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Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Democratic and Republican parties are planning very different conventions this summer as the coronavirus pandemic persists — and drawing a growing national spotlight along the way.

Trump On Ted Cruz: 'I Don't Want His Endorsement'

Jul 22, 2016
Texas Tribune

CLEVELAND — A day after formally accepting his party's presidential nomination, Donald Trump breathed new life into old battles against a long-vanquished Republican rival: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. 

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Day 4, the final day of the Republican National Convention features speeches by Ivanka Trump, one of Donald Trump’s most polished and effective advocates, and Reince Priebus, the longest-serving RNC chairman in modern history.

How Donald Trump's Convention Is Breaking Convention

Jul 21, 2016

Donald Trump will accept the nomination for president tonight at the Republican National Convention. Today on Think, Krys Boyd hosted a two-hour special on the party's nominee and the convention. The episode featured a conversation with NPR’s Sam Sanders from Cleveland and looks at Trump’s background and how he’s rewritten the rules of campaigning.

Less than 12 hours after he was booed for not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump during his late-night speech before the Republican National Convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn't backing down.

At an emotional event with the Texas RNC delegation Thursday morning, Cruz defended his decision to withhold his endorsement at a time when Republicans are trying to rally around their nominee ahead of the general election.

Members of the delegation from Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz's home state, looked shellshocked in the concourse of the Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

Cruz had just delivered a nighttime speech in which he did not endorse Donald Trump. Instead, he told the Republican National Convention to "vote your conscience." As he walked off the stage, the crowd booed.

It was supposed to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's political coming-out party, but drama with Ted Cruz largely overshadowed his moment at the Republican National Convention.

The crowd quickly turned on Cruz on Wednesday night after he refused to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The Texas senator and Republican primary runner-up was initially met with a warm reception, holding the crowd in the palm of his hand as he told emotional stories about the recent police shootings in Dallas and how America had to defend the Constitution and the freedoms of speech and religion.

Day 3 of the Republican National Convention features speeches by the party's choice for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and the runner-up during presidential primary season, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


A day after Texas delegates helped give Donald Trump the presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz takes the stage at the Republican National Convention. Texas was Cruz territory before he dropped out of the presidential race, and getting all the delegates behind Donald Trump last night took some effort behind the scenes. 

PBS NewsHour

Donald Trump officially wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination today at day 2 of the party's national convention in Cleveland. You can watch the live stream from PBS NewsHour here:

Cornyn: Melania Trump Plagiarism Charges a 'Trivial Matter'

Jul 19, 2016
Abby Livingston/The Texas Tribune

CLEVELAND — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday morning that the plagiarism charges against Melania Trump are a "trivial matter" and predicted they would not harm her husband's standing with voters. 

Chaos erupted on the floor on the first day of the Republican National Committee in Cleveland, as forces opposed to Donald Trump tried — and failed — to make one last stand.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack brought up the Rules Committee report, which would keep delegates bound to Trump. Anti-Trump forces began shouting and wanting a roll call vote in a last-ditch effort to unbind GOP delegates and let them vote their "conscience."

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

The largest red state of them all is effectively sitting on the sidelines as Republicans begin their national convention in Cleveland.

Five Things to Watch At the GOP National Convention

Jul 18, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Two months ago, Texas Republicans gathered in Dallas for a state convention at which many still felt conflicted about their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump. As they pack their bags for the national convention, an ambivalence still lingers over the Texas GOP.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The electric car company Tesla is novel in many ways. It’s a new company trying to sell a new vision of the automobile, and it sells its cars in a different way: directly to consumers, not through a dealership. But in Texas, state law prohibits car companies from selling cars directly. Customers have to go through an independent dealership instead. For three years, Tesla has been trying without success to change that by lobbying Austin. Now it's lobbying party activists.

Christopher Connelly/KERA

Texas Republicans wrapped up their state convention in Dallas this weekend with a highly-anticipated speech from Sen. Ted Cruz.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

It’s the presidential race no one is talking about: Two Texas political stars, both testing the waters for a run in 2016 –without mentioning it, of course. Ted Cruz and Rick Perry took their not-so-stealth campaigns to the annual RedState gathering today — in the heart of America's biggest red state.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Committee members choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention said repeatedly they’d make a business decision, not a political one.  But following the selection of Cleveland over Dallas Tuesday, those close to the negotiations said politics played a role.

Frank Librio / Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Republican National Committee chose Cleveland over Dallas on Tuesday morning to host its 2016 national convention. RNC chairman Reince Priebus made the announcement on Fox News shortly before 11 a.m.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

And then there were two.

Dallas and Cleveland have been named the two remaining finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Frank Librio / Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau

The site selection committee left town Friday, and Dallas feels good about its odds for being chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Republicans choosing the 2016 site for their national convention found out Thursday why Dallas is called “Big D."

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Cowboys mascot Rowdy offered high-fives and several team cheerleaders waved pompoms Wednesday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as they welcomed members of the committee choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Dallas this week gets another chance to make its case for hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Republican Party of Texas

As 11,000 Texas Republicans gather in Fort Worth for their state party convention, KERA’s Shelley Kofler sat down with Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri for a wide-ranging conversation.

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Call them the GOP Final Four. Dallas is among four cities that will advance to the next stage in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The RNC announced this afternoon that Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Cleveland will receive visits from convention officials. / Jim Epler/Flickr

Dallas made the first cut in the competition to host the 2016 GOP Convention.

The Republican National Convention just announced that Dallas and five other cities are moving on to the next round of consideration.

The other cities are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas.

Two cities were cut: Phoenix and Columbus.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Big D presented a competitive proposal Friday that should make the city a finalist for hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention. / Jim Epler/Flickr

GOP leaders should choose Dallas for its 2016 convention because the city has plenty of hotel rooms, has the ability to raise enough funding, is centrally located, and has a proven track record of hosting big events.

Those are some of the highlights of the city's proposal to host the Republican Convention. Dallas officials have kept a tight lid on details -- until now. Today, various Dallas representatives are in Washington to make their pitch. They include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau President Phillip Jones and retired U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A press conference is being held this morning in Washington to discuss the city's presentation.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Sixth Floor Museum is 25 years old; longtime WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos is retiring; Dallas is interested in hosting the 2016 GOP convention, and more: