Past Issues

2015

  1. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 32

    Vol. 32 Issue 32:

    The upshot here: oil prices might not rebound to previously anticipated levels but unspent revenue cushions the blow to key revenue sources.

    1. Experts Size Up the Impact of Those Plummeting Oil Prices
    2. Cruz and Trump Join Forces Against Iran Nuclear Deal
    3. With Court Case Comes Questions on Commercial Appraisals
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Plunging Oil Prices...
    5. The Calendar
  2. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 31

    Vol. 32 Issue 31:

    Also, a new poll commissioned by the Texas Bipartisan Justice Committee suggests that Donald Trump has momentum building in Texas.

    1. State Attorneys Get a Scolding From an Appeals Court
    2. A New (But Familiar) Name Crops Up in SD-24 GOP Race
    3. Judge Orders New Trial on One of Mauricio Celis' Convictions
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Zombie Candidates...
    5. The Calendar
  3. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 30

    Vol. 32 Issue 30:

    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.

    1. Lawsuit Against Austin's Campaign Rules Could Succeed
    2. Lt. Gov. Patrick Will Appear at Hughes Senate Fundraisers
    3. 200-Plus Lawyers File Grievance With State Bar Against Paxton
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those GOP Debate Invites...
    5. The Calendar
  4. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 29

    Vol. 32 Issue 29:

    The Big Three report bigger balances in their campaign accounts in 2015.

    1. At a Glance: Replenishing Campaign War Chests
    2. New Names Crop Up in SD-24 Race
    3. High-Speed Rail Effort Gets $75M Shot in the Arm
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Trump Flameout Expectations...
    5. The Calendar
  5. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 28

    Vol. 32 Issue 28:

    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.

    1. How Much Candidates Raised in the Top Legislative Races
    2. Perry and Cruz Will Share Stage in "Protest" Debate
    3. Simpson Calls for Special Session on Same-Sex Marriage
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those GOP Views on Immigration...
    5. The Calendar
  6. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 27

    Vol. 32 Issue 27:

    The rules are a little different for completing the terms of statewide executive officials who leave office early.

    1. TW Explainer: How Is a Statewide Office Vacancy Filled?
    2. House Appropriations Chairmen, Through the Years
    3. Abbott Replenishes Campaign War Chest in Nine Days
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Paxton Controversies...
    5. The Calendar
  7. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 26

    Vol. 32 Issue 26:

    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.

    1. Gay Marriage Ruling Might Mobilize Voters on Both Sides
    2. Cruz Camp Reports Raising Up to $10M in Three Months
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those SCOTUS Rulings...
    4. The Calendar
  8. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 25

    Vol. 32 Issue 25:

    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.

    1. State Launching Digital Archive for Government Files
    2. Attacks Have Already Begun Over Key SA Area House Seat
    3. A Closer Look: Vetoes and Constitutional Amendments
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Abbott Evaluations...
    5. The Calendar
  9. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 24

    Vol. 32 Issue 24:

    For some, the pressure is on to show good numbers for the eight days from the lifting of the session's moratorium on campaign contributions and the cutoff for the current fundraising filing period.

    1. Campaign Fundraising Sprint Starts Monday
    2. Abbott's First Veto Deadline Approaches
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those San Antonio Elections...
    4. The Calendar
  10. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 23

    Vol. 32 Issue 23:

    Two Harris County Republicans launched their campaigns this week to replace state Reps. Patricia Harless and Allen Fletcher, but observers say more candidates are likely on the way.

    1. Harris County House Seats Could See Crowded Primaries
    2. Frullo Vaults to Cutting Edge of Knife Rights Movement
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Expected Primary Fights...
    4. The Calendar
  11. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 22

    Vol. 32 Issue 22:

    A couple of GOP Senate seats are the subject of speculation as hot primary contests.

    1. With Session Over, Election Season Has Begun
    2. Field Notes from the 84th Session's Final Weekend
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Expected Retirements...
    4. The Calendar
  12. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 21

    Vol. 32 Issue 21:

    After much effort, Ruth Jones McClendon was successful this session in passing legislation to create an innocence commission.

    1. In Session's Final Days, the Human Element Emerges
    2. Revisiting the Wednesday Local and Consent Bill Massacre
    3. Inside Intelligence: About that Legislative Job Rating...
    4. The Calendar
  13. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 20

    Vol. 32 Issue 20:

    Also, several bills were sent Thursday to the governor's desk and a union dues bill heats up the Texas House.

    1. Budget Negotiators Push Toward Final Agreements
    2. GOP Lawmakers Differ on Reasons Not to Sign Gay Marriage Letter
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Secret Cameras...
    4. The Calendar
  14. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 19

    Vol. 32 Issue 19:

    The big question in the House on Thursday was whether the midnight deadline would strike before Republicans could bring up a controversial gay marriage bill.

    1. Head of GSD&M Urges Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
    2. Houston, We've Got a Presidential Debate
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Emergency Items...
    4. The Calendar
  15. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 18

    Vol. 32 Issue 18:

    A House committee Wednesday night voted 5-2 to approve a proposal to legalize marijuana in Texas — but that might be as far as the measure gets.

    1. Buzz Dulls on Marijuana Legalization Bill; Floor Action in Doubt
    2. Senfronia Thompson Expands Lawmakers' Legislative Lexicon
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Jade Helm Rumors...
    4. The Calendar
  16. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 17

    Vol. 32 Issue 17:

    Bill author Van Taylor said SB 19 was one for the history books. Others, including John Whitmire, disagreed.

    1. Senate Passes Ethics Reform of a Generation?
    2. The House Works a Late Friday Shift
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Special Session Rumblings...
    4. The Calendar
  17. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 16

    Vol. 32 Issue 16:

    A handy guide of budget conferee rosters for the past six legislative sessions.

    1. At a Glance: Budget Conferees Through the Years
    2. What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
    3. Aftershocks From SMU Earthquake Report Felt in Austin
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Elections in San Antonio...
    5. The Calendar
  18. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 15

    Vol. 32 Issue 15:

    Also, the House-Senate brinksmanship on tax relief shows no sign of resolution.

    1. Dream Act Opponents Face More Obstacles
    2. Texas Tea Party Activists Rally on Tax Day
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Religious Freedom Laws...
    4. The Calendar
  19. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 14

    Vol. 32 Issue 14:

    The proposal from House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, to cut the state sales tax rate by 0.3 percent is nothing short of historic.

    1. House Envisions a Historic Tax Cut
    2. At a Glance: Sizing Up Tax Relief, Lege Productivity
    3. Is the Tesla Bill Losing Momentum?
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Dueling Tax Cuts...
    5. The Calendar
  20. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 13

    Vol. 32 Issue 13:

    Forget burning the midnight oil. The House this week intruded on the breakfast hour when it debated the budget until 5:39 a.m.

    1. House Makes a Specialty of Long Budget Debates
    2. In This Debate, the Climax Came Early
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Lege Reform Efforts...
    4. The Calendar
  21. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 12

    Vol. 32 Issue 12:

    It's a traditional session milestone — the day (and night) that the House debates the budget.

    1. The Night of the Budget Amendments
    2. The Latest Dispatches From the Campaign Trail
    3. The Legislative Machinery Grinds On...
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Cruz Effects...
    5. The Calendar
  22. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 11

    Vol. 32 Issue 11:

    Where's the money in Texas politics? Well, bank balances are one measure, and here are the top 50 from candidate and political action committee reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

    1. A Peek Into Political Pocketbooks in Texas
    2. A Closer Look: Low Oil Prices a Hit to Revenue
    3. LBB: Don't Make Spending Cap Formula Too Restrictive
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Spending Limits...
    5. The Calendar
  23. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 10

    Vol. 32 Issue 10:

    The Legislature hits a big milestone as the focus of session begins to migrate to the two chambers.

    1. Bill Filing Deadline Approaches
    2. Session Hits Cruising Speed
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Pending Bills...
    4. The Calendar
  24. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 9

    Vol. 32 Issue 9:

    Some think the promised tax relief is too much, too soon while others think it tackles the wrong priority.

    1. Differing Views on Display at Senate Tax Relief Week
    2. Welcome to the House (and Senate)
    3. A Twitter Follow Leads to a Recusal
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Tax Relief and Those B2B Fights...
    5. The Calendar
  25. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 8

    Vol. 32 Issue 8:

    One of the biggest news stories of the week was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker having his moment in the still-nascent campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

    1. Is Scott Walker Having His Moment?
    2. A Texas-Sourced Push to Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those UT/TT Poll Questions...
    4. The Calendar
  26. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 7

    Vol. 32 Issue 7:

    Comparing Greg Abbott with his predecessors on the number of emergency matters declared.

    1. Emergency Items Over the Years
    2. House Appropriations Subcommittees at a Glance
    3. Inside Intelligence: About Those Abbott Proposals...
    4. The Calendar
  27. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 6

    Vol. 32 Issue 6:

    In constant dollars, total public education funding lags behind 2006 levels.

    1. School Funding in Two Charts
    2. Dollars Flow Freely in SD-26 Runoff
    3. House Head Budget Writer: Chambers "Very Close" on Budgets
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Tax Cuts and Vaccinations...
    5. The Calendar
  28. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 5

    Vol. 32 Issue 5:

    We take a look this week at how the newly formed House committees stack up by party ID and by gender.

    1. Committee Breakdowns: Texas House
    2. Women in the Lege: A Historical Look
    3. In a Series of Announcements, an Abbott Agenda Emerges
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Texans in 2016...
    5. The Calendar
  29. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 4

    Vol. 32 Issue 4:

    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.

    1. Committee Breakdowns: Texas Senate
    2. Munisteri Steps Down, Starting Sprint for Successor
    3. A New Group of Patrick Advisers Will Reach Out to Grassroots
    4. Inside Intelligence: About Those Handgun Laws...
    5. The Calendar
  30. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 3

    Vol. 32 Issue 3:

    If a majority party doesn't need help passing legislation, what does it do to the character of the chamber?

    1. Changing the Complexion of the Senate
    2. No Word Yet From Abbott on Special Election Runoffs
    3. Inside Intelligence: About the Price of Oil...
    4. The Calendar
  31. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 2

    Vol. 32 Issue 2:

    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.

    1. Party Mix: Shifting Dominance in the Texas Legislature
    2. The Big 3 Revisited — Meet the New Guys
    3. Scorecard Season Already in Full Swing
    4. Inside Intelligence: About That 84th Legislature...
    5. The Calendar
  32. Texas Weekly Vol. 32 Issue 1

    Vol. 32 Issue 1:

    Meanwhile, an independent analysis shows that the state needs $6 billion in additional general revenue to maintain "current services" in the next budget.

    1. All Eyes on the New Guy for Revenue Estimate
    2. SD-26 Runoff: Cakewalk or Showdown?
    3. Inside Intelligence: About The New Guys...
    4. The Calendar