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Governor Abbott Announces First 2021 Special Session Will Begin July 8

Governor Abbott Announces First 2021 Special Session Will Begin July 8

Brad Johnson June 22, 2021
The agenda items for the first special session have yet to be announced.
New Texas Law to Tighten Election Residency Requirements Challenged in Federal Court

New Texas Law to Tighten Election Residency Requirements Challenged in Federal Court

Daniel Friend June 22, 2021
In the ongoing partisan fight over election reform, a lawsuit was filed to challenge a new law that tightens residency requirements for voter registration.
Texas Lawmaker Calls for Investigation Into Pornhub for ‘Child Pornography,’ ‘Non-Consensual’ Content

Texas Lawmaker Calls for Investigation Into Pornhub for ‘Child Pornography,’ ‘Non-Consensual’ Content

Isaiah Mitchell June 22, 2021
Krause accused MindGeek, its subsidiary Pornhub, and the pornography industry of "fueling deadly and dangerous human trafficking.”
Law to Keep Faith Organizations ‘Essential’ During Disasters Takes Immediate Effect

Law to Keep Faith Organizations ‘Essential’ During Disasters Takes Immediate Effect

Isaiah Mitchell June 22, 2021
Perhaps the broadest law of its kind to pass the 87th legislature, Shaheen's bill applies to the state and all its local subdivisions.
O’Rourke, Democrats Rally Against GOP Election Bill as Lawmakers Gear up for Round Two

O’Rourke, Democrats Rally Against GOP Election Bill as Lawmakers Gear up for Round Two

Hayden Sparks June 22, 2021
A Dallas Democrat characterized debating election reform with Republicans as “negotiating with terrorists.”
Troy ISD to Consider $135 Million Tax Break for Solar Company that Pledges to Create One Job

Troy ISD to Consider $135 Million Tax Break for Solar Company that Pledges to Create One Job

Brad Johnson June 21, 2021
Chapter 313 abatements were created to entice businesses to relocate to Texas and entities across the state have issued hundreds since 2001.
Texas Supreme Court Denies Appeal by Texas Landowners, Leaves Texas Central with Eminent Domain Authority

Texas Supreme Court Denies Appeal by Texas Landowners, Leaves Texas Central with Eminent Domain Authority

Kim Roberts June 21, 2021
The Texas Supreme Court denied an appeal by Texas landowners challenging the eminent domain authority of the Texas Central high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.
Former Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman Launches Texas Attorney General Campaign

Former Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman Launches Texas Attorney General Campaign

Daniel Friend June 21, 2021
Eva Guzman has officially joined Ken Paxton and George P. Bush in the high-profile race for Texas attorney general.
Harris County Snags $1 Million in Private Funds for Elections Before State Ban Goes Into Effect

Harris County Snags $1 Million in Private Funds for Elections Before State Ban Goes Into Effect

Holly Hansen June 21, 2021
After a Zuckerberg-funded group poured millions into Texas’ urban elections departments in 2020, new state law will ban such donations, but not until September.
Veto Tracker: A List of Bills From the 87th Legislature Gov. Greg Abbott Has Vetoed

Veto Tracker: A List of Bills From the 87th Legislature Gov. Greg Abbott Has Vetoed

Hayden Sparks June 21, 2021
Under Article IV, Section 14 of the Texas Constitution, Gov. Greg Abbott has the authority to veto bills passed by the legislature.
Illegal Immigration Is Making Texas Vulnerable to Violence by Mexican Drug Cartels

Illegal Immigration Is Making Texas Vulnerable to Violence by Mexican Drug Cartels

Hayden Sparks June 21, 2021
Retired ICE Special Agent Victor Avila says illegal aliens are “exploiting these new policies under the Biden administration.”
Today in Texas History: Juneteenth Becomes a Native Holiday

Today in Texas History: Juneteenth Becomes a Native Holiday

Isaiah Mitchell June 19, 2021
Texas became the first state to celebrate the holiday after being one of the last states to officially hear the Emancipation Proclamation.

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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