Texas Matters: Werecap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.
"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor in 2014, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to remove William White, the chairman of the state’s Finance Commission, following comments White made to the El Paso Times about payday lenders and the people that use them.
In the article, White says that blame for debt trouble belongs on the consumers and not the companies that make the loans.
Following an investigation by the Texas Public Integrity Unit, a Travis County grand jury has indicted former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs with securing a document by deception.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office oversees the public integrity unit, said the charges stem from an $11 million grant awarded to a company now known as Peloton, a grant that Cobbs executed without telling anyone.
The Texas Department of Insurance has finalized a list of additional rules federal navigators will have to follow before helping anyone sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s website, Healthcare.gov.
The rules come as a response to a letter issued by Gov. Rick Perry that points to privacy and security concerns about the current federal standard for navigators working in Texas to help navigate the Affordable Care Act’s website.
In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession.
The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.
The Texas Politics Project polled Cruz’s favorability rating just before and just after his quasi-filibuster aimed at defunding the Affordable Care Act that ultimately shut down the federal government.
President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.
"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.
Today the investigation into a controversial University of Texas regent begins hearing testimony. Wallace Hall has made few friends since being appointed to the board, but what has brought him to the brink of possible impeachment? It would be the first in Texas history as a non-elected official.
The past few years at the University of Texas have been rocky and not just for the football team. Behind the ivory and Indiana limestone a fight over reform has been getting downright confrontational.