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Hot List: Day 101 of the Legislature

The Lead: We’ll say this for Sen. Dan Patrick: He keeps it interesting. In an unusual move, the Houston Republican  pushed the Senate yesterday to take back a campaign finance bill by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) that the senators had … Read More

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Hot List: Day 95 of Legislature

The Lead: The big news yesterday was in the Senate, which passed a heavily amended version of Senate Education Chair Dan Patrick’s controversial charter school reform bill Thursday afternoon, with only one vote against. The bill originally would have removed … Read More

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Hot List: Day 91 of the Texas Legislature

The Lead: The House passed its version of the 2014-2015 state budget late Thursday night. As the Observer‘s Patrick Michels reported, the amendment that caused perhaps the biggest stir was Rep. Abel Herrero’s effort to block public money from being … Read More

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Hot List: Day 84 of the Legislature

One of this session’s hottest issues has been whether Texas will take a Medicaid expansion deal offered by the federal government. Under Medicaid expansion, roughly 1.5 million more Texans would be covered under the health insurance program, while the feds … Read More

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Hot List: Day 73 of the Legislature

The Lead: The Senate floor was all polite “thank-yous” and pats on the back yesterday, leading up to the vote on the Senate’s version of the budget, which the Lege is required to pass each session. That is, until Sen. … Read More

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