Inside Intelligence: About Choosing Leaders...

A faddish proposal about choosing legislators and a vacancy at the top of a major university system got the attention of our insiders this week.

An overwhelming majority said they would oppose repeal of the 17th Amendment — the one that moved selection of U.S. senators from legislators to voters. If that constitutional provision changed, 57 percent said John Cornyn would have been chosen for the Senate by the Legislature — as he was by voters. But 78 percent said legislators would not have given the job to Ted Cruz.

In a popularity contest among chancellors of the state’s public ...

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