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Gov. Rick Perry took his unprecedented fourth oath of office on Tuesday overshadowed by the state’s equally unprecedented budget challenge, but promising that Texas can show the nation how to set priorities and limit government. Perry used his Inaugural to once again lambaste...
On the eve of his inauguration — and the beginning of his second decade as governor of Texas — Rick Perry 's goals don't turn on new initiatives. He doesn't want to change the world, in the way that a new officeholder might. Instead his plans for the session are to deal with the...
A bill that would allow first-time drunken drivers to avoid a final conviction on their record after completing probation is gaining momentum among legislators thanks to widespread support from groups that pride themselves on being tough on DWI. After years of hammering drunk en...
Even as Texas leaders rail against the national health care law and call for its repeal, the state Department of Insurance has issued a report that says the law will make it easier for many Texas families to get health coverage. The report also helps make the case that the...
Many of the longest lives in Texas are lived in what would seem to be the least likely place: along the state’s impoverished border with Mexico. Despite conditions that should have the opposite effect — desperately low incomes, a widespread lack of health insurance and poor high...
The 82nd Texas Legislature convened in Austin this week, and while it’s not as much fun as the circus — usually — it’s more important and does have its share of comedy and drama. We take you to the Texas House on day one of the 82nd Legislative session. Come with us as we go...
The homeless population across the country increased by about 20,000 people, or 3 percent, at the height of the recession between 2008 and 2009, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. A new report from the alliance shows the increases were across the board —...
Texas' three Republican leaders reiterated their mantra of no new taxes Wednesday, but they acknowledged that the state's lagging business tax might need to be revised. Gov. Rick Perry , Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus held a breakfast discussion and shared...
Jan 12, 2011. Gov. Perry gets quizzed on his stance on sanctuary cities a day after declaring the matter an "emergency item" for lawmakers to deal with. http://www.texastribune.org/