Pete Laney

The ideal Democratic nominee for governor is …

Sep 3, 2009 By Paul Burka

… Pete Laney. He appeals to Democrats on the left and on the right. He can win votes in rural Texas, where Democrats are weakest. He has friends throughout the state. He knows the issues backwards and forwards. His personality oozes authenticity. He was a state leader in the days…

Day One: Free at Last

Jan 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

The first day of a legislative session always has the festive atmosphere of a high school reunion, but this one had something extra. It was also Bastille Day—the moment that the masses stormed the battlements and freed the prisoners. I have never seen so many members look so happy. Charlie…

Will Craddick stay?

Jan 5, 2009 By Paul Burka

When Tom Craddick became speaker, Pete Laney remained in the Legislature for two sessions. Craddick believed, rightly or wrongly, that Laney orchestrated the Democratic resistance to his leadership, and he deeply resented it. Is history going to repeat itself? Is Craddick going to take his seat on the floor and…

The speaker jinx

Jan 5, 2009 By Paul Burka

Add Tom Craddick to the list of speakers whose careers ended for reasons other than their own choosing. Byron Tunnel, 1963, had his sights set on a second term, but was forced out of office by Governor John Connally, who gave him the choice of a soft landing of a…

Pete Laney

Apr 1, 2006 By Evan Smith

“There are a lot more people in the Democratic party who do what the Good Book says: Take care of the poor and the afflicted and the downtrodden.”

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.

The Honeymoon Is Over

Jan 1, 1997 By Paul Burka

In the last legislative session, George W. Bush’s moderate program won over Bob Bullock, Pete Laney, and other top Democrats. But this time, Bush’s agenda is more partisan, and Republicans are measuring his presidential potential—so Texas politics is going to get ugly.


Dec 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

Greece, lightning, and other non-issues in last month’s election.