For the first time in a decade, the Texas Legislature has opened its session without San Antonio’s Joe Straus in the powerful post of Speaker of the House. Happily, his spirit is still strong in Austin.
The emergence of a new House speaker all but guarantees a different dynamic among the state’s top three political leaders.
Twenty-two years after joining the Texas House as its youngest member, sState Rep. Dennis Bonnen is poised to take over the chamber’s reins on Jan. 8.
In a conversation with Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Straus launched jabs at two fellow Republicans: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and President Donald Trump.
Both Celina Montoya and Steve Allison oppose the use of vouchers to provide school choice outside the public school system.
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.
State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) filed Monday morning to run for speaker of the Texas House, making him the fourth Republican to throw his hat in the ring in the race to succeed retiring House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio).
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick delivered a rebuke of retiring House Speaker Joe Straus and others who believe the majority of Republicans are politically moderate.
In today’s episode of Just This, Rick and I discuss several high-profile runoff election races this week that most impact San Antonio.
The results came as Bexar County residents went to the polls to decide runoffs for local, state, and federal races.