Jerry Patterson

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A Tale of Two Bushes

Jan 23, 2018 By R.G. Ratcliffe

George P. struggles in his reelection campaign, and George W. finds his approval rating soaring as Americans compare him to President Trump.

Last Call for the Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

Jan 28, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

The situation in Fort Worth, in which a pregnant woman named Marlise Muñoz was brain dead and was carrying an abnormal fetus, is truly tragic for the family. It was revolting to see Dan Patrick try to exploit the situation to demand that Texas law be changed, following a decision…

Primary Lessons

Jan 20, 2014 By Paul Burka

If 2014 is the year everything is supposed to change in Texas politics, why do the campaigns feel so irrelevant?

The Coup Against Dew

Sep 17, 2013 By Paul Burka

Most people seem to agree that Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is a decent, reasonable fellow with good intentions. So why is he having to fight for his job?

Texas Tribune Insider’s Poll

Aug 28, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

I didn’t make the list of the Texas Tribune insiders, but I’m going to try to have my say about the survey on the lieutenant governor’s race nonetheless. First, I think Dewhurst’s 11 percent is too low. There are enough mainstream conservatives left in the Republican party that…

Patterson calls school fund management “dysfunctional”

Mar 30, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today told the Senate Finance Committee that the management of the state’s Permanent School Fund is “dysfunctional” because responsibility is fractured among three entities: his office, the Texas Education Agency and the State Board of Education. “It’s not anyone’s fault. It’s just evolved that way,” Patterson…

This Land Is His Land

Apr 30, 2008 By S. C. Gwynne

Jerry Patterson’s enemies make him out to be the Grinch who sold Christmas (Mountains, that is). Of course, he couldn’t give a &$%#.