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New GOP Chair Gives Governor
Lecture on Job Duties in Crisis

Party boss who's fairly new Texas resident gives lifelong Texan scolding amid special session call.

Texas and Florida Get Special
Treatment Despite Worst Records

Trump helps top two must-win states as Texas rewarded for massive lead in recent cases and deaths.

GOP Self-Destruction Features
Abbott Attack and Trump Snub

Freedom Caucus five sue governor for power abuse as president implies Texas lacks clean elections.

Senate Sunset Panel Team Balks
on Virtual Hearings Deal for Crisis

Patrick allies pull plug on pact in House blindside on wasted trip to Austin with schedule in air.

Patrick Sees Trump Win in High
Gun Sales Despite Demographics

Lt. gov sees firearms buying surge as victory sign before gun group survey shoots holes in theory.

State May Have Dodged Monster
Spike with Huge Slash in Cases

More than 11,000 infections erased in four major counties as Texas skirts new all-time daily high.

Tinderholt Says Masks Failed
Family after Near Death Scare

Lawmaker tests positive despite religious adherence to face rules with claim that may be suspect.

Texas Farm Boss Sounds Alarm
on Marxist Revolt in Cash Pitch

Miller portrays himself as new age Paul Revere fighting Bolshevik rebels like Germans feared in 1930s.

Trump Turns Oil Patch Woes
into Suburban Rescue Vow

President ignores virus and industry troubles while courting housewives in suburbia at Midland stop.

Odessa Welcomes President
with Record COVID-19 Spike

Trump prepares to pass hat in West Texas county that's been hotter spot than coast and most of border.

New Death Toll Gauge Eases
Texas Reopening Culpability

Criteria change makes it appear second surge hasn't been as lethal with reshuffling back to past.

Grim Reaper Corona Toll Could
Tumble with New Count Gauge

One day spike with data tally change may be mirage with backdating and new weeding out process.

Hispanic Dem OT Retreat May
Boost Stock in House in 2021

Veteran lawmaker pulls plug on SD 14 runoff in move that could pay off in House with more white Dems.

GOP that Opposes Postal Ballots
Shifts Platform to Email Election

Loyalists not worried about fraud among their own with fresh meat vote on Abbott and Marxist attacks.

Massive Border Death Toll
Exposes Racial Inequities with GOP Medicaid Snub

Virus claims 360 lives this week in Texas counties on border with count near 600 with Bexar and Nueces.

Johns Hopkins Virus Map
Texas State Official Count
New York Times Trackers


Crystal Ball Sees Dems
Riding Mother of Tsunamis
to House Power Pinnacle

GOP majority on Trump tanker cruise as pandemic fuels blue monsoon in worst year in history to be a Republican.


Battle for the Gavel:
Texas House Races
to Watch Fundraising

Democrats take slight early edge in 20 hottest fights with majority on the line in pandemic that's been great equalizer so far.


Best of Texas Runoff:
Democrat Makes Most
of Break with Protests

Target race Dem seizes on novel opportunity with huge leap from behind in OT.

Texas Dem Bounces Back
in Fight Against Machine
in Senate Overtime Bout

Establishment Deals Tea Party All-Time Setback
with Donor In-Law Defeat

2020 Swing Race Ratings
General Election Polling
General Election Lineups



August Arrives in March as GOP
Nominee Claims Textbook Win

Midland loses Congress seat in battle that looked OT bound.
Dallas Dem Bounces Back Big
in Top Target Texas House Race

Cattanach eases near-miss pain with stellar primary showing.
The Other Jim Wright Stuns
Goliath in Unbelievable Upset

RRC hopeful sparks Dem speaker visions with incumbent ouster.
Veteran Lawmaker Weathers
Progressive Round One Storm

Cuellar overcomes Trump favorite Dem tag in fight with AOC recruit.

Lobby Rankings Reflect
Bonnen and Blue Wave

Ties to new House boss and Dems good for bump as #MeToo cuts both ways.

Laney Links are Golden
in New Speaker's House

GOP leader has last Dem in dais as role model as Straus maestro goes back to future.

Davis Kaufman
Grace & Mcewan