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Bobby Blanchard

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Austin, TX, United States

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Text with The Texas Tribune for COVID-19 news

We're going to use our texting line to keep you updated with the latest pandemic news. → Read More

Monday is your deadline to register to vote in the Texas primary runoff

The runoff election for the Democratic and Republican primaries is July 14. The runoffs were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Political Pick'em: Can you guess who will win these Texas primaries?

The Texas Tribune is excited to present a return of its Political Pick'em contest. We've selected a handful of competitive Texas primaries, and we want you to pick the candidates who you think will get the most votes. → Read More

Add Texas 2020 election dates to your calendar

Make it your resolution this year to keep track of voter registration deadlines, early voting and more. → Read More

The 2019 Texas Tribune Festival starts today. Here's what you need to know.

The ninth annual Texas Tribune Festival couldn't be happening at a more newsworthy time. This year's event features House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a slate of presidential candidates and more. → Read More

Donald Trump calls for "strong background checks" after El Paso shooting. He then blamed the media.

In a pair of Monday morning tweets, the president suggested "marrying" immigration reform to background check legislation. → Read More

El Paso police say mass shooter active at mall

Police in El Paso on Saturday say at least one shooter is active at the Cielo Vista Mall. → Read More

Watch Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Dennis Bonnen's unexpected press conference

The "Big Three" haven't given any details on what their press conference will be about. → Read More

Watch Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen address the press

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen will speak to news outlets as the Texas legislative session nears its end. You can watch a livestream here. → Read More

Watch eight Democrats running for president speak at a forum in Texas

Eight Democrats running for the White House, including Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke, are set to speak at a presidential forum in Texas focused on women of color. Tune in live here. → Read More

We're bringing 2020 to Texas. Watch Conversations About America’s Future at SXSW.

We're streaming live interviews with John Kasich, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bill Weld, Julián Castro, John Hickenlooper and Kevin McCarthy. → Read More

Beto O'Rourke will lead a counter-march at the same time as Trump's El Paso rally. Watch live.

O'Rourke will lead a march through the city and then speak at a "Celebration of El Paso" event at 8 p.m. Central Time. → Read More

Watch Donald Trump's El Paso rally at 8 p.m. CT

President Donald Trump is visiting El Paso for his first campaign rally in the border city. This will be his seventh rally in Texas. → Read More

Watch Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's State of the State address

Abbott will address lawmakers and the state at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The main thing to watch out for: what Abbott declares as emergency items. → Read More

Watch Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick take the oath of office

After winning re-election in November, both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are embarking on their second, four-year term. Watch their swearings-in and inaugural speeches here. → Read More

Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship. Ted Cruz supports that.

President Donald Trump said in an interview with Axios that he plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship for the children of non-citizens. Legal scholars question whether that's constitutional. Here's what Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke have said. → Read More

Donald Trump: Beto O'Rourke "is a flake"

In a series of tweets following Tuesday night's debate between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, President Donald Trump said O'Rourke would "blow it all" if elected. → Read More

Ask the candidates: What questions do you want answered before the November 2018 election?

Ahead of November’s general election, The Texas Tribune is creating an election guide with a primary focus on young Texans — and we need your help. → Read More

Former First Lady Laura Bush calls Trump's zero-tolerance policy "cruel"

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post. → Read More

Texas students are taking the STAAR tests this week. Take our quiz to see how you'd fare.

Students across Texas are taking state standardized tests this week. Take some of the tests' most difficult questions to see if you'd pass. → Read More