Graphic by Todd Wiseman

The Brief: May 20, 2015

House and Senate negotiators are down to one final challenge: working out the timing on their complicated tax cut dance.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Nov. 19, 2014

Despite his challenger's vow to take a speaker vote to the floor on the first day of session, backers of House Speaker Joe Straus spent Tuesday trying to demonstrate the race is already a foregone conclusion.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Updated: The 2012 Holdouts List

Some are waiting to see what the courts will do. Others want to see if any opponents surface. Regardless, with six days to go until the filing deadline, how many incumbents haven't filed yet? A whole bunch.

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Bob Daemmrich

Updated: The 2012 Quit List

So far, 27 26 members of the Texas House, four members of the Texas Senate, three State Board of Education members and two U.S. congressmen have said they won't seek re-election.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich

The 2012 Elections, Off to a Stumbling Start

Candidates began filing for the March 6 primary elections Monday, while the Texas attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block legislative and congressional maps drawn by a San Antonio court — even if it means delaying some primaries to May 22.

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Eddie Seal

Why the U. of Houston-Victoria Wants a New Marriage — With A&M

An influential band of the 62,500 or so residents of Victoria, home of the University of Houston-Victoria — a smaller, more rural member of the University of Houston System, about 130 miles from the main campus — is leading a movement to part ways with the parent system.

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Todd Wiseman

Budget Writers Spare Historical, Arts Agencies — For Now

Two agencies that Gov. Rick Perry has suggested suspending funding for — the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts — came before House Appropriations this morning. And lawmakers didn't seem particularly apt to shutter them.   

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