Author Archives: The Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Opposed Controversial “Bathroom Bill,” State Legislator Says

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Opposed Controversial “Bathroom Bill,” State Legislator Says

By Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune March 13, 2018 Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. Gov. Greg Abbott himself was opposed to the controversial “bathroom bill” that dominated debate at the Texas Capitol for much of 2017, according to a state representative involved in keeping the legislation from passing the Texas House. State Rep.

After Early Voting, Valdez, White in Runoff Territory

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune March 6, 2018 Lupe Valdez and Andrew White are on track for a runoff in the Democratic primary for governor, according to early vote returns released Tuesday evening. Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, led White, the son of late Gov. Mark White, by 11 percentage points — 42

“Bathroom Bill” Fizzles as Republican Primary Issue

By Patrick Svitek, February 6, 2018 The “bathroom bill,” once touted as a surefire issue for the 2018 Republican primaries, is barely registering in them with less than a month until Election Day. Last year, state lawmakers waded into an intense, emotional debate over whether the state should restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans could use,

More LGBTQ Texans than ever are running for office, magazine says

By Rishika Dugyala, The Texas Tribune January 24, 2018 A self-described “gun-toting, truck-driving, true Republican,” Shannon McClendon avidly followed state politics and served as a five-time appointee for various boards under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But until now, she never pushed herself to run for elected office. “I’m a Republican who happens to be

Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, kicks off gubernatorial bid in Dallas

By Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune January 7, 2018 DALLAS — Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, formally launched her Democratic bid for governor on Sunday, touting a campaign aimed at representing all Texans and listing a broad range of topics she plans to address as election season gets underway. “Together, we need to

Rick Perry Ties Fossil Fuel Use to Sexual Assault Prevention

By Claire Allbright, The Texas Tribune November 2, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said Thursday fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault because the “lights are on.” His comments came during an event hosted by NBC News and Axios in Washington, D.C., where Perry was to lay out the administration’s upcoming energy policy