Tribpedia: James "Pete" Laney

James "Pete" Laney, D-Hale Center, served five terms as Speaker of the Texas House, from 1993 to 2003.

The farmer and businessman from the Texas Panhandle, born March 20, 1943, had been an important chairman under Speakers Billy Clayton and Gib Lewis, and won a pitched race for the job against Rep. Jim Rudd, D-Brownfield.

He and Lewis are the ...

Derision Points

To the list of things that Rick Perry shows contempt for — Barack Obama’s leadership abilities, excessive federal regulation, coyotes that interrupt his morning jog — add this surprising one: George W. Bush’s ideological disposition. The governor seems to go out of his way to criticize his predecessor as insufficiently conservative. Bush, for his part, makes no mention of Perry in his memoir. "There's certainly no love lost between these two men," says UT presidential scholar Bruce Buchanan.

Guest Column: Stop Discouraging Innovation

We have thousands of great educators. We should set them free, allow them to be more entrepreneurial and hold them accountable for results. Instead, we make decisions in Washington and Austin that unfortunately have the effect of discouraging innovation.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison used to like term limits. And then she didn't. And then she did. Not surprisingly, her rivals are quick to point out the contradiction.