Change is hard, as the state's new land commissioner, George P. Bush, is finding out. It will take a while to find out whether it's necessary at the agency he took over in January.Full Story
Upset about the way a recent state audit painted the agency he lead for 12 years, former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is jabbing his successor, George P. Bush, for failing to push back against the audit’s findings.
Big names in state and national politics gathered in the Texas Senate chamber Friday to welcome George P. Bush, the state's new land commissioner, into the family business. The 38-year-old former investment consultant said that he would “practice the politics of aspiration" in his new post.
State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and, now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.Full Story
The Tribune's four-part "Hurting for Work" series exploring the flip side of the "Texas miracle" — workers getting hurt and not finding much help from a system set up to minimize government regulation of business — wrapped up on Wednesday.Full Story
With the long and contentious 2014 primary season over in Texas, it's state party convention time. And as Texas Republicans meet this week in Fort Worth to work on their party platform, immigration is set to be a key point of discussion.
As some open-carry activists look to take their long-gun-brandishing demonstrations outside the state GOP convention in Fort Worth, the movement's efforts are catching criticism from a pair of unlikely sources — the nation's largest gun-rights group and a state legislator who has pushed open-carry legislation.Full Story
The conversation over the weekend before the party primary runoff elections was dominated by — what else? — the GOP race for lieutenant governor.Full Story
In three statewide Republican runoff races, candidates who have aligned themselves to the right of their opponents are poised to capture their party's nomination despite fielding significant blows from their opponents, including forays into mental health records three decades old and a potentially disqualifying violation of state securities law.Full Story
Texas' "sriracha delegation" on Monday made its long-awaited visit to California to woo the makers of the popular hot sauce, but it was no clearer at the conclusion of the visit what might come of it.Full Story
The Tribune's Aman Batheja has taken an in-depth look at Midland oilman Tim Dunn, who is best known in the Capitol for his funding of the conservative activist group Empower Texans.Full Story
Amid a heated Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Dan Patrick is denying a new accusation from a former opponent that he avoided the draft for the Vietnam War. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who lost in the first round, has endorsed incumbent David Dewhurst in the race.Full Story
Not even Disney movies are safe when it comes to the scorched-earth tactics in the race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.Full Story
In another sign of troubled times among the leadership at the University of Texas System, word emerged Monday night that a regent clandestinely recorded a discussion with Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during an executive session in August.Full Story
Amid a federal agency's looming decision about what to do with a ribbon of land along the Red River it claims — including some that North Texans have long considered theirs — Texas officials are speaking out on the issue. This is how we got here.Full Story
As state officials prepare to meet with the man who has become the face of the increasingly politicized spat between Texas and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Tribune's Jim Malewitz has an exhaustive background story on the seeds of the conflict.Full Story
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Dante Chinni of the American Communities Project at American University makes the argument that if Texas flips blue, it could do so in a hurry. And not just because of the state's growing Hispanic population.Full Story
Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered their takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out. Patterson said he could "almost guarantee" that Dewhurst stays in the race. Staples said he saw a "difficult road ahead" for the incumbent.Full Story