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.

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…

01/22/19

Who is Buying Access to Texas’ Top Politicians?

Texas politicians and PACs are required to file reports with the Texas Ethics Commission listing all their campaign contributions and…

11/20/18

Class Awards at Statewide High

Ever feel like the top politicians in Texas are the “cool kids” from your high school, all grown up, now…

11/13/18

What the Money Says About Presumptive Speaker Dennis Bonnen

*This article, originally published November 13, was updated on November 16, 2018, to correct a mistake about presumptive Speaker Bonnen’s…

12/08/17

Geren Under Fire — Will His Supporters Flee?

State Representative Charlie Geren has recently been linked to two scandals. This has many political insiders wondering, will donors continue to…

11/09/17

The Next Speaker

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ recent announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2018 naturally brings up questions for…

10/25/17

Who’s Gonna Get Ten Million Dollars?

Yes, ten million. That’s how much money Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has in the bank. As of…