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Legislation Seeking to Block Hostile Nations from Owning Land in Texas Draws Controversy

Legislation Seeking to Block Hostile Nations from Owning Land in Texas Draws Controversy

Matt Stringer 10 hours ago
Legislation filed by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst would prohibit future land sales to citizens and governments of foreign nations.
$15 Billion for Property Tax Relief ‘A Good Start’ Gov. Abbott Says of Senate Plan

$15 Billion for Property Tax Relief ‘A Good Start’ Gov. Abbott Says of Senate Plan

Brad Johnson 23 hours ago
The comments are the governor's first response to the Texas Senate's draft budget released last week.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Talks School Choice, Property Taxes, and Trump vs. DeSantis

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Talks School Choice, Property Taxes, and Trump vs. DeSantis

Cameron Abrams 24 hours ago
The lieutenant governor discussed a range of legislative issues and future election dynamics in a live interview.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ‘Absolutely’ Running for Re-Election in 2026

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ‘Absolutely’ Running for Re-Election in 2026

Matt Stringer January 25, 2023
In an interview with The Texan, Dan Patrick revealed his intent to seek a fourth term as the lieutenant governor of Texas.
Implicit Bias, Microaggressions Part of Diversity Training at Lubbock Hospital

Implicit Bias, Microaggressions Part of Diversity Training at Lubbock Hospital

Kim Roberts January 24, 2023
Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock is having its staff take implicit bias training, but whether it helps with patient care is debatable.
University of Texas Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies ‘Vague and Politicized,’ Report Finds

University of Texas Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies ‘Vague and Politicized,’ Report Finds

Brad Johnson January 24, 2023
The report evaluated the University of Texas for its internal policies and practices for instances that fit the DEI mold.
Exxon’s Beaumont Petroleum Refinery Expansion Nears Completion, Will Elevate Output by 65%

Exxon’s Beaumont Petroleum Refinery Expansion Nears Completion, Will Elevate Output by 65%

Brad Johnson January 24, 2023
The project has been in the works since 2019 and financing was preserved despite the pandemic's economic downturn.
Texas Unemployment Dips Below 4 Percent for the First Time Since Pandemic Began

Texas Unemployment Dips Below 4 Percent for the First Time Since Pandemic Began

Brad Johnson January 23, 2023
The state's unemployment rate has been steadily improving since the middle of 2020 after the pandemic's initial brunt had passed.
Dallas Federal Judge Sentences Sex Trafficker to 25 Years

Dallas Federal Judge Sentences Sex Trafficker to 25 Years

Hayden Sparks January 23, 2023
The defendant confessed to running his sex trafficking organization behind bars for years.
Lt. Gov. Patrick Releases Committee Assignments, Chairs for 88th Legislative Session

Lt. Gov. Patrick Releases Committee Assignments, Chairs for 88th Legislative Session

Cameron Abrams January 23, 2023
Patrick appointed 12 Republicans and one Democrat to chair the Senate's committees, calling them the "best equipped group of senators in Texas history."
South Texas Sheriff Asks Law Enforcement in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas for Help With Border Crisis

South Texas Sheriff Asks Law Enforcement in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas for Help With Border Crisis

Hayden Sparks January 23, 2023
Sheriff Brad Coe said the residents of his sparsely populated county are unsafe and schools are being protected by “military barricades.”
Texas Gun Owner Wins Appellate Court Victory in Challenge to Federal Bump Stock Ban

Texas Gun Owner Wins Appellate Court Victory in Challenge to Federal Bump Stock Ban

Matt Stringer January 20, 2023
A Texas gun store owner’s challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks prevailed, with the court ruling the devices are not machine guns.
Public Utility Commission Settles on ERCOT Market Redesign Plan, Legislators Push Back

Public Utility Commission Settles on ERCOT Market Redesign Plan, Legislators Push Back

Brad Johnson January 20, 2023
The 18-month long process only partially reached resolution this week but still has a five-month long runway as the Legislature weighs in.
Weekly Roundup Podcast: Texas Inaugurations, Property Tax Proposals, Abbott Not ‘Ruling In’ 2024 Presidential Run

Weekly Roundup Podcast: Texas Inaugurations, Property Tax Proposals, Abbott Not ‘Ruling In’ 2024 Presidential Run

Daniel Friend January 20, 2023
Catch up on the week's hottest stories in Texas politics with the reporting team at The Texan.
Port of Corpus Christi Moves Forward With Application for Second Desalination Plant Permit

Port of Corpus Christi Moves Forward With Application for Second Desalination Plant Permit

Brad Johnson January 20, 2023
With the first step cleared, the Port of Corpus Christi moves onto the second and final hurdle before it can break ground on the plant.
The Back Mic: Texas GOP Attacks Republican Speaker in Radio Ad, TPPF Adds Texas Lawmakers, George P. Bush Joins Law Firm

The Back Mic: Texas GOP Attacks Republican Speaker in Radio Ad, TPPF Adds Texas Lawmakers, George P. Bush Joins Law Firm

Brad Johnson January 20, 2023
This week — the Texas GOP hits Speaker Phelan in a new ad, former lawmakers join a conservative think tank, and George P. Bush finds a new post after his term in public office.
Texas Freedom Caucus Says School Board Group’s Guidance on Transgender Students Subverts Law, Parental Rights

Texas Freedom Caucus Says School Board Group’s Guidance on Transgender Students Subverts Law, Parental Rights

Holly Hansen January 19, 2023
The conservative group has requested that Attorney General Ken Paxton review the Texas Association of School Board’s guidelines on transgender students.
Dan Patrick Accuses Lawmaker of ‘Revisionist History’ Blaming Senate for Child Gender Modification Ban Failure

Dan Patrick Accuses Lawmaker of ‘Revisionist History’ Blaming Senate for Child Gender Modification Ban Failure

Matt Stringer January 19, 2023
The lieutenant governor blasted a state representative’s claim placing blame on the senate for failing to pass a ban on child gender modification.
Bills Filed to ‘Rein In Rogue District Attorneys’ in Texas Legislature

Bills Filed to ‘Rein In Rogue District Attorneys’ in Texas Legislature

Brad Johnson January 19, 2023
District attorneys choosing not to enforce certain laws has been a thorn in the Legislature's side of late.
Rep. Tinderholt Takes Stock of Speakership Challenge, Unsuccessful Effort to Ban Democratic Chairs

Rep. Tinderholt Takes Stock of Speakership Challenge, Unsuccessful Effort to Ban Democratic Chairs

Brad Johnson January 19, 2023
The challenger gained only one vote from the two that voted against Phelan two years ago, but drummed up quite the public notice.
$289 Billion Draft 2024-25 Budget Released in Texas Legislature, $15 Billion Set Aside for Property Tax Relief

$289 Billion Draft 2024-25 Budget Released in Texas Legislature, $15 Billion Set Aside for Property Tax Relief

Brad Johnson January 18, 2023
This biennial budget must navigate something previous ones haven't: a historic pot of surplus dollars that far exceeds the spending cap.

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