Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday panned the White House's latest disaster aid request, calling it "completely inadequate" for Texas' needs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

Nelson campaign/Laura Buckman: Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is getting his first Democratic opponent for re-election.

Attorney Justin Nelson is entering the race to be the state's top lawyer with just over a month until the candidate filing deadline for the 2018 primaries. 

Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has emerged as potential Democratic challenger to Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018.

In an interview Monday, Valdez described herself as "in the exploratory process," looking at the data for a potential run against the Republican incumbent. "I've been approached and I'm listening," she said. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

In the wake of the "bathroom bill" fight that generated strong business backlash, House Speaker Joe Straus is putting together a committee to make sure Texas can continue to chase new companies. 

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