During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.
During the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.

Analysis: Luckily for Texas, voters don’t get report cards

A recent study of mayoral races — those important but rarely epic meat-and-potatoes exercises in civic responsibility — revealed some ugly facts about voters in general and Texas voters in particular.

 
 

In West Texas, abandoned well sinks land, sucks tax dollars

The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.
The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.

Land around a West Texas roadway used to be flat. Now, it’s fissured, sinking and has cost taxpayers more than a million dollars — all because of a water well that was left unplugged. 

 

Former Sen. Eltife appointed to UT Board of Regents; Wallace Hall passed over

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

An era of disunity and controversy on the University of Texas System Board of Regents could soon be ending, as the most controversial member of the board Wallace Hall and his two closest ideological allies have been passed over for reappointment to the board. 

With Rubio's support, Tillerson's confirmation as secretary of state all but assured

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January
11, 2017.
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2017.

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson's nomination to lead the State Department is on track, thanks to the support of a crucial Republican senator. 

Supreme Court rejects Texas voter ID appeal — for now

A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.
A sign describing Texas' new voter ID law is displayed at Fiesta Mart in Austin on Election Day 2013.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up Texas’ effort salvage its strict voter identification law, handing at least a temporary victory to civil rights advocates who have successfully argued that the law discriminates against minorities.

Travis County sheriff announces new "sanctuary" policy

Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.
Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.

A Friday announcement by newly-elected Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez that her office would reduce cooperation with federal immigration authorities will set up a showdown with Texas Republican leaders, especially Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Texas dance troupe swings through Washington for Trump inauguration

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The Lil' Wranglers of College Station perform at the 2017 Black Tie And Boots Ball outside Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2017.
The Lil' Wranglers of College Station perform at the 2017 Black Tie And Boots Ball outside Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2017.

The Lil' and Elite Wranglers, a College Station-based troupe of dancers made up of nine- to 18-year-olds, took their Texas swing to Washington, D.C., on Friday for the Inaugural Parade of President Donald Trump.

For Texas students at inauguration, history of moment trumps turmoil

San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.
San Antonio high school students (l.-r.) Justin Cantu, Jacob Webster, Sarahi Rivas, Cianna Kaysing and Autumn Duerr, in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Trump, on January 20, 2017.

After spending a year raising money for the trip, a group of San Antonio students managed to look past any political disappointment to enjoy the experience of witnessing a peaceful transfer of power. 

After GOP appeal, Texas Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage case

Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.
Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.

The Texas Supreme Court reversed course and agreed to take up a case involving benefits for married same-sex couples after Republican leaders urged the court to reconsider its earlier decision to let a lower court decision stand.