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.

Stories

Hughes and Loose

Communicating with Karen Hughes.

It's Crazy

It's the insanity defense that's insane.

Sinking Flagship

Free advice for the UT System's new chancellor.

Keep the Change

Houston, we don't have a problem.

Our Number Is Up

The year of demographic inevitability.

Left Out

Billie Carr, R.I.P. Liberals too.

Swept Away

Election nostalgia already!

By George

Can the Republicans govern?

My Texas Women

I was raised by one, I married one, and I raised one myself—and I wouldn't be who I am without them.

Who's Next?

San Antonio's Marshevet Hooker is not just any old high school sprinter; she's an Olympic gold medalist in the making. Meet her and nine other women we're betting will lead the new Texas—and the world.

Mr. Speaker

Speaking of the Speaker.

Hoodwinked

My solution for the school-finance mess.

So Far, So Bad

Capitol hell.

Pit Stops

Where are the best places to eat barbecue in Texas? Six years ago we published a highly subjective—and hotly debated— list of our fifty favorite joints, and now we’ve gone back for seconds. Ten intrepid souls drove more than 21,000 miles in search of 2003’s worthiest ‘cue. Here’s what they came back with: the top 5 and the next 45, plus honorable mentions, great chains, and meat by mail.

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