Daily News: On the Lege
Straus Announces House Committees
And now the fun begins. Speaker Joe Straus has just announced House committee appointments and membership for the 85th Legislature. Texas representatives can finally start hearing bills and moving legislation.

3:40PM Thu. Feb. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Reproductive Rights Advocates Prepare for the Fight
Reproductive health advocates, progressive groups, and state legislators are gearing up for another long fight to defend pro-choice rights under the dome this session.

8:00AM Thu. Feb. 9, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Dawnna Dukes Indicted
After months of speculation and allegation, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury, throwing the fate of the House District 46 lawmaker into even further question.

11:30AM Wed. Jan. 18, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Vela Kicks Off
“My shoes are laced up, I’ve got my clipboard, and I’m running for office,” said José "Chito" Vela Thursday night, answering an exhortation by President Barack Obama in his Chicago farewell speech. Vela held his kickoff at Tres Amigos for the House District 46 seat now held by Dawnna Dukes – and joked, “Whatever happened, I wasn’t going to cancel the party!”

2:07PM Fri. Jan. 13, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Vela to Waffling Dukes: Go Now
As the old song goes, how can we miss you if you won't go away? Workers' rights advocate and attorney Chito Vela has responded to reports that Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, won't be quitting her seat, and is requesting that she stand down Tuesday as promised.

12:31PM Mon. Jan. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Texas Bathroom Bill Battle Officially Begins
As predicted, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has his bathroom bill. Senate Bill 6, labeled the “Texas Privacy Act,” was filed Thursday, Jan. 5 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham. The bill is both sexist and transphobic and hides behind the guise of privacy protection.

4:45PM Thu. Jan. 5, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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Houston Voters Say No to "Robin Hood"
Amidst the crumbling debris of last week's election, there was one vote in Texas that nobody noticed, but which may have monumental consequences for school finance. Houston ISD voters delivered a message to the state: We won't send you our property tax dollars.

6:00AM Tue. Nov. 15, 2016, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Anti-Bullying Bill Filed for Texas Legislature
With harassment swelling in the wake of the presidential election, Texas Democratic lawmakers are taking the bull by the horns. Two San Antonio legislators have announced they intend to file an anti-bullying bill, David's Law, today, the opening day of pre-filing for the 85th Legislature.

10:25AM Mon. Nov. 14, 2016, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Cole Running to Replace Dukes
This just in from the Desk of No Surprises: former Mayor pro tem Sheryl Cole has confirmed that she will run in next year's special election to succeed Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Pflugerville, in representing House District 46.

12:16PM Tue. Nov. 8, 2016, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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