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Wendy Davis rules the web: Why her filibuster matters and where to buy those pink sneakers

By Claire St. Amant

Wendy Davis sure is getting a lot of press these days. The Democratic state senator from Fort Worth made headlines the world over with her 10-hour filibuster to kill the most restrictive abortion b ...

A Capital Night

New Democrat superstar Wendy Davis and protestors halt Texas abortion bill — for now

By Alexa Garcia-Ditta

Wendy Davis, the Democratic senator from Fort Worth who spent more than 10 hours filibustering a bill that would have imposed some of the strictest abortion regulations in the country, may have bee ...

Capitol Cocktail Hour

Perks of being a Texas lawmaker include a $22,000 dinner with a $3,000 tip — and it's perfectly legal

By Katie Friel

The Texas Tribune is reporting that lobbyists and supporters took the House Calendars Committee — the group of 15 people that decides which bills actually make it onto the House floor for a v ...

Capitol Cocktail Hour

Legislature aims to make Texas the gun-friendliest state in America

By Katie Friel

Members of the Texas House came in to work last week with guns blazing, passing one of the most controversial bills of the session: a law that would allow college students over 21 who have a concea ...

From The Capitol

Casinos and cool people are on the minds of Texas Legislature this week

By Karen Brooks Harper

AUSTIN — The business of the rich, the plight of the poor, big-money casinos and food trucks with humble beginnings. The economic spectrum made its way into the Capitol conversation this week ...

Capitol Recap

Bills to ban texting while driving and start Homemade Pie Day make way through Texas legislature

By Katie Friel

While the rest of us are waiting in SXSW lines, drinking free Lone Star and hoping to run into Justin Timberlake in Austin, our dutiful legislators are still working hard. Last Friday marked the de ...

History in the making

Is same-sex marriage headed to Texas? Legislators file bills to pave the way but roadblocks ahead

By Claire St. Amant

If Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) gets his way, then same-sex couples could legally marry in Texas starting Jan. 1, 2014. Burnam sponsored House Bill 1300 on Feb. 14. Burnam told the Assoc ...

Political Engagement

Opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature marks beginning of contentious session

By Karen Brooks Harper

The opening gavel has fallen for the 83rd Texas Legislature, marking the start of its biennial 140-day session — complete with a raft of great ideas, terrible bills, fights and strange bedfel ...

I'll drink to that

Make beer not war: Forget open carry, Texas needs open container laws

By Claire St. Amant

One of the joys of my time in Eastern Europe was the ability to drink in public. Window-shopping and train-riding are greatly enhanced by sipping spirits. Yes, some people took advantage of the ...

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