Every day the new politics of abortion play out at clinics like the one in Bryan-College Station, where emotions run high and Roe v. Wade is almost beside the point.
If Texas politics is your thing and you live in Austin, sometimes you want to go where every lobbyist knows your name. And they're always glad you came.
It was a session like no other: different rules, new
power players, a surprise trip to Oklahoma, and the
small matter of a $9.9 billion budget shortfall. All of
which made it tricky to separate the heroes from the
zeroes. But we did.
In a rare interview, George H.W. Bush—a.k.a. the Former Leader of the Free World—disses Newt and the Dixie Chicks, muses on the restorative powers of Maine, and (who'd have imagined?) has nice things to say about the current occupant of the Oval Office.
He’s gone but not forgotten—particularly now, when leadership is in such short supply. Friends and
colleagues recall why the late lieutenant governor was one of a kind.
"If you want the speaker to sound warm and welcoming, spend an hour with her, hear her voice, and capture it on paper."
"I had to live my life as productively as I could, despite what people would say behind my back."
"The conventional wisdom is that you have to make him perfect. But today, humanity is more important than perfection."
"If you start feeling sorry for yourself, if you point fingers and get angry at this person or that, what good does it do?"
"I felt free to express my opinions. But if I was going to make a speech and I was talking about policy, I'd choose my words carefully."
"The worst thing you can do is formulate paragraph-long answers in advance. Keep it simple, stupid."
Why Texas politics will never be the same.