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Texas Speaker Straus Questions Whether Online Media Deserve Press Passes

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a keynote conversation at The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) made several comments regarding changes he would like to see to the process for granting media credentials for reporters at the Capitol who wish to cover the Texas Legislature. As the Legislature continues to make preparations for the upcoming 2015 legislative session, the issue of which media outlets will be granted the highest level of access to cover the Legislature has been a topic of debate, and Breitbart Texas reached out to several other Texas media outlets for their reactions to Straus' comments. Sep 23, 2014 7:55 AM PT

Live Blog: Abbott and Davis Debate Near Texas-Mexico Border

AUSTIN, Texas -- Breitbart Texas contributors Kristin Tate and Sarah Rumpf will live-blog tonight's debate between the two major party candidates for Texas Governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, and State Senator Wendy Davis, the Democrat. The debate will be aired on television stations across Texas and nationally, and live-streamed from the Edinburg Conference Center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, starting at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Sep 19, 2014 3:43 PM PT

CPS Investigates Texas Mom Over Son Playing Outside

AUSTIN, Texas— An Austin mother found her family under investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS, a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, or TDFPS) earlier this month after a neighbor witnessed her son playing outside unsupervised and reported it to authorities. Sep 18, 2014 8:40 AM PT

Over $100 million Seized in Fashion District Raids Linked to Mexican Cartel Money Laundering

AUSTIN, Texas -- High fashion. Violent drug cartels. International kidnappings. Hundreds of millions of dollars. It sounds like the outline for a Hollywood movie script, but it played out in real life on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, as law enforcement officials conducted raids on dozens of businesses in the Fashion District in connection with an elaborate international scheme to launder money for Mexican drug cartels. In all, search warrants were executed at over 70 businesses, as well as the residences of several people involved, nine people were arrested, over $100 million was seized, and indictments were issued in three separate cases with more potentially on the way. Sep 14, 2014 5:33 AM PT

Abbott Campaign Manager Files Ethics Complaint Regarding Davis Book Tour

AUSTIN, Texas -- Thursday, Wayne Hamilton, the campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) accusing State Senator Wendy Davis, Abbott’s Democratic opponent, of violating Texas election law for activities related to the tour and promotional activities for her book. Sep 11, 2014 9:09 AM PT

Human Smugglers Who Held 115 Illegal Immigrants in Houston Stash House Sentenced

AUSTIN, Texas -- Federal authorities have reported that the final two human smugglers convicted in connection with a stash house in southeast Houston where illegal immigrants were being housed have been sentenced to federal prison. The two men, Jose Aviles-Villa, 32, and Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 46, were arrested in March 2014 after the stash house was discovered with 115 immigrants living in squalid conditions, held hostage and crammed into a less than 1,300 square foot home. Sep 11, 2014 5:41 AM PT

Cornyn Endorsed By NRA; Alameel Silent On Gun Rights

AUSTIN, Texas -- On Monday, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) for re-election. The NRA-PVF, the political wing of the national gun rights organization, was enthusiastic in their support for Cornyn, noting that he had earned their “A+” rating, their “highest possible rating,” which they noted was used to designate legislators who not only have “an excellent voting record on critical NRA issues,” but also those “who have also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” Sep 10, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Wendy Davis' Book Tour Accused of Violating Texas Campaign Finance Laws

AUSTIN, Texas -- On Monday, Wayne Hamilton, the campaign manager for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for Governor, sent a formal request to the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) for an advisory opinion regarding the book tour and promotional activities of Wendy Davis, the Texas State Senator and Abbott’s Democratic opponent. Sep 9, 2014 11:18 AM PT

Gov. Perry, Rep. Villalba on Economic Development Trip To Asia

AUSTIN, Texas -- On Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry embarked on an economic development trip to Asia. The trip will last a week and includes visits to Japan and China. The Governor’s schedule includes a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan on Monday and participating a panel discussion on global economic issues at the World Economic Forum on Friday in Tianjin, China, along with other meetings with business and economic leaders in both countries. The World Economic Forum is the same organization where Perry made international headlines for his speech on criminal justice issues at their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Sep 9, 2014 5:06 AM PT

Texas May Reform Anti-Truancy Laws, Rules For Sealing Criminal Records

AUSTIN, Texas – As Texas looks forward to the 84th Legislative Session, scheduled to begin on January 13, 2015, part of the preparations include “interim charges” released by the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House to study topics that are expected to be debated during the upcoming session. The process includes the appointment of committees assigned to cover specific topics, who will then hold hearings, conduct research, and hear testimony from policy experts and members of the public. Sep 7, 2014 4:52 AM PT

Fed Court Grants Appeal In Abortion Case But Allows Clinics To Stay Open

AUSTIN, Texas — In a ruling issued Tuesday evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans granted the motion for stay pending appeal filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of HB2, Texas’ abortion law passed during the 2013 legislative session, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle. Sep 4, 2014 5:29 AM PT

Former CIA Operative Validates Breitbart Warnings About ISIS

AUSTIN, Texas — Americans were horrified today when the terrorist group ISIS released a video that purports to show a militant beheading the American journalist Steven Sotloff, who had been held hostage since being captured in Syria in August 2013. The ISIS militant is reported to be the same individual who beheaded another American journalist, James Foley last month. Now, a new report by CNN sheds light on how dangerous the threat from ISIS may be here in America. Sep 3, 2014 5:26 AM PT

Exclusive: Reporter Misrepresented George P. Bush Climate Change Interview

AUSTIN, Texas — George P. Bush, the Republican nominee for Texas Land Commissioner, gave an interview recently to Neena Satija of the Texas Tribune, in an article that also ran in the New York Times as part of their partnership with the Tribune. In the article, Bush was portrayed as taking a more moderate position on climate change than the standard Republican position. However, as shown by Satija’s own transcript and exclusive Breitbart Texas interviews with the campaign, Bush’s comments and positions have been seriously misrepresented. Sep 3, 2014 5:25 AM PT

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