Texas Politics

October 25, 2017 - 10:46 am
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Texas House Speaker Rep. Joe Straus, of San Antonio, has announced he will not run for re-election. "Just as my ascension to the Speaker’s office was unconventional and my approach to governing is unusual in these divisive times, I know this is also an unexpected decision," said...
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Texas House of Representatives
October 23, 2017 - 4:21 pm
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Criminal charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes have been dropped, according to court documents. The charges were dismissed Monday by the Travis County District Attorney's Office due to insufficient evidence. "Representative Dukes was innocent from day one," said Dane Ball, an...
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US Department of Justice
October 20, 2017 - 3:06 pm
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the Texas Legislature for passing Senate Bill 4 - the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill - and defended many of the Trump administration's immigration proposals Friday morning in Austin. Sessions delivered remarks at the U.S. Attorney's...
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September 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has hit the pause button on long-running legal challenges to the state's congressional and House district maps. The separate rulings Tuesday block two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of those maps. A lower court in San Antonio had ruled that...
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August 24, 2017 - 6:50 pm
SAN ANTONIO (KJCE) -- The state of Texas may have to take another look at the Texas House district map, following a ruling Thursday afternoon that nine districts must be redrawn. The ruling, by the same three judge panel in San Antonio that ruled against the state's Congressional map last week ,...
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August 23, 2017 - 5:10 pm
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Texas' revised Voter ID law is on hold, following a permanent injunction issued Wednesday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued a ruling that the original 2011 law, as well as a softened version passed earlier this year, violates the Voting...
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August 18, 2017 - 3:51 pm
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Texas is taking its fight over the state's Congressional maps to the United States Supreme Court. The move comes following a Tuesday ruling that declared Districts 27 and 35 unconstitutional . District 27 stretches from portions of Caldwell and Bastrop Counties, all the way towards...
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August 16, 2017 - 7:22 am
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- The first special session of the 85th Legislature is in the books - a day early. The Texas House adjourned sine die Tuesday afternoon after accepting a Senate compromise on school finance reform. Then, later Tuesday night, the Senate rejected a House version of property tax reform...
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August 15, 2017 - 5:25 pm
SAN ANTONIO (KJCE) -- The race is on to re-draw two of Texas' congressional districts ahead of Campaign 2018, after they were declared unconstitutional Tuesday. A three-judge panel in San Antonio ruled unanimously Tuesday that Districts 27 and 35 are unconstitutional, and violate the federal Voting...
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Dreamstime
August 14, 2017 - 6:54 am
AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Gov. Greg Abbott has a fifth bill to sign out of the current special session. The Texas Senate advanced a bill Sunday limiting municipal annexation in larger counties across the state. Under current law, a city can annex territory within its extraterritorial jurisdiction without...
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