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.
The voter identification law is on trial Monday. Justice dept. says it keeps minorities from voting. Does it add up?
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 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.
This week, Latinos experienced their own version of "Super Tuesday."
Tea party favorite Ted Cruz won the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
"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 Eric Holder said Tuesday the Justice Department blocked a proposed Texas voter identification law because it would "be harmful to minority voters."
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.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Texas looking to require voters to present photo ID at polls.
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.
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.
A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.
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.
Dean Obeidallah, Lenny McAllister and Joe Williams on GOP candidates talking about Iran before the Super Tuesday votes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Carolina tea party loyalists aren't rolling out the red carpet for Mitt Romney. CNN's Joe Johns reports.
Rick Perry's best asset in the race for the White House these days might just be a pair of Brooks running shoes.
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.
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.
Fmr. Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell explains why she decided to endorse 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an appeal from Texas officials over the state's controversial redistricting plan.
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.
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.
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.
A ballot initiative may play into views that Romney continually shifts his position. CNN's Joe Johns reports.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to David Malpass, economic adviser to Rick Perry, about the governor's new flat tax proposal.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was re-elected to a second term Saturday, winning in a landslide with little opposition from nine other candidates.
Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dana Loesch, Ron Brownstein and Mark McKinnon on the latest GOP presidential candidate debate.
These days, Republicans are hardly shy about coveting Jewish votes.
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.
Arthur Caplan says he'll give $10,000 to charity if Michele Bachmann can produce her HPV victim.
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.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann accuses Rick Perry of helping drug companies with the HPV vaccine.
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.
Rep. Dean Cannon on how well Gov. Rick Perry did at the CNN Tea Party debate.
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.
CNN's Jim Acosta previews the CNN Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida.
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.
Gloria Borger predicts Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will dominate Monday's tea party presidential debate.
CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kate Lunger preview CNN's upcoming tea party debate.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds a unique title: the nation's longest-serving governor.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to pray away the bad economy during an event dubbed "The Response."
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.
For all that was new about Mitt Romney speaking before a tea party crowd, the most striking fact was how little was different.
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.
CNN's John King asks Sen. Jim DeMint about his 2008 endorsement of Mitt Romney and who he plans to support in 2012.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is accused of stopping a probe into a controversial execution. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
In February 2009, Sam Bassett got called to Gov. Rick Perry's office.
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."
As polls show Mitt Romney falling behind in the polls we take a look at what he's saying on the campaign trail.
It is fitting that Rick Perry will take the stage in his first presidential debate just a short drive from Hollywood.
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.
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.
Governor Rick Perry stands behind his stance on the Federal Reserve and responds to President Obama's comments.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says a lot of "good people" are in the running for the presidential nomination.
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.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his announcement to run for president during a conservative conference in South Carolina.
Is Rick Perry the new white knight of the right?
Political writer James Moore says a simple message of "I'm not a Mormon" could help Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run.
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.
Jobs may be coming back in many states ... but don't let it fool you.
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.
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?
Presidential candidate Michelle Bachman discusses the economy, debt and job creation, noting she will pull "Obamacare."
The tornados, floods and wildfires that have swept across the United States are also wreaking havoc on state budgets.
It makes sense that the first major Republican debate is going to be held Monday night in New Hampshire.
Presidential candidates prepare for their first big debate in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary.
The stars have aligned for Rick Perry to enter the 2012 presidential race.
William Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction, died Sunday at the age of 94.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A prank caller got Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to reveal details of his strategy in his battle over union rights.
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.
Authorities are looking for the suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail at the Texas governor's mansion.
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.
There will be lots more state workers joining the unemployment line this year.
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.
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.
With Republicans back in control of the House of Representatives, a new power structure will emerge over the next few weeks.
What Congress giveth, governors taketh away.
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.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports on Hurricane Alex from South Padre Island, Texas.
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 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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