The Week in the Rearview Mirror

Gov. Greg Abbott pushed back forcefully in response to President Barack Obama's suggestion last week that Texas leaders are uninterested in improving voter turnout because of things like the leadership's push for a voter ID law. "The fact is that voter fraud is rampant," Abbott said this week.

The Texas Supreme Court denied a request Monday aiming to rewrite the ballot language for an upcoming referendum that will determine how the city of Austin regulates vehicle-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft.

A survey taken after Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot last fall in the driveway of her Austin home found that hundreds of Texas judges have feared for their safety at least once in the last two years.

Texas A&M University jumped 38 spots in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report law school rankings released Wednesday, marking the biggest improvement among any graduate school in the state.

State agencies and the companies they contract with must use the E Verify system to screen for undocumented workers, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion Thursday.

The number of children sleeping in Child Protective Services offices shot up after an internal policy change at the agency limited child placements, according to state data released Thursday.

A federal judge on Thursday said the Texas Department of Public Safety hasn't yet offered a good enough reason to keep a civil rights lawsuit filed by the mother of Sandra Bland from moving forward.

A Collin County court tossed out an attempt to stop payments to the special prosecutors appointed to pursue the financial fraud case against Paxton on Thursday.

Two Houston congressmen are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether unequal distribution of voting machines and polling locations in Harris County disenfranchised minority voters during the March 1 primary election.

After a new round of states voted Tuesday, Texas still had the second lowest voting-age participation rate of all that have held both Democratic and Republican primaries so far, behind only Louisiana.

Two state representatives — Bryan Hughes and David Simpson — are set to face off for an open position in the Texas senate after the third place candidate, Red Brown, said Monday he will not request a recount. Simpson edged Brown by 13 votes for the second spot in the runoff for the East Texas-based Senate District 1.

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