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TRMPAC in Its Own Words

Exhibits from a recent civil trial help tell the TRMPAC story

Unlike other organizations, your corporate contributions to TRMPAC will be put to productive use,” reads the document subpoenaed from Texans for a Republican Majority Executive Director John Colyandro. It’s one of hundreds of exhibits offered into evidence for a recent … Read More

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Listen to the Prophet

State Demographer Steve Murdock says we have a choice about our future, if we act now

In the 1990s, Texas grew at a rate that was approximately equal to adding another Houston, plus another Dallas, plus another San Antonio, plus another Corpus Christi. The growth spurt continues today, booming most along the Texas-Mexico border, the central … Read More

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Idealogy versus Demography

Ideology versus Demography t’s hard to see how anyone could sit through one of State Demographer Steve Murdock’s presentations on what he calls “The Texas Challenge,” and not come away transformed. Murdock’s numbers (see, “Listen to the Prophet,” page 10) … Read More

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They Shot More than a Messenger

Gov. Rick Perry silenced Tony Fabelo. Now, hear what he has to say

They Shot More than a Messenger Governer Rick Perry silenced Tony Fabelo. Now, hear what he has to say. BY JAKE BERNSTEIN n June 2003, at the end of the regular session of the 78th Legislature, Governor Rick Perry abolished … Read More

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Craddick Term II Begins

Craddick Term II Begins he future is what we make of it.” That’s the sentence that stays with me from Rep. Beverly Woolley’s speech nominating Tom Craddick for a second term as speaker of the Texas House. It was Tuesday, … Read More

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Grinchy Nation

This is the last Observer issue of 2004. Our 50th anniversary year. An election year of great consequence for the state and the nation. A year when once again Texas politicians sent America’s youth to die for ideological idiocy. When … Read More

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The White Stuff

The Observer talks with Houston Mayor Bill White

On January 1, Houston Mayor Bill White will complete his first year in office. It has been a remarkably successful year for the first-time elected official. The mayor has a 76-percent approval rating, according to the Houston Chronicle, and is … Read More

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The Road Back To Power

The Texas Observer talks recovery with two Democratic campaign experts

Democrats are still dazed from their drubbing at the polls on November 2. The initial shock has given way to a low-grade depression. It’s a funk fueled by all the tragedies—large and small—they see coming in the days and years … Read More

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Takin' America Back

Listening to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay claim exoneration after three slaps in six days from the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee brought to mind an expression I heard in Guatemala once. The President at the time, Jorge … Read More

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