In certain neighborhoods, residents must join homeowners associations, and pay them high dues and abide by strict rules. Breaking these rules can result in severe consequences, and in some extreme cases, foreclosure. How did it get like this?
Former Speaker of the House Pete Laney and former lieutenant governor Bill Ratliff size up the work of the 83rd Legislature—and make a few predictions along the way.
On Monday the Senate passed HB-5, which slashes the number of mandatory tests in Texas high schools, proposes a new way to rate districts, and restructures the high school diploma plans.
A Republican judge from Harris County, with the support of the conservative TPPF and the left-leaning TCJC, is working with Democratic lawmakers to reduce the sentences for defendants arrested with trace amounts of illegal drugs. But it takes more than bipartisanship to change people's views on the state's drug laws.
In February, Judge John Dietz ruled that the state's current school finance system was unconstitutional. However, the legislature's restoration of some of last session's deep cuts to schools during the 83rd legislative session could be a game changer for the lawsuit.
John Carona is a state senator from Dallas who chairs the Business and Commerce Committee. He’s also the CEO of the country’s largest homeowners’ association management company. And the word “recusal” isn’t in his vocabulary.
In an interview with Texas Monthly in Washington last week, the freshman congressman from El Paso weighed in on border security, U.S.-Mexico trade, and immigration reform.
After more than a dozen amendments toughening regulations on short-term lenders were added to Sen. John Carona's payday lending bill, he referred to his legislation as an "ugly baby" before it passed out of the Senate. But can it make it out of the House?
Over the past two decades a movement to increase the importance of standardized testing in public schools has swept across the country. It was born in Texas. Is Texas also where it might die?
The latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that the state actually lost jobs last month. About 4,100. The total employment numbers have changed 0.0 percent. But still!
Sen. John Carona found his payday lending bill met with more opposition on the Senate floor than he had anticipated Thursday, prompting him to suggest that lobbyists were exercising undue influence over some of his colleagues.
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After the deadliest industrial accident in American history, the people of Texas City were angry—at the government, not the company that caused the catastrophe
On Monday, Donna Campbell's resolution to add an amendment to the Texas constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion lead to a discussion about abortion rights, the Westboro Baptist Church, and goat slaughter.
Bob Perry, the Houston homebuilder and mega contributor to Republican causes and, in the 2004 presidential race, the Swift Boat Vets, passed away at him home this weekend at the age of 80.
In an exclusive conversation with Texas Monthly, the controversial UT regent opens up about the board, the Legislature, and the future of UT-Austin president Bill Powers.