Gabbard sues Clinton for defamation over ‘Russian asset’ comment

Lubbock County needs election workers ahead of March primary

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

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

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

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

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Lubbock Area Republican Women hosting candidate forum, Jan. 16

Julián Castro drops out of presidential race

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

Arrington condemns ‘partisan’ impeachment vote

  Freitag announces campaign for 140th State District judge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

David Speer officially announces Texas House of Representatives District 83 GOP campaign

David Speer, an educator from New Deal ISD, officially announced his conservative campaign for the Texas House of Representatives District 83 in a speech at an event in New Deal Wednesday morning.

Texas House committee to investigate allegations against Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The House General Investigating Committee, which holds subpoena power, will review allegations that Bonnen offered media credentials to a conservative group if it targeted 10 GOP lawmakers in the upcoming election.

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

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has apologized to members for taking a meeting with hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan that has since thrown the lower chamber into chaos.

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

Snyder businesswoman and Democratic candidate for District 83, Addison Perry-Franks and the Lubbock County Democratic Party are asking for Representative Dustin Burrows to make a public statement regarding accusations by Austin conservative activist and CEO of Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan.

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

The Director of Bands for New Deal ISD has announced plans to run on the Republican ticket for House District 83, challenging Republican incumbent Representative Dustin Burrows.

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

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, will remain in Congress instead of replacing Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

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

The recording of a meeting between Bonnen and hardline conservative Michael Quinn Sullivan has not been publicly released, but Sullivan has said that Bonnen offered Sullivan's activist group media credentials in return for politically targeting 10 House members.

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

U.S. Representative Mike Conaway of Midland has announced that he will be retiring from Congress once his term has ended.

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

Voters in Parmer, Howard and Cochran Counties will be getting updates to Arrington’s legislative work, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Lubbock Democrat announces second run against Frullo

Lubbock Democrat Samantha Carillo Fields will officially launch her campaign for Texas House of Representatives District 84 seat, which is currently held by Republican John Frullo.

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

The bill, which extends funding for the victim compensation by 70 years until October 2089, with procedures to be reassessed every five years, passed by a vote of 402-12.

  Lubbock County discusses county road damage following storms

The discussion at Monday’s Lubbock County Commissioners Meeting focused on county roads and all of the damage done during 2019’s storm season.

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

More than 30 people gathered outside Rep. Jodey Arrington’s district office Tuesday, joining thousands of others across the nation in protesting the treatment of migrants at the U.S. Border.

  Cornyn, Arrington speak as House passes Senate border aid bill

As the U.S. House passed a Senate-backed multi-billion dollar aid package for the border, Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington and Senator John Cornyn weighed in on the vote Thursday.

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

The high-priority bill boosts per-student funding and reduces property taxes across the state.

Texas Senate restores key part of child sexual abuse bill

The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would give child sexual abuse victims more time to sue in civil court after restoring a key provision that allows them to take on institutions

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

Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry joked before the upper chamber unanimously approved a bill that would legalize the farming of industrial hemp in Texas.

Texas seeks more armed school personnel after mass shooting

Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school killed eight students and two substitute teachers, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses

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

The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.

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

The Texas House gave preliminary approval to a priority property tax reform package Tuesday, teeing the chamber up for negotiations with the Senate and impelling the upper chamber to act on an omnibus school finance measure.

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.