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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!”

Obama includes 11 Texas candidates in midterm endorsements

President Barack Obama issued a second round of midterm endorsements, lending his name in support of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and state legislature.

Political spam: Is there a way to make it stop?

With the 2018 general election just a few months away, many local, statewide and congressional candidates are looking for ways to leave lasting impressions on Texas voters. Texting and emailing has proven to be one of the more modern – ...

The Abbott, Valdez debate over arming teachers, Harvey recovery in debate

Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, swung away at Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in their first and only debate the evening of Sept.28, while Abbott largely ignored her and defended his first term.

O’Rourke holds his own against Cruz in first debate

In their first Texas Senate debate at Southern Methodist University held Friday evening, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke squared off on a range of hot-button issues from immigration and health care to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh ...

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, hosted its final forum Sept. 17 at the African American Museum. The political forum featured candidates running for the District Attorney’s office: incumbent Faith Johnson and challenger John Creuzot.