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The Back Mic: Rand Paul Endorses Huffines for Governor, DPS Talks Operation Lone Star, Abbott Says No More COVID-19 Mandates

The Back Mic: Rand Paul Endorses Huffines for Governor, DPS Talks Operation Lone Star, Abbott Says No More COVID-19 Mandates

Brad Johnson July 23, 2021
Sen. Rand Paul endorses Don Huffines for governor, Texas DPS gives an update on Operation Lone Star, and Abbott dismisses reinstatement of mask and lockdown mandates.
ERCOT Expands Power Grid Reserve Capacity in Preparation for Summer Heat

ERCOT Expands Power Grid Reserve Capacity in Preparation for Summer Heat

Brad Johnson July 22, 2021
ERCOT and PUC officials said they're confident the power grid will be able to meet the potential peak demand this summer as temperatures rise.
Dallas Mayor Requests Hundreds of More Police Officer Hires in the Next Year

Dallas Mayor Requests Hundreds of More Police Officer Hires in the Next Year

Hayden Sparks July 22, 2021
Funding for the Dallas Police Department was a major issue during last year’s debate on the budget for the current fiscal year.
Texas Gun Sales Remain High, Decline Slightly from Record Highs in 2020

Texas Gun Sales Remain High, Decline Slightly from Record Highs in 2020

Daniel Friend July 22, 2021
Background check numbers indicate that gun sales are still higher than 2019, but declining from the record highs seen over the last year.
House Republicans Disagree Over Whether Democrats’ Committee Chairmanships Can Be Revoked Without a Quorum

House Republicans Disagree Over Whether Democrats’ Committee Chairmanships Can Be Revoked Without a Quorum

Brad Johnson July 22, 2021
Most Texas Republicans agree that Democrats who broke quorum should have their committee chairmanships stripped, but whether it can be done is disputed.
Gov. Abbott Signs Anti-Fentanyl Bill, Calls Out Absent Democrats for Blocking Bail Reform

Gov. Abbott Signs Anti-Fentanyl Bill, Calls Out Absent Democrats for Blocking Bail Reform

Holly Hansen July 21, 2021
After signing legislation he says is intended to “crush” distribution of the deadly narcotic, Governor Abbott called on state Democrats to “end their partying in Washington, D.C.” and return to enact bail reforms.
Texas Hospitals Lack Compliance with Federal Price Transparency Rule According to Survey

Texas Hospitals Lack Compliance with Federal Price Transparency Rule According to Survey

Brad Johnson July 21, 2021
The analysis found the vast majority of hospitals across America were some degree of non-compliant with the new regulation.
As Violent Crime Rises, Hidalgo and Garcia Move to Expand Temporary Court But Lambast Felony Bond Reform

As Violent Crime Rises, Hidalgo and Garcia Move to Expand Temporary Court But Lambast Felony Bond Reform

Holly Hansen July 21, 2021
Decrying other proposals as “splashy headlines,” Hidalgo and Garcia sought a 6-month expansion of criminal courts but passed a resolution condemning a legislative fix to felony bond policy.
South Texas Federal Judge Blocks New Applications for Obama-Era DACA Program

South Texas Federal Judge Blocks New Applications for Obama-Era DACA Program

Hayden Sparks July 21, 2021
President Biden criticized the decision and said the federal government “intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA.”
Early Voting Underway in Texas’ 6th Congressional District Special Runoff Election

Early Voting Underway in Texas’ 6th Congressional District Special Runoff Election

Daniel Friend July 20, 2021
In a week, North Texas voters will decide between Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey to be their next representative in Congress.
Tarrant County Public Health Plans to Hire Staff to Address Racism and Social Justice

Tarrant County Public Health Plans to Hire Staff to Address Racism and Social Justice

Kim Roberts July 20, 2021
Following a trend that has sprouted up across the country, Tarrant County is looking to hire two new staff members to focus on racism as a public health issue.
State Rep. Michelle Beckley Launches Campaign for Congress Against Rep. Beth Van Duyne

State Rep. Michelle Beckley Launches Campaign for Congress Against Rep. Beth Van Duyne

Daniel Friend July 20, 2021
One of the Texas House Democrats participating in the quorum bust, Michelle Beckley, hopes to stay in D.C. via a congressional challenge to Beth Van Duyne.

Voices of Texas

VIDEO: Railroad Commissioner-Elect Jim Wright on His Victory and Coming Job

VIDEO: Railroad Commissioner-Elect Jim Wright on His Victory and Coming Job

Jim Wright joins reporter Brad Johnson on The Texan's "Voices of Texas" podcast to discuss his rise in Texas politics and the state's energy sector.
VIDEO: Sen. Ted Cruz on President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VIDEO: Sen. Ted Cruz on President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"What I think is critical is that we confirm this justice before election day...in case there is litigation challenging the election, and I am confident we will do that and confirm this nominee," said Cruz.
VIDEO: Dr. Robin Armstrong Explains Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat Coronavirus

VIDEO: Dr. Robin Armstrong Explains Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat Coronavirus

“It’s interesting that people have made it a political discussion — I don’t care about hydroxychloroquine either way,” said Dr. Robin Armstrong.
VIDEO: Austin Homelessness Podcast with Matt Mackowiak and Brad Johnson

VIDEO: Austin Homelessness Podcast with Matt Mackowiak and Brad Johnson

Members of The Texan's reporting team discuss the homelessness crisis in Austin with Matt Mackowiak, the President of Potomac Strategy Group, Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party, and, most recently, the founder of Save Austin Now.

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