces some of the most challenging issues in Travis County.

Dec 16, 2018

Advocates Hopeful for Reform of Marijuana Laws in Texas

Advocates are optimistic about the possible reform of marijuana laws during the 2019 Texas legislative session.

Nov 28, 2018

In Election Night Loss, Austin City Council Candidate Sees Reason for Hope

Danielle Skidmore, a trans woman who ran in 2018 election, failed in her bid. But she sees promise in the rise of LGBTQ candidates.

Nov 07, 2018

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?

Oct 22, 2018

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.

Oct 22, 2018

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.

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