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May 4, 2015
Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas

Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas

Last month we released a report on the state of the media's political coverage in Texas. The findings showed that seven men dominated the political analysis in our state, having been quoted 1,331 times over the course of the election (the next closest...
April 16, 2015

Two Years After West Explosion, No Action from #TXLege

Two years after the explosion at a West fertilizer plant killed 15 Texans and drove hundreds out of their homes, the Texas Legislature has done nothing to prevent future disasters. And unless legislation to increase public safety starts moving quickly,...
April 9, 2015

Ted Cruz Reaps Benefits of Citizens United

Texas Senator Ted Cruz who recently announced that he would be running for President in 2016 has already raised $31 million through four super PACs, and that’s terrifying. Since the 2010 ruling on Citizens United that gave individuals unlimited spending...
March 31, 2015
State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

Today, the Texas House of Representatives will debate the state budget. Crafted by Republican elected officials, the budget leaves $19 billion in available funds unspent – at a time when Texas students, seniors, and veterans remain underfunded. Students,...
March 26, 2015

Seven Men Dominate Political Analysis in Texas

Texas is a large and diverse state, yet you would not know that based on those who are most frequently asked to analyze the political landscape here. Our new report, " In Increasingly Diverse Texas, Political Analysis is Anything But, " reveals that...
March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Has a Latino Voter Problem

Our Canadian-born junior Senator, who has been in public office for barely two years, is running for President. But his inability to expand the electorate makes it hard to see how he expands the electoral map beyond the 47% that Mitt Romney garnered in...
March 23, 2015

Top 10 Weird Facts About Ted Cruz

Dear America, We here in Texas want to let you know a little bit about the people that a very small fraction of our voters have elected - because it ain't all yellow roses. With that in mind, here are some things you probably don’t know about Ted Cruz.....
February 3, 2015
How Committees Work

Session 101: How Committees Work

The committee process in the Texas Legislature goes far beyond what the public generally sees. It’s about providing public testimony and voting on bills, yes, but the work that goes into the process extends far beyond what we see. Visit this website to...
February 2, 2015
Rules Of The Texas Legislature

Session 101: Rules Of The Texas Legislature

The rules that govern the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives are written by the members of each chamber. These are the rules of the House . These are the rules of the Senate . Like any board game or major sport, there are big obvious rules to...
January 30, 2015

Session 101: Important People & Dates

As the 84th Texas Legislature convenes in Austin, it’s not just lawmakers that will be swarming the halls of the Capitol. There is a large, robust community that works throughout the Capitol – thousands of people make state government work (or not work)...
January 29, 2015

Perry Indictment: It's All About That Bribe (No Veto)

So with a little help from singer Meghan Trainor, we remind Rick Perry why he got indicted: "It’s all about that bribe, ‘bout that bribe (no veto)!" This week a judge denied Rick Perry's challenge to an indictment stemming from abuse of power and bribery...