Hot List: Day 137 of the Legislature

The session adjourns on Monday, but the big question on everyone’s lips at the Capitol is: Will there be a special session?

What Must Happen for Texas to Turn Blue

Polling indicates that Democrats have no lock on the Latino vote, and that control of Texas may hinge on which Latino voters show up at the polls.

Mary Karr talks Diet Coke, DFW, and the Birth of Sparkle

Texas’ own Queen of the Memoir, Mary Karr, gives a salty interview to Salon‘s Nina Puro, wherein she disses Augusten Burroughs, dishes on David […]

Hot List: Day 136 of the Legislature

Luckily, the Senators came to their senses and Williams proposed a bill accepted, even lauded, by his Democratic counterparts. Under the plan, the basic allotment per-student-spending would reach $5,040 in 2015, which is the ever in the state.

No Sweat: Water Fund Resolution Passes the House

After a short debate, Senate Joint Resolution 1 easily in the House, letting voters approve creating a fund for state water planning projects.

In Brownsville, Two Colleges Split and a Community Suffers

The separation of UT-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College leads to hundreds of layoffs.

House and Senate in Standoff Over Budget Deals

The House put off SJR 1 for days to see if the Senate will approve $200 million for schools during the HB 1025 vote.

Hot List: Day 135 of the Legislature

The Lead: Five days left till sine die, and the deadlines are coming fast. Today’s the last day for the Senate and the House […]

Harold Simmons Wins Another Favor from the Lege

Every session, Harold Simmons’ radioactive waste dump company comes to the Legislature with a new favor to ask. Every session Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat with a peace activist pedigree, puts up a spirited protest. And every session, Simmons—one of the state’s most generous GOP donors—pretty much gets what he wants.

Hot List: Day 134 of the Legislature

The Lead: It’s not every day you see the Texas Legislature vote to tighten ethics standards, but that’s what happened yesterday when the House […]