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Stories with person: Dan Patrick
  • What to watch: Crunch time calm; texting while driving bill 
    Updated: May-24-15 9:07 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - The closing days of Texas' legislative session usually mean political chaos, with some lawmakers scrambling to finalize pet proposed legislation and others working just as hard to block bills they despise.

  • Up & Down in Texas politics: Tax cuts; crunch time calm 
    Updated: May-23-15 12:44 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott used his January inaugural address to promise "lasting" property tax cuts.

  • Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:57 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.

  • New call-in line helps business leaders shape Texas laws story has photos
    Updated: May-10-15 10:11 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it's seldom been easier since Texas' new lieutenant governor set up regular conference calls for select business leaders and donors to advise him on issues before the Legislature.

  • Abbott's upgrade to Texas pre-K gets Senate approval 
    Updated: May-07-15 7:14 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - After months of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, the Texas Senate on Thursday approved Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's proposed pre-K upgrade - a plan that tea party activists condemn as socialist and educators tepidly embrace as better than nothing.

  • Despite spat with House, Patrick expects no special session 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 2:13 pm

    HOUSTON - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick predicts a looming legislative deadlock will be broken and that odds are "20 percent or less" that a special legislative session will be needed this summer, despite his argument with House Speaker Joe Straus at a breakfast meeting over border security bills passed by each chamber.