The departure of the longtime Austin senator—for the greener pastures of higher education—will set off a fierce race for his seat.
This year is going to feature a lot of confident pronouncements from experts who will be proved wrong again and again.
Beto & co. came up embarrassingly short, but the result probably doesn’t say all that much about November.
The author and UT professor believes our country is falling apart—and he has a plan to fix it.
The governor’s decision makes no sense from a practical perspective, and ultimately, it can’t be explained as a policy choice at all.
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick were quick to find a self-serving narrative in the shooting at a church last week.
Castro’s presidential ambitions have ended, but Texas has likely not heard the last of him.
The Austin director’s war film is notable for its near-total absence of politics.
We stumble down memory lane, gawking at the madness and the mayhem of 2010–2019—and looking for an off-ramp.
Like so much in American conservative politics these days, everything begins and ends with Trump.
Now that races for the March primary are (mostly) set, here are a few things worth keeping an eye on.
A.P. Merillat helped send at least 15 people to death row. On Wednesday, Travis Runnels will become the third this year to be executed, even though a former prison official calls Merillat’s testimony “bullshit.”
Now that the Texas GOP is trying to present a more diverse face this year, it can't afford to alienate voters in places like Fort Bend County.
What Poncho Nevarez’s cocaine problem tells us about corruption and impunity at the Texas Capitol.
The eccentric megalawyer’s unpredictable and at times unintelligible speech claiming victory in Houston’s mayoral election has to be seen to be believed.
One constitutional amendment on the ballot poses a question that often vexes lawmakers—short-term need, or long-term benefit?
When Beto left Texas, he lost his way.
As part of his campaign against Austin’s homelessness rules, Greg Abbott tweeted an old video of a non-homeless man having a mental health episode. His attorney says the governor is “retraumatizing” the man and his family.
The embattled speaker of the Texas House, Dennis Bonnen, calls it quits.
Dan Patrick, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz stood by at the president’s Thursday night rally in Dallas as he ridiculed them and claimed Hurricane Harvey made the state “a fortune.”
The secretly recorded meeting between Dennis Bonnen and Michael Quinn Sullivan shows how Texas political operators talk behind closed doors.
Our ever-entertaining former governor has been awfully quiet for the past few years. But we knew that couldn’t last.
Austin’s legalization of camping and sidewalk sleeping has stirred a backlash that obscures the progress some Texas cities have made in steering the homeless off the streets.
Austin-bashing is as old as the hills, but things have gotten a little out of hand.
John Cornyn and other Republicans are doing their best to explain away the Ukraine scandal, but their best just looks silly.
The Unusual Circumstances of Botham Jean’s Murder Made Amber Guyger’s Conviction Possible, But Not Inevitable
The straightforward circumstances of Jean's slaying proved too difficult for the jury to ignore.
But the event was also unsettling in the way it brought together two leaders—Trump and Modi—in an authoritarian embrace.
While a new generation of scholars is rewriting our history, supporters of the traditional narratives are fighting to keep their grip on the public imagination.
Beto vs. Julian, Castro tries to shank Biden, why the debate format sucks, and (bonus!) a snoozy Latinos for Trump rally.
At a meeting of Texas social conservatives, all anyone wanted to talk about (and eat) was Chick-fil-A
There’s something dishonest in the state’s bureaucratic approach to killing its own citizens.
What politicians like Matt Schaefer are really saying is that no number of victims is worth the discomfort of a fairly small number of gun owners.
‘Mistakes Were Made’: It Remains to Be Seen if Greg Abbott’s Passive-Voice Apology Represents a Change of Heart
The governor has apologized (sort of) for an ill-timed fund-raising letter calling on supporters to “defend” Texas from immigrants. But there’s much more he can do.
The Speaker and the Creeper: Everything You Need to Know About the Craziest Texas Political Scandal in Years
House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offers a masterclass in how to lose friends and alienate your allies in just a few easy steps.
MQS isn't the most trustworthy person in Texas politics, but Bonnen has done a poor job offering an alternative narrative about what transpired.
In the event that millions lose their health insurance and protections for preexisting conditions disappear, the state has no real backup plan.
His fundraising is bad, his poll numbers are worse, and some Texans still think he should run for Senate.
Congressman Roy and Senator Cruz urged Trump to print the census with a citizenship question despite a Supreme Court ruling. That would’ve been a dangerous precedent.
As the Trump administration ratchets up its dehumanization of migrants, we Americans stand to lose our moral center.
The debate had the feel, at times, of an episode of Survivor—the little guys teaming up to clear their ranks before the real fight begins.
They called it the kumbaya session, but we still found plenty of scoundrels and statesmen.
In one of the worst legislative sessions for criminal justice reform in years, bipartisan legislation got caught between an ugly fight between the police lobby and prominent Democrats.
The governor, lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the House announced a deal on property taxes and school finance. It sounds good, but offered awfully little in the way of specifics.
Seventh Time’s the Charm: Despite Repeated Bungling, the Lege Manages to Pass an Update to the Sandra Bland Act
Let us count the ways legislators passed, killed, and then resurrected what was a popular, bipartisan way to limit arrests for minor infractions.
Stickland and his band of merry pranksters could have pushed the Legislature into a special session by killing a popular bill to increase mental health services for kids.
In a fit of idiocy and confusion, Democrats in the Legislature not once, but twice derailed bipartisan legislation prohibiting police from making arrests for minor infractions.
But don’t think that means Representative Jonathan Stickland is all grown up. He’s still more or less the lib-baiting troll he’s always been.
Here died Greg Abbott’s burden-shifting plan, orphaned and alone.
Kennedy’s presentation to vaccine activists at the Capitol was a master class in how to turn fears toward a dangerous cause.
In a dispute between cities and the state, employees and employers, you can probably guess who has the upper hand.