Analysis: A Speaker Who May Have Less of a Say

In the final months of his third term as speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus appears to be in pretty decent shape politically. He will probably keep his job; whether he will be able to control the legislative agenda next year is another question.

He is not without opposition, most of it from inside his own party. State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, says he wants to be speaker. And the resentments that formed in 2009, when Straus unseated a fellow Republican, Tom Craddick of Midland, still bubble under the surface.

Replacing a speaker requires either a change in the ...

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