Politics

 Bob Daemmrich

Outside Groups Lobby Texas Budget Writers

With the Senate set to debate the state budget this week, Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports that several outside groups want to shape the conversation.

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 Conservativebudget.com

Video: Conservative Coalition Expands Ad Campaign (UPDATE)

One day after the Senate passed its version of the budget for the next biennium, the Texas Public Policy Foundation expanded its media campaign for a "conservative budget." They produced a series of new ads now running on statewide television. The timing appears to be strategic, as the Senate and House prepare to reconcile their spending plans in conference committee.

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 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

TribLive: Cornyn on Taxes

At Monday's TribLive conversation, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, explained why President Obama's proposed tax increase on the wealthiest Americans is a "nonstarter."

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 Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Is Academic Research Good for Texas?

Despite the dramatic tenor of the current debate, there appears to be near public unanimity in support of the broad concept of academic research. Drill down into specific types of research, however, and a deeper split is revealed.

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 Graphic by Ben Hasson

Hispanics at Heart of Redistricting Debate

Expect just about every redistricting decision made this year to center on the state's rapidly growing Hispanic population. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports on how the search for Hispanic-majority districts could affect the re-election chances of some lawmakers.

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 Graphic by Ben Hasson

Hispanics at Heart of Redistricting Debate

Expect just about every redistricting decision made this year to center on the state's rapidly growing Hispanic population. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports on how the search for Hispanic-majority districts could affect the re-election chances of some lawmakers.

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 Todd Wiseman

Interactive Map: U.S. House Seniority

These maps visualize the number of years members of the U.S. House of Representatives have served, with darker shades representing longer seniority.

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Leo Linbeck III: The TT Interview

The Houston builder and Health Care Compact Alliance vice chair on how an interstate compact could fix health care in Texas — and give the state some semblance of local control over what he calls an unsustainable health care system.

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 Illustration by Ben Hasson

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Grissom on threats to re-entry programs for criminals, Hamilton on the tempest over the direction of UT, E. Smith's interview with Joe Straus, Stiles and Chang's new lobbying app, M. Smith and Weber on where state officeholders send their children to school, Aaronson on allowing new nuclear power plants, Aguilar on how Hispanic Republicans are handling immigration issues, Ramshaw talks abortion with Planned Parennthood's Cecile Richards, Tan and Dehn on tapping the Rainy Day Fund and Galbraith on San Antonio and its water: The best of our best content from March 14 to 18, 2011.

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