Bobby Blanchard | The Texas Tribune

Bobby Blanchard | The Texas Tribune

Bobby Blanchard runs the Tribune’s social media efforts. A graduate of UT-Austin, Bobby spent his first year out of college at The Dallas Morning News as a reporting fellow, covering Texas politics and breaking news. He got his start in journalism in the poorly lit basement of The Daily Texan, followed by internships at the Houston Chronicle, KUT News and yes, the Tribune. Born and raised in the Houston area, Bobby is a native Texan. He relies on a steady supply of Tex-Mex and Red Bull to survive.

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Can you tell these fake Texas news stories from the real ones? Take our quiz to find out.

by Bobby Blanchard

The furor over fake news showed no signs of slowing down in 2017. Take our quiz to see how good you are at identifying falsehoods. 

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Watch Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez speak as she files to run for Texas governor

by Bobby Blanchard

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday morning she would file to run for Texas governor at the Texas Democratic Party's headquarters in Austin. Watch her make her campaign official and address the press. 

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The Brief: What Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have to say about Roy Moore

by Bobby Blanchard

After The Washington Post published a report Thursday alleging U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sought sexual encounters with underage girls decades ago, his would-be colleagues from Texas are facing tough questions.

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Air Force: Shooter who killed 26 in Texas church should not have been allowed to buy guns

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The Air Force has released a statement that it failed to report Devin Kelley's domestic violence conviction to a national database used to screen firearms buyers.

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Speaker Straus won't run for re-election. Watch him address the press.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, is not running for re-election. Watch Straus address the media about his decision to not run again.

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Texas officials respond to shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead

by Bobby Blanchard and Matthew Choi 1

After a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Texas officials condemned the violence while offering condolences and prayers. 

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The Brief: More than 50 dead in Las Vegas in deadliest U.S. mass shooting in modern history

by Cassandra Pollock and Bobby Blanchard

More than 50 are dead in Las Vegas after a gunman fired on a crowd of music festival attendees outside a resort in Las Vegas, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history according to the Associated Press.

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Watch our community forum on race and justice at The Texas Tribune Festival

by Bobby Blanchard

We are kicking off the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival with a free, open-to-the-public community forum on race and justice. Join MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Slate’s Jamelle Bouie for a community forum on race and justice at 1 p.m.

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Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton: There is no fuel shortage

by Brandon Formby, Bobby Blanchard and Jim Malewitz 15

Long lines formed at Texas gas stations Thursday as some prices started to spike — but officials say Hurricane Harvey hasn't led to a shortage of fuel. 

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The Brief: Debate over Confederate monuments continues to ricochet across Texas

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Following an overnight decision by the University of Texas at Austin to remove three confederate statues from campus grounds, reactions from Texas lawmakers were mixed.

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Texas has more than 180 public symbols of the Confederacy. Explore them here.

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Texas has more than 180 public symbols of the Confederacy, with dozens of monuments dedicated during or after the Civil Rights era. 

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The Brief: While you slept, UT-Austin began removing Confederate statues

by Cassandra Pollock and Bobby Blanchard 291

As you drifted off to sleep last night, the University of Texas at Austin began removing multiple Confederate statues on campus.

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What Texas officials are saying about white nationalist protests in Charlottesville

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Here's how Texas officials are responding to the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

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Want to hear yourself on the TribCast? Submit an intro.

by Bobby Blanchard

Every week, a prominent Texan or politico records a funny, quippy introduction to the TribCast, our political podcast. Want to join their ranks? 

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Graphic by Emily Albracht

You asked, we answered: This is what happened to your favorite bills

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We chatted about what passed — and didn’t — during the regular session, and what’s ahead in the special. Every legislative session, more bills die than live. 

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