Andrea Drusch, McClatchyDC

Andrea Drusch


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Past articles by Andrea:

34-year-old school board member enters race against Texas Rep. Marchant

Candace Valenzuela, who unseated a long-time incumbent in her 2017 Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board race, is lining up a team of veteran campaign operatives for a competitive Democratic primary in Texas’ 24th district. → Read More

Texas GOP border hawk rebukes Trump’s migrant crisis plans

Ahead of a tough re-election race, Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is pushing back on the Trump administration’s policies to address the influx of migrants at the border. → Read More

Democratic polls show Trump struggling in three GOP-held Texas districts

National Democrats are venturing into red territory in Texas, saying Donald Trump’s sinking approval will hurt Reps. Kenny Marchant, Mike McCaul and Chip Roy, in districts the president won in 2016. → Read More

Texas Rep. Cuellar rallies House Democrats to support Trump’s trade deal

Organized labor and House Democratic leadership are skeptical of the president’s renegotiated NAFTA, but Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, a supporter, plans to lead colleagues to Mexico over April recess to absolve their concerns about Mexican labor laws. → Read More

Burgess sides with Trump over Texas Republicans to support closing Mexico border

While other Texas Republicans veer to the center, Rep. Michael Burgess is doubling down on support for President Donald Trump’s policies, including closing the border with Mexico. → Read More

Trump wants to halt aid to Central America. These Republicans want to stop him.

Republicans Mike McCaul and Kay Granger, their party’s highest-ranking officials on House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations, are pushing back on Trump’s plans to slash aid to Central American. → Read More

Out of whip role, Cornyn aims to revamp low-profile Senate narcotics caucus

Ahead of a potentially tough re-election race, Texas Republican hopes to use his new position on the bipartisan drug caucus to dive into some pet issues he’s been working on for decades. → Read More

Aviation regulators: No timeline on Boeing 737 Max 8 return

While airlines and passengers await updates on the grounded planes, officials from the FAA and DOT defended the U.S. aviation system as the “gold standard of the world,” possessing the sophisticated data needed to determine when the crashing planes will be able to fly again. → Read More

Colin Allred draws a challenge from “Republican America First Candidate”

Richardson woman Tania Burgess is seeking the GOP nomination in a Dallas Congressional district Republicans want to take back. → Read More

Conservatives worried about Dems in Texas decide to leave Cornyn alone

Leaders of the Club for Growth, a deep-pocketed conservative group that spent millions in Texas last election cycle, say the state is now at such risk of turning blue in 2020, it will consider helping Republican Sen. John Cornyn. → Read More

Kamala Harris to visit a critical county in first Texas visit

California Sen. Kamala Harris will host a sold-out event in a county where Republicans already fear increased Democratic enthusiasm from the presidential contest could hurt their candidates down ballot. → Read More

This is Sen. Cornyn’s attack plan if Joaquin Castro challenges him for Senate

Though Cornyn already faces a handful of Democratic challengers in 2020, Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, is the candidate both parties’ operatives say could instantly thrust Texas into another high-profile Senate race. → Read More

Republicans warn Beto O’Rourke could ramp up Democratic turnout in Texas

Texas Republicans who watched Beto O’Rourke’s turnout operation in the 2018 Senate race fear the El Paso Democrat’s presidential bid could help turbocharge the state’s political trajectory. → Read More

Texas senators stuck between conservative principles and Trump

Headed into a vote on a massive rebuke of their own party’s president, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn joined a last-minute effort to restrict emergency powers. → Read More

Democrats line up for new Texas target

Last year Democrat Jan McDowell couldn’t beg her party to take her race against longtime Republican Kenny Marchant seriously. This year she’ll face stiff competition in a primary that now includes Kim Olson, Democrats’ nominee for agriculture commissioner in 2018. → Read More

Group pushing NAFTA 2.0 launches first TV ads in effort to win Dem support

A business coalition is going on air promoting the renegotiated trade deal as a win for American labor, an effort aimed at bringing on board Democrats who now control the House. → Read More

Senate Republicans opposed to Trump’s emergency race to detangle from Dems

GOP senators say they’re looking to tweak House Democrats’ resolution of disapproval, as President Donald Trump warns them not to defect from his plans. → Read More

Fort Worth mayor leverages White House access

Betsy Price, one of the nation’s few Republican mayors, has found eager partners in a White House that sees Fort Worth as fertile ground for its approach to economic revival. → Read More

Ted Cruz still unconvinced on Trump’s emergency declaration

One of the Senate’s most knowledgeable experts on constitutional law says he’s still assessing whether President Donald Trump has the legal authority to use an emergency declaration to fund his border wall. → Read More

Pro-NAFTA Democrats worry liberals could kill the renegotiated deal

Advocates for the new trade deal, including the Trump Administration, hope new Texas Democrats Colin Allred and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher will provide a counterweight to liberals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when it comes to debating NAFTA 2.0. → Read More