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After Two Mass Shootings, What Does The Gun Debate Look Like In West Texas?

By Sally Beauvais and Mitch Borden August was a month unlike any other for West Texas. Two mass shootings — one in the city of El Paso and another in Odessa — left 29 dead and dozens injured. The tragedies have … Continue reading

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Sen. José Rodríguez, An El Paso Democrat, Announces His Retirement

By Cassandra Pollock and Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune State Sen. José Rodríguez, an El Paso Democrat, announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to the upper chamber in 2020. Rodriguez informed El Paso colleagues of his decision in a text … Continue reading

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State Rep. Brooks Landgraf Will Run For Re-election For State House, Forgoing Congressional Bid

By Mitch Borden State Rep. Brooks Landgraf will run for his fourth term in the Texas House of Representatives, where he says he “can serve most effectively and immediately as a strong, conservative voice for West Texas.” Speculation surrounding Landgraf’s … Continue reading

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick And NRA Feud Over Gun Background Checks

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune Two usual political allies — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the National Rifle Association — traded rhetorical blows Friday after Patrick continued to advocate for requiring background checks for stranger-to-stranger gun sales. Calling his support for the … Continue reading

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New Texas Pipeline Protest Law Is About More Than Pipelines

By Mose Buchele, KUT A law went into effect in Texas this week that increases penalties for demonstrators who interfere with oil and gas pipelines and other pieces of “critical infrastructure.” Oil and gas states have adopted such laws to crack … Continue reading

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Odessa Shooter Failed Gun Background Check, Gov. Greg Abbott Says

By Acacia Coronado, Texas Tribune Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that the gunman in Saturday’s mass shooting in Midland and Odessa had previously failed a gun purchase background check and did not go through a background check to buy … Continue reading

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8 New Gun Laws Take Effect In Texas Sept. 1

By Lisa Dunn, Guns & America At least seven people were killed and another 20 were injured in a mass shooting that stretched in and around Midland and Odessa, Texas, Saturday. The incident was the second mass shooting in that state … Continue reading

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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs $11.6 Billion School Finance Measure Into Law

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law one of lawmakers’ biggest achievements this year, a massive overhaul of Texas’ long-beleaguered school finance system. Abbott put his signature on House Bill 3 during a triumphant ceremony … Continue reading

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Texas’ Legislative Leaders Say They Have A Deal On School Finance And Property Tax Reform

By Cassandra Pollock and Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Texas’ top three political leaders declared Thursday that the Legislature had reached agreements on its three main 2019 priorities: A two-year state budget, a comprehensive reform of school finance and legislation designed … Continue reading

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Texas’ Legislative Leaders Push Sales Tax Increase To Lower Property Taxes

Ben Philpott, KUT The Republican leadership in the Texas Legislature announced an agreement Wednesday to swap a sales tax increase with property tax cuts. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said in a press … Continue reading

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