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State Rep. Poncho Nevárez Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, is not running for reelection, he announced Friday. “I will not stand for reelection for a fifth … term in the Texas House of Representatives,” Nevárez said in a … Continue reading

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Texas Lawmakers Visit El Paso In Effort To Prevent Future Mass Shootings

By Mallory Falk, KERA Texas has seen four major mass shootings in the last two years. Despite conversations in communities and at the statehouse, little has changed in the state. But after gunmen killed 29 people in two West Texas … Continue reading

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Top Texas House Republicans Say They Can No Longer Support Speaker Dennis Bonnen

By Cassandra Pollock and Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released … Continue reading

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After Two Texas Mass Shootings, Greg Abbott Wants To Strengthen A Vague Network Officials won’t Discuss

By Carrington Tatum, Texas Tribune Texas Department of Public Safety officials overseeing a program Gov. Greg Abbott tapped to help halt potential mass shootings say staffing shortages and privacy concerns stand in the way of taking more preventive action against such … Continue reading

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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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