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Texas Is About To Allow The Open Carry Of Handguns

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending ...

Obama Promises Quick Federal Aid For Texas Areas Affected By Floods

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday to offer his condolences to those affected by deadly floods that tore through ...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: Deadly Flooding Is 'Absolutely Massive'

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, May 25 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday described the flash flooding that had killed at le...

At the University of Texas, Echoes of its Confederate Past Reverberate in the Present

Travis Knoll | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Travis Knoll

Instead of promoting outdated values, the University should vigorously reeducate its students, if not by removing the statues, at least rededicating the them in a way as to tell the story of the tragedy of needless blood spilled, not of a "glorious past" that existed only in the minds of those who refused to let go.

Texas Governor Prohibits Cities And Towns From Banning Fracking

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

HOUSTON May 18 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning an oil drilling pr...

GOP Presidential Candidates Blow Their 'Sister Souljah' Opportunity to Denounce Right-wing Extremism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Republican candidates' unwillingness to repudiate those promoting conspiracy theories about martial law and Jade Helm 15 makes clear that the extremist wing of their party is far, far more powerful than the nonexistent Sister Souljah wing of the Democratic Party ever was. Even the more serious candidates like Rubio, Walker, and Bush were afraid to denounce them.

Texas Walmart

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Texas Walmart

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Rachel Maddow Sums Up GOP's 2016 Predicament In a Single Sentence

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.07.2015 | Media

“Jade Helm 15” is a planned military exercise slated to take place across the Southwest this summer, orchestrated by the Pentagon. But to consp...

Texas Paranoia

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

From a University of Texas Graduate Student: Our University Business Model Is Killing Our Education

Travis Knoll | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Travis Knoll

Without popular pressures, administrators at UT dare not raise their voices too loudly to ask why in a state recently "flush" with cash has insisted on privatizing and decreasing aid to a vital state institution.

It's (Way Past) Time to End Greyhound Racing in America

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

It's always appalling to see animals abused and betrayed for profit, especially when the activity is legal and defended as a "sport." That's the reality of greyhound racing, but the reasons this detestable industry still exists defy not just our humane values, but common sense as well.

Newest Wave of GOP Governors Should Support Prison Reform

Alexa Van Brunt | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Alexa Van Brunt

With a wave of new Republican governors taking office -- including Larry Hogan of Maryland, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Bruce Rauner of Illinois -- the question on the minds of every criminal justice advocate is this: which brand of Republican will they be?

Texas Governor Dedicates Day To Controversial American Sniper

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

Groundhog Day isn’t the only holiday on Feb. 2 this year. In Texas, it is also Chris Kyle Day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an official proc...

Texas Governor To Declare 'Chris Kyle Day' In Honor Of Famed Sniper

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

Jan 30 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late ...

Politics Versus Economics and the Enduring Mystery of Medicaid Expansion

James Moore | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
James Moore

Humans might not be the only casualties of the political standoff over provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Rural hospitals may begin to disappear because of lost revenues.

Texas Weighs Allowing Open Carry Of Handguns

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on th...

Historic Governor's Mansion To Be Tweaked For Greg Abbott

The Texas Tribune | Christine Ayala | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

The first Texas governor to use a wheelchair will soon move into a mansion built 134 years before laws started requiring that public buildings be acce...

Texas Leads Multistate Coalition In Lawsuit Over Obama Immigration Order

AP / Huffington Post | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration, ...

Latinos Aren't Going to Save Democrats in Texas

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

This election shows that the Republican Party in Texas is quite capable of making a play for a solid portion of the Texas Latino vote. If Democrats want to have any hope of changing the dynamics of statewide politics in Texas, they need to lose their illusions about a coming tide of Latino voters who will save them.

Greg Abbott Wins Texas Governor Race Against Wendy Davis

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Republican Greg Abbott was elected as the next governor of Texas in Tuesday's midterm elections. Abbott has served as Texas' Attorney General since...

Wendy Davis Defeated

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) lost the Texas governor election to Republican Greg Abbott on Tuesday. Before becoming governor-elect, Abbott serv...

Greg Abbott Wins Texas Governor Race

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Texas voters took to the polls in Tuesday's midterm elections, choosing Republican Greg Abbott as their next governor, according to the AP. Wendy D...

The Minimum Wage Shows Why (and How) We Should Vote Today

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.