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Aug 24, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey approached landfall, gale-force political winds continued to howl in Austin as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued criticizing House Speaker Joe Straus over the death of property-tax reform in the special legislative session.

In a series of interviews since the 30-day summer session concluded a week ago,...

Aug 17, 2017

The special legislative session from you know where is all over but the crying. And, boy, is there crying. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are both blasting House Speaker Joe Straus for allowing the House to adjourn early on Tuesday and, in doing so, killing property-tax reform and school-finance changes...

Aug 11, 2017

As the special legislative session heads to its finale, Gov. Greg Abbott will be getting a few of his 20 must-pass priorities on his desk.

A few.

Maybe six, perhaps seven.

On Friday, after weeks of political bickering and gamesmanship, the House and Senate delivered to the governor the first three bills -- two on...

Aug 4, 2017

While Texas' Senate approved all of Gov. Greg Abbott's priority bills in just seven days, the House is taking a more deliberative approach, debating the issues in more detail and tweaking many of the issues Abbott wanted them to address in ways that the governor may not like. And they're considering a number of other...