Todd Wiseman

The Brief: May 29, 2015

The Dallas Morning News takes a detailed look at the evolution of the deal on tax cuts this session and finds that at a few critical junctures, the deal almost derailed entirely.

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A Smorgasbord of Disclosure, Online for the First Time

A state lawmaker is pushing to make all financial disclosure statements filed with the Texas Ethics Commission available online so the public can easily find them. In that spirit, the Tribune presents the disclosures filed by scores of state agency heads, regents and others that you can't get online now.


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Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Aug. 22, 2014

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that in the days before Gov. Rick Perry's indictment over his veto of funding for the public integrity unit, the Travis County DA's office had requested the next Legislature to restore most of the unit's funding.

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Illustration by Bob Daemmrich / Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Todd Wiseman

Interactive: Texas Senators' 2011 Spending

Texas senators cut their expenses by just 1 percent from August 2010 to 2011 — a total of $101,000. That’s not much compared to more than $1 million they saved in 2010. Use our interactive to find details on senators' 2011 spending. 

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Senate Approves Major Homeland Security Bill

You wouldn't know it by the miniscule amount of debate Thursday, but the Senate approved what some lawmakers called the most significant piece of homeland security legislation filed this session, a measure civil liberty groups worry is a major encroachment on civil rights.

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