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The Rabid Faith Behind David Simpson’s ‘Election Sermon’

The Texas Capitol’s auditorium turned into a church late Tuesday afternoon, at least it sounded like one. After the official legislative business had concluded […]

‘Campbell’s Calvary,’ Secessionists and Other True Believers Pack the Capitol Hallways

It was a wet day in Austin, and the various rallies planned outside—for Latino needs, for Texas secession—were crunched inside. A particularly motley bunch of activists, lookey-loos, road-weary elected officials and well-tanned lobbyists passed each other in the hallways of the Capitol, often at as polite a distance as space would allow.

Texas Legislature Reconvenes for a Strange, but Peaceful, Day One

Tuesday was opening day for the 83rd Legislature, and by noon the House and Senate floors were full again with lawmakers, lawmakers’ families and […]

Van de Putte Treated to Compliments, Awkward Jokes as Senate’s New President Pro Tem

Zaffirini’s nomination roast continued with a nod to Van de Putte’s 12 kids and grandchildren gathered around her desk. “I’m not sure when she became an advocate for Planned Parenthood,” Zaffirini said, “but I bet her children are glad it wasn’t earlier.”

Perry’s Wish List: Spending Cap, Tax Relief, Fetal Pain Bill

Rick Perry was defiant as ever this afternoon at the Capitol. The governor sketched out his priorities for the legislative session in a brief […]

Legislators to Watch

Meet the promising newbies and the veterans in bigger roles during the 2013 Texas Legislature.

Hot List: Day 1 of the Legislature

The Lead: It’s opening day. After 18 months away, the Texas Legislature returns today—the second Tuesday in January of an odd numbered year—when the […]