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Correction: We deleted an earlier tweet about this article that misspelled State Rep. Charlie Geren’s last name. His last name is Geren, not Green.

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Texas lawmakers are backing State Rep. Charlie Geren's push to permanently allow restaurants to sell alcohol for pickup and delivery orders.

The measure would provide an industry crushed by the pandemic with a new, permanent revenue stream.

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Texas has reported more than 400 coronavirus deaths every day for three days in a row now.

State officials are now warning the COVID-19 pandemic is now at its worst in Texas.

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Sen. Charles Schwertner is the new chair of the Senate Committee on Administration.

In 2019, Schwertner gave up a chair after UT-Austin investigated allegations that he sent lewd messages and a sexually explicit photo to a graduate student. #txlege

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Four former aides of Attorney General Ken Paxton claim they were illegally fired for reporting alleged criminal behavior on his part.

But Paxton’s agency argues that he is exempt from state whistleblower protection laws because he's an elected official.

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Ted Cruz and John Cornyn will both attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

This comes after Cruz led a fight to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Cruz has continued to cast doubts on the legitimacy of the election.

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It will be months before coronavirus vaccine doses are widely available.

Here’s what you need to know about getting the vaccine.

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Black lawmakers in Texas believe this might be the year they can finally eliminate the state holiday intended to celebrate leaders of the Confederate army. #txlege

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Quoted @RepTonyGonzales

Excited to join @SteveScalise as Assistant Whip!

Replying to @bpmena: GOP Congressman of San Antonio rises up the ranks – in his first year.

Gonzales (TX-23) was also assigned to the highly sough…

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Replying to @cassi_pollock: Texas Senate committee assignments are out: #txlege

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Texas Senate committee assignments are out: #txlege

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Four years ago, Texas Republicans were the most likely to use mail-in voting. That flipped in 2020 for a few reasons, including Trump attacking its credibility and state Democrats launching their largest-ever push to support the method during the pandemic.

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GOP Congressman of San Antonio rises up the ranks – in his first year.

Gonzales (TX-23) was also assigned to the highly sought-after House Committee on Appropriations.

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The odds for legal pot and casinos in Texas just got worse, writes @rossramsey:

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Texas is the first state to administer 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, @govabbott said.

The milestone comes as intensive care beds are dwindling across the state and as experts predict daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations will worsen.

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The new Texas House speaker, Dade Phelan, raised $4.4 million in campaign cash as he ascended to the job late last year, according to his team.

The Beaumont Republican entered 2021 with $4.8 million cash on hand. #txlege

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Jordan is 11 years old.

He had anxiety and low self-esteem before the pandemic and remote learning exacerbated his mental health troubles.

When it became clear he was considering suicide, it wasn’t easy for his mother to access the help he needed.

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The 2019 #txlege session ended on a high for public education, with more money spent on schools than had been in more than a decade.

But schools are wary of losing those gains due to the pandemic, and they have many unanswered questions. #txed

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Replying to @cassi_pollock: Texas schools are wary of losing funding gains lawmakers provided in 2019

w/ @AliyyaSwaby #txle

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Replying to @AliyyaSwaby: As #txlege gets started, lawmakers are promising to keep the 2019 school finance law intact.

But school officials have a…

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Texas schools are wary of losing funding gains lawmakers provided in 2019

w/ @AliyyaSwaby #txlege

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As #txlege gets started, lawmakers are promising to keep the 2019 school finance law intact.

But school officials have a lot of unanswered questions about funding as the pandemic continues. w @cassi_pollock #txed

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Quoted @TexasTribune

Why should you pay attention to the Texas Legislature now that it's back in session? And which issues are lawmakers likely to tackle first? Join us live on Instagram this Friday for a conversation with @rossramsey and @elvialimon. Follow us here: #ttevents

Happening today! Join us live on Instagram at noon Central time: #ttevents #txlege

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