With oil and gas production declining, state legislators are unwise to chase tax cuts.
A partial defense of the conspiracy theorists
The insurance industry backed by Texans for Lawsuit Reform is taking on the state’s trial lawyers over hail damage lawsuits.
On fiscal issues, at least, they have a unified front.
Senator John Whitmire accuses two Republican senators of trying to use a new ethics bill as political payback.
The Texas House today is taking up its sales tax cut package, setting up a showdown with the Senate and its property tax cuts.
If the 2012 GOP primary results between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst are any indicator, tea party strength in the Texas Legislature has peaked.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Internet Commenters Council is misreading history, and the Pre-K bill.
Democrat Bill Hobby was lieutenant governor in the 1970s when the current state spending cap was adopted. Today, he argues against making it tighter.
A contentious breakfast between the state leadership today ended with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declaring he was tired of Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker Joe Straus “picking on me.”
The final sweet spot in Governor Mark White’s 1986 re-election campaign was a trip to Blue Bell Creameries.
Representative Jonathan Stickland apparently is the mastermind behind an amendment that would bar police from actively enforcing bans on the unpermitted carrying of handguns.
The unlimited billionaire funding of Republican presidential candidates may actually keep the race alive until the Texas primary next March.
The bill passed today would either save the state money or provide thousands of scholarships to Texas students.
Could the state’s refusal to expand the program ultimately cost billions of dollars?
Drug cartel violence in Reynosa on Friday is not necessarily an argument for passing the Texas border security bill.
I’m a lot more credible than Judicial Watch. But don’t take my word for it.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott paid only $1,718 in federal income taxes in 2014 on an income of $131,118.
Legislative influencer Michael Quinn Sullivan is running a pro-Senate property tax cut telephone campaign to convince Republican legislators who voted for Speaker Joe Straus to support Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s plan over the House sales tax cut. But there’s also a back-door link to the state ethics bill.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw today proved he can be every bit as political on ethics issues as any Travis County district attorney.
The House’s proposal is better than the Senate’s, for at least half a dozen reasons
Governor Greg Abbott insisted today that he is more involved in the legislative leadership than some people think.
His passing marks the end of an era in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott already has warmed up his signature pen by turning two bills into law.
The Texas House this week will debate a bill that puts gas driller property rights ahead of homeowner rights.
A quick look at General Revenue spending by the House and Senate.
The fight between Tesla and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association is about anything but free markets.
High dollar deer hunting is in the news, and so are some of the state’s political bad boys.
The wealth the Texas House and Senate want to share is expensive but small when spread statewide.
The pressure is mounting on Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw to quantify exactly what his officers are achieving on border security.
If the Collin County district attorney won’t investigate Attorney General Ken Paxton for securities violations, a rogue grand jury will.
With the Legislature in session, Governor Greg Abott is worrying about Congress and the president.
Texas Senate votes 20-11 to turn prosecution of state officials corruption cases over to hometown judges, juries and prosecutors.
If you find out what Greg Abbott is up to, let the rest of us know.
The Senate today is set to consider a bill that could end all ethics prosecutions in Texas.
Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond’s appearance at a news conference of Democrats and human rights activists to oppose anti-gay legislation raises the question: Has the Republican Party moved too far to the right?
The issue isn’t as partisan as it may appear.
The Senate Subcommittee on Border Security today heard legislation to eliminate in-state college tuition for undocumented children who graduate from Texas high schools.
This week’s Texas political scandal roundup.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has faced questions about whether the border surge made the rest of the state less secure and whether it is taking credit for other law enforcement agencies actions, but now the DPS has announced a major border bust all of its own.
State Representative Stuart Spitzer wants Texans to abstain from sex out of wedlock, but the statistics show the teens have their cars a-rockin’ in his district.
It’s hard to argue with results of the House debate over the budget bill.
The strange dynamics of this Legislature started moving from simmer to boil with Tuesday’s House debate on a $209.8 billion budget.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw needs to come clean on just what his agency is doing on the border.
The House takes up its proposed $209.8 billion budget at noon Tuesday. I’m offering up some essential documents you may need to follow the proceedings.
From a statue of Jefferson Davis to license plates with the Confederate battle flag, Texans just can’t seem to let go of the Civil War.
Border security was the battle cry of Texas politicians in 2014. Will the theme become “misplaced priorities” in 2016?
If the chamber isn’t taking things seriously, why should we?
The House and Senate are tying themselves into budget and tax cut knots just to avoid spending the money they have.
Ted Cruz proved you don’t have to be a millioinaire or an elected officeholder to grab the brass ring in Texas.