Patricia Hart

Articles by Patricia Hart

Party Poopers II

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

Ronald Reagan once commanded, "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican." So why has the state GOP declared war on itself over resdistricting?

Politics
Party Poopers

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

Two powerful Republicans are in charge of redistricting this session, but that doesn't mean they're out to get the Democrats.

Christmas Carole

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

When it's time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.

Mr. Happy Man Goes to Washington

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

Ron Kirk may be this year’s most jovial political candidate, but his bid for the U.S. Senate is as much about race as personality. He knows it. His fellow Democrats know it. And you’d better believe the Republicans know it.

Cop Drama

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

How cuts to the budget of our mental health care system have created a nightmare for police officers in Houston—and everywhere else.

No Peña, No Gain

Apr 30, 2011 By Patricia Hart

Was Aaron Peña’s defection to the Republican party a quixotic move that will cost him his political career or the start of a bad trend for Democrats?

Wealth Care

Dec 1, 2009 By Patricia Hart

Why does our health insurance system treat a small part of the Rio Grande Valley differently from the rest of the state?

Mismanaged Care

Jul 31, 2009 By Patricia Hart

A unique confluence of medicine, money, and politics is driving health care costs in the Rio Grande Valley. At the center of it all is a Democrat from Palmview, who is already under indictment for unreported income.

2009: The Best and Worst Legislators

Jun 30, 2009 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

It was a new era at the Capitol, with a new Speaker and a new mood of peace, love, and bipartisanship in the war-torn House. But the eighty-first legislative session turned out to be a lot like the eighty that came before it—some heroes, some villains, and enough hot air to last until 2011.

Army of One

Feb 1, 2008 By Patricia Hart

There is no more important job than reshaping the military to confront a dark and dangerous future—and Pete Geren is reporting for duty.

2007: The Best and Worst Legislators

Jun 30, 2007 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

The eightieth session began with a Speaker’s race, ended with a Speaker’s race, and was consumed in between by the usual mix of nuanced issues and nasty politics. Along the way, a handful of lawmakers put the common good ahead of all else. And a handful of lawmakers didn’t.

Down But Not Out

Apr 30, 2005 By Patricia Hart

No one thinks the Democrats have a chance of winning the 2006 governor’s race. Which is exactly why you shouldn’t write them off.

Who Might Make It Next Time

Feb 1, 2005 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

• Matthew Dowd, 43, and Mark McKinnon, 49, Austin The two Bush campaign veterans have returned to Texas, consultant Dowd to set up his own firm and media guru McKinnon to return to Public Strategies, his old stomping ground. Their political talent and impeccable credentials will have an impact…

Who’s Not On The List

Feb 1, 2005 By Paul Burka and Patricia Hart

• Rick Perry, 54, Austin He’s one of the best campaigners Texas has ever seen, but that’s all that can be said. Beyond the inherent powers of the office, the assets that earn a governor extra clout are an uplifting vision for the future, broad-based popular support, and the…

Speakergate

Apr 30, 2004 By Patricia Hart

For the Republicans under investigation for campaign-finance violations, Sharpstown is the elephant in the room.

Hood Riddance

Mar 1, 2004 By Patricia Hart

How is school finance like a Russian novel? And other questions about the most pressing issue in Texas—and Rick Perry's plan for dealing with it.

The Enforcer

Apr 30, 2003 By Patricia Hart

The name on everyone's lips this legislative session is unknown to most people outside Austin—inside Austin too. But Mike Toomey, the governor's chief of staff, is the most powerful political operative at the Capitol—and the most feared. Just ask his fellow Republicans.

Right Makes Might

Apr 30, 2002 By Patricia Hart

After a conservative think tank used its clout to help scuttle a science textbook, some Republicans declared victory. The rest declared war.

The Craddickal Right

Mar 1, 2002 By Patricia Hart

Tom Craddick of Midland wants to be the first Republican Speaker of the House in Texas since 1873. He may already have the votes, but his critics are questioning his tactics.

Minority Report

Sep 30, 2001 By Patricia Hart

As Democrats and Republicans prepare for the hand-to-hand combat of 2002, African American and Hispanic candidates are finally on the front lines.

Imperfect 10

Apr 1, 2001 By Patricia Hart

The top 10 percent rule was supposed to solve the admissions problems at Texas' public universities, but it isn't making the grade.