Joe Straus

The Big Three Breakfast Blows Up

Apr 22, 2015 By R.G. Ratcliffe

A contentious breakfast between the state leadership today ended with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declaring he was tired of Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker Joe Straus “picking on me.”


Apr 1, 2015 By Erica Grieder

It’s hard to argue with results of the House debate over the budget bill.

The Rise of Joe Straus

Dec 22, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

The news that Speaker Joe Straus has become the Vice Chair of the Republican Legislative Campaign should be the final nail in the coffin of Michael Quinn Sullivan and Empower Texans. Of course I know it won’t. But it should end any speculation that Straus has any political worries whatsoever;…

Perry and the Threat of a Special Session

Jun 3, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Rick Perry and the House appear to be on a collision course. The chatter is increasing around the Capitol that if the Transparency Committee continues on its course to impeach Wallace Hall, the governor will call the Legislature into a series of special sessions this summer, presumably on transportation. I…

Another Attack on Joe Straus

Feb 10, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Joe Straus’s enemies are out in force once again, trying to make a mountain out of a molehill — namely, the issue of diverting gasoline tax revenue to other uses. Let me state unequivocally that diversions are a phony issue. They are not an affront to transparency. The only diversion…

About Last Night

May 22, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Haven’t we seen this picture before? Speaker Straus performs well for most of the session, but when crunch time comes, he can’t close the deal. His team has no cohesion (except for Geren), and there doesn’t appear to be a strategy. So Straus falls back into his old persona of…

Will Straus Run Statewide?

Apr 1, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Last Thursday Joe Straus announced the hiring of Lindsey Parham as a senior adviser, a move that suggests he may have long-term ambitions beyond this session and, perhaps, beyond the speakership.

The House That Straus Built

Mar 28, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

AP Photo | Eric Gay Joe Straus said at the beginning of the session that he was going to put the House to work on the state’s biggest problems, and he is making good on his vow. On Tuesday the House passed HB 5, a major public education…

Day 1: Two speeches

Jan 8, 2013 By Paul Burka

After the members of the House took the oath of office this afternoon, they heard from two of the state’s leaders. One was Joe Straus, who had just won a third term as speaker, this time by acclamation. The other was Rick Perry, who is presumed to be running for…

Toxic Mike

Dec 11, 2012 By Paul Burka

Last week Michael Quinn Sullivan posted a story on the Empower Texans web site headlined “Toxic Joe.” The reference, of course, is to Joe Straus, the speaker of the House, whom Sullivan has tried to remove from power, with nothing to show for his efforts. The Sullivan-imposed nickname…

Simpson, Eh?

Dec 10, 2012 By Jason Cohen

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) files to run for Speaker of the House, displacing Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) as the conservative challlenger to Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). 

Takeaways From the GOP Convention

Jun 13, 2012 By Paul Burka

In reading the last couple of days of convention coverage, I found two key takeaways that have been overlooked: (1) Rick Perry is still very strong with the base of his party. He still connects with the rank and file when he makes a rousing speech, as he did at the…

More on Paddie vs. Christian, HD 9

Aug 29, 2011 By Paul Burka

This is an analysis of the race that was developed by the Paddie camp. It is published as it was sent to me. Quoting the analysis: Basically the district can be divided into 3 parts: 1). Christian base. This is Shelby and Sabine [counties] that are currently in Christian’s District. …