In this edition of the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Gov. Rick Perry announced he will not run for re-election, Rick Santorum stopped by the Capitol to say a thing or two about the omnibus abortion bill and Attorney General Greg Abbott put more money in his campaign coffers.Full Story
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is just the third Republican since Reconstruction to hold the seat in Texas. First elected to the post in 2002, he is in now in his third term, having served longer than all but two of his predecessors.
In July 2011, he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey ...
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in government and politics, we asked about the implosion of the first special session, its effect on Wendy Davis and David Dewhurst, and whether it will have a lasting impact.Full Story
On Tuesday, the last day of the first special session, those of us sitting in the Senate gallery observed rules of decorum — until we saw that senators were breaking their own procedural rules.Full Story
The state's lieutenant governor was hoping the special session would revive his support among conservatives. It might have done exactly the opposite.Full Story
Texas politicians and institutions are getting much better marks from the state’s voters than the president and Congress, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
It doesn't feel much like there's a special session going on at the state Capitol, but that doesn't mean taxpayers won't get a bill for it. Lawmakers get paid whether they're here or not.Full Story
For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked for grades on the state's top leaders, on the House and Senate, about the heroes and goats of the session, and about how many legislators won't be back.Full Story
Politics is fast. Redistricting is slow. A rare set of openings has candidates wrestling for advantage at the same time that redistricting debates are raising some of the same questions that stalled the 2012 primaries.Full Story
If Texas’ less-than-theatrical 83rd legislative session is remembered at all, it will be known for accords, not discord. Here's a look at top storylines from this session and what they could portend for the future.
Who is really in power in state government? According to the calendar, the clout is days away from moving firmly to the governor's office.Full Story
UPDATED: The Supreme Court’s ruling that penalties under the Affordable Care Act qualify as taxes has opened the door to another constitutional challenge, Houston physician and Republican donor Steve Hotze said Tuesday. And he's filing suit.
The Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency, created in 2011 amid controversy surrounding the leadership of university system regents, will be renewed this session.Full Story