State Rep. Poncho Nevárez won’t seek reelection in 2020

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez has represented House District 74 since 2013. Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune BY PATRICK SVITEK State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, is not running for reelection, he announced Friday. “I will not stand for reelection for a fifth … term in the Texas House of Representatives,” Nevárez said in a statement. “I want […]

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Texas foster care system attacked by Federal judge

Texas foster care

BY EDGAR WALTERS DALLAS — The Texas foster care system is in need of repair, according to a federal judge. Almost four years ago a federal judge ruled that Texas violated foster children’s civil rights by placing them in a system where rape and over-medication were the norm. The same judge ruled that the Texas foster […]

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Rick Perry’s Career: A steady rise and sensational stop

Rick Perry appears to be at the end of his lengthy career as a politician. The former governor of Texas and soon-to-be-former Secretary of Energy announced his plan to retire later this year. We take a look at the trajectory of Rick Perry’s 34-year long career, and all its ups and downs in today’s abbreviated […]

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Final HD-100 campaign finance reports filed

HD-100 campaign finance

The four candidates in the special election to replace Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s HD-100 seat have filed their final campaign finance reports before election day Nov. 5. Leading the fundraising pack for HD-100 in the period between Sep. 27 and Oct. 26, is Democratic political operative Lorraine Birabil, again. Birabil raised $39,900, 43 percent of […]

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Campaign finance: Texas HD-148 candidates file final reports


Campaign finance reports were released by Texas House District 148’s crowded field of candidates. The final campaign finance reports before the Nov. 5 election show clear fundraising leaders and spenders. The 15 candidates in the special election to replace Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) filed their final campaign finance reports before election day Nov. 5.  Kendra […]

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Early Voting: 10 Things Poll Workers Want You To Know

early voting

By JEF ROUNER Early voting lasts until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. This gives Texans a little more than 48 hours to participate in early voting. This year there are important issues on the ballot, including a bond amendment related to cancer prevention and research. Three districts (28, 100, and 148) have special elections […]

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Dallas tornadoes caused $2 billion in damages

Dallas tornado

By Marice Richter The Dallas tornadoes caused millions of dollars in destruction. FEMA inspectors are in the Dallas area assessing damage from the Oct. 21 tornado outbreak, the costliest in Texas history. The storm spawned 10 tornadoes in Dallas. The strongest was an EF-3, which had wind speeds up to 140 mph, according to the […]

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HD-28 Texas candidates release campaign finance reports

HD-28 Texas

Campaign finance reports were released by candidates running in the HD-28 Texas special election. These will be the last campaign finance reports released before election day on Nov. 5. The seven candidates in the special election are running to replace Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) who left public office to work for the University of Texas. […]

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Houston METRO bond on Nov. ballot

Houston metro bond

By ALEX WUKMAN A new Houston METRO bond is on the ballot this Election Day. Houston voters are considering a transportation bond that would build $3.5 billion in improvements without raising taxes.  If passed, the Houston METRO bond will create 75 miles of bus rapid transit routes. The bond could add 16 miles of light […]

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Dan Patrick letting budget agency collapse

BY EDGAR WALTERS Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is letting the state’s budget watchdog fall apart. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Texas state government, an arcane team of 100 or so budget nerds has led a private, if stressful, life — running financial models, ensuring state government and its private contractors aren’t spending beyond […]

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What happens if Bonnen Resigns?

Now that Rep. Dennis Bonnen has decided not to seek reelection his position in the leadership is considered shaky. Some Texas politicos are wondering if Bonnen will resign from his position as Speaker of the House. Other Texas political watchers are wondering what happens after Bonnen resigns. This handy infographic explains what could happen if […]

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Early Voting for House District 148 Special Election underway

The first day of early voting in the Texas House District 148 special election began Monday, Oct. 21. The vacancy for the seat was created when the previous State Representative, Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), resigned on September 30th. Early voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Polling locations […]

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Abbott issues disaster declaration for Dallas

Photo via Jennifer S. Gates On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 16 Texas counties in response to severe weather sustained across North Texas. The storm resulted in a tornado that knocked out power and caused severe damage.  The tornado touched down 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service confirmed the twister […]

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Outside the Beto and Trump rallies in Dallas

Both President Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke, former Congressman from Texas, held dueling rallies in Dallas on  Thursday, Oct. 17. Reform Austin sent a team to find some of the basic beliefs of the attendees.  We didn’t go inside either event, opting instead to talk to Texas residents and ask the following questions:  Why are […]

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Texas Speaker Bonnen won’t seek reelection

Speaker Dennis Bonnen in the House Chamber on March 27, 2019, the day the House will take up HB1, the 2020-21 budget plan.  Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune BY CASSANDRA POLLOCK  First-term Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on Tuesday announced he will not seek reelection to the lower chamber in 2020 — marking an end to the Angleton […]

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HD-28: Early voting begins in Fort Bend County

Early voting began in the Texas House District 28 special election today, Monday, Oct. 21. The seat became vacant when former representative John Zerwas resigned to accept a position as vice chancellor for Health Affairs of the UT Health System. Early voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 1, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Click […]

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Texas GOP not fans of Bonnen’s new mixtape

On Tuesday, the much-hyped secret recording at the center of the “Bonnghazi” political scandal splintering the Texas House was released to the public, as was a transcript. The actors in the June 12 meeting were the conservative activist and leader of Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan, Texas House Speaker Bonnen (R-Angleton) and former House GOP […]

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Five of Texas’ most beautiful state parks

It’s no secret that off-year Constitutional Amendment elections don’t draw the same crowds as midterms or Presidential elections. However, this year voters will head to the polls to decide on funding for Texas parks. If passed, Prop. 5 will change the Texas Constitution so that money generated by sales tax revenue from sporting goods will […]

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