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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

It was a tighter race than the Republicans or the Democrats initially expected, but in the end, Ted Cruz won another six years in the U.S. Senate over Democrat Beto O'Rourke. Read more»

Officers take cover during Thursday night's shooting.

Texas politicians and community leaders must do what the police courageously did on Thursday night in Dallas: Somebody has to run toward the trouble. Read more»

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz suggested holding retention elections that could knock Supreme Court justices off the bench. Sounds good, right? Read more» 2

The Curtis Culwell Convention Center in Garland, Texas.

The sharper the speech — the harder it pokes at something dear to someone else — the greater the chance of a strong reaction. Read more»

Cruz speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

In January 2012, at a sidewalk table in front of a Starbucks on Congress Avenue in Austin — this is a block from the state Capitol, mind you — Ted Cruz was taking a reporter through what sounded like a harebrained campaign for U.S. Senate. Read more»

Photo illustration of the White House and the Texas state capitol.

Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state's voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws. Read more»

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Less than two weeks before the start of early voting, a federal judge ruled Texas's photo voter ID law unconstitutional late Thursday and ordered state officials to drop the new requirements. Read more»

Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August, 8, 2014.

Analysis: This indictment could be to Rick Perry's presidential campaign what a sewer leak is to the opening of a new restaurant: The food might not be the diners’ strongest memory of the meal. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and Texas Adjutant General John Nichols, announced the deployment of National Guard troops to the Texas border on July 21, 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state's border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn't doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run. Read more»

Signs outside of early voting locations in Austin on Feb. 23, 2014.

Everybody knows about the Hispanic growth of Texas and how that might change the state's politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to think about: Elderly voters are a key part of their conservative constituency. Who will replace them? Read more»

The U.S. Department of Justice will ask a federal court to require Texas to seek permission before the state can change its election laws, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech to the National Urban League on Thursday. Read more»

Lieutenant Governor of Texas David Dewhurst speaks at the GOP Watch Party.

David Dewhurst’s dream ended like a fairy tale: The clock struck 12 and the lieutenant governor’s bid for conservative redemption came to pieces. Read more»

Here is a quick measure of the political climate in Texas, from one of the leaders of a group that wants to make this a competitive state: Texas Democrats don’t let friends run for statewide office. Read more»

Texas lawmakers didn’t comply with the Voting Rights Act when they drew new maps for congressional, state Senate and state House districts, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday. Read more» 1

Gilberto Hinojosa

Texas Democrats, trying to compete in a state that overwhelmingly favors Republican candidates for executive, legislative and judicial offices, elected their first Hispanic chairman Saturday. Read more»

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