Updated: Sullivan Says He's Not a Lobbyist

January 12th, 2012: TribLive event with Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
January 12th, 2012: TribLive event with Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Michael Quinn Sullivan said he hadn't seen the ethics complaints filed by two Republican legislators, but "I do know, they're just trying to distract people about their record."

Obstacles Exist on Path to the Top of the Org Chart

Gov. Rick Perry being endorsed by his former GOP primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, at the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention.
Gov. Rick Perry being endorsed by his former GOP primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, at the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention.

Want to fire up a politician's ambitions? Just create an opening in a higher position — or the possibility of one. Some Texas Republicans are salivating at the prospects of a new job. 

Shortage of Rural Vets in Texas Creates a Challenge

Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.
Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.

As increasing numbers of graduating veterinary students choose to practice in big cities, a shortage of rural veterinarians has developed in parts of the state.  

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/26/11

Aaronson interactively maps Texas Medicaid providers, Aguilar talks legalization with the head of the Drug Policy Alliance, Galbraith on farmers watering what they know won't grow, Grisson sits down with exoneree Michael Morton, Hamilton on the elusive $10,000 college degree, Murphy et al. update the 2012 election brackets, Ramsey on Bill Ratliff's frank budget analysis, Ramshaw on a hospital where the overweight need not apply, Root on Joe Straus' primary opponent and Tan rounds up reactions to the Supreme Court's health care hearings: The best of our best content from March 26-30, 2012.

Texas GOP Pursuing Presidential Debate

Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.
Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.

The Republican Party of Texas is making plans to host a presidential debate in Texas before the May 29 primaries. Party chairman Steve Munisteri announced Friday that all the major candidates except Mitt Romney have accepted the invitation. 

Perry Security Costs Go Up — Again

Rick Perry announces from Charleston, S.C. that he's suspending his presidential campaign and returning to Texas on January 19, 2012.
Rick Perry announces from Charleston, S.C. that he's suspending his presidential campaign and returning to Texas on January 19, 2012.

Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential odyssey ended in January, but the bills for the security force that protected him on the campaign trail keep pouring in, boosting the pricetag to almost $3 million so far.