68 members of the Texas House call for STAAR exams to be canceled this year

A bipartisan group of 68 Texas House representatives signed a letter calling on the Texas Education Agency to cancel the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam or at minimum not use student scores to rate schools or districts this school year.

  Biden’s plea for cooperation confronts a polarized Congress

Gov. Abbott releases statement on Election recounts, disputes

  Lubbock County Democratic Party calls for unity, healing after contentious election

Arrington: ‘Unwise to accept any outcome before recounts are final’

Court documents show friendly relationship between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Nate Paul, donor at the center of new criminal allegations

Whistleblowers say Texas AG’s office retaliated against them — placing an armed guard in the office — after they reported Ken Paxton

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State Rep. Dade Phelan says he has votes to become speaker of Texas House

Democrats’ hopes of flipping Texas again fall short as Republicans dominate the state’s 2020 elections

  Mayor Pope sees ‘bright days’ ahead for Lubbock community

Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a ‘Trump Train’ surrounded a campaign bus

  Early voting in Lubbock County exceeds entire vote cast in 2016

  Voting locations, sample ballots for Election Day, Nov. 3

  Biden-Harris bus stops in Lubbock Wednesday

The bus is touring Texas, having previously made stops in Amarillo and Abilene earlier this week. Democrats gathered to discuss the upcoming election, distribute campaign signs, and show support for their candidate

Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general’s office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery

Blake Brickman, who had served as deputy attorney general for policy and strategy initiatives for less than a year, was fired Tuesday, the official said. Lacey Mase, the deputy attorney general for administration, was also fired Tuesday, The Texas Tribune reported earlier this week.

  WATCH: Trump Train circles Loop 289 from Cook’s Garage

Trump supporters circled Loop 289 again on Sunday evening, Oct. 18, as part of their second Trump Train event.

  TTU professor explains high turnout for ‘profound’ election

Lubbock broke another record for early voting on Wednesday, as voters rush to cast their ballots in this “profound” election.

  First day of early voting in Lubbock breaks records

  Early voting in Texas begins October 13

Texas counties temporarily blocked from offering multiple mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Donald Trump leads Joe Biden by 5 points in Texas, UT/TT Poll finds

Gov. Greg Abbott says accusations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton “raise serious concerns”

Gov. Greg Abbott limits counties to one absentee ballot drop-off location, bolstering GOP efforts to restrict voting

  AP FACT CHECK: False claims flood Trump-Biden debate

A look at how their statements from Cleveland stack up with the facts.

  Reactions to first presidential debate on Tuesday

Tuesday’s first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was watched by tens of millions of Americans, including members from both parties in Lubbock, who were confident about the stance of their candidates.

  WATCH: Thousands of vehicles participate in ‘Trump Train’ in Lubbock

Around 8,000 vehicles gathered at Cook’s Garage on Sunday evening, to show support for President Donald Trump.

Cruz, Cornyn indicate support for confirming new Supreme Court justice before the election

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the Texas political class in shock Friday night.

Governor Abbott extends early voting period for November election

With this change, in-person early voting will begin on Tuesday, October 13, and continue through Friday, October 30. Election day will be November 3.

Texas Supreme Court denies Texas GOP’s appeal to hold in-person convention this week in Houston

The Texas Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Republican Party of Texas seeking to host its in-person convention this week in Houston. Justices also denied a similar petition spearheaded by other party officials and Houston activist Steve Hotze.

  Governor Abbott issues Executive Order requiring face coverings statewide

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

Federal judge says all Texas voters can apply to vote by mail during pandemic

A federal judge on Tuesday opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas by ordering that all state voters regardless of age qualify for a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dallas County Judge says he followed Gov. Abbott’s guidelines when issuing public health orders, AG Paxton calls them “unlawful”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released his response to the Attorney General’s letter, saying the public health guidelines were based on Governor Abbott’s recommendations; “never imagining he did not want his own guidelines followed,” he said.

Leaders call for release of jailed Dallas salon owner who defied shutdown order

A Dallas salon owner is garnering attention from state and local leaders after she defied the shutdown order imposed on businesses including nail and hair salons, and was fined and jailed by a Dallas judge.

Fort Worth Appellate Court upholds new judicial election for 7th court of appeals

A Fort Worth court of appeals has upheld a trial court’s decision to hold a new election in the Republican primary for Justice on the 7th Court of Appeals.

La. Presidential Primary rescheduled for July

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has postponed the state’s elections again due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Lubbock County Republican Convention postponed

Lubbock County Republican Party will postpone the Lubbock Republican County Convention to a later date at the call of the chair.

Court decision on new election pending after judge’s seat omitted from 2 counties

A new election is needed because voters in two counties did not have the opportunity to vote for the Justice of the 7th Court of Appeals, Place 4.

President Trump endorses former Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville in AL Senate runoff race

President Donald Trump has announced his favor for former Texas Tech and Auburn football coach, Tommy Tuberville, in a tight Senate runoff race in Alabama.

Tuberville, Sessions heading to runoff for GOP Senate nomination

Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will head to a runoff election to decide who the Republican nominee will be in the U.S. Senate race.

Decision 2020 Election Results

Local, state and national results are in for the 2020 Republican and Democratic primaries.

WATCH: NBC Super Tuesday Special Report

NBC News coverage of Super Tuesday begins at 7 p.m. CST and will last through the night.

  Sample ballots, voting locations for March 3 Primary

Early voting has concluded for the March 3 Texas Primary election. Here are some quick links to voting locations, acceptable forms of photo ID, and the sample ballot lookup.

  Lala Chavez launches re-election campaign for LISD District 1

Lala Chavez kicked off her campaign Saturday morning at the site of the district's future North Elementary School at North Avenue U and Cesar E. Chavez Drive.

Congressman Jodey Arrington received the endorsement of President Donald Trump for reelection in 2020.

Congressman Jodey Arrington received the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection in 2020.

Public Education forum with District 83 Texas Legislature candidates announced

The event will present four questions on statewide public education issues such as school funding, high-stakes testing, teaching, and vouchers, as well as questions crafted by community members on the issues they believe to be most relevant to their districts.

  Arrington: Trump’s speech showed economic strength of U.S.

Facing the end of an impeachment trial and tension throughout Washington D.C. President Donald Trump kept topics of his State of the Union speech upbeat.

Gabbard sues Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comment

It’s all over a comment the former secretary of state made in a podcast that suggested the Hawaii congresswoman was a Russian asset.

Lubbock County needs election workers ahead of March primary

The Lubbock County Elections Office is still looking to fill about 100 paid positions ahead of the March Primary elections.

Shelia Patterson-Harris announcing re-election campaign for City Council District 2

With family, friends, and supporters at her side, Shelia Patterson-Harris will announce her intent for Re-Election Candidacy for Lubbock’s City Council Seat, District 2.

Abbott tells Trump administration Texas won’t participate in refugee resettlement

The state of Texas will not accept refugees after Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department it will not participate in refugee resettlement this fiscal year. This story from the Texas Tribune.

Ysidro Gutierrez kicks off campaign for Lubbock County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Ysidro Gutierrez kicked off his campaign for Lubbock County Commissioner on Friday.

Scot Mayfield announces re-election campaign for Lubbock ISD School Board, District 5

Scot Mayfield has represented District 5 on the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees since May of 2016 and will announce his re-election campaign on Monday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Coronado High School Library.

Lubbock Area Republican Women hosting candidate forum, Jan. 16

Lubbock Area Republican Women will host a Candidate Forum to provide members and guests the opportunity to meet candidates vying for two positions on the March Republican Primary.

Julián Castro drops out of presidential race

Julián Castro has ended his bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

Texas House committee adopts report saying Dennis Bonnen “likely violated” the law during meeting with hardline activist

The House General Investigating Committee on Friday unanimously adopted a report from its legal advisers that said House Speaker Dennis Bonnen “likely violated” state law during a June meeting with a fellow member and a hardline conservative activist — but the committee took no other action and said

Arrington condemns ‘partisan’ impeachment vote

Representative Jodey Arrington released a statement Wednesday night condemning the impeachment process as “completely partisan.”

  Freitag announces campaign for 140th State District judge

Douglas Freitag joined the race for 140th State District judge on Wednesday.

Lubbock County Democratic Party Exec. Committee urges Rep. Arrington, Senators Cruz and Cornyn to support impeachment

The Lubbock County Democratic Party Executive committee delivered a release, urging representative Jodey Arrington, as well as Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Another Democrat joins race for District 83 State House seat

Another candidate has entered into the race for the District 83 State House of Representatives seat. James Barrick, of Lubbock, is now one of two Democrats running against Dustin Burrows.

Midland County officials just found a missing ballot box. It may change the result of a $569 million bond election.

A proposal for a $569 million bond to build two new high school buildings in Midland failed by 25 votes in the November election, a margin slim enough it set off calls for a recount. But last week, a Midland elections staffer found a box on the bottom of a shelf in the office containing 836 ballots.

Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and Trump VA nominee, running for Texas congressional seat

Ronny Jackson, a Levelland-native and the former White House doctor and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs, is running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon. This from the Texas Tribune

Lubbock attorney enters District 84 race on Democratic ticket

Lubbock Attorney, John Gibson, has launched a campaign on the Democratic ticket for the Texas House District 84 seat. That seat is currently held by Rep. John Frullo and up for re-election in 2020.

Judge Kara Darnell formally announces candidacy for 99th District Court

South Plains Foster Care Court Associate Judge Kara Darnell filed as a candidate for State District Judge of the 99th Judicial District, Tuesday.

Governor Abbott appoints Lubbock woman as one of four to Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board

Governor Abbott appoints Lubbock woman as one of four to Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board

Lubbock County Republicans file for place on Primary ballot

The Lubbock County Republican Party has released an updated list of candidates who have filed to be on the ballot.

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez caught on tape at airport dropping envelope containing cocaine, DPS affidavit says

About two months before Democrat state Rep. Poncho Nevárez announced he was retiring from the Texas House, he was caught on surveillance footage dropping an envelope stuffed with cocaine as he was leaving the Austin airport, according to an affidavit filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

ELECTION RESULTS: Texas voters in favor of Proposition 4, prohibiting state income tax

Texas voters have voted YES, in favor of a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a personal income tax.

Texas’ constitutional amendment election is Tuesday. Here’s what voters will decide

Texas voters are about to weigh in on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, which deal with everything from retiring law enforcement animals to the state's tax code.

Texas voters evenly split on impeachment of Donald Trump, UT/TT Poll finds

Texas registered voters are evenly divided — and strongly partisan — about whether Trump ought to be removed from office before the end of his term, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Governor Abbott announces funding to counter terrorism

The office of Governor Greg Abbott says today they announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texas and its citizens.

Texas abruptly halts permitting process for new medical cannabis dispensaries

A week into opening the application process for medical cannabis dispensaries to apply for permits in Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety — without warning — suspended the process.

Arrington says impeachment inquiry causing ‘irreparable harm to democracy’

President Donald Trump has opened up the possibility of cooperating with House Democrats in his impeachment inquiry only if they hold a vote to open up a formal investigation.

Michael Q. Sullivan to release audio of Bonnen meeting next week

Michael Q. Sullivan, CEO of the conservative activist group Empower Texans, said he will release a recording between him and Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen next week.

Marty Rowley Will Not Seek Re-election for State Board of Education

Marty Rowley, a seven-year member of the State Board of Education, has announced he will not seek re-election to the Board after fulfilling his current term.

Seventh Court of Appeals Chief Justice Quinn announces run for re-election

Chief Justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo, Brian Quinn, announced his candidacy for re-election as chief Justice Monday.

David Speer suspends campaign for Texas House of Representatives district 83

New Deal ISD teacher David Speer has announced he is suspending his campaign for Representative of District 83, in the Texas House of Representatives.

Arrington describes Democrat impeachment inquiry as ‘irresponsible,’ ‘careless’

Republican Congressman Jodey Arrington took the House floor to display his dissatisfaction with the Democratic-led impeachment probe against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Democratic debate covered expected issues: immigration, guns, health care

The debate covered the expected topics; how do you think they did?

  Charles Perry picked to serve on mass violence prevention committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has named nine state senators to the newly formed Select Committee on Mass Violence and Prevention and Community Safety to study issues related to the recent mass shootings in Texas.

  Rep. Dustin Burrows breaks silence on Bonnen/Sullivan meeting: ‘I went in good faith’

Texas District 83 House Representative Dustin Burrows spoke to the public for the first time since news first broke of an alleged June 12 exchange that took place between Burrows, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Conservative political activist and Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan.

District 83 Representative Dustin Burrows announces bid for 2020 re-election

District 83 Representative Dustin Burrows has announced his bid for re-election in 2020.