The Obama administration said on Tuesday it is taking action to curtail the growing influence of "dark money" in U.S. politics.Full Story
Michael Quinn Sullivan is the president and CEO of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, influential groups that promote conservative fiscal stewardship in Texas government. Both Sullivan and the organizations he leads are well-known in the political world for their adamant opposition to tax hikes and adherence to strict budgetary constraints on government. Politicians are pressed to sign a ...
Your evening reading: Texas postpones closure of high-risk health insurance pool; SBOE blocks entry of Arizona-based charter school into state; railroad commissioner candidate rails against proposed textbookFull Story
What had been a private battle over whether and when a nonprofit political group has to register as a lobbyist — or list the donors to its political purse — is slowly edging toward public hearings.Full Story
Your evening reading: controversial mock immigration sting at UT canceled; new ads appear from lite guv candidates Dewhurst and Patterson; a drone flies over the CapitolFull Story
Your evening reading: health exchange enrollment numbers are anemic in Texas; Sullivan says "NUTS" to Ethics Commission; Davis to meet big-buck Democratic donors in D.C.Full Story
Michael Quinn Sullivan rejected a proposed settlement from the Texas Ethics Commission with a simple response: the word "NUTS" where his signature would have gone.Full Story
State ethics regulators are weighing complaints about lobbying that already took place and elections that are already over — a case that started with a persistent activist who methodically irritates the Republican establishment in Texas.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.
In this session's ethics battles, watchdogs say there’s more contradiction than conviction.Full Story
A bill that would have increased vehicle registration fees to generate money for transportation projects met its demise in the Texas House on Thursday.Full Story
A controversial program that school districts around the state use as an economic incentive tool would continue for another 10 years under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the House on Friday.Full Story
A bill that would draw $2 billion for water projects from the Rainy Day Fund is set to hit the House floor Monday afternoon. The debate could turn to focus on what it means to be a fiscal conservative in the Tea Party era.Full Story
Politically active nonprofits, which are playing an increasingly important role in state elections, would no longer be able to hide the identity of their major donors under a bill making its way through the Texas Legislature.
Hey, Texplainer: I keep hearing that the money the state spends on public education has increased over the past decade. But the ruling in the school finance trial said Texas schools are underfunded. Who is right?Full Story
If there is a silver lining to the intensifying drought, it is that after years of hand-wringing from water experts, Texas seems poised to get serious about financing water projects. Competing proposals are floating around the statehouse.Full Story
An exclusive excerpt from the January 2013 issue of Texas Monthly: Nate Blakeslee on how Michael Quinn Sullivan became one of the most powerful unelected figures at the Capitol.Full Story
His nickname around the Texas Capitol is "mucus." It’s a play on Michael Quinn Sullivan’s initials — MQS — but the moniker underscores how much of an irritant the conservative activist has become to politicians who dare buck his Tea Party orthodoxy. It also says something about his staying power.