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Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spelled out six critical items that needed to be tackled immediately during his first State of the State address on Tuesday. Those agenda items ranged from fixing Texas’ school finance system to funding border security at the highest level in the state’s history. These items are actual bills that Abbott has assigned to various lawmakers and is hoping to have fast tracked through the legislative process. 

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said on Tuesday that she would not be seeking an endorsement from the police and fire unions, in her quest for a full term in the office where she has stand-in duties for the moment.  

For six months there has been speculation that Mayor Taylor would join the race to the election for mayor, scheduled for May 9. It is a title she has held since July after former mayor, Julian Castro, left to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

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FINAL UPDATE:  All the votes have been counted. José Menéndez will represent District 26 in the Texas Senate, replacing Leticia Van de Putte, who's stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor. A special election will now have to be called to fill the House District 124 seat left vacant by Menéndez.

Diego Bernal will represent District 123 in the Texas House, replacing Mike Villarreal, who is also stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor.


Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will outline his expectations for the legislative session Tuesday, when he delivers his first State of the State address.

The State of the State gives Abbott the opportunity to let lawmakers know what he expects from them this session. After all, the stroke of a governor’s veto pen can spell the end of bills passed by the legislature.

In advance of the speech, Abbott’s office released an online video that included Texans talking about what they wanted to hear from their elected lawmakers.  

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Residents in Bexar County are going to the polls Tuesday. They’ll be casting ballots in the special election runoff between State Senate candidates Trey Martinez Fischer and José Menéndez. One of these men will fill the seat being vacated by State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

The two candidates have been filling the airwaves with ads in recent weeks.

Martinez Fischer has touted his efforts to put $4 billion back into public schools. He has criticized Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who voted against the cuts and is now pushing a school voucher plan.