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In the first episode of his new podcast about President Trump’s impeachment trial, @tedcruz referred to the trial as highly partisan and argued that the impeachment was a political attack. bit.ly/36resHs
Of the 686 nationwide businesses who scored perfect marks in a recent @HRC survey on inclusive practices for LGBTQ employees, 28 are Texas-based companies. From @KUT: bit.ly/2TY4DOy
President Trump recently endorsed U.S. Rep. Kay Granger for reelection, giving her the best possible vote of confidence she could ask for as she faces a primary challenger questioning her pro-Trump credentials. But the race is far from over. #tx2020 bit.ly/30QfBXW
Hundreds walked the streets of Dallas on Thursday to count how many homeless residents live in the area. The results will be key to finding solutions for vulnerable Texans. bit.ly/2Gm2mF4
@rossramsey: The winner of the special election underway in Fort Bend County might never take a legislative vote. But House District 28 is an important battleground for Democrats and Republicans fighting over suburban Texas. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/2RFH36s
After Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened a lawsuit, the Galveston City Council repealed a rule that aimed to put some space between gun shops and schools. bit.ly/2RLWf2e
RT @jpgarnham: On Thursday night, hundreds of volunteers were part of the 2020 homelessness count in Dallas. Read my report from the eveni…
@DanPatrick said the Texas Senate may lower the threshold required to bring bills to the floor if Republicans lose 1 or 2 seats in November. "If we are still the majority but the minority has power to overrule us," he said, "we cannot let that stand." bit.ly/38CvZOo
RT @AlexSamuelsx5: Here are the people on @JoeBiden’s Texas leadership council. Some new names (I believe): Former state Sen. Gonzalo Bar…
RT @AlexSamuelsx5: New: Six Dallas County elected officials back @JoeBiden, including @TexasHDC chair @ChrisGTurner and Dallas state Rep. @…
RT @StacyFernandezB: A @Baylor University student has the second suspected case of the coronavirus in Texas. The first was a @TAMU student…
Health officials are investigating whether a @Baylor University student has the second suspected case of a deadly coronavirus in Texas. bit.ly/2RoMzf3
Austin police chief plans to continue marijuana arrests. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1220…
6/6/ The Austin police chief said he is planning to review the policy, but the police will continue to enforce the laws on the books. “A City Council does not have the authority to tell a police department not to enforce a state law,” he said. bit.ly/38uD9Eu
5/ The council’s resolution has also prohibited using city funds or personnel to conduct such testing in non-felony marijuana cases. But, as the police chief notes, the resolution clarifies it can’t technically decriminalize marijuana. bit.ly/38uD9Eu
4/ The city council’s move comes after Texas lawmakers legalized hemp, which is cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC. Now, many prosecutors won’t accept cases before expensive lab tests are conducted to determine THC levels. bit.ly/38uD9Eu
3/ But city council member @GregCasar told The Tribune that those actions will come with no penalty. Tickets will be meaningless and any arrests will result in a quick release with no charges, he said. bit.ly/38uD9Eu
2/ During a news conference, APD Chief Brian Manley said police will still issue tickets under the city's “cite-and-release” policy or arrest people. bit.ly/38uD9Eu
RT @jsmccullou: Austin council member @GregCasar says the difference is that the resolution guarantees no ticket or arrest will be accepted…
RT @jsmccullou: After the Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution aimed at stopping arrests, tickets for small amounts of pot…
Breaking: The day after the Austin City Council approved a resolution to stop arresting or ticketing people for most low-level marijuana possession offenses, the police chief made clear he had no plans to do so. bit.ly/2TRpJON
Between voter registration deadlines and lots of races to keep track of, voting can be overwhelming. That’s why we compiled everything you need to know right here. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/2Ro9Ldh
RT @naomiandu: Register to vote by Feb. 3! This guide walks you through registering, plus previews who and what will be on your Texas ballo…
Come work with us! We’re seeking an experienced events producer to oversee the production of the Tribune’s year-round event portfolio. Interested? Apply here by Jan. 27. bit.ly/2TNmFmT
RT @jsmccullou: Austin police chief: APD will still enforce marijuana laws, despite city council resolution directing the elimination, as m…
RT @elvialimon: Three Texas towns recently voted in favor of anti-abortion ordinances, extending the reach of a campaign to create “sanctua…
RT @AlexSamuelsx5: .@MikeBloomberg campaign to opens its first Texas field offices in Austin and El Paso tomorrow, per an advisory.
The Austin City Council approved a resolution that will largely end arrests and fines for low-level marijuana possession. bit.ly/2TTYUcT
RT @PatrickSvitek: Tomorrow: @MikeBloomberg campaign opens its first Texas field offices in Austin, El Paso
RT @PatrickSvitek: Update — Here's an ad that appears to be part of this buy: youtu.be/WdjF0RYnEtI #TX28 twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/…
“Trying to get counsel for people who are in the eviction process is great and we need it, but that’s not systemic change,” one expert told us. “Systemic change would be trying to get more affordable units on the ground.” bit.ly/36pIpb5
@GovAbbott says Texas nonprofits helping refugees should focus on homelessness. Refugee groups say it doesn't work that way. bit.ly/2NTHvxa
RT @TexasMonthly: Texas voters will head to the polls March 3 to select their major party candidates for several statewide races and legisl…
The market for CBD products is exploding in Texas. But because of lax labeling and licensing regulations, unsuspecting consumers may not actually know what they’re buying. bit.ly/2tN3yyA
RT @PatrickSvitek: @DanPatrick Patrick's official endorsement: danpatrick.org/patrick-endors… #HD28 #txlege
RT @PatrickSvitek: B-roll season is upon us in the Texas primaries: youtu.be/LIzw9TBh_lg youtu.be/9kXyvlYfscM youtu.be/ggmeaYIaB-E
+ Whom do I get to vote for? + What dates do I need to be aware of? + What do I need to know about going to vote? + We’ve compiled everything you need to know about voting in the upcoming primary right here. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/2Ro9Ldh
Everything you need to know about voting in Texas on March 3! From @TexasTribune: apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/…
Politicians are required by law to report their campaign finances or face a fine. But a weak state enforcement system reveals some are avoiding both the reporting and the payment. From the @HoustonChron: bit.ly/38DVhMh
RT @PatrickSvitek: Inbox — Two Texans among latest additions to @NRCC Young Guns: @PierceBush for #TX22 and @FloydMcLendon for #TX32
RT @darlacameron: Want to vote in the primary in Texas? The registration deadline is 10 days away! Find out everything else you need to kno…
RT @carla_astudi: Super Tuesday? More like Super CONFUSING Tuesday, am I right, Texas? That’s why me, @MandiCai and @meganmmenchaca made a…
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RT @AlexSamuelsx5: New: Michigan Governor @GovWhitmer and @vgescobar will deliver the Democratic response to Trump’s SOTU address on Feb.
RT @PatrickSvitek: 3,817 people voted on Day 3 of early voting in the #HD28 special election runoff, via the county. Today is the fourth an…
RT @PatrickSvitek: A little under-the-radar in Tuesday special election runoffs as #HD28 gets spotlight: @TLRPAC's quiet play in #HD100, wh…
RT @PatrickSvitek: From last night: Despite Trump endorsement, Kay Granger's primary shows no signs of cooling texastribune.org/2020/01/23/for… #TX12
@rossramsey: The nationally targeted special election for House District 28 has little to do with who’s in the Texas House. It’s about the two major parties’ ability to turn out voters and to win a debate in a red district in a blue county. #txlege bit.ly/3aHZ5xA
RT @MWatkinsTrib: National Democratic group Forward Majority doing some expectation setting in the HD-28 special election. https://t.co/c2i…
RT @MandiCai: We've created this handy **personalized** voter guide for ya'll for Super Tuesday 🗳️📢 apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/…
Texas voters will head to the polls March 3 to select their major party candidates for several statewide races and legislative seats. We’ve compiled an overview of everything you need to know about casting a ballot in the 2020 primaries. #tx2020 bit.ly/2TOMQJT https://t.co/a1C8BNyJ0Q
RT @meganmmenchaca: The @TexasTribune's #ElectionDay voter guide is live! Here’s my co-bylined article (!) on everything you'll need to k…
Broken windows, busted garage doors and plumes of smoke could be seen from a northwest Houston neighborhood rattled by a large building explosion early this morning. More from @KPRC2: bit.ly/30OuA4R
The federal government restored funding for Texas’ publicly funded women’s health programs, bringing as much as $350 million into state coffers and sending a clear message to conservative states: It’s OK to defund providers affiliated with abortion. bit.ly/3aHXhET
A long list of Democrats are vying to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the general election later this year. But first one must break out from the pack. Check out our conversations with five of the candidates here. #tx2020 bit.ly/37pqXEU
+ Whom do I get to vote for? + What dates do I need to be aware of? + What do I need to know about going to vote? The Texas primary is creeping up on us, but we've got everything you need to know right here. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/2TOMQJT
@realDonaldTrump endorsed Fort Worth's @RepKayGranger for another term in the U.S. House. But an anti-tax Republican group is spending big to back her primary opponent, @putnamfortexas. bit.ly/2sS5qpf
Thanks to lax labeling and licensing regulations in Texas, unsuspecting CBD consumers may not actually know what they’re buying. But there are some measures people can take to protect themselves while the Texas hemp industry is in limbo. bit.ly/2NSvzeN
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is skipping the early states and hoping his big staff and big spending in states like Texas can launch him to victory. #tx2020 bit.ly/2tNGwaT
Just days after Gov. Greg Abbott became the first state leader to opt out of the refugee resettlement program, a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration policy that would have allowed him to do it. bit.ly/36h3AvX
Austin police will stop arresting or citing most people for possessing small amounts of marijuana. New @TwitterMoments. twitter.com/i/moments/1220…
9/9 Earlier this month, lead sponsor @GregCasar said he hoped the proposal would help Austin’s citizens of color, who are disproportionately arrested or punished for violating marijuana possession laws. bit.ly/2Rmee0c
8/ It will prohibit spending city funds on testing in low-level possession cases (except in felony cases). But it won’t prevent law enforcement officers from taking action when they believe there is an immediate threat to a person’s safety. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
7/ Austin’s resolution will largely direct police to stop arresting people or issuing citations in low-level marijuana possession cases in which officers won’t be able to get lab reports to chemically distinguish between legal hemp and illegal marijuana. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
6/ We reported earlier this month that marijuana prosecutions in Texas have dropped by more than half since hemp was legalized in June: bit.ly/3aMG6Cm https://t.co/UteAhL58c7
5/ But public labs in the state don’t yet have the technology to test for that difference. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
4/ This led to numerous Texas prosecutors, including those in Austin’s Travis County, to require lab reports on THC concentration levels before pursuing misdemeanor marijuana charges. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
3/ Texas’ 2019 hemp law narrowed the legal definition of marijuana from cannabis to cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
2/ Four Austin City Council members proposed the measure in response to Texas’ legalization of hemp, which threw marijuana prosecution in the state into chaos. It passed unanimously Thursday with 9 votes. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
Breaking: Austin police will stop arresting or citing most people for possessing small amounts of marijuana. bit.ly/2RpIyXP
RT @naomiandu: The Austin City Council voted unanimously (9-0) just now to pass a resolution ending arrests for possession of small amounts…
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@Bethvanduyne up with first TV ad in #TX24 Republican primary: youtu.be/g5n9SbKSzOU
RT @PatrickSvitek: New — Following @club4growth’s endorsement of @putnamfortexas, allied Protect Freedom PAC launches TV ad against @RepKay…
Much of the sudden spike in popularity of CBD products in the state is thanks to a Texas law last year that legalized hemp. But buyer beware, experts warn. Anyone can sell CBD in Texas. bit.ly/38xR6kT
RT @MarshallProj: After two mass shootings in churches in three years, some Texas worshippers are taking training programs where they pract…
RT @Wisemeister: Austin City Council taking testimony right now on the resolution to “deprioritize” misdemeanor marijuana possession. Lots…
RT @PatrickSvitek: After Trump’s #TX13 polling tweet, @ekstromfortexas rolls out endorsement from Freedom Caucus chair @RepAndyBiggsAZ. Big…
In the ramp up to the March primary, Democratic hopeful Tom Steyer hires a Texas state director. bit.ly/2TSJ6H6
RT @ShannonNajma: A @TAMU student suspected of contracting the deadly coronavirus has been quarantined in Brazos County. The student trav…
RT @StacyFernandezB: A @TAMU student suspected of contracting the deadly coronavirus has been quarantined in Brazos County. The student r…
RT @AlexSamuelsx5: .@TomSteyer hires a Texas state director texastribune.org/2020/01/23/tom… via @TexasTribune
Almost 29 million people live in Texas, and that number is growing by 1,000 people a day. What does that mean for our state’s future? Learn more by signing up for @TexasTribune’s newsletter series, Teach Me How to Texas. trib.it/Glq
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Health officials are investigating whether a patient in Brazos County is sick with the deadly coronavirus that is causing a panic across China as cities are being placed on lockdown to prevent its spread. bit.ly/37yrCDO
RT @PatrickSvitek: .@RepColinAllred is heading to Iowa for @JoeBiden. Allred and two other battleground-district members are touring the st…
@tedcruz has launched a podcast where he says he'll air his daily musings about the historic Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in which he is a juror along with the other members of the U.S. Senate. bit.ly/2vkqt4V
RT @PatrickSvitek: Inbox: @TomSteyer has a Texas state director https://t.co/UW9noaklvN
RT @alexazura: With GOP supermajority at risk in 2020, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Texas Senate may lower threshold to bring bills to the flo…
RT @MWatkinsTrib: It's an insidery story but an important one: With GOP supermajority at risk in 2020, Dan Patrick says Texas Senate may lo…
RT @naomiandu: Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick pointed out in the press gaggle that special sessions and the TX house already use a simple majority #t…
"If we are still the majority but the minority has power to overrule us," Patrick said, "we cannot let that stand." bit.ly/30LePeX
New: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he may further lower the threshold required to bring bills to the Senate floor if Republicans lose one or two seats in November. bit.ly/30LePeX
Many CBD products are advertised as natural alternatives to prescription medications and make unfounded claims to treat serious conditions. None of these claims are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. bit.ly/2upyYuY
While explaining on TV his choice to opt out of the refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas nonprofits helping refugees should prioritize other Texans in need instead. Those nonprofits say that's not how it works. bit.ly/2vhY8fp
RT @bobbycblanchard: CBD products are EVERYWHERE in Texas now. Does the sudden spike have anything to do with the state legalizing hemp?…
With Election Day coming up, I know many of you are curious about @TexasHDCC's plans for 2020. On Tuesday, February 11, I'm sitting down with the @TexasTribune to dive into the biggest question of the year — will the Texas House flip? RSVP here: bit.ly/2up2zEI #tx2020
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp is beefing with Harvard. #txhighered bit.ly/37nmtyn
RT @naomiandu: Last June, Texas legalized CBD. Proponents say it can treat anything from anxiety to psychosis, but the FDA only approves it…
Democrats are effectively nine seats away from winning the Texas House, a major prize ahead of the 2021 redistricting process. The fight came into focus last week with the release of a major wave of campaign finance reports. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/2GfkVKT
RT @tlangford: CBD products are everywhere in Texas since the state legalized hemp. Experts warn: buyer beware. texastribune.org/2020/01/23/tex… via…
The question about Texas' 7th Congressional District — and Texas — is, was 2018 a Beto O'Rourke-induced anomaly or an indicator of how quickly the ground is moving toward the Democratic Party? #tx2020 bit.ly/30Kqb2P
RT @PatrickSvitek: Texas Forward, an @EmilysList-affiliated committee, is beginning to spend in #TX28, where EL has endorsed @JCisnerosTX:…
The cut came as punishment after the Texas Legislature excluded Planned Parenthood from the Healthy Texas Women program in 2011 cbsaustin.com/news/local/tru… @TexasTribune
I’m looking forward to telling the story of @TexasTribune as the 2020 Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer at @uofdenver — tomorrow at 2 p.m. at @TheCableCenter Theater dughost.imodules.com/s/1150/communi…
 
 
 
 
 
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