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Federal court strikes down Texas voter ID lawupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 15:53:00

A federal appeals court in Washington Thursday struck down the Texas voter ID law requiring photos for voters at the polls, calling it racially discriminatory.

Voter ID law goes to courtupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 15:53:00

The voter identification law is on trial Monday. Justice dept. says it keeps minorities from voting. Does it add up?

Court rips Texas redistricting plan as discriminatoryupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 18:14:00

Federal judges struck down Texas lawmakers' plans for new congressional and state legislative districts Tuesday, finding the maps were designed to discriminate against minorities.

Texas Democrats: Judge who said Obama could trigger civil war should quitupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 06:49:00

Texas Democrats are calling for the resignation of a Republican elected county judge who warned this week that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

As two politicians ascend, new sway for Latinos?updated: Fri Aug 03 2012 08:15:00

This week, Latinos experienced their own version of "Super Tuesday."

Tea party favorite fuels gridlock fearsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:38:00

Tea party favorite Ted Cruz won the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Are Southern governors ready to lead?updated: Mon Jul 16 2012 08:54:00

"I just get sick and tired, quite frankly, of all this talk. Everything that has to do with the federal branch of government ... is bad, and states are good. I remind you that ... the reason the federal government got into 90% of the business it got into is that the state[s] ... did not do the job."

Attorney general defends opposition to proposed Texas voter ID lawupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 09:50:00

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday the Justice Department blocked a proposed Texas voter identification law because it would "be harmful to minority voters."

Texas voter ID law goes to courtupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:31:00

Texas state officials went to federal court Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny hundreds of thousands of people -- many of them minorities -- access to the ballot.

DOJ 'cherrypicking' voter ID stats?updated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:31:00

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Texas looking to require voters to present photo ID at polls.

Tea party group aims for 'winning by building, building by winning'updated: Tue Jun 19 2012 07:30:00

As it continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2012 election cycle, a national umbrella organization for the tea party movement readily admits its grassroots organizing strategy is borrowed from the left's political playbook.

Texas GOP Senate primary heads to runoff updated: Wed May 30 2012 16:34:00

A boiling primary battle in Texas headed to a runoff early Wednesday as two Republicans running for U.S. Senate failed to reach the 50% threshold to clinch the GOP nomination.

Administration blocks Texas voter ID lawupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 16:49:00

A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.

Tea party not settled on any one candidateupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 10:56:00

Ask different tea party volunteers in the days before Super Tuesday who the leading presidential candidate is and you will get different answers. Rick Santorum has a lot of support in our unscientific polls, said Mark West of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tea Party.

Sabre-rattling for Super Tuesday votes?updated: Tue Mar 06 2012 10:56:00

Dean Obeidallah, Lenny McAllister and Joe Williams on GOP candidates talking about Iran before the Super Tuesday votes.

Texas official charged with drug trafficking, money launderingupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 15:51:00

An El Paso County commissioner who's also a Democratic candidate for the Texas Legislature has been indicted on charges of trafficking 50 kilograms of marijuana and money laundering, authorities said Friday.

Gingrich outlines a Southern revival strategyupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 17:26:00

Newt Gingrich said Sunday he is plotting a Southern revival, while Rick Santorum and Ron Paul seek stronger showings in upcoming caucuses to slow front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum after his second straight victory in the Republican presidential race.

Can Romney win by losing South Carolina?updated: Fri Jan 20 2012 09:24:00

Rick Perry's decision to pull out of the Republican primary before the South Carolina vote on Saturday could provide just the boost that Newt Gingrich, or even Rick Santorum, needs to edge out Mitt Romney. Should this happen, would it be bad for the former Massachusetts governor? In the long run, it might actually help him.

Will South Carolina race get candidates too dirty?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 08:19:00

For eight consecutive presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan's in 1980 to John McCain's in 2008, the winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina went on to win his party's nomination. Not surprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates have begun shaping their appeals to South Carolina voters well before the primary in New Hampshire.

Four GOP candidates fail to make Virginia primary ballot, judge rulesupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 21:28:00

A federal judge on Friday ruled against four Republican presidential candidates seeking a spot on Virginia's March 6 primary ballot, saying they waited too long to file their claims.

S.C. tea party not happy with Romneyupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 20:47:00

South Carolina tea party loyalists aren't rolling out the red carpet for Mitt Romney. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

Jogging gives Perry a boost in Iowa raceupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 09:03:00

Rick Perry's best asset in the race for the White House these days might just be a pair of Brooks running shoes.

Gingrich, Perry fail to qualify for GOP primary ballot in Virginiaupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 16:20:00

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich failed to collect enough signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, the Republican Party of Virginia announced Saturday morning, leaving the longtime Virginia resident without a place on the state's ballot and raising questions about his campaign's organization.

Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?updated: Fri Dec 16 2011 09:28:00

With Herman Cain's departure from the 2012 field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, several contenders have sought to claim the "tea party candidate" mantle. But for those entrenched in the movement, none of the remaining candidates have a legitimate claim to the title.

Christine O'Donnell endorses Mitt Romneyupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 09:28:00

Fmr. Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell explains why she decided to endorse 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

Justices to hear appeal over Texas redistricting mapupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 20:04:00

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal from Texas officials over the state's controversial redistricting plan.

Texas asks high court to temporarily block redistricting mapupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 15:02:00

Texas officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and temporarily block a controversial congressional redistricting plan from going into effect Monday.

Texas court stays Wednesday execution as lawyers seek DNA testsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 18:40:00

A Texas court granted a stay of execution for convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner on Monday, giving Skinner time to pursue DNA testing his lawyers say could prove his innocence.

How tea party could drive GOP to disasterupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 10:26:00

A new CNN poll finds that about half of Republicans sympathize with the tea party movement. The other half either remain aloof or (5%) even express hostility.

Romney's political gaffe or tactic?updated: Mon Oct 31 2011 10:26:00

A ballot initiative may play into views that Romney continually shifts his position. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

EBOF: Rick Perry's Flat Taxupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 14:43:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to David Malpass, economic adviser to Rick Perry, about the governor's new flat tax proposal.

Jindal easily wins 2nd term as Louisiana governor updated: Sun Oct 23 2011 02:01:00

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was re-elected to a second term Saturday, winning in a landslide with little opposition from nine other candidates.

CNNMoney: Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texasupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 18:19:00

Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse.

Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney?updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 12:48:00

After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease.

Truth Squad: Has Texas created jobs as America was losing them?updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 12:28:00

At Tuesday night's debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire Texas Governor Rick Perry credited his leadership for the creation of jobs in Texas as the rest of the country was shedding many more.

Expert: Racial flap more about old South than Perry todayupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 10:16:00

The controversy around Texas Gov. Rick Perry's use of a hunting camp with a racially insensitive name is more of a tale of an ugly era in Texas history than an indictment of the governor, a longtime Texas political observer said.

How CNN's analysts scored the debateupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:12:00

Going into Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Debate, the anticipation was that the two frontrunners -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- would continue their argument over who created more jobs or whose position on Social Security was more electable.

Grading the latest GOP debateupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:12:00

Dana Loesch, Ron Brownstein and Mark McKinnon on the latest GOP presidential candidate debate.

Can GOP push for Jewish votes pay off?updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 09:00:00

These days, Republicans are hardly shy about coveting Jewish votes.

Rising GOP star Haley has own history with HPV vaccine falloutupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 15:29:00

As the debate over Texas Gov. Rick Perry mandating the HPV vaccine continues between Republican presidential candidates, a woman whose endorsement is coveted by all them, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has her own complicated history on the issue.

Ethicist to Bachmann: Prove HPV claimupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 15:29:00

Arthur Caplan says he'll give $10,000 to charity if Michele Bachmann can produce her HPV victim.

Did Bachmann wound front-runner Perry at CNN/Tea Party Debate?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 05:40:00

Perhaps it was because Rep. Michele Bachmann was in her element at the CNN/Tea Party Republican Debate. With her campaign flagging, the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress delivered a surprise body blow to the GOP front-runner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Michele Bachmann takes on Perry over HPVupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 15:15:00

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann accuses Rick Perry of helping drug companies with the HPV vaccine.

Did Bachmann's drug lobbyist claims ring true?updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 15:15:00

During Monday's CNN/Tea Party debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's short-lived 2007 executive order requiring girls to get a vaccination for human papillomavirus, claiming in part that his former chief of staff lobbied for the drug maker, and that the company made millions of dollars because of the order.

Candidates take on Perry: How did he do?updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 08:36:00

Rep. Dean Cannon on how well Gov. Rick Perry did at the CNN Tea Party debate.

Did Rick Perry show his liberal side?updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 08:36:00

Monday night's inaugural CNN/Tea Party Debate revealed more about the current Republican presidential field than we've seen in any previous debate. In the same way that the tea party has dramatically changed the course of national politics, this debate could change the course of the presidential race.

GOP prepares for CNN Tea Party Debateupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 05:33:00

CNN's Jim Acosta previews the CNN Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida.

Perry's immigration policy is different than GOP rivalsupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 01:09:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry found himself standing apart from his GOP rivals on a pair of immigration issues during a CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida, Monday night.

Borger: Romney will go after Perryupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 15:59:00

Gloria Borger predicts Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will dominate Monday's tea party presidential debate.

CNN's tea party GOP debate previewupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 23:35:00

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kate Lunger preview CNN's upcoming tea party debate.

Rick Perry: A governor who 'means what he says'updated: Sun Sep 11 2011 11:41:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds a unique title: the nation's longest-serving governor.

Thousands heed Perry's prayer callupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 11:41:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to pray away the bad economy during an event dubbed "The Response."

Texas commission signals halt to investigation of 2004 executionupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:35:00

An attorney general's opinion effectively halts a Texas state commission's investigation into allegations that flawed science led to a man's 2004 execution, according to a draft report released Friday.

Romney on message at tea party rallyupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 15:16:00

For all that was new about Mitt Romney speaking before a tea party crowd, the most striking fact was how little was different.

5 GOP candidates compete at South Carolina forumupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 15:15:00

Five of the Republican Party's leading presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina on Labor Day to kiss the ring of tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint at a first-of-its-kind forum devoted to the Constitution and the role of government.

DeMint: No GOP candidate ruled outupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 15:15:00

CNN's John King asks Sen. Jim DeMint about his 2008 endorsement of Mitt Romney and who he plans to support in 2012.

Texas execution dogs Gov. Rick Perryupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 23:01:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accused of stopping a probe into a controversial execution. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Perry 'squashed' Texas execution probe, ex-official saysupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 23:01:00

In February 2009, Sam Bassett got called to Gov. Rick Perry's office.

As poll numbers fall, Romney schedules tea party eventsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 17:30:00

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took his economic message into the heart of Texas -- rival territory -- on Tuesday, telling a San Antonio audience that "career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

Mitt Romney in his own wordsupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 17:30:00

As polls show Mitt Romney falling behind in the polls we take a look at what he's saying on the campaign trail.

It's showtime for Rick Perryupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 13:41:00

It is fitting that Rick Perry will take the stage in his first presidential debate just a short drive from Hollywood.

Palin will up the ante but not announce run in Iowa speechupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 13:31:00

Sarah Palin's speech to an Iowa tea party rally on Saturday will come on the three-year anniversary of her memorable address to the Republican National Convention in 2008, when she became GOP vice presidential nominee and an instant conservative darling.

Tea party -- Perry gets it, Romney doesn'tupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 00:16:00

Mitt Romney thinks he can run on the issue of jobs and the economy. And he can. But not in the primary. Romney has an unnatural belief that logic and considered judgments will give him the Republican presidential nomination. No, seriously, he thinks that's the way it works. He is constantly explaining how his experience as a businessman gives him the skills needed to rebuild the economy.

Gov. Perry responds to Obama's 'advice'updated: Thu Aug 18 2011 10:20:00

Governor Rick Perry stands behind his stance on the Federal Reserve and responds to President Obama's comments.

Why Rick Perry is a strong candidateupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 10:20:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the 2012 sweepstakes has shaken up both the Republican Party and the media interest in the upcoming election. And, as is his style, Perry entered the race with a bang, not a whimper.

Perry's hiding record behind angry rhetoricupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 07:36:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to be the next president of the United States. He announced his candidacy on Saturday and has since campaigned like an angry bull cornered by a Matador, no-holds barred--even going so far as to seem to threaten bodily harm to the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke. This approach may help win him the nomination, but it also will help lose him the White House.

A tale of two Texans: Perry vs. Bushupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 14:23:00

If Rick Perry and George W. Bush had been born in the same family, W would have become known to friends as "the smart one."

Will it come down to Perry vs. Romney?updated: Wed Aug 17 2011 06:26:00

Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa last weekend -- and that may be the last good news she gets for a while.

Rudy Giuliani weighs in on 2012 electionupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 06:26:00

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says a lot of "good people" are in the running for the presidential nomination.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces presidential bidupdated: Sat Aug 13 2011 20:07:00

Rick Perry aimed Saturday to shift attention from Iowa's straw poll to New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he told conservative activists he is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Perry: 'Nation needs a new president'updated: Sat Aug 13 2011 20:07:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his announcement to run for president during a conservative conference in South Carolina.

Perry appeals to social and fiscal conservativesupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 19:26:00

Is Rick Perry the new white knight of the right?

How faith can help Rick Perry's politicsupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 19:26:00

Political writer James Moore says a simple message of "I'm not a Mormon" could help Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run.

Timeline: Texas Gov. Rick Perry's careerupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 17:28:00

Rick Perry, the longest serving governor of Texas, has consistently won re-election due to his popularity among fiscal and social conservatives. Perry's announcement Saturday is expected to shake up the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

CNNMoney: Struggling to climb out of the jobs holeupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:44:00

Jobs may be coming back in many states ... but don't let it fool you.

Wise up GOP: Ditch the tea partyupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 16:31:00

I guess if John Boehner enjoyed his party's in-fighting and hints of mutiny during the debt ceiling talks, then the 15 months leading to the general election will be pure ecstasy because it's likely going to be more of the same.

Has Bachmann replaced Palin in the Tea Party's heart?updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 06:27:00

With U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota making a splash in the Republican presidential campaign while Sarah Palin sits on the sidelines, is Bachmann edging Palin out of the Tea Party's heart?

Bachmann: 'Sense of urgency' in U.S.updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 06:27:00

Presidential candidate Michelle Bachman discusses the economy, debt and job creation, noting she will pull "Obamacare."

CNNMoney: Tornado clean up strains Missouri budgetupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 10:38:00

The tornados, floods and wildfires that have swept across the United States are also wreaking havoc on state budgets.

'Live Free or Die' state good test for GOPupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 18:50:00

It makes sense that the first major Republican debate is going to be held Monday night in New Hampshire.

GOP candidates to debate in NHupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 18:50:00

Presidential candidates prepare for their first big debate in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary.

The eyes of more than Texas are upon Rick Perryupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 20:45:00

The stars have aligned for Rick Perry to enter the 2012 presidential race.

William Clements, first Texas GOP governor since 1870s, dead at 94updated: Sun May 29 2011 21:55:00

William Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction, died Sunday at the age of 94.

CNNMoney: Texas budget could cost 335,000 jobsupdated: Mon May 23 2011 17:28:00

Texas could see 335,000 jobs disappear over the next two years if lawmakers adopt the $83.8 billion budget that will go before the state House late next week, according to a state agency. (See correction, below).

Texas lawmakers approve bills requiring ultrasound before abortionupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 10:37:00

Abortion rights advocates plan to rally in Texas Tuesday after state lawmakers approved controversial legislaton that requires mothers seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination and listen to a description of what it shows.

Texas immigration bill has big exceptionupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 10:28:00

Amid a number of bills filed in Texas that address the issue of illegal immigration, one, proposed by Republican state Rep. Debbie Riddle, stands out.

Ambitious governors shift political power, focus to statesupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 15:59:00

The battle over union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana has dramatically shifted the budget debate from Capitol Hill to the states, almost overshadowing the threat of a government shutdown in Washington next week.

Wisconsin governor 'pranked'updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 15:59:00

A prank caller got Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to reveal details of his strategy in his battle over union rights.

Wisconsin legislators aren't the first to walk out, leave townupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 23:12:00

This week's bitter budget showdown in Wisconsin isn't the first time state legislators have fled a state, left a building or refused to show when votes were called.

Who attacked the governor's mansion?updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 08:42:00

Authorities are looking for the suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail at the Texas governor's mansion.

Public's help sought in solving governor's mansion fire in Texasupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 08:42:00

Public safety officials in Texas Thursday released a video of a man throwing a Molotov cocktail at the governor's mansion in 2008, hoping it and a suspect sketch will lead to his identification.

CNNMoney: Governors put state jobs on the chopping blockupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 05:37:00

There will be lots more state workers joining the unemployment line this year.

CNNMoney: Texas's love/hate relationship with Washington's moneyupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 07:29:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to tell Washington to stop meddling in state affairs. He vocally opposed the Obama administration's 2009 stimulus program to spur the economy and assist cash-strapped states.

House Black Caucus invites 2 new GOP African-Americans; one balksupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 19:52:00

The chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus said Tuesday that two African-American Republicans elected to Congress last week were welcome to join the group, but one of the new members-elect -- Tim Scott of South Carolina -- indicated he would decline.

Who are the key new Republican leaders?updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:29:00

With Republicans back in control of the House of Representatives, a new power structure will emerge over the next few weeks.

CNNMoney: States playing fast and loose with teachers' jobs moneyupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 10:07:00

What Congress giveth, governors taketh away.

Fortune: 4 reasons why Texas beats California in a recessionupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 18:18:00

Back in 1965, The Mamas & the Papas reached the top of the charts with "California Dreamin'," a song pining for a return to the warm safety of their home state. But these days they'd be better off dreaming about Texas.

Southern Texas under hurricane warningupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:34:00

CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports on Hurricane Alex from South Padre Island, Texas.

Hurricane Alex could make landfall in Mexico, Texas Wednesday eveningupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:34:00

Hurricane Alex was aiming its fury toward southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday as it churned in the western Gulf of Mexico, but it was "moving in no hurry," the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Alex nears hurricane strengthupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 18:34:00

Tropical Storm Alex approached hurricane strength Tuesday as it churned off the northwestern coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in the Bay of Campeche, the National Hurricane Center said.

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