The race to replace Straus is the talk of the Texas House, but it's just the most visible part of a power shift that affects every state representative's standing.
Texas lawmakers decided last year to get rid of the straight-ticket option starting in 2020. That's a big worry for candidates whose party is out of power.
Before the primary elections, the state land commissioner and his aides dismissed a leaked audit as "doctored" – not to be trusted.
A low-key, low-turnout primary runoff election Tuesday set the slates for November's general elections – starting with the Democratic nominee for governor.
In all of the attention paid to low voter turnout, this got lost: Millennial Texans made up only a small part of the electorate in this year's primaries.
Barbara Pierce Bush was the matriarch of an American political dynasty that has produced presidents, governors and other high officials.
With Speaker Joe Straus leaving the Texas House and Speaker Paul Ryan leaving the U.S. House, things are going to change in government.
Candidates are lining up for the day – maybe soon, maybe not – when two Texas Senate incumbents get out of the way.
State lawmakers are not solely to blame for the increasing burden on local property taxpayers, but they are certainly as responsible as anyone else.
Drawing clever political districts is one way politicians in Texas and elsewhere avoid accountability – by protecting themselves from voters who disagree with them.