Brain Drain

May 20, 2014 By Erica Grieder

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? 

Jerry’s Daughter

Oct 1, 2013 By Erica Grieder and Susannah Jacob

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.

A Call to Arms

Mar 6, 2013 By Erica Grieder

In his biennial address on the state of the judiciary, the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court remembers the Alamo.

Tuesday Night Lights

Feb 27, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

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.

Editor’s Letter

Feb 14, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

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…

The State of Taxes

Feb 12, 2013 By Paul Burka

Texas won’t get its financial house in order until lawmakers have a thoughtful conversation about the T-word. Don’t hold your breath.

Opening Moves

Feb 7, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

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.

Charters v. PEG

Feb 6, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Paul Burka

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…

In Light of the Evidence

Feb 5, 2013 By Erica Grieder

John Whitmire is making his third attempt to streamline the appeals process for inmates who may be exonerated by improved forensic techniques.

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). 

Big Deal

Jan 1, 1976 By Paul Burka

Did the Sharpstown Scandal really make any difference?