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Reasoning Mind: How Big Oil and Texas Politicians Came to Love Math

The creators of the Reasoning Mind math software have found great success getting funding from the State of Texas. Along with a slick product, they just so happen to have close friends in the highest ranks of big oil.

Hot List: Day 108 of the Legislature

His plan would cost about $1.6 billion over the next two years and he said the “money does more good in the hands of taxpayers than it does in the hands of government,” reported the Dallas Morning News.

House Hears Bill Limiting UT Regents’ Power

Sen. Kel Seliger’s bill that could cut through the University of Texas System regents’ current power struggle with the Legislature was heard by the House Higher Education Committee early Wednesday morning.

‘Only One Life': Confronting LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace

Reps. Johnson and Villarreal authored duplicate bills, HB 238 and HB 1146, that would propose to prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees.

Uneasy Money: An Observer Panel On Reforming Texas’ Payday and Auto-Title Loan Industry

Texas Observer Staff Writer Forrest Wilder hosted a public panel on reforming Texas’ payday loan industry.

Observer Story Wins SPJ Award

When Texas Observer staff writer Emily DePrang first met Josh Gravens in early 2012, his life was in shambles. The 25-year-old husband and father […]

Advocates, Officers Spar Over Solitary Confinement for Youth

Youth advocates say some counties are putting kids in seclusion too readily, for far too long. Juvenile justice officials say they have those rules for a reason, and when a child is dangerous and acting out, they simply have to isolate them.

Hot List: Day 107 of the Legislature

The Lead: Two years after leaving the state’s rainy day fund untouched, despite a $27 billion deficit, the Senate voted yesterday to finally use […]

House Members Hear Support for Charter School Expansion

The Senate’s plan for charter school expansion went before members of the House, which has been a graveyard for similar plans in recent years.

Senate Makes It Rain (Drizzle, at Least) for Public Education

The Texas Senate proposal to spend $5.7 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund on roads ($2.9 billion), water infrastructure ($2 billion) and schools ($800 million) was unanimous: 31-0.