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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry posed with his official portrait before its hanging at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry posed with his official portrait before its hanging at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016.
Students, educators, activists and parents march on the south lawn of the Capitol in Austin on January 24, 2017 to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options.
Students, educators, activists and parents march on the south lawn of the Capitol in Austin on January 24, 2017 to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options.
Supporters turn out for Trans Texan Lobby Day 2017 at the state Capitol on March 6, 2017. It was a busy day with several events both opposing and supporting SB6, the so-called "bathroom bill."
Supporters turn out for Trans Texan Lobby Day 2017 at the state Capitol on March 6, 2017. It was a busy day with several events both opposing and supporting SB6, the so-called "bathroom bill."

The Brief: How to watch live public testimony on the Texas bathroom bill

The so-called "bathroom bill" gets its first committee hearing today, after months of controversy surrounding the legislation. Here's how to watch it live.

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 Brief: Texas Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage case today

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today around 9 a.m. in a Houston case challenging the city's benefits policy for married same-sex couples.

The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.
The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.

The Brief: Will Texas be home to America’s first high-speed rail?

A private company wants to build a 240-mile Dallas-Houston high-speed rail that could whisk Texans between the two metropolitans in 90 minutes. But the proposed project has drawn ire from some lawmakers and rural landowners

Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.
Des Moines, Iowa USA January 28, 2016: New York businessman Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to next week's caucuses.

The Brief: How do Texans really feel about Donald Trump?

Texas Republicans like Donald Trump — a lot. More than 80 percent of Republicans surveyed in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll approve of Trump's work so far. 

Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.
Gov. Abbott delivers the State of the State address at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2017.

The Brief: Two major bills head to the full Senate

The Senate State Affairs Committee advanced two major pieces of legislation Thursday: a bill that would end most union payroll deductions for public employees in the state and a resolution that would put Texas in support of a convention of states.

Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.
Protesters on both sides of the issue face off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside, March 2, 2016. The case is focused on Texas law HB2, which if enforced would result in the closure of more than 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state.

The Brief: New abortion fights in Texas start today

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is taking up three abortion-related bills today. Here's what you need to know.