Politics

Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Jan. 11, 2013

The latest churn of the rumor mill has stoked speculation about the political futures of two prominent Texans.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribCast: Beginning of the Legislative Session

Evan, Ross, Reeve and Ben talk about the opening days of the new legislative session, including the comptroller's revenue estimate, the re-election of Speaker Joe Straus and the priorities of the leadership.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Texas Gets a D+ in Public Integrity Study

Texas has scored a 68 out of 100, placing 27th in a national state integrity study. The state got high marks for auditing and for monitoring pension funds, but not as high for accountability of the governor and legislators.

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Ben Philpott

More Texas Children Living in High-Poverty Areas

A new report says the number of Texas children living in areas of high poverty has increased about 40 percent over the past decade. And as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, advocacy groups hope the data will bolster anti-poverty programs.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

TPPF Criticizes Upcoming "Avalanche" of EPA Rules

A report released Monday by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation renewed its criticism of the Environmental Protection Agency. Environmentalists say the group's concerns are misplaced.

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Little Agreement on How to Fix School Finance System

A teachers group has urged Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session to address education funding. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, there's still plenty of disagreement on what fixing the school funding system would actually mean.

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Budget Battles Still Ahead for Legislature

The state Legislature heads back to work in less than a year. And as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, the state’s improving economy won't likely save legislators from the protracted budget battle that awaits them.

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Bob Daemmrich

Campaign Chatter

Nobody said running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas was cheap. A (partial) release of Ted Cruz's finances, and other political news from around the state.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Morning After: Perry Returns from the Trail

When the Legislature decamped from Austin in July, there was a sense of order in Texas politics. And yet, as Rick Perry returns a mere seven months later, conditions on the ground in Texas border on the chaotic.

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