Female lawmakers make up about 20 percent of both Texas legislative chambers. In a state where women and men make up an almost equal portion of the population, the lack of female voices in the Capitol raises questions.
While the the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has yet to issue a decision in a longtime case on the constitutionality of district lines in Texas, a decision in the next year could impact the 2016 primary election.
Don Zimmerman, a conservative Austin City Council member, is suing the city for campaign finance rules that he says are stacked against those who aren't wealthy or well-known — and observers say his lawsuit may succeed.
The freeze on fundraising during the legislative session only allowed nine days of fundraising for lawmakers, but some of them made a big push for funds as the 2016 cycle begins. So did their challengers.
Political consultants on both sides say same-sex marriage and religious liberty issues will play a significant role as electoral races develop — beyond just giving candidates a way to boost campaign coffers.
Texas archivists are excited over the launch of the Texas Digital Archive, which is funded through the new state budget and will hold any digital files from state agencies that they deem of historical value to the state.
We take a look this week at how the newly formed Senate committees stack up by party ID and by gender. Women are significantly underrepresented on the Administration, Nominations and Finance committees. And in the most extreme example, there is not a single woman on the Business and Commerce Committee.
When the Texas Legislature met in 1971, only two senators and 10 representatives were Republicans. Now it's 20-11 in the Senate and (after the elections are settled, with our assumption about party shifts) 98-52 in the House. Here's how it looked in between the 62nd and 84th regular sessions.