Trump Reveals How He Would Force Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

00 Donald Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall as president by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that…

Emails Show Abbott’s Involvement at Child Welfare Agency

00 Six days after Gov. Greg Abbott took office, he faced the first death of a child under state care. Emails obtained by The Texas Tribune capture his staff’s efforts, and frustrations,…

Cruz Aims To Make a Win in Wisconsin Matter

00 Ted Cruz expects to win in Wisconsin on Tuesday, but will it matter? Source: Texas Tribune Blue News

New Effort to Wipe Out Carrizo Cane Reignites Environmental Debate

00 A state plan to eradicate invasive Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande — cited by Gov. Greg Abbott as a border security priority — is finally getting some funding…

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Tax on "Small Tobacco"

00 A state tax which imposes a 55-cent fee on each pack of cigarettes produced by small tobacco manufacturers is constitutional, even though Big Tobacco manufacturers do not pay the…

Roundup: Trump, Perry's Lost Ballot and The Price of Admission

00 In the Roundup: Donald Trump scores an unprecedented endorsement, Rick Perry’s Republican primary ballot might have gotten lost in the mail and a higher ed admissions policy goes under the…

Texas Ag Industry Seeks Swifter Action on Cuban Thaw

00 Convincing Congress to lift a 55-year-old trade embargo with Cuba could dramatically bolster the fortunes of struggling Texas farmers and cattle raisers, state lawmakers were told Thursday.   …

The Ticket: Third Parties in the U.S.A.

00 This week on The Ticket, our 2016 presidential race podcast: KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Tribune’s Jay Root talk with presumptive Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson about the struggle…

In Texas, "El Bronco" Talks Immigration and Security

00 Jaime Rodríguez Calderon, the charismatic governor of Nuevo León known as “El Bronco,” visited Texas on Thursday to talk immigration, gun running and the future of politics in Mexico. …

Analysis: Voters, Y'all

00 Politicians won’t say it but the fact is, voters are ignorant. They are truly terrible at sorting good from bad information, at checking things out, at questioning their own assumptions…