Straus was interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
Voters don’t like property taxes. State lawmakers like voters and want them to be happy. But they are not going to lower your property taxes.
It’s true that three of the Republican incumbents in the Texas congressional delegation live in districts where Donald Trump lost, but unless judges change the state’s political maps, two of those districts are still dominated by the GOP.
The real prize at stake in the state’s redistricting legislation is federal oversight of the state’s Republican mapmakers.
Many Texans believe local law enforcement should cooperate with immigration authorities and be allowed to question people’s immigration status.
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In the just-ended legislative session, lawmakers mowed through a list of divisive issues that could have lasting effects on how others see our state.
Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
As the Legislature grinds its way through the final three weeks of the regular session, the state’s top three leaders are pushing and shoving, figuratively speaking, to the finale and beyond — to the 2018 elections.
Texas legislators expected to lock horns over the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.