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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.

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Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. Early voting for the 2018 primary elections starts in two weeks on February 20. Primary Election Day is March 6. 

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On San Antonio’s West Side, seniors spin and sway with their dance partners inside the Lucky Ballroom on Callahan Road.   In a corner some seniors line up to take their pictures with state Sen. Jose Menendez and to bend his ear on some important issues.

Keta Flores LaGrange says he’s supporting Menendez because the senator quickly responds to her calls when, as she puts it, “something needs to be addressed.”

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Two San Antonio Democrats who beat each other up in an election to succeed state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, may be getting ready to face off again.

Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer and Sen. Jose Menendez both say their fundraising for a possible March rematch is off to a good start.

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AUSTIN — The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas, after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.

Even advocates for same-sex couples say the bill, aimed at allowing clergy members to refuse officiating marriages that violate their beliefs, largely duplicates protections that already exist.

However, the legislation drew attention because of its timing — weeks after filing deadlines had passed in the Texas Senate and on the same day the landmark gay marriage case was heard in Washington.