A group of states including Texas is fighting the Obama administration over its federal guidance to US public schools stating that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
Before he was a Texas senator and Tea Party champion, Ted Cruz battled the dildo lobby as Texas solicitor general.
He wants to restore power to the states.
Texas filed a lawsuit last week attempting to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, but a judge's ruling on Monday allowed 21 Syrians to arrive as planned this week.
The Dallas branch of International Rescue Committee has defied a threat of legal action and vowed to continue to help Syrian refugees resettle in Texas.
Citing controversial undercover videos filmed earlier this summer by an anti-abortion group, Texas slashed all Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
Voters approved a November ballot initiative banning fracking, but in May state officials passed a law prohibiting municipalities from blocking the oil and gas industry from drilling.
At least 27 people are dead from severe storms and flooding in Texas, where legislators have yet to enact policies that address projected climate change impacts on the state's infrastructure.
Hundreds of homes have been washed away in Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 24 counties.
Conspiracy theorists are worried that a training exercise called Jade Helm 15 is actually a nefarious plot, and elected officials like Ted Cruz aren't going out of their way to calm those fears.
Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly signaled that he is prepared to sign any legislation into law that would expand gun rights in Texas, and lawmakers intend to put his pen to work.
Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ballot measure banning fracking within city limits — now the Texas legislature wants them, and any other city that bans the potentially hazardous drilling method, to pay for lost tax revenue.