Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference on Harvey recovery efforts at the state Capitol on Nov. 17, 2017. Abbott is flanked by Sen. John Cornyn and Pam Patenaude, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference on Harvey recovery efforts at the state Capitol on Nov. 17, 2017. Abbott is flanked by Sen. John Cornyn and&nbsp;<span>Pam Patenaude, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</span></p>

Texas Republicans spar with White House over latest disaster aid request

After Gov. Greg Abbott panned the Trump administration's $44 billion request to Congress for hurricane recovery, the White House quickly responded by calling on the state to pony up its own dollars.

Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway's HOV and Toll lanes exit into Metro's Eastowood Transit Center in Houston Friday, October 19, 2012.
Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway's HOV and Toll lanes exit into Metro's Eastowood Transit Center in Houston Friday, October 19, 2012.

The Brief: TxDOT abandons roadmap for tollways

State transportation leaders are no longer considering an accounting maneuver to skirt a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for some toll projects.

Texas Republicans spar with White House over latest disaster aid request

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference on Harvey recovery efforts at the state Capitol on Nov. 17, 2017. Abbott is flanked by Sen. John Cornyn and&nbsp;Pam Patenaude, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference on Harvey recovery efforts at the state Capitol on Nov. 17, 2017. Abbott is flanked by Sen. John Cornyn and&nbsp;<span>Pam Patenaude, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</span></p>

After Gov. Greg Abbott panned the Trump administration's $44 billion request to Congress for hurricane recovery, the White House quickly responded by calling on the state to pony up its own dollars.

The Brief: TxDOT abandons roadmap for tollways

Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway's HOV and Toll lanes exit into Metro's Eastowood Transit Center in Houston Friday, October 19, 2012.
Interstate 45 Gulf Freeway's HOV and Toll lanes exit into Metro's Eastowood Transit Center in Houston Friday, October 19, 2012.

State transportation leaders are no longer considering an accounting maneuver to skirt a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for some toll projects.

 

The Brief: Turbulence over Texas tollways

The Sam Houston Parkway, along with the Sam Houston Tollway, in Houston.
The Sam Houston Parkway, along with the Sam Houston Tollway, in Houston.

Is it constitutional for the state’s transportation agency to use an accounting trick to add toll lanes to Texas highways — even though the state’s voters already decided against funneling more money toward toll lanes?

Analysis: The biggest threat to the Texas GOP? The Texas GOP

Rep. Sarah Davis R-West University Place, speaks to media regarding her request to add ethics reform to the special session on Aug. 2, 2017
<p>Rep. Sarah Davis R-West University Place, speaks to media regarding her request to add ethics reform to the special session on Aug. 2, 2017</p>

Texas governors generally don’t endorse against incumbents, never mind endorsing against incumbents in their own party. This puts a sort of official stamp on a split in the GOP that so many Republicans won’t even acknowledge.

In Austin, Pence makes pitch for "across the board" tax cuts

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence defends the record of the Trump administration during a 25-minute speech to the Republican Governor's Association annual conference in Austin on Nov. 15, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>U.S. Vice President Mike Pence defends the record of the Trump administration during a 25-minute speech to the Republican Governor's Association annual conference in Austin on Nov. 15, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

"We're going to take a decisive step — before the end of this year ... to cut taxes across the board for working families and businesses," Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday in a speech to a meeting of Republican governors in Austin.

Don Willett defends tweets at confirmation hearing before U.S. Senate

Texas nominees to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals James C. Ho (left) and&nbsp;Don R. Willett are sworn in during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;
<p>Texas nominees to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals James C. Ho (left) and&nbsp;Don R. Willett are sworn in during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 2017.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, a nominee of President Donald Trump to a federal court, defended past tweets about transgender people and same-sex marriage as jokes at a confirmation hearing Wednesday.