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.

08/09/19

Top Donor to Bonnen Investigator is … Dennis Bonnen?

On Wednesday, the Texas House General Investigating Committee, tasked with investigating internal House affairs, announced it will hold a public…

08/08/19

Top Ten Texas PACs for 2020

These ten Texas PACs have already taken in more than $14 million combined, which they will use to support their…

06/19/19

The Session Is Over. Now’s the Time To Keep An Eye on the Money.

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 27, 2019. As politicians begin to jockey for position going…

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…