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310 Bills Will Head to Senate Committees

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced today he will refer 310 bills to committees this afternoon in what is the first set of between 4,000 […]

Senate Finance Committee gets a taste of what’s to come

The budget torch has officially been passed. After months of number crunching and trimming state programs, the state Comptroller’s office and Legislative Budget Board […]

Revenge of the B-Movie

Last month, the Texas Film Commission informed Texas director Robert Rodriguez that his blood-soaked comedy Machete would not be receiving state incentive funds, despite […]

From Criminal Justice Cuts to Steroid Testing

Day 21 of the 82nd Texas Legislature With the voter ID debate behind us (at least in the Senate), the Texas Legislature will hopefully […]

News for Sale

In the next few weeks, The Dallas Morning News will begin charging for online news. It’s a daring attempt to reinvent the news business. […]

From Republican Latinos to Senate Candidates

Day 18 of the 82nd Texas Legislature  Forget the usual slow-moving first few weeks of the legislative session. After marathon debates, late-night sessions and […]

The Republican Family Feud

Since it’s a slow day at the Capitol, here’s my column from our latest print issue: Practically every elected Republican in Texas will swear […]

Williams Jumps In for Senate

You can officially count Michael Williams in. The Texas Railroad Commissioner—known for his fiery speeches and ever-present bow tie—announced this morning that he’s joining […]

Speak No Evil

The government takeover of private land for economic development projects is a cardinal sin for property-rights conservatives. In one of the nation’s most notorious […]

From County Cuts to (Gosh!) More Voter ID

  Day 17 of the 82nd Texas Legislature So that’s one thing to check off the GOP to-do list. Voter ID passed in the […]