When it comes to policy making, reasons matter.
Looks like San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro may be heading to Washington, and Texas Senator Robert Duncan is bound for Texas Tech. What does that mean for local politics?
Among the many Texans transfixed by Wendy Davis's June 25th filibuster was her father, Jerry Russell. In July, he shared some memories about Davis's childhood, her challenges, and what he was thinking on the day that shook up Texas's political scene.
Rick Perry isn't running for re-election in 2014
Freshmen, per Texas tradition, should be seen and not heard—unless they're passing a first-in-the-nation email privacy measure.
A proposal to expand funding for transportation may face some snarls in the Texas House.
Brian D. Sweany, Erica Grieder, Sonia Smith and I joined Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune to talk about our picks for the 2013 Ten Best/Ten Worst Legislators list.
Up with the "Merry Christmas" bill, down with the Medicaid rider.
Don't understand Texas's constitutional spending cap? You've come to the right place.
The Senate's unanimous passage of SB 7 gives a small hint of what a Texas approach to Medicaid might look like.
Has Texas entered a new era in which talking about new revenue doesn't equal certain political death?
This week's debate on the PUC shows why the sunset process continues to shine light on good government.
In his biennial address on the state of the judiciary, the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court remembers the Alamo.
The Texas Senate passes its version of the supplemental appropriations bill for some cash-strapped state agencies.
In the House of Representatives traditional flag football game, sports and politics collided on the grass of Kyle Field. Fortunately, the only things that got bruised were a few egos.
A Senate finance committee work group has proposed directing an additional $100 million towards preventative care and family planning.
What the unanimous passage of HB 10 suggests about the mood of the 83rd Legislature.
Austin is known, somewhat ostentatiously, as the Live Music Capital of the World, but as any longtime resident knows, the best show in town is not a musical performance at all. In fact, it is mostly tuneless, it has little in the way of rhythm, and no one has ever tried…
Money makes the world go round - Susan Combs on budgets, borrowing, and race cars.
Texas won’t get its financial house in order until lawmakers have a thoughtful conversation about the T-word. Don’t hold your breath.
Democrats have signaled their intention to offer an amendment to restore the education spending cuts made last session, which signals to everyone who is watching that the Democratic strategy is going to pretty much be this: make the Republicans pay for every bad vote.
As most readers know, one of the battles of the 83rd Legislature is likely to occur over the use of public funds for private schools. Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Senator Dan Patrick are backing the proposal. (At a recent Texas Tribune event, Speaker Straus urged caution on the issue.) The…
John Whitmire is making his third attempt to streamline the appeals process for inmates who may be exonerated by improved forensic techniques.
TEXAS MONTHLY invited state senator Dan Patrick and state representative Donna Howard to tweet chat with executive editor Mimi Swartz about our August cover story on women's health.
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).
Did the Sharpstown Scandal really make any difference?