PAUL J. WEBER

Stakes are high in successor to moderate Texas House speaker

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The unexpected retirement of the leading moderate Republican in Texas politics comes as Democrats struggle to find candidates to fill a statewide ballot for 2018 while unwavering conservatives emboldened by President Donald Trump are lining up big donors and face few party rivals.

Oct. 26, 2017 5:47 PM EDT
Texas Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid with no rivals yet

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launched his re-election bid Friday with no clear rival in sight, the money to likely outspend any eventual challenger and a new immigration crackdown that could test in 2018 support among Hispanic voters he aggressively courted four years ago.

Jul. 14, 2017 6:45 PM EDT
AP FACT CHECK: Trump cites man's dubious voter fraud claims

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has pressed his widely debunked claims of massive voter fraud by encouraging the work of a Texas man who has offered no evidence to support his claim that millions of people illegally voted in the 2016 election.

Jan. 28, 2017 3:28 AM EST
Texas officials refute 'vote-flipping' after Trump tweet

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his latest attempt to cast doubt on the election process, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump raised suspicions Thursday about the voting machines in reliably Republican Texas despite producing no evidence of an actual problem.

Oct. 27, 2016 8:43 PM EDT
Texas reaches deal on weaker voter ID rules for November

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law, which federal courts have said discriminated against minorities and the poor and left more than 600,000 registered voters potentially unable to cast a ballot.

Aug. 3, 2016 5:12 PM EDT
Rulings may make voter ID laws presidential race nonfactors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal courts have reined in strict voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin, while a legal battle continues to rage over North Carolina's rules mandating showing identification at the polls — even after lawmakers there took pre-emptive steps to soften them.

Jul. 21, 2016 5:26 PM EDT
Julian Castro says he's not being vetted for vice president

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro said Friday he isn't being vetted as a potential running mate for Democrat Hillary Clinton and continued to maintain that he is unlikely to be offered the job.

Jun. 17, 2016 7:51 PM EDT
Julian Castro returns to Texas under vice president rumors

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julian Castro is returning home to San Antonio Friday swarmed by the same speculation as when the 41-year-old left Texas for Washington two years ago: Is he vice-presidential material?Even as President Barack Obama's housing secretary tries tamping down talk of becoming Hillary Clinton's running mate this fall, Castro is headlining the Texas Democratic Convention under rumors that his name remains on a short list of contenders.

Jun. 16, 2016 6:53 PM EDT
Texas GOP may distance support for gay 'reparative therapy'

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Republican Party considered a platform Friday that would soften support of widely rebuked "reparative therapy" for gays while still preserving some of the toughest anti-gay language on any party plank in the U.

May. 13, 2016 6:53 PM EDT
Texas GOP revolts over 'embarrassment' winning county chair

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin author who often uses homophobic slurs and co-authored a book about Hillary Clinton with one of Donald Trump's former presidential advisers is the newly elected GOP county chairman in the seat of Republican power in Texas.

Mar. 2, 2016 4:42 PM EST
Texas court tosses criminal case against former Gov. Perry

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The felony prosecution of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended Wednesday when the state's highest criminal court dismissed an abuse-of-power indictment that the Republican says hampered his short-lived 2016 presidential bid.

Feb. 24, 2016 4:46 PM EST