Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both want to stop members of Congress from going on to become lobbyists.
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.
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.
A Q&A between filmmaker David Modigliani and Texas Monthly's Eric Benson, who followed O'Rourke for the 2018 'Underdog' podcast.
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.
Let us count the ways legislators passed, killed, and then resurrected what was a popular, bipartisan way to limit arrests for minor infractions.
The last few days have brought tearful, angry debate over abortion, religious discrimination, and LGBTQ rights.
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.
House lawmakers are watching the clock as a key lawmaker's absence from the Capitol has suddenly imperiled a controversial elections measure.
The ”don’t trust the government” right and the ”don’t trust the government” left overlap when it comes to vaccines.
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.
The state’s biggest industry finds itself in an unusual position: facing landowner-friendly reforms at the Texas Legislature.
On Monday, the Senate passed a proposal to add four more writing tests and tie school funding directly to third-grade test results.
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.
The Big Three are desperate to save their property tax proposal. Among the ideas to buy down property taxes is an increase in the oil and gas severance tax.
In a new presidential poll of Texas, Beto, Bernie, and Biden all look competitive against Trump. But it's far too early to make too much of that.
The San Antonio congressman said he feels he can accomplish more in the majority party in the U.S. House
Once upon a time, the Texas Senate was Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s whole world. His turbulent 2014 campaign for the post was a radical change in Texas politics, the tea party revolution taking the throne. In his inauguration speech he proclaimed that his arrival marked “a new day…
No shower caps, bonnets, Do-rags, or saggy pants? The principal’s dress code for parents is about more than just school-appropriate attire.
At hearings in El Paso, asylum seekers forced to stay in Juarez told of violence and fear.
The group that made Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a star in New York aims to unseat veteran Laredo congressman Henry Cuellar.
Rosie Castro is known in San Antonio as a firebrand political activist. Her son is a cautious career politician running for president. But don’t let appearances deceive you—they’re fighting the same fight.
Big-city prosecutors are now driving the conversation around mass incarceration, and some lawmakers and law enforcement officials just can’t abide that.
The state’s senior U.S. senator is calling out Joaquin Castro and MJ Hegar in particular.
If you’re going to traffick in conspiracy theories, at least be nice about it.
The senators who will help finalize the state budget—which affects 28 million Texans—are all white and Republican, and four of the five are from the Houston area.
Many Texans think their property taxes are too high. But the highly regressive sales tax would put even more of a burden on those who can least afford it.
In a powerful floor speech Monday, Senator Kel Seliger offers a demonstration of decency that diminishes the lieutenant governor’s raw power play.
Unless a compromise can be reached next week, Patrick's decision to move forward will upend decades of Senate tradition.
The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker line up behind a penny increase to the sales tax to provide property tax relief.
The Texas Senate has tacitly endorsed President Trump’s threat to shut down the border if necessary—a dangerous move for the economy and the president’s political future.
The strengths of Beto O'Rourke's senate candidacy have been cast in a harsher light now that he's a presidential contender.
The embattled state official visited the Rio Grande Valley to encourage voter participation.
The support from Altria marks a reversal from the tobacco company's viewpoint in 2017.
The Fort Worth lawmaker led the charge to decriminalize a summer tradition.
A step towards a less partisan future. Or at least a furrier, friendlier one.
A Joaquin Castro candidacy instantly makes next year's Senate race competitive, observers say.
In an interview with Texas Monthly, O’Rourke says he’ll offer “bold leadership”—but offered few specifics.
"We believe we have a path to [winning] ... if the Democrats choose a far-left person who is espousing socialistic policies."
The outspoken congressman left a promising career in the CIA and became a rising Republican star. But his political balancing act is dicier than ever.
The freshman congresswoman even took a question from Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
The Legislature remains far from allowing recreational use, but baby steps toward decriminalization could come this session.
A recent poll of Texas voters shows opinions about President Trump’s wall depend on where in the state you live.
The House has passed legislation authored by the San Antonio Democrat to take on President Trump in a constitutional battle.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House could vote on the bill as early as next week.
Multiple reports say all Senate Democrats are unified in opposition to confirming David Whitley—enough to kill the nomination.
The rookie lawmaker stunned the Texas Senate.