Rep. Veasey introduces bill to incentivize Medicaid expansion

U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act to extend Medicaid coverage availability in the 14 states that have yet to accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. ...

Political experts: Suing the government not an option to end shutdown

As the government shutdown enters an unprecedented fifth week, some are calling for drastic measures to end the stalemate that has 800,000 government employees either working without pay or altogether furloughed and unable to put food on the table.

Texas officials vote to remove Confederate plaque at Capitol

Following more than a year of complaints from elected officials of all political stripes, a state board that oversees the Texas Capitol grounds voted unanimously Friday to remove a controversial Confederate plaque that falsely asserts that the Civil War was ...

Trump threatens national border wall emergency

President Trump on Friday threatened to use emergency powers to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that would defy a Congress that – amid Democratic opposition – has thus far refused to allocate any new money for ...

House Democrats take power amid Texas delegation shakeup

With the backing of Texas’ congressional Democrats, Nancy Pelosi on Thursday became the first U.S. House member to recapture the speaker’s gavel since the days Texan Sam Rayburn ruled Capitol Hill.

Rep. Johnson awarded Steele Social Justice Award

State Rep. Eric Johnson was awarded the 2018 Cleophas R. Steele Jr. Social Justice Award for his work in the Texas Legislature. He accepted the award at Good Street Baptist Church, Dec. 16.

Policing for profit: Texas police seized more than $50 million of property – but not everyone was guilty of a crime

In February 2016, prosecutors in Houston filed a lawsuit against a truck: State of Texas vs. One 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.

Washington looks to Texas on criminal justice reform bill

When the White House endorsed a bipartisan effort to reduce the federal prison population and improve the lives of inmates already behind bars, President Donald Trump made one thing clear:

Veasey introduces act to grow small businesses

On Wednesday, Congressman Marc Veasey introduced the Diverse Small Businesses Empowerment Act to permanently cut the upfront Small Business Administration loan fees and eliminate economic barriers institutionally faced by women, minority and veteran small-business owners.

Rep. Bonnen gains momentum for Texas House speaker, four candidates drop out

Momentum among House Republicans was building Monday morning in state Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s campaign for speaker of the Texas House, as four GOP legislators vying for the job dropped out of the race and endorsed the Angleton Republican.

Texas 2018 midterm election results

On Tuesday, Texas voters decided who will represent the state in the first national election of the Donald Trump era. Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke fell to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in a U.S. Senate race that has garnered national ...

Texas Dems hoped for historic wins in 2018: What they got instead was hope for 2020

Texas Democrats on Tuesday came closer than they have in two decades. But the “blue wave” many had hoped for failed to crest over the state.

Why the candidates are arguing more about health care than Trump in Texas’ top races for Congress

The focus is not on President Donald Trump or whatever is on cable news on a given day – health care is the dominant issue in Texas’ most competitive congressional races.

Avoiding problems with straight-ticket voting in Texas

Hey, Texplainer: I’m hearing reports of voting machines changing the selections of some straight-ticket voters. What gives?

The importance of midterm elections

Next month’s fast-approaching midterm elections count as one of the most consequential in a lifetime, according to political scholar Norman Ornstein. With that in mind, AARP launched a campaign titled, “Be the Difference. Vote!”