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A Terrible, No Good Week for Michael Quinn Sullivan

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government. It would be difficult enough to cover something as complex as a matter before the Texas Ethics Commission if all sides were honest brokers about the proceedings. The fact that they are not makes cutting […]

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Job-Luring Funds Go Under the Microscope at the Texas Capitol

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  The special Texas House committee appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to scrutinize Gov. Perry’s job-luring pots of money – chiefly the Texas Enterprise Fund – got down to work last Wednesday. In its first hearing, […]

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Sour-faced Perry is Picking the Right Fights

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Not only did Gov. Perry get way out ahead of the border crisis politically but he has also now figured out a way to differentiate himself in a major way from a potential fellow GOP […]

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The Austin School District Should Follow Houston ISD’s Progress on Construction Jobs

The Austin School Board recently voted to adopt Davis-Bacon federal wage rates on construction of facilities under the district’s new $490 million bond package. While some have hailed this as a historic step, it is seen by many as merely a short-term fix for attracting workers into the skilled trades. In short: more needs to […]

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Texas Business Leaders Are In a Full-Court Press on Immigration

Note: This column originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Hoping to lose none of any ground – either real or perceived – they may have gained on immigration in the United States House of Representatives, Texas business interests over the last couple weeks have […]

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Houston Equal Rights Fight Could Have Statewide Electoral Consequences

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas government and politics.  Time is running short for opponents of Houston’s recently passed equal rights ordinance, which supporters call HERO, to gather signatures on a petition to try to overturn it. Opponents led by longtime – and now […]

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A Fight Over Who Can Own Liquor Stores in Texas

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  SAN ANTONIO – A fight in federal court is quietly playing out between liquor store operators based in Texas and those that are headquartered elsewhere but would like to gain a greater foothold in the […]

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Texas GOP’s Change in Immigration Stance is Deeply Troubling to Hispanic Republicans

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  FORT WORTH – On Friday, Harvey Kronberg wrote that this convention was one of the least angry Republican Party of Texas gatherings in years. Make no mistake: That made sense when Harvey wrote it. But […]

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A liberated John Cornyn

Note: This column originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  There’s been a lot of chatter in Austin and Washington about what kind of an approach Sen. John Cornyn would take with the Tea Party now that he’s successfully fended off primary challengers from the […]

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Dewhurst and Patrick Clash in a Very Personal Debate in DFW

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there for daily coverage of Texas politics and government.  DALLAS – Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst pulled no punches on Wednesday in a 45-minute televised debate that one candidate would later describe as childish. Patrick said “I think it was in […]

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