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It’s odd that one officeholder could be convicted, exonerated, re-indicted, convicted and sentenced without completely endangering his political career while another could get knocked out of contention while blaming an indictment that has not yet taken him to trial. 

But that’s politics.

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The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry is hanging in the balance Wednesday as the state's highest criminal court takes it up in what could be the most consequential moment yet for the indictment. 

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

One of the suicide bombers who struck Paris on Friday has been identified as a Syrian who passed through Greece as an asylum-seeker this year and registered with European authorities.

That fact has spurred a strong reaction from many politicians here in the United States over the resettlement of Syrian refugees, with swift opposition from many Republican governors, and one Democrat, to further resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

A Simple Election Day, Mostly Yes or No Answers

Nov 3, 2015
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Voting on constitutional amendments may not carry the same cachet as elections featuring living candidates, but Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos hopes Texans will head to the polls for Election Day nonetheless.

*Correction appended.

“There’s not a lot of romance in ‘em,” Cascos said. “These amendments aren’t debating each other, they aren’t calling each other out. But I think they’re very, very important — they’re changing and adding to framework of the Texas constitution.”

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was easily elected to serve as the 54th House speaker Thursday, ending a tumultuous few weeks for the Republican House majority as it scrambled to find a replacement for outgoing Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Early voting has been extremely light in the race to elect a new representative for Bexar County’s House District 118.  Six candidates are vying to succeed Rep. Joe Farias who’s vacating his seat early.

In the first 8 days of early voting just over 2 percent of Bexar County registered voters have gone to the polls.

House District 118 makes up the south and east portions of the county where nearly three-quarters of the residents are Hispanic. 

From Texas Standard:

The term "alien" is used to describe many things.

It's the monster that claws its way out of bodies in the Sigourney Weaver franchise. It's the odd-looking form with almond shaped eyes which trolls trailer parks, probing unsuspecting earthlings. One of them allegedly piloted a craft that crash-landed in Roswell, N.M. Maybe an alien will soon may ring your doorbell, shouting "trick-or-treat."

The word "alien" has many uses, but Rep. Joaquín Castro says the word has no business in the official language of the United States. He's calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing.

 


Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

 

HOUSTON — Seeking to show Texas Republicans are coalescing behind his presidential effort, Ted Cruz on Monday unveiled the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a onetime critic of sorts whose backing gives the U.S. senator his biggest boost yet back home.

From Texas Standard:

Tuesday it was the iconic song from Rocky – “Eye of the Tiger” – used at the Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee rally.


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It's been a rough week for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in addition to losing another lawyer, his third since proceedings began, a poll released earlier in the week found that nearly two thirds of likely GOP voters wanted him to resign and more than half of Tea-Partiers felt the same way.

Paxton was in court Thursday and talked tough with reporters afterward, but will he survive this storm?

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