Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks

Following the lead of several other GOP governors, Abbott said banning the social media platform, which…

Texas House Democratic Caucus elects Trey Martinez Fischer as its new chair

Martinez Fischer replaces Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, who has led the caucus since 2017…

In defamation lawsuit against Beto O’Rourke, lawyers debate whether Kelcy Warren is a public figure

Warren, a Dallas pipeline tycoon, sued O'Rourke in February over accusations he made on the campaign…

Inside the turmoil roiling No Labels’ unity ticket presidential campaign

The centrist group says its critics don't give it proper credit. But ex-staffers say the organization…

Why some Texas cities and counties had to return millions of dollars meant to help renters during the pandemic

For some local relief programs, a lack of staffing, political support and effective community outreach got…

Travis County judges can’t hear appeals from migrants arrested under Texas border security push, court rules

The Court of Criminal Appeals scuttled nearly 450 cases, saying migrants arrested for trespassing in Kinney…

A boil-water notice in Houston made national news. In rural Texas, it’s a way of life.

Rural communities face compounding reasons they can't improve their water infrastructure, including inflation and a lack…

Democrats elected a big class of young governors. They might be the future of the party.

These new state executives say they're "the next generation of national leaders," and they're willing to…

Cruz: “Of course” Trump was wrong to call for terminating Constitution

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz condemned the comment by the former president, but he also said that…

Gov. Greg Abbott says he will nominate retiring state Sen. Jane Nelson to be secretary of state

Nelson planned to retire from the Senate after 30 years in office. But her nomination will…

December 2022

Political cartoons from the desk of Matt Wuerker.

True or false: Colorado is a swing state

Last month Sen. Michael Bennet won reelection over his Republican challenger, Joe O'Dea, resisting some of…

GOP lawmakers respond to Trump’s dinner with white nationalist Fuentes

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What happened when Biden and the Royals came to Boston

Union members in Dorchester held a phone bank Biden could use to show his solidarity with…

Cheney calls Trump ‘enemy of the Constitution’ after he proposes terminating it

A number of other Republicans condemned the message, but most stopped short of criticizing Trump himself.

‘One of the oldest hatreds’: Netanyahu sees new source of antisemitism

"There are many, many blessings of the internet age, but it comes also with a curse.…

Trump denies he suggested ‘termination’ of Constitution, without deleting post

On Truth Social on Saturday, he repeated false claims about election fraud, which he said "allows…

Bolton teases presidential run, calls Trump statement on Constitution ‘disqualifying’

The former national security adviser, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press NOW," said he'd consider running…

How Austin’s housing crisis has shaped the race for a new mayor

The capital city's mayoral race is something of a test case in how the state's rising…

Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick diverge ahead of the legislative session on property taxes, power grid

The dueling approaches are coming into focus as lawmakers prepare to return to Austin for the…

Ted Cruz sides with Bernie Sanders to give rail workers more sick days

Cruz split with Sen. John Cornyn in a vote to expand paid sick days for railroad…

Supreme Court leaves student debt relief program on hold after Texas judge blocked it

More than 16 million people had already been approved for student loan debt relief by the…

To combat opioid overdoses, Gov. Greg Abbott says he supports decriminalizing fentanyl testing strips

The announcement signals a shift in Abbott's approach to fighting the opioid epidemic. He had previously…

Photos: “We don’t feel safe here.” A transgender teen and their family flee Texas.

Texas policies targeting access to health care for transgender youth forced one family to leave the…

Justice Department tried to hide report warning that private border wall in Texas could collapse

The report confirms a ProPublica and Texas Tribune investigation that found the privately built fencing could…

Alex Jones files for bankruptcy after juries award Sandy Hook parents almost $1.5 billion

A handful of the Texas-based conspiracy theorist's companies already filed for bankruptcy. Earlier this year, a…

Losing Republican candidate wants Texas House to void results of his race

Mike May, who lost to Houston state Rep. Jon Rosenthal by 6,000 votes, wants the Texas…

TribCast: How much will Texas spend on tax cuts?

On this week's episode, Matthew speaks with James and Karen about property taxes and Lt. Gov.…

Feds often hand migrants over to state police rather than process immigration claims, complaint says

State police often rely on federal immigration officials to lock up migrants on state trespassing charges,…

Feds arrest Texas man charged with threats to Boston doctor who cares for transgender children

The 38-year-old Hill Country man faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Hundreds of Texas Methodist churches vote to split from denomination after years of infighting over gay marriage and abortion

Those leaving are frustrated that the church has taken positions they feel are too liberal.

Republican Caucus backs Dade Phelan as Texas House speaker

Republican members of the Texas House endorsed Phelan's bid for reelection in a nonbinding vote on…

John Scott, Texas’ top elections official, to step down at end of year

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Scott as secretary of state in October 2021, and he served in…

A Texas program that backs school districts’ bond debt is about to reach its limit — and it could mean raising taxes

Under the state's Permanent School Fund's Bond Guarantee Program, schools get the best interest rate on…

Houston’s at-large City Council districts deprive Latinos of fair representation, lawsuit alleges

The League of United Latin American Citizens sued the city Monday, asking a federal court to…

Texas lawmakers ask state agency to delay power market redesign until after 2023 legislative session

In a Monday committee hearing, lawmakers questioned whether a Public Utility Commission proposal to redesign Texas'…

Parler halts intent of sale to Kanye West, parent company announces

Though Parler said it cut ties in November with the rapper now known as Ye, the…

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills…

The GOP’s great Trump reckoning begins at the state party level

There are already recriminations. Whether they will amount to a course change remains unclear.

GOP lawmakers mostly decline to condemn Trump over white supremacist meeting

Former Vice President Mike Pence called on the ex-president to apologize for the dinner with prominent…

Donald Trump dined with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes

The former president hosted Fuentes and Kanye West at Mar-a-Lago. He said it was "quick and…

‘A deranged Anti-semite’: GOP outraged at Ye’s latest horror show

"I like Hitler," Ye told right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, later adding: "I love Jewish people,…

Uvalde officials say local prosecutor impeded investigation into police response to shooting

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, the city of Uvalde says the district attorney is restricting information…

By tradition, the minority party gets to chair some Texas House committees. Some in the GOP want to end that.

Republican critics say conservative priorities will always be hamstrung if Democrats, who are in the minority…

Trump’s Jan. 6 supporters feted at his Mar-a-Lago campaign launch

Several MAGA personalities and Trump world figures with ties to the Jan. 6 rally were fixtures…

Biden’s generation is ceding the stage as he plots his next act

When Nancy Pelosi stepped down, she had a successor in mind. The field that follows President…

Black mayors are leading the nation’s biggest cities for the first time

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston will all have Black leaders once Karen Bass is…

Musk says granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts

Online safety experts predict the move will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

A growing number of Texas rural counties are declaring local immigration “disasters”

The latest county to make a disaster declaration is an eight-hour drive away from the Texas-Mexico…

El Paso DA Yvonne Rosales a no-show in Walmart shooting hearing

The district judge has asked the embattled district attorney, who resigned Monday, to appear in court…

Migrants flown from Texas to Massachusetts sue “Perla,” who recruited them for flights

The flights, financed by Florida at the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, were filled by Perla…

Texas lawmakers have a $27 billion surplus, but a spending cap complicates their goal of lowering property taxes

Texas homeowners have some of the highest property tax bills in the nation, a byproduct of…

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick prioritizes property tax relief, electric grid fixes and border security for 2023 legislative session

Patrick, who presides over the Senate and wields tremendous power over legislation, said lawmakers have an…

Republican requests recount after loss in battleground race for state Senate seat in South Texas

Adam Hinojosa finished 659 votes behind Democrat Morgan LaMantia in a race that garnered 175,415 total…

Texas’ rural hospitals are — once again — at grave risk of closing

A rural hospital hasn't closed in Texas since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. That…

An Afghan soldier fleeing the Taliban spent months reaching the U.S. to request asylum. He was arrested at the Texas border.

Abdul Wasi Safi was trying to reach his brother, who immigrated legally to Houston after helping…

Suspect in Vanessa Guill?n’s killing pleads guilty

The 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier's murder prompted nationwide outrage and calls to reform the way the…

Houston officials say state made the call on water boil notice

For more than 24 hours, nearly everyone in the nation's fourth-most-populous city had been asked to…

U.S. Senate gives final passage to same-sex marriage bill without support from Cruz and Cornyn

The bill is largely a safeguard against potential action by the Supreme Court to overturn Obergefell…

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles over Biden’s immigration enforcement policy

The Biden administration instructed immigration agents to focus on deporting undocumented immigrants who have been convicted…

Texas grid still vulnerable to extreme winter weather, ERCOT estimate shows

Changes to Texas' power grid have improved ERCOT's ability to keep power flowing during major winter…

Stephen F. Austin State University moves to join the University of Texas System

Regents said they chose the UT System because of its access to the Permanent University Fund,…

Mother of 10-year-old Uvalde shooting victim sues school district, police and gun manufacturer

The lawsuit accuses Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the shooter's weapon, of marketing that primes "young…

Texas Supreme Court orders Harris County to include more than 2,000 late-cast ballots in certified election results

After a last-minute challenge from the attorney general, county commissioners agreed to certify those provisional votes…

Amid fallout from the Uvalde shooting, Texas DPS wants $1.2 billion for academy and active-shooter training facility

DPS is asking lawmakers to approve a $467 million active-shooter facility as a "down payment" for…

Visiting Texas border, Kevin McCarthy calls on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign

The Republican leader in the U.S. House vowed to consider impeachment if the secretary, who oversees…

Texas judge rules Alex Jones must pay Sandy Hook parents full $49 million in defamation case

The judge opted not to apply a $750,000 cap Texas imposes on punitive damages, questioning its…

Herschel Walker, running for U.S. Senate in Georgia, still gets tax break on $3 million Texas residence

Under Texas law, homeowners can claim a homestead exemption only on their primary residence. The GOP…

Biden administration quietly approves huge Texas oil export project

The Sea Port Oil Terminal would be 30 miles off the Texas coast and is one…

An East Texas town must boil its water on Thanksgiving as officials seek a solution to aging infrastructure

Zavalla lost all water for several days. The Texas Department of Emergency Management has sent pallets…

Houston boil water notice forces schools to shut down

Millions of Houston residents are expected to be under a boil water notice until Tuesday after…

Jewish Texans see surge in antisemitism as a precursor to fascism

Extremism experts and historians sound alarms as politicians, media personalities and celebrities amplify antisemitic conspiracies that…

Some Republicans are optimistic about enacting school choice in next year’s session — but it might not be so easy

Advocates say discontent with public schools' pandemic rules and teachings on race and gender identity have…

Facing possible removal for alleged incompetence, El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales resigns

The first-term DA was under fire for the office's mishandling of criminal cases and for potentially…

Houstonians say the city fumbled sounding the alarm on boil water notice

Many residents in the nation's fourth-most-populous city heard that they couldn't drink tap water from friends…

In after-hours notice, Gov. Greg Abbott announces another leadership change for the Department of Family and Protective Services

Former DFPS commissioner Anne Heiligenstein was tapped by Abbott in June to serve as the agency's…

Fort Worth Star-Telegram journalists go on strike, citing unfair labor practices

In response to the open-ended strike, the McClatchy-owned newspaper has revoked their health care benefits and…

Beto O’Rourke returned $1 million check from FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried

O'Rourke's campaign said they gave the money back before the company's scandals became widely public, because…

ACLU calls for civil rights investigations into two North Texas school districts over anti-transgender policies

Frisco ISD's new bathroom policy and Keller ISD's ban on books that reference gender fluidity violate…

Tom Brady, Steph Curry and other celebrities face Texas investigation for endorsements of bankrupt crypto firm

This probe is part of the state's wider investigation into FTX's multibillion-dollar bankruptcy.

Prison contractor MTC accused of billing Texas millions for inmate treatment programs it didn’t provide

Before being released on parole, most Texas prisoners must complete treatment programs like life skills or…

New Congress will feature few leadership roles for the many Texans in the U.S. House

Texans will chair some powerful committees in the House, but their roles in top leadership elections…

Texas attorney general attempts to toss out late-cast Harris County votes

A court ordered Harris County to keep its polls open late on Election Day, but Attorney…

Second migrant bus from Texas arrives in Philadelphia

Immigrant advocates wonder if buses with migrants from the Texas border will keep coming this week…

TribCast: The future of rural Texas

In this week's episode, Texas Tribune regional editor Nic Garcia guest-hosts from Texas Tech University for…

Tell us who’s shaking up race, politics and policy in America

POLITICO will highlight 40 people who had the biggest impact in 2022 -- and we want…

Pence commends leaders of both parties for Jan. 6 handling

Pence said that House and Senate leaders insisted that they had to reconvene that day.

Pelosi had ‘a career to be proud of,’ former GOP speaker says

"It's an impressive legacy," former House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Cryptocurrency firm FTX’s fall pains industry, but Texas stays optimistic

FTX's bankruptcy has been a painful setback for the industry. But many legislators, investors and enthusiasts…

More Texans turn to home schooling after the pandemic showed them what learning outside of schools could be like

Some new home-schoolers disagree with how race and sex are taught at schools. Others cite safety…

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz confirms he will seek a third term in 2024

Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, the Texas Republican said he would seek…

Trump lashes out at special prosecutor announcement, says he will not ‘partake’

"For six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go…

Sen. Markey vs. Musk’s Twitter: The freed bird might get its wings clipped

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has been an outspoken critic of changes to Twitter under Elon Musk,…

Texas Guard to send tank-like military vehicles to the border

A document obtained by The Texas Tribune and Army Times shows that the Vietnam-era M113 armored…

Here’s why we still don’t know what went wrong in Harris County on Election Day

The state's biggest county has no central system for tracking problems, so it still can't say…

Texas energy officials’ proposal to overhaul the power grid is drawing skepticism

In the wake of the deadly 2021 winter storm, the Texas Legislature ordered an overhaul of…

Gov. Greg Abbott embraces “invasion” language about border, evoking memories of El Paso massacre

In the days since Abbott was reelected for a third term, he has embraced the word…

A 2019 force-feeding of an Indian asylum-seeker at an El Paso ICE facility was caught on tape

The footage, obtained by The Intercept, lifts the veil of secrecy on a practice condemned by…

Texas oil and gas agency investigating 5.4 magnitude earthquake in West Texas, the largest in three decades

The quake was the third largest in Texas history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. An…

“I’ll still be sharing Lexi’s story”: Mother of Uvalde victim vows to remain politically engaged

Some parents and family of the students killed at Robb Elementary in May campaigned for Democrats.…

Texans affected by pollution from concrete plants push state agency to tighten regulations

As the state's environmental agency weighs new pollution limits on the plants, several lawmakers have filed…

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills…

The latest victim from House GOP’s election night: impeachment

Some Republicans had eagerly awaited their chance to impeach President Joe Biden and members of his…

UT System approves commitment to free speech, even if most students find that speech “offensive” or “immoral”

The Board of Regents adopted the Chicago Statement, a free speech policy created by the University…

Acting Uvalde police chief during Robb Elementary shooting resigns

Lt. Mariano Pargas was one of the nearly 400 law enforcement officers who responded to the…

What Greg Abbott’s decisive win over Beto O’Rourke portends for his future

After defeating O'Rourke -- Texas' most promising Democrat in recent history -- Abbott begins his third…

Pay raises alone won’t solve staffing shortages in “nightmare” Texas youth prisons, ex-workers say

Danger and trauma -- not low salaries -- are what drive most workers to leave the…

Texas’ execution of Stephen Barbee was prolonged while officials searched for a vein

Barbee, convicted in the 2005 murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her child, was unable to…

Gov. Greg Abbott expands Texas’ migrant busing plan to Philadelphia

Abbott said Philadelphia's mayor has "long-celebrated and fought for sanctuary city status, making the city an…

Harris County’s election missteps fuel GOP lawsuit and calls for investigation

Scattered paper ballot shortages and late openings of polling places were among the glitches that prompted…

Ted Cruz lashes out at Senate GOP leadership after Democrats retain control

The Texas Republican demanded a delay in leadership elections and is among an increasingly vocal cohort…

For months, almost no one knew Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had cancer

Turner, 68, revealed earlier this month that he underwent treatment for bone cancer in June. He…

U.S. can’t quickly expel migrants under pandemic-era health rule, federal judge says

Title 42 was invoked early in the pandemic by the Trump administration and continued under President…

Donald Trump said he won all of Texas’ border counties. He didn’t.

In announcing his third run for president, Donald Trump said Gov. Greg Abbott called to congratulate…

As Trump announces his run, Cruz and Cornyn signal openness to other GOP presidential candidates

Republican support for Trump has faltered after a midterm performance by the party that many considered…

Meet the seven new Texans in Congress

Texas' seven freshly elected members of Congress run the ideological gamut, from impassioned conservatives to some…

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro wants Congress to make DACA permanent during lame-duck session

The San Antonio Democrat called on Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to "make good"…

Rick Perry noncommittal about Trump run: “Show me what you got”

"For me personally, it's kind of like, show me what you got. Whether it's Donald Trump,…

Texas Republicans show mix of enthusiasm and reticence toward Trump’s run for president

Gov. Greg Abbott, who Trump endorsed for his reelection, has not commented about the former president's…

Volunteers welcome arriving migrants Gov. Greg Abbott bused to Philadelphia

Migrants began disembarking into the cold Philadelphia morning Wednesday as Pennsylvania leaders criticized Abbott.