We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of criminal justice in Texas at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. 

Livestream: The Future of Criminal Justice Policy

We're livestreaming our conversation on the future of criminal justice in Texas at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. 

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Truancy Reform Heads Down to the Wire

With one Texas county facing a federal investigation into how it punishes chronic school-skippers — and Texas one of only two states that prosecute truants in adult courts — lawmakers are weighing two House measures that would decriminalize truancy. 

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: Feb. 19, 2014

News reports on Tuesday evening that the famously tough-on-immigration lite guv candidate Dan Patrick employed undocumented immigrants at his sports bar in the 1980s had a couple of his rivals condemning him and Patrick complaining of dirty politics.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Feb. 7, 2014

The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP lieutenant governor's race — and personified by state Sen. Dan Patrick — is angering several Hispanic party leaders to the point where one of them is considering voting for a Democrat in the general election.

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Ben Philpott

The Brief: Feb. 6, 2014

Chris Christie is coming to Texas on Thursday and with a large target on his back placed there by Democrats.

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Bob Daemmrich

Updated: The 2012 Quit List

So far, 27 26 members of the Texas House, four members of the Texas Senate, three State Board of Education members and two U.S. congressmen have said they won't seek re-election.

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Bob Daemmrich

Campaign Chatter

A handful of Texas House members who say they're leaving — either getting out or trying to move into other posts — top this week's roundup of campaign news.

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Campaign Chatter

The legislative session is over, the new maps have been drawn, and candidates are starting to make their decisions about whether to run, and for what offices.

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Spencer Selvidge

House Committee Tackles School Finance

On the heels of a newly approved House budget that leaves public schools $7.8 billion short of what they're entitled to under current funding formulas, the House Public Education Committee today considered a round of school finance bills.

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