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.


Governor for Life

Has Rick Perry repaired his standing with the tea party and Republicans in general? A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll suggests so.

Eltife Proposes Sales Tax Increase

The Tyler Senator’s proposal really puts the screws to his fellow Republicans.

The Politics of Medicaid Expansion

Of all the big issues to be resolved by the 83rd Legislature, none is bigger than Medicaid expansion.

The High Cost of Ideology

States that decline to expand Medicaid could simply be passing the costs on to employers, according to a new report.

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.

Suspense Over, George P. Chooses Land Commissioner

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

No Movement on Gambling

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

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.


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

Perry 2016