Brian McCall

Could Jackson, Taylor clash again?

Apr 4, 2010 By Paul Burka

The resignation of Plano state representative Brian McCall on Friday, following the announcement that he will become chancellor of the Texas State University system, could produce yet another clash between Mabrie Jackson and Van Taylor in their bitter battle to succeed McCall. On March 2, Jackson led Taylor in the…

The race within the race

Feb 25, 2010 By Paul Burka

The reference is to the speaker’s race. What speaker’s race? The story that is going around is that Chisum has been inviting members to his ranch. He has emerged as the most likely candidate of the hardline conservatives, if they decide to put up a fight, but the problem is…

McCall will not run for Senate

Nov 15, 2009 By Paul Burka

We had a brief conversation about his future this morning. It does not include running for the state Senate or anything else involving elected office. This is true whether or not there is a special election for the U.S. Senate, and whether or not Shapiro resigns to run for Hutchison’s…

Last McCall

Nov 15, 2009 By Paul Burka

I am sad to see the news that Brian McCall has decided not to run for reelection. Brian made the House better just by his presence. He was the gold standard for how a legislator should conduct himself. When he had a bill on the calendar, he put on a…

Let the speculation begin

Jan 19, 2009 By Paul Burka

Committee appointments will be the first real test of the Straus speakership. How many of the 149 members can he satisfy? Here are some of the problems he will face: —Straus has said that there will be no retaliation against Craddick loyalists. Good luck in keeping that promise. The ABCs…

The speaker’s race: Update

Dec 28, 2008 By Paul Burka

The long Christmas weekend is about over. Keep an eye on the Ethics Commission tomorrow (Monday) for new filings for speaker. Gattis is a possibility. McCall is a possibility. It was this time last year that he filed. I talked to one of the ABC’s on Saturday. He said that…

Smaller Talk

Nov 19, 2008 By Eileen Smith

Honorably Mentioned: Burt Solomons, Jim Keffer, Craig Eiland, Brian McCall, Rafael Anchia, Charlie Geren, Warren Chisum, Phil King, and Rob Junell (naturally). If you do not see your name on the list, you have given us no reason to talk about you. (Go watch it on our homepage so I…

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

Nov 14, 2008 By Eileen Smith

So find yourself a Speaker to love. FAIR WARNING. This is a video. It is not required viewing. It may take eight minutes to watch. I only push play to increase traffic, and to improve my broadcast media skills. It’s not working. (And you try looking good at the end…