Turnover Provides Leaders With a Political Tool

You might not think of Santa as a powerful figure, but nobody talks smack about him when he is working that list of his.

With the Legislature — and its leadership — facing high turnover this year, the power comes with the ability to decide who gets what.

House Speaker Joe Straus has some big prizes in the gift bag this year. At least nine of the House’s 39 top jobs will be empty when the session starts next year, from speaker pro tempore to head of the redistricting committee. More chairs are currently occupied by representatives who are dealing ...

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