News For February, 2010

The Talk Shows

Friday night's second and final debate between the Republican candidates for governor might as well be called "The Debra Medina Show." While the two big-name contenders — Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rick Perry — are trying not to make any career-threatening gaffes, she'll be trying to add momentum to an outsider run that has made her the most interesting candidate in the race.

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Ticked

The worst outbreak of fever-tick infestations in South Texas in four decades has ranchers and animal-health officials scrambling to prevent not just a loss of billions to the state cattle's industry but an outright ban on our cattle.

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The Debate Watchers Speak!

They came, they saw, they sounded off. For Friday night's gubernatorial primary debate, the Tribune and Austin's KXAN-TV partnered to host a focus group of 10 undecided Republican voters. They watched the hour-long face off between Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Debra Medina with us, and they pulled no punches when sharing their thoughts after the show.

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Jacob Villanueva

No Experience Necessary

Few members of the State Board of Education have finance expertise. Should we be concerned that they manage the investments of the $23 billion Permanent School Fund?

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Jacob Villanueva

On the Records: Donations App Updated

We've added a few new features to our campaign donations app, including the ability to filter the search results by the donation amount, year and donor type. 

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Caleb Bryant Miller

TribBlog: Be it Resolved

When aimed at a government agency, a resolution of disapproval isn't just a collective scowl from the direction of Capitol Hill: it can block an agency ruling from becoming law.

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Jacob Villanueva

A Matter of Degrees

Community colleges pitch themselves as the gateway to prosperity for lower-income students who've been historically shut out of higher education. Trouble is, despite increasing enrollment numbers, few of them graduate.

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Up in the Air

Feeling blue over paltry federal funding for high-speed rail? Forget about it. Two Austin visionaries are already looking ahead to the next transportation innovations.

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Odor in the Court

Even if 84 percent of Americans believe judges should not hear cases from major campaign contributors, the big Texas law firms that have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to them over the last ten years see nothing wrong with business as usual.

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Guest Column: The End of Judicial Elections?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case will come to be seen as the third horseman of the apocalypse for lawyers, judges, and those who favor the direct election of state judges.

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2010: White, Perry Lead in Fundraising

The latest campaign finance reports show that both candidates raised more than $700,000 in January. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison spent more than any other candidate: $3.3 million.

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