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Lege Lines: Patrick’s Hostage Play
How the Lt. Gov. held the 85th Lege for ransom
"...one could predict that the bill would send the 85th Legislature into bloody carnage between the House and Senate..."

June 2, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
The 85th Lege rolls on

April 28, 2017 News Feature by News Staff

The 85th’s State Something
Taking stock at the Lege's midway point
"...It's almost halfway over. On March 20, the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature will pass the..."

March 17, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Return of the Lege
State’s 85th Legislature already a battle of House and Senate
"...The 85th Texas Legislature is imminent, but don't expect a simple..."

Jan. 6, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
20 days left of the 85th session
"...House Calendars Committee, on May 4, to demand the Lege halt its attack on reproductive health rights. Lawmak­ers filed..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Lege Lines: Tough Balance
The Lege's budget standoff stumbles forward
"...So if you think the 85th Legislature has a big budget headache over a couple..."

April 28, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Off the Rails Already
Lege opens with sparring chambers, questions about Dukes' future
"...The 85th Texas Legislature has arrived – not with a bang,..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Through the Lege Looking-Glass
Alice's tea party was never as mad as the Lege this session
"..."fetal remains" bill are just extreme examples of the Lege's upside-down sense of what matters to most Texans, and..."

March 10, 2017 News Column by Michael King

Lege Lines: Do Not Resuscitate
The Texas Lege, back from the dead

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Think of the Children
Can the Lege fix Child Protective Services?

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...any moment captured the underlying conflict leading into the 85th Texas Legislature, it came on the afternoon of Thursday,..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Lege Lines: Don’t Blame the Death Worm
The Texas House wants to kill off "film incentives"
"...protect survivors of campus sexual assault. SB 968 requires colleges to create an online and anonymous sexual assault reporting..."

April 14, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fallout From the Lege's War on Reproductive Rights
Texas waits on the full impact of legislative cuts
"...few days to gauge the damage inflicted by the 85th regular session before Gov. Greg Abbott called a special..."

June 23, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: “A Liar and Hateful Man”
Matt Rinaldi calls ICE, threatens to shoot a colleague
"...The 85th legislative session went out not with a whimper but..."

June 2, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
What happened during the wild week before sine die?
"...of the House Redistricting Com­mittee. "This symbolizes perfectly my 85th #TxLege: a form letter thanking me for serving on..."

June 2, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Lege Lines: Respect Us or Expect Us
The House gets its revenge on Dan Patrick
"...to execute something constructive. That hope collapsed for the 85th session this week, as the simmering war between the..."

May 26, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Resistance in the “Sanctuary”
Assessing the fallout after SB 4’s passage
"...office). Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, Austin Community College Trustee Julie Ann Nitsch, Rev. Jim Rigby of St...."

May 5, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Looking at the Lege After a Flaccid Special Session
Alpha males Abbott and Patrick can't get their red meat passed
"...operations funds, statewide, are spent on public safety, the Lege apparently prefers undermining basic services to tackling the Big..."

Aug. 18, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Lege Lines: The “Sanctuary Cities” Bill's Detrimental Effect
Can anybody reasonably testify in support of SB 4?
"...As we inch toward the session's halfway point ("The 85th's State Something," March 17), it's another sign the House..."

March 24, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: A Second Shot at Tackling Maternal Mortality
After years spent gutting women’s health care, are lawmakers doing enough?
"...far-right "pro-life" Freedom Caucus helped derail her bill. The Lege didn't even bother extending the task force, setting it..."

Aug. 11, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Greg Abbott Brings the Lege Back for More Fun
It promises to be a very special session
"...regular session, making a special session nearly inevitable. (Revisit "Lege Lines: Patrick's Hostage Play," June 2.)..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Straus vs. the Extremists
Railroad Commission spat highlights the divide between right-wingers and House leadership
"...residents from using restrooms in government buildings and public colleges that align with their gender identity – shot through..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Council: A Busy Week at the Lege
City Council and the mayor confront the controlling state
"...a new motto: "Do as we say!" Among the Lege agenda items intended to reverse local initiatives that the..."

March 24, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Lege Lines: Bathroom Bill Steals Spotlight
"Texas Privacy Act" isn't about privacy – it's about transphobia
"...relegate usage of facilities at public buildings, schools, and colleges to residents whose gender matches the sex listed on..."

Jan. 20, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Stretching Toward a Sunset
Don't praise the Senate GOP for working quickly to pass what's needed
"...Medical Board and four other state agencies, which the Lege – specifically Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, through his political..."

July 21, 2017 News Column by Mary Tuma

Live at the Lege
The Chronicle counts down to sine die
"...We're checking out for the day. See this week's "Lege Lines" in the paper for a breakdown of the..."

May 29, 2017 News Post by the News Staff

Last Day at the Lege
Sine die arrives as threat of a special session looms
"...agencies. With today marking the final day of the 85th Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is holding the Sunset..."

May 29, 2017 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines – The Texas Legislature: Not Enron
Passing a state budget when one side’s “cooking the books”
"...as House Bill 2). In recent years, whenever the Lege slaps itself on the back for passing a nominally..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Derailing Bipartisan Progress?
Political pandering in the face of actual action
"...on the minds of the Dems, Repub­lic­an moderates, and Lege observers alike, both Anchia and Cook fretted aloud on..."

March 10, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Deliberately Discriminatory
Voter ID's future in Texas, without the DoJ
"...that SB 14 is discriminatory. Knowing that, if the Lege refuses to make sufficient changes, then lawmakers are arguably..."

March 3, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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