Texas House speaker who slowed conservative agenda retires

In this July 18, 2017, file photo, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, calls the House of Representatives to order in Austin, Texas. Straus, a powerful moderate voice that kept the country's largest conservative state from moving even father to the right, abruptly announced Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, that he won't seek re-election.

Bernie Sanders speech at Women’s Convention prompts backlash

On Thursday, the Women's Convention organizers - who also led the Women's March in January - announced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be a featured speaker at the three-day event, which will take place in Detroit later this month. The convention "aims to have participants leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses," according to its press release.

Civics 101

TEXAS TRIBUNE FESTIVAL Three days. Sixty sessions. Two hundred fifty speakers. All focusing on education, climate change, President Trump, media's role in 2017, and more.

‘Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

'Bathroom bill' dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2w9qAiW AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

Revolutionary Vote Security – If Government Will Allow

Remember the overtime-session, hanging chad , 2000 George W. Bush v Al Gore presidential election? Where it all came down to Florida - and Gore unsuccessfully sued to overturn the Sunshine State's certification of Bush as its winner? I remember. I was working on the Bush side of the ledger - in Austin, Texas.

Dems face fundamental problem in Texas: Getting people to vote

Urban growth and suburban sprawl have radically changed Lone Star country, which not so long ago was a largely rural state. Republicans control super majorities in both the state House and Senate, every statewide elected office and the vast majority of the 5,000 or so local elected positions throughout the state.

Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo, Rep. Cecil Bell Jr., R-Magnolia works at his desk in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Republicans control Congress and President Donald Trump has promised to drastically cut federal regulations, but for fiercely conservative Texas it may not be enough.

Bias found in Texas district lines

AUSTIN, Texas -- Federal judges found more problems in Texas' voting-rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minority groups, whom former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office.

Joe Biden: The fight against cancer is bipartisan

"The only bipartisan thing left in America is the fight against cancer," former vice president Joe Biden said during a keynote speech at the annual SXSW festival. In a rallying cry to convince the "most innovative minds in the world" to join him in his efforts, Biden conveyed a message of hope on Sunday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

Joe Biden: The fight against cancer is bipartisan

"The only bipartisan thing left in America is the fight against cancer," former vice president Joe Biden said during a keynote speech at the annual SXSW festival. In a rallying cry to convince the "most innovative minds in the world" to join him in his efforts, Biden conveyed a message of hope on Sunday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

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On January 25, 7:30-9:00 a.m., the Colorado River Alliance will partner with the Austin Board of Realtors to host a breakfast discussion on key water issues in the 85th session of the Texas legislature, featuring Representative Paul Workman and retiring Representative Jim Keffer. Tickets are $20, and are on sale here:

Editorial: Trump won – get over it

Anne Devlin, from Plano cries Monday in the gallery of the House of Representatives after the Electoral College voted at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas. The ballots of three dozen Texas presidential electors Monday put Donald Trump over the 270 electoral votes needed to formally win the White House.

Lawsuit challenges new Texas rules over fetal remains

In this July 13, 2013 file photo, abortion rights advocates, left, protest in the State Capitol as anti-abortion rights supporters pass them in Austin, Texas. A coalition of national advocacy groups sued Texas on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, seeking to block Texas' soon-to-be-implemented rules mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains.

UT researchers speak at climate change panel, call out climate change deniers

State Rep. Elliott Naishtat and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse hosted a discussion on climate change at the State Capitol on Monday involving UT researchers Kerry Cook, a professor from the Jackson School of Geosciences, and Charles Jackson, a researcher with the UT Institute for Geophysics. Cook pointed out the danger climate change denial poses for the developing world and brought up the difference in damage between regions affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Study: in person fraud rarely occurs

Voters check in at a polling station on Super Tuesday in Austin, Texas on March 1. A federal appeals court in July ruled Texas strict voter ID law, passed in 2011, discriminates against minorities. A study confirms that in-person voter fraud, what voter ID is designed to prevent, just doesn't happen much at all.

DOJ Declined Illegal Re-Entry Prosecution of Illegal Immigrant Accused of Serial Rape

The man now accused in a series of rapes and assaults of women in Austin, Texas, was free on the streets after the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Antonio declined to prosecute him for illegal re-entry after his fourth deportation. Breitbart Texas learned on Friday that The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas was asked by agents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement Removal Operations to prosecute Nicondemo Coria-Gonzales for illegal re-entry to the U.S. after having previously deported four times.

Trump may meet with Mexican President Pena Nieto ahead of immigration speech


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This file photo taken on August 22, 2016 shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures following his speach during a campaign rally in Austin, Texas. This file photo taken on August 22, 2016 shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures following his speach during a campaign rally in Austin, Texas.

Breaking Down Trump’s Border Wall


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Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is en route to Texas today for fundraisers in Fort Worth and Austin , as well as a rally and a town hall in the latter. The rally in Austin has puzzled the local community, since the state's most famously blue bubble is hardly a hotbed of radical Trumpism.

Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

AUSTIN, Texas >> Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law as courts across the U.S., with only months before the November election, are blocking Republican-controlled states from imposing polling place restrictions that critics say target minorities and the poor. The changes must still be approved by a federal judge.

Cincinnati cop investigated over post slamming white police

A black Cincinnati police officer is under investigation over a Facebook post that mentioned that white officers "are looking for a reason to kill a black man." A black Cincinnati police officer is under investigation over a Facebook post that mentioned that white officers "are looking for a reason to kill a black man."

Nice city hall puts up names of 84 truck attack victims

Joggers, cyclists and sun-seekers are back on Nice's famed Riviera coast, a further sig... Patrol car video publicly released Thursday shows a white Austin, Texas, police officer violently throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop, followed by another white officer telling her black... Patrol car video publicly released Thursday shows a white Austin, Texas, police officer violently throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop, followed by another white officer telling her black people have... Cleveland has breathed a sigh of relief as the Republican convention concluded with about two dozen arrests over four days thanks to a massive police presence and protesters' own concerns for their safety.

Long-Time Director of Sonic Foundry Board to Retire

Sonic Foundry, Inc. , the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions , today announced that Dr. Paul S. Peercy will retire from its Board of Directors, effective immediately due to personal reasons. The board was unanimous in its praise of Dr. Peercy, who has served as a Director since 2004.