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Texas Republican Party of Texas

Those attending this week’s Republican Party of Texas state convention in Dallas will vote on a number of ideas that will ultimately represent what Texas Republicans stand for.  Those ideas range from whether Texas should lead a constitutional convention of states to whether Texas should be allowed to secede from the United States.

Ryan Poppe

Former Governor Rick Perry was the first to drop out of the race for President, but he's still open to playing a role in the White House.

 When asked Friday whether or not he would serve as Trump’s running mate, Perry said he would be open to serving in any role that is asked of him, including as a running mate.

 “In the myriad of areas of which I have served in the State of Texas as it’s governor, that is a set of experiences that will serve this country and if Donald Trump says ‘Perry let’s talk about you serving in this role’, I’m open to it," Perry said.

State Capitol Preservation Board

Visitors at the state capitol can now view another familiar face staring back them.  The state Preservation Board unveiled former Gov. Rick Perry’s capitol portrait Friday.

 One of the big questions had been whether the portrait would feature Perry with or without glasses, a style change that Perry made before his second run for president. 

It features him without glasses.  Perry joked about the matter.

Ryan Poppe

In 2015, Texas lawmakers approved a historic spending package aimed at beefing up law enforcement’s presence along the Texas-Mexico border. Part of the money was supposed to help local border sheriffs hire additional deputies so they could be involved, but so far that isn’t happening.


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Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign, making Donald Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.  But many Texas Republicans remain divided on whether to unite behind Trump and the state Republican Party is doing everything it can to convince dissidents to support Trump just a week before the party’s state convention.