The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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Texas Gubernatorial Headlines 2013 Archives

JULY 2013

VIDEO: Dan Branch releases ‘come and take it’ video (Texas Tribune, 7/31/13)
New Medicaid eligibility calculation draws concerns (Texas Tribune, 7/31/13)
New restrictions as Edwards Aquifer at near-historic low (Texas Tribune, 7/31/13)
Cruz calls on grassroots in bid to defund ACA (Texas Tribune, 7/31/13)
AUDIO: TribCast: Third special, excrement and impeachment (Texas Tribune, 7/31/13)
New session brings renewed hope for campus construction (Texas Tribune, 7/30/13)
Texas Women’s Health Program claims decline (Texas Tribune, 7/30/13)
Perry calls third special session of Texas Legislature (Texas Tribune, 7/30/13)
A year after upset victory, Cruz still upsets fellow Republicans (Austin American-Statesman,7/30/13)
COMMENTARY: Abbott – Obama’s scheme to take over Texas (Washington Times,7/30/13)
The fight to keep Texas red – wait, what? (Texas Monthly, 7/30/13)
Bill would require women take adoption course before abortion (Houston Chronicle,7/30/13)
Two special sessions likely cots Texans more than $1.6 million (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/30/13)
Evidence of excrement remains elusive (Texas Tribune, 7/30/13)
Two special sessions likely cost Texans more than $1.6M (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/30/13)
Texas House defeats key transportation amendment (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/29/13)
Obama pledges to keep up fight on voting rights, including in Texas (Dallas Morning News,7/29/13)
Transportation funding bill fails in House (Texas Tribune, 7/29/13)
COMMENTARY: Pauken short on cash, but history gives him hope in governor’s race (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/28/13)
OPINION: Democrats lacking courage, not talent, for Texas breakthrough (Austin American-Statesman, 7/28/13)
COMMENTARY: Ready or not, Davis should get ready to run (Austin American-Statesman,7/28/13)
Western Conservative Summit: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wins straw poll (The Spot, 7/28/13)
Abbott’s role at cancer agency under fire (Houston Chronicle, 7/28/13)
Democrats try to stake claim in Texas: Q&A with Alex Steele of Battleground Texas (Waco Tribune,7/28/13)
After more than 3 months, Texas health dept hasn’t collected details on West explosion injuries(Dallas Morning News, 7/27/13)
Time to mess with Texas (The New Yorker, 7/27/13)
Transparency Committee proceeding with probe of Hall (Texas Tribune, 7/27/13)
Dem lawmaker: Agreement reached on road funding deal (Texas Tribune, 7/26/13)
Texas lawmakers reach deal on transportation funds (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/26/13)
Texas loses bid to stop EPA takeover of greenhouse gas rules (Bloomberg, 7/26/13)
President Obama vs. Texas (Politico, 7/26/13)
The US vs. Texas: Lone Star Republicans continue to hurl rhetorical missiles at Holder(Houston Chronicle, 7/26/13)
For Abbott, a legal fight and a political bonanza (Texas Tribune, 7/26/13)
Legislators considering compromise road plan (Texas Tribune, 7/26/13)
The economic debate behind the political debate on abortion (Texas Tribune, 7/26/13)
Feds seek to restore voting law restrictions on Texas (Texas Tribune, 7/25/13)
Wendy Davis raises money in DC, but for what office? (Austin American-Statesman,7/25/13)
Wendy Davis woos Texans at DC fundraiser (Washington Post, 7/25/13)
Rep. Sensenbrenner: DOJ is legally justified in going after Texas (The Hill, 7/25/13)
US asks court to limit Texas on ballot rules (New York Times, 7/25/13)
Wendy Davis continues DC fundraising push (Politico, 7/25/13)
Texas GOP pans Holder move (The Hill, 7/25/13)
With time running out, lawmakers scramble on road plan (Texas Tribune, 7/25/13)
Ted Cruz poll: Dems have edge over GOP among Hispanics in Texas (Washington Examiner, 7/25/13)
With time running out, lawmakers scramble on road plan (Texas Tribune, 7/25/13)
Cruz, Cornyn still prominent critics of health care law (Texas Tribune, 7/25/13)
Holder lights a fire under Texas’ long-running voting rights case (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/25/13)
Texas House, Senate divided on highway funding legislation (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/25/13)
The Hunt for Blue November: Why Battleground Texas needs white women (San Antonio Current,7/24/13)
Perry says a third special session is possible (Houston Chronicle, 7/24/13)
Rick Perry to keynote Americans for Prosperity in Florida (Trial Blazers Blog, 7/24/13)
Hillary Clinton trounces Rick Perry in presidential match-up; Perry, Ted Cruz lag behind in GOP primary (Houston Chronicle, 7/24/13)
AG, Planned Parenthood affiliate reach $1.4M settlement (Texas Tribune, 7/24/13)
Courting the Hispanic vote, Abbott reaches out (Texas Tribune, 7/23/13)
Travel security tab now $2.6M for Perry (San Antonio Express-News, 7/23/13)
Harlingen abortion clinic to close down in 90 days (, 7/23/13)
Humorist Kinky Friedman considering another bid for office in Texas (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/23/13)
Patrick touts Huckabee endorsement in Lt. Gov contest (Houston Chronicle, 7/23/13)
Branch launches campaign for Attorney General (Texas Tribune, 7/23/13)
Groups on both sides of abortion debate gain visibility (Texas Tribune, 7/23/13)
Abortion fight boosts Democrats’ political accounts (Texas Tribune, 7/23/13)
State primary races take shape (San Antonio Express-News, 7/22/13)
Pauken presses for debate with Abbott (Houston Chronicle, 7/22/13)
Candidate draws support and critics for talk of disability (New York Times, 7/22/13)
New abortion law’s effects on Houston clinic unclear (Houston Chronicle, 7/21/13)
Voters to decide tapping Texas’ rainy day fund (AP, 7/21/13)
Bexar Democrats hasten 2014 election preparations (San Antonio Express-News, 7/21/13)
Rolling in cash, but what does Abbott think? (New York Times, 7/20/13)
COMMENTARY: The Texas abortion experiment (New York Times, 7/20/13)
EDITORIAL: If Davis aims higher, who takes her place? (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/20/13)
Wendy Davis’s decision in Texas race could echo beyond governor’s mansion (The Hill,7/20/13)
Davis calls for fast action to crack down on hospital perils, saying Gov. Perry, others have ‘broken faith’ (Dallas Morning News, 7/19/13)
House and Senate to discuss TxDOT funding compromise (Texas Tribune, 7/19/13)
Perry signs abortion bill; opponents vow to fight on (Houston Chronicle, 7/19/13)
Texas AG Greg Abbott highlights water, education, security (El Paso Times, 7/19/13)
Should Texas Sen. Wendy Davis run for governor? (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/19/13)
Should David Dewhurst take a leap and run for governor instead of lite guv again? (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/19/13)
Groups work to promote Health Insurance Exchange (Texas Tribune, 7/19/13)
Businesses bear brunt of Texas taxes, study finds (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
In El Paso, Abbott says he won’t ignore region (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
Polling Center: Texas Voters, Congress and Immigration (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
Family planning clinics to close, citing reduced funds (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
Why many abortion clinics in Texas may stay open despite new law (Reuters, 7/18/13)
Abbott emphasizes UT roots as he wraps up first leg of gubernatorial campaign (Austin American-Statesman, 7/18/13)
Perry signs abortion bill into law (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
Rick Perry signs into law most restrictive abortion law in nation (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/18/13)
House sends transportation funding plan to Senate (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
House passes road-money measure, sets up confrontation with Senate (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/18/13)
Greg Abbott gamely tackles tough blogosphere questions (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/18/13)
Anti-abortion rights groups back Dewhurst’s re-election (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/18/13)
Wendy Davis and the odds she’s facing (Texas Tribune, 7/18/13)
Groups weigh legal challenge to abortion bill (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
DPS director provides more details on confiscations (Houston Chronicle, 7/17/13)
Abbott’s adversity a key part of his campaign message (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
AUDIO: Pipeline cases cast light on evolving eminent domain laws (Texas Tribune,7/17/13)
Slideshow: Abbott launches campaign for governor (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
TribCast: Session status, Abbott announcement and money (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
Washington ethics group slaps at Gov. Rick Perry (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/17/13)
The sisterhood of Wendy Davis’ political campaign contributors (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/17/13)
DPS director responds to letter on security report (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
Interactive: Texas (and Greg Abbott) vs. the Federal Govt (Texas Tribune, 7/17/13)
UT System pushes back against criticism of Regent Hall (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
Fundraising reports offer chance to stand out in crowded field of GOP candidates (Texas Tribune,7/16/13)
Abbott: No deal not to run against Perry (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
Inside intelligence: About the exciting future plans… (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
In the Valley, Perry signs South Texas University bill (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
Davis’ initial haul not a threat to GOP (San Antonio Express-News, 7/16/13)
S.A. judge to hear Perry coercion complaint (San Antonio Express-News, 7/16/13)
AUDIO: Despite early momentum, property rights overhaul stalls (Texas Tribune,7/16/13)
VIDEO: Dewhurst ad touts abortion bill’s passage (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
Fundraisers for Wendy Davis organized in Washington (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/16/13)
Filings show Sen. Davis dropped big bucks for redistricting fight (Houston Chronicle,7/16/13)
Democrats see gains with women voters in state abortion laws (Bloomberg, 7/16/13)
Greg Abbott promises to fight for average Texans as he visits Duncanville (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/16/13)
After Texas abortion bill passes, focus turns to implementation (Texas Tribune, 7/16/13)
The policy and the politics of the abortion debate (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
Will the Supreme Court mess with Texas? (Slate, 7/15/13)
In Houston, Abbott says he brings unique perspective (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
On UT Regent impeachment probe, committee in uncharted waters (Texas Tribune,7/15/13)
Health care providers bracing for Medicaid enrollment (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
Combs: 2006 immigration impact study will not be revisited (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
Patrick jumpstarts lite guv race with $100K in 72 hours (Houston Chronicle, 7/15/13)
DC lobbyists will stand with Wendy Davis next week (Washington Examiner, 7/15/13)
Abbott uneasy about job funds favored by Perry (AP, 7/15/13)
Hundreds turn out to protest abortion restrictions (AP, 7/15/13)
In McAllen, Abbott woos Valley, Hispanic vote (The Monitor, 7/15/13)
Wendy Davis raises nearly $1 million (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
House backs TxDOT funding plan, but hurdles remain (Texas Tribune, 7/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Will Rick Perry be back for more in 2016? (Washington Post, 7/15/13)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott runs for governor (Houston Chronicle, 7/14/13)
AG Greg Abbott launches campaign for governor (Austin American-Statesman, 7/14/13)
Illinois governor jabs Perry’s ‘favorite subject’ (WCYB, 7/14/13)
Abortion bill finally passes Texas Legislature (Texas Tribune, 7/13/13)
Texas abortion vote joins growing legal frenzy (Washington Post, 7/13/13)
COMMENTARY: Texas theocrats impose their will (Houston Chronicle, 7/13/13)
Senate approves abortion bill in late vote (Austin American-Statesman, 7/13/13)
Texas Democrats, energized, face hurdles in turning a red state blue (New York Times,7/12/13)
The morning after for Texas Democrats (Texas Tribune, 7/12/13)
Social media melee ensues as Texas DPS confiscates feminine hygiene products at state Capitol(Houston Chronicle, 7/12/13)
Report: Perry says he plans to visit Israel (AP, 7/12/13)
Tampongate: DPS officers confiscate feminine products at Senate abortion debate (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/12/13)
Gov. Rick Perry’s relevance and the fallout from this week’s abortion vote. (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/12/13)
On abortion, Dewhurst’s glass of wine — not his pause — could hurt him with GOP base(Trail Blazers Blog, 7/12/13)
VIDEO: Commentary: Wendy Davis: Its the real Texans who count (CNN, 7/12/13)
Texas Senate approves abortion restrictions (LA Times, 7/12/13)
Perry era ending, but not just yet (Texas Tribune, 7/12/13)
Protesters question report on confiscations (Texas Tribune, 7/12/13)
VIDEO: Tampons confiscated, guns still allowed at Texas Capitol ahead of abortion vote(Huff Post Politics, 7/12/13)
Dewhurst: Abortion bill could get approved this week (Texas Tribune, 7/11/13)
Davis closes the pro-choice rally with call to ‘Rock the boat’ (San Antonio News-Express,7/11/13)
House, Senate at odds over TxDOT funding (Austin American-Statesman, 7/11/13)
AUDIO: Patrick says he wants to ‘end abortion’ (Houston Chronicle, 7/11/13)
Dewhurst’s downhill slide (National Review, 7/11/13)
Abbott ‘major announcement’ coming Sunday (Houston Chronicle, 7/11/13)
Cornyn hires rising GOP star with Tea Party ties as his 2014 campaign manager (Houston Chronicle, 7/11/13)
Rick Perry’s October trip to Israel sign of another White House bid (Washington Times,7/11/13)
They’ve stayed at the party so long (New York Times, 7/11/13)
AUDIO: As abortion restrictions advance, both sides eager for legal fight (Texas Tribune,7/11/13)
Flea-market abortions thrive as Texas may close clinics (Bloomberg, 7/10/13)
Is Battleground Texas a Hillary Clinton vote machine? (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/10/13)
Texas abortion law would have major impact in US (Houston Chronicle, 7/10/13)
Abbott adds $4.78M to war chest (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
COMMENTARY: A (Texas) liberal in a Red State (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
COMMENTARY: For George P. Bush, Wendy Davis, the future is now (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,7/20/13)
AUDIO: At Texas GOP headquarters, protesters demand immigration reform (Texas Tribune,7/10/13)
Feds: Texas Hispanics may not hear health reform message (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
Polling Center: Ethics and public opinion of Rick Perry (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
House approves abortion restrictions (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
VIDEO: Sen. Davis concedes defeat on abortion legislation (WFAA, 7/10/13)
Filibuster nets Davis big campaign donation (Houston Chronicle, 7/10/13)
Lawmakers piecing together transportation funding bill (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
Dewhurst confident of abortion bill vote (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
AUDIO: TribCast: Perry’s decision and persistent protesters (Texas Tribune, 7/10/13)
Texas Democrats feel a change in the wind (LA Times, 7/10/13)
Where to shoot? Statehouse or White House? Texas Democrats mull (LA Times, 7/10/13)
Perry ‘16 bid would test Republican second-try tradition (Bloomberg, 7/9/13)
David Dewhurst: A lesson in political peaks and valleys (The Fix, 7/9/13)
VIDEO: 1,100 attend rally in downtown Houston for Texas women (Click2Houston, 7/9/13)
Opponents to abortion bill rally in Houston (Houston Chronicle, 7/9/13)
VIDEO: Could Texas turn blue? Democrats and Republicans both see Lone Star opportunity (PBS NewHour, 7/9/13)
Santorum to jump into Texas abortion ban battle (CNN Political Ticker, 7/9/13)
Can anyone stop Rick Perry in 2016? (TIME, 7/9/13)
Texas resumes efforts at abortion restrictions (New York Times, 7/9/13)
Texas senator says Capitol security has ‘doubled’ (AP, 7/9/13)
VIDEO: What’s next for Rick Perry? (Texas Tribune, 7/9/13)
West blast: Sen. Barbara Boxer calls for action from governors, EPA and OSHA (Trail Blazers Blog, 7/9/13)
Sen. Wendy Davis, Planned Parenthood kick off bus tour (Houston Chronicle, 7/9/13)
Pauken: There is no divine right of succession (Texas Tribune, 7/9/13)
COMMENTARY: Border security measures will harm Texas (Texas Tribune, 7/9/13)
AUDIO: Perry announcement sets off electoral scramble (Texas Tribune, 7/9/13)
AUDIO: As abortion fight flares, Democrats file sex ed bills (Texas Tribune, 7/9/13)
A weak governor system, with a strong governor (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
Texas Republicans: Rick Perry leaving governorship to run for president (National Journal,7/8/13)
‘Turn Texas Blue’ hits headwinds with abortion (Politico, 7/8/13)
Why Rick Perry shouldn’t run for president again (The Fix, 7/8/13)
Texas abortion battle about to get nastier (US News, 7/8/13)
Texas House slates abortion debate (Politico, 7/8/13)
Rick Perry’s decision opens a clear path for Greg Abbott in governor’s race (The Fix, 7/8/13)
Rick Perry’s exit marks the end of an era – and a new frontier for Texas politics(Washington Post,7/8/13)
Analysis: Rick Perry’s departure launches statewide political shake-up (Dallas Morning News,7/8/13)
Texas Senators reopen debate on abortion regulations (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
Rick Perry won’t run for re-election (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
Perry to bow out in 2014, stays quiet on presidential ambitions (Austin American-Statesman,7/8/13)
Activists rally to speak on abortion bills (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
Perry says he won’t seek governorship again in Texas (New York Times, 7/8/13)
Tom Pauken — a Reagan Republican, not a Bush Republican — looks to replace Rick Perry(Houston Chronicle, 7/8/13)
Rick Perry faces daunting obstacles, some opportunities, in possible presidential race(Houston Chronicle, 7/8/13)
What’s in Rick Perry’s future? The smart money says he doesn’t run for another term.(The Fix, 7/8/13)
COMMENTARY: Rick Perry’s announcement marks ‘the end of an error’ (Houston Chronicle,7/8/13)
On social media, Rick Perry’s retirement prompts cheers from Republicans — and Democrats(Houston Chronicle, 7/8/13)
Cruz vs. Perry? The governor’s not the only Texan keeping 2016 presidential options open(Houston Chronicle, 7/8/13)
Transportation funding likely to be big issue in 2015 (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
The wealthy woman behind Wendy Davis (New Republic, 7/8/13)
Final tease from the governor: Rick Perry says 2015 presidential run ‘an option’ (Houston Chronicle,7/8/13)
What’s Rick Perry big announcement going to be? A look at the odds (Houston Chronicle,7/8/13)
AUDIO: Protests to continue as Senate panel takes up abortion bill (Texas Tribune, 7/8/13)
Perry’s decision will transform Texas politics (AP, 7/7/13)
Patrick and Dewhurst go from allies to opponents (Texas Tribune, 7/7/13)
Perry decision may set up big shuffle for Dallas-Fort Worth offices (Dallas Morning News,7/6/13)
Texas abortion bill faces one more hearing Monday (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7/6/13)
You have to be really stupid to stir up this hornet’s nest: Pro-choice women in Texas angry as hell(Huff Post Politics, 7/5/13)
Dewhurst could pick up the tab for Senate meltdown (Texas Tribune, 7/5/13)
A lively political press in a state where everything’s bigger (NPR, 7/5/13)
Davis for governor of Texas? Don’t mess with it, Wendy (The Guardian, 7/4/13)
In race for Texas governor, waiting to be front-runner (New York Times, 7/4/13)
The long shot who would be governor (New York Times, 7/4/13)
AUDIO: Immigration debate in Congress riles up Texas Republicans (NPR, 7/4/13)
Rick Perry 2016 run opposed by 74% of Texans, PPP poll finds (Huff Post Politics, 7/3/13)
AUDIO: Democrats want to mess with Texas? GOP says not so fast (NPR, 7/3/13)
Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run? (CNN, 7/3/13)
Democrats want statewide hearings on abortion (Houston Chronicle, 7/3/13)
House panel passes abortion restrictions (Houston Chronicle, 7/3/13)
Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run? (CNN, 7/3/13)
Abortion in Texas: Facts, figures, questions and answers (Dallas Morning News, 7/3/13)
AUDIO: House lawmakers’ candid abortion conversation (Houston Chronicle, 7/3/13)
The polling center: Public opinion on same-sex marriage (Texas Tribune, 7/3/13)
Census interactive: Republican strongholds get older (Texas Tribune, 7/3/13)
Texas House committee approves abortion rules, 1st step in process to make them law (AP, 7/3/13)
Houston’s Davis is sole GOP no vote on abortion bill (Houston Chronicle, 7/3/13)
Abbott: State has no obligation to aid TWIA (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
Perry to announce ‘exciting future plans’ on Monday (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday (CNN Political Ticker, 7/2/13)
Rick Perry regroups on the abortion fight (Washington Post, 7/2/13)
Democrats face the two states of Texas: Urban and rural (NPR, 7/2/13)
Texas abortion bill: Committee approves (Politico, 7/2/13)
Texas Democrats use Wendy Davis filibuster to register new voters (Huff Post Politics, 7/2/13)
Poll: Gov. Perry easily leads Wendy Davis in Texas (USA Today, 7/2/13)
Pro-life Texas legislators receive threats (National Review, 7/2/13)
As Texas GOP revives abortion ban, a look at public opinion (FiveThirtyEight, 7/2/13)
GOP sits out Texas abortion fight (Politico, 7/2/13)
Texas governor fuels speculation about his next move (New York Times, 7/2/13)
Gov. Rick Perry will keep Texas guessing. Until Monday (NPR, 7/2/13)
Transportation, criminal justice bills headed to Senate (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
Inside intelligence: About those election laws… (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
AUDIO: Obama campaigners try to get Texas fired up for Democrats (NPR, 7/2/13)
Panel hears testimony on proposed abortion restrictions (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
Davis popular, but gubernatorial bid a long shot (Public Policy Polling, 7/2/13)
A chance to get some attention, for better or worse (Texas Tribune, 7/2/13)
The Texas abortion battle could be just what Rick Perry needs (The Fix, 7/2/13)
At Perry’s behest, lawmakers back for a second helping (Texas Weekly, 7/2/13)
Amid protests, lawmakers strengthen their resolve (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
VIDEO: Abortion bill proponents, foes speak out (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Where does Wendy Davis go from here? (BurkaBlog, 7/1/13)
Abortion rights activists, opponents  descend on Capitol (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Redistricting, redone by lawmakers, goes back to judges (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
How public opinion fueled Senate’s abortion fight (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Can Wendy Davis help the Democrats crack Texas? (New York Magazine, 7/1/13)
For Perry, setback in Texas may propel him nationally (New York Times, 7/1/13)
Texas Democrats try to keep their momentum going (New York Times, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Wendy Davis offers a warning for Democrats (Bloomberg, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: Dem leader: Protest caused by unruly bunch in control (Texas Tribune,7/1/13)
Civil rights groups say they will step in to prevent voting rights abuses (Austin American-Statesman,7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: The media and Wendy Davis (New York Times, 7/1/13)
AUDIO: Will Texas become a presidential battleground? (NPR, 7/1/13)
Texas abortion fight follows familiar pattern (NPR, 7/1/13)
Texas abortion drama set to resume (Politico, 7/1/13)
Rick Perry: Stop ‘horrors’ like Kermit Gosnell (Politico, 7/1/13)
Does San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro want to be the VP nominee in 2016? (BuzzFeed Politics, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: When mob rule overwhelmed democracy (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
COMMENTARY: ‘Ruly mob’ was prompted by civic duty (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Tea Party activist Burton challenges Davis for Texas Senate seat (National Review, 7/1/13)
All but one big piece in place for Abbott’s run (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Why round two of the Texas abortion fight won’t end like round one (The Fix, 7/1/13)
Session gives Perry more time to decide future (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)
Universities pitch $2.8B bond request to Perry one more time (Austin American-Statesman,7/1/13)
Both parties mining filibuster aftermath for campaign cash (Texas Tribune, 7/1/13)

JUNE 2013

In Texas, abortion battle is set to resume (LA Times, 6/30/13)
5 facts about Rick Perry’s ‘Pro-Life’ Texas utopia (Huff Post Politics, 6/30/13)
Texas leadership bullies women, Davis says (Houston Chronicle, 6/30/13)
VIDEO: Wendy Davis says Rick Perry talks small govt but likes big govt when to his political advantage (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/30/13)
AUDIO: Big growth could shake up Texas’ old political equation (NPR, 6/30/13)
From Texas Statehouse to YouTube, a filibuster is a hit (New York Times, 6/30/13)
VIDEO: Davis makes the Sunday talk show circuit (Texas Tribune, 6/30/13)
Wendy Davis: Perry, Dewhurst advancing abortion bill ‘to step up on the political ladder’(Politico,6/30/13)
Wendy Davis: ‘We will fight’ abortion bill (Politico, 6/30/13)
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he’s not worried about Houston Sen. Dan Patrick’s challenge to his re-election (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/29/13)
Dewhurst: Texas abortion bill won’t fail again (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6/29/13)
COMMENTARY: To Kinky Friedman, a Wendy-for-governor campaign is no joke (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6/29/13)
For Davis, opportunity knocks at inopportune time (Texas Tribune, 6/29/13)
Wendy Davis: Texas GOP anti-abortion law is ‘big government intrusion’ (The Raw Story, 6/29/13)
DPS, abortion activists preparing for renewed debate (Texas Tribune, 6/29/13)
Dewhurst aide: Media conducted themselves with ‘decorum’ (Texas Tribune, 6/29/13)
Abbott’s all set for governor to make move (New York Times, 6/28/13)
VIDEO: Wendy Davis: ‘Stop demonizing women’ (Politico, 6/28/13)
Perry defends Davis comments (Texas Tribune, 6/28/13)
Rick Perry sounds off on Texas lawmaker and filibuster (New York Times, 6/28/13)
Rick Perry denies ‘personal attack’ on Wendy Davis, saying he was praising the pro-choice lawmaker for her success (NY Daily News, 6/28/13)
Cruz: Despite filibuster, Texas opposes abortion (Austin American-Statesman, 6/28/13)
Wendy Davis spoke with DGA chair Peter Shumlin (Politico, 6/28/13)
Straus: Perry crossed line on Davis comments (Texas Tribune, 6/28/13)
Wendy Davis: Rick Perry ‘demeans the office he holds’ (MSNBC, 6/28/13)
VIDEO: Rick Perry: I was ‘praising’ Wendy Davis (Huff Post Politics, 6/28/13)
Rick Perry taking on Wendy Davis is the best case scenario for Texas Democrats (Huff Post Politics, 6/28/13)
Rick Perry mansplains Wendy Davis (Washington Post, 6/28/13)
For Democrats, a line in the sand (Texas Tribune, 6/28/13)
How activists yelled an abortion bill to death (Texas Tribune, 6/28/13)
Law could set stage for juvenile justice reforms (Texas Tribune, 6/28/13)
Filibuster drama shows side of Texas rarely seen (Texas Observer, 6/28/13)
Rick Perry attacks Wendy Davis: ‘She was a teenage mother herself’ (Think Progress, 6/27/13)
Polling center: Does Texas still burn for Perry? (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
Perry says Davis didn’t learn from own example (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
Rick Perry co-stars in Texas political drama (NPR, 6/27/13)
Tables may turn on abortion in Texas on Monday (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
VIDEO: How Rick Perry is working to turn Texas blue (All In, MSNBC, 6/27/13)
VIDEO: Perry addresses National Right to Life convention (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
Wendy Davis: From Fort Worth neighborhood leader to international media sensation(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6/27/13)
Coming out swinging, Dan Patrick announces for Lt. Gov. (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
US Supreme Court tosses Texas election cases (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
Democrats win battle, but Perry determines the war (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
VIDEO: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982 (USA Today, 6/27/13)
Perry calls lawmakers back to work on abortion bill (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6/27/13)
Despite national spotlight, Davis faces fight in Texas (Texas Tribune, 6/27/13)
VIDEO: Texas filibuster crowd credited, cursed for SB 5 defeat (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Texas governor mounts new bid for abortion restrictions (Reuters, 6/26/13)
George P. Bush senses rare opportunity in bid for land commissioner (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,6/26/13)
Congressman files suit to stop Texas voter ID law (Houston Chronicle, 6/26/13)
A bill is killed; A star is born (Texas Monthly, 6/26/13)
Perry signs redistricting maps (Austin American-Statesman, 6/26/13)
Texas abortion fight a rallying cry (Politico, 6/26/13)
Wendy Davis ‘tweetstorm’ was planned in advance (Washington Post, 6/26/13)
Supreme Court marriage rulings will have little impact on Texas same-sex couples — for now (Dallas Morning News, 6/26/13)
TribCast: The post-filibuster review (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Dewhurst declares abortion bill dead, blames ‘unruly mob’ (Austin American-Statesman,6/26/13)
Crowd disruption doomed abortion bill (Austin American-Statesman, 6/26/13)
Wendy Davis would still face uphill fight in Texas (Politico, 6/26/13)
Chaos at the Capitol: Wendy Davis’ filibuster falls short… and carries the day (First Reading, 6/26/13)
A Texan takes Manhattan (The Weekly Standard, 6/26/13)
VIDEO: Wendy Davis, next Texas governor? (All In- MSNBC, 6/26/13)
US Rep. Veasey files a lawsuit to stop Texas’ voter ID law (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,6/26/13)
Texas Republicans belatedly chide Supreme Court on same-sex marriage;  Democrats cheer landmark rulings (Houston Chronicle, 6/26/13)
Filibuster launches Davis onto national stage (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
What to know: Texas-sized filibuster (Politico, 6/26/13)
Rick Perry calls second Special Session (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
In abortion fight, other bills were collateral damage (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Visualization: Executions on Perry’s watch (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Texas state senator Wendy Davis filibusters her way to Democratic stardom (Washington Post,6/26/13)
Officials work to get voter ID law going (San Antonio Express-News, 6/26/13)
For Dewhurst, a critical failure with a large audience (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Abortion bill defeated after Texas Republicans concede vote came too late (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,6/26/13)
Is Wendy Davis ready for a bigger stage? (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6/26/13)
Who is Wendy Davis? (Washington Post, 6/26/13)
Led by Davis, Democrats defeat abortion legislation (Texas Tribune, 6/26/13)
Texas abortion bill fight ends in chaos after marathon filibuster (LA Times, 6/26/13)
FreedomWorks vows to fight Dems in Texas (Politico, 6/25/13)
Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act could renew battle over Texas redistricting(Dallas Morning News, 6/25/13)
House committee to investigate UT regent (Austin American-Statesman, 6/25/13)
Transparency Committee to mull impeachment of UT Regent (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
Most action in Senate on Special Session’s final day (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
Texas officials have no legal authority to unilaterally implement voter ID law, Supreme Court scholar says (Houston Chronicle, 6/25/13)
Texplainer: What are the rules of a filibuster? (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
Behind the headlines: How the Voting Rights decision affects Texas (Texas Observer,6/25/13)
DPS to offer free Voter ID cards (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
Interactive: The impact of proposed abortion restrictions (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
High court strikes down key provision of Voting Rights Act (Texas Tribune, 6/25/13)
Abortion bill faces Texas Senate filibuster after passing House in an all-night session(Dallas Morning News, 6/25/13)
Texas voter ID law ‘will take effect immediately,’ says AG Greg Abbott (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/25/13)
House gives preliminary OK to ban on abortion at 20 weeks, tighter regulations (Houston Chronicle,6/24/13)
House passes sweeping abortion restrictions (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/24/13)
VIDEO: Abbott releases bio video on ‘Perseverance’ (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Rick Perry’s anti-regulation zeal may bring business to Texas, but it also risks Texans’ safety (Houston Chronicle, 6/24/13)
Filibuster planned after Senate fails to bring up abortion bill (Austin American-Statesman,6/24/13)
Abortion fight jeopardizes roads, juvenile justice measures (Austin American-Statesman,6/24/13)
Pitts files resolution to impeach UT Regent Hall (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
VIDEO: The overnight abortion debate (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
Anti-abortion bill could be headed for defeat in Senate (Texas Observer, 6/24/13)

Transportation funding clears Texas House (Austin American-Statesman, 6/24/13)
How’s the Rick Perry national political rehabilitation tour going? (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/24/13)
Abortion, protests, redistricting as special session nears end (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
Smitherman to announce run for attorney general (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
Railroad Commission is a stop, not a destination (Texas Tribune, 6/24/13)
Dewhurst: Second special session likely unless ‘certain items’ pass (Houston Chronicle,6/23/13)
Senate wraps up redistricting (Houston Chronicle, 6/23/13)
Texas tackles its water woes amid reminders of continuing problems (Texas Climate News,6/23/13)
Democratic lawmaker: Abortion regulation measure smells of partisan politics (Houston Chronicle,6/23/13)
UT/TT Poll: Partisan splits on guns in Texas (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
Anti-abortion bills back on the table (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
AUDIO: TribCast Plus: The latest UT/TT Poll numbers (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
COMMENTARY: What really happened on the state budget (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
VIDEO: House committee quietly approves anti-abortion bills (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
VIDEO: Crowd asked to leave during hearing invited back in to continue testimony on House abortion bills (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/21/13)
Hundreds testify against new Texas abortion regs (Austin American-Statesman, 6/21/13)
Texas Democratic officials post “It Gets Better” video (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
Feud between Patrick and Williams escalates (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
Emotional abortion bill hearing ends without a vote (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
Candidates race to prove themselves in finance primary (Texas Tribune, 6/21/13)
Speculation mounts as decision nears for Perry (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
House gives preliminary approval to court-drawn redistricting plans (Houston Chronicle,6/20/13)
Texplainer: Is omnibus abortion bill unconstitutional? (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Special session goals unfinished as end draws near (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Influential House member launches impeachment effort against UT regent (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/20/13)
Battleground Texas plans DC fundraiser (Politico, 6/20/13)
UT/TT Poll: Texans split on permissibility of abortions (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Lawmaker’s bid to restore public corruption unit’s money has House GOP leaders’ tacit support(Trail Blazers Blog, 6/20/13)
Senator says Perry vetoed his bill by mistake (Austin American-Statesman, 6/20/13)
Pitts working to impeach controversial UT System Regent (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Redistricting maps draw amendments in House (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Medical Board: Funding will help identify ‘Pill Mills’ (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
House committee debate on abortion brings out advocates on both sides (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,6/20/13)
House legislator plans to bring back ‘preborn pain’ bill (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Road funding, veto override hit hurdles in hearing (Texas Tribune, 6/20/13)
Texan Perry’s New York shopping trip (Bloomberg, 6/19/13)
Texas House will try to restore fetal-pain measure to abortion bill (Austin American-Statesman,6/19/13)
Rare veto override sought to restore Public Integrity Unit funding (Austin American-Statesman,6/19/13)
Rick Perry takes aim at New York (Politico, 6/19/13)
Report: Gov. Rick Perry decision on re-election by July 1 (Houston Chronicle, 6/19/13)
Politics among the elephants (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
UT/TT Poll: Rising concerns over corruption, leadership (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
Dewhurst tweet on abortion bill raises eyebrows (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
Texas town upset with governor’s water veto (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
Business group support helps criminal justice bills (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
Texas school finance trial goes for round two (Texas Tribune, 6/19/13)
Rick Perry jabs at New York in effort to lure business (Washington Post, 6/19/13)
AUDIO: Corruption investigations to continue despite veto (Texas Tribune, 6/18/13)
Senate takes step toward transportation funding fix (Texas Tribune, 6/18/13)
UT/TT Poll: Legislature stands ahead of Congress (Texas Tribune, 6/18/13)
Travis County discusses Public Integrity Unit funding; Lehmberg calls Perry cuts ‘partisan,’ ‘misguided’ (Austin American-Statesman, 6/18/13)
House debate on redistricting set for Thursday (Houston Chronicle, 6/18/13)
COMMENTARY: Red state, purple legislation (Texas Weekly, 6/18/13)
Inside intelligence: About that ultimatum… (Texas Tribune, 6/18/13)
After hours of debate, Senate OKs abortion regulations (Texas Tribune, 6/18/13)
Texas governor comes to NY to recruit businesses to move to his state (NY1, 6/18/13)
Rick Perry’s Lone Star starts to fade as Ted Cruz’s rises (Sunshine State News, 6/17/13)
Texas House members by face remap redux (Roll Call, 6/16/13)
VIDEO: Perry confuses Libya with Lebanon in speech (Texas Tribune, 6/15/13)
Perry issues more than two dozen vetoes (Texas Tribune, 6/14/13)
Perry vetoes ethics unit funding after Lehmberg does not resign (Austin American-Statesman,6/14/13)
Watchdog group files criminal coercion complaint against Rick Perry for threatening Travis County DA (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/14/13)
Senate backs interim maps over Democrats’ objections (Texas Tribune, 6/14/13)
Senate panel approves omnibus abortion bill (Texas Tribune, 6/14/13)
Perry signs unemployment drug-testing bill (Texas Tribune, 6/14/13)
Is Gov. Perry’s East Coast trip worthwhile? (San Antonio Express-News, 6/14/13)
A special session for self-made emergencies (Texas Tribune, 6/14/13)
Is Perry raising his profile for another national run? (Houston Chronicle, 6/14/13)
White House, FEMA stand firm on West decision (Dallas Morning News, 6/13/13)
Straus doubts short and ‘painless’ special session (San Antonio Express-News, 6/13/13)
Court-drawn redistricting maps headed to full Senate (San Antonio Express-News,6/13/13)
Senators meet to consider abortion restrictions (AP, 6/13/13)
Legislators wrestle with right amount to keep in Texas’ savings account (Austin American-Statesman,6/13/13)
VIDEO: Lt. Gov Dewhurst talks Ted Cruz, appealing to Tea Party voters (WFAA-TV, 6/13/13)
Drama erupts as Senate panel takes up abortion measures (Texas Tribune, 6/13/13)
Senate panel to consider omnibus abortion bill (Texas Tribune, 6/13/13)
Perry says no more items for special session (AP, 6/13/13)
VIDEO: A push to add gun bills to the special session (Texas Tribune, 6/13/13)
Perry: No time to expand session agenda (Texas Tribune, 6/13/13)
Roads funding plan draws debate on state’s piggy bank (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
Barkley predicts Castro will be guv, but still calls River Walk a ‘dirty creek’ (San Antonio Express-News, 6/12/13)
Redistricting fight revives question of Travis County representation (Austin American-Statesman,6/12/13)
Opening the call (Burkablog, 6/12/13)
FEMA denies Texas aid bid to rebuild after plant blast (Bloomberg, 6/12/13)
The best and worst legislators 2013 (Burkablog, 6/12/13)
Report: In energy giant Texas, natural gas won’t push out renewables (Stateline, 6/12/13)
Senate: Redistricting vote set for Friday (Austin American-Statesman, 6/12/13)
Texas budget-writers accuse Wall Street Journal of ‘fuzzy’ math (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
Perry hopes Obama stays ‘true to his word’ on West, Texas aid (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
Rick Perry’s war on the blue states (NPR, 6/12/13)
‘Kumbaya Session’ becoming a distant memory (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
Texas allocates $5M for New Mexico water lawsuit (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
Gallego wants Combs to update immigrants study (Texas Tribune, 6/12/13)
The debate over accountability and rigor (Burkablog, 6/11/13)
Perry adds big item to special session (San Antonio Express-News, 6/11/13)
Inside intelligence: About the redistricting maps… (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
Official: Funding cut would impair anti-fraud unit (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
US Reps Gallego and Vela ask to join redistricting fight (Houston Chronicle, 6/11/13)
COMMENTARY: What redistricting is (and isn’t) about (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
Second UT Regent enters fray against Hall (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
Judge clears way for suit to remove Lehmberg (Austin American-Statesman, 6/11/13)
House and Senate hoping to quickly find money for roads (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
Abortion-related legislation added to special session (Texas Tribune, 6/11/13)
Gov Rick Perry launches ad campaign to poach jobs from New York, Connecticut (NY Post,6/11/13)
Texas redistricting-deal outlines emerge (El Paso Times, 6/11/13)
Rick Perry considering wiping out funding for Public Integrity Unit (Trail Blazers Blog, 6/11/13)
Regarding the redistricting Op-ed by Perry and Dewhurst (Burkablog, 6/10/13)
Officials: Perry vows veto of state funding unless Lehmberg resigns (Austin American-Statesman,6/10/13)
Amid criticism, Perry defends state budget (Texas Tribune, 6/10/13)
Amid special-session slog, Perry heading to NY (Houston Chronicle, 6/10/13)
Perry signs bill to reduce high-stakes testing (Houston Chronicle, 6/10/13)
Perry signs bill cutting school testing, ending veto speculation (Texas Observer, 6/10/13)
Special session on redistricting questioned (Houston Chronicle, 6/10/13)
Perry adds transportation to special session (Texas Tribune, 6/10/13)
Report: AT&T led the way in 2013 Lege lobby spending (Houston Chronicle, 6/10/13)
Representatives ask Perry to add tuition revenue bonds (Texas Tribune, 6/10/13)
Perry takes job raid, ad buy to the Big Apple (Texas Tribune, 6/10/13)
Perry signs high school curriculum, testing bill (Texas Tribune, 6/10/13)
Perry, Dewhurst and Abbott speak on redistricting (Houston Chronicle, 6/9/13)
Democrats seek to end 20 years of Texas losses (New York Times, 6/8/13)
Redistricting road show coming to S.A. (San Antonio Express-News, 6/8/13)
Gov. Rick Perry might veto bill reducing tests (El Paso Times, 6/7/13)
Pauken on Perry: Sound bites, not sound policy (Houston Chronicle, 6/7/13)
Republicans play defense in Texas (The American Prospect, 6/6/13)
Special session drags on, with legislators questioning focus, cost (Austin American-Statesman, 6/6/13)
Texas House panel’s Dallas hearing on redistricting grows contentious (Dallas Morning News,6/6/13)
Judge may re-open school finance case (Houston Chronicle, 6/5/13)

Rick Perry to 11 Democratic reps: No Medicaid expansion — even for Texas veterans(Houston Chronicle, 6/3/13)
Session puts Perry where he wants to be (Austin American-Statesman, 6/1/13)

MAY 2013

Perry open to expanding special session agenda (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
Confusion remains in redistricting special session (Austin American-Statesman, 5/31/13)
Interactive: Special sessions, 1971 to now (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
Will Perry run again? And if so, for what? (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
AUDIO: House redistricting chief talks election maps (Houston Chronicle, 5/31/13)
Perry: Wording ‘clear’ of special session call (Austin American-Statesman, 5/31/13)
Sharper elbows in a special session (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
AUDIO: Redistricting chairman promises fair hearing on maps (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas – Post-session horse race begins (Texas Tribune, 5/31/13)
On roads, Legislature backed more tolls, debt over cash (Texas Tribune, 5/30/13)
Davis declares victory in Texas redistricting conflict (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/30/13)
Officials: Special session could drag on (Austin American-Statesman, 5/30/13)
Session featured drama, substance on higher education (Austin American-Statesman, 5/30/13)
Democrats decry Texas redistricting maps as Senate hearings begin (Dallas Morning News, 5/30/13)
Fight over political boundaries could take weeks, not days (Austin American-Statesman, 5/30/13)
Lawmakers ready if Perry adds campus buildings to agenda (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/30/13)
Patrick still eyeing lieutenant governor’s race (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/30/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas – Another chance for transportation? (Texas Tribune, 5/30/13)
Redistricting special session will last weeks (Houston Chronicle, 5/30/13)
TxDOT may sweeten pot to draw private funds to projects (Texas Tribune, 5/30/13)
Report: Immigrants’ economic strength increases (Texas Tribune, 5/30/13)
Could Rick Perry be Texas’ comeback kid? (LA Times, 5/30/13)
Despite concerns, UT Regent’s requests continue (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Susan Combs won’t seek re-election (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Can water pass? (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Lawyers sound 2011 themes at redistricting hearing (Austin American-Statesman, 5/29/13)
AUDIO: Seliger aims to revive campus construction bill (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Texas water plan being questioned by court (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Comptroller Susan Combs’ retirement announcement jump-starts Texas GOP primary (Dallas Morning News, 5/29/13)
Redistricting lawyers: Keep the Senate maps for 2014 (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Interactive: How Perry uses his veto power (Texas Tribune, 5/29/13)
Which votes will haunt lawmakers? (Texas Weekly, 5/28/13)
Redistricting special session: Districts in question (Texas Tribune, 5/28/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Redistricting court battle (Texas Tribune, 5/28/13)
Senators hope to revive plan to fund roads (Texas Tribune, 5/28/13)
Perry signs water bill, mum on added items for special session (Austin American-Statesman, 5/28/13)
Perry hails water bill, is evasive on his future (Texas Tribune, 5/28/13)
Straus draws praise, criticism (Austin American-Statesman, 5/27/13)
As one session ends, Dewhurst provides wish list for next one (Houston Chronicle, 5/27/13)
Dewhurst has little to show for conservative agenda (Austin American-Statesman, 5/27/13)
Rick Perry vetoes GOP-backed disclosure bill (Huffington Post, 5/27/13)
New twist in budget deal would end System Benefit Fund (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Perry mum on special session; House could work late Friday (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Crusade for term limits brings together unlikely allies (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Interactive: How the net budget continues growth in state spending (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Texas Senate confirms nominees to UT System Board (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Lack of Texas income tax draws out-of-state envy (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
Perry says he opposes part of budget deal (TexasTribune, 5/24/13)
Dewhurst’s run to the right falls short (Texas Weekly, 5/24/13)
Insurance Commissioner’s tenure ends Friday (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Legislative development (Texas Tribune, 5/24/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Constitutional slowdown (Texas Tribune, 5/23/13)
Legislators devote new funding to mental health (Texas Tribune, 5/19/13)
Ethics Commission bill could force tough votes (Texas Tribune, 5/19/13)
Democrats in Texas: The waiting is the hardest part (The Economist, 5/18/13)
Texas House bill to crack down on Medicaid fraud (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Driver’s permit proposal for undocumented immigrants stalls (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Daily drama at the Capitol (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
‘Merry Christmas Bill’ heads to governor (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Texas on track to restore cancer research funding (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Infrastructure constraints loom as Texas grows (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
For 83rd Lege, more civility than drama (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
End-of-life bill sparks anger, accusations (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Negotiators back budget deal in wake of education agreement (Houston Chronicle, 5/17/13)
Driving permits for undocumented immigrants gets spiked (Houston Chronicle, 5/17/13)
The stage was set for a gun bill filibuster (Houston Chronicle, 5/17/13)
House passes amended CPRIT reform bill (Houston Chronicle, 5/17/13)
House Democrats: Budget deal still not in place (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Adding exemptions, Texas Senate approves drone bill (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Texas House, Senate negotiators reach deal on budget (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
House OKs bill to expand mental health in managed care (Texas Tribune, 5/17/13)
Bill mandating drug tests for legislators advances (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Abbott to lawmakers: ‘Don’t pack your bags’ (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/16/13)
Analysis: Political posturing, blame game ramp up as Texas budget negotiations get tense (Dallas Morning News, 5/16/13)
The Polling Center: Texans’ dueling attitudes on guns (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Amended South Texas University bill passes Senate (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Senator says Innocence Commission bill is in trouble (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Perry signs Michael Morton Act (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Activists irked by amendment on student groups (Houston Chronicle, 5/16/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Busted budget negotiations (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
House backs bill to protect Medicaid providers’ rights (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Coordinating Board nears end of tough sunset process (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Senator: Kitzman unlikely to win confirmation as insurance commissioner (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Texas House backs bill expanding charter schools (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
Budget deal remains in flux after hearings canceled (Texas Tribune, 5/16/13)
In education reform debate, one group stands out (Texas Tribune, 5/12/13)
Budget deal stumbles with 2 weeks left in session (AP, 5/11/13)
Texas attorney general enters cancer agency’s political maze (Dallas Morning News, 5/11/13)
A well-timed budget note from the Attorney General (Texas Weekly, 5/10/13)
West plant blast focus of criminal investigation (Texas Tribune, 5/10/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Bill Kill, Vol. 1 (Texas Tribune, 5/10/13)
SpaceX bill headed to Gov. Perry (Houston Chronicle, 5/10/13)
A pay raise with a little something extra (Texas Tribune, 5/10/13)
House rejects Senate changes in bill to overhaul Texas school testing, accountability system (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/10/13)
COMMENTARY: An early look at legislative partisanship (Texas Weekly, 5/10/13)
Bills addressing undocumented immigrants in limbo (Texas Tribune, 5/9/13)
Obama’s Austin visit to start with Perry meeting (Texas Tribune, 5/9/13)
House backs updating rules on political ad disclosures (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
House disclosure bill won’t get a vote (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
Perry gives lawmakers roadmap to timely departure (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
Perry raises specter of special session over tax relief, water plan (Houston Chronicle, 5/8/13)
The Polling Center: Texas’ date with immigration reform (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
Legislature honors WWII vets, including Perry’s father (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
Conflicts emerge as South Texas University bill moves (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
As clock ticks, chances for Medicaid expansion dwindles (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
With bill pending, school choice supporters rally (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
COMMENTARY: Obama’s visit to Texas isn’t about Perry, it’s about going around Congress (Dallas Morning News, 5/8/13)
Campus-carry bill has new life in Texas Senate? (Austin American-Statesman, 5/8/13)
A look at 2012 turnout by ethnicity in Texas (Texas Redistricting, 5/8/13)
Texas Senate OKs teacher pension changes to shore up fund (Austin American-Statesman, 5/8/13)
House Appropriations chair: Budget talks between House and Senate ‘broken up’ (Houston Chronicle,5/8/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Revisiting the Texas Miracle (Texas Tribune, 5/8/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: What’s left to do? (Texas Tribune, 5/7/13)
Story critical of Gov. Perry yanked (Houston Chronicle, 5/7/13)
House gives early OK to bill targeting franchise tax (Texas Tribune, 5/7/13)
UT regents expected to OK $334.5M plan for med school (Austin American-Statesman, 5/7/13)
Texas House votes for wide range of tax cuts for businesses (Dallas Morning News, 5/7/13)
Bill would end TCEQ compliance history program (Texas Tribune, 5/7/13)
Hotze to file suit over federal health reform (Texas Tribune, 5/7/13)
House gives early OK to bill targeting franchise tax (Texas Tribune, 5/7/13)
VIDEO: Texas Republicans, Fox News criticize Obama’s choice of Austin to kick off jobs tour(Houston Chronicle, 5/7/13)
School bond backers target Austinites who dislike Perry (Austin American-Statesman, 5/7/13)
Remember the school finance case? (Burkablog, 5/6/13)

The policy and politics of drug sentencing (Texas Monthly, 5/6/13)
Perry says Scouts’ no-gays policy akin to stand on slavery (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/6/13)
Divided Lege finds rare harmony in Women’s Health (Texas Tribune, 5/5/13)
Campus carry, school marshals get early OK in House (Texas Tribune, 5/4/13)
GunDay Saturday begins in the Texas House (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/4/13)
Religion and high school sports: A perfect mix for politics (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/4/13)
Texas Dept of Criminal Justice bill up for debate in House (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/4/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Tea Party power (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
Transparency bill dies in Texas House (Austin American-Statesman, 5/3/13)
Rick Perry takes his best shot before NRA (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/3/13)
Texas House votes to renew school tax breaks for new plants (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/3/13)
Health care collaboratives would undergo Dallas-area test under bill tentatively approved by Texas House (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/3/13)
House votes to continue tax breaks for companies (Austin American-Statesman, 5/3/13)
Proposed tax break for clubs isn’t music to some ears (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
Oil pipeline bill could be dead for session (Trail Blazers Blog, 5/3/13)
Efforts to reform teacher evaluations in Texas falter (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
President Obama coming to Austin Thursday (Austin American-Statesman, 5/3/13)
The polling center: Planned Parenthood and Women’s Health (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
For fire departments, more to state budget than numbers (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
At NRA meeting, Cruz and Perry blast gun control effort (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
House votes to keep schools dealing with businesses (Texas Tribune, 5/3/13)
Perry asks UIL for investigation into student disqualified over religious gesture (Texas Tribune,5/3/13)
VIDEO: Rick Perry obliterates targets in NRA convention video (The Week, 5/3/13)
Texas Railroad Commission bill passes Senate (Texas Tribune, 5/2/13)
House committee votes out transparency bill (Texas Tribune, 5/2/13)
House determined to fund water plan, floating a hybrid possibility (Austin American-Statesman,5/2/13)
Public, private hospitals to negotiate with Dewhurst (Texas Tribune, 5/2/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: House ‘Gun Day’ draws near (Texas Tribune, 5/2/13)

APRIL 2013

In Texas and nationwide, many Shales left to explore (Texas Tribune, 4/28/13)
Proposals in Legislature aim to take the party out of Texas politics (Dallas Morning News, 4/27/13)
Texas Medicaid debate pits rival visions of health care law (Dallas Morning News, 4/27/13)
With 30 days left, legislators to pick up pace (Austin American-Statesman, 4/27/13)
Rick Perry willing to call special session if needed (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
House OKs emergency spending for schools, fires (Austin American-Statesman, 4/26/13)
Cash for road repair in Shale areas proves elusive (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
Bill would ensure free breakfast for Texas’ poorest students (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
Texas lawmakers pushing back on Gov. Perry in 2013 (AP, 4/26/13)
House backs $875M budget bill after hot debate (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
Business Association endorses Zerwas’ Medicaid plan (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
Texas prosecutors no longer unassailable (Texas Tribune, 4/26/13)
AUDIO: Competition between states stirs environmental concerns (Texas Tribune, 4/25/13)
Legislators seek action on Medicaid fraud measures (Texas Tribune, 4/25/13)
Lawyers voice support for embattled Austin DA (Austin American-Statesman, 4/25/13)
Birdwell not giving up on campus carry legislation (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
Perry’s Rainy Day policy fueled by credit ratings (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
The love-hate relationship with transparency (Texas Weekly, 4/24/13)
Disclosure bill clears House committee (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
Agency proceeds with A-F school ratings plan (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
Bill packs more than new name for Railroad Commission (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
Perry withdraws Texas Prison Board nomination (Texas Tribune, 4/24/13)
Legislators spar over downsizing prisons (Austin American-Statesman,4/24/13)
Senate Democrats bottle up abortion facilities bill (Austin American-Statesman, 4/24/13)
Texplainer: Who oversees Texas’ fertilizer plants? (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)

House committee advances Medicaid alternative bill (Houston Chronicle, 4/23/13)
House switches on Texas Lottery Commission (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Defending the ‘Texas Miracle’ (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)
Judge allows petition to remove Lehmberg to proceed (Austin American-Statesman, 4/23/13)
Gov. Rick Perry continues baiting Illinois and city officials (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/23/13)
Emails reflect strain over UT Regent’s records requests (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)
Supreme Court justices tackle Texas-Oklahoma water fight (Reuters, 4/23/13)
Campus gun measure looks to be stuck in Texas Senate (Dallas Morning News, 4/23/13)
Straus House pushes water to front of line for rainy day money (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/23/13)
Senate tentatively plans $5.7B rainy day fund draw (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/23/13)
Campaign finance loophole targeted (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)
Senate backs $5.7B for roads, water, schools (Texas Tribune, 4/23/13)
Gov. Rick Perry to Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn: ‘I’m certainly going to bring’ the competition (AP, 4/19/13)
The Polling Center: A seat for the Tea Party (Texas Tribune, 4/19/13)
Perry surprises by urging House to bust spending cap (Texas Tribune, 4/19/13)
Senate begins redistricting process, opposition emerges (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/19/13)
West explosion raises regulatory questions (Texas Tribune, 4/19/13)
Instead of new ethics laws, a study — again (Texas Tribune, 4/19/13)
State education board urges rejection of private school tax credit bill (Dallas Morning News,4/19/13)
SBOE urges Lege to reject vouchers, tax credits (Texas Tribune, 4/19/13)
Perry, GOP legislator have ’spirited’ talk on term limits, travel bills (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/18/13)
House budget writers back $500M more for schools (Texas Tribune, 4/18/13)
Campaign accounts help Texas legislators pay staffers (Texas Tribune, 4/18/13)
Officials search for answers after explosion in West (Texas Tribune, 4/18/13)
Polling Center: Education no magic bullet for Democrats (Texas Tribune, 4/18/13)
Cancer-fighting charity hired tobacco lobbyist (Texas Tribune, 4/17/13)
Board of Education bristles at losing power over charter schools (AP, 4/17/13)
AUDIO: Landowners, industry look to lawmakers for pipeline ruling (Texas Tribune, 4/17/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: The politics of transportation funding (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
Bill to overhaul high school requirements clears hurdle (San Antonio Express-News, 4/16/13)
Gambling chances ’slim’ this session, senator says (Austin American-Statesman, 4/16/13)
Patrick: Texas not ‘dumbing down’ education standards (Austin American-Statesman, 4/16/13)
Senate panel votes to form water account; money question lingers (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/16/13)
Legislator unveils another approach to insure low-income Texans (Austin American-Statesman,4/16/13)
Texas Senate panel OKs new rule for abortion doctors (Dallas Morning News, 4/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Is Perry a lame-duck governor without telling anyone? (Austin American-Statesman, 4/16/13)
Inside intelligence: About more redistricting… (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Texas doesn’t need Rainy Day money yet (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Use the Rainy Day Fund for education (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Texas should leave Rainy Day Fund alone (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
COMMENTARY: Use the Rainy Day Fund before we go dry (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
GOP lawmaker proposes alternative to Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
House panel debates Medicaid expansion proposal (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
High school curriculum bill headed to Senate floor (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
Panel debates death penalty cases, race considerations (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
Higher ed coalition hits back at UT Regent’s criticism (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
For immigration law, a divided pathway emerges (Texas Weekly, 4/16/13)
AUDIO: Teachers’ groups lobbying House to nix charter school bill (Texas Tribune, 4/16/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Ethics, guns and taxes lead the week (Texas Tribune, 4/15/13)
Constitutional amendment would add religious freedom language (Houston Chronicle, 4/15/13)
Bill would revise ethics oversight (AP, 4/15/13)
Capitol Digest: Conservatives still in charge, Dewhurst (Austin American-Statesman, 4/15/13)
Gov. Perry’s business tax cut plan (Houston Chronicle, 4/15/13)
Perry makes play for jobs from Illinois (Houston Chronicle, 4/15/13)
Online voter registration bills see support from House, Senate committees (Houston Chronicle,4/15/13)
Gov. Perry launches ad campaign to lure Chicago businesses to Texas (Austin American-Statesman,4/15/13)
Can Mayor Julian Castro turn Texas blue? (The Daily Beast, 4/15/13)
In Waco, Abbott sounds alarm on UN arms treaty, Democratic group (Waco Tribune, 4/15/13)
Abortion clinic bill stalled in TX Senate (San Antonio Express-News, 4/15/13)
Rick Perry calls for $1.6B in business tax cuts (Texas Tribune, 4/15/13)
Ethics commission up for review at Legislature (AP, 4/15/13)
A slim chance for lawmakers to self-regulate (Texas Tribune, 4/15/13)
AUDIO: Parental rights bill stirs debate in Legislature (Texas Tribune, 4/15/13)
Lawmakers reverse Rainy Day Funds role (AP, 4/14/13)
Perry, legislators have yet to deliver on tax relief promises (Austin American-Statesman, 4/14/13)
Bob Perry, prolific GOP donor, dead at 80 (Texas Tribune, 4/14/13)
Exotic trips, luxury gifts are perks of elective office (Texas Tribune, 4/14/13)
VIDEO: Immigrant wave pours into South Texas (San Antonio Express-News, 4/14/13)
GOP Texas lawmaker Lyle Larson looks to place limits on his own party’s governor (Dallas Morning News, 4/13/13)
Texas GOP warns of invasion of ‘Slimy Dark Arts’ (Wall Street Journal, 4/12/13)
Perry proposes using portion of auto sales tax for transportation projects (San Antonio Express-News,4/12/13)
Perry guarded about GOP’s $6B Rainy Day Fund plan (AP, 4/12/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: 2014 looms large for lawmakers (Texas Tribune, 4/12/13)
Perry: Due for a comeback? (Burkablog, 4/12/13)
‘Palatable and acceptable’ – drug-testing for unemployment benefits passes (Texas Monthly, 4/12/13)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry outlines case for re-election (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/12/13)
Perry backs dedicated car sales taxes for Highway Fund (Texas Tribune, 4/12/13)
Perry endorses debt, taxes to pay for roads (Austin American-Statesman, 4/12/13)
Lawmakers: Tackle redistricting or wait for courts? (Texas Tribune, 4/12/13)
Legislator suspends aide who is facing charges (Texas Tribune, 4/12/13)
Energy dollars flow to Texas politicians (Texas Tribune, 4/12/13)
Ted Cruz’s filibuster effort fails to kill gun control bill in Senate (Dallas Morning News, 4/11/13)
All over the map int he redistricting fray (New York Times, 4/10/13)
Texas House panel approves guns on campus bill (AP, 4/11/13)
The Obama budget: What it means to Texas (Houston Chronicle, 4/11/13)
Plan to expand charter schools clears Senate (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Senate passes unemployment drug-testing bill (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
UT Regents vote to turn records over to lawmakers (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Report: 2.6 million Texans could get insurance subsidy (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Polling Center: At ballot box, education cuts mattered (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Cruz registers Tea Party embrace of gun rights (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
AUDIO: Buzz over emerging shale formation stirs concern (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Senate sets up debate on Rainy Day Fund spending (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Lawmakers respond to UT System Regents’ vote (Texas Tribune, 4/11/13)
Gov. Rick Perry calls for thoughtful approach to immigration reform (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/10/13)
Texas considers backtracking on testing (New York Times, 4/10/13)
Senate passes bill to drug-test welfare applicants (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
Texas Republicans dismiss Obama budget as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘a joke’ (Houston Chronicle, 4/10/13)
Senate GOP calls for $6B take from Rainy Day Fund (AP, 4/10/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: UT Regents vs. the Legislature (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
House panel debates changes to booklet on abortion (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
Senators talk, without voting, about casinos in Texas (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
Proposed to raise Medicaid rates could affect budget (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
House panel debates ‘fetal pain’ bill (Texas Tribune, 4/10/13)
Texas turns battleground as cowboy boots win Hispanics (Bloomberg, 4/8/13)
Enterprise Fund has been good to Perry, Dewhurst (San Antonio Express-News, 4/8/13)
Lege panels eyeing tax breaks (San Antonio Express-News, 4/8/13)
How Texas became Texas and why it matters (New York Times, 4/6/13)
Perry’s office not satisfied with FAA control tower funding extension (Austin American-Statesman,4/6/13)
Getting serious about a Texas-size drought (New York Times, 4/6/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Behind the scenes of the budget debate (Texas Tribune, 4/5/13)
State Supreme Court limits union rights in Texas (Austin American-Statesman, 4/5/13)
Texas House overwhelmingly approves $93B budget (AP, 4/5/13)
Texas Rep. Marc Veasey says redistricting tussle could play out over the summer (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/5/13)
For Women’s Health funding, Davis was House negotiator (Texas Tribune, 4/5/13)
UT System asks to withhold records from lawmakers (Texas Tribune, 4/5/13)
A Texas House less susceptible to political stampedes (Texas Tribune, 4/5/13)
A familiar reluctance to health care expansion in Texas (Texas Tribune, 4/5/13)
Budget amendment pits arts against firefighters (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Bills target LGBT rights and resources (San Antonio Express-News, 4/4/13)
Castro has earned the patience of Stonewall Democrats (San Antonio Express-News, 4/4/13)
Texas House says no to private school vouchers (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/4/13)
House rejects school vouchers as it approves budget bill (Austin American-Statesman, 4/4/13)
Back to basics: Vouchers, anyone? (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/4/13)
School marshal bill passes House committee (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/4/13)
Texas Senate panel approves shorter course for handgun license (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/4/13)
Texas mourners’ plea: ‘Chase ‘em down, bring ‘em to justice’ – Perry offers $100K reward (CNN, 4/4/13)
UT Regent defends review of Law School Foundation (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Reward is increased by officials in Texas (New York Times, 4/4/13)
Napolitano says new budget may ease border  impact (Houston Chronicle, 4/4/13)
John Cornyn: Prosecutors should be permitted to carry concealed weapons in the workplace(Houston Chronicle, 4/4/13)
The Polling Center: Public opinion and the budget (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Texas House OKs budget, nixes vouchers, Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Deep in the red of Texas, Republicans fight the blues (Wall Street Journal, 4/4/13)
A voucher showdown during TX House budget debate (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
In bipartisan truce, House members pulling amendments (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
House backtracks on Medicaid amendment (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: House budget debate preview (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Public, private hospitals at odds over budget rider (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
House members expecting daylong budget fight (Texas Tribune, 4/4/13)
Senate approves CPRIT reform legislation (Texas Tribune, 4/3/13)
UT Regent Hall failed to disclose lawsuits (Texas Tribune, 4/3/13)
Retired-teachers group not endorsing budget amendments (Texas Tribune, 4/3/13)
What we talk about when we talk about spending limits (Texas Monthly, 4/3/13)
Texas by the numbers (The Economist, 4/3/13)
Rick Perry on why North Korea targets Texas (Politico, 4/3/13)
Project explores effect of family-planning cuts in Texas (Texas Tribune, 4/3/13)
VIDEO: Rick Perry: Border security key in Texas DA murders (Politico, 4/3/13)
Perry, Cornyn, Cruz assail Medicaid expansion as unwise (Trail Blazers Blog, 4/1/13)
With Hutchison gone, money for Texas may be, too (San Antonio Express-News, 4/1/13)
MARCH 2013

Gun control just got stricter? Come to Texas! (Texas Tribune, 3/31/13)
For now, Austin is seeing a different Dewhurst (San Antonio Express-News, 3/31/13)
Key leaders to descend on Capitol for Medicaid events (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
Texas unemployment up slightly in Feb (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
Pitts amendments would limit authority of UT Regents (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
AUDIO: Legislature to mull mental health training for teachers (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
AUDIO: Graduation reforms stir debate among education experts (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
For Perry, school trumps party and politics (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
VIDEO: Amid Medicaid debate, Kolkhorst’s health care math (Texas Tribune, 3/29/13)
Citing sequester, Perry taps TxDOT cash for airports (Texas Tribune, 3/28/13)
Rick Perry gang rides into the sunset (Politico, 3/28/13)
Texas redistricting fight resumes (Austin American-Statesman, 3/28/13)
In budget plans, riders as telling as the numbers (Texas Tribune, 3/28/13)
VIDEO: Jay Leno on Rick Perry’s opposition to gay marriage (Washington Post, 3/28/13)
Texas House passes water bill (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
Dewhurst also opposes outside review of UT Law School (Postcards, 3/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Only Regents can reform higher education (Texas Weekly, 3/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Regents are messing with success at UT (Texas Weekly, 3/27/13)
Perry asks TxDOT to temporarily fund control towers (Austin American-Statesman, 3/27/13)
Texas House approves bill to create fund for Texas water projects (Dallas Morning News, 3/27/13)
Chairman of UT Regents responds to senators’ letter (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Abortion bills gain steam (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
Perry, Cruz, Cornyn to present united front on Medicaid (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
Texas House budget spends more on schools, less on Medicaid (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
After drug lab scandal, court reverses convictions (Texas Tribune, 3/27/13)
Senate considers trimming powers of regents (AP, 3/27/13)
Far right, far left agree on little but transparency (Texas Weekly, 3/26/13)
Texas VAT bill would threaten state’s prosperity (The New American, 3/26/13)
A test for education — and for Texas businesses (Texas Weekly, 3/26/13)
House OKs testing, graduation standards overhaul (AP, 3/26/13)
Perry attends religious values rally at Capitol (AP, 3/26/13)
Hey, Supreme Court: Go ahead and legislate from the bench (Texas Monthly, 3/26/13)
Rick Perry says whatever the Supreme Court does, he’s still against same-sex marriage (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/26/13)
Senate education panel considers ‘parent trigger’ bill (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Legislators take up Windstorm Insurance reform bills (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Donations to judicial campaigns spur ethics worries (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Bill to test welfare applicants for drugs approved (Austin American-Statesman, 3/26/13)
Social conservative voters rally with confidence but feel besieged, even in Texas (Dallas Morning News, 3/26/13)
AUDIO: Lawmaker hopes to boost Hispanic civic engagement (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Far Right, Far Left agree on little but transparency (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Battle lines form as Texas House tackles testing bill (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
GOP leadership: Texas will defend conservative values, traditional marriage (Austin American-Statesman, 3/26/13)
Moving forward on Medicaid (Texas Monthly, 3/26/13)
Inside Intelligence: About those term limits… (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
The Polling Center: Texans’ view of gay marriage shifts (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
COMMENTARY: Texas leads in tests but not in education (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Lawmakers urge UT System to use AG’s office for probe (Texas Tribune, 3/26/13)
Bill could reduce number of Texas abortion facilities (Texas Tribune, 3/25/13)
The conservative case for raising taxes (Texas Monthly, 3/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Perry 2016 (Burkablog, 3/25/13)
House sets budget debate rule: Undoing school cuts off limits (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/25/13)
Education chief says he would keep at least eight high school tests (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/25/13)
Senate approves overhaul of long-term Medicaid care (Texas Tribune, 3/25/13)
Whitmire target of new prison death threat (Austin American-Statesman, 3/25/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: Water bill hits the House floor (Texas Tribune, 3/25/13)
Women’s coalition gets federal money state vied for (Texas Tribune, 3/25/13)
More money, kinder tone in Legislature (Houston Chronicle, 3/25/13)
Perry-UT power struggle intensifies (Houston Chronicle, 3/25/13)
Drought response sparks the Battle of St. Augustine (Texas Tribune, 3/25/13)
So far, George P. Bush running at arm’s length (Texas Tribune, 3/23/13)
Scott Walker urges Texas Republicans to be optimistic at Dallas event (Dallas Morning News,3/23/13)
Democratic strategist has big wins, little patience (Texas Tribune, 3/22/13)
Pauken plans ‘grassroots’ run for Texas governor (Houston Chronicle, 3/22/13)
Rick Perry takes on Madonna over her Boy Scouts fashion statement (Houston Chronicle, 3/22/13)
Pauken for governor (Houston Chronicle, 3/22/13)
George P. Bush: On the campaign money trail in Texas and beyond (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/22/13)
VIDEO: George P. Bush keynotes Texas legislative conference (Texas Tribune, 3/22/13)
VIDEO: Lawmakers again attempting to declare sovereignty (Texas Tribune, 3/22/13)
Perry, some lawmakers want state’s gold back in Texas (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
The man who could turn Texas blue: Rick Perry (National Journal, 3/21/13)
Texas House adds extra $1B to schools in budget (AP, 3/21/13)
Rick Perry: The presidential candidate ahead of his time (National Journal, 3/21/13)
Senate panel to vote on charter school expansion next week (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/21/13)
Charter limits remain in Senate bill (Austin American-Statesman, 3/21/13)
Return fire; the Board of Regents strikes back (Texas Monthly, 3/21/13)
Lawmakers, observers react to tense UT system meeting (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
GOP stalwart Tom Pauken to run for governor, says Texas needs ‘a different style of leadership’(Trail Blazers Blog, 3/21/13)
Tom Pauken announces bid for governor (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
House committee backs budget with more school funding (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
Wichita Falls, Texas, could go dry by year’s end (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
AUDIO: Medicaid expansion sparks debate over asset tests (Texas Tribune, 3/21/13)
House passes Public Utility Commission sunset bill (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
Senate Dems breath a sigh of relief over budget (Texas Monthly, 3/20/13)
Texas House erupts in heated debate over ’smart meters’ for electricity (Dallas Morning News,3/20/13)
Senate approves $195.5B budget, 29-2 (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
TPPF presents plan to reform Medicaid with block grant (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
Budget votes to set stage for future negotiations (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
AUDIO: Senate Committee advances abortion clinic bill (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
State leadership allows CPRIT to move forward on grants (Texas Tribune, 3/20/13)
Texas Senate passes term limits for statewide officers (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/20/13)
Democratic delegation to Congress fires back at Rick Perry on Medicaid (Trail Blazers  Blog, 3/20/13)
Term limits for some (Texas Monthly, 3/19/13)
Stricter standards sought for abortion clinics (San Antonio Express-News, 3/19/13)
Senate panel approves standards that could shutter most Texas abortion clinics (Dallas Morning News, 3/19/13)
Bill tightening abortion clinic rules advances (Austin American-Statesman, 3/19/13)
VIDEO: Perry: I’ll decide on presidential bid late this year (Texas Tribune, 3/19/13)
Senate panel considers end-of-life bills (Texas Tribune, 3/19/13)
VIDEO: Senators hear term limits, DNA testing, guns in schools (Texas Tribune, 3/19/13)
AUDIO: A new official means new chapter in Texas vs EPA fight (Texas Tribune, 3/19/13)
Deciphering a short turn at the Governor’s office (Texas Tribune, 3/19/13)
Inside the state budget, a shell game (Texas Tribune, 3/18/13)
AUDIO: Lawmakers to consider changes to bilingual ballot system (Texas Tribune, 3/18/13)
AUDIO: Agenda Texas: STAAR standards (Texas Tribune, 3/18/13)
No movement on gambling (Burkablog, 3/17/13)
Texas all over the map when it comes to drones (Austin American-Statesman, 3/17/13)
Sweeping effort to expand charter schools faces hurdles (Texas Tribune, 3/17/13)
VIDEO: Cruz electrifies CPAC Conference (Texas Tribune, 3/16/13)
Tax relief is seen as carrying a price (San Antonio Express-News, 3/16/13)
Rick Perry’s actions inspire bipartisan push to rein in some practices (Dallas Morning News,3/16/13)
Lawmakers close to compromise on disclosure bill (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
GOP Senator Eltife challenging his party on debt, taxes (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
Suspense over, George P chooses Land Commissioner (BurkaBlog, 3/15/13)
In a letter to Texas Congressional delegation, Gov. Rick Perry reaffirms stand against Medicaid expansion (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/15/13)
AUDIO: State water plan advances in Texas Legislature (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
Gallego: Sequester hurts border security, economy (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
Texas Democrats dreaming of the Wild Blue Yonder (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
Perry zings GOP, calls Medicaid expansion “coercion” (Texas Tribune, 3/15/13)
Perry at CPAC: “A candidate I am no more’ (BurkaBlog, 3/15/13)
COMMENTARY: The high cost of ideology (Burkablog, 3/15/13)
Drug testing bill spurs heated exchange between senators (Texas Monthly, 3/14/13)
VIDEO: Perry slams ‘08, ‘12 GOP presidential picks (Politico, 3/14/13)
Locating stations may determine high-speed rail’s future (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/14/13)
Texas Legislature begins move to fund water projects (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/14/13)
Dem lawmaker declares, ‘I’m a 21st-century abolitionist and I’m proud of it’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/14/13)
Texas House committee hearing focuses on guns at colleges (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/14/13)
Texas House committee approves $2B water fund (AP, 3/14/13)
VIDEO: Freshman lawmakers seek common ‘purple’ ground (Texas Tribune, 3/14/13)
Perry asks congressional delegation to push for Medicaid flexibility (Texas Tribune, 3/14/13)
Water not floating to top with Texas voters (Texas Tribune, 3/14/13)
On Voting Rights Act, Texans follow GOP’s lead (Texas Tribune, 3/14/13)
The unveiling of George P. Bush (Texas Monthly, 3/13/13)
The politics of Medicaid expansion (Burkablog, 3/13/13)
For S.A. Democrats, Bird is the word (San Antonio Express-News, 3/13/13)
Senate panel embraces budget that starts undoing school cuts and spotlights mental health (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/13/13)
House panel boost mental health spending by $220 million (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/13/13)
Analysis: Medicaid expansion would free state money for other things (Houston Chronicle, 3/12/13)
Bill excludes elective abortions in state health care (Texas Tribune, 3/12/13)
Dewhurst tries to lure gun manufacturer to Texas (Texas Tribune, 3/12/13)
Blue Cross launches campaign for Insurance Exchange (Texas Tribune, 3/12/13)
Texas GOP chairman expects competitive primaries in 2014 (Trail Blazers Blog, 3/12/13)
House sends Medicaid IOU bill to Perry (Texas Tribune, 3/12/13)
Impact of Medicaid expansion on state budget examined (Texas Tribune, 3/12/13)
Public educators rally for school finance (Houston Chronicle, 3/11/13)
Right-to-life groups split on end-of-life decision (AP, 3/10/13)
Republic of Texas now wants it day in court (San Antonio Express-News, 3/10/13)
Tax committee leader weighs options to boost state’s economy (Austin American-Statesman, 3/10/13)
As GOP ponders Medicaid expansion, Hispanic support hangs in the balance (Austin American-Statesman, 3/9/13)
Conflict between UT president, regents taking new turns (Austin American-Statesman, 3/9/13)
Updated: Bill grants HHSC power to address Medicaid reform (Texas Tribune, 3/9/13)
PoliTex: Davis seeks audits of governor’s and state comptroller’s grant-awarding funds (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3/9/13)
Bill grants HHSPC power to address Medicaid reform (Texas Tribune, 3/9/13)
Senator files much-anticipated scholarship bill (AP, 3/8/13)
An entry reserved for those with guns (New York Times, 3/8/13)
Key lawmaker pledges to work on Medicaid expansion (AP, 3/8/13)
Bills, bills, bills – An appreciation of the sixty days rule (Texas Monthly, 3/8/13)
Bill-filing deadline at Capitol draws hundreds of measures (Austin American-Statesman, 3/8/13)
SpaceX chief to Texas: Let’s make a deal (San Antonio Express-News, 3/8/13)
Texas legislators file flurry of bills before session’s deadline (Dallas Morning News, 3/8/13)
Conservatives revive proposal for term limits (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
Texas uninsured rate drifts further from other states (Gallup, 3/8/13)
AUDIO: TribCast plus: A deeper look at the UT/TT Poll (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
House panel reveals divide on Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
The polling center: Handle Perry-Abbott race with care (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
Claims about UT board rebutted (San Antonio Express-News, 3/8/13)
Patrick presents details of tax credit scholarship plan (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
In Texas, water use for fracking stirs concerns (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
Lawmakers seeking ‘Texas Solution’ to Medicaid reform (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
UT/TT Poll: Texans want to end federal election reviews (Texas Tribune, 3/8/13)
Watchdogs: Ethics loopholes obscure lobby perks (Texas Tribune, 3/7/13)
Dewhurst sues former campaign manager over missing money (Austin American-Statesman,3/7/13)
Former legislators kicking off new careers as Texas lobbyists (Dallas Morning News, 3/7/13)
TSTA Poll shows support for using the Rainy Day Fund to restore education cuts (BurkaBlog, 3/7/13)
Senate pushes for additional mental health funding (Austin American-Statesman, 3/7/13)
Former Rick Perry aide got $162,500 bonus (Texas Tribune, 3/7/13)
Hundreds rally to let banned providers back in WHP (Texas Tribune, 3/7/13)
New school choice bill backs local accountability plans (Texas Tribune, 3/7/13)
Sex ed and the Senate (Texas Monthly, 3/6/13)
Abortion wars heating up at Legislature (Austin American-Statesman, 3/6/13)
Straus touts Medicaid action (San Antonio Express-News, 3/6/13)
COMMENTARY: A band-aid for Medicaid (Texas Monthly, 3/5/13)
Governor for Life (BurkaBlog, 3/4/13)
Democrats in TX House struggle as unified force (San Antonio Express-News, 3/4/13)
GOP caucus opposes Medicaid expansion — with caveats (Texas Tribune, 3/4/13)
COMMENTARY: The state of Taxes (Texas Monthly, 3/1/13)
Lawmakers seeing possibilities on Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 3/1/13)
About that fiscal conservatism (Burkablog, 3/1/13)


Perry’s Texas Cancer Fund mired in pay-to-play claims (Bloomberg, 2/25/13)
Rick Perry: Texas going blue ‘is the biggest pipedream I have ever heard’ (Huffington Post, 2/24/13)
Rick Perry: Texas will never go blue (Wall Street Journal, 2/23/13)
At Capitol education rally, tough words for Legislature (Texas Tribune, 2/23/13)
The Texas Budget: Too much of a good thing (The Economist, 2/23/13)
Immigration rally signals growing demand for reform (Texas Tribune, 2/22/13)
Perry speech interrupted by hecklers, but he insists he won’t expand Medicaid (Houston Chronicle,2/22/13)
After Florida Medicaid reversal, hints of compromise in Texas (Texas Tribune, 2/22/13)
Medicaid expansion confounds conservatives (Texas Tribune, 2/22/13)
Amid anti-testing furor, a focus on high school courses (Texas Tribune, 2/22/13)
Can Democrats mess with Texas in 2016? (RealClearPolitics, 2/22/13)
Party like it’s 1989? (Texas Monthly, 2/22/13)
Controversy leaves Dallas DA Craig Watkins vulnerable at ballot box (Dallas Morning News,2/21/13)
House passes bill to address $4.5B Medicaid IOU (Texas Tribune, 2/21/13)
Texas lawmakers mixed on charter school proposal (Texas Tribune, 2/21/13)
Report: Half of Texas construction workers undocumented (Austin American-Statesman, 2/21/13)
‘Pair of Aces’: Vogue features Joaquin and Julian Castro (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/21/13)
Texas is pro-work, right? (Texas Monthly, 2/20/13)
Interfaith groups rally for Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 2/20/13)
Dewhurst, Straus renew higher ed oversight committee (Texas Tribune, 2/20/13)
Rick Perry wants Colorado gun magazine maker to move to Texas (The Daily Caller, 2/20/13)
Perry stands firm on rejecting Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 2/20/13)
Texas House Democrats aiming to get back into the game (Texas Tribune, 2/18/13)
AUDIO: Battle looms as Democrats try to restore education cuts (Texas Tribune, 2/18/13)
Cities help pay for Perry nonprofit (San Antonio Express-News, 2/17/13)
Economic development group promotes Perry and business (Houston Chronicle, 2/17/13)
TxDOT director offers support for ‘infrastructure fund’ to boost state highway construction (Dallas Morning News, 2/17/13)
Cancer advocates wait for CPRIT moratorium to end (Texas Tribune, 2/17/13)
How mayor rocketed to national stardom (San Antonio Express-News, 2/16/13)
Most in Texas Medicaid are children or elderly (AP, 2/16/13)
Is Texas really better for business? (San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/16/13)
Texas redistricting appeal likely on hold at Supreme Court (San Antonio Express-News, 2/16/13)
Courts erase some of Texas GOP supermajority’s biggest actions (Dallas Morning News, 2/16/13)
Border town perspective on immigration reform (Texas Tribune, 2/16/13)
Hostile regents on the march against UT president (Burkablog, 2/15/13)
Texas Senator goes on attack and raises bipartisan hackles (New York Times, 2/15/13)
Rick Perry in radio ads. Again. (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/15/13)
Texas renewable energy faces hurdles in Legislature (Texas Tribune, 2/15/13)
Same-sex marriage bill now on table (San Antonio Express-News, 2/15/13)
Lone Star rising (Politico, 2/15/13)
As demographics shift, a freshman Hispanic legislator makes his stands (New York Times, 2/14/13)
Perry’s California dreaming (Burkablog, 2/14/13)
More money for Texas schools possible this budget (AP, 2/14/13)
Texas’ GOP not buying amnesty (San Antonio Express-News, 2/14/13)
Texas House might restore some education budget cuts (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
AUDIO: Water use in fracking draws lawmakers’ attention (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
Gay rights bill filed on Valentine’s Day (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
Part-time Legislature can create financial hardship (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
Williams reaches out to higher education leaders (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
Land Commissioner Patterson talks property taxes, 2014 race and more (Texas Tribune, 2/14/13)
Gov. Perry appoints Texas Tech system regents (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 2/14/13)
Medicaid IOU bill not destined to be school finance battleground (Houston Chronicle, 2/14/13)
Texas Republicans say ALEC hasn’t shaped their fiscal approach (Dallas Morning News, 2/14/13)
House resolution to test support for immigration reform (Texas Tribune, 2/13/13)
Tuition freezes and foundations on UT Regents’ agenda (Texas Tribune, 2/13/13)
Plan emerging for Legislature to pay IOUs (Texas Tribune, 2/13/13)
Perry: Texas worker death unrelated to regulation (Houston Chronicle, 2/13/13)
Texas providers urge more women’s health funding (AP, 2/13/13)
San Antonio Chargers? Perry says not so fast (San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/13/13)
Lawmaker proposes gun class for high schools (Austin American-Statesman, 2/13/13)
Q&A on immigration reform: Time for conservatives to do the right thing (Texas Monthly, 2/13/13)
Austin seeing interest from California companies ‘double or triple,’ chamber says (Austin American Statesman, 2/13/13)
Pension privacy gets attention of legislators (Texas Tribune, 2/13/13)
AUDIO: Bill aims to calm interstate tension over water rights (Texas Tribune, 2/13/13)
New coalition will try to get state to restore family planning funding (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/13/13)
Inside intelligence: About school finance… (Texas Tribune, 2/12/13)
Texplainer: What would sequestration mean for Texas? (Texas Tribune, 2/12/13)
Radio ad wars heat up as progressive group takes on Perry (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/12/13)
Hoping for GOP support, Texas Dems include GOP proposals in immigration measure (Austin American-Statesman, 2/12/13)
Political consultant works for both Perry, Abbott (Texas Tribune, 2/11/13)
COMMENTARY: Texas trumps Governor Moonbeam (National Review, 2/11/13)
Texan Perry and Californian Brown battle for business (Texas Tribune, 2/11/13)
Texas Democrats plan to force education votes (AP, 2/10/13)
Tab for wrongful convictions in Texas: $65 million and counting (Austin American-Statesman,2/10/13)
Transparency buzz elicits some action at the Capitol (Austin American-Statesman, 2/9/13)
Will rural issues get fair share of lawmakers’ attention? (Amarillo Globe-News, 2/9/13)
Developer of controversial school curriculum agrees to changes (Austin American-Statesman,2/8/13)
Despite reforms, some elected officials still lobby (Texas Tribune, 2/8/13)
Vouchers may be on life support (Burkablog, 2/8/13)
After backlash, changes in store for CSCOPE statewide curriculum (Texas Tribune, 2/8/13)
Moody’s warns investors over Texas school finance problems (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/8/13)
Rick Perry to tour California big cities (Politico, 2/8/13)
In some cases, government is all relative (Texas Tribune, 2/8/13)
Senators to state corrections officials: Tighten your belts (Austin American-Statesman, 2/7/13)
Let the poaching proceed – Gov. Perry heading to California Sunday on business recruitment trip(Postcards, 2/7/13)
Perry launches pro-Texas business tour in California (Texas Tribune, 2/7/13)
Fewer Californians moving to Texas. Was it something Rick Perry said? (Trial Blazers Blog, 2/7/13)
Perry heads to California on job poaching trip (Austin American-Statesman, 2/7/13)
House Democrat makes rules inquiry to tackle school finance (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/7/13)
Will moderation win in Texas? (Stateline, 2/7/13)
Aide accused of stealing at least $1 million from second David Dewhurst campaign fund (Dallas Morning News, 2/7/13)
Rick Perry calls for more funds for I-69 project (Texas Tribune, 2/6/13)
Republican lawmaker files bill that would establish and train school marshals (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/6/13)
Groups bank on united front in gambling push (Texas Tribune, 2/6/13)
On Perry’s mind: Jerry Brown (Houston Chronicle, 2/6/13)
Texplainer: Has state spending on schools increased? (Texas Tribune, 2/6/13)
Lobbyists shower lawmakers, state staffers with gifts (Texas Tribune, 2/6/13)
Watson criticizes Combs, tax subsidy programs (Texas Tribune, 2/6/13)
Texas lawmakers urge Boy Scouts to keep ban on gay members (Texas Tribune, 2/5/13)
Inside intelligence: About Perry’s new proposals… (Texas Tribune, 2/5/13)
CPRIT founders lay out reform legislation (Texas Tribune, 2/5/13)
Senate panel has tough questions for CPRIT’s leaders (Texas Tribune, 2/5/13)
Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and the Democratic future of Texas (The Hill, 2/5/13)
Trade Associations lend support to Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 2/5/13)
After 2011 cuts, more than half of family planning clinics open that year are now closed (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/5/13)
Rick Perry wined and dined by corporate interests that could benefit from his tax-cut call (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/5/13)
UT (nervously) awaits next batch of Perry regents (Texas Monthly, 2/5/13)
‘Inadequate and inequitable’ (Texas Monthly, 2/5/13)
Updated: School finance ruling favors districts (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
Lawmaker ‘Soda tax’ would raise $2B for public ed (Houston Chronicle, 2/4/13)
Is Medicaid a ‘rich’ program? Topic roils Texas House panel (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/4/13)
Good times or bad, the Texas budget is tight (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
Medicaid fraud recovery tops $1 billion (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
TxDOT tells lawmakers funding crisis around the corner (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
Medicaid expansion in spotlight as session heats up (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
In ads, Perry reaches out to California businesses (Texas Tribune, 2/4/13)
Perry and Abbott: Deal or no deal? (BurkaBlog, 2/3/13)
Is there a win-win for Perry-Abbott? (San Antonio Express-News, 2/3/13)
Perry to address Scouts amid no-gay policy flap (AP, 2/2/13)
Perry: Scouting no place for lessons in sexuality (San Antonio Express-News, 2/2/13)
Commission declines to raise legislators’ session pay (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Perry’s call for tax relief is subject of confusion (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Updated: Straus offers details on transparency panel (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Perry to Board of Education: Increase school choice (Postcards, 2/1/13)
Texas ethics reform: A long, tortured history (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Ted Cruz, for real (Texas Monthly, 2/1/13)
Gloria Steinem said Texans should ‘dis-elect’ Gov. Rick Perry (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2/1/13)
Searching for clues in Perry’s State of the State (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Governor calls for more charter schools in Texas (Trail Blazers Blog, 2/1/13)
State of the session (Burkablog, 2/1/13)
Proposed charter school would focus on adult students (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)
Rick Perry to SBOE: More charters, career/tech courses (Texas Tribune, 2/1/13)


Wealthy Republican donors clearly favoring Greg Abbott over Rick Perry (Burnt Orange Report, 1/31/13)
Senate Finance grills doctor on fraud allegations (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Perry’s online poll on tax cuts uses mismatched numbers (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/31/13)
Could Hillary Clinton win red-state Texas? Survey says, maybe (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/31/13)
Clinton could win Texas (Public Policy Polling, 1/31/13)
Purple Texas? (National Review, 1/31/13)
Sen. Ted Cruz grills Chuck Hagel at confirmation hearing (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/31/13)
Six months after corporate partnership roll-out at state parks agency, nothing to show for it (Austin American-Statesman, 1/31/13)
John Cornyn appears to move to the right, pulled by new Senate partner Ted Cruz (Dallas Morning News, 1/31/13)
Straus makes House committee assignments (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Ethics opinion lets lawmakers solicit nonprofits (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Health advocates make case for Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Lawmakers hunt for cash to fix roads hit by drilling (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Senate hearing will target curriculum system (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Senators take on health care costs, Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 1/31/13)
Rick Perry giving Dallas Regional Chamber State of the State 2.0 (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/30/13)
Rick Perry says AG Greg Abbott won’t run against him for governor (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/30/13)
VIDEO: Perry to News 8: Abbott vowed not to run for governor if I do (WFAA, 1/30/13)
Texans support assault weapons ban, mixed on Cornyn (Public Policy Polling, 1/30/13)
Senate Finance interrogates OIG on fraud investigations (Texas Tribune, 1/30/13)
South Texans feeling momentum for University plan (Texas Tribune, 1/30/13)
Senate Finance Committee tackles health budget (Texas Tribune, 1/30/13)
Not with a bang, but a whimper (BurkaBlog, 1/30/13)
AUDIO: Perry’s speech lays groundwork for water projects (Texas Tribune, 1/30/13)
TexMessage: Rick Perry may lose his fight against openly gay Boy Scouts (Houston Chronicle,1/30/13)
State posts revised list of Women’s Health Providers (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Perry renews vow to deny Medicaid expansion (Postcards, 1/29/13)
Senators react to Perry’s speech (Postcards, 1/29/13)
Updated: Tax relief central to Perry budget proposals (Postcards, 1/29/13)
Poll assesses potential Perry vs. Abbott match (Houston Chronicle, 1/29/13)
Conservatives expect Cornyn primary challenger (Roll Call, 1/29/13)
Perry lists tax relief among top priorities (Houston Chronicle, 1/29/13)
Two Dallas-area lawmakers in House Democratic leadership (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/29/13)
Perry avoids pushing the hot buttons (San Antonio Express-News, 1/29/13)
VIDEO: State of the State address (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Perry: Let South Texas access Permanent University Fund (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Perry talks water, tax relief in State of the State (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Perry proposes infrastructure upgrades, tax cuts (AP, 1/29/13)
TEA Chief: Don’t give up on accountability system (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
The polling center: The GOP’s immigration problem (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Perry looking highly vulnerable (Public Policy Polling, 1/29/13)
Gov. Rick Perry: Give excess tax money back to people (Washington Post, 1/29/13)
Governor readies State of the State Address # 7 (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Colleges lobby Lege for more funding (San Antonio Express-News, 1/29/13)
For most Texans, session means following along from afar (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
VIDEO: Perry delivers State of State with an eye on the polls (WFAA, 1/29/13)
Business Association launches criminal justice agenda (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Ethics Commission to debate fundraising opinion (Texas Tribune, 1/29/13)
Some public business remains in the shadows (Texas Tribune, 1/28/13)
Report: Texas should put politics aside, expand Medicaid (Texas Tribune, 1/28/13)
Straus praises US Senators’ progress on immigration reform (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/28/13)
El Paso anxiously awaits renewed call for immigration revisions (Dallas Morning News, 1/28/13)
State audit exposes more problems at Cancer Institute (Texas Tribune, 1/28/13)
Straus stays ’serious’ on roads, water and education (Houston Chronicle, 1/28/13)
Senators hold hearing on guns in schools (Texas Tribune, 1/28/13)
Texans cautious as senators unveil plan for immigration overhaul (Dallas Morning News, 1/28/13)
Abbott already on the road to governor race (San Antonio Express-News, 1/27/13)
Texas to restrict abortion as much as possible, Gov. Rick Perry tells protesters at Capitol rally (Dallas Morning News, 1/27/13)
How Rick Perry approaches State of the State speech will show his priorities and politics (Dallas Morning News, 1/26/13)
VIDEO: Hundreds crowd Capitol to ‘Rally for Life’ (Texas Tribune, 1/26/13)
Perry will deliver State of the State address on Tuesday; Is it his last? (BurkaBlog, 1/26/13)
Gov’s security travel tab just keeps rising (San Antonio Express-News, 1/25/13)
Abbott announces ‘Choose Life’ Advisory Committee (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
AUDIO: National group aims to turn Texas blue (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
New group pushing multiple changes to Texas education (San Antonio Express-News, 1/25/13)
Lobbyists who dine from both sides of plate (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
‘Bring it on,’ Rick Parry says to Democrats who think they can create ‘Battleground Texas’ (Houston Chronicle, 1/25/13)
Campus carry legislation filed in House (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
No-tax groups oppose school security districts (Postcards, 1/25/13)
Smith County Republican Party leader leaves GOP (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
Bills protect gays in employment discrimination (Texas Tribune, 1/25/13)
COMMENTARY: Hillary turns Texas blue (The Hill, 1/24/13)
AUDIO: Texas’ state water plan slowly coming into focus (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Report rips job ‘poaching,’ job creation grants (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/24/13)
Medicinal marijuana, decriminalization efforts back (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Texas deal on Medicaid expansion possible (AP, 1/24/13)
Lawmakers hope to tap Rainy Day Fund, duck spending cap (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Bill proposing tax break targets contraception rule (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Weak disclosure laws keep public in the dark (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Bill would count prisoners differently in redistricting (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Campus construction high on legislative priority lists (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Drawing straws (Texas Monthly, 1/24/13)
Senate schedules for a 3-day week until March (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/24/13)
‘Open carry’ bill latest proposal to expand gun laws in Texas (San Antonio Express-News, 1/24/13)
The implications of state senate terms on 2014 statewide races (Burnt Orange Report, 1/24/13)
Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue (Politico, 1/24/13)
Senators grill TEA chief on testing, school funding (Texas Tribune, 1/24/13)
Ron Kirk won’t run again for office, but will speak out (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/23/13)
Spending limit could make Rainy Day Fund tougher to tap (Texas Tribune, 1/23/13)
State that turn down Medicaid would leave citizens uninsured while immigrants get covered (AP, 1/23/13)
Senators draw lots to determine terms (Texas Tribune, 1/23/13)
Davis, Hancock draw short terms in Texas Senate races (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1/23/13)
House bill aimed at removing Texas guns from US regulation; experts say idea is unconstitutional(Austin American-Statesman, 1/23/13)
Travis DA says CPRIT investigation is ongoing (Texas Tribune, 1/23/13)
Teachers, protect yourselves (Texas Monthly, 1/23/13)
In Perry’s office, women hold majority of top posts (Texas Tribune, 1/21/13)
Gun control debate takes Mexico into account (Texas Tribune, 1/20/13)
State officials stick by their guns during rally (San Antonio Express-News, 1/19/13)
Texas’ GOP lawmakers ready to do battle with Obama (San Antonio Express-News, 1/19/13)
Texans rally against more gun control (Texas Tribune, 1/19/13)
VIDEO: Hundreds of Texans rally on gun appreciation day (Texas Tribune, 1/19/13)
Texas unemployment rate drops again in December (Texas Tribune, 1/18/13)
Texas school district to train teachers carry guns (AP, 1/18/13)
For dean of Texas Senate, public and private blur (Texas Tribune,1/18/13)
Dallas Mayor says he’s all-in on Obama’s gun control agenda (Dallas Morning News, 1/18/13)
Lawmakers fret about water, but the public doesn’t (Texas Tribune, 1/18/13)
Legislature might revisit issue of guns on campus (San Antonio Express-News, 1/18/13)
Dewhurst appoints Senate committees (Texas Tribune, 1/18/13)
Subdued start for legislators at head of table (Texas Tribune, 1/18/13)
How Texas tackles gun control (Texas Monthly, 1/18/13)
Group identifies Texas transportation problems (AP, 1/17/13)
VIDEO: State Sen. Wendy Davis discusses possible run for governor (WFAA, 1/17/13)
State’s public schools need improving now, Texas Association of Business leader testifies in finance trial (Dallas Morning News, 1/17/13)
Ted Cruz: Gun push will have 2014 political price (Politico, 1/17/13)
Ted Cruz wants to be GOP’s answer man (Politico, 1/17/13)
Democrats raise questions about Texas WHP provider list (Texas Tribune, 1/17/13)
AUDIO: Plans for new reservoir could end long-running battle (Texas Tribune, 1/17/13)
AUDIO: Texas business group offers tax cut plan (Texas Tribune, 1/17/13)
For Ethics Commission, big hurdles to reform (Texas Tribune, 1/17/13)
Variety of gun-related bills on table for session (Texas Tribune, 1/17/13)
Advocates: Vouchers don’t offer more school choice (AP, 1/17/13)
Interactive: A look at recent growth in state spending (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Dewhurst, Nelson support healthcare reform, not Medicaid expansion (Texas Observer, 1/16/13)
AUDIO: In Capitol community, a push to beat the toil of the session (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Abbott wades into gun control fray with ads aimed at New Yorkers (Austin American-Statesman,1/16/13)
Report recommends changes to tax exemption for fracking (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
With trial pending, what will Texas legislators do on school financing? (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Budget plans question value of incentives and testing (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
EPA reversed course on tainted Texas water wells after gas company protested (AP, 1/16/13)
President’s gun plan panned, embraced in Texas (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Interactive: A look at recent growth in state spending (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Seven state parks could close under proposed budget (Texas Tribune, 1/16/13)
Dewhurst, Nelson unveil changes to Medicaid (Austin American-Statesman, 1/16/13)
Expert: More money might not fix Texas schools (Austin American-Statesman, 1/16/13)
Texas study finds increase in water used for fracking (Texas Tribune, 1/15/13)
VIDEO: New campaign cash reports give Abbott big lead over Perry (WFAA, 1/15/13)
Rick Perry brings in $3.5M in contributions (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/15/13)
Texas pol: Outlaw restrictions on guns (Politico, 1/15/13)
Republican Caucus chooses leader (Postcards, 1/15/13)
Most state lawmakers won’t disclose tax returns (Texas Tribune, 1/15/13)
Lawmakers file bill to widen financial disclosure (Texas Tribune, 1/15/13)
GOP leaders’ plans may force Rick Perry to defend Texas business incentives (Dallas Morning News,1/15/13)
Late funding helped Pre-K issue win (San Antonio Express-News, 1/15/13)
Abbott outpaces Perry in fundraising, cash on hand (Austin American-Statesman, 1/15/13)
About 28,690 machine guns are registered in Texas (San Antonio News-Express, 1/15/13)
Obama Administration says no to Texas secession (Texas Monthly, 1/14/13)
The private sector’s influence on the public interests of Texas (Texas Monthly, 1/14/13)
Preschool part of education funding scramble (Texas Tribune, 1/14/13)
Despite surplus, House and Senate offer lean budgets (Texas Tribune, 1/14/13)
Straus emerges from Legislature’s first week stronger than ever (Austin American-Statesman,1/14/13)
White House responds to Texas secession petition (Texas Tribune, 1/14/13)
House rule change could weaken Democratic minority (Texas Tribune, 1/14/13)
State budgets call for cuts despite sunnier revenue picture (Austin American-Statesman, 1/14/13)
The session is on — and so is the race for 2014 (San Antonio Express-News, 1/14/13)
Simpson, allies plan moves to cut House speaker’s power (Austin American-Statesman, 1/13/13)
Analysis: Many GOP state leaders hot to cut taxes, but will the budget stretch? (Dallas Morning News, 1/13/13)
With politics in mind, Texas Republicans avoiding measures to crack down on illegal immigration(Dallas Morning News, 1/13/13)
A part-time Legislature, but in whose interest? (Texas Tribune, 1/13/13)
Texas needs $19 million to keep 20 parks open (AP, 1/13/13)
AP Interview: George P. Bush weighing run in Texas (AP, 1/12/13)
George P. Bush prepares for statewide run in Texas (CBS News, 1/12/13)
Supreme Court to rule on Texas districts (San Antonio Express-News, 1/12/13)
Dewhurst: Texas should fund teacher firearms training (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
His job safe, Straus now faces session’s hurdles (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
Castro: Diverse Texas makes case for immigration reform (San Antonio News-Express, 1/11/13)
Lawmakers want big, bold measures this session (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
New bill would repeal Texas voter ID law (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
VIDEO: Source: AG Abbott tells donors he’ll run for governor (KBTX, 1/11/13)
Texas Republicans moderate on one thing: Immigration (Texas Monthly, 1/11/13)
The budget battle: Week One (Texas Monthly, 1/11/13)
Dire budget estimate fit well with prevailing politics (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
Jerry Patterson says he’s properly positioned to beat David Dewhurst in 2014 (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/11/13)
The makeup of the Lege, from education to employment (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
Kay Bailey Hutchison for Obama Transportation Secretary? (Houston Chronicle, 1/11/13)
Potential candidate George P. Bush toured Land Office with Jerry Patterson (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/11/13)
Updated: Planned Parenthood loses bid for injunction (Texas Tribune, 1/11/13)
Texas bills would dedicate $2 billion for water (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
After positive economic news, push for tax cuts emerges (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Report: Invest in drug treatment instead of punishment (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Perry calls creating wealth an intent of cancer agency (Houston Chronicle, 1/10/13)
Dewhurst: Put some money aside for school lawsuits (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Small changes could make big difference for immigrants (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
CPRIT Foundation releases list of donors (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Interactive: Weighing Medicaid expansion (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Rick Perry for president in 2016? Republican voters say ‘no, no, no’ (Houston Chronicle, 1/10/13)
Restoring of school money gets push (San Antonio News-Express, 1/10/13)
In pitching tax relief, Perry again targets Washington (Texas Tribune, 1/10/13)
Perry: New York governor envies Texas economy (AP, 1/10/13)
Texas GOP lawmaker wants $2B for water infrastructure (Midland Reporter-Telegram, 1/10/13)
TxDOT director says agency needs $1B alone to shore up maintenance budget (Dallas Morning News,1/10/13)
TxDOT director: Agency needs $4B more for roads, maintenance (Austin American-Statesman,1/10/13)
Texas official admits school finance report errors (AP, 1/9/13)
Perry calls for tax relief in light of budget surplus (San Antonio Express-News, 1/9/13)
Session’s debut full of ceremony, talk of priorities (Texas Tribune, 1/9/13)
Bill would ban ‘double-dipping’ by politicians (Texas Tribune, 1/9/13)
Senate preserves two-thirds rule (Texas Tribune, 1/9/13)
Texas House members follow Senate’s lead, increase office budgets (Dallas Morning News, 1/9/13)
Dewhurst, Straus, Perry see opportunity for tax relief (Texas Tribune, 1/9/13)
Ted Cruz and the 47 percent (Texas Monthly, 1/9/13)
Perry praises Texas school funding as ‘phenomenal’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1/9/13)
Texas Senate adopts stronger two-thirds rule (Austin American-Statesman,1/9/13)
Simpson withdraws, Straus re-elected by acclamation (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
AUDIO: As oil and gas booms, town hopes for transformation (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
Senate will maintain two-thirds rule, Dewhurst says (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
Revenue estimate soars on eve of 83rd Texas Legislature (San Antonio Express-News, 1/8/13)
Perry: Don’t start making plans to spend surplus (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
Land Board to transfer $300 million to School Fund (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
Opening Day: Lawmakers to set rules, pick Speaker (Texas Tribune, 1/8/13)
Texas: New Women’s Health Program can meet demand (AP, 1/8/13)
Huffman to chair Senate Republican Caucus (Houston Chronicle, 1/7/13)
HHSC: New Women’s Health Program has enough providers (Texas Tribune, 1/7/13)
COMMENTARY: Can legislative session jumpstart Perry’s presidential hopes? (San Antonio Express-News, 1/7/13)
Texas has an unexpected $8.8 billion surplus (Texas Monthly, 1/7/13)
Combs: Lawmakers will have $101.4 billion for budget (Texas Tribune, 1/7/13)
Lege’s ethics rules raise concerns (San Antonio Express-News, 1/7/13)
Rick Perry for president? Legislative session gives him chance to burnish credentials (Houston Chronicle, 1/7/13)
AUDIO: Host of issues awaits Texas lawmakers (Texas Tribune, 1/7/13)
83rd Legislature faces a new set of priorities (Texas Tribune, 1/6/13)
Legislature eyes Texas’ future (San Antonio Express-News, 1/6/13)
Conflicts of interest a way of life in Texas Legislature (Houston Chronicle, 1/6/13)
Campaign finance investigation adds to Dewhurst’s political woes (Austin American-Statesman,1/6/13)
AUDIO: Texas lawmakers pressed to act on environmental issues (Texas Tribune, 1/4/13)
Once again, legislating will interrupt politicking (Texas Tribune, 1/4/13)
Chances Dewhurst will run for re-election? ‘101 percent’ (Houston Chronicle, 1/4/13)
Gadfly warns: Vote for Straus, get demerits on group’s scorecard for bills his lieutenants smother(Trail Blazers Blog, 1/4/13)
Sen. John Cornyn embrace govt shutdown as option in debt ceiling talks (Trail Blazers Blog, 1/4/13)
8 Texas Republicans vote against Superstorm Sandy relief (Houston Chronicle, 1/4/13)
New Women’s Health Program launches amid provider concerns (Texas Tribune, 1/4/13)
Dewhurst: Running for re-election ‘101 percent’ (Austin American-Statesman, 1/4/13)
Water conservation ideas offered for Texas Legislature (Texas Tribune, 1/3/13)
Two Tarrant Republicans plan to back challenger for House speaker’s post (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,1/3/13)
Amid legal drama, Texas takes over Women’s Health Program (Texas Tribune, 1/3/13)
Texas officials seek end to federal election oversight (Texas Weekly, 1/3/13)
Texas among 10 state facing lawsuits over education funding (Washington Post, 1/2/13)
Ethics Commission fines Simmons’ PAC over donations (Texas Tribune, 1/2/13)
State of Mind: Community concerns come to the Capitol (Texas Tribune, 1/2/13)
School finance trial will make mark on 83rd Legislature (Texas Tribune, 1/1/13)
VIDEO: Dallas Democrats tighten grip on county as new officials take office (WFAA, 1/1/13)
Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn ripe for a primary challenge? (Houston Chronicle, 1/1/13)

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