DALLAS — Dallas Democrats are demanding the resignation of a Dallas County justice of the peace who says he won’t perform same-sex marriages despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
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Although the Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest criminal court in the state — and it deals with hot-button issues including the death penalty — its nine judges don’t attract much attention. That can make campaigning for a seat on the court difficult. Several candidates running for the court’s open seats said they doubt most Texans know the court even exists.
Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.
State Senators expressed bipartisan disapproval Wednesday of an unpopular program that levies large surcharges on drivers for traffic offenses, with several calling for broad changes or scrapping it entirely.
In the latest controversy over Syrians seeking refuge in Texas, the state’s top lawyer on Tuesday again asked a federal judge to halt the resettlement of people fleeing the war-torn country.
Texas senators on Tuesday urged the state’s six university chancellors not to single out students who carry guns on campus when the state’s new campus carry law goes into effect in August.
Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, a national civil rights group announced Monday that it is suing the state.
The case of measles revealed last week in Collin County was the first reported in Texas this year. It matched the total number of measles cases reported to the state in all of 2015.
Thanks to crashing oil prices, Texas will send far less of its money in the coming years to transportation than it originally expected — a difference of hundreds of millions of dollars, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar told lawmakers Wednesday.
While placing bets on fantasy sports sites might involve skill, there is still an element of chance that equates such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.