Concerns over ISIS fighters crossing the border are more than misplaced
The war chest matters in 2014, but it sets the tone in 2018.
Ken Paxton remains an alarmingly safe bet
I’m not surprised that the race for governor has tightened according to the recent Lyceum Poll. This is a contest between two candidates who have the support of large constituencies that stretch far beyond Texas. Abbott is among the state’s most prominent attorneys and is no stranger to
The final debate in the 2014 governor's race is over, and the winner was clear-cut.
The candidates' true colors were on full display.
When one looks at the wheeling and dealing that went on with the Texas Enterprise Fund, my question is this: Why is it not an impeachable offense? These folks used the Enterprise Fund for their private playground. They awarded $222 million to entities that, according to the Dallas Morning News,
Alas, I was out of the state for the Texas gubernatorial debate on Friday evening, but having watched the replay, I can’t say that I missed much. As debates go, I found it relatively low-wattage. Both candidates were articulate and reasonably polite to their opponents, though I thought Davis
Democrats Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and Mike Collier take on their Republican opponents over the 2011 cuts to public schools.
Recent actions by state government have reinforced my belief that the state rarely does anything FOR the public; it only does things TO the public. The latest example is that Texas insurance commissioner Julia Rathgeber allowed the three largest home insurance companies to impose significant rate increases. Rathgeber could have
In his jobs plan, Greg Abbott opts for a minimalist aesthetic.
I was interested by Eric Bearse’s piece in the Quorum Report yesterday concerning Wendy Davis and abortion. Bearse wrote, among other things: “The reason Wendy Davis has never recovered politically from her abortion filibuster is she fought on turf where she couldn’t win. Outside of San Francisco and
He's still raising money for his race for governor. And it's not because he's worried about Wendy.
On Thursday, Wendy Davis offered a good policy idea, which was forgotten by Friday
Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott.
It is all but certain that Attorney General Greg Abbott will appeal Judge Dietz’s school finance ruling. It’s classic Abbott. He has to win, even if he realizes that he is going to lose.But the Legislature’s treatment of the schools during the 2011 session all but guarantees a loss for Abbott.
Why Republicans should listen to what female voters are saying.
The false criticism of Joe Straus.
The governor has a first-class legal team, but some of its arguments concerning the indictment sound more like rhetoric than law.Such as “an unconstitutional attack on Perry’s rights”And …”defies common sense”And …”a violation of the Texas and U.S. constitutions”And … “an improper attempt to criminalize politics”And … “based on state
When it comes to policy making, reasons matter.
Smearing the prosecutor is just about the dumbest thing a defendant in a criminal case can do. The second dumbest thing is to threaten the prosecutor.
The indictments against the governor may point to a legal lapse rather than an ethical one.
The indictment of Rick Perry turns Texas politics upside down.
UPDATE: I’ve included a link to the indictments at the bottom of this post.Thought Texas politics couldn’t get any weirder? A short time ago special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced that a grand jury had indicted Perry on two counts related to his veto of funds for the Public Integrity Unit:
I don’t think Republicans recognize what is happening to their party in Texas. The GOP is verging on irrelevance. The failure of Texas to land the Republican national convention should have been a wake-up call for the state party. There was a reason why the Republicans chose Cleveland over Dallas:
The attorney general takes a swing at Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis's first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign is a fairly dark one
With three months to go until the general election, there isn't much reason to talk about the governor's race. It's over.
To close this discussion, I simply want to say one thing: This was completely predictable. There was no reason to send the National Guard to the Border. There was no mission. There was no objective. It was just political theatre to make Rick Perry look like he was doing something,
Wouldn’t it be nice if Texas were to catch up to the modern world, for once? I’m addressing the issue of same-sex marriage here. What’s the use of fighting for a policy that without question violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws? In fairness to Greg
Rick Perry likes to say that the reason the Texas economy performs so well is because of the quality of the state’s work force, the reasonableness of regulations pertaining to business, and the passage of tort reform in 2003. I’ll grant him his evaluation of the work force and the
Governor Perry’s decision to fund the opening of a new Charles Schwab office in El Paso (and another in Austin) is a classic example of what is wrong with the governor’s economic development funds. Charles Schwab is a national firm that needs no subsidy from the state to succeed. The
Michael Quinn Sullivan, the Texas Ethics Commission, and the federal courts.
It is one thing to institute a DPS “surge” on the border; it is quite another to send the National Guard there, a thousand strong, as Perry intends to do. What is the purpose of sending the Guard to the border? The National Guard is a military force. Is its
Are we on the way to becoming Alabama?
In the July issue of the magazine, several writers—myself included—assessed the legacy of Governor Perry. One of the stories reviewed eight critical areas Texas Monthly believes the governor is responsible for, and we gave him a letter grade for each. Some readers thought we were too
Step one: question your own assumptions
One of two candidates, both of whom are outstanding choices. They are:Richard Fisher, the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of DallasorAdmiral William H. McRaven, a 36-year Navy Seal and the UT commencement speaker at June’s graduation ceremony.
I have generally been impressed by UT regents’ chair Paul Foster’s ability to smooth the waters concerning the Bill Powers controversy. But Foster was out of line when, a day after the University of Texas System announced that Powers would step down in June 2015 — ending a standoff that
My colleague Skip Hollandsworth has written a timely story for the upcoming August issue that was posted online this morning. Titled “Is This the Most Dangerous Man in Texas?” it’s about UT Regent Wallace Hall, the impeachment process, and the resignation of William Powers, the president of UT-Austin.
What does his resignation really mean?
Texas Tech's gain is the Legislature's loss.
Wendy Davis is asleep at the switch again. The Obama administration has opened a new front on the battle over Medicaid expansion. By 2016, says the White House, states that have adopted expansion will have saved $4.3 billion. In addition, expansion states would have experienced 3.3 million annual physicians’ visits,
In which we reveal all the behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue behind our August cover package
In highlighting their bond, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte are also calling out their Republican counterparts.
Wendy Davis wins a round over Greg Abbott.
Why Texas is stuck with its transportation policy.
A year after the filibuster that made her famous, Wendy Davis was defiant--but measured
Texas's Commissioner of Education gives our Perry Report Card an F.
A visiting judge has ruled that John Dietz can continue to preside over the school finance case.