Brian McCall

Politics & Policy |
April 4, 2010

Could Jackson, Taylor clash again?

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

Politics & Policy |
February 25, 2010

The race within the race

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

Politics & Policy |
November 15, 2009

McCall will not run for Senate

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

Politics & Policy |
November 15, 2009

Last McCall

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

Politics & Policy |
January 19, 2009

Let the speculation begin

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

Politics & Policy |
December 28, 2008

The speaker’s race: Update

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

Politics & Policy |
November 19, 2008

Smaller Talk

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

Politics & Policy |
November 14, 2008

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You

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