State government

Jacob Villanueva

Home Alone

The home health care cuts that Congress will likely make to fund federal health care reform will take an extra large swipe at Texas.

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Bob Daemmrich, Todd Wiseman

The Rich are Different

When political consultants take on wealthy candidates, does that mean they can milk them and their campaigns for all they’re worth? Are they simply trying to help good people get elected? Or both?

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Legal Lottery

Can Texas lottery winners sell all of their payments to private finance companies? State attorneys say no. A state appeals court says yes. The Texas Supreme Court will decide.

 

 

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Jacob Villanueva

Never Can Say Goodbye

Texas voters won't be offered a real chance at change in the Legislature and Congress next year. Four out of five state and federal lawmakers face no real competition in their primary or general elections.

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Abby Rapoport

Does Texas Pre-K work?

One education model — with unproven results — serves almost a third of pre-kindergarteners in Texas. Its grade? Incomplete.

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gavelgrab.org

Advice for Annise Parker

Congratulations, Mayor-Elect. Now you get to govern a great city — Houston — that’s much bigger than the electorate and much more complicated than the campaign. Perhaps you’d like some aspirin? Or a re-count?

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Mapmaker, Mapmaker

Think like the political pros and your mind will go to the long game instead of the short one. The short game is the elections of 2010. The long game is redistricting in 2011, when maps are drawn that corral the voters into the districts that will elect legislators for the next ten years.

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Jacob Villanueva

Race to the Bottom Line

The feds want Texas to sign onto a movement toward national education standards in order to get up to $700 million in "Race to the Top" money. Texas officials say our students —and our curriculum — aren't for sale. 

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cynthiadunbar.com

2010: Done-bar

As anticipated, Cynthia Dunbar has officially announced that she will not seek re-election to her spot on the State Board of Education

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Matt Stiles

Data App: Red-Light Cameras

Explore red-light camera intersections across Texas, or drill down to individual intersections to see images, crash figures and citation totals.

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cynthiadunbar.com

2010: Survival of the Fittest?

Even if Cynthia Dunbar doesn't seek reelection to the State Board of Education, another conservative Republican stands ready to take up the cause.

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Bob Daemmrich

Caven's Quest, Part Two

In 2008, the file at DPS headquarters in Austin still said Scotty Caven III caused the August 2004 car crash that killed him and two others. Officials there had declined to reopen and investigate the case. But his father, UT System regent Scott Caven Jr., wouldn’t take no for an answer.

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Photo by Steve Moakley

Slideshow: Transition Medicine

Benjamin Ligums was born with a rare degenerative brain disease that left him immobile, non-verbal and legally blind. His family has found a second home at Baylor's Transition Medicine Clinic, which specializes in treating profoundly disabled young adults.  

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