On the Lege

After the Election, the Deluge of Bills

163 Senate bills. 244 measures from the House. The 84th session of the Texas Legislature may not kick off until Jan. 13, 2015, but lawmakers have already been busy filing draft legislation for consideration. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Tue. Nov. 11, Richard Whittaker

Van de Putte for San Antonio Mayor?

There's nothing scarier in politics than a candidate trying to dispel a rumor that no one had heard. But that's precisely what happened last night, when Sen. Leticia Van de Putte released a press statement saying she had not made up her mind whether she would run for mayor of San Antonio. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Mon. Nov. 10, Richard Whittaker

Libertarian Ludlow Seeks Press Against Dukes

The Texas Ethics Commission doesn't like it when candidates file ethics complaints for nakedly political ends against their opponents. So the commissioners may take a dim view of Libertarian Kevin Ludlow issuing press releases over his filing against Democrat Rep. Dawnna Dukes. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Mon. Oct. 20, Richard Whittaker

Voter ID: Battle Lost, War Goes On

The US Supreme Court has decided to let Texas voter ID laws stand. That is, for the November elections and resulting run offs. But the parties that brought the challenges to the rules are determined that this will be a one-time deal. Read More | Comment »

4:16PM Sat. Oct. 18, Richard Whittaker

Judge Throws Out Texas Voter ID Law

The ruling is in. A Federal judge has found that Texas' voter ID law is "an unconstitutional poll tax [and] creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose." Read More | Comment »

11:48AM Fri. Oct. 10, Richard Whittaker

Wallace Hall Has a List

It's all a conspiracy, according to Wallace Hall. In a pugnacious display this morning at the latest in the Texas Tribune's A Conversation With series, the embattled UT system regent painted himself as the last honest man in town, besieged by an unlikely coterie of lawmakers. Read More | Comment »

3:01PM Thu. Sep. 4, Richard Whittaker

Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional

In a long-awaited turn for Texas education, Judge John Dietz today issued his final ruling on the state's school finance system: It is unconstitutional, and it is failing Texas children. Read More | Comment »

3:30PM Thu. Aug. 28, Richard Whittaker

Naishtat to Be Released From Hospital

Good news for constituents of Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin. The dean of the Travis County delegation is set to be released from a hospital in Minnesota after being treated for internal bleeding. Read More | Comment »

5:42PM Sun. Aug. 24, Richard Whittaker

Naishtat Recovering After Accident

A minor cycling accident lead to Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, being hospitalized yesterday in Minnesota. But don't worry, he's on the road to recovery after a surprisingly serious medical scare. Read More | Comment »

7:59PM Sat. Aug. 23, Richard Whittaker

Perry's Mug Shot

Update: Perry has pleaded "not guilty" to both felony counts relating to abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. Perry's lawyers have waived his previously scheduled Friday arraignment at the Travis County courthouse. Read More | Comment »

9:37AM Wed. Aug. 20, Richard Whittaker

Dietz Stays on School Finance Suit

Attorney General Greg Abbott may have been taught a tough lesson yesterday: Don't try to change the referee, just because you're losing the game. After a failed protest by Abbott's office, Judge John Dietz remains presiding over the challenge to the state's school finance suits. Read More | Comment »

3:27PM Tue. Jun. 24, Richard Whittaker

HBO Going Under the Dome for 'God Save Texas'

For those of you who believe there isn't enough drama in the Texas legislature: HBO has announced it is developing a new political fiction series, set under our famous Capitol dome. Read More | Comment »

9:10AM Wed. Jun. 18, Richard Whittaker

The End of the Dewhurst Era

With the primary defeat of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a 12 year era comes to an end in the Texas Senate. However, there's already heavy buzz that, whoever succeeds him, they will be one of the least powerful lieutenant governors Texas has ever seen. Read More | Comment »

8:30AM Thu. Jun. 5, Richard Whittaker

Debates: Davis Raises, Abbott Sticks

It's the traditional week of battling debate proposals in the governor's race. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has proposed a cycle of six debates with her opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, but the Republican is sticking firm to a schedule of two. Read More | Comment »

2:40PM Wed. May. 21, Richard Whittaker

The Debating Game

Wondered when Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, will finally go face-to-face? Abbott's campaign says that he agrees to two debates in the governor's race, but he hasn't run that past his opponent yet. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Mon. May. 19, Richard Whittaker

Hall Gets Hooked by Lawmakers

Seems all that mud that UT System Regent Wallace Hall has been slinging finally stuck – to him. The House Select Committee in Transparency in State Agency Operations voted this morning to draft articles of impeachment against the controversial university leader. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Mon. May. 12, Richard Whittaker

Patterson Tars and Feathers Patrick as Chicken Hawk

If you haven't been following the Republican race to become lieutenant governor, run and grab some popcorn. What was already a slobberknocker has become a no-holds-barred blood feud, as former candidate Jerry Patterson accused Dan Patrick of being a draft dodger. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. May. 9, Richard Whittaker

Study: More Innocents on Death Row Than Previously Thought

In his 2006 dissent in a Kansas death penalty case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that the incidence of wrongful conviction is, in essence, vastly overblown. Read More | Comment »

2:23PM Mon. Apr. 28, Jordan Smith

TDCJ Fails to Protect Prisoners From Extreme Heat

In 2010, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Risk Management Division reminded employees in "heat awareness training" of the "common sense tips" that could prevent a "heat-related pet emergency," including that when left indoors one answer two questions: Is air conditioning available? And, will the house stay cool "through the heat of the day?" Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Wed. Apr. 23, Jordan Smith

HB 2 Protesters Return to Court

It's been more than nine months since state lawmakers passed the controversial abortion regulations known as House Bill 2 – that’s the same amount of time that a group of protesters arrested at the Capitol last July have been waiting to learn whether they'll be formally charged in connection with their activism against the abortion measure. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Tue. Apr. 22, Jordan Smith

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