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Patrick Svitek is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Suggests Trump Could’ve Struck a Better Balance in Discussing Early...

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump could have better balanced his initial response to the coronavirus pandemic between trying to...

Gov. Greg Abbott Defends Mask Mandate to “Frustrated” Delegates at Texas GOP Convention

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered a firm defense Thursday of his coronavirus response to delegates at the Texas GOP convention who even he...

Gov. Greg Abbott to Allow Texas Hair Salons and Pools to Reopen Friday and...

Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons and pools in Texas to reopen Friday and gyms on May 18, moving more quickly than expected...

Texas Reports Record Coronavirus Deaths the Day Before Stores Open. But Gov. Greg Abbott...

The day before Texas began its first wave of business reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest figures from the state health...

Gov. Greg Abbott Resists Calls for Statewide Shelter-in-Place; Moves to Expand Hospital Capacity

Gov. Greg Abbott took multiple measures Sunday designed to expand hospital staffing and capacity in Texas, but declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order...

Dan Patrick says he may further lower threshold to bring bills to Senate floor

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Parliamentarian Karina Davis on the senate floor. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / Texas Tribune.

State Rep. Bill Zedler decides against reelection bid

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, speaks at a Texans for Vaccine Choice event at the state Capitol in Austin on May 3, 2019. Miguel Gutierrez...

State. Mike Lang opts against reelection for second time

State Rep. Mike Lang, R-Granbury, listens in during the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety hearing on Sept. 17, 2019. Eddie...

After House Republicans tackle big challenges in session, they face another one: Saving themselves

When Hillary Clinton came to Houston last month for a local party fundraiser, she spoke forcefully about the opportunities that await Texas...

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