State government

Ben Philpott

2010: Gilbert Switches to Ag, Endorses Shami

Hank Gilbert got out of the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, saying there are "two credible candidates" in the race. And he said he'll be a candidate for agriculture commissioner — the office he tried unsuccessfully to win in 2006. And then came the real surprise: Gilbert said he is endorsing Farouk Shami for the Democratic nomination.

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2010: The Re-Entrance of Bill White

Bill White's expected to announce for governor today. We'll get you caught up to speed on what led to this day, help flesh out what it all means, and take a quick look ahead.

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Associated Press

2010: Paxton Ducks

Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, is not, Not, NOT running against Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, in spite of reports that he was planning a challenge.

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Jacob Villanueva

Debtors' Treadmill: Treasure Map

Short-term, high-interest lenders are clustered in neighborhoods where the median household income is less than $50,000 a year.

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Jacob Villanueva

Rising Removals

Removals of Texas children from abusive homes have reached their highest point since the 2008 polygamist sect raid, when hundreds were taken into custody in a single day.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Money

The Rainy Day Fund seems like weather word play waiting to happen. It can plug holes in the budget, defend against an economic perfect storm and keep the deficit clouds at bay. That’s certainly how some see it when looking at the next biennium's projected shortfalls.

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Campaign

2010: Stalking Steve Ogden

Rep. Dan Gattis says state Sen. Steve Ogden is running for reelection after all. But Ogden has maintained radio silence, not commenting (except through staff, who are happy to tell reporters that there's no comment available).

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Jacob Villanueva

Stymied by Stimulus?

The stimulus money increased funding for education last session. But can the state keep it up next session without more federal money?

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Pleading the Tenth

The final amendment in the Bill of Rights provides state leaders their best avenue around federal policies they don't agree with. That is, if the Tenth Amendment actually means something.

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