Texas Agriculture Sid Miller grabbed the headlines again this week — and in a way that makes him easy prey for late-night comics. But will it hurt him?Full Story
On this week's TribCast, Evan talks with Ross, Alexa and Jim about Sid Miller's atomic Facebook post, George P. Bush's agency clean-up, the second round of Ken Paxton indictments and the status of Confederate statues on the University of Texas at Austin campus and elsewhere.Full Story
Don’t expect Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to apologize over a social media post that appeared to call for the atomic bombing of “the Muslim world” – despite an outcry from critics.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the cowboy-hat-wearing champion of local control, is looking to buck a decade-old statewide ban on deep fat fryers in public schools. Putting decision-making back into the hands of Texas school districts, he says, “isn't about french fries, it's about freedom.”Full Story
The House and Senate made some gestures of goodwill on Thursday designed to lower the tensions that had developed between the chambers this week.Full Story
It’s less than a year until the first presidential primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, and the 2016 race is already well underway, so we start off this week's playlist off the news with a campaign-themed set.Full Story
A collection of unflattering headlines has lawmakers and one of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's predecessors questioning whether the world-champion calf roper was fully ready to steer a billion-dollar state agency. But Miller is brushing off the criticism, touting his first 100 days as a wild success.
Millions of dollars ride on the balls the Texas Lottery uses for its various drawings. The state Department of Agriculture helps preserve the integrity of the process as part of its consumer protection duties.Full Story
The blowback experienced by Indiana over its religious freedom law has Texas' largest business organization worried about efforts this session to update this state's law on the subject.Full Story
Hand-scraped wood floors. Custom ceiling tile. A shower. Those items may not sound like upgrades a cash-strapped agency would need, and new Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller ultimately didn't think so, either. After initially supporting a big renovation at the agency, Miller decided to nix it, officials say.Full Story
Legislative activity begins to ramp up in the two chambers this week with speculation rampant that the Senate might take up as early as today legislation that would allow permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly.Full Story
At our 3/10 symposium on water at Texas State University, I talked about life after Proposition 6 with state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee; Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller; and Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.Full Story
After years of budget cuts, raids on dedicated funding and deferred maintenance, rats, bats, leaking roofs and audible bathroom sounds are the new normal in state government — not to mention decades-old computer and technology systems, dilapidated parks and a backlog of pipeline safety inspections.Full Story
From gasoline sales to grocery purchases, the Texas Department of Agriculture is supposed to ensure consumers aren't getting ripped off by fuel pumps, retail scanners or other measuring devices. But the agency is so cash-strapped that consumers are getting "screwed" due to a lack of oversight, the agency's new commissioner says.Full Story
Voters are evenly split on whether the state should offer in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants, but that outer parity covers some pronounced polarization on the issue, according to the latest UT/TT Poll.Full Story
Texas Democrats maintained their 16-year losing streak on Election Day, with Republicans decisively sweeping all 15 statewide races on the ballot. As of late Tuesday, Republicans were leading by more than 20 percentage points in all of the statewide races. Texans have not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.