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After saying he has “no plans” to run for governor, Beto O’Rourke quick to clarify he might

After saying he has “no plans” to run for governor, Beto O’Rourke quick to clarify he might

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Former U.S. Rep. has not ruled out a run for governor after all.Earlier Friday, The Dallas Morning News O'Rourke made on an upcoming morning program that roused the Texas political class and suggested he no longer was interested in running for governor.“I’ve got no plans to run, and I’m very focused on the things that I’m lucky enough to do right now — organizing, registering voters and teaching,” O’Rourke said on NBC DFW’s which will air Sunday. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing now.”The...

Apr 2
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South Texas emerges as political hotbed after Democrats underperformed there in 2020

South Texas emerges as political hotbed after Democrats underperformed there in 2020

South Texas is quickly shaping up to be the epicenter of the state's political universe in 2022, a notable shift after the two major parties spent the last two elections duking it out in the suburbs.There are ample unknowns, starting with redistricting. But the number of political attractions cropping up in South Texas are becoming numerous, especially after the news Monday that U.S. Rep. , D-Brownsville, would not seek reelection.Vela’s seat was already one of three in South Texas that national Republicans, emboldened after former President Donald Trump overperformed across the region last...

Mar 26
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U.S. Rep Chip Roy rebuked after using hearing on violence against Asian Americans to attack China over coronavirus

U.S. Rep Chip Roy rebuked after using hearing on violence against Asian Americans to attack China over coronavirus

WASHINGTON— U.S. Rep , R-Austin, on Thursday criticized a hearing intended to address discrimination against Asian Americans as an attack on free speech, as he used the forum to denounce the Chinese government over the coronavirus pandemic.His comments drew sharp rebukes from his Asian American colleagues and other Democrats who said Roy and other Texas Republicans have used rhetoric about China that stokes racism toward Asian communities.The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held the hearing to discuss discrimination just two days after police say a white man went on a shooting rampage...

Mar 18
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Three Texas Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to police who protected Capitol during insurrection

Three Texas Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to police who protected Capitol during insurrection

Three Texas Congressmen voted on Wednesday against a resolution honoring the U.S. Capitol Police for its efforts to protect members of both chambers amid a violent insurrection on Jan. 6.Republican U.S. Reps. of Victoria, of Tyler and of Terrell voted against that awarded Congressional Gold Medals — the legislative chamber's "highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions" — to members of the Capitol police force. The bipartisan resolution passed 413-12.stated that Congressional Trump allies tried "to scrub references to the insurrection" from...

Mar 18
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President Joe Biden to visit Houston on Friday after winter storm

President Joe Biden to visit Houston on Friday after winter storm

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans visit Texas on Friday in the wake of extensive winter storm damage in the state.The president and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Houston, according to a White House announcement. Biden has engaged from afar with state and local officials but stated a reluctance to come to Texas too soon because he didn't want his traveling entourage to pull resources from the crisis at hand.“When the president lands in a city in America, it has a long tail,” he reporters Friday.At a briefing soon after the announcement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told...

Feb 23
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Texans in Congress vote along party lines as U.S. House punishes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for incendiary, racist statements

Texans in Congress vote along party lines as U.S. House punishes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for incendiary, racist statements

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.WASHINGTON — In a rare move, the U.S. House voted Thursday to strip a member, Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, of her committee assignments.Greene has been under fire for expressing support for the QAnon conspiracy movement and for a history of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic remarks.The House's action served as a de facto way to put Republican members on the record in a budding intraparty fight that pits more traditional Republicans who focus on issues like tax cuts and...

Feb 5
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All 13 Texas Democrats in the U.S. House have called for impeaching Donald Trump after Wednesday's riot

All 13 Texas Democrats in the U.S. House have called for impeaching Donald Trump after Wednesday's riot

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.With Democratic leadership in Congress calling for the removal of President Donald Trump 12 days before his term expires, all Texas Democrats in the U.S. House support the idea of impeaching him for a second time."After yesterday’s failed coup attempt, it is clear that our fragile democracy cannot afford more pain and destruction," said U.S. Rep. , D-El Paso, on Thursday. "Congress must impeach him again, remove him from office immediately and bar him from holding office ever again.”House Democrats intend...

Jan 8
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Most Texan Republicans in the U.S. House voted in favor of objections to certifying Joe Biden's win

Most Texan Republicans in the U.S. House voted in favor of objections to certifying Joe Biden's win

Most Texas Republicans in the U.S. House voted in favor of in two swing states, hours after the Capitol had been stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump who were angry over Congress' plan to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.But overall, Congress overwhelmingly voted against the objection by U.S. Sen. , R-Texas, to the certification of Arizona's results. The vote for Arizona was 93-6 in the Senate and 303-121 in the House. Later, the Senate voted 92-7 against an objection to certifying Pennsylvania's results; House members rejected it 282-138. For either objection to...

Jan 7
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Texans begin new congressional terms as fights over GOP attempts to overturn election continue

Texans begin new congressional terms as fights over GOP attempts to overturn election continue

Texas’ representatives in Congress were sworn in on Sunday, but only after the state's Democrats helped Nancy Pelosi secure a fourth term as House speaker and a prominent House Republican from Texas sought to undermine efforts by members of his own party to overturn the presidential election results.The normally happy affair of swearing-in day took an unusual turn when U.S. Rep. , R-Austin, objected to the seating of his colleagues in the six states where President Donald Trump and his allies have questioned the presidential election results: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania...

Jan 3
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Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term

Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. , R-The Woodlands, announced Wednesday morning that this will be his last term serving in the U.S. House.First elected in 1996, Brady is one of the most senior members of the Texas delegation and a powerful player within the House Republican conference. The announcement was widely expected as he was facing a term limit in his role as the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, which legislates tax law."I am retiring as your Congressman. This term, my 13th, will be my...

Apr 14
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