For the latest installment of our unscientific survey of political and policy insiders, we asked whether this will be the last special session, how many lawmakers will return for another term and what issues from the session will play in the elections next year.
Put another way: Our traffic in the first six months of 2011 was 2.5 times what it was in the equivalent period last year. Blame the legislative session, yes — but as I've said before, this thing is working.
A boy waves an American flag at an immigration rally held in Dallas on May Day.
Since most Texas counties have fireworks bans in effect this July 4 weekend, what better way to celebrate than recalling the legislative fireworks of recent weeks and imagining those still to come on the campaign trail?