Will state officials backtrack on protections for a rare lizard in the West Texas oil patch? – News – Austin American-Statesman

In a clash between habitat conservation for a rare lizard native to West Texas and oil and gas interests, the Trump administration, in league with officials from a major subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, appears close to quashing...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott taps Hispanic former aide as secretary of state after noncitizen voter flap  | Texas Politics

Abbott, who has played up the fact his wife Cecilia is the state’s first Hispanic first lady, has sought to walk a fine line between fellow GOP conservatives who are immigration hard-liners and the more accommodating...