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 Elephants in the Room

Remember what Ronald Reagan said about Republicans not speaking ill of other Republicans? How quaint.

First, Dew No Harm

A challenge for the lieutenant governor.

Duty Calls

How Rick and Melissa Noriega served their country—and their constituents.

Maybe Not

My ambivalence about George W. Bush continues. And grows more pronounced.

None of the Above

Vince, Reggie, or none of the above?

The Tax Man. Yeah, the Tax Man.

Can John Sharp save the Republicans?

Without DeLay

He blames the Democrats, the press, Ronnie Earle, the bloggers—the list goes on. But in the end, what did in the most powerful Texan in Washington was his own excess.

Blown Away

Rita, the forgotten hurricane.

Trees v. Forest

The trouble with law school— and how to fix it.

Capture The Flag

As weird as the 2006 governor’s race undeniably is, the goals of all four major candidates are remarkably mundane: Rick Perry wants nothing less than to be the longest-serving chief executive in the state’s history; Carole Keeton Strayhorn means to move her “One Tough Grandma” act into the big house across from the Capitol; Chris Bell craves respect, for himself and his depleted party; and Kinky Friedman intends to lead his band of unlikely voters in a rousing chorus of “Adiós, mofo!”

Operation Rescue

Can this presidency be saved?

He Walks The Line

Silvestre Reyes has a plan for the border.

Mapmakers, Mapmakers


Grand Old Parry

My solicited two cents about the Republicans’ agenda.