GovBeat: texas


Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014

The tragic ballad of David Dewhurst, the tea party’s ultimate victim

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces another difficult election against a tea party favorite.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, texas

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Rick Perry thinks Mexico may have just solved America’s immigration problem

Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks privatization in Mexico may entice undocumented immigrants home.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, newsletter, texas

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014

Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia’s ban on gay ‘propaganda’

Though less far-reaching, a handful of state limit speech about homosexuality in the classroom.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arizona, gay, gay rights, Louisiana, Mississippi, newsletter, Oklahoma, South Carolina, texas, Utah

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Wendy Davis fights back over questions on biographical details

The Texas Democrat offered a strong defense after details about her biography came under scrutiny.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:21 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, States, texas

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014

A congressional trio wants voting laws in four states back under federal watch

The bill reinstates oversight lost when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the decades-old Voting Rights Act in June.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:14 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Congress, elections, georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, texas, voting rights

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

The decision could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, drones, Nevada, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, States, texas, virginia

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Energy states have the biggest budget cushions

Being home to a substantial energy sector has provided a few states some fiscal security.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, Energy, North Dakota, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Texas wants background checks for health-care navigators

The state will require background checks, additional training and certification of financial responsibility.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, newsletter, obamacare, States, texas

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Supreme Court stays out of Texas abortion case

It is now up to a lower court to sort out whether the state law should stand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:15 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, abortion rights, texas

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013

People in the Northeast and Midwest (and Texas) pay the highest property taxes

Depending on which county you live in, property taxes can amount to anywhere from 0.2 percent to 3.1 percent of a home’s value.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, housing, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, taxes, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Where domestic energy comes from, in 5 maps

The U.S. produced more oil than it imported in October. Here’s where domestic energy comes from.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy, newsletter, Rankings, States, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Sen. Graham’s 20-week abortion ban has already passed in more than a dozen states

That kind of late-term ban is part of a broad and recent legislative trend at the state level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Congress, texas

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Some states still don’t know where their borders lie

Two pairs of states need to answer an existential question: where does one end and the other begin?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Geography, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, texas

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Texas court reinstates abortion limits

Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:24 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, texas

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Texas election shows impact of voter ID laws

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott got to vote -- thanks to state Sen. Wendy Davis, his likely rival next year.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:56 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, texas, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Texas’s abortion restriction ruled unconstitutional

A judge blocked implementation less than 24 hours before the rules were set to take effect.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, texas

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013

After Friday, states will lose $5 billion in food aid

Funding provided by the stimulus bill in 2009 runs out on Friday, and poor families will see benefit cuts.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, economy, farm bill, food aid, Food Stamps, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, newsletter, Poverty, snap, States, texas

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Regional economics drive support, opposition to proposed airline merger

Mayors in hub cities back the merger, but some attorneys general are still skeptical.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  american airlines, Arizona, business, economy, merger, Oklahoma, States, texas, us airways, virginia

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

In Texas, Ted Cruz has allies

He’s made few allies in Washington, but back home, Ted Cruz is among friends.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, immigration, newsletter, Republican, senate, States, tea party, Ted Cruz, texas

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Western U.S. best for business, Tax Foundation says

An oil boom in the western United States is allowing states to lower tax rates. A new report says that makes for a better business climate.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Carolina, Rankings, States, taxes, texas, wyoming

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Half the households in this N.Y. congressional district rely on food stamps

Half of Rep. Jose Serrano’s constituents received food stamps last year.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Florida, New York, Poverty, texas

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Are governments incentivizing longer prison terms?

Public policy goals stress reducing prison populations. But those goals often stand at odds with incentives, a new report finds.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arizona, California, Colorado, prisons, privatization, texas

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Some state National Guards block gay partner benefits

How decisions by National Guard units blocking same-sex benefits hint at the next front in the gay marriage fight.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  florida, LOUISIANA, Mississippi, Oklahoma, same sex marriage, States, texas

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Many states with few insured citizens aren’t expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Many of the states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured have no plans to expand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, coverage, Delaware, District of Columbia, expansion, Florida, georgia, Hawaii, health, Healthcare, insurance, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, medicaid, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Colorado rarely experiences flooding disasters

Colorado is one of the more disaster-prone states, but not usually because of flooding.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, disasters, flooding, floods, Rankings, States, texas

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Don’t expect Iowa to revoke gun permits for the blind. It’s not even the only state that offers them

It’s doubtful the state legislature will revisit the issue next year, and Iowa isn’t the only state that grants such permits to the blind.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blind, gun permits, iowa, Michigan, new jersey, texas, visually impaired, wisconsin

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Phones in Florida, California and Texas get the most spam

Dear residents of Fort Lauderdale: we feel for you.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, Dallas, florida, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Phones, spam, texas

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Watch out Missouri, Rick Perry wants your jobs

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to St. Louis on Thursday, and when he goes home, he wants to take a few companies with him.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:02 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  business, missouri, rick perry, States, taxes, texas

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Gay-marriage backers head to court

Supporters of same-sex marriage are shifting tactics, focusing on courts of law rather than state legislatures.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  arkansas, gay marriage, kentucky, new mexico, same sex marriage, social issues, texas

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

Cities and counties facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs are opting instead to reduce the hours their part-time employees work.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, economy, jobs, new jersey, obamacare, taxes, texas, virginia, wisconsin