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Legislature 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Did Castro help GOP divvy up Hays County?

Looking to turn anger over Republican gerrymandering into votes, U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett’s campaign is pointing to his opponent’s behind-the-scenes role in a redistricting process that divided Hays County among three congressional districts.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Castro to take on Doggett for new congressional seat

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, the nine-term, liberal Austin congressman, foiled Republicans’ efforts to redistrict him out of office in 2003 and intends to do it again in 2012, living “in a Winnebago, if that’s what it takes,”...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Wentworth surprises senate with campus carry maneuver

Sen. Jeff Wentworth surprised his colleagues and brought the Senate to a standstill today when he tried to tack his controversial campus carry bill onto another measure.

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Governor appoints Narvaiz to unfunded mandates taskforce

Former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will join the Houston and El Paso mayors on Gov. Rick Perry's bipartisan panel.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

State senators try to buy time for teachers

With major state funding cuts looming, for many school districts, it's not a question of if — but how and when — teacher layoffs will occur. A new bipartisan bill from education leaders in the state Senate...

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Confronting state budget mess, San Marcos CISD plans to cut 14 positions

Faced with anticipated cuts in state funding of at least $4.3 million, San Marcos CISD officials are considering cutting 14 positions before next academic year but think they can do it without layoffs.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Do Texas schools spend too much on administration?

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston and the vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee, called the 58,575 people employed in nonteaching support positions by Texas public schools —”your math department supervisors, your curriculum experts” — a "soft...