Fearing primary challenges, GOP lawmakers focused mostly on wedge issues such as guns and abortion, rather than the COVID-19 pandemic and the failure of the state’s electric grid.
Members of the minority party knew they didn’t have the votes to kill Senate Bill 7, but won a few useful amendments behind closed doors.
Amid a slate of culture war offerings, lawmakers are set to discuss Medicaid expansion and accessing COVID-19 relief funds for schools.
A few of Texas's big businesses have publicly criticized efforts to make voting more difficult. But many more, fearful of Republican retribution, are trying to keep their heads down.
The state’s top elected official used to have limited sway. But Abbott has steadily seized authority from the Legislature and governing boards—a process accelerated by the pandemic.
Provisions of Senate Bill 7 would require some naturalized citizens to prove their right to vote.
Briscoe Cain Has Proved Ineffectual at Chairing the House Elections Committee. So Why Does He Have the Job?
Governor Greg Abbott has identified passing “election integrity” bills as one of his priorities for this legislative session, but the man in charge of ushering such legislation through the Texas House seems not up to the task.
The lieutenant governor wants to require state pension and education funds to divest from financial giants that are trimming their investments in oil and gas—but he hasn’t thought through the potential consequences.
The state is expected to receive three new U.S. House seats. But those looking to expand the GOP majority in the congressional delegation won’t have an easy task.
Comptroller Glenn Hegar projected a nearly $1 billion deficit—far smaller than lawmakers feared.
With state government more firmly in Republican hands, the next year will feature a return of the Republican civil war. Here are the skirmishes to watch for.
After a too-close-for-comfort Senate race two years ago, the Texas GOP went into overdrive to ensure the state would not be won in 2020 by newly hopeful Democrats.
After initially deferring to city and county leaders on COVID-19 response, Governor Abbott has renewed his battle with local government.
Unless the courts rule decisively, Texas voters could face a terrible choice: risk their health at the polls, or risk prosecution by using a mail-in ballot.
One of Governor Greg Abbott's top aides says more testing and contact tracing should have been in place before restrictions were lifted.
The plan deviates considerably from what many public health officials say is needed for Texans to reopen businesses.
In Restarting the Texas Economy While Promising to Keep COVID-19 at Bay, Greg Abbott Faces a Precarious Balancing Act
The governor tries to address coronavirus concerns in the face of lobbying from his most conservative supporters.
Family care physicians say they still don’t have enough personal protective equipment. So they’re seeking other solutions.
Historically, the Lege has met shortfalls with tax increases or spending cuts. Whether Dems or the GOP are in power makes all the difference.
The colorful mogul lost the 1990 gubernatorial election after making a joke about rape and admitting to not paying some income taxes.
The lieutenant governor’s pledge to “take an arrow” from the NRA is a surprise, but the move is not as politically risky as it looks.
The growing controversy around Bonnen's quid pro quo is about much more than palace intrigue. Fundamentally, it concerns unethical, possibly criminal, behavior on the part of the speaker.
Texas's top lawmakers managed to put together an $11.5 billion package, but they did it in a way that all but guarantees a tax hike in 2021.
Is a Proposed Ban on a State Income Tax Really a Stealth Move to Undermine the State’s Business Tax?
The Legislature’s own budget advisors have warned that a constitutional amendment prohibiting an income tax could cost the state billions in lost revenue from the business tax.
“We believe we have a path to [winning] … if the Democrats choose a far-left person who is espousing socialistic policies.”
A recent poll of Texas voters shows opinions about President Trump’s wall depend on where in the state you live.
Keying off of Governor Abbott’s opposition to President Obama’s Syrian resettlement policy, Russian trolls built Texas dissent.
Beto O’Rourke came out on top of a poll of progressives, prompting Bernie Sanders supporters to complain.
Texas's senior U.S. senator says he will have to make the case for his re-election based on his positions, not those of the president.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has avoided the turmoil of the Trump Administration by staying out of Washington.
Matthew Whitaker repeatedly hammered the idea that people who enter the country without authorization are ”illegal aliens.”
Dallas billionaire Ross Perot often is miscast as a spoiler in the election that saw Bill Clinton replace George H.W Bush in the White House.
The last urban stronghold of Republicanism in Texas is being captured by infighting instead of planning for the 2020 elections.
Texas law would allow Beto to take a shot at the White House and at Senator John Cornyn at the same time.
The Power Issue: Hector De Leon Is Fighting the Tea Party in the Name of Fiscal Conservativism—and Winning
The Associated Republicans of Texas co-chair is out to prove that clashing with Dan Patrick doesn’t make you a Republican In Name Only.
The socially conservative Midland oil man has been putting a lot of money into the fight for the GOP’s soul.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus had a rocky relationship to say the least.
A spirited campaign by opponent Beto O’Rourke made the race a national obsession.
Texas voter turnout is the highest in a midterm election precisely because O’Rourke stayed left.
The GOP enjoyed the strong support of young Texans in the 2000s, but that appears to be changing.