Business Interests Question Republican Truths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies, hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year. The business lobby’s wish list, expressed at legislative hearings and press conferences, includes better-educated workers, more spending […]

An Attack on Two Courageous Journalists

An Afghan police commander charged with protecting a convoy of election workers walked up to a car carrying two of my friends and opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle today. He fired only into the rear door, where Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were sitting, avoiding the male Afghan driver and an assistant. The […]

Texas Economy Strong, But How to Keep It That Way

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oil and gas production is up, construction is on the rise and unemployment is low. The Texas economy is strong with no trouble in sight, economists say. Texans of a certain age have seen this before, and they know what usually happens next. Bust. The question facing all Texans, then, is […]

Women’s Issues Could Dominate Texas Election

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women’s pay and health care are taking over the headlines in the Texas governor’s race, and for good reason: Women comprise the majority of voters. U.S. Census data shows that in the 2012 general election, 4.72 million Texas women cast ballots compared to 3.92 million men. Democrats know that Wendy Davis […]

Primary Poses First Test for Texas Democrats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Battleground Texas, the major Democratic effort aimed at turning one of the reddest states blue, celebrated its first birthday this week with cocktails at a swank Austin bar, hosting one last party before the project’s first significant test in Tuesday’s primary election. The initiative organized by Jeremy Bird, President Barack Obama’s […]

Texas Republican Primary Often Most Important Election

AUSTIN, Texas — In a state with 26 million people, the leaders of Texas are routinely chosen by 750,000 people. That’s roughly how many votes that Republican candidates have needed to win the nomination for governor in the last two primary elections. Anyone who wonders why Republican statewide candidates are running so hard to the […]

State Lawsuits Become Issue in Texas Governor’s Campaign

AUSTIN — Greg Abbott’s job as Texas’ top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent called on him to stop defending lawsuits over school funding and gay marriage. State Sen. Wendy Davis said the attorney general should settle a lawsuit brought by 600-plus school districts who complain […]

Candidate Comments Critical in Texas Governor’s Race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The leading candidates for Texas governor are learning that sticks and stone may break bones, but words last forever. Democrat Wendy Davis shocked many in her party last week by coming out in support of allowing those with concealed handgun licenses to carry their pistols openly in public. Just days earlier, […]

Five Free Things in Austin, from the First Photo to a Bat Cave

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call their hometown “festival city,” since there seems to be one every weekend, such […]

Republicans Dominate Campaign Fundraising in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Political pundits were stunned last month when Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis reported raising more money than Republican rival Greg Abbott. But as the campaigns prepare to release another round of campaign finance reports Monday, Davis’ success has done little to unseat the GOP as the fundraising champion in Texas. The […]