Just before start of this week, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is supporting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid for re-election in the runoff, leaked documents detailing state Sen. Dan Patrick's treatment for depression during two separate hospitals stays 30 years ago.
Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said Dewhurst and his associates have made the impossible, possible.
"It’s taken Dan Patrick, who is not especially a sympathetic figure, and turns into him into a sympathetic figure,” Jones said.
Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.
Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.
Among the races being decided during the runoff election is the open Precinct 4 seat on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. One of four people, two from each party, will take the place of Tommy Adkisson, who who gave up the seat to run for county judge.
The White House isn't talking and neither is Mayor Julián Castro.
Today he helped hand out awards inside city council chambers to businesses for the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.
Afterward, a swarm of media caught up with him, only to hear the three-term mayor say what he's said before.
"All I'm going to say today is that I enjoy being mayor, and I'm going to continue to work hard on behalf of the people that elected me," Castro said. "I'll talk about the future and other things later."
A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.
Campbell came within hours of being executed, but the U5th Circuit believed there was sufficient evidence to prove Campbell would’ve been labeled intellectually disabled if certain pieces of evidence hadn’t been withheld during his original trial.
For the first time in Texas history, state lawmakers have voted to impeach a state official that was appointed by the governor.
On a vote of 7-1, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to impeach UT Regent Wallace Hall. State Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, was the only vote against impeachment.
Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.
But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.
According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.
Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.