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Texas Dems to DNC: Pick a Castro, Any Castro
It was no secret that Texas Democrats hoped that Hillary Clinton would pick Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro as her running mate. Now there are calls for either him or his twin, Congressman Joaquin Castro, to serve as the new Democratic National Committee chair.

4:18PM Tue. Jul. 26, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Ted Cruz Refuses to Endorse Donald Trump
It's rare – no, scratch that – it's unprecedented that Sen. Ted Cruz would get a standing ovation from Democrats. But when boos rained down as he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it's hard not to imagine at least scarcely stifled giggles.

11:00AM Thu. Jul. 21, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Texas Voter ID Law Struck Down
Senate Bill 14, the contentious Texas voter ID bill passed in 2011, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. That was the ruling issued today of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, barely hitting a deadline set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

3:32PM Wed. Jul. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Texas Charters, Turkish Coup?
Charter schools have been blamed for many things, but never insurrection. Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Fethullah Gülen, the man seen as the inspiration behind Harmony Public Schools, of being behind last week’s failed coup. Now he’s demanding that the U.S. government deport Gülen to stand trial.

10:09AM Wed. Jul. 20, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Health Department Adds More Faulty Science to Pre-Abortion Booklet
Leave it up to Texas officials to pump even more factual inaccuracies into already factually flawed literature. (Need we remind you of the state’s social studies textbooks?)

11:30AM Tue. Jul. 19, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Abortions Decrease in Texas After HB 2, Data Shows
After accusations of a department-wide strategic cover-up of key abortion data lodged by the ACLU of Texas, the Department of State Health Services released finalized statistics on abortion for 2014, the first full year after Texas’ anti-choice House Bill 2 went into effect, on Thursday afternoon.

4:45PM Thu. Jun. 30, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

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Providers Caution Clinics Won't Reopen Soon
Pro-choice leaders, while celebratory of today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down two parts of HB 2, also reminded that long-shuttered clinics won’t simply reopen overnight.

5:08PM Mon. Jun. 27, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Roberson Execution Stayed
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay on the execution of Robert Roberson Thursday, sending the case back to the Anderson County court where Roberson was initially tried. The 49-year-old was sentenced to death for the 2002 murder of his 2-year-old daughter Nikki Curtis.

12:10PM Fri. Jun. 17, Chase Hoffberger Read More | Comment »

Roberson Execution Stayed
Dan Patrick Excoriated Over Orlando Shooting Tweet
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has built his political career on outrageous religious bombast. But a tweet this morning – at best misguided, at worst unconscionable – has brought down the hellfire of public opinion in the wake of the Orlando club shooting.

1:42PM Sun. Jun. 12, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Playback: The Return of the Austin Smoking Ban A decade after the initial smoking ban, local health group hopes to stomp out smoking patios
Review: Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Another distorted salvo from Dinesh D’Souza
Point Austin: Homestead Exemption Still Burning How many votes can $2 a month buy?
Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations Police and community members meet for “an open, honest dialogue”