House Passes Ethics Commission Bill with New Requirements Tacked On

A sunset bill for the Texas Ethics Commission tentatively passed through the House Monday evening, with a few ethics reform bills tacked on as amendments.

For Tea Party, CSCOPE Stands for Winning

At the Capitol this morning, Sen. Dan Patrick made a surprise announcement: “The era of CSCOPE lesson plans has come to an end.”

Perry Delusion

Book Review: Staring Down Faith

There is no empty jargon in Abyss, no Christian-speak or airy mysticism. Wiman’s prose is elegant and surprising at every turn.

Hot List: Day 133 of the Texas Legislature

It’s one week left of the Legislature, and lawmakers are cramming last-minute laws into the session like it’s the night before their final exams.

Border Communities Living in Limbo While Congress Dithers

In early May, Ruben Villarreal, Mayor of Rio Grande City, channeled the frustration of many residents in Starr and Hidalgo counties, where a proposed […]

Budget Deal Finally Reached

After yesterday’s budget mess, it looks like a deal has been reached. On Thursday the Observer reported that the budget negotiations stalled after pressure […]

House Declares War on Senate Over Disrespect for the Process

Update 1:00 p.m.: The skirmish over floundering House bills in the Senate has been resolved. Over a lunch recess in both the Senate and the House, lawmakers […]

State of Texas: The Road to 500 Executions

Texas will soon execute its 500th person since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Hot List: Day 130 of the Legislature

However, Perry said that still left too much being spent on schools, Turner said, though Perry later deflected blame onto others.