Capitol Crowd

Our Capitol Crowd series outlines and highlights the politicians, advocacy groups, and donors that have the biggest impact during the 140-day legislative session. Check back throughout the session for updates.

05/30/19

Why Conservatives May Put Away the Checkbook for 2020

After the 140-day legislative session drew to a close on Monday, it appears there may be a lot less money…

05/21/19

Who Knew A Calendar Could Be So Deadly?

Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen apparently struck a deal with House Democrats to use the Calendars Committee to…

05/08/19

Meet the School Finance Reform Players (and the Money Behind Them)

As this Texas legislative session draws to a close, all eyes are on Austin to see if lawmakers can deliver…

05/07/19

The Latest on School Finance Reform

Last week we reported that lawmakers had lumped this session’s most prominent pieces of legislation — property tax reform, school…

05/01/19

Meet the Property Tax Reform Players (and the Money Behind them)

With the 86th legislative session rapidly drawing to a close, all eyes are on the Senate and House bills that…

Untangling the Property Tax Reform Debate

Texans were promised that this legislative session would be different. Unlike every legislative session in recent memory, when gridlock and…

04/10/19

I’m Just a Bill, Languishing on Capitol, er … in Austin Part 2

Last week we gave you an overview of how a bill becomes law in Texas. Now that you know how…

03/26/19

A Closer Look: Kel Seliger, The Fourth Most Powerful Politician in Texas?

There’s a lot of talk about Texas’ Big Three — Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and new Speaker…

02/27/19

The Battle over Tax-Funded Lobbying: What You Need to Know

When lawmakers convene in Austin, the biggest financial influence on them shifts from campaign contributions to lobbying. And taxpayers are…

02/06/19

Abbott’s Motivation to Strike a More Moderate Tone

Yesterday Governor Greg Abbott delivered the 2019 State of the State Address. Like the convening of the Texas legislature, the State…