The Texas House has 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats. Don’t be surprised if November's general election leaves the numbers relatively unchanged.
This is the benefit or the price, depending on your point of view, of partisan redistricting. The mapmakers are so effective at what they do that one party or the other more or less owns each congressional and legislative district in Texas. As a practical matter, that puts most of the competition for those seats in the March primaries, when Republicans and Democrats fight for the nominations to the seats their parties already control.
Unveiling his latest education policy plan, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Wednesday proposed giving school districts and parents more control of students' education by tossing out state mandates and regulations that promote “one-size-fits-all solutions.” Abbott’s plan, which he presented at Northbrook High School in Houston, proposes letting parents more easily petition the state’s educatio
Does the federal government plan to take control of 90,000 acres of Texas land along the Red River?
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the latest state official asking that question in relation to a looming U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision about what to do with a swath of federal and American Indian land in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — including the acreage in Texas along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River.
A Travis County grand jury is deciding whether Gov. Rick Perry broke the law trying to sink a prominent Democrat or merely offended his detractors with a brazen demonstration of hardball politics. If that panel of citizens thinks he broke the law, he could be indicted and tried. If they don't, add a new verse to the Ballad of Rick Perry. Either outcome figures into his future, as the 2016 presidential race begins to loom in political conversation.
Even after Gov. Rick Perry stripped funding for the agency that prosecutes state public corruption cases, his emissaries worked to swap the resignation of embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for restoration of the money, several sources told The Texas Tribune this week.
The strangest things become commonplace in politics, like the ties that bind the oil and gas business and some of its regulators.
After finishing third in this year’s Republican primary for attorney general, Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, returned to his job regulating the oil and gas industry (along with two other elected commissioners) for the remaining nine months of his term.
John Ratcliffe has a lot to say about U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of Congress and Ratcliffe’s opponent in a May 27 Republican primary runoff. Ratcliffe accuses Hall, R-Rockwall, of having stayed in Washington too long and of having become a “less effective” legislator.
What Ratcliffe is not saying is that Hall, who turns 91 next month, is too old for office.