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For the latest installment of our nonscientific survey of political and policy insiders on issues of the moment, we asked whether a Republican who supports abortion rights can survive a statewide primary, whether the sonogram bill on the governor's list of emergency items addresses a real or a political problem, whether it will pass and what other issues of interest to social conservatives might win approval from this Legislature this year.
Your afternoon reading: abortion sonogram hearings set for next week; Anchia's plum Super Bowl seat; and a Texas congressman's own budget woes
There’s no universal definition but essentially, the term refers to the country’s top research-focused universities. While there are specific benchmarks to be considered part of that group, some aren't clear or rely purely on perception.
Heat sounds good right about now, but not the kind the Gov. Rick Perry's taking.
Your afternoon reading: good news for Donna Howard, Huckabee in border spat, and a Perry appointee's political history raises questions
Reading this on a device tethered to an electrical outlet? Thank your lucky stars. Also, thank Mexico.
There are almost 1,600 parking choices when you come to see your lawmakers in action under the pink dome — though a fraction of them get reserved for special interest groups.
If there's one thing that politicians are good at, it's talking. And chubbing is a kind of talking that's used to stall legislation in the Texas House. While state representatives do have the power to talk something to death, this session it will be harder to do than in the past.
In a sign of the tough budgetary times, Texas school districts turned their focus to harsh realities on Tuesday.