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Texas Rangers asked to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The Texas House General Investigating Committee voted Monday to request that the Texas Rangers look into allegations against House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and one of his top lieutenants in the lower chamber.

“I said terrible things”: Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen apologizes for Michael Quinn Sullivan meeting

District 83 Democratic Candidate Addison Perry-Franks, Lubbock Co. Democrats want to hear from Rep. Burrows

West Texas educator announces Republican challenge to Rep. Burrows for House District 83

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe will not become director of national intelligence

“I was shocked”: Two GOP lawmakers describe recording of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway announces retirement from Congress

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Rep. Arrington announces Town Halls in Friona, Big Spring, and Morton

Lubbock Democrat announces second run against Frullo

Rep. Arrington gives statement on vote against H.R. 1327 Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund

  Lubbock County discusses county road damage following storms

  ‘Close the Camps’ protests take place across nation, including Lubbock

  Cornyn, Arrington speak as House passes Senate border aid bill

WATCH LIVE: First 10 candidates square off for Democratic Primary debate

Twenty candidates will take the stage on June 26 and 27 for the first presidential debates of the 2020 race. Debate coverage starts at 7 p.m. CT. Actual debate begins at 8 p.m. CT.

  Abbott extends state plumbing board until 2021 after Legislature abolished it

Heading off the prospect of everyone in Texas being able to call themselves plumbers, Gov. Greg Abbott extended the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and its licensing law until 2021 Thursday via an executive order.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill designed to limit property tax growth

Against the backdrop of an Austin burger joint struggling with its property taxes, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday an expansive reform measure meant to slow the growth of Texans’ property tax bills, long a priority issue for GOP state leaders.

  I-27 extension moves forward as Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill for TxDOT to conduct study

Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas House Bill 1079 yesterday that will direct the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, a project that would improve and extend Interstate 27.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

Texas Senate restores key part of child sexual abuse bill

Texas farmers could begin growing hemp under legislation gaining steam in both chambers

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

Texas Senate approves school finance reform bill, but opts not to fund it with a sales tax hike

Texas House approves property tax reform bill, setting up negotiations with the Senate

Texas will end its botched voter citizenship review and rescind its list of flagged voters

Three months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from the start.

Texas House votes to legalize the farming of industrial hemp

Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant, but it contains low levels of the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC. The House's bill will now go to the Senate.

Texas removes thousands of children from Medicaid each month due to red tape, records show

Most states check whether children on Medicaid still qualify for the program once a year. Texas checks more often, using an automated system that critics say lead to kids losing coverage even though they're still eligible.

A Texas sales tax increase would hit poor people the hardest

Texas’ Republican leadership wants to raise the taxes that consumers pay when they go shopping in order to lower the taxes that homeowners and business owners pay on their properties.

Texas advances abortion bill similar to effort in Congress

A measure in Texas that threatens doctors with prison time if they don't try saving the lives of infants born during attempted abortions has won approval in the Republican-controlled Senate

Castro spotlights immigration as Trump renews border threats

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is calling to end criminalizing illegal border crossings as part of an immigration plan that's the first policy blueprint of his 2020 bid

U.S. House committee investigating Texas voter roll review

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the state Thursday asking for documents related to the review.

Texas House approves 2020-21 budget plan, keeps extra $9 billion for school finance, property tax relief

In Dennis Bonnen’s first major test as speaker of the Texas House, the chamber he oversees resoundingly passed a $251 billion budget Wednesday after a long but largely civil debate — a departure from the dramatics that have typically defined such an affair.

  Special Olympics cuts come under fire as DeVos faces budget questions

The Education Department has asked to end about $17.5 million in funding for programs meant to support awareness of and encourage participation in the Special Olympics.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours — beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures, according to his campaign.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

Beto O’Rourke not challenging John Cornyn in 2020

The former El Paso congressman and 2018 U.S. Senate candidate has said he'd make up his mind on a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

Democrats lay out their priorities for Texas school finance as lawmakers await leadership-endorsed bill

The Texas House Democratic Caucus laid out a $14.5 billion plan for school finance reform and property tax relief Wednesday, releasing a list of priorities in advance of a key school finance bill Republican education leaders are expected to file and support.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

State of the Union Address to highlight immigration, trade

Tuesday night is the night. President Donald Trump finally gets the opportunity to deliver his the State of the Union Address.

Watch Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State address

Gov. Greg Abbott will give his biennial State of the State address at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Texas Capitol.

  Electricity restored to NYC jail; Justice Department opens probe

Protesters have gathered outside the facility in recent days following news reports that those housed there have largely been without heat or power for the past week.

  Pelosi takes hard line against wall money in funding bill

Her remarks came after Democrats had signaled at least some flexibility in the talks on border security funding that began only Wednesday.

Texas leaders want voters to OK property tax revenue growth over 2.5 percent. They couldn’t get 4 percent in 2017

Flanked by the state’s top legislative leaders, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that both chambers of the Texas Legislature will push to curb property tax growth by limiting how much money local governments collect without voter approval.

  Trump says ‘wall’ must be part of lawmakers' border deal

A fresh, protracted crisis could make it difficult to tackle other upcoming business such as a deal to prevent automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

Trump confidant Roger Stone pleads not guilty in Russia probe case

Stone is expected to plead not guilty to charges that he lied to lawmakers, engaged in witness tampering and obstructed a congressional investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

  Newly elected Lubbock County commissioners cut salaries, divert pay after campaign promises

Lubbock County’s two new commissioners are following up on a central issue in their recent campaigns for office, deciding to either cut or redirect their salaries.

  Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think the negotiators will strike a deal that he'd accept.

  Venezuela backtracks on order to expel US diplomats

The Venezuelan president broke relations with the United States on Wednesday after the Trump administration and many other nations in the region recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Conservatives say Trump caved but confident he’ll get wall

Trump said if he didn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government would shut down again on Feb. 15 or he would use his executive authority to address what he has termed “the humanitarian and security crisis” on the southern U.S. border.

  Failed votes, accusations of ‘crocodile tears’ and a ‘down payment’ offer from Trump as shutdown goes on

Federal workers will miss a second paycheck tomorrow as the shutdown is in day 34.

After Hurricane Harvey, Texas senator eyes using state’s savings for flood control

On Tuesday, state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, filed legislation to establish Texas’ first-ever flood plan – slated for completion by September 2024.

Frullo appointed to Higher Education Committee

John Frullo, the representative for much of the City of Lubbock, including all of the Texas Tech University campus is now a member of the Texas House Higher Education Committee.

  Democrats work on new shutdown compromise, as federal workers protest at Senate building

The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have money for his wall.

Burrows selected to chair House Ways and Means Committee

District 83 Texas House of Representatives member Dustin Burrows has been selected to chair the Texas House’s Ways and Means Committee. The appointments were announced Wednesday morning at Austin inside the House chamber.

  Senate agrees to vote on competing bills to end shutdown

The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

Seliger pulled as Texas Senate ag chair

State Sen. Kel Seliger has been stripped of his post as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, in an escalation of a feud with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the upper chamber.

  Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring Trump's proposal to the floor this week.

  At 30-day mark, shutdown impasse remains over border funding

The criticism of his "compromise" from both Republicans and Democrats underscored Trump's boxed in-position as he tries to win at least some Democratic buy-in without alienating his base.

Charles Perry appointed to new committee, will continue to chair Water & Rural Affairs

The Office of the Lt. Governor announced on Friday new appointments for various committees within the Texas Senate, which includes a new spot for District 28 Senator Charles Perry.

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

The nation's two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of constitutional one-upmanship as negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown failed to produce results.