Dems' chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

DALLAS (AP) — As Dallas has evolved from reliably red to deeply blue, joining many other big cities, one enclave has remained the beating heart of country club conservatism — home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, oil tycoon T.

Apr. 23, 2018 7:24 PM EDT
Texas primary turnout buoys Democrats' hopes again

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is the latest place where Democrats are finding optimism for 2018 after kicking off the nation's primary election season with their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century.

Mar. 7, 2018 7:31 PM EST
Democratic turnout surges in Texas, helping women candidates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats in deep-red Texas turned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary election, propelling women candidates toward challenges to entrenched male Republicans in Congress and venting their anger at President Donald Trump in the first state primary of 2018.

Mar. 7, 2018 1:41 AM EST
George P Bush seeks re-election as Texas land commissioner

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush on Monday formally announced he is seeking re-election as Texas land commissioner next year, hoping to continue running a little-known but powerful agency in a state where his political-dynasty family has been prominent for decades.

Jun. 19, 2017 10:35 AM EDT
Speculation mounts on race between top 2 Texas Republicans

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick brushed aside speculation of a 2018 gubernatorial run at the end of Texas' last legislative session, insisting he'd never challenge his "close friend" and fellow Republican Greg Abbott.

Dec. 28, 2016 11:59 AM EST
From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering "oops" when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars.

Dec. 13, 2016 11:41 AM EST
Texas Republican elector says he won't cast ballot for Trump

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas said Monday that he won't cast one of his state's 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump because "I am here to elect a president, not a king.

Dec. 5, 2016 7:10 PM EST
George P. Bush says name isn't liability after Trump's win

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The only member of the Bush family currently holding elected office isn't worried about his political future being threatened by a rejection of dynasty politics that may have helped doom Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Nov. 10, 2016 4:42 PM EST
Texas official uses obscenity for Clinton on Twitter

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller apologized Tuesday after his official Twitter account briefly posted — then deleted — a tweet that used an obscenity to refer to Hillary Clinton.

Nov. 1, 2016 6:52 PM EDT
No injuries after Pence plane slides off runway in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

Oct. 28, 2016 7:55 AM EDT
Cruz's Trump flip-flop may hurt his popularity back in Texas

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's a refrain Ted Cruz has long used, but he's trotting it out more frequently these days — laying on the Texas charm thick for audiences in his home state, where his popularity may suddenly be on the line.

Oct. 28, 2016 1:28 AM EDT
No injuries after Pence plane slides off runway in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport late Thursday, tearing up concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass.

Oct. 28, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
Cruz throws his support to Trump's campaign at last

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he's "greatly honored" to receive the endorsement of defeated rival Ted Cruz, not that Cruz is using that word when acknowledging that he will vote for the Republican presidential nominee.

Sep. 24, 2016 4:42 AM EDT
Cruz to vote for Trump, whom he once called 'utterly amoral'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz announced Friday he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face that may help unite a deeply divided Republican Party months after the fiery Texas conservative called Trump a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral.

Sep. 23, 2016 6:33 PM EDT
Democrats' best shot in Texas is party-switching judge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last time a Democrat won statewide office in Texas, Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson were newlyweds and "Friends" would soon make "The Rachel" haircut a thing.

Sep. 13, 2016 8:28 AM EDT
Republicans in Hispanic House districts fear Trump blowback

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Donald Trump pinatas, with dark suits, oversized pink lips and unruly yellow manes in paper mache, are top sellers across South Texas — a potential sign of trouble for one of its Republican congressmen and some colleagues representing predominantly Hispanic districts across the country.

Sep. 2, 2016 12:18 PM EDT
Sanders backer's swipe at Clinton sparks Texas skirmish

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Bernie Sanders delegate from North Texas sparked a shouting match Tuesday among his state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention by condemning Hillary Clinton, but later said he misspoke in "a moment of passion.

Jul. 26, 2016 3:42 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
Castro's youth seen as a plus and a minus for Clinton ticket

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julian Castro was in two places at once. Or so it seemed.It was April 2005 and there was the baby-faced favorite to win San Antonio's mayoral race perched atop a float chugging down the storied Riverwalk.

Jul. 15, 2016 3:56 AM EDT
AP Exclusive: Texas governor to miss Republican convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will miss next week's Republican National Convention as he recovers from extensive burns after being scalded by hot water — meaning his state's large delegation to Cleveland will be without its chosen chairman.

Jul. 12, 2016 7:12 PM EDT
Texas governor burned in accident; could miss GOP convention

DALLAS (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas sustained "extensive second- and third-degree burns" on both legs below the knees and both feet — and may miss next week's Republican National Convention as a result, his office said Sunday.

Jul. 10, 2016 8:23 PM EDT