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Battle for Senate District 10 escalates

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

As Labor Day arrives, candidates ramp up campaigns to replace Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate.

Texas governor’s race: Sure thing? Or stunning upset?

| |Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

As the campaign enters a frantic final two months, Democrats believe they’re capable of pulling an Election Day shocker while Republicans remain confident they’ll keep their lock on statewide offices.

Texas governor turns a mug shot into a moneymaker

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

State Rep. Lon Burnam gets roasted — and dumped on — for a Democratic cause.

New Texas laws go into effect Monday

| |Monday, Sep. 01, 2014

Nearly a dozen new laws go into effect Monday, touching on issues from judicial training to higher education for veterans.

Key parts of Texas abortion law overturned

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

More than a dozen additional clinics in the state faced closure until a federal judge ruled this afternoon that the new law creates an “impermissible obstacle” to women seeking an abortion.

State officials approve historical racing in Texas

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Texas Racing Commissioners approved rule changes that could allow slot machine-like machines in racetracks across the state.

Abbott agrees to a second debate with Davis

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott reverses course for a second time on the same day: First, he backed out of a second debate with Fort Worth’s Wendy Davis. Then he agreed to a new one.

Lawsuit filed to stop vote on historical racing in Texas

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

A Fort Worth Republican lawmaker wants a temporary restraining order to stop a controversial vote by the Texas Racing Commission.

Wendy Davis offers plan to help Texas military and veterans

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Proposal includes helping veterans find jobs and be treated for mental health issues.

Texas Tea Partiers have Rick Perry’s back — on at least one issue

| |Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

North Texas Tea Party members say Rick Perry can be ‘all hat, no cattle,’ but they believe the indictment is pure politics.

Texas should pay for lawyers, Perry says

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."

Davis spends $4 million on Texas attack ads

|Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis, lagging behind in both polling and campaign finances, spent about $4 million in August to attack Republican opponent Greg Abbott on television.

Lawyers for Texas' Perry ask judge for dismissal

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Attorneys for indicted Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally asked a judge Monday to dismiss felony charges alleging that the possible 2016 presidential candidate abused his power with a veto last summer.

Perry gauged replacements before veto of funding

|Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Republican Gov. Rick Perry reached out to a Democratic lawyer about replacing the Travis County district attorney after her arrest for drunken driving, showing he still hoped the prosecutor would resign before he followed through on his threat to veto funding for the anti-corruption unit her office oversees.

Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.

Taxpayers won’t be on hook for Perry defense after all

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Governor’s staff says indictments are “an assault on the Constitution. We don’t want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well.”

Defiant Gov. Perry booked on 2 charges

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

“I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail,” a defiant Rick Perry declared at the Travis County Courthouse. The governor then went to get ice cream.

Perry avoids an arrest but still faces booking

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Fighting felony charges won’t keep Gov. Rick Perry from meeting his busy travel schedule, staff says.

Perry prosecution headed by a formidable lawyer

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

McCrum is not motivated by partisan political motives, his friends insist.

Perry blasts felony indictment as ‘outrageous’

| |Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Democrats say they hope the controversy will help them in November, as the Texas governor launches a counteroffensive over Friday’s grand jury indictment.

Putting names with migrants’ bodies is Texas examiner’s macabre mission

| |Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

As the medical examiner for Webb County, a 3,400-square-mile jurisdiction of 262,000 residents in South Texas, Dr. Corinne Stern works in a grim corner of the national debate over illegal immigration — identifying the dead.

Use of longtime U.S. motto draws attention to Tarrant County

| |Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014

Some of the most beautiful people around Capitol Hill come from Texas.

Gov. Perry indicted, accused of coercion, abusing power

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers predict he’ll be cleared of felony charges stemming from his veto of funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit.

Texas Democrat proposes $2 billion program for college tuition for high school grads

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

The Democratic lieutenant governor candidate plans to ask Texans to OK dedicating $2 billion of state money to send youths to college.

Clinton’s lead over GOP candidates shrinking

| |Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over a crowded prospective Republican field has narrowed and her support has slipped below 50 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Change is coming to Texas bingo halls

| |Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Despite concerns from gambling opponents, state officials approve a plan to make it easier for customers to play more games, more easily — thus raising more money for charities.

Money heading to U.S. House races

| |Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

North Texas congressional candidates are building their war chests for the Nov. 4 election.

Abbott predicts he’ll beat Davis with the help of women and Hispanics

| |Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014

Texas’ attorney general gives the wrap-up speech at the two-day Republican RedState Gathering in downtown Fort Worth.

Breastfeeding was a big deal at the George W. Bush Presidential Library

| |Saturday, Aug. 09, 2014

It’s time for Fort Worth to become a more compassionate city, officials say.

Is this a preview of 2016 GOP presidential primary?

| |Friday, Aug. 08, 2014

Two potential Texas presidential contenders — Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz — reach out to conservatives gathered in Fort Worth.