Texas Sanctuary Cities: What Are They?

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday waded into Texas’ legal battles over so-called sanctuary cities, filing a statement in federal court in support of the state’s recently passed ban. “The Department of Justice fully supports Texas’s effort and is...

Texans Can’t Decide on a Travel Ban

Texas Republicans in Congress cheered Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling partially lifting injunctions against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Texas Democrats said the ruling sends the wrong message, even as they held out hope that the high...

Overview: Governor Abbott’s 6 Vetos

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott broke out his veto stamp to nix a total of 50 bills, more than he did last session, and more than any governor has done since former Gov. Rick Perry, who vetoed 56 bills in 2007. Abbott cited a number of reasons for rejecting the work of...

What is Fracking Doing To Texas Nature?

Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale plays pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, a consortium of the state’s top scientists concluded. In the most comprehensive analysis...

What’s Up with the Special Session?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was calling lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session in mid-July to work on an ambitious 20-item agenda. The announcement comes after both chambers failed to pass must-pass “sunset” legislation, jeopardizing...