Tribpedia: Mark Strama

Rep. Mark Strama D-Austin, speaks during HB5 debate on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and the debate is expected to go well into the night.
Rep. Mark Strama D-Austin, speaks during HB5 debate on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and the debate is expected to go well into the night.

Hopefuls Taking Aim at Strama's House Seat

While members of the Legislature are eyeing Memorial Day and Sine Die with increasing anticipation, a growing field of candidates looking toward 2014 has emerged, including four — so far — in Austin's House District 50, an open seat.

Lindsey Sunflower serves drinks at The Parish, a popular music venue in Austin, Texas. State Rep. Mark Strama is pursuing a bill that would cut the tax on mixed beverages charged to bars if they prove they are using the savings to present live music.
Lindsey Sunflower serves drinks at The Parish, a popular music venue in Austin, Texas. State Rep. Mark Strama is pursuing a bill that would cut the tax on mixed beverages charged to bars if they prove they are using the savings to present live music.

Proposed Tax Break Has Some Singing Praises, Others Singing the Blues

A House bill would cut the tax on mixed beverage sales for clubs that prove they’re using the savings to present live music. Advocates for some Texas cities and counties say the proposal would rob their coffers of much-needed tax revenue.

State Rep. Donna Howard,  D-Austin,  and her GOP challenger, Dan Neil.
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and her GOP challenger, Dan Neil.

Down for the Recount

After a recount affirming his loss to state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, former University of Texas lineman Dan Neil has asked that the Texas House settle the election’s outcome. What happens now?

The Way Forward

Six weeks after the drubbing their party took at the hands of voters, surviving Texas House Democrats find themselves at a crossroads — on style and substance, politics and policy. With massive budget cuts looming, will they effectively sit out the session and force Republicans in the majority to have all the blood on their hands? Will they participate just enough to soften the blow in the areas they care about the most: education and health care? Can they hold together a solid 51-vote bloc on key legislation? Where exactly should they go from here? And who will lead them?

Beyond Election Day

Yes, yes, the governor’s race: It’s tended to suck all the air out of the room this election cycle, hasn’t it? But there’s an undercard as well, and even if it’s received scant attention by comparison, don’t think it doesn’t matter. To the contrary, the outcome of races other than the one at the top of the ballot has serious implications for a great many matters of politics and policy that will affect and should interest every single Texan in the near term.