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Gov. Greg Abbott talks with state Reps. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredricksburg (left) and Poncho Nevarez, D-Eagle Pass
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, an Eagle Pass Democrat and House chairman, turned himself in to authorities to be booked on felony drug possession charges Thursday evening and was released after posting his bond of $10,000, according to both the lawmaker and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd of Helotes
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, is spearheading a new group to elect a more diverse slate of Republicans across the country, the latest sign that he plans to remain politically involved as he leaves office.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texans voted on 10 constitutional amendments this Election Day. The propositions ranged from prohibiting an income tax from ever being collected in the state to allowing law enforcement animals to stay with their handlers when they retire.

A vote sign outside the George Washington Carver Branch Library on Tuesday.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Texans are voting  on 10 amendments to the state constitution. Closer to home, Austinites are deciding the fate of two city propositions.

Here’s what you need to know before you head to the polls.

You can go to VoteTravis.com to check if you are indeed registered properly in Travis County. Check out this site to verify your registration anywhere in the state.

Beto O'Rourke
Michael Minasi for KUT

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke has dropped out of the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race.

Julie Gilberg helps with voter registration
Andrea Garcia for KUT

If counted accurately, the 2020 U.S. census is expected to show a boom in Texas’ Latino population. That’s why groups in the state say they plan to focus their efforts on making sure Latinos here fill out the form and get counted.

Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Worried about the suppression of young voters in 2020, national and Texas Democrats are suing the state over a newly implemented election measure that’s triggered the shuttering of early voting places, including on college campuses, in various parts of the state.

Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is threatening to end his campaign if he does not raise $800,000 by the end of the month, saying he is in "dire need of financial resources to keep going."

Mengwen Cao / KUT

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has notified the president that he intends to leave his job soon.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday – 354 to 60 – to oppose the Trump administration’s withdrawal of American soldiers from northern Syria. Less than half of Austin’s Republican delegation stood with the president.

Updated Oct. 24 at 9:39 a.m. ET

The Census Bureau is asking states to voluntarily share driver's license records as part of the Trump administration's efforts to produce detailed data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country.

Speaker Dennis Bonnen during the Texas Fallen Heroes ceremony on May 25, 2019.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

During a June conversation at the Texas Capitol, Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen urged hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan to target members of their own party in the 2020 primaries and suggested he could get Sullivan’s group media access to the House floor, according to a secret recording of the conversation released Tuesday.

House Democrats Subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Oct 10, 2019
Energy Secretary Rick Perry
Mengwen Cao / KUT

House Democrats have subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions
Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions is an unnamed member of Congress mentioned in an indictment against two business associates of President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, according to NBC News.

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke
Michael Minasi for KUT

Beto O'Rourke wants to ban and buy back assault-style weapons. Exactly how he would persuade others to get on board is unclear, and two undecided Texas voters recently pressed him on how he would build consensus for his plan and whether it would hold up in conservative courts.

Texas Republicans say the pledge of allegiance at the convention in Fort Worth in 2018.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Come next fall, there might not be a single person of color among Texas Republicans in the U.S. House. But that’s not top of mind for Gerard Garcia.

“Diversity is welcome, but when I vote I’m more focused on the politician’s positions,” he said.

Former Gov. Rick Perry
Mengwen Cao / KUT

Hey, Texplainer — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who was previously Texas' governor, has been mentioned in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. What role did Perry play in the incidents that have spurred an impeachment inquiry?

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has almost $11 million saved up for his reelection campaign after he raised close to $3.2 million in the third quarter, his campaign told The Texas Tribune on Monday.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 2019 election is Oct. 7.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote in this November's local and state constitutional elections in Texas. It’s also the last day to update your address if you’ve moved since the last time you voted.  

Julian Castro
Michael Minasi for KUT

What do you want to ask the 2020 presidential candidates?

Off Script, a new NPR series about presidential hopefuls, gives voters the chance to sit down with candidates and get answers to their questions.

Courtesy of Refugee Council USA

Local advocates and leaders are denouncing the Trump administration’s order to cap the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. next year at 18,000. The number will be the lowest ever under the resettlement program, which was established in the 1980s. 

House of Representatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2020, making him the sixth GOP congressman from Texas to say he's retiring in recent weeks.

President Donald Trump speaks
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON - During a day of confusion, umbrage and new levels of discord at the U.S. Capitol, Republicans in Texas’ congressional delegation joined their party in closing ranks around President Donald Trump.

NPR

President Trump is expected to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into him.

A man stands at a voting machine
Julia Reihs / KUT

Travis County officials are letting voters try out the county's new voting system ahead of the November elections.

UT Austin students line up to vote
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The next presidential election may be more than a year away, but groups working to get young people in the state civically engaged have been beefing up their operations for a while now.

One of those groups, MOVE Texas, has experienced a massive growth in staff, organizers and investments.

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke
Michael Minasi for KUT

Beto O'Rourke may not be running for statewide office anymore, but it's been difficult to tell in recent days.

State Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, in 2017.
Bob Daemmerich / Texas Tribune

Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain drew fierce ire Thursday night for a gun-related tweet that many considered to be a death threat against Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Tonight's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether and others didn't meet the qualifications.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event in Hosuton hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

KUT Austin

Former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in a Travis County district court Wednesday challenging the city's effort to fund logistical services for low-income women obtaining abortions.

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