Dan Patrick

If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) President Noel Candelaria regarding the budget approved by the Texas Senate on March 28:

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Gov. Greg Abbott

The gavel came down on the 84th Texas Legislature on Monday, June 1, as mandated by the state constitution. Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to veto, sign or allow bills to become law without his signature. A few vetoes have already flowed from the governor’s pen, with others possible, but this is as good a time as any to evaluate the Legislature’s work as documented in this column since January.

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There is a pitched battle still being waged in Austin over the future of Texas education, but it is not a partisan fight per se. It is among competing factions of Republicans in the Legislature, with Democrats relegated largely to the sidelines by GOP majorities in both houses. This is especially true in the Senate where many committee and floor votes are strictly party-line affairs. 

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Dr. James Colbert

Texas public schools are in a state of disarray and failure and it’s up to the people of Texas to do something about it.

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