Born to Run

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

In the campaign for governor, the Republican nominee is out to prove to voters—and himself—that he’s his own George Bush.

White Ends “Suspense”

Dec 4, 2009 By Paul Burka

There never was any doubt that Bill White was running for governor, and for that matter there wasn’t much doubt that he wanted to run for governor even when he was running for the Senate. Perry is now fighting a two-front war. A general election race against a Democrat will…

The Schieffer candidacy

Nov 23, 2009 By Paul Burka

It never really got off the ground. Tom had just been out of the game for too long. The conservative Democrats who had been his political allies during the seventies, when he served in the Legislature, had ceased to exist as a political force. I had the opportunity to meet…

Watson decides to run for reelection to the Senate

Aug 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

The significance of his decision is not only that he has passed on the governor’s race. It is that he will not be a candidate for attorney general — the office he sought in 2002 and was said to have been considering this year. This increases the likelihood that the…

Ronnie Earle for governor?

Jul 3, 2009 By Paul Burka

I don’t think he can win a Democratic primary against someone of equal or greater stature, and if he does win the Democratic primary, he has no chance in a general election. He won’t get a single Republican crossover vote. Republicans don’t believe that Earle was a fair prosecutor as…

Can Watson win?

Jun 25, 2009 By Paul Burka

Kirk Watson’s trial balloon is in the air, as he weighs whether to run for governor in 2010. Here are the questions he should be considering. Q. Can any Democrat win the governorship in 2010, or will the D’s repeat the mistake they made in 2002, when they put fielded…


Feb 1, 2000 By Paul Burka

Is Kay Bailey Hutchison plotting a run for Governor? And other questions about Texas politics in the new millennium.

The Six-Billion-Dollar Men

Jan 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

How to spend a huge budget surplus will be the defining issue of the coming legislative session. It will also determine the political futures of George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Pete Laney.

Two for Texas

Sep 30, 1998 By Paul Burka

Candidates Rick Perry and John Sharp donÕt agree on much, but they both say the race for lieutenant governor is the most important one on the ballot this fall. They’re right.

Less Is Mauro

Jul 31, 1998 By Helen Thorpe

Barring a miracle, Garry Mauro will lose to George W. Bush in this November’s gubernatorial election. So why is he acting like a winner?

President Bush?

Jun 30, 1998 By Paul Burka

He’s the front-runner even before he has officially entered the race, but sky-high expectations are the least of the obstacles George W. Bush faces in his quest for the White House.

Israel Hernandez

Jun 30, 1997 By Erin Gromen

Officially, Israel Hernandez is an aide to George W. Bush, but the 26-year-old is used to hearing all sorts of less-than-glamorous descriptions of his job, such as professional schlepper and purse carrier. But while it’s true he totes around the black canvas bag containing the governor’s stuff—personal numbers, signature cards,…

Scattered Applause

Mar 1, 1997 By Gregory Curtis

Everyone at the Capitol that morning in late January knew George W. Bush was at a high plateau, and they were there expecting to witness history being made. Popular and successful after two years as governor, openly discussed already as a potential candidate for national office, he was, on this…

Bad Medicine

Jul 31, 1995 By Paul Burka

By vetoing the Patient Protection Act, Gearge W. Bush put cost before care.

More Power to Him

Feb 1, 1995 By Paul Burka

The office of governor is constitutionally weak, but don’t tell that to George. W. Bush.

Don’t Call Him Junior

Apr 1, 1989 By Patricia Kilday Hart

George W. Bush wants to be governor of Texas. He says he’s not following in his father’s footsteps, but his name, his career, and his ideas about politics seem an awful lot like Dad’s.