Paul Burka

The dean of the Capitol press corps, senior executive editor Paul Burka joined the staff of Texas Monthly one year after the magazine’s founding, in 1973. For nearly forty years he has led the magazine’s political coverage and spearheaded its storied roundup of the Best and Worst Legislators each biennium. A lifelong Texan, he was born in Galveston, graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in history, and received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Burka is a member of the State Bar of Texas and spent five years as an attorney with the Texas Legislature, where he served as counsel to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Burka won a National Magazine Award for reporting excellence in 1985 and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a frequent guest discussing politics on national news programs on MSNBC, Fox, NBC, and CNN.


Perry and Impeachment

Rick Perry dismissed the ongoing impeachment hearings against UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall as “extraordinary political theater.”

David Barton to Challenge John Cornyn?

The evangelical leader’s candidacy would be enough to cause major heartburn among the GOP establishment in Texas.

Greg Abbott’s Plan for Texas

Astonishing as it may seem, I think he is worse than Perry.

Road to Nowhere

Oil money’s nice, but actually funding our infrastructure needs is even better.

The Return of Ted Cruz

Moderate Republicans and Democrats who underestimate Ted Cruz are making a mistake.

Jerry Patterson Wants You to Bring Your Guns to the Alamo

If someone handed me a flier that declared, “Get your guns & Head to San Antonio,” I would probably get in my car and head for Dallas as fast as I could.

What the NBC-Wall Street Journal Poll Means

Only 24 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of the GOP, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. How might these numbers affect Texas politics?

Yahoo! News on Wendy Davis

A new Yahoo! politics piece on the battle antiabortion activists are waging against Wendy Davis.