Elections


PolitiFact: Teachers don’t have college degrees? Give than an F

Andrew White, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor who’s called for $5,000 pay raises for public school teachers, declared that half of the state’s newest teachers lack college degrees. White, a Houston investor, said, “I know this: One way to fix education is to pay teachers more, so that we can attract the best teachers and keep the best teachers. So, we have a problem in...


In just two months, Adler amasses $283k campaign war chest

In just two months, Adler amasses $283k campaign war chest

Mayor Steve Adler has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for his 2018 re-election bid, according to a campaign finance report filed Wednesday — a big early war chest in a city that caps individual donations at just $350. The donations, from more than 1,100 individual donors in the last two months of 2017, totaled $283,164, according to the report. They came mostly in the final weeks...
Workman out-raises opponents in western Travis County primary

Workman out-raises opponents in western Travis County primary

State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, eclipsed his primary challengers in campaign finance reports posted this week, raising almost $129,000 in the second half of 2017, spending slightly more than $78,000 and having about $135,000 in cash on hand. Challenger Jay Wiley raised nearly $77,000, spent $17,364 and had $73,746 on hand. Fellow GOP challenger Patty Vredevelt’s report was not available Wednesday...
George P. Bush tops Patterson in fundraising in land commissioner race

George P. Bush tops Patterson in fundraising in land commissioner race

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush significantly out-raised Republican primary challenger and former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the last half of 2017, campaign finance reports filed this week show. Bush’s campaign raised $1 million, leaving him with almost $3.4 million in the bank at the end of the year. Patterson, a three-term land commissioner who entered the race late, collected...
Sheryl Cole raises $232,000, emerges as top threat to Rep. Dukes

Sheryl Cole raises $232,000, emerges as top threat to Rep. Dukes

Former Austin City Council member Sheryl Cole has emerged as the biggest Democratic primary threat to beleaguered state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ 12-term tenure representing House District 46. An ethics commission report filed before Tuesday’s deadline shows Cole had raised $91,483 since mid-August, according to her campaign manager, André Treiber, who said another $23,831 was unofficial...
Gov. Abbott unveils property tax plan with a 2.5 percent revenue cap

Gov. Abbott unveils property tax plan with a 2.5 percent revenue cap

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a property tax reform plan Tuesday that would cap revenue increases for local taxing entities at 2.5 percent a year. It promises to be the centerpiece of his re-election campaign and, if he wins a second term, his top priority in the next session of the Legislature. The plan also would prohibit the Legislature from imposing unfunded mandates on the local jurisdictions that...
Greg Abbott has a thousand times more campaign cash than Lupe Valdez

Greg Abbott has a thousand times more campaign cash than Lupe Valdez

UPDATED AT 12:25: Gov. Greg Abbott heads into his 2018 re-election campaign with more than 1,000 times as much money in the bank as Lupe Valdez, who stepped down as Dallas County sheriff in December to seek the Democratic nomination and oppose the governor’s bid for a second term. Valdez raised $46,498 in the waning days of 2017 for her late-starting gubernatorial campaign, and had $40,346 in...
PolitiFact: O’Rourke backs off call for ‘mandatory’ national service

PolitiFact: O’Rourke backs off call for ‘mandatory’ national service

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, said recently that he wants every young American to work a year for the government. And then he said something different. That prompted us to roll out the PolitiFact Texas Flip-O-Meter, which gauges shifts in position. O’Rourke, who’s been making webcasted campaign stops around Texas...
Adler recounts wins and missteps as he kicks off mayoral campaign

Adler recounts wins and missteps as he kicks off mayoral campaign

Give him another four years and he’ll finish what he started. That’s the message from Mayor Steve Adler as he kicks off his campaign for re-election Sunday with a rally and party at the Austin Saengerrunde Hall. There will be music from local artists. There will be Amy’s Ice Cream. There will be words from former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. And there will...
U.S. Supreme Court will examine Texas redistricting

U.S. Supreme Court will examine Texas redistricting

With elections looming, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review two lower-court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw 11 political districts found to be discriminatory. Texas officials appealed the August rulings, which invalidated two congressional districts and nine Texas House districts, saying they were intentionally formed by Republicans in the Legislature to discriminate against...
Herman: Dem gov candidate Andrew White wants end to death penalty

Herman: Dem gov candidate Andrew White wants end to death penalty

The anti-capital-punishment plank long has been boilerplate language in the Texas Democratic Party platform. Nevertheless, Wendy Davis, the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nominee, came out in favor of the death penalty. That didn’t work out so well for her. In fact, nothing did, and she got routed by Republican Greg Abbott. On Thursday, Andrew White, now seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination...
After serving his prison time, he can vote. But can he run for office?

After serving his prison time, he can vote. But can he run for office?

A criminal justice activist with a past behind bars is the first candidate to jump into the race against Austin City Council Member Ora Houston in northeastern Austin’s District 1. He doesn’t know if he’s eligible. But he might be the first in Texas to challenge a state provision blocking felons from public office. Lewis Conway Jr., a Grassroots Leadership organizer, launches his...
Democrat raises more than $900,000 in bid for Texas attorney general

Democrat raises more than $900,000 in bid for Texas attorney general

Austin attorney Justin Nelson, the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, announced Thursday that he had received more than $900,000 in contributions and pledges, including $500,000 of his own money, in the weeks following his announcement that was seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Ken Paxton. The $911,778 total will be reported in Nelson’s fundraising report for the second half...
Gov. Abbott sets record for cash on hand going into re-election bid

Gov. Abbott sets record for cash on hand going into re-election bid

Gov. Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign raised $9 million the last half of 2017, providing his re-election effort with $43.3 million in cash on hand going into his bid for a second term this year. “I am honored and grateful for the continued support of so many throughout this great state,”Abbott said in a statement issued by his campaign, which said the sum set a record for the...
Herman: Lupe Valdez, Andrew White meet in Democratic candidate forum

Herman: Lupe Valdez, Andrew White meet in Democratic candidate forum

The truth was spoken in the pre-event mic check: “Hello everybody. Welcome to the first Democratic debate-ish.” Upstairs, gubernatorial candidates mingled prior to the event that was the first face-to-face meeting between Andrew White, Houston businessman and son of late Gov. Mark White, and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. They’re the top Democratic contenders in what was...
Texas’ population tops 28 million

Texas’ population tops 28 million

Almost 400,000 more people this year are calling Texas home, bringing the state’s total population to more than 28 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas, which continues to be the second most-populous state behind California, was first in terms of the increase in sheer number of people. In terms of percentage growth, Texas grew by 1.4 percent, making it the seventh fastest-growing...
Texas GOP pulls Blake Farenthold off primary ballot, Democrats sue

Texas GOP pulls Blake Farenthold off primary ballot, Democrats sue

The Texas Republican Party has withdrawn embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold’s name from the 2018 primary ballot, but not without some more legal drama on Wednesday. Farenthold, a Republican from Corpus Christi, had asked the party to remove his name from the ballot after deciding not to seek re-election last week amid a widening harassment scandal. But Farenthold’s decision came after...
Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot

Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot

The Republican Party of Texas is suing the Texas secretary of state over an election filing deadline that prevents it from removing embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold from the ballot.  The move is in response to Farenthold’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in the spring. Farenthold, whose district includes parts of Bastrop and Caldwell counties, made the decision...
Senate panel begins discussion about sexual harassment policy

Senate panel begins discussion about sexual harassment policy

The Texas Senate could meet in the coming months to establish a new sexual harassment policy. Amid reports of sexual misconduct by staffers and lawmakers at the Capitol, members of the Senate Administration Committee met Thursday to discuss possible changes to the policy. Committee Chairwoman Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said she plans to make recommendations to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Secretary of...
Sid Miller calls for Travis GOP chairman to resign over campaign work

Sid Miller calls for Travis GOP chairman to resign over campaign work

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller wants Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak to resign his post after joining the campaign of Miller’s primary opponent Trey Blocker as a communications consultant. “How in the world can the Travis County Republican Party guarantee an impartial election process, when the person in charge of the election is working for one of the candidates?&rdquo...
Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Eckhardt, Shea draw no challengers as local 2018 races come into focus

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Commissioner Brigid Shea and a handful of other county officials essentially clinched new terms this week after no one filed to run against them in the 2018 elections. District Clerk Velva Price, County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and County Treasurer Dolores Ortega Carter also drew no challengers before the filing deadline passed Monday evening. “It’s been...
The Texas primaries are 3 months away. Here are 5 races to watch.

The Texas primaries are 3 months away. Here are 5 races to watch.

The deadline for candidates to file for the March primaries was Monday. Here are five races to watch: 1. Democratic race for governor: Lupe Valdez, the 13-year Dallas County sheriff, has the backing of the Democratic Party establishment. But she has little statewide name recognition and isn’t the high-profile candidate Democrats were seeking to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott...
Embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold draws 9 challengers

Embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold draws 9 challengers

Five Republicans and four Democrats are challenging U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, who used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staffer and is now under investigation by the House Ethics Commission. The embattled, four-term lawmaker came under fire after a Dec. 1 Politico report revealed he had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with $84,000 in...
Commentary: An apology, and a call for a second chance

Commentary: An apology, and a call for a second chance

For the better part of the past two years, I looked with skepticism at the whole Facility Master Plan process and what it meant for East and Northeast Austin, particularly in terms of equity for my district, District 1. Although I voted against the FMP for reasons related to my concerns about equity, I ultimately supported the $1 billion school bond proposition when it became painfully apparent that...
Texas senators push back on sexual assault claims

Texas senators push back on sexual assault claims

Two Democratic state senators are pushing back on an explosive report that they sexually assaulted and harassed women at the Capitol. The Daily Beast published late Wednesday several allegations of misconduct by Sens. Borris Miles of Houston and Carlos Uresti of San Antonio. According to the report, Uresti forcibly kissed a journalist, asked a political consultant about her underwear and gave her...
Democrats get a front-runner for governor: Lupe Valdez

Democrats get a front-runner for governor: Lupe Valdez

Giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate for the state’s top race, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez launched her campaign for governor Wednesday after better-known politicians took a pass against a well-funded GOP incumbent in a strongly Republican state. Valdez entered a crowded 2018 Democratic primary against at least seven other filed or announced candidates, but she entered as a...
Former Ted Cruz aide announces congressional run

Former Ted Cruz aide announces congressional run

Chip Roy, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, said Wednesday that he will run for Congress to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio. Roy also has served as a first assistant Texas attorney general, senior adviser to former Gov. Rick Perry and special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas. RELATED: Retiring Lamar Smith ‘confident’ another Republican...
In Khizr Khan’s inspirational story, a mighty river flows

In Khizr Khan’s inspirational story, a mighty river flows

Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, speaks as his wife Ghazala listens at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of our greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we take for granted. Maybe it takes someone like Khizr...
Commentary: Gerrymandering and the great Texas property tax swindle

Commentary: Gerrymandering and the great Texas property tax swindle

When the Texas Legislature meets to redraw our congressional districts after the 2020 Census, they’ll have more computing horsepower at their fingertips than Neil Armstrong had when he landed on the moon. Big data, the likes of which Eldridge Gerry and the good people of Massachusetts could never have imagined in the 1800s, will be used by the Republican-controlled Legislature to draw political...
Updated: Democrat Lupe Valdez is out as sheriff, in for governor

Updated: Democrat Lupe Valdez is out as sheriff, in for governor

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday that she will run for governor, giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate to date. Valdez submitted her resignation to Dallas County commissioners in the morning, then flew to Austin to file her candidacy paperwork with the state Democratic Party. “Good government is about finding solutions to real problems, not putting a spin on lies...
Texas back in court on ‘discriminatory’ voter ID law

Texas back in court on ‘discriminatory’ voter ID law

Lawyers for Texas return to court Tuesday to try to save the state’s voter ID law, and there is more at stake beyond requiring photo identification at the polls. Republicans in the Legislature stand accused of blatant racism in enacting the 2011 law, and unless that finding by a federal judge is reversed, Texas could be forced to get federal approval for changes to its election laws based on...
Updated: House GOP changes speaker selection rule, bypassing Democrats

Updated: House GOP changes speaker selection rule, bypassing Democrats

Texas House Republicans voted Friday to pre-select their speaker candidate for the 2019 legislative session and beyond, effectively bypassing Democrats in filling the powerful leadership position. Conservative Republicans championed the change, hoping the speaker slot will be filled by a House member who is more conservative than the current speaker. Their efforts gained momentum after Speaker Joe...
Republican lobbyist, ethics adviser challenges Sid Miller in primary

Republican lobbyist, ethics adviser challenges Sid Miller in primary

Austin lobbyist and ethics adviser Trey Blocker announced Wednesday that he is running against Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in the Republican primary. “He’s given thousands of dollars to the Texas Democrat Party and been a campaign consultant for liberal Democrats, so I figured he’d file with them,” Miller said. “But I guess that’s what you do when you&rsquo...
Texas Democrats unveil 2018 slate for top state courts

Texas Democrats unveil 2018 slate for top state courts

Texas Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their slate of candidates for the state’s two highest courts — a prize the party has not captured since the 1994 election. Four are state district judges in Houston, one is a lawyer practicing in Houston, and all five face an uphill battle in 2018 as they vie for seats on the important, though little-known, Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals...
Commentary: How young voters can bring truth back to politics

Commentary: How young voters can bring truth back to politics

The way we pass laws in this state is failing young Texans. Elected officials use lies to pass bad laws. Turning lies into laws hurts our state and risks alienating a rising generation of Texans when we should be doing everything possible to encourage their participation in the political process. That politicians ignore or distort facts for the sake of their agenda is nothing new — in Texas...
Steve Bannon steps aside, but Ted Cruz picks up 2 primary rivals

Steve Bannon steps aside, but Ted Cruz picks up 2 primary rivals

In October, Steve Bannon, who had left his post as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist to return to the command of Breitbart News, announced that he was declaring war on all Republicans in the Senate who are up for re-election in 2018, with the exception of Ted Cruz, to create a Senate more amenable to Trump’s agenda. But, Bannon’s grace notwithstanding, Cruz not only will...
Clinton supporters cheer, cry at book signing in downtown Austin

Clinton supporters cheer, cry at book signing in downtown Austin

For Lulu Flores, it still hurts. “I really feel for her,” Flores said as her eyes welled. “She did not let anybody down. I felt like we let her down.” On Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, had been considered the favorite in the race. Clinton won the popular vote, but Trump bested her in the Electoral College...
Dukes challenger leaves Democratic race, will run as independent

Dukes challenger leaves Democratic race, will run as independent

After state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, revealed numerous endorsements last week, one primary challenger said Monday that he’s leaving the Democratic race to run as an independent in 2018. “This past week many important Democrats endorsed Rep. Dawnna Dukes for re-election in 2018,” Nnamdi Orakwue said in a statement. “As a candidate, this is disappointing, but as a voter and...
Abbott endorses Republican Sarah Davis’ challenger

Abbott endorses Republican Sarah Davis’ challenger

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday endorsed a Republican Texas House member’s primary challenger in a swing district that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Abbott said in an email that he supports Susanna Dokupil, a former assistant solicitor general who is challenging state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place. Davis, considered the most moderate House Republican, has represented...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deletes tweet honoring Oprah Winfrey as 'our future president'

NBC deleted a tweet and issued a statement of clarification Monday after a message posted on its official, verified Twitter account saluted Oprah Winfrey as “our future president.” “A tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the statement said. “It is in reference to a joke...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016.   The money appears to have been owed by shell companies...
REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

REPORT: Lamar Smith visits Greenland with lawmakers to see climate change effects up close

Noted climate-change skeptic U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith — the whose district stretches into parts of Austin — saw the effects of the warming Arctic first-hand on an unpublicized tour of Greenland and Alaska in May.  Smith was accompanied by at least eight of his fellow congressmen on the trip, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Friday...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

White House: Trump may not sign government funding bill without border wall

WASHINGTON - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving open the possibility of a federal government shutdown toward the end of the week. "Will he sign a government funding bill that does not include funding for the border wall?"...
Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

Texas Republican wants shouting CNN reporter fired

A Republican member of Congress from Texas says that a CNN reporter should be fired for his persistent shouting of a question at President-elect Donald Trump. What’s more, CNN’s Jim Acosta should be banned from future news conferences, said U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Alvin, in a tweet Thursday morning. Weber’s tweet came a day after a tense back-and-forth between Trump and Acosta at...
Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

Williamson County shatters first-day early voting record

5:30 p.m. update: The number of Williamson County residents hitting the polls Monday for the first day of early voting has surpassed the number of people who voted the first day of early voting in the 2012 presidential election. The Williamson County Elections Department reported 14,705 people have voted as of 5 p.m. compared to a total turnout of 9,223 voters on the first day of early voting in November...
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