Patricia Hart – DUPE


Home Buyer Beware

The state agency that’s supposed to protect you is a captive of the industry you need protection from.

The Best and Worst Legislators of 2005

A few lawmakers in both parties distinguished themselves during one of the worst sessions anyone can remember. As for the rest? Well, in the words of Jon Stewart, that famous observer of Texas politics: not so much.

Down But Not Out

No one thinks the Democrats have a chance of winning the 2006 governor’s race. Which is exactly why you shouldn’t write them off.

(Much) Higher Education

Who thinks tuition deregulation stinks? Middle-class kids—and me.


Twenty-three other people with more clout than they know what to do with. (Well, they know exactly what to do with it.)

Signs of Trouble

The Democratic congressmen targeted by the GOP
redistricting plan think they can survive.


For the Republicans under investigation for campaign-finance violations, Sharpstown is the elephant in the room.

Hood Riddance

How is school finance like a Russian novel? And other questions about the most pressing issue in Texas—and Rick Perry’s plan for dealing with it.

The Unkindest Cut

Three months ago we named David Dewhurst one of the state’s best legislators. Now we’re not so sure.

The Enforcer

The name on everyone’s lips this legislative session is unknown to most people outside Austin—inside Austin too. But Mike Toomey, the governor’s chief of staff, is the most powerful political operative at the Capitol—and the most feared. Just ask his fellow Republicans.

Ex Marks the Spot

Being governor was great, but not being governor is even better.

Christmas Carole

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.

Race of Races

Who will succeed Brown as the mayor of Houston? He’ll probably be black or Hispanic, but he could be White.