AUSTIN (KXAN) - No doubt, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is someone to watch as a second shutdown of the government could be just a few months away.
Critics say Cruz's 21-hour talk-a-thon protesting Obamacare helped Congress hit a wall when it came to negotiations.
"(Cruz) knew it wasn't going to work but he was able to intimidate and influence people to go along with him," Congressman Peter King, R-New York, said this week.”
Even fellow-Republicans fear the freshman Texas lawmaker might be back for round two. Insiders say his efforts helped cause a rift in his own party.
"It probably increases the likelihood that we haven't heard the last of these kinds of fights, and we've not seen the end of the impact they can have on the operation of government," said Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project.
Cruz's stance might bolster support with conservative constituents in Texas. The question though: is it what's best for the entire nation?
"Get together and talk it all over in plenty time, so it doesn't happen again,” said Elaine Perschke, a Texas voter.
Emergency agencies from all over Hays County will be out in full force Friday at Dripping Springs Middle School as they take a new training approach to protect the lives of children.
Ten-year-old Cameron Ferweda is a fan of action-adventure books. Of writing them, that is.
The state's chief financial officer says a booming Texas economy has created an extra $2.5 billion in unspent revenue.
An armed robbery in South Austin set off a search for two men with guns early Friday morning.
Two school buses and a car crashed on eastbound Parmer Lane near Ranch Road 620 on Friday morning but there were no reports of injuries.
Governor Rick Perry issued a State Disaster Proclamation for the "extensive" flood damage Central Texas experienced at the end of October on Friday.