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Government & Public Policy

News about politics and government.

Ryan Poppe

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Gov. Greg Abbott, who was sworn into office Tuesday to begin his second term, made school finance reform and improving educational outcomes his top priorities during his inaugural address at the state Capitol.

Julian Castro 1/12/19
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Standing in the shadows of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Democrat Julian Castro — the former mayor of San Antonio and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — made his announcement to enter the 2020 presidential campaign Saturday by retracing his own families footprint in this neighborhood that stands as one of San Antonio’s oldest Hispanic communities.

Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced Saturday that he is running for president.

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Dennis Bonnen, a Republican representing an area just south of Houston, was unanimously elected to serve as Texas House Speaker.

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Numbers released by the Texas comptroller’s office suggest that once the legislative session begins, lawmakers will have more money to work with as they shape the state's budget.