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The Senate Committee Shuffle
Austin's four Senators get their appointments for 2013
"...First, that we got screwed by the lack of one centralized, unified Senate voice. Second, that now Travis has..."

Jan. 21, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Senate Committees Announced
Lt. Gov releases committee appointments with few changes for Travis delegation
"...Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst quietly released the list of Senate Committees for the 81st Session. Comparing the list to..."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Senate: Same Committees, Fewer Meetings
Upper chamber clears already light schedule before voter ID bust-up
"...Over the weekend, Quorum Report reported that four Senate committees (Higher Education, Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, the..."

March 10, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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”
"...Kirk Watson, the former Austin mayor, is entering his fifth term..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Lege Lines: Bills on the Move
Sine die looms. Do these bills have a shot?
"...• Seventeen religious freedom bills have been filed this session. While most remain pending in committees, HB 3859, filed..."

May 5, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Dying in Committee, Part 7
Don't ask why some bills pass and some don't. The answer will make your head spin.
"...new bills, so while some bills work their way onward to becoming law, others never make it. How this..."

May 11, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Making the Math Work on Real School Finance Reform
"Texas Plan" brings new money to Austin and other districts, but nothing's final yet
"...weeks left to go, the 86th Texas Legislature is on track to send Gov. Greg Abbott the largest funding..."

April 26, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

On the Lege: A $156 Million Disaster
The Accenture scheme blows up in the state's face
"...a year of blunders before Health and Human Services Commission officials last week halted an ill-fated privatization experiment teeming..."

March 23, 2007 News Column

LegeLand: Some Key Committee Seats for Local Dems
Funding battles will start in meeting rooms
"...It took a month of weighing member seniority against personal interests, but on..."

Feb. 18, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

On the Lege
Austin's freshman senator picks up plum assignments
"...Well into his first month on the job, Kirk Watson is still bouncing off..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Higher Ed: Lower Priority
College coffers feel the squeeze
"...Courtesy of Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and a massive Republican House majority, the gun lobby..."

March 4, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Education Funding May Require Special Session
Lawmakers at impasse over school finance
"...upcoming school year. This year, they're in limbo. No one knows how much the state will spend on education..."

May 20, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Education: Dialing for Dollars
School funding remains unconstitutional: Will the Lege act?
"...what bills have been pre-filed, and more about what everyone knows is coming. First, there's the fallout from Judge..."

Jan. 9, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Education
Lots of Reform, No Money
"...Future, briefed lawmakers back in January about his theory on the importance of arts education, his name has been..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Community Colleges Bestow Dunce Cap on Perry
Community-college presidents and allies launch barrage of explosive verbiage on Perry after he vetoes $154 million in school funding
"..."No one wants to get into a war of words with..."

July 27, 2007 News Feature by Lee Nichols

The Continuing Education of Rick Perry
An old refrain was sung yet again Tuesday in a Senate hearing – the governor goes on a veto rampage, leaving legislators (and others) to wonder why his objections to their bills didn't come up earlier
"...An old refrain was sung yet again in a Senate hearing Tuesday – Gov. Rick Perry goes on a..."

Aug. 17, 2007 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Top 10 Education Stories
"...The U.S. Department of Education will take more of a backseat in education policy,..."

Jan. 1, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

On the Lege: Freshman Watson Thrives in Senate Environment
Lege is preferable to City Hall for former mayor
"...ordinarily make significant political strides during their first legislative session, but Kirk Watson has managed to rack up some..."

May 18, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Education: Failure to Invest
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
"...When it comes to public and higher education, the 84th Legislature will be remembered as much..."

June 5, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Education Stories
Edukayshun 'r' us
"...Plan was launched as a massive exercise in public consultation to guide property use and investment strategy for the..."

Jan. 6, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

More Spanking for Perry on Community College Veto
Dewhurst and Zaffirini take action on governor's community colleges veto
"...stirred up by Gov. Rick Perry’s veto of $154 million in community college funding continues to buzz. As we’ve..."

Aug. 6, 2007 News Post by Lee Nichols

The Education Session
The Lege takes another run at patching school finance
"...unless she graduates, she can't go – and she won't graduate, because she has failed the U.S. History STAAR..."

May 1, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

On the Lege
Opening day of the special legislative session featured more plot lines than a MASH episode.
"...Opening day of the special legislative session featured more plot lines than a MASH episode, along..."

April 21, 2006 News Column by Amy Smith

A-to-Z Guide to Education in 1999
"...and Audits. This was the first year the Texas Education Agency rated school districts "unacceptable" for submitting unreliable student..."

Jan. 7, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

On The Lege
Knocking Out Hate
"...knockout. Loralei Gilliam, executive director of the American Family Association of Texas, was in a hearing room at the..."

March 19, 1999 News Column

The War on Women's Health
To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions
"...On April 1, following several hours of intense floor debate..."

April 22, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

On the Lege: Senate Fight
Dems lost the debate on the two-thirds rule, but not without a fight
"...the beginning of my 23rd year in the Texas Senate, I never thought I would hear myself say these..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Zeroing in on No Tolerance
Texas Schools Target Drugs and Violence
"...One day in 1993, a 17-year-old El Paso high school..."

May 12, 1995 News Feature by Andrea Barnett

Patrick: Cut Costs for Rich Kids
Lt. gov. targets tuition credits, waivers
"...Even as employers demand more college qualifications, and more students want to be the first college..."

Sept. 2, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
The lite guv gets religion on state college tuition
"...In a retroactive attack of conscience, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst let it be known last..."

Nov. 21, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

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