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.
Imagine being stuck in traffic for more than 2.5 hours just to get from downtown to Round Rock. According to the Texas A&M transportation Institute, that's exactly what will happen unless changes are made.
Joseph E. Holan, 44, of Georgetown died Tuesday morning after a car crashed into the bicycle he was riding. It happened in Round Rock on the Interstate 35 southbound frontage road.
Austin police charged a 40-year-old man with murder Tuesday in the death of his wife.
Homeowners in Bastrop County are being told by authorities to keep a watchful eye on their mailbox due to a recent influx of items being stolen from mailboxes.
In less than a year, two new single-gender middle schools will be coming to Northeast Austin.
For hundreds of homeowners, dealing with the emotional trauma after the flood is the most challenging part of rebuilding.