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Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature
“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay”
"...fifth term representing most of the city in the Texas Senate. His committee posts have included Finance, Health &..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Lege Lines: Only 139 Days to Go for the 86th Texas Legislature
House, Senate gavel in with new leadership
"...on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the first day of the 86th Texas Legislature. The halls buzzed with advocates, spectators, and..."

Jan. 11, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rep. John Bucy III on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve got to do everything we can to keep attention on Medicaid expansion”
"...Austin. Bucy is the president and founder of the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League (TCSAAL), and former..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Rep. Vikki Goodwin on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I worry when people talk about property tax caps [and not] where the revenue is going to come from instead”
"...system. It hasn't been around long enough [for the Legislature] to make the decision on whether or not it's..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rep. Donna Howard on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Let’s target some new money toward childhood literacy, toward high school success, toward teacher quality – the kind of things that research shows make a difference”
"...Typically, the Texas economy does very well, but we do sometimes have..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rep. Erin Zwiener on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We were always very clear that being progressive and being tribalist weren’t the same thing”
"...is the connection between their property taxes and the legislature’s funding for public schools. A lot of folks didn’t..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I’ll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state”
"...ER:I’ve been at the Legislature for 16 years and served with Dennis. We’ve gone..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rep. Gina Hinojosa on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We need to have the state pay its fair share into the school finance system”
"...note: Hinojosa’s father Gilberto is the chair of the Texas Democratic Party.] That should apply to every decision we..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rep. Sheryl Cole on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve always been on defense, and we’ve got to learn how to play offense”
"...have the profile of schools in poor areas of Texas. It doesn’t make sense to not get credit for..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Rep. James Talarico on the 86th Texas Legislature
“There isn’t a blue or red way to fix public education – there’s only a right way”
"...Talarico (HD-52), one of the youngest members of the Texas House, was sworn in after his November election district..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rep. Celia Israel on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Pandering to 3% of the electorate is not in anyone's best interest”
"...system "byzantine" … if I were the queen of Texas, I would have already called a special session. I..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Movies or Medicaid: A False Choice at the Texas Legislature
Another tug o’ war over funding for Texas’ film, TV, and gaming industry rebate program
"...from Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Dallas, as funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program took its traditional biennial..."

April 12, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Meet the Texas Lawmaker Working to Ban Conversion Therapy
Rep. Celia Israel on politics, queerness, and transportation
"...In 1992, Celia Israel had one thing holding her..."

April 2, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Lilli Hime

Will Texas Patch Up TABC Before It Bursts?
If ever an agency needed to be scorched by the state’s Sunset Act, it’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com­mis­sion
"...liquid fire of the state's Sunset Act, it's the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com­mis­sion. For not just years but generations,..."

Feb. 1, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Death Watch: “Texas Seven” Member Contests “Law of Parties”
A robbery ended in a police officer death while Patrick Murphy waited outside. Current Texas law holds him responsible.
"...Editor’s Note: After this story went to press, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Patrick Murphy’s request to..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Central Texas Lawmakers Speak Out About the 86th Legislative Session
Interviews with the team representing 2.1 million Austin metro residents
"...It's hard to imagine the 86th Texas Legislature being any crazier than the last three,..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

With a Possible Update to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Former Council Members Recall Local Scandal
How a misunderstanding changed Austin politics
"...send to Gov. Greg Abbott an update to the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) to reinstate provisions, struck down..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Lege Lines: Texas GOP Tees up More Voter ID Nonsense
Secretary of State issues election advisory, ignites right-wing voter fraud frenzy
"...When newly appointed Texas Secretary of State David Whitley (until recently a top..."

Feb. 1, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

The Future May Finally Be Brightening for Texas Film Incentives
The sequel to film rebates?
"...The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP for not overly..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas House Advances Ambitious School Finance Bill
Teachers’ union celebrates shedding of merit pay provision
"...The House Public Education Committee passed a committee substitute..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Lege Lines: Senate Still Hasn’t Confirmed Texas Secretary of State David Whitley
Architect of recent “voter fraud” fiasco shifts blame to DPS
"...Texas Secretary of State David Whitley was appointed by Gov...."

Feb. 15, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Special Election Fills One of Three Vacant Seats in Texas House
Dem Art Fierro wins HD 79 while Houston's HD 145 goes to runoff
"...fill two of the three vacant seats in the Texas House. Democrat Art Fierro, with the endorsements of the..."

Feb. 1, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Point Austin: The Gavel Descends
The 86th Texas Legislature: Hoping for the Best ...
"...families, and supporters with the formal opening of the 86th Texas Legislature. It's a notoriously slow-starting circus, and the..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Column by Michael King

Bills, Bills, Bills ... and Bonnen!
Nearly 400 bills filed already for the 86th Texas Legislature
"...the first frenzied day of bill filing for the 86th Texas Legislature. The nearly 400 bills filed in the..."

Nov. 16, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Dems Call for Health Care for All Texans
State Rep. Gina Hinojosa pledges to carry comprehensive health care bill to the 86th Texas Lege
"...About 60 activists and public officials gathered at Texas AFL-CIO headquarters Friday evening, Nov. 30, to initiate legislation..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: The Definition of Insanity
Waiting for the Legislature to finally do its duty on school finance
"...the News staff's upbeat interviews with the incoming Central Texas legislative delegation – Democrats all – I began the..."

Jan. 18, 2019 News Column by Michael King

Sex and the Senate
What will it take to curb sexual harassment at the Texas State Capitol?
"...Not more than two days into the 86th Texas Legislature, the 150-member House of Representatives approved a..."

Jan. 25, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Envisioning the Future of Austin State Hospital
What will it take to turn the former Texas State Lunatic Asylum into a world-class center of brain health?
"..."asylum" was stigmatized a long time ago. So the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, opened in 1861, changed its name..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Lege Lines: Sen. José Menéndez Stands Up for Military Bases, and Against Trump
San Antonio Democrat introduces resolution to protect funds for Texas military being diverted to border wall construction
"...Antonio, introduced a resolution to protect money appropriated for Texas military bases in the face of potential resources being..."

March 22, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Point Austin: How to Suppress the Vote
With its latest lies, Texas GOP reminds us: This is all they’ve got
"...DeLay followed Newt "Con­tract With America" Gingrich to make Texas hostile to bipartisan government. For the last 20 years,..."

Feb. 1, 2019 News Column by Michael King

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