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.


Why Wendy Shouldn’t Run

Texas is not winnable by Democrats at this point in its political evolution.

Republican Civil War

How long can the Republican party endure the civil war that is raging between tea party conservatives and mainstream conservatives?

CPRIT oversight

As he can usually be counted on to do, Perry named an old crony to the CPRIT oversight board.

I'm Confused

Is Greg Abbott was running for governor? Because now it seems as if he wants to take another whirl at being attorney general and resume his favorite tactic of suing the federal government.

UN “Gun Grab”

Nothing feeds hysteria more than a flap over Second Amendment rights. 

The Coup Against Dew

Most people seem to agree that Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is a decent, reasonable fellow with good intentions. So why is he having to fight for his job?

What’s next for the tea party?

What happens after the tea party successfully drives moderate Republicans out of the Texas Legislature?

Why isn’t the business community engaged?

In the battle over the future direction of the state, one player is missing in action—the state’s business community.

Perry seeks block grant from Feds for Medicaid

The probability of getting the feds to agree to a block grant—with all of the exceptions Texas is seeking—is about the same as shooting a unicorn on a hunting trip.

Davis Hints at Future Plans

Wendy Davis announces she has a “big announcement” set for October 3.