Texans have been waiting for a Texas Bullion Depository since such a proposal became law last year. Now, officials say a depository could be in place by late 2016 or early 2017. One proposal calls for building such a facility — with no taxpayer dollars involved — in Shiner.
Former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz returns home to Texas on Saturday to thank the supporters who worked tirelessly on his behalf for more than a year. His speech is filled with gratitude, but not once does he mention Donald Trump or the need to unite behind the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Trump sent a delegate to do that work, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who told Texans that Republicans must work together to win in November.
As Texas Republicans gather for the first day of their state convention in Dallas, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wades into the so-called bathroom issue for the first time, saying “we are going to fight back.” Both he and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick call for Republican unity to try to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
Texas Republicans will pass a new party platform this week, and some hope it includes a Freedom of Conscience plank that would let Texas businesses pick and choose what jobs they’d like to do. Some Republicans say it’s a plank they need; Texas Democrats say it’s “sad the Republicans want to grant people the right to discriminate.”
Texas Republicans will debate a number of controversial topics as they work on their party platform this week during their every-other-year convention in Dallas. Transgender Texans and their bathroom use — as well as secession, reparative therapy, constitutional carry and immigration — may be among the planks discussed.
Texas Republicans are still expected to battle it out for the 155 coveted delegate posts that will send locals to Cleveland for the national GOP convention. When Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign, a number of delegates lost interest in the national convention. But there are countless more who hope they’ll be representing Texas at the national convention.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited North Texas this week to raise money for Republicans seeking re-election to Congress — and to show support for local GOP members of Congress. The motorcade shuttling him around town was spotted in different areas of Fort Worth Tuesday morning.
Nearly forgotten mementos from President John F. Kennedy — and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald — are up for sale through Goldin Auctions. Items for sale include clothes, cards, letters, dishes — even an unopened bottle of scotch and a cigar the president left behind.