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Weekly Roundup Podcast: Central Texas Power Outages, Abbott Pushes Education Savings Accounts, Texas Sunset Commission Criticized

Weekly Roundup Podcast: Central Texas Power Outages, Abbott Pushes Education Savings Accounts, Texas Sunset Commission Criticized

Daniel Friend 11 hours ago
Catch up on the week's hottest stories in Texas politics with the reporting team at The Texan.
The Back Mic: Abbott Open to Other ERCOT Reforms, Tax Collections Indicate Economic Slowdown, Legislative Bill Statistics Update

The Back Mic: Abbott Open to Other ERCOT Reforms, Tax Collections Indicate Economic Slowdown, Legislative Bill Statistics Update

Brad Johnson 18 hours ago
This week — the governor indicates more ERCOT market reforms are possible, the comptroller’s sales tax update features a growth slowdown, and thousands of bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature.
More Evidence Surfaces on Harris County Paper Ballot Shortage as Court Considers New Elections

More Evidence Surfaces on Harris County Paper Ballot Shortage as Court Considers New Elections

Holly Hansen February 2, 2023
An appointed judge is considering lawsuits for new elections, while a new report alleges officials did not initially provide enough ballots.
Texas Republican Looks to Require Labeling of Products That Include ‘Human Fetal Tissue’

Texas Republican Looks to Require Labeling of Products That Include ‘Human Fetal Tissue’

Cameron Abrams February 2, 2023
Hall's bill comes after years of incidents where fetal cells were found to be used in design, testing, and production of a variety of consumer products.
Behemoth Bills and Bureaucracies: Texas’ Unique, Cumbersome Sunset Review Process

Behemoth Bills and Bureaucracies: Texas’ Unique, Cumbersome Sunset Review Process

Brad Johnson February 2, 2023
The process is cumbersome and takes up to or more than a year to review each agency when its charter nears expiration.
‘Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back’: Central Texas Outages From Iced, Downed Power Lines Linger

‘Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back’: Central Texas Outages From Iced, Downed Power Lines Linger

Brad Johnson February 2, 2023
Mayor Kirk Watson did not hold back, criticizing the city officials' belated communication with the public.
Lawsuit Against Dr. Peter McCullough by Baylor Scott & White Dismissed

Lawsuit Against Dr. Peter McCullough by Baylor Scott & White Dismissed

Kim Roberts February 2, 2023
A lawsuit alleging that McCullough had violated a separation agreement with Baylor Scott & White has been settled and dismissed with prejudice.
School Choice Advocates Criticize Public Education Lobby Over Claim Vouchers ‘Lack Accountability’

School Choice Advocates Criticize Public Education Lobby Over Claim Vouchers ‘Lack Accountability’

Matt Stringer February 2, 2023
A school choice policy expert claims certain public education lobby groups have legislative agendas that are in direct conflict with each other.
VIDEO: Q&A with The Texan Reporters

VIDEO: Q&A with The Texan Reporters

Daniel Friend February 2, 2023
The Texan reporters answered audience questions the intricacies of reporting on the Texas politics this legislative session.
VIDEO: Election Reform Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Election Reform Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend February 1, 2023
Two key lawmakers discussed one of the hottest issues in Texas — election reform — with senior reporter Hayden Sparks.
Lawsuit Against Paxton by ‘Whistleblowers’ Could Be Headed For Settlement, per Report

Lawsuit Against Paxton by ‘Whistleblowers’ Could Be Headed For Settlement, per Report

Hayden Sparks February 1, 2023
The attorney general has spent much of his administration suing President Biden over illegal immigration and the border crisis.
Gov. Greg Abbott Backs Education Savings Accounts as School Choice Option for Texas Legislature

Gov. Greg Abbott Backs Education Savings Accounts as School Choice Option for Texas Legislature

Brad Johnson February 1, 2023
The statement marks Abbott's first foray into a detailed plan for school choice reform this year.
Majority of Texans Say Child Sex Change Procedures are ‘Child Abuse’ in New Poll

Majority of Texans Say Child Sex Change Procedures are ‘Child Abuse’ in New Poll

Holly Hansen February 1, 2023
A new University of Houston poll found that 57 percent of Texans support legislation classifying sex change procedures for minors as child abuse.
VIDEO: Separation of Powers Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Separation of Powers Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend February 1, 2023
A key group of lawmakers discussed the separation of powers in Texas government with senior reporter Brad Johnson.
Texans Sue Biden Administration Over New Federal Rule on Pistol Braces

Texans Sue Biden Administration Over New Federal Rule on Pistol Braces

Matt Stringer February 1, 2023
Gun rights advocates are suing over an administrative rule that criminalizes possession of millions of commonly used firearms equipped with pistol braces.
VIDEO: Energy and the Grid Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Energy and the Grid Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend February 1, 2023
A bipartisan group of lawmakers discussed the Texas grid and energy policies with Senior Reporter Brad Johnson.
VIDEO: Abortion and Vaccines Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Abortion and Vaccines Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend January 31, 2023
A bipartisan group of lawmakers discussed abortion and vaccination policies with reporter Holly Hansen.
Children in Attendance at Drag Event in North Texas

Children in Attendance at Drag Event in North Texas

Cameron Abrams January 31, 2023
Drag shows with children present are continuing to occur in Texas, garnering increasing calls from legislators to ban such events.
VIDEO: Public Education and School Choice Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Public Education and School Choice Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend January 31, 2023
A bipartisan group of lawmakers discussed public education and school choice in Texas with reporter Holly Hansen.
Lawmakers Urge School Districts to End Tax-Funded Membership in Texas Association of School Boards

Lawmakers Urge School Districts to End Tax-Funded Membership in Texas Association of School Boards

Holly Hansen January 31, 2023
Prompted by controversial transgender guidelines, a coalition of lawmakers want public schools to stop paying dues to the private association.
VIDEO: Child Gender Modification Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

VIDEO: Child Gender Modification Panel at the 88th Session Kickoff

Daniel Friend January 31, 2023
A group of lawmakers discussed child gender modification policies in Texas with Matt Stringer, reporter for The Texan.

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