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

Perils of Politics

Ann Richards, Bob Bullock, and Gib Lewis are headed for a crash over the stated budget.

Ann of A Hundred Days

Things around the Legislature are looking bleak, but so far, Governor Richards is having the time of her life.

Into The Storm

In normal times, Fort Hood teems with troops training in tanks and helicopters. But in their absence, the huge base is left with a scattering of soldiers and a uneasy sense of peace.

Is the Legislature For Sale?

To reassure a skeptical public, members must pass an ethics reform bill this session. And here’s what it should say.

Boomtown

Don’t give up on oil yet, Texas. Come along to Pearsall, deep in the brush country, and learn how the new oil boom is different from the old.

The Battle for Barton Springs

A determined developer’s big plans for Austin’s cool, clear water hole is bringing out extremes on both sides.

The Unholy Trinity

“The heavens brought the rain, but Man brought the ruin.”

Save Our Schools

In education, Texas ranks below (gasp) Mississippi. Here’s how to turn the public schools around without throwing billions of dollars down the rathole.

Money, Media, and Magic

Three crucial elements that will determine the outcome of the Texas governor’s race.

The Best and the Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.

The Second Coming

Twenty-five years ago, Texans hoped JBJ would lead them into the promised land. They have the same hopes for the new president, but George Bush is making no promises.

The Second Coming

Twenty-five years ago, Texans hoped JBJ would lead them into the promised land. They have the same hopes for the new president, but George Bush is making no promises.

Superpolitics

Will Texas’ acquisition of the supercollider increase the state’s clout in Washington? We’d better hope so, because now that we’ve got it, we’ve got to get the money to deliver it.

Texas Primer: Football Hand Signals

From “Hook ‘em, Horns” to “Peck ‘em, Owls,” the Southwest Conference is football’s most hospitable habitat for hand jive.

Texas Primer: Bush vs. Bentsen

Eighteen years after their Senate race determined the course of Texas politics, their rivalry may determine the course of national politics.

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