Sid Miller

Bum Steers
The 2020 Bum Steer Awards

Dec 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Beto O'Rourke, Dennis Bonnen, and the Houston Astros make our annual dishonor roll, along with assorted lesser-known idiots and evildoers.

Weighing Your Options

Jan 25, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

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.

Meeting today could clarify speaker’s race

Nov 9, 2010 By Paul Burka

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…

The Sid Miller point of order

May 23, 2009 By Paul Burka

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…

Hog Heaven

May 14, 2009 By Paul Burka

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…

The Liberation

Jan 7, 2009 By Paul Burka

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…

The First Battle

Dec 3, 2008 By Paul Burka

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,…