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Fighting care for transgender kids shifts from a fringe issue to a litmus test for Texas Republicans

Gov. Greg Abbott sparked a national uproar last month when he authorized child-abuse investigations into families that allow transgender kids to receive gender-affirming care. But the political momentum toward the move had been building for months, after the failure at the Legislature of a bill to block such treatments for kids paved the way for […]

With a congressional seat suddenly open, Democrats in the Rio Grande Valley race to recruit for a competitive district

Democrats in the Rio Grande Valley are scrambling to make up for lost time after U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, decided to seek reelection in a different district, leaving an open seat in what is expected to be the state’s most competitive congressional race next year. With less than a month and a half until […]

GOP state Rep. Lyle Larson, who has increasingly broken with his party, won’t seek reelection

State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, who bucked his party on a number of major issues this year, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection. In an email to constituents, Larson said he was following through on legislation he has repeatedly introduced that imposes a term limit of 12 years on any elected official at […]

South Texas was already a political battleground. New maps could alter game plans.

The initial redistricting maps released this week are raising fresh questions about Texas Republicans’ hopes of flipping seats in South Texas. After President Joe Biden underperformed there last year, national and state Republicans charged into the 2022 election cycle determined to show they can make inroads in the predominantly Hispanic region. Speaking Thursday in Austin, […]

John Wray fights for old Texas House seat against Brian Harrison in special election that has turned personal

Former state Rep. John Wray and fellow Republican Brian Harrison are locked in a brawl for Wray’s old seat as Tuesday’s special election runoff approaches, battling over their resumes, public education and their conservative credentials. But the fight has turned especially personal in the final days, as Wray’s wife accuses Harrison of “false, negative attacks […]

Special election runoff between John Wray and Brian Harrison for state House district in North Texas set for Sept. 28

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that Sept. 28 will be the date of the special election runoff to replace former state Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, setting up a two-week sprint to the contest. Early voting begins Monday. The runoff features two Republicans: John Wray, Ellzey’s predecessor in the seat, and Brian Harrison, the former […]

Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

“Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic […]