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Amazon picks Crystal Metropolis and New York for HQ2, snubbing Austin, Dallas

In the long run, there have been two, and neither was in Texas. Amazon introduced Tuesday morning that it'll construct its second and third headquarters in New York and Crystal Metropolis, Virginia — a blow to Texas, a state fiercely pleased with its business-friendly fame that boasted two cities on the tech big’s brief checklist of 20 potential picks. Since September 2017, when the tech big introduced it was trying to find a house for its “HQ2” — a multi-billion greenback capital funding anticipated to create as many as…

Texas midterm elections shifted the 2019 Texas Home speaker’s race

There’s one factor political observers agree on after Tuesday’s midterm elections: The dynamics of the Texas Home speaker’s race have shifted. Democrats picked up 12 state Home seats and are actually assured they’ll have a stronger hand in electing the following chief. It is an outlook even some Republicans agree with, though they will solely say so privately. However whereas the GOP's 95-55 stronghold shrank, they nonetheless seem to carry 83 seats — comfortably above the 76 votes a candidate must succeed retiring Home…

Tea Social gathering conservatives in Texas had a “wakeup name” on Election Day

Within the run-up to Election Day, an influential Tea Social gathering group appeared skeptical {that a} blue wave would wash over the state. However after the votes have been tallied Tuesday, the NE Tarrant Tea Social gathering discovered that a few of its favored candidates had almost been swept away. “Slaughtered … slaughtered … misplaced … misplaced … barely held on, however no less than they received,” the group’s president, wrote to supporters Wednesday, ticking down a listing of races. “We're quickly changing into…

Texas Supreme Court docket Justice Phil Johnson to retire efficient Dec. 31

Texas Supreme Court docket Justice Phil Johnson submitted his resignation to Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday and can retire efficient Dec. 31. Johnson, 74, has served for 13 years on the court docket after former Gov. Rick Perry appointed him in 2005. Beforehand, he had served as chief justice of the Amarillo-based seventh Court docket of Appeals. “You are feeling like on this place you may make a distinction. The regulation is the superstructure of society, the framework for doing what we will do,” Johnson stated in a…

Texas Democrats flip state appeals courts in Austin, Houston, Dallas

It wasn’t Beto O’Rourke. However within the sleepiest department of presidency — the judiciary — Texas Democrats cleaned up on Election Day, flipping the 4 influential state appeals courts that serve Austin, Houston and Dallas. Democrats now maintain majorities on seven of the state’s 14 appeals courts. Earlier than Tuesday, they held seats on simply three. On an evening of shut margins and purple counties Texas’ minority social gathering hailed as ethical victories, these had been main wins. The sweep has thrown off the…

Texas ladies candidates made positive factors in midterm elections

It’s the 12 months of the girl and it’s “actually not a one-time deal.” That’s Beverly Powell’s sentiment the day after defeating her Republican opponent, state Sen. Konni Burton of Colleyville, by practically four proportion factors within the Texas Senate District 10 race. Powell, a Democrat, credit her win to her expertise on the Burleson Unbiased College District board, speaking to native metropolis officers, visiting colleges and companies and interesting to voters about protecting cash in public colleges. “Girls…

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Joe Straus: “He isn’t a lot of a Republican.”

Outgoing Texas Home Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday suggested his counterpart within the Senate, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to “pay attention extra and speak much less” throughout subsequent 12 months’s legislative session. Patrick had one thing to say about that. " determined he wished to proceed to poke a finger within the eye of Greg Abbott, the president, myself and conservatives as he goes out the door, and I discover that disappointing," Patrick informed The Texas Tribune on Wednesday night time in his first intensive…

LGBTQ candidates working in file numbers in Texas this election cycle

Fourteen of the 35 homosexual, bisexual and transgender candidates who ran for workplace in Texas through the midterms claimed victory Tuesday evening — a 40 % success price in deep-red Texas — and nationwide and state activists say they’re assured this election cycle carved a path for a future “rainbow wave” in Texas. The historic quantity of Texas candidates who ran for workplaces from governor right down to metropolis council positions joined a record-shattering rank of greater than 400 LGBTQ people on nationwide…

Home Speaker Joe Straus on the midterms and Donald Trump’s tweets

On the morning after Election Day, Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith sat down with the outgoing speaker of the Texas Home, Joe Straus, in his Capitol workplace to speak concerning the outcomes of 2018’s hardest-fought contests and their affect on the Legislature, the state and the nation. Of their wide-ranging interview, Straus wades into his working relationship with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the “borderline racism” of some in public life as of late, why a wholesome financial system doesn’t excuse Donald Trump’s tone and…

Texas Home Speaker Joe Straus points grave warning for Republicans

Editor's word: Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith's new podcast, Level of Order, will air routinely throughout the Texas legislative session, which begins in January. You'll find the pilot episode with outgoing Home Speaker Joe Straus right here. Republicans within the Texas Home have been dealt a giant blow Tuesday night time, shedding 12 seats to Democrats and two within the Texas Senate. Joe Straus, the Republican who has presided over the Home for almost a decade, stated that is as a result of win-at-all-cost politics…

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