Turner Hopes Legislature Can Tackle Issues Pragmatically

BY ANNA M. TINSLEYThis year's Legislature will have a different look and feel. New faces will make up nearly a quarter of the Texas House, and many government watchers believe that this could be one of the most conservative sessions ever in Austin. Five of Tarrant County's seven new House members are ranked among the top 12 freshman lawmakers expected to be the most conservative in the 83rd legislative session. Rep.-elect Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, was the only local House freshman not to make Hailey's list. He said he hopes that both parties can work together.

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Turner Calls for a Bipartisan Approach to Texas Issues

BY DAVE MONTGOMERYThe selection of a speaker will be one of the first orders of business in the 150-member House on Tuesday when lawmakers open their 140-day biennial session to deal with state spending and host of other issues. Although Straus is favored to easily retain his post in the GOP-controlled House, Simpson's challenge perpetuates an element of conservative dissent that has periodically dogged the speaker through his two terms in the leadership post. A threatened conservative uprising in 2011 evaporated when Straus' two challengers withdrew. Rep.-elect Ch

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There Oughta Be a Law!

  [caption id="attachment_437" align="alignleft" width="220"] image courtesy of Places2Explore[/caption] Have you ever just said to yourself, "there ought to be a law" to do this, that or the other? Well, now's your chance to let your voice be heard. If you think there "Ought to be a Law", complete the  form below and let Chr

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Turner: Congress Should Close Gun Show Loophole

BY ANNA M. TINSLEY AND SCOTT NISHIMURA Each year countless guns change hands at thousands of guns shows nationwide -- including quite a few in North Texas. But the way those guns are sold could soon change if President Barack Obama and gun control advocates succeed in closing the "gun show loophole" that has been hotly debated for years as criminal justice officials explore ways to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. ... [S]tate Rep.-elect Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, said he believes closing the loophole is reasonable. "I think we should have background checks for all gun pu

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