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Driverless cars or not, Texas must plan for transportation

| |Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Texas voters approved dedicating billions of dollars to transportation needs.

More Texas school districts forgoing state board-approved textbooks

|Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

The State Board of Education convenes Tuesday and will vote on social studies books that will likely be used for a decade beginning next September.

Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January.

Memos detail dysfunction in Wendy Davis’ campaign

| |Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Staffers warned months before last week’s election defeat that the Fort Worth Democrat’s campaign was “in danger of being embarrassed.”

Abbott taps Valley leader Cascos as Secretary of State

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Texas’ governor-elect also tells reporters that legal action should be considered if President Barack Obama takes executive action as promised on immigration, without getting congressional approval.

Texas fight over slot-machine like devices far from over

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

An appeal challenging this week’s court ruling could come soon in battle over future of new slot-like gambling machines.

Bush 41 and Bush 43 both urging Jeb to run for White House

| |Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

George W. Bush: “I heard (Jeb) say he doesn’t like the idea of a political class, the idea of Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Bush. I said, 'Well, how does this sound? Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Clinton.’”

Castro twins take their place on a national stage

| |Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

San Antonio brothers Joaquin and Julian Castro emerge as the new face of the Democratic Party.

3 candidates from Fort Worth face different futures

| |Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014

For the triumphant George P. Bush, the future is wide-open. For Wendy Davis and Larry Meyers, the course is far less certain.

Outgoing land commissioner headed to radio?

| |Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014

Former first lady Laura Bush shares a pie recipe on her birthday.

Cornyn in line for majority whip

| |Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who breezed to re-election by more than 27 percentage points Tuesday and watched Republicans regain majority control of the Senate, is now looking at winning another election: next week’s leadership vote for majority whip.

Cooperation promised as GOP takes Senate, adds to House majority

| |Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

President Obama says the GOP “had a good night” and promises to try to work with Congress.

Davis undone by muddled messages, troubled tactics

| |Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

Things clearly didn’t work out as planned for the Fort Worth Democrat’s political strategists as Davis gets buried by a Republican landslide.

New GOP lawmakers Burton and Tinderholt prepare to take office in January

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

“Texas was Republican before Nov. 4, but even stronger Republican now,” a local professor said after the GOP’s dominating show of force on Tuesday.

Abbott says he would sign open-carry bill

| |Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

Texas’ next governor starts talking about his postelection agenda immediately after his landslide victory, saying he’d sign a bill allowing qualified Texans to openly carry firearms.

Abbott wallops Davis in Texas governor’s race

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

It’s a blowout as the Fort Worth Democrat suffers a resounding defeat, with Republican Abbott set to become Texas’ first new governor in 14 years.

After abortion filibuster, Democrats didn’t have a prayer

| |Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014

Religious voters have always been among Greg Abbott’s supporters, and they helped him take the Governor’s Mansion.

Nov. 4 election results

Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014

Get the latest on Texas and local races.

Denton voters approve state’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

Denton mayor pledges to defend measure that’s expected to draw legal challenges from the industry and the state.

Local oilman emerges as a big-time player in GOP politics

| |Thursday, Nov. 06, 2014

Fort Worth oilman Ken Davis is not a well-known name in Texas political circles, which is to say that until this election year, he was not known at all.

Republicans seize Senate, set up clash with Obama

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, mobilizing voter discontent with President Barack Obama across the country and setting up partisan economic and foreign policy showdowns over the final two years of his presidency.

Election notebook: Voters deciding two local State Board of Education races

Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014

Hardy, Beltran winning North Texas SBOE races, while election officials report a few glitches in Tarrant County and throughout the state Tuesday.

Konni Burton reclaims Texas Senate District 10 for Republican Party

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

Republican Tony Tinderholt takes early lead in House District 94; incumbents in Tarrant County state legislative races are leading in re-election bids.

Republicans dominate almost all Tarrant County races

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

Following a statewide trend, GOP candidates had little trouble in most countywide races.

Voters say yes to Arlington’s $236 million bond package

| |Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

The four separate propositions will allow for street, parks, library and fire facility improvements over the coming years.

Fort Worth arena proposals passed by wide margin

| Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2014

The funding proposals for a new arena in the Fort Worth Cultural District were overwhelmingly approved.

Election Day carries on despite rain, power failures, wrong ballots

| |Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for local, state and federal elections across Tarrant County and Texas.

Perry appears to be intimidating grand jury, prosecutor claims

| |Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2014

“The defendant’s own words have instilled a concern for all persons who participated in the grand jury investigation,” Perry’s special prosecutor said in a Monday filing.

No do-overs: Winners take all in Tuesday’s election

| |Monday, Nov. 03, 2014

Candidates don’t have to hit the 50 percent mark: The person with the most votes wins.

For Abbott, Davis, it’s all about turnout

| |Saturday, Nov. 01, 2014

Democrats must energize their base — and persuade Hispanics to vote — to end Republicans’ two-decade hold on the governorship.