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Justin Dehn / Texas Tribune

The opening night of the Republican National Convention focused on the theme "Make America Safe Again." With speakers focusing on how, as Republicans say, President Obama and Hillary Clinton have made U.S. citizens, its border and military less safe. It was a message that was delivered, in part, with a twang by members of the Texas delegation.


Shelby Tauber/Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Republicans from across the country have made their way to the national convention in Cleveland. And even though their home state candidate isn’t the nominee, Texans are still set to leave their mark on the festivities. That includes Sen. Ted Cruz, who's snagged a coveted prime-time speaking slot.

    

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

From the Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick is heading to the White House to participate in a town hall discussion on race relations with President Barack Obama.

The event comes in the aftermath of the shooting at a protest in Dallas that left five police officers dead and seven wounded. Patrick spokesman Keith Elkins said the lieutenant governor will be among those interacting with the president at the town hall, which will be broadcast Thursday evening on channels including ABC and ESPN. 

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For more than a century, the Austin State Hospital has been a fixture in Hyde Park. While the facility near Guadalupe and 41st Streets is primarily a psychiatric hospital, its winding trails and tree-lined campus are a popular recreational space for neighbors. Now, state leaders are considering selling the property and relocating the hospital – a move that has some residents concerned. 

Jenna VonHofe for KUT

Natalie Gauldin’s backyard plays by its own rules. The grass tickles our calves and her almost 3-year-old daughter has left some toys scattered around. Dogs bark at us from inside her house in Austin’s District 7. But all these distractions, we tune out. We’re here to talk about one sentence on her campaign website.


Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Gov. Greg Abbott may not attend the Republican National Convention after suffering severe burns during a family vacation in Wyoming.

Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

The deadline for a federal appeals court to rule on the state’s controversial voter ID law is fast approaching. The U.S. Supreme Court gave the court until July 20 to make a decision about whether the law violates federal civil rights law. But, no matter what happens, this likely isn’t the end of this legal battle.

First of all, the fact that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals even has a deadline on this is the first indicator that this case is pretty unique.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

In a new effort to regulate abortion providers, Texas health officials are proposing rules that would require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains.

The new rules, proposed by the Health and Human Services Commission, would no longer allow abortion providers to dispose of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, instead allowing only cremation or interment of all remains — regardless of the period of gestation. Abortion providers currently use third-party special waste disposal services.

Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

After years of Texas trying to lure businesses away from other states, New York has struck back — with an ad that paints the Lone Star State as unwelcoming and discriminatory to the LGBT community.

The two-minute ad released by New York’s chief economic development agency highlights the Empire State’s principles of inclusion and equality, claiming these characteristics make it welcoming for all businesses.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, facing federal and state securities fraud charges, is getting more than a little help from his friends to foot his growing legal bill.

The Republican accepted more than $329,000 earmarked for his legal defense from donors and “family friends,” according to a newly released financial disclosure statement.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

After weeks of pressure from civil rights attorneys, the Texas Department of State Health Services has released abortion data for 2014 – the first year the state's controversial law, House Bill 2, was in effect. 


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This week on The Ticket: The Texas Tribune’s Jay Root and KUT’s Ben Philpott check in with UT Austin pollster Jim Henson to see if the national GOP concerns about Donald Trump have trickled down to Republicans in the reliably red state of Texas.

Donald Trump laid out his plan for the economy, criticizing globalization and policies that promote free trade, in a speech in Monessen, Pa., on Tuesday.

NPR's politics team has annotated Trump's speech. The portions we commented on are bolded, followed by analysis and fact check in italics. We will update further.

The speech follows:

Michael Stravato and Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 8 percentage points in Texas, according to a University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll released Monday.

Trump is ahead of Clinton 41 percent to 33 percent in a head-to-head matchup, the poll found. Nineteen percent indicated support for "someone else," and 8 percent said they "haven't thought about it enough to have an opinion."


Updated at 1:15 p.m.

House Democrats have ended their almost 26-hour-long sit-in to push for gun control legislation, pledging on Thursday afternoon to continue their fight once Congress returns from the July Fourth recess.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., ended the daylong protest surrounded by his Democratic colleagues. The civil rights leader proclaimed that this "is a struggle, but we're going to win this struggle."

City Faces Lawsuit Over Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Jun 21, 2016
Jon Shapley for KUT

This story has been updated with a comment from the City of Austin.

A group of homeowners and renters are suing the city of Austin over its effort to regulate short-term rental units, or STRs, like those you’d find on sites such as Airbnb or HomeAway.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Over the weekend, Texas Democrats met in San Antonio ahead of this year’s presidential election. A question on almost everyone’s lips was whether this year’s election has set the groundwork for Democratic gains in the state.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Senator John Cornyn endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in May.  Trump made a swing through Dallas last night – he’s in the Houston area today, but this week Cornyn told reporters in Washington D.C. he’s done talking about his party's nominee until after the November election and he’s not attending Trump’s campaign events in Texas this week.


Allison V. Smith for the Texas Tribune

DALLAS — Donald Trump on Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of his presidential campaign with a Dallas rally that checked all the boxes for his remarkable White House bid.

Occasionally chaotic and thoroughly freewheeling, Trump rallied hundreds by reiterating his original campaign promises, reflecting on the nomination fight and talking derisively about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. It was his first public appearance in the state since he became the presumptive GOP nominee, an improbable journey that began on June 16, 2015. 

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From the Texas Tribune: With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to decide the biggest abortion case in nearly a decade, the ACLU of Texas is demanding that the Department of State Health Services “stop concealing” abortion statistics for 2014 and make the information public. 

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