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Ryan E. Poppe

Hurricanes were on the minds of state lawmakers on Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the ones in the Atlantic. The Senate Finance Committee explored Texas school districts damaged by Hurricane Harvey and what steps to take to help a district rebuild after a storm passes.

There are now seven candidates vying to be the next Texas House speaker, but despite the crowded field, political experts believe the more conservative Republican House members will likely receive the most votes when the session begins in January.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich / KUT

As we move closer to November’s midterm elections, social media will more often capture candidates like Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz in strange or funny moments on the campaign trail, and these moments may go viral online.

But do these potentially humanizing or charming pop culture moments make any difference with the voters?


The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Beto O’Rourke's campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has landed him before a national television audience. On Thursday, the Democrat was a guest on ABC's "Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ryan Poppe

A new project hopes to provide data-driven research to state agencies as they explore new solutions to enduring social and economic problems.