And they're back! Texas lawmakers returned to Austin on Tuesday to launch the 82nd Texas Legislature. Our reporters were there and produced this live play-by-play.
The 2009 race for Texas House Speaker describes the internal challenge to topple incumbent Republican Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland. The high-stakes contest was characterized by drama of secret meetings, public defections and rumors leaked to reporters. Craddick ultimately lost his bid for a fourth term as speaker to an unexpected challenger, state Rep. Joe Straus III, R-Alamo Heights.
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The 10-term Democratic state representative from Alpine on what he thinks of Tuesday's newly minted Republicans, the perils of party switching, the potential death of the middle and what the 49-member minority does now.Full Story
With a month to go before Election Day, challengers in fifteen House races outraised incumbents during the most recent reporting period, according to the most recent filings with the Texas Ethics Commission. In eight of those races, the challengers led in combined spending and saving, a rough measure of each campaign's financial strength.Full Story
The route to toppling House Speaker Joe Straus is littered with big obstacles and high hurdles. But it's not completely impassable, which is why state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, is considering a challenge. "I'm sticking my toe in the water and seeing if there's any temperature there," he told the Tribune on Friday. "Seems to be some temperature."Full Story
Republican candidate Milton Rister says he's got nothing to do with the speaker-bashing in an email making the rounds in Georgetown.Full Story
The political window is about to close: Today's the last day to become a candidate in the 2010 state elections. What we know so far is that the ballot will have a fireworks show at the top, with contested and well-financed gubernatorial primaries on both sides. A couple of statewide Democratic races will be competitive, but with incumbents seeking reelection on the Republican side, there's little action there.Full Story