Patricia Hart – DUPE


Conservative. Compassionate?

The two faces of Bush’s compassionate conservatism guru.


Does Tony Sanchez want to be your governor?


The politics of the Medicaid “shortfall.”

Justice Prevails

Justice for Medicaid?

Jurist Prudence?

Judging abortion rights.

Cell Block

Three ways to fix the prison system.

Numbers Game

Inside the election’s numbers.

Bill Passes

How Bill Ratliff became lieutenant governor—and what it means for Texas.

Premium Issue

Teachers without insurance.

Power Politics

What Texas should learn from the California energy mess.

Imperfect 10

The top 10 percent rule was supposed to solve the admissions problems at Texas’ public universities, but it isn’t making the grade.

Party Poopers

Two powerful Republicans are in charge of redistricting this session, but that doesn’t mean they’re out to get the Democrats.

Session Player

A diary of San Antonio Democrat Leticia Van de Putte’s first session as a state senator.

The Best and the Worst Legislators

Rodney Ellis was excellent. Gary Elkins was— well, significantly less so. Bill Ratliff was a model of dignified leadership. Domingo Garcia was a one-man leper colony. Our biennial roundup of the Legislature’s leading lights and dim bulbs.

Lena Guerrero

Brain cancer has put life and politics in perspective for Lena Guerrero.