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Tea Party Legislator Wants to Eliminate Texas’ Wind Energy Standard

Texas’ successful wind industry could be undercut under legislation filed today by freshman Rep. Scott Sanford, a Republican from McKinney.

Sanford’s bill would effectively eliminate Texas’ wind energy standards.

Lucio Floats School Voucher Proposal—Just Don’t Call it “Vouchers”

Wednesday, from the Rio Grande Guardian, came word that a voucher “pilot program” could be introduced by—wait for it—Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. He just doesn’t want to call it “vouchers.”

An Introduction to The Texas Observer

An introduction to The Texas Observer from current and former staffers. Video shot and edited by Matt Gossage.

A Texas Tongue Untied

San Antonio native (and recent Texas Observer contributor) Laurie Ann Guerrero has just published her second book of poetry, A Tongue in the Mouth […]

Tyrant’s Foe: Lourdes Flores Helps Colonia Residents Help Themselves

“We want people to be informed so they know they can stand up for themselves.”

Whitmire, West Ding Patrick on Charter Bill: “We’re Fixing to Create More Government”

It was a telling diversion in an otherwise agreeable budget meeting to watch a pair of Democratic senators try to make Patrick, the usually tight-fisted tea party favorite, defend the extra cost of his school reform plans.

Hot List: Day 52 of the Legislature

The Lead: A Bush was back in the Texas Capitol yesterday. Jeb Bush, that is. The former Florida governor was a guest of Sen. […]

Jeb Bush Regales Senators with Reform Ideas, Old-School Testing Enthusiasm

But between the guest of honor’s last name and his tremendous faith in high-stakes testing, visiting the Senate chamber this morning felt a lot less like reform than a trip back to 1999.

‘Everything Is Gone’: Family-Planning Clinics Disappear From Rural Texas

State budget cuts to family planning hit hardest in rural areas, where low-income women had fewer options to begin.

Business Group, Higher Ed Leaders Want More College Funding Based on Graduation Rates

Dallas Rep. Dan Branch has introduced a bill that could tie up to 25 percent of higher ed funding to “outcomes” like quick graduation, doubling down on a controversial proposal he backed last session.