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Speaker Joe Straus has a much more perplexing challenge than his counterpart on the other side of the Capitol, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. After all, the tall, genial Houstonian, first elected to preside over the Senate in 2002, has only thirty-one senators in his charge. Poor Straus, of San Antonio, recently elected to his third term as Speaker without dissent, has 149 other members he has try to herd. And another big difference is Straus is chosen by his peers and Dewhurst is elected by the voters.

When the 83rd edition of the Texas House of Representatives was gaveled to order January 8, observers required a roster with photos to identify the forty-one rookies being sworn in. It's the biggest crop of freshmen members in a while, and combined with those elected to second terms this cycle, the One-Term-and-Less Gang makes up almost 50% of the 150 members.

When Ronald W. Reagan dominated the national political scene in the 80’s, one of his familiar refrains was that all Republicans should strictly observe what he called the 11th commandment: “Never speak ill of another member of your party.”

When Texas Governor Rick Perry threw his hat in the presidential ring on August 13, he became the ninth Texan to make a run for the nation's top job since World War II. Born here, raised here, or spent a career ...

With no disrespect for a handful of candidates who would serve on the State Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals Court, the contest which will receive highest billing in Texas next March will be...

Please remove all those from under 18 years of age from the Capitol building. Perhaps such a sign should have been prominently posted near the granite edifice during the last ...

So the primaries are now done (with a handful of runoffs pending for July 31, 2012), and here is the civics lesson to tell you how your one, lonely vote can really make a difference. It is a small narrative about a very, very close race and had one of the gentlemen been on...

Be careful about predictions, especially about the future—Charles (Casey) Stengel*

Although this article will reach readers some three months before the general election, here is one prediction that can be taken to the bank: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will defeat sitting president...

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:00

Primaries Set For Post-Memorial Day (Maybe)

When your faithful correspondent last reported six weeks ago, those who wanted to be elected or reelected to the Congressional delegation or to the Texas Legislature had April 3 circled in red on their calendars as E (Election Day). Well, the Texas political globe has been spinning on its axis almost continuously since that time.

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