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Politics & Policy |
February 7, 2013

Opening Moves

Democrats have signaled their intention to offer an amendment to restore the education spending cuts made last session, which signals to everyone who is watching that the Democratic strategy is going to pretty much be this: make the Republicans pay for every bad vote.

Politics & Policy |
February 6, 2013

Charters v. PEG

As most readers know, one of the battles of the 83rd Legislature is likely to occur over the use of public funds for private schools. Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Senator Dan Patrick are backing the proposal. (At a recent Texas Tribune event, Speaker Straus urged caution on the issue.) The

The Culture |
February 6, 2013

What Is a Boy Scout?

The board of the Boy Scouts of America was supposed to decide today whether to change its policy of excluding gay members. I hoped they would do the right thing. Instead they kicked the can down the road. (UPDATED)

Eat My Words |
February 1, 2013

Welcome to Our New Site!

Dear Readers, Welcome to our brand-new redesigned website! We feel like we’ve just bought a new car. Granted, the old one was still running, but it was looking a little dated and didn’t have the latest features. This one is up-to-the-minute and, most importantly, it looks hot. At least, we

Travel & Outdoors |
February 1, 2013

Six Events During February 1–8

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the honoring the death of rock legend Buddy Holly to Mardi Gras in Galveston and Fredericksburg. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.[February 1–12]

Politics & Policy |
January 31, 2013

State of the Website

Today marks another big step forward at Texas Monthly, thanks to the hard work of countless people on our staff (and countless late nights that turned into early mornings). We’re launching a new and vastly improved website, which I hope you’ll spend some time browsing. One of the

Politics & Policy |
January 31, 2013

BREAKING: House committee assignments

Well, today is the day that the Speaker’s honeymoon ends and the members’s complaints begin. Last session the Republicans held 25 chairs and the Democrats 10. This time around it’s Republicans 24 and Democrats 14. Of course, the Democrats picked up seats in the last election cycle, but I suspect

Politics & Policy |
January 30, 2013

Cornyn, Cruz oppose Kerry confirmation

The emergence of Ted Cruz has made life miserable for Minority Whip John Cornyn. Cruz constantly has the senior senator for Texas looking over his right shoulder. Cornyn voted against Kerry as secretary of state, as did Cruz, but it’s likely that he did so only to inoculate himself against

Burka Blog |
January 30, 2013

Not with a bang but a whimper

And so ends, for all practical purposes, the long Perry governorship. In an article I posted on Saturday, previewing the State of the State address, I asked, “Is it his last?” The tenor of his speech yesterday affirms that it is. Perry spoke mainly about the state he loves:

Politics & Policy |
January 24, 2013

“Battleground Texas”

I have long been a skeptic about the prospects for revitalization of the state Democratic party, but recent developments call for re-evaluation. For one thing, the new finance chair of the Democratic National Committee is Henry Munoz III, of San Antonio. Some of his fundraising is likely to benefit