Watch: 25 years after James Byrd Jr. was killed for being Black, his loved ones question how much has changed in Texas
The quiet East Texas town of Jasper came together immediately after the racist murder of James Byrd Jr. Now, Texas is leading the nation in incidents of white supremacist propaganda.
Gov. Greg Abbott says in inauguration speech Legislature will prioritize budget surplus, schools and power grid
Abbott is on track to becoming Texas’ second-longest-serving governor, behind Rick Perry, who served more than 14 years. Abbott enters his third term after a decisive reelection win in November.
Texas businessmen with Rick Perry ties floated plan to overturn 2020 election in Trump meeting, Jan. 6 report reveals
The two Austin-area businessmen, Morgan Warstler and John S. Robison, met with Trump in an Oval Office meeting on Nov. 10, 2020, according to the report. They presented him with a fringe theory that state legislatures could overturn election results.
Dodge, deny or fib: Candidates stay vague on 2024 plans
Presidential aspirants running for reelection while dreaming of the highest office in the land often face an uncomfortable question: Will they commit to serving a full term — should they win one — when their best moment to take a shot at the White House may come sooner than that.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez and his wife defied property tax law for eight years by claiming two homestead exemptions
In Texas, married couples generally can claim only one such exemption, meant to provide some tax relief on properties considered “principal residences.” Homestead exemptions cannot typically be claimed on commercial properties, second homes or income properties.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s man in Texas, has quietly amassed influence — to the detriment of fellow Republicans
Patrick urged former Gov. Rick Perry to mount a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term. He’s taken the already considerable power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level, forcing opponents from races and tightening his grip on the Senate.
Texans QB’s sex assault cases highlight concerns amid #MeToo
Lawyers fighting sexual assault allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson face a predicament: Defending their client means working to discredit the claims of 22 women who are more likely to be believed four years into the #MeToo movement.
Rick Perry: Texans would rather be without power for days than have more federal oversight
Rick Perry said that millions of Texans, who have been out of power for days amid this winter storm, find the outages preferable to federal government intervening in the state’s energy crisis. As of Wednesday, more than 2.7 million Texans remain out of power with more freezing temperatures ahead in the coming days, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Although every form of power was knocked offline by the weather, Perry took aim at renewable sources of energy, some of which are subsidized by the federal government. But, federal subsidies in renewable energy or making the Texas grid part of a larger nationwide grid, is not the answer, he said. “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,” Perry said “partly rhetorically,” according to the blog.
5 candidates are vying for a Texas House seat in northwest Texas. Watch the results here.
The Texas House of Representatives on Jan. 13, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneSaturday is election day to fill the final vacant seat in the Texas House, as five candidates vie to fill the position that Republican Drew Springer left to join the state Senate. The safely Republican district covers a large swath of rural northwest Texas wrapping around Wichita Falls and up into the Panhandle. Because of the number of candidates, the race is likely to go to a runoff. Springer vacated the seat last month after winning a special election runoff to replace now-U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, in the Texas Senate. Greg Abbott ordered a sped-up special election for Springer's state House seat due to the legislative session, which began earlier this month.
Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas on Friday moved to stop President Joe Biden from allowing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, bringing one of the first lawsuits against his new administration. BuzzFeed News first reported the Trump administration signing similar agreements with Republican leaders in several states. “Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. The lawsuit, which repeatedly cites Texas' agreement with the Trump administration, was filed before U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump appointee, in the Southern District of Texas. In bringing one of the first lawsuits against the Biden administration, Paxton is eager to be seen as a champion for Republicans not just as Democrats reclaim power in Washington, but as his own career is under dark clouds.
As end approaches, Trump gets doses of flattery, finality
Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s administration is ending how it began, with over-the-top declarations of praise for the chief executive. Attorney General William Barr offered his resignation last Monday after weeks of tension with Trump brought about an early exit from his post. In the six weeks since his defeat by Biden, Trump has been increasingly disengaged from his job. But with Trump largely in hiding, it fell to Pence to make a public show of meeting with those distributing the vaccine.
Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles
President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. Their consideration continues a long Washington tradition of defeated politicians seeking shelter in a new White House. A decade later, he headlined a rally for her winning congressional campaign. “More than helping the president, these people can help the White House staff dealing with members of Congress,” said Card.
Has Texas ever turned blue?
Really, the question boils down to when will a Democrat win a statewide election in Texas. There are currently 538 Electoral College votes - broken down it’s 435 U.S. Texas has 38 Electoral College votes, the second-most of any state. Texas, like the vast majority of states, is considered a winner-take-all state when it comes to Electoral College votes. “For the Republicans, this has been possible because they could rely on Texas’s 38 Electoral College votes.
WATCH: Mayor, county judge join KSAT, Bexar Facts for virtual town hall on COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff joined KSAT anchor Steve Spriester and other community leaders and advocates for a discussion about the community’s biggest concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual town hall focused on the results of the latest Bexar Facts-KSAT-Rivard Report poll. The poll was released Tuesday through a partnership between Bexar Facts, KSAT12 and The Rivard Report. It includes responses from 668 registered Bexar County voters of different income and education levels, race, age, gender and political party affiliation. Take the poll, via Bexar Facts, here or comment below.
Rick Perry says Trump (and Obama) were ‘ordained by God’ to be president
Like a lot of evangelical Christians, Energy Secretary Rick Perry believes in a God who gets involved in every aspect of our lives -- including the election of Donald Trump as President. "You know, Barack Obama doesn't get to be the President of the United States without being ordained by God. Perry is just the latest evangelical Christian in the Trump administration to say they believe the President is divinely ordained. In February, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president and that's why he's there." "We can't say that it's not God's will for Donald Trump to be president, because he is the president," she said.
U.S. ambassador on Rick Perry, Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine: “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani.”
WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified on Wednesday that President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, pushed a quid pro quo between the American and Ukrainian leadership. "Mr. Giuliani's requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelenksy," Sondland said of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland testified as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. He publicly confirmed that he worked closely with outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Ukrainian policy "at the express direction of the president of the United States." "We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Guiliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine."