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The Rundown is a daily news briefing on Texas politics and policy from The Texas Tribune. With reporters based in Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C., and on the U.S.–Mexico border, we are your go-to source for news on Texas issues.

The Rundown is a daily news briefing on Texas politics and policy from The Texas Tribune. With reporters based in Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C., and on the U.S.–Mexico border, we are your go-to source for news on Texas issues.
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The Rundown is a daily news briefing on Texas politics and policy from The Texas Tribune. With reporters based in Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C., and on the U.S.–Mexico border, we are your go-to source for news on Texas issues.

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Episodes

The 2018 Texas Hotlist of midterm races to watch

10/15/2018
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Early voting for the midterm elections starts one week from today. Texans will weigh in on hundreds of races. But only a few are worthy of the Tribune’s hotlist. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:29

Mexico is stopping some asylum-seekers from crossing bridges into the United States

10/12/2018
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Advocates and lawyers on both sides of the border say this increased immigration enforcement from Mexican officials may be the result of cartel influence, politics or the United States itself. Plus, the latest on the U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:45

Republicans mostly outraising opponents in key state races

10/11/2018
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The Democrats running against Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Attorney General Ken Paxton outraised the incumbents in the most recent fundraising period. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:21

Homeland Security moves to plug gaps in Bush-era border fence

10/10/2018
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This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave notice that it plans to waive environmental laws to install gates along a stretch of border fence in the Rio Grande Valley. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:07

After Kavanaugh confirmation, Pence looks to rally Texas GOP for Cruz, Sessions

10/9/2018
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Dallas on Monday to spur Republican support. He cast the midterm elections as a "choice between a party that’s committed to moving our nation forward and a party that’s committed to the politics of destruction." Today is the deadline to register to vote. Not sure if you’re registered? Visit votetexas.gov and enter some identifying information to verify your voter status. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:56

As Texas grows, an affordable housing crisis looms

10/5/2018
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Demographics, income and location all play roles in the difficulties Texans face finding an affordable home in a neighborhood they like. Plus, get the latest news from the campaign trail. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:18

The feds and Texas square off over $33 million in special ed funds

10/4/2018
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The legal battle played out at a federal appeals court Wednesday, with the two sides debating whether Texas' decreased spending on kids with disabilities years ago violated federal law. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:03

Donald Trump Jr. in Texas to campaign with Ted Cruz

10/3/2018
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And in just a few days, Vice President Mike Pence will be Texas bound to also campaign for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Pete Sessions of Dallas. They’re two of the state’s most competitive federal races in the midterms. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:23

Obama endorses 9 more Texas candidates in midterm races

10/2/2018
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Former President Barack Obama gave his support Monday to nine additional candidates in Texas as part of his second wave of midterm endorsements. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:08

Beto O’Rourke on his latest fundraising haul: “It’s a lot.”

10/1/2018
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After repeatedly making headlines for eclipsing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the incumbent, in money raised for his campaign, Beto O'Rourke declined to give Tribune CEO Evan Smith a firm answer on his fundraising total in the third quarter of this year, which ended Sunday. “I honestly don’t know, but it’s a lot,” he said.

Duration:00:03:45

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz decline to question Christine Blasey Ford directly

9/28/2018
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Instead of questioning Christine Blasey Ford personally, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz delegated their time to sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, whom committee Republicans hired to ask questions of Ford for the GOP senators, a move widely viewed as saving the panel's 11 Republican men from the optics of questioning a woman who has alleged sexual assault. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:00

Schwertner hires lawyers amid sexual misconduct allegation

9/27/2018
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In the face of a sexual harassment allegation, state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, has hired two Austin attorneys and denied sending “any inappropriate texts as alleged” — “Period.” — in a new statement Wednesday from the attorneys. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:08

UT Austin investigating sexual assault claim against state lawmaker

9/26/2018
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A spokesperson said Schwertner "categorically denies any knowledge of the accusations leveled against him" and added that the senator "is eager to cooperate with the University of Texas and hopes to make clear he played no part in the behavior described.” www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:46

Migrants get a second chance at asylum. But it’s still “an uphill battle.”

9/25/2018
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Although migrant families separated at the border this summer are getting a second chance to make their case for staying in the country, immigration lawyers say the Trump administration is working overtime to upend the nation's asylum process. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:09

Texas farmers on edge as $430 billion farm bill runs up against deadline

9/24/2018
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Funding for crucial safety net programs for thousands of Texas farmers expires Sept. 30. Congress has four working days to act. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:07

Number of migrant children in Texas shelters reaches new high

9/21/2018
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New data shows the number of migrant children held in privately run shelters in Texas reached a new high in September, even after the Trump administration said it would reunify families separated under the now-paused “zero tolerance” policy. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:57

New poll puts O’Rourke ahead of Cruz in U.S. Senate race

9/20/2018
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Beto O’Rourke leads Ted Cruz by two among likely voters in U.S. Senate race, new poll finds. O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:08

In special election runoff, Republicans flip state senate seat long held by Democrats

9/19/2018
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Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego on Tuesday night in the race to replace convicted former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:30

Cruz, Cornyn among senators likely to question Kavanaugh accuser next week

9/18/2018
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Both U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault are set to appear next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas' senior senator and the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, called for "bipartisan participation" in addressing the allegations, but stopped short of calling for Kavanaugh's accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, to testify before the committee in public. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:02:45

Authorities to release more on Texas Border Patrol agent accused of “serial killing spree”

9/17/2018
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Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, has been accused of killing four women, including one transgender woman, and kidnapping a fifth woman, who escaped and alerted law enforcement. www.texastribune.org

Duration:00:03:18