Miles to go before they vote: Without absentee ballots, displaced Texans cross the country to vote at home

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Editor’s note: This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy. Sometimes you have to go the extra mile when democracy is on the line. And sometimes — as was the case for …

Texas Democrats think a seat on the oil and gas regulating board could be their best chance of winning statewide in two decades

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. For all the buzz about whether Texas will flip at the top of the ballot, some progressives see the race for railroad commissioner as their best chance of putting a Democrat in a statewide seat. …

Despite polls showing a close race, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claims if Democrats win on Election Day it will be “because they stole it”

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeated unsubstantiated claims in a Thursday interview that the only way Republicans can lose on Election Day is if Democrats cheat. “The Democrats have just decided this election, Mark, we …

Texas’ new coronavirus surge is leaving critically sick patients stranded in rural areas, hospitals say

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The man who arrived at the emergency room in Childress earlier this month did not have COVID-19, but he did have a serious abdominal condition that required surgery, hospital administrators said. The man waited more than nine hours in the emergency room while doctors called eight larger hospitals to see if they could perform the …

The race for Texas House speaker has quickly become a crowded contest as balance of power hinges on Tuesday’s election

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Four Republicans and one Democrat declared bids for speaker of the Texas House on Thursday, bringing the number of candidates in the race to seven. Until Thursday, no Republicans had filed to run for the …

All seven of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s whistleblowers have resigned, been fired or put on leave

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with comment from Ryan Bangert confirming his resignation. The last of the seven top aides who accused Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of criminal violations has resigned from the agency. Ryan Bangert, who served in one of the agency’s highest posts as deputy first assistant attorney general, resigned …

A MAGA face mask? A Black Lives Matter T-shirt? Here’s what you can and can’t wear to vote in Texas

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Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Wearing T-shirts, buttons or hats supporting political candidates at the polls is illegal. But in the pandemic era, voters are now being reminded that the electioneering rules also apply to face masks. According to the …

TribCast: Is Texas really a toss-up?

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Quality journalism doesn’t come free Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn’t cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene …

Texas hits record high for early voting turnout

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Texas hit another voting milestone Monday as the percent of registered voters who have cast ballots early surpassed the total early voting turnout from any other presidential election — even though the state has four more days of early voting left. In all, 46% of Texas registered voters voted early through Monday, according to numbers …