The Brief: Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are taking opposite stances on health bill

00 Good morning and happy Friday, folks. Thanks for reading The Brief, our daily newsletter informing you on politics, public policy and everything in between. Forward this email to friends…

Hey, Texplainer: Why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing?

00 Hey Texplainer, why don’t local police departments pay for rape kit testing? The cost and backlog of untested rape kits in Texas have long been a source of debate,…

Video: Houston is the latest city to join court fight over Texas immigration law (video)

00 In the Texas Political Roundup: The largest city in Texas joins the court fight over the state’s anti-“sanctuary cities” bill. Plus, a Texas GOP lawmaker says a white nationalist…

Analysis: You can fight City Hall — if you’re governor of Texas

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. City attorneys all over Texas are getting ready to read from the Book of…

Abbott plots aggressive approach to special session

00 Gov. Greg Abbott is plotting an aggressive approach to the upcoming special session of the Legislature, diverting from his above-the-fray style to try to see through an ambitious 20-item…

Citing religious refusal of adoption rule, California bans state travel to Texas

00 Saying that a new Texas law allowing child welfare providers to deny adoptions to parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” is discriminatory, California’s attorney general on Thursday banned…

Cruz declines to support Senate GOP health care bill, while Cornyn defends it

00 WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama’s 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas’ two Republican senators took opposite positions…

The Brief: Houston joins the legal fight against Texas' new immigration law

00 Good morning and happy Thursday, folks. Thanks for reading The Brief, our daily newsletter informing you on politics, public policy and everything in between. Forward this email to friends…

Texas Hispanics behind half of state's growth since 2010

00 The state’s population is still booming, and Hispanic Texans are driving a large portion of that growth.  New population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that…

Texas A&M reigns, UH gets a boost in Texas college sports revenue

00 The rich keep getting richer in Texas college sports, and the little guys keep having a harder time keeping up. That’s one of the key takeaways from Ballpark Figures,…