"...We knew something good had to come out of the Lege's return, aside from a bunch of dead grackles: Our favorite public affairs program is returning to KLRU. Special Session is hosted by the indomitable Paul Stekler, documentary filmmaker of George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire, Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style (documenting the Patrick Rose/Rick Green electoral battle) and more..."
"...Press release from the governor's office, including some strange fantasies about just how well the 81st session went:..."
"...What's a special session? A special session is when the governor – in this case, Greg Abbott – decides the Legislature has more business to attend to after the conclusion of its regular session...."
"...Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustering the school finance reforms in Senate Bill 1811, and House Public Education Committee Chair Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, slumped at the front of the House, looking dejected. Now a school finance special session seems a lock...."
"...At 2pm today, Monday, July 1, the Texas House and Senate are scheduled to gavel in for the second special session of the 83rd Legislature. After the kumbaya nature of the regular session, and the utter debacle of the first special, what should everyone expect from this next 30 day crawl?..."
"...The first special session of the 82nd Legislature is only 525 minutes old, but there has already been the micro-flurry of bills filed. The big question is, how many fill Gov..."
"...First transportation, now abortions and minimum sentencing: Ramping up speculation that Gov. Rick Perry will run again in 2014, the governor has added two more items to the call for the special session...."
"...Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans for a special session this summer, to clean up a bit of the leftover mess from the recently concluded 85th legislative session..."
"...Texas' transport infrastructure, from road to rail to air, is a complete mess and getting worse. So, as the House and Senate Redistricting Select Committees keeps adding hearings in the special session, Gov..."
"...The first called special session of the 83rd Legislature begins in earnest Thursday morning as the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting holds their first, and seemingly only, public meeting...."
"...Conundrum one: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has one 140-day regular legislative session, but can't get the House and Senate to agree on every bill he wants passed. He gives himself one 30-day special session to pass 20 bills he likes, but the two chambers each favor different bills..."
"...The first (and possibly last) special session of the 81st Legislature was a model of efficiency: Two major pieces of legislation passed in 31 hours, with unanimous votes in both House and Senate. But this was only achieved by lawmakers refusing to touch two extra issues that Gov..."
"...If Gov. Rick Perry gets his way, the legislative special session that starts on July 1 will be over before the July 4 holiday...."
"...Few items capture the spirit of American politics quite like the campaign pin. As the sides get drawn for the state Legislature's upcoming special session, lawmakers have taken to sporting their team's respective badges..."
"...As lawmakers and their staff start thinking about booking their summer vacations, there's a cloud hanging over their heads: There will be a special session, and it will take place in the state Capitol sometime before 2011. Beyond that, most details are pretty much speculation...."
"...This was going to be the "git 'er done" session under the dome. Now legislators worry it's become what Rep..."
"...David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase its presence along the border with Mexico. The big questions now are, how does Texas pay for this surge, and will lawmakers need to reconvene for a special session to cover the bill?..."
"...This year, they're in limbo. No one knows how much the state will spend on education or how it will slice up the funding, and there's persistent talk that an education-focused special legislative session will be required just to work out the basics..."
"...You have to hand it to Senate Finance Committee Chair Steve Ogden. The Bryan Republican warned that the legislative special session would grow as Gov..."
"...If leaders are serious about using this second called special session to improve the lives of Texans by repairing and expanding our transportation networks, they will find no greater ally than me. If they intend to keep pushing their extreme personal political agenda ahead of the interests of Texas families, I will not back off of my duty to fight on their behalf...."
"...We sadly report that Special Session, the Legislature-themed show produced and hosted by Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler, will not be returning to public television station KLRU this year. “Just too hard to find funding for it,” reports Stekler, a radio-television-film professor at UT...."
"...Details of exactly what's happening with the First Special Session of the 81st Legislature are starting to trickle in, so here's a quick primer:..."
"...No surprise, even with all the claims of a quick trip to the Capitol, there's push and pull on the speed of the Special Session...."
"...So the word has spread quickly: Gov. Rick Perry confirmed this afternoon before a meeting with business groups that there will be a special session..."
"...The longer Gov. Rick Perry waits to call the special session, the more organized the pressure to put other items beyond Sunset and Texas Department of Transportation bonds on the call..."
"...No use waiting if you're going to start pandering: As expected, Gov. Rick Perry has called a special session, starting July 1, with the three bills that didn't make it out – abortion, transportation funding and life sentences for 17 year olds – as the objectives...."
"...Whatever else happens over the next 30 days at the special legislative session on public school finance that opened this week at the Capitol, Texans should expect an education. Not necessarily about public schools and their needs and resources, but about the nature of political power and its exercise in Texas..."
"...Number two: "Will he say anything about a special session?"..."
"...Jose Aliseda, R-Beeville. But after yesterday's explosion of porn, infighting and collapsed deals, it may be the best car crash session ever...."
"...Well, Gov. Rick Perry said he wanted a short special session, and the Legislature gave him one...."
"...Political geography junkies will have to wait a little longer to see how Texas gets divvied up in Congressional redistricting. The chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee, Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, just confirmed to LegeLand that it won't happen this session...."
"...Everyone knows the plan for the special session: Gavel in at 10am on July 1, pass three bills, gavel out July 3. But as lawmakers gather in Austin, the details of those three bills are starting to raise some questions...."
"...Three weeks ago, local Democratic Rep. Gina Hinojosa had just finished with her first session..."
"...It's hard to imagine the 86th Texas Legislature being any crazier than the last three, or four, or five sessions, but as our state grows ever larger and more bumptious, so do the built-up political pressures under the pink dome. With a new speaker, a much purpler House, an electorally chastened Senate (and lieutenant governor), and an awful lot of new faces, the Legislature faces many possible outcomes as it wrestles the greased anaconda of school finance and deals with the rest of the state's business..."
"...Yet as lawmakers, lobbyists, and staffers celebrated sine die on Monday, May 30, they all knew they would be back in the Capitol at 8am the next day. For the ninth time in his 12 years as governor, Rick Perry has called a special session...."
"...When the House called sine die on June 29 to wrap up the first called special session of the 82nd Legislature, Gov. Rick Perry said he was "proud" of what he, Lt..."
"...More than 5,000 supporters of reproductive rights gathered at the Capitol on Monday for a rousing rally in advance of the second special session, where another divisive fight over abortion rights is taking center stage...."
"...Last session, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the state's corruption watchdog (and, if you need reminding, he's under indictment for doing so)..."
"...• Anti-"sanctuary cities" bill stalled (unless revived in special session). Women's Health Care: From Bad to Horrid..."
"...A week ago, the Texas Legislature was divided along party lines. But with sine die – the final day of the 81st session – come and gone, the fate of several state agencies and billions in transportation funds hang in limbo, setting the House and Senate at each other's throats and leaving a whisper of special session in the air...."
"...City Council meets today (Dec. 6) for both its regular work session and a special-called meeting to consider a second reading of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development..."
"...But as the close of the day draws close, the rumor is increasing that there may be no deal to be done. When asked a few minutes ago, House Democratic Caucus Leader Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, said, "We're done" and discounted the idea of a special session..."
"...Like a unique snowflake, each special session of the Texas Legislature is different. Richard Whittaker tells the Totescast why this one's destined for extra awfulness..."
"...Will the 86th Texas Legislature be as horrific and hostile as its recent predecessors, or will it be a more pleasant and welcoming place? There's evidence pointing toward both. The GOP is still in charge and itching to finally score right-wing scalps that it's failed to grab in past sessions, and the biggest single obstacle to their progress – House Speaker Joe Straus – has left the building..."
"...Here are some of the major proposals to be considered at the special-called session of the 78th Legislature convened on Tuesday and expected to last 30 days.Performance Incentives..."
"...This was always going to be an education session, due to a confluence of three factors. First, a new governor: In his inaugural State of the State address, Gov..."
"...Before noon on Tuesday, as City Council members made their way through a work session agenda, it was already clear that another marathon regular meeting would be in store today, May 10. Council's last meeting, at the end of April, went a mind-boggling 17 hours, with the added bonus of having the three stickiest subjects saved for after 10pm..."
"...14, it's already a substantial list, including many zoning cases pushed back from the Nov. 7 session, abbreviated so that city staff could continue helping with the Onion Creek flood recovery efforts..."
"...The dominating issue is education, because of its importance to District 48 voters, and because of the public school finance crisis and upcoming special legislative session, likely to be called this spring. Although Bentzin is running as a moderate determined simply to "improve the schools," he would replace his predecessor Todd Baxter as a reflexive vote for the GOP leadership, and he has already declared his support for private school vouchers "in certain circumstances" a position indistinguishable from that of the stealth voucher promoters at the Capitol..."
"...They'll be joined there by an estimated 2,000 other officers from various municipal and state agencies around the country, as well as an expected 50,000 attendees and activists. APD's contributing officers are expected at a training session on Sunday, July 17..."