John Legend Targets Texas Incarceration Rates

Last Updated by Alexa Ura - Texas Tribune on

Ahead of a trip to Texas to advocate for an end to mass incarceration, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer talked with the Tribune about why the state is so crucial to the criminal justice reform movement.

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John Cornyn Steps Up, Says He'll Spare the Whip

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In his first sit-down interview as the new Senate majority whip, Texas' senior senator said President Obama isn't engaged, Harry Reid is an obstructionist and Ted Cruz and he disagree over tactics, not ideology. 

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In Texas Case, Supreme Court Upholds One Person, One Vote

Posted by Jordan Rudner - The Texas Tribune on

In a unanimous decision released Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Texas' current system for drawing legislative districts so that they are roughly equal in population.

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Analysis: Voters, Y'all

Posted by Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune on

Politicians won’t say it but the fact is, voters are ignorant. They are truly terrible at sorting good from bad information, at checking things out, at questioning their own assumptions when new information comes in.

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Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border

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Even as President Obama moves to normalize relations, Cuban refugees continue pouring into Texas through Laredo at record levels. If current numbers hold, 2016 could see nearly twice as many Cuban entries as 2015, taking advantage of welcoming U.S. laws that grant them quick legal status.

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Analysis: For Sid Miller, No Competition Means Few Causes for Concern

Posted by Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune on

Texas agriculture commissioners have historically had a hard time getting any news coverage. It sometimes seems the only way to get any attention at that relatively low rung on the statewide ladder is to foul up. That’s why you’ve probably seen so much of Sid Miller during the past year or so.

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Analysis: Low Voter Turnout in Texas Gets Obama's Attention

Posted by Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune on

Perhaps it’s not in the best interests of the people now in office in Texas — whatever their party labels — to change the electoral setup that put them in office.

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Texas Disavows Controversial Women's Health Study

Posted by Edgar Walters - The Texas Tribune on

Texas health officials have asked a prominent academic journal to take the state's name off a published finding that Texas women lost access to health care services after lawmakers kicked Planned Parenthood out of a family planning program.

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Texas Relying on Nonprofit Clinics for Zika Defense

Posted by Edgar Walters - The Texas Tribune on

Access to preventive health care in heavily uninsured Texas is challenging for its poorest residents, many of whom are at greater risk for contracting a mosquito-borne virus like Zika. So the state is relying on nonprofit community clinics to be the front line of public health defense.

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In Final Weeks, Millions Spent in Handful of House Races

Posted by Alexa Ura - The Texas Tribune on

As Texas primary races head into the final stretch, the latest campaign finance reports show House Speaker Joe Straus and a handful of his allies are spending big to fight off their Tea Party-backed challengers.

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Analysis: Could Surname Be Key in Republican Supreme Court Race?

Posted by Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune on

Do Republican voters in Texas have an aversion to Hispanic names? Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman is hoping that bit of election folklore is untrue.

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Opioid Abuse Prevention Off to Slow Start

Last Updated by Ashley Lopez - KUT on

As in most of the country, a growing number of Texans are becoming addicted to — and dying from — the use of heroin and prescription pain medication. State lawmakers passed a bill last year aimed at curbing opioid overdoses, but some advocates say the state has been moving too slowly.

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Texas Sheriffs, Jails on Immigration Front Line

Posted by Morgan Smith and Terri Langford - The Texas Tribune on

The federal government stands poised to deport immigrants who commit serious crimes in the United States — provided someone else catches them first. The success of federal efforts to detain criminal immigrants depends largely on local sheriffs, and approaches vary widely across Texas. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

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With 4 Candidates in Health Care, Senate Race Stirs Unique Debate

Posted by Edgar Walters - The Texas Tribune on

In a Republican primary cycle dominated by talk of illegal immigration and national security, four of the six candidates for an open state Senate seat have ties to the health care industry.

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Analysis: Texas, Uncharacteristically, is an Early Primary State

Posted by Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune on

The presidential field is shrinking, but the nominations won’t be decided until Texans have spoken. It’s partly a matter of timing and partly a matter of size.

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