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Another 'Special Session'
Political series returns to PBS in February.
DAILY News  January 24, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...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..."

Gov. Perry: Special Session Begins July 1
Lege to consider sunset, TxDOT bonds, and TxDOT authority
DAILY News  June 25, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Press release from the governor's office, including some strange fantasies about just how well the 81st session went:..."

Special Session Specs
The basics of what's coming in this special session
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Special Session? Sure
GOP's bad timing opens door to Dem filibuster
DAILY News  May 30, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Special Session
New bill numbers and potential arguments imminent
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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?..."

Special Bills for a Special Session
UPDATE: Measures mix unfinished business, new ideas, grandstanding
DAILY News  May 31, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Perry Adds Abortion, Minimum Sentencing to Special Session
Two red meat conservative items bolted on to agenda
DAILY News  June 11, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Abbott Announces Special Session
Eye-popping 20 item sprint begins July 18
DAILY News  June 6, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Perry Tells Special Session to Get Moving on Transportation
The session going nowhere fast to discuss going nowhere fast
DAILY News  June 11, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Session Redistricting Hearings Commence
Senate and House committees taking testimony for next three days
DAILY News  May 30, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Looking at the Lege After a Flaccid Special Session
Alpha males Abbott and Patrick can't get their red meat passed
News Story  August 17, 2017, by the News Staff
"...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..."

Special Session: In and Out in a Jiffy
Lawmakers passed two key bills – then they went home
News Story  July 10, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Session Could End in Fireworks
Governor wants a short and sweet special session
News Story  July 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...If Gov. Rick Perry gets his way, the legislative special session that starts on July 1 will be over before the July 4 holiday...."

Lege Lines: Does Texas Really Need a Special Session
Save for the sunset bill, does Texas really need a special session?
News Story  July 13, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Session Is the Only Thing That's Certain
The when and the what are still unknown
News Story  June 19, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Special Session Especially Likely?
With the session at the 60-day mark, bills are running out of time
News Story  March 20, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...This was going to be the "git 'er done" session under the dome. Now legislators worry it's become what Rep..."

Will Border Crisis Spur a Special Session?
Perry, Dewhurst, Straus instruct DPS to increase border presence
News Story  June 26, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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?..."

Education Funding May Require Special Session
Lawmakers at impasse over school finance
News Story  May 20, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Session on a Binge
The call keeps growing
News Story  June 10, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Session 2.0: Wendy Davis Responds
SB 5 filibuster senator fires back at Perry's renewed anti-health call
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

No 'Special Session' on KLRU
Stekler show couldn't secure funding
DAILY News  January 16, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Special Session Update
What we know so far about round 2 of the 81st Legislature
DAILY News  June 29, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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:..."

Special Session Update Updated
What's happened so far in the 81(1)
DAILY News  July 1, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Special Times Ahead
Perry confirms the inevitable with special session comments
DAILY News  June 9, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

CHIPing in on the Special
Dems get four Republicans to join call to add health care to special session
DAILY News  June 24, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Perry Calls the Inevitable Special Second
Abortion, transportation and juvenile justice back on the call
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

What's So Special?
Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren
News Column  April 23, 2004, by Michael King
"...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..."

Special Summer?
Gov. Perry and Speaker Straus play down the need for a speedy special session (note the speedy bit)
DAILY News  June 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Number two: "Will he say anything about a special session?"..."

Worst. Session. Ever.
With three days left, legislature hurtling to the abyss
DAILY News  May 27, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Jose Aliseda, R-Beeville. But after yesterday's explosion of porn, infighting and collapsed deals, it may be the best car crash session ever...."

A Very Special Sine Die
Governor gets all of what he needed, none of what he wanted from special session
DAILY News  July 3, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Well, Gov. Rick Perry said he wanted a short special session, and the Legislature gave him one...."

Congressional Redistricting Dead This Session
Not enough time to move map through process, committee chair says
DAILY News  May 24, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Special Speedbump
CDAs, Texas Transportation Revolving Fund could trip up the plans to get lawmakers home by Saturday
DAILY News  July 1, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

A Legislative Session Just for Dan Patrick
How much can go wrong in 30 days?
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Three weeks ago, local Democratic Rep. Gina Hinojosa had just finished with her first session..."

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
News Story  January 3, 2019, by the News Staff
"...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..."

Not So Sine Die: What's Special About More of the Same?
The Legislature doesn't quite end
News Story  June 3, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Perry's Pride: Not So Special Tally
Perry always declares victory, even when he loses
News Story  July 8, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Special Assembly
Thousands rally at the Capitol
News Story  July 5, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...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...."

Lege Lines: The 84th Session Begins
News from the first weeks of the 84th legislative session
News Story  January 22, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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)..."

Worst Session Ever
A look at the mess they've made
News Story  June 10, 2011
"...• Anti-"sanctuary cities" bill stalled (unless revived in special session). Women's Health Care: From Bad to Horrid..."

Session Ends With Finger-Pointing, Unfinished Business
Perry says he has no immediate plans to call legislators back to Austin
News Story  June 5, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Council: Tuesday Work Session … & Then Some
Grove public hearing and briefings extend the working agenda
DAILY News  December 6, 2016, by Michael King
"...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..."

Sunsetting the Session
As sine die approaches, House faces stark choices over Sunset safety net bill, CHIP, and special sessions
DAILY News  June 1, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

It's the Totally Special, Totally Awesome Auschron Newscast
Special session at the Lege, local campaigns continue
DAILY News  June 3, 2011, by Jordan Smith, Wells Dunbar and Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session
Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more
News Story  December 13, 2018, by the News Staff
"...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..."

A Special Agenda
The leading proposals focus on cutting taxes and finding substitute funds
News Column  April 23, 2004, by Michael King
"...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..."

The Education Session
The Lege takes another run at patching school finance
News Story  April 30, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Council: A Special Event
Alison Alter, agreeing to disagree
News Story  May 10, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...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..."

Council: Isn't That Special?
City punts on special events ordinance
News Story  November 15, 2013, by Michael King
"...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..."

Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48
The 'Chronicle' endorsement for the state House District 48, special election: Donna Howard
News Story  January 13, 2006
"...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..."

Special Response
Nearly 80 APD officers will work the Republican National Convention
News Story  May 26, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

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