After an end-of-session debate killed three bills, including a controversial abortion bill that prompted a filibuster, Gov. Rick Perry is calling lawmakers back for more. They started Monday.Full Story
Ross Ramsey Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ramsey was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the agency’s director of communications. Before that, Ramsey reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper’s Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ramsey got his start in journalism in broadcasting, working for almost seven years covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
All eyes are on the Texas Legislature as a second special session is under way. For lawmakers and others running for office, it's a good time — or a bad one — to show their stuff. Here's a look at who stands to gain or lose.Full Story
In the wake of a voting rights decision by the nation's highest court and new political maps drawn by Texas lawmakers, a federal panel on Monday began working to figure out the next steps for Texas redistricting.Full Story
Attorney General Greg Abbott has a big bank account, a political organization and a nearly clear field on the path to governor — if the office is open in 2014.Full Story
The new Democratic star in Texas politics has said she'll seek re-election to the state Senate, but the events of the last week put Wendy Davis in position for a bigger race — one that would be very difficult to win.Full Story
Texas Democrats had a big win on a big stage Tuesday night. Can they keep it going?Full Story
In the wake of its decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sent two Texas cases on voter ID and redistricting back to the lower courts.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, announced Thursday morning that he will run for lieutenant governor in 2014, choosing a moment between special legislative sessions to challenge sitting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who has said he will seek re-election.Full Story
The state's lieutenant governor was hoping the special session would revive his support among conservatives. It might have done exactly the opposite.Full Story
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declared that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, a major blow to supporters of oversight of voting laws that they say protect people from discrimination.Full Story
Lots of politicians are climbers, and some rungs of the ladder are more popular than others. The Texas Railroad Commission might be the most popular of all.Full Story
M. Smith on the latest delay in school finance litigation, Root on mounting speculation about the future of Rick Perry, Dehn and Rocha with a field report on the Texas drought, KUT’s Philpott on budget worries for the state’s top corruption prosecutor, Galbraith and Murphy map the status of state reservoirs, Hamilton and Batheja track efforts to unseat a University of Texas regent, Aguilar on the progress of federal immigration reforms, Aaronson reports on the special session debate over abortion in Texas: The best of our best for the week of June 17 to 21, 2012.Full Story
Candidates are racing to raise money before an end-of-the-month deadline, the better to prove the strength of their campaigns for 2014 in reports that come out July 15.Full Story
Texans strongly favor criminal and mental health background checks on all gun sales, and they are divided when it comes to concealed weapons on college campuses, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Full Story
The proverbial fat lady hasn't sung yet, but she is backstage, warming up. And Texas lawmakers haven't completed work on any of the legislation they came to enact.Full Story