Sighting in with the NRA

I expected a tea party rally with heavy security. Or at least an information booth on outfitting your bunker for the coming race wars. But no. The NRA exhibits were nerdy good times for people who think guns are interesting.

Exclusive: The Man Behind Hidalgo County’s Biggest Law Enforcement Scandal

For more than six months, Miguel Flores lived a double life. In his day job, he was a narcotics investigator for the Hidalgo County […]

Book Review: Counting Down the Days

The second biggest surprise in Owen Egerton’s new book is that during the apocalypse, an army of nutria will rise from Lady Bird Lake and kill us all.

Sine Dry: Quiet Day in the Senate Ends with Immediate Special Session

The Legislature’s session had barely ended Monday afternoon before a new one began. The Senate adjourned sine die (indefinitely) just after 5 p.m. and, […]

Hot List: Day 140 of the Legislature

The Lead: Well, kids, we’ve reached sine die—the 140th, and last, day of the 83rd Legislature’s regular session. (The circus is apparently staying in […]

Legislature Passes Major Testing Reform and Charter School Bills

Late on the session’s next-to-last day, the House passed the session’s two biggest education bills, expanding charter schools and cutting high school testing.

House Passes Budget As Session Deadline Nears

The fight isn’t over yet: The House still needs to pass Senate Bill 1 to seal the deal.

Hot List: Day 139 of the Legislature

The Lead: It’s the penultimate day of the session, and lawmakers have much left to do. The House still must pass the budget and […]

Perry Vetoes Dark Money Disclosure Bill

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed his first set of bills Saturday, including SB 346, Sen. Kel Seliger’s “dark money” disclosure bill.

Senate Passes Budget Bill Over Tea Partiers’ Quiet Objections

In a surprisingly quick move, the Senate passed SB 1—the $196.95 billion state budget for the next two years—late Saturday afternoon on a 27-4 vote.