Federal record-keeping proving to be tough task

WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction.


Immigration divisive for GOP contenders

DENVER — Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it’s becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.

Harry Reid retiring, looks to Schumer to be leader

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year.

Lawmakers unhappy with fracking rules

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common.

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House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill

WASHINGTON — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years..

Two vie in area mayor’s race

Campaigning once again for mayor of Oak Point is the last thing that Duane Olson wanted to do. He’d already served as mayor from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2011, and running against the current mayor, Jim Wohletz, wasn’t his intention when he passed the mayoral duties on to him.


Boehner off to Israel; Netanyahu’s ties to Obama hit a new low

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Israel as already strained relations between the White House and newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week.


Illinois Rep. Schock resigns

WASHINGTON — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned Tuesday following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of Downton Abbey.

Email rules don’t apply to Congress

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails are largely exempt from such scrutiny themselves.


Bush tells New Hampshire he won’t change views to win votes

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told skeptical voters Friday that he would not soften his views on immigration or education to win their backing.

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Jeb Bush’s emails detail relationships with donors

WASHINGTON — Among the many thousands of emails Jeb Bush received as Florida governor are a string of notes from campaign donors asking favors and making suggestions.

President, GOP reach new low in their relations

WASHINGTON — Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have hit a new low.


Clinton concedes mistake

UNITED NATIONS — Confronting a growing political furor, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday it was a mistake to exclusively use private email as secretary of state, but she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or violated the law. She also defended getting rid of tens of thousands of personal emails.

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GOP grooms black congressman

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Rep. Will Hurd’s Urdu is better than his Spanish, even though the latter is the preferred language of many constituents in his sprawling, two-thirds Hispanic district.

Amid probe, Sen. Menendez says he’s honest

NEWARK, N.J. — Amid a federal investigation, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez insists he has always been honest in his more than 20 years in Congress and says he is “not going anywhere” even as a person familiar with the matter says he’s expected to face criminal charges soon.

In Texas politics: Tax cuts soar, regent picks languish

AUSTIN — Nearly 180 years after Mexican soldiers surrounded the Alamo, state Sen. Donna Campbell worries another invading foreign force may be closing in on the historic outpost.

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

WASHINGTON — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.


Congress seeks short-term Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON — With hours to spare, the Republican-controlled Congress struggled Friday to approve stopgap funding for the Department of Homeland Security in time to prevent a partial agency shutdown.

Candidate files for City Council, District 2

Another candidate has filed for Denton City Council in the waning days of the May 9 election filing period. Longtime resident Keely Gilchriest-Briggs, 34, a stay-at-home mother, filed for District 2. Incumbent John Ryan first ran and won the office last year, finishing an unexpired term.


Clinton says she would push problem-solving if she runs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday if she decides to seek the White House again she would seek to bring Republicans from red states and Democrats in blue states into a “nice, warm, purple space” that would encourage problem-solving.

Lawmaker facing expenses questions hires lawyers, PR experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.


In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.


Republican governors backing Homeland Security showdown


Texas’ 2-year Legislature not so ‘part time’

AUSTIN — Texas is proud of its part-time Legislature, where many lawmakers make non-political livings and only pass laws on the side. That’s why their annual pay is only $7,200 plus expenses, and sessions come just once every two years.

Perry visits up north

BEDFORD, N.H. — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was talking about the weather Wednesday when he told New Hampshire voters he was “just warming up,” but he also said he was carefully preparing for a possible presidential campaign.


Vaccine debate tests 2016 hopefuls

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks. Long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight.

Obama sends record budget

WASHINGTON — Promising to help America’s middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor.

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Obama’s budget sparks battle with GOP-controlled Congress

WASHINGTON — After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

District 3 hopefuls turn in candidacy papers

Two women filed for Denton City Council District 3 on Wednesday morning, the first day candidates could file for a place on the May 9 general election ballot.

Change adds to Texas’ clout

Texas Republicans are set to have a bigger hand in picking their party’s next presidential nominee, thanks to some rule changes on when states can hold their primaries.

$500,000 spent trying to turn tide just before vote

Energy industry supporters spent more than $500,000 in the final days of an unsuccessful $1.1 million campaign to defeat Denton’s ban on fracking, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

Denton races taking shape

Early rumbles on Denton’s political landscape suggest contested races are coming in District 1 and District 3, though the official day for City Council candidates to file their applications is two weeks away.


Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment

.DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. Now it appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.

Promises could fall with oil prices

AUSTIN — More roads, less taxes and holding the line on school funding. Whether Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott can pull these off in his first five months on the job will partly depend on the spending power lawmakers receive Monday from the state comptroller.


Abbott: Texas being ‘Californiaized’

AUSTIN — Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took aim Thursday at the growing list of local regulatory ordinances in Texas that do such things as restrict the use of plastic shopping bags, ban fracking for oil and gas and limit what homeowners can do with trees on their property.


Perry renews disaster proclamation

Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday renewed the state’s disaster proclamation for exceptional drought conditions. The authorization allows the governor to use all available resources of state government to cope with a disaster. He can also temporarily reassign resources, personnel or functions of state executive departments and agencies as well as commandeer or use any private property to cope with a disaster.

League of Women Voters slates presentation today

The League of Women Voters of Denton invite the public to join them at 7 p.m. today at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave., to learn more about the state’s changing demographics.

Burgess to serve as subcommittee chairman

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Lewisville, has succeeded U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, Mich., to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for the 114th Congress.


Voter missed election chance

Jay Prophet has voted in as many state, local and federal elections as he could over the years. But he wasn’t able to vote in Tuesday’s election. Prophet, 32, headed to the polls on Oct. 31, the last day of early voting, and waited in line nearly an hour — turnout was heavy at Sycamore Hall on the University of North Texas campus — with his Texas personal identification card at the ready.


Fracking banned

Denton became the first Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing Tuesday after a citizen-driven proposition cruised to a landslide victory at the polls. Final returns showed the fracking ban passing by a whopping 59-41 percent margin all night long. While dozens of cities in New York and elsewhere have banned fracking, Texas is oil and gas country. So Denton’s proposition over the rights of a Texas city to police what happens within its borders pushed it into the national spotlight.

City ballot measures approved

Liquor sales are now legal in Denton, after thousands of voters chose to make all alcoholic beverages legal to sell. The vote means that Denton bars and restaurants no longer have to get special permits as private clubs to sell hard alcohol, and that businesses can start selling bottles of hard liquor starting Jan. 1.


Abbott trounces Davis

AUSTIN — Texas overwhelmingly elected Republican Greg Abbott as the first new governor in 14 years on Tuesday night and elevated tea party leaders to powerful statewide offices in a forceful rejection of the most optimistic and heavily funded challenge from Democrats in decades.

Lake Dallas shifts tax to street work

Lake Dallas residents voted Tuesday to dissolve the Economic Development Corporation. More than 76 percent of voters approved Proposition 1, abolishing the sales and use tax of one-half of one percent for the EDC.

GOP cleans up in county

It was six Denton County Democratic Party challengers up and six Denton County Democrats down as Republicans cruised to several victories at the polls Tuesday, highlighted by Denton state Rep. Myra Crownover maintaining a lock on her Texas House District 64 seat.

Republicans surge to control of Senate

WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.

Statewide sweep: Texas GOP hasn’t lost since 1994

AUSTIN — Republicans prevailed in all of Texas’ statewide elections on Tuesday, extending a longest-in-the-nation winning streak that dates back to 1994 and ensuring that while all of the state’s top offices will get new occupants, the politics won’t change that much.


Poll watchers keep eye on skies

Denton voters will need to bring boots and an umbrella along with their voter guides to the polls today. Meteorologists expect a steady rain, with an occasional embedded thunderstorm, as a cold front arrives in time for Election Day. Whether it affects overall voter turnout remains to be seen.

GOP looks for big finish

AUSTIN — Stopping just short of a victory lap, Republican Greg Abbott on Monday made a raucous final swing through Texas on the eve of a potential landslide win for governor against one of the biggest Democratic stars on any ballot in the U.S.

Election Day Voting Locations

Election day is Tuesday in municipal, county and state elections. Voters must vote at the location assigned to their precinct. If you do not know your precinct number, visit www.votedenton.com or call the Denton County elections office at 940-349-3200. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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