In the best of times, our politicians can be a frustrating bunch. How are they doing in an unprecedented crisis?
Beto O'Rourke, Dennis Bonnen, and the Houston Astros make our annual dishonor roll, along with assorted lesser-known idiots and evildoers.
A new law strips the Texas Agriculture Department’s oversight of barbecue scales. But Miller has a history of thumbing his nose at the Lege.
Despite Attorney General Ken Paxton’s advice, the agriculture commissioner won’t let go of barbecue scale enforcement.
What could follow Nutella banana crepes? A "war on Texas BBQ."
Sid Miller pleads for a veto.
Update: Mark Loeffler, communications director for the Texas Department of Agriculture*, provided more details on their enforcement effort. Operation Maverick was launched in June 2015 to target any business buying or selling goods by weight. He didn’t have current numbers, but by March 2016, they had inspected 1,400 barbecue joints.
Ag commissioner Sid Miller won’t face charges for spending taxpayer dollars on out-of-state trips.
The embattled agricultural commissioner is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, which may have given casual observers déjà vu.
The Agricultural Commissioner wants to slap anybody who wishes him ”happy holidays,” but rewards employees with $400,000 in bonuses.
The deep fryer defender’s social media profile has since deleted the threatening image.
“It’s not about french fries, it’s about freedom,” ag commissioner Sid Miller said.
Congratulations to new ag commission Sid Miller.
Paul Burka on Jim Hogan and the plight of the Democrats.
If this is the worst election season in recent memory, what does that mean for Texas in 2015?
Hunting from a helicopter isn't as easy as Sarah Palin makes it look.
A meeting is scheduled this afternoon at the building occupied by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. It is probably taking place as I write. My information is that representatives of Straus and some of his adversaries, including Michael Quinn Sullivan, are having discussions that could result in the shaping of…
Miller’s objection was that the meeting of the Local & Consent Calendars committee was not open to the public. If upheld, it would have killed the calendar and we would not have had that fine, elevating sham debate last night. The same point was raised some weeks ago against the…
Yes, the feral hogs debate was the House at its finest. No other parliamentary body in America could have produced that debate. Where else could you hear a hog hunt described as economic development? This turned out to be another urban-rural fight, with Sid Miller and Gattis warning of the…
I have covered the Texas House of Representatives since 1975. What I love about the place is that, traditionally, it is has been an open shop. The culture of the House is that you can do what you are big enough to do, whether you are on the team or…
Friday, December 5, is going to be an important day—the first meeting of the working group on the House rules. This will be the first opportunity for members to learn what Tom Craddick and Terry Keel have cooked up for the next session. Will they attempt to limit parliamentary inquiries,…