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Rick Perry loses second request to dismiss case against him

Jan 27, 2015

Democratic conspiracy against Rick Perry now includes Republican judge statesman.com/news/news/stat…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @jpodhoretz: I believe the indictment is garbage but I don't get how Perry runs under indictment. statesman.com/news/news/stat…

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Rep. Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez get security detail

politics.blog.statesman.com — State Rep. Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has been assigned a security detail following a confrontational visit by gun rights activists two weeks ago and subsequent threats to his safety. Nevárez confirmed that officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety have been assigned to keep track of him in Austin and another detail has been designated to watch his family in the district.
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Dan Patrick: Open carry lacks support ‘at this point’

Jan 27, 2015

#txlege RT @ciaraorourke: Dan Patrick: Open carry lacks support ‘at this point’ shar.es/1bT1a4

Jan 27, 2015

Dan Patrick: Open carry lacks support ‘at this point’ shar.es/1bT1a4

Jan 27, 2015

Dan Patrick: Open carry lacks support ‘at this point’ statesman.com/news/news/dan-…

Jan 27, 2015

Huge disappointment for gun rights groups in Texas: Patrick says open carry lacks support ‘at this point’ statesman.com/news/news/dan-… #txlege

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Watch Marshawn Lynch say the same thing 29 times at Media Day

golden.blog.statesman.com — In case you haven't heard, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has gone back and forth with the NFL for his lack of compliance when it comes to his media duties. And the league has hit him where it hurts most: in his wallet.

Education commissioner says Texas could lose NCLB waiver

politics.blog.statesman.com — Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams on Tuesday said Texas could very well lose its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 if the state and federal government cannot resolve their differences over educator evaluations.

Texas Senate budget includes billions for tax cuts

Culture Wars: Of Perry, Palin, Huckabee, Beyoncé and the Ted Nugent primary

politics.blog.statesman.com — Good morning Austin: This is the head of the first wild hog shot from a helicopter under a 2011 law authored by Sid Miller when he was a state representative. Miller is our new agriculture commissioner and so the hog's head has a pride of place in his office at the Stephen F.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @WayneSlater: Ted Nugent, who formerly apologized, wishes to revise his remarks: "subhuman mongrel was probably much too delicate" politics.blog.statesman.com/2015/01/27/cul…

Jan 27, 2015

Ted Nugent, who formerly apologized, wishes to revise his remarks: "subhuman mongrel was probably much too delicate" politics.blog.statesman.com/2015/01/27/cul…

Four Nuggets on the Super Bowl

golden.blog.statesman.com — As the circus that's called Media Day descended upon Phoenix on Tuesday, it hit me that the only real buzz surrounding the upcoming season finale between Seattle and New England involves air pressure and nameless football attendants. Surely there has to be more to this game than that.

Legendary Ags track coach, former UT star Charlie Thomas dies at 83

aggies.blog.statesman.com — Charlie Thomas, a long-time Texas A&M track coach who once was one of the fastest men in the world, died Monday. He was 83. Thomas is one of only two people who have been honored by both A&M and the University of Texas with a selection in the school's athletic halls of fame.

'Zombie cat' crawls out of grave, finds its way home

Jan 27, 2015

The Meowing Dead. | 'Zombie cat' crawls out of grave, finds its way home statesman.com/news/news/weir…

Senate budget writers kill funding for racing commission

Jan 27, 2015

RT @statesman: RT @VirtualCapitol: Senate budget writers kill funding for racing commission in early budget proposal: atxne.ws/1zUPyhj #txlege

Live chat: AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz

Some ABIA flights canceled because of Northeast winter storm

Three people displaced after East Austin fire

Sunshine and warm temperatures Tuesday for Central Texas

Austin police responding to SWAT situation in East Austin

Jan 26, 2015

RT @statesman: Update: Man, woman in custody after crashing stolen bus into Taco Bell, police say ... atxne.ws/1z3PPeQ

Patrick names tea party, grass-roots advisers

politics.blog.statesman.com — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Monday a 20-member advisory committee of tea party and grass-roots leaders to improve coordination between his office and conservative leaders. Known as the Lieutenant Governor Grassroots Advisory Board, the panel will serve a similar function to the six advisory boards of business leaders that Patrick unveiled two weeks ago.

Gun enthusiasts rally at Capitol for open carry law

politics.blog.statesman.com — C.J. Grisham, president and CEO of Open Carry Texas, headlined a rally at the Capitol on Monday with fewer than 100 gun enthusiasts. Grisham and members of his organization want see the passage of House Bill 195 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford.

Glenn Hegar defends revenue, oil estimates

politics.blog.statesman.com — Texas' newly-minted Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday defended a revenue estimate he unveiled earlier this month that assumes the price of oil will rebound this year and continue to rise in 2016 and 2017.