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.


The Washington Post Weighs in on Testing

It isn’t often that a major national newspaper shines a light on a state’s educational system, but this is what the Washington Post’s editorial board did on April 7.

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Will Straus Run Statewide?

Last Thursday Joe Straus announced the hiring of Lindsey Parham as a senior adviser, a move that suggests he may have long-term ambitions beyond this session and, perhaps, beyond the speakership.

The Future of Public Ed (Begins in About Five Minutes)

The House will take up HB 5 on the floor today and will debate whether the measure is sufficiently rigorous to achieve college readiness.

Perry 2016

Michael Quinn Sullivan threw the Republican caucus into a tizzy on Wednesday when he penned a piece on the PUC Sunset bill.

Am I Blue?

The consultants behind Battleground Texas believe the state is ready to swing back to the Democrats. They could learn a thing or two from the Republicans.

No Movement on Gambling

It appears that another session is going to come and go without any movement on gambling legislation.

Suspense Over, George P. Chooses Land Commissioner

George P. Bush announced he is running for land commissioner this week.

Perry at CPAC: "A Candidate I Am No More"

The Texas governor took the stage at CPAC and offered a defense of conservative values, maintaining that Republicans lost the presidency in ‘08 and ‘12 because they failed to nominate true conservative candidates.