Inside Out in the House Speaker's Race

Third parties have become so important in the workings of the Texas House that the latest volleys in the race for speaker had one candidate attacking another for something posted on a third-party blog.

A classic insider’s game — a secular equivalent to cardinals electing a pope — has spilled into the pews.

While members engaged in the customary, private pre-session conversations about leadership, bills, and where to live and eat in Austin when the Legislature is in session, activists were trying to horn in. Cathie Adams, the former chairwoman of the Republican Party of Texas, has been gathering signatures ...

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