All posts by Patricia Hart
Who are the most influential people determining the fate of Texas—and what do they want?
As we head into the most critical legislative session in decades—maybe ever—the question is not just, Who are the people with the most clout at the Capitol? It’s also, What do they want?
The 23 other most powerful people in Texas politics.
Twenty-three other people with more clout than they know what to do with. (Well, they know exactly what to do with it.)
In May I told you how the Republicans were already squabbling over redistricting. Seven months later, it's worse than anyone could have imagined.
Ronald Reagan once commanded, “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” So why has the state GOP declared war on itself over resdistricting?
The legislators in charge of drawing new congressional districts are both veteran Republicans. So why is the GOP nervous?
Two powerful Republicans are in charge of redistricting this session, but that doesn’t mean they’re out to get the Democrats.
The legislature hopes for a holiday gift from Comptroller Rylander of enough money to avoid a tax increase. But she sure sounds a lot like the grinch.
When it’s time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.
Ron Kirk would like to ride his record as the mayor of Dallas and his jovial personality into the U.S. Senate. Alas, the Republicans keep bringing up race—and so do the Democrats.
Ron Kirk may be this year’s most jovial political candidate, but his bid for the U.S. Senate is as much about race as personality. He knows it. His fellow Democrats know it. And you’d better believe the Republicans know it.
Cutbacks in state psychiatric services have put more and more mentally ill Texans on the streets and forced police officers into a complicated new role—with sometimes deadly consequences.
How cuts to the budget of our mental health care system have created a nightmare for police officers in Houston—and everywhere else.
All across Texas, bilingual education programs are failing to teach English to Hispanic children. A promising “dual language” approach delivers much better results.
In 2006 Texas schools still can’t teach English to Spanish-speaking students. Here’s what we should do about that—now.
Is Aaron Peña’s defection to the Republican party a sign of a larger trend—or simply another odd move by the quixotic lawmaker?
Was Aaron Peña’s defection to the Republican party a quixotic move that will cost him his political career or the start of a bad trend for Democrats?
Is a loophole in our health insurance system costing the state millions in unnecessary spending or saving people’s lives in the Rio Grande Valley?
Why does our health insurance system treat a small part of the Rio Grande Valley differently from the rest of the state?