Democrats candidates Helen Madla, left, and incumbent Carlos I. Uresti, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas Senate District 4.
Democrats candidates Helen Madla, left, and incumbent Carlos I. Uresti, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas Senate District 4.

A Familiar Uresti-Madla Ballot In San Antonio

It's being called Uresti-Madla II. The upcoming face-off between state Sen. Carlos Uresti of San Antonio and Helen Madla, the widow of the senator Uresti defeated in a 2006 primary, has flipped the script on a storied battle between two prominent San Antonio families.

 
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

The Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Telemedicine Program Quickly Spreads to 57 North Texas Schools

In 2013, a telemedicine initiative run by Children’s Health hospital system in North Texas began at two preschools. Today, there are screens and carts in 57 urban and rural campuses. 

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

The Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Telemedicine Program Quickly Spreads to 57 North Texas Schools

Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Second grader Diego Montealvo visits the school nurse’s office for a virtual checkup with Dr. Stormee Williams, a pediatrician with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

In 2013, a telemedicine initiative run by Children’s Health hospital system in North Texas began at two preschools. Today, there are screens and carts in 57 urban and rural campuses. 

 

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan

The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases.  In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The Fayette coal plant outside Austin is a major contributor of greenhouse gases. In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which targeted the nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants. This is his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from Texas and more than two dozen other states to block President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.  

Email Shows Dukes Directed State Staff to Work on Festival

An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.
An email from state Rep. Dawnna Dukes to members of her staff. The email provides instructions for work her staff must complete before the upcoming African American Community Heritage Festival.

When state Rep. Dawnna Dukes sent out an email to her staff last month, her urgent instructions about an upcoming project made clear what she wanted. But the email from the Austin Democrat had nothing to do with state business.

New in TribTalk: Post-Iowa Strategy for Ted Cruz

Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.
Supporters gather to see Sen. Ted Cruz and to await the results of the Republican caucus at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb 1, 2016.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz should not take his victory in the Iowa caucuses to mean anything more than a one-delegate advantage over billionaire Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, writes St. Edward's University associate professor Brian W. Smith.

Cruz: New Hampshire, Iowa Show Only I Can Beat Trump

Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire after his third place finish in the primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A day after coming in third in New Hampshire's Republican primary, Ted Cruz stormed into South Carolina, the next early voting state, with a frontrunner's message: I'm the only who knows how to beat Donald Trump. 

Cruz Trails in New Hampshire GOP Pack

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, after an apparent third-place showing in the state's Republican presidential primary on Feb. 9, 2016.

A week after his win in the Iowa caucuses, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was jockeying for third place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, finding himself among a pack of also-rans swamped by real estate magnate Donald Trump.

"Criminal Aliens" Flashpoint of Border Security Debate

A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.
A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.