Time-saving tip for Texas Legislators

Legislators, about 20-30 of you will either be honored or disgraced Friday, when Texas Monthly releases their “10 Worst – 10 Best” legislators list. Counting honorable mentions and furniture, there will be more than a few people unhappy with their choices. Others of you will suddenly realize the extent to which you never realized that READ MORE…

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Memo to Republicans: Texas doesn’t need I.D. laws, but Australia does

Republicans fond of offering solutions in search of problems, who always seem hot to make folks show their I.D.’s before doing stuff, need to move to Australia. After the huge wildfires there, the government offered a $1,000 payment to any family losing their home. Over 67,000 families asked for and received the payments. Some were READ MORE…

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Letters From Texas 10 Best Texas Legislators List

Editor’s note: This cross-partisan ten best legislators list started as a conversation between Republican consultant Ted Delisi and me – we wondered what would happen, in choosing legislative standouts, if a Republican judged the Democrats, and a Democrat judged the Republicans. Plus, why the hell should Texas Monthly have all the fun? We hope you READ MORE…

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Desperate Cries for Help Your Faithful Correspondent in the News

Sunday morning’s “Session ’09: In Depth” political roundtable discussion on KXAN in Austin featured Texas Weekly‘s Ross Ramsey, Republican consultant Robert Black, and me. In a nutshell, we agreed in a very polite way, full of sweetness and light and many smiles, that tempers and lack of sleep dictate that everybody in the Capitol now READ MORE…

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Texas Legislators: you are not alone in your misery

Texas lawmakers who are working night after night with little sleep, trying to wrap up the legislative session, can take heart – other states’ legislatures are similarly working hard on The People’s business. Case in point: in the final days of their own legislative session, the Illinois state legislature is feverishly trying to close out READ MORE…

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Ten Best Legislators List: Crossing Party Lines

If a certain monthly travel magazine can rate legislators, so can we. But our list has a twist, and while we can co-exist, we want an assist. Some of you will be pissed. Here’s the deal: Republican consultant Ted Delisi and I are regular contributors on KXAN’s Sunday morning political show, “Session ’09: In Depth.” READ MORE…

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FUBAR-Cam Update: Capitol evacuation possible due to dangerous disturbance in the space-time continuum

Capitol-watchers were disturbed and confused last night when it became apparent that even though it was 11:58 p.m. in the East side of the Capitol, it was simultaneously 2 a.m. on the West side of the Capitol. Those in proximity to the House chamber noticed nothing amiss. However, those observing the Texas Senate noted that READ MORE…

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Republicans challenged to a Deuell

Conservative Republican state Senator Bob Deuell said something that raised eyebrows on the floor of the Texas Senate yesterday. After losing Republican votes for a measure he supports to provide for a needle exchange program for drug addicts, thus saving lives, his amendment was stripped from the bill. His reaction: I think it’s time, especially READ MORE…

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Madness as the session grinds down

Seeing as how I’ve been too busy to post, this might be a good time to mention that with the end of the legislative session will also come an emergence of Governor Rick Perry’s power, relative to that of legislators. Even though Texas is almost undoubtedly heading into a special session*, the Governor controls the READ MORE…

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Desperate Cries for Help Your Faithful Correspondent in the News

Sunday morning’s voter I.D. debate on KXAN’s “Session ’09” between Ted Delisi and me, with Jenny Hoff as referee, was lively. Viewers were stunned to see that the two of us disagree. Here’s the video. Also, be sure to post your suggested caption for the closing freeze frame of Jenny Hoff in the comments section.

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