Stories By Allie Morris

  • DPS counterterrorism chief fired after arrest on sex assault charge John Jones, who led the agency's Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, was booked into Travis County Jail Tuesday night and is being held on an $750,000 bond, according to jail records.
  • Judges rule against oversight of 2021 Texas election maps The ruling is a win for the GOP ahead of the 2020 census, after which Texas stands to gain three more Congressional seats thanks in large part to a booming Hispanic population.
  • How Texas lawmakers raised $18M in just two weeks to fend off Democrats in 2020 GOP Gov. Greg Abbott raised nearly $1 million a day in late June, as Republicans brace for tough election cycle.
  • O’Rourke, Castro spar over border Democratic candidates face off on immigration in presidential debate.
  • Texas poised to raise smoking age to 21 Already 13 other states have adopted so-called Tobacco 21 legislation.
  • Congressional Democrats launch investigation into Texas’ botched voter purge The committee is requesting a slew of documents from the Texas secretary of state’s office, including any correspondence with Trump administration officials and state Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
  • Apple, Google, Facebook rebuke ‘divisive’ anti-LGBTQ bills in Texas Legislature The step echoes a contentious fight that erupted two years ago over the so-called bathroom bill, which was defeated after dozens of influential companies and trade groups campaigned to oppose the measure that would have restricted the public...
  • New voter purge list mistakenly sent out by Secretary of State vendor The misstep comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to the state’s flawed attempt in January to remove up to 95,000 potential non-citizens from the voter rolls.
  • In Texas, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez renews call to abolish federal immigration agency AUSTIN — Freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on calls to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a SXSW event Saturday. “I don’t believe that an agency that systematically and repeatedly...
  • Mental health bill clears hurdle in state Senate, despite opposition from conservative groups AUSTIN — A mental health bill Gov. Greg Abbott named a priority in his state of the state address cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday. The state Senate voted 31-0 to advance the bill, which would create a mental health consortium among medical...
  • Abbott blames flawed voter purge effort on ‘faulty information’ from Department of Public Safety In radio interview, Gov. Greg Abbott says Secretary of State David Whitley did not know of significant flaws in the data his office used to identify suspected non-citizen voters.
  • Corporations, wealthy donors give nearly $5 million to bankroll Texas governor’s inaugural celebration AT&T, H-E-B and Petroplex Energy Inc. are among businesses that gave $100,000 or more, according to a newly released list of donors.
  • 30 groups ask Texas Democrats to block confirmation of embattled secretary of state Texas Secretary of State David Whitley is up for confirmation in the Texas Senate, amid ongoing scrutiny of his office’s flawed effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls.
  • Gov. Abbott touts bill that bars cities from mandating paid sick leave Legislation comes after San Antonio and Austin passed ordinances requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave.
  • Betsy Schonhoff, who managed voter registration at the state office, resigned last week without giving a reason.
  • Senate committee takes first step, OKs property tax bill Revised proposal now includes a “complete overhaul” of appraisal process
  • Public education, school safety flagged as emergency items by Gov. Greg Abbott In addition, in his State of the State Address, Abbott called on the Legislature to tackle soaring property tax bills, the state’s mental health needs and funding for Hurricane Harvey relief.
  • George P. Bush set to present General Land Office budget to Texas Senate on Wednesday Also at the Texas Legislature on Wednesday, House and Senate committees are taking up school and state finance matters as they continue to hammer out dueling state budget proposals.
  • Texas lawmakers get a $4,300 raise before taking a single vote in 86th session The Texas Ethics Commission voted to raise lawmakers’ per diem by $31, about a 16-percent raise for their work during the 140-day session.
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is more powerful than Russia’s Putin? Abbott and other state leaders are making the comparison — including in inauguration speeches Tuesday — based on the countries’ competing economies.