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Dan Patrick Unveils Plan to Promote Career and Technical Education in Texas Schools

Sen. Patrick’s proposed bill pushes for more career and technical courses in public education. He unveiled his plan Thursday with House Democrat Joe Deshotel and Jobs for Texas, a coalition of industry groups.

Solar Power Could See Explosive Growth in Texas over Coming Decades

Solar is just a tiny sliver—less than 1 percent—of Texas’ electricity mix.

Yet, the economics are becoming increasingly favorable for solar to take off in a big way. The question is probably when, not if. And a recent analysis by ERCOT has some very rosy projections for the future of the solar industry in Texas. (And some very sour news for nuclear, coal and maybe even natural gas.)

Gun Violence is More than Just Mass Shootings

Do we want to address all gun violence or do we only want to try to prevent mass shootings?

Could the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Turn Blue?

It is mathematically possible for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to go from two-to-one Republican-appointed judges to four-to-one Democrat-appointed by 2016.

Hot List: Day 24 of the Legislature

The Lead: Mostly a quiet day at the Capitol—save for some key Senate committee hearings (more on that in a moment). The Senate has […]

It’s More than Just Ceremony for Citizen-Lobbyists at Capitol

For many, a trip to the Capitol doesn’t just mean sitting in the gallery for a few minutes until the applause is over, it can […]

Autism Inc.: The Discredited Science, Shady Treatments and Rising Profits Behind Alternative Autism Treatments

The road for parents with autistic children is made perilous by medical professionals willing to prescribe all sorts of treatments they say can treat, even cure, autism.

Hot List: Day 23 of the Legislature

The Lead: Gov. Rick Perry gave his State of the State address on Tuesday, which followed the usual trend: Perry claimed credit for the […]

Michael Williams Tries to Soothe the Masses at School Administrators’ Conference

Into this charged atmosphere, onto the same stage Robert Scott famously occupied a year ago, stepped Texas’ new Education Commissioner Michael Williams on Tuesday. Safe to say, it’d be a hard act to follow.

In State of State Speech, Perry Calls for Tax Cuts, Rejects Medicaid Expansion

On Tuesday morning, Gov. Rick Perry gave his seventh—and possibly last—State of the State speech. Perry struck several conservative policy notes in his speech […]