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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday advised all Americans to wear cloth masks when out in public.  The south Texas border city of Laredo was the first city in Texas to take that advice one step further. Anyone discovered without a mask when in public will face a fine of up...

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Texas Legislature

High Demand Causes Rocky Start for Paycheck Protection Program

Within hours of the launch of the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program last...

Texas Comptroller Predicts Slow Economic Recovery

Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Texas, like the rest of the country,...

Jobless Claims in Texas Soar

The number of Texans filing for unemployment benefits last week totaled 275,597, according...
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Elections

Democrats’ High Primary Turnout in Texas Suburbs Might Be a Sign of What to Expect in November

The dramatically high Democratic turnout in Texas suburbs earlier this month could indicate...

Special Election Delayed, Now Set for Summer 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott postponed Texas’ special election until July 14 because of the...

Recent Texas Election Shows That Every Vote Does Count

Elections are fragile. However, despite their fragility, the individual vote remains powerful.

Campaign Finance

Find Texas Legislators’ and Candidates’ Personal Financial Statements Here

With the 2020 election season in full swing, voters are considering candidates in...

Speaking statistically, this GOP donor wants to convince you that money buys justice in Texas

Salem Abraham in his office on Dec. 19, 2019. David Bowser for...

Women Raise Money for Texas Campaigns, but Not Always in the Usual Ways

Everyone bemoans the influence of money in politics, but candidates face a brutal...

Latest Campaign Finance Reports Shed Light Ahead of 2020 House Primaries

New campaign finance reports released this week by primary candidates for the Texas...

Education

Texas Teacher Pension Payments Are Safe, Executive Director Says

Retired teachers’ annuities are safe, there will be no changes to them, and...

For Texas High School Students, Many Things Are up in the Air, but Maybe Not Graduation Caps

The coronavirus has created uncertainty for many Texas high school seniors. The children...

Tips and Resources for Virtual Education

While many school districts have canceled school, and parents are scrambling to prepare...

Healthcare

Pregnant and Worried about the Pandemic? Here are tips to Reduce Your Risk

Instead of dwelling on a new baby bag and curating the perfect baby...

Judge Halts Dallas Sick Leave Ordinance

A federal judge has halted Dallas from implementing a new ordinance requiring private...

Three Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Coronavirus Mental Health Crisis

While Texans are homebound and social distancing has us on high alert, our...

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Opinions

Texas knew a pandemic was coming. We had a plan. But then the Legislature...

Every now and then, the state of Texas almost — almost — does the right thing. Back in 2014, after the Ebola epidemic, the Texas Senate was ready to fix...

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Unaffordable Housing in Austin, TX

https://youtu.be/NlyiH4wfgGo Austin has become a city very few people can afford to live in. For more info, check out Austin Housing...