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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. 

Michael Stravato, via Texas Tribune

This week on The Ticket 2016: In the wake of another horrific mass shooting, the Presidential candidates were quick to explain how their administration would help reduce this kind of crime.

To help explain what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are saying, KUT's Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune's Jay Root put two recent campaign speeches under the microscope on another episode of Stump Interrupted.

Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

Now that each party has a presumptive presidential nominee, fundraising for the November election has kicked into high gear. That’s why it’s not surprising Republican Donald Trump will be in Texas this week for three fundraising events in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The Lone Star State has always been a reliable ATM for the GOP, but strategists say Trump has a lot to make up for with Republicans here – and that includes donors.

Eric Schlegel for the Texas Tribune

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on Texas’s controversial abortion bill in the coming weeks. Abortion providers and activists in Texas are waiting to hear what the court decides. In the meantime, they are also preparing for a possible loss and clinic closures that would follow.

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From the Texas Tribune: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office sent a cease-and-desist letter Friday to a former official who has claimed his bosses nixed a lawsuit six years ago against Trump University, the beleaguered school tied to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. 

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Donald Trump has consolidated much of the Republican party behind him since he went from frontrunner to expected nominee. But there are still plenty of Republicans here in Texas who aren't ready to support him.

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This week on The Ticket 2016: The different faces of the Never Trump movement. While much of the party leadership has gotten behind Donald Trump, there are still plenty of conservative voters who aren't sure what they'll do in November. KUT's Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune's Jay Root will introduce you to several different representatives of different parts of the GOP to explain their hesitation.

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Parents of transgender children here in Texas spoke up on Tuesday against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton. Both officials are leading the state’s opposition to a new directive from the Obama administration that says students need to be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The parents say state leaders are creating a hostile environment for their children.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Declaring that "this fight is just beginning," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday escalated his battle against guidelines in Texas and across the country that allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Governors didn't fare too well in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries this year.

But two former Republican governors will be on top of the Libertarian Party ticket in November.

At the party's convention in Florida this weekend, Libertarians selected former governors Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts as their presidential and vice presidential standard-bearers. The move could give the little-known party more visibility in a year when many voters say they're open to new options.

This election has brought a bitter primary season: candidates at each other's throats; a Democratic Party in crisis. But it's nothing new.

Eight years ago, the Democratic Party was recovering after a brutal primary between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Now, the party has found itself in a similar place.

This week on For the Record: Lessons learned from the 2008 Democratic primary, with two political operatives who lived through it.

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This week on The Ticket 2016: Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee, while on the Democratic side, the battle goes on. KUT's Ben Philpott talks with CNN commentator Paul Begala about what's left in that race and what's ahead for the Democratic nominee.

Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT News

Update 12 a.m. With voter turnout hovering around 1 percent, Texans decided Tuesday which Democratic and Republican candidates they want to see in office.. 

In the race for Travis County Commissioners Court Precinct 1's Democratic nomination, Jeff Travillion won out over opponent Arthur Sampson, with 67 percent of the vote. As the Austin Monitor reports