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Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Texas suffers another legal setback in its effort to pass a Voter ID law.

Texas Democrats Don’t Have A Serious Candidate For Texas Governor

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Texas Democrats apparently don’t have a serious candidate for Governor next year: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats haven’t won a Texas governor’s race in nearly three decades, but a booming Hispanic population and the party’s dominance of the state’s largest cities have made them willing to invest in the contest to keep hopes of an […]

Trump Only Leading By Three Points In Texas

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As if the news out of Arizona weren’t bad enough, new polling out of Texas gives Donald Trump only a slim lead in Texas, which hasn’t gone for a Democrat in a Presidential election since 1976: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has one of his slimmest leads yet over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Texas, […]

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

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A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court has handed down a major abortion rights ruling that reaffirms the central reasoning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and makes it less likely that Roe will ever be overturned.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Texas Abortion Case

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The Supreme Court seems as closely divided as ever on an issue that has divided the nation for forty years, but the implications of Justice Scalia’s death were quite apparent during oral argument in the Texas Abortion Law case.

Ted Cruz Faces A Test In Texas

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On Tuesday, Ted Cruz’s campaign faces what amounts to a do-or-die battle in Texas.

Supreme Court Accepts Texas Abortion Law Case For Review

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The Supreme Court has accepted a case involving a new Texas abortion law for review, the first abortion rights case it will hear in eight years.

Texas Attorney General Tells Clerks They Can Ignore The Constitution If They Want To

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The Attorney General of Texas is responding to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling by telling Clerk’s who issue marriage license that they are free to ignore the law.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates, Endangering Freedom Of Speech

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The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to grant license plates that display the Confederate flag. Their decision has the potential to seriously harm the First Amendment.

Some Texas Republicans Are Freaking Out Over A Military Exercise Called ‘Jade Helm 15’

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There must be something odd in the water in the Lone Star State, because a bizarre conspiracy theory seems to have taken root there.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

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Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Texas Attorney General Makes A Particularly Silly Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made an incredibly weak argument in favor of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A victory for opponents of Voter ID in Texas, but it’s not likely to stand up on appeal.

Wendy Davis’s Campaign Takes The Low Road

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The nastiest campaign ad of the 2014 cycle is here, and Wendy Davis should be ashamed of it.

Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Even More Pointless Than It First Appeared

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Rick Perry is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the border to do nothing.

Cleveland And Dallas Are Final Two Sites For 2016 GOP Convention

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Republicans have narrowed down the list of possible sites for the 2016 Republican National Convention to two cities in two very different states: WASHINGTON — The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland or Dallas, the party announced Wednesday. The two cities made it to the final round of consideration after Denver and Kansas City, […]

Texas GOP Endorses Discredited ‘Reparative Therapy’ For Gays And Lesbians

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The Texas GOP wants to “pray away the gay.”

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst Defeated In Primary Runoff

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Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who has held that office since 2003, was defeated last night in his re-election bid in a runoff election against Texas State Senator Dan Patrick,who had the support of many on the hard right and in the Tea Party movement: Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party favorite, defeated incumbent […]

Ralph Hall, Oldest Member Of Congress, Defeated In Texas GOP Runoff

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The oldest, and one of the longest serving, Members of Congress lost his primary runoff battle in in Texas last night: Seventeen-term Rep. Ralph Hall on Tuesday became the first incumbent to lose renomination this cycle, after the Texas Republican was ousted by former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe in a primary runoff. With 98 percent of […]

Not Surprisingly, Democrats Don’t Consider Wendy Davis’s Race A Priority

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The Democratic Governor’s Association doesn’t seem to be willing to put much money into Wendy Davis’s race against Greg Abbott in Texas: Despite the hype surrounding Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’s run for governor, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association didn’t include her state in a list of top targets in 2014. Ms. Davis, a […]

Texas is How Big?

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JR is from Texas wants you to know that Texas is big. No, bigger than that.

Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis In Texas

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Not surprisingly, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to have a healthy lead over Democratic challenger Wendy Davis in the Texas Govenor’s race: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 11 points, according to a new poll Monday. Forty-seven percent of voters said they back Abbott, while 36 percent would vote for […]

Poll: John Cornyn Holds Crushing Lead Over Tea Party Opponents

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The Texas Primaries are just over a week away now and, if the latest poll from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune is any indication, Senator Minority Whip John Cornyn should have no trouble disposing of his Tea Party backed opponents: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, facing a field of seven other Republican primary […]

A Texas-Sized Primary Challenge, Or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Congressman Steve Stockman’s primary challenge of Senator John Cornyn could be a big deal, or, more likely, it could be a dud.

Texas May Block Biology Textbook Because Of Evolution

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Once again, some groups in Texas are trying to block approval of a science textbook because it is too deferential to Evolution.

Wendy Davis Down 15 Points In New Texas Governor’s Race Poll

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If the new poll from Public Policy Polling is any indication, State Senator Wendy Davis faces an almost insurmountable battle in her bid for the Texas Governor’s Mansion: Republican Greg Abbott leads Democrat Wendy Davis by 15 points in a new Democratic poll of the Texas gubernatorial race, an improvement over his 8-point lead in […]

Wendy Davis Announces Run For Texas Governor

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As expected, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has announced that she’s running for Texas Governor in 2014: HALTOM CITY, Texas — Democrat Wendy Davis promised a more populist and bipartisan state government in Texas as she declared her long-anticipated candidacy for governor Thursday, but she didn’t mention abortion rights, the subject that brought her to […]

Reports: Wendy Davis To Run For Texas Governor

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Wendy Davis, who became something of a minor political celebrity when she conducted a filibuster against an abortion bill in the Texas State Senate, will apparently be running for Governor of the Lone Star State: Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor […]

Texas Senate Passes Abortion Bill

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Texas has become the latest state to attempt to restrict abortion rights, and North Carolina isn’t far behind.

Perry Out, But Texas Governor’s Race Still Likely Republican Win

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As James Joyner noted earlier today, Rick Perry, who has held the Texas Governor’s Office since George W. Bush resigned in late December 2000 to become President, will not be running for re-election. Despite this, though, Stuart Rothenberg notes that his successor is almost guaranteed to be another Republican. The most likely Republican nominee at […]

Texas Abortion Bill Back Before The Legislature, And It Will Pass This Time

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The Texas Legislature is putting up its controversial abortion bill again, but don’t expect things do end the way they did last week.

New Texas Senator Says Texas Could Go Democratic In The Future

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Ted Cruz just won a comfortable victory in the race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the Senate, but he’s already warning his fellow Republicans that  the Lone Star State’s status as a solid red state may not last much longer: As a senator from Texas, the largest and most important state in the Republican […]

Ted Cruz’s Victory Last Night Was Bad News For Rick Perry

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Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen contends that, in addition to David Dewhurst, Governor Rick Perry had a very bad night last night: David Dewhurst is obviously the biggest loser in the Texas Senate election tonight. When we first polled a hypothetical runoff match up between him and Ted Cruz the week before the primary, he led59-34. […]

Ted Cruz Wins Texas GOP Senate Runoff

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As expected, Tea Party backed insurgent candidate Ted Cruz has defeated Texas Lt. Governor Ted Dewhurst to win the Republican nomination to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the United States Senate: Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a tea party-aligned conservative once regarded as a long-shot candidate, has won the Republican runoff in Texas, where he […]

Cheering For Death At The Reagan Library Debate

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There was a somewhat disturbing moment during last night’s GOP Debate.

University of Texas Professors: Already Teaching

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Texas A&M professor finds serious flaws in college faculty productivity study.

All My Exes Moved to Texas

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The Free Exchange gang plays around with the Forbes interactive map that I wrote about this morning.  They note the impressive influx of people to Travis County, Texas, where state capital Austin is located. Migration statistics reveal that people are moving in droves to Texas. Why? Jobs and no state income taxes. High earning New […]

Putting Cinco de Mayo into Context

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I would highly recommend the following essay by Oscar Casares from the Austin Chronicle:  Holiday of Cinco de Mayo is minor event in Mexico.  If anything, it underscores how Cinco de Mayo is probably a bigger deal in the United States than it is in Mexico (although granted, it is more in terms of eating […]

Low Census Response Could Cost States Seats

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Some states with large Hispanic populations may be getting undercounted by the Census because of unexpectedly poor returns. New York, California, Texas, Arizona and Florida — are perilously close to losing out on congressional seats because of lackluster participation in the U.S. census. The five were average or below average in mailing back 10-question census […]

Pennsylvania Loses Seats 9th Census Running

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Pennsylvania is Reapportionment’s version of the Biggest Loser. If projections hold, Pennsylvania will lose Congressional seats for the ninth straight Census. Smart Politics: Several projections have been conducted by experts during the last few years – with Texas and Arizona universally considered to be the big winners of multiple seats, with the remaining gains coming […]

Health Care Reform Unconstitutional?

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Now that health care reform has been revived from its near death experience, it appears that it will face a series of Constitutional challenges.  My home state of Virginia has fired the opening shot. Via Twitter, no less. To emphasize how ready Virginia is to take the health care overhaul to court, take a look […]

Voting in America: Too Much Democracy?

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Jonathan Bernstein reflects on his getting to vote for 52 separate ballot lines yesterday in Texas, with contests ranging from governor to dog catcher. I love elections, and I do believe that one mark of a strong democracy is keeping the politicians, and not bureaucracies, in charge of lots of things. But this is ridiculous. […]

Perry Trounces Hutchison in Texas Republican Primary

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Kay Bailey Hutchison’s bizarre campaign to beat incumbent Texas Governor Rick Perry in the Republican primary has ended in embarrassing defeat. Gov. Rick Perry won a decisive victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas GOP primary for governor Tuesday night, bringing a bruising fight between two of the state’s most popular Republicans to […]

Joe Stack, Austin Plane Crasher: Terrorist or Nut?

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As everyone’s heard by now, a man named Joe Stack crashes his small airplane into a building in Austin this morning, thankfully killing only himself. Fox News reports: A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane Thursday into an office building in Austin, Texas, that houses federal tax employees, setting off […]

Charlie Wilson Dead at 76

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Charlie Wilson, the Congressman who became decidedly more famous in retirement than he ever was during his career, has died. Charlie Wilson, the former U.S. congressman from Texas whose funding of Afghanistan’s resistance to the Soviet Union was chronicled in the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” has died. He was 76. Wilson died Wednesday at Memorial […]

Craig James Eyeing Texas Senate Run

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Former football star and ESPN analyst Craig James is strongly considering a bid for Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Senate seat. News 8 talked to James who confirmed he is interested in getting involved in Republican Party politics, and he’s not ruling out a run for office. James said in addition to his role as a college […]

Alabama Beats Texas for National Championship

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The Alabama Crimson Tide won its 13th* college football national championship tonight by beating the Texas Longhorns 37-21. For most of the game, it didn’t look like they wanted to. The Tide won the opening coin toss and, uncharacteristically, chose to start with its shaky offense rather than its best-in-the-nation defense.  It promptly ran 3 […]

Congress vs. BCS is BS

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A bill barring the NCAA from using the phrase “national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system” had passed the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection where, one presumes, it will die a deserved death.  And, thankfully, “There is no Senate version, although Sen. Orrin […]

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