Contributing Writer | 01/12/2021

**Editor’s Note: Since this article went live, the Texas House formally elected Dade Phelan as Speaker of the House.** Texas House Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) is expected to be the next Texas Speaker of the House to replace outgoing Speaker Dennis Bonnen.  After announcing a list of 83 members supporting his bid in November, Phelan …

Kalyn Stralow | 01/06/2021

As Texas enters its 87th legislative session on January 12, Transparency USA will continue to bring you access to the latest data from the money in state-level politics. In addition to campaign finance numbers, 2021 is our first year to provide citizens with access to lobbying data from the very beginning of the legislative session. We want to …

Tracy Marshall | 12/17/2020

As 2020 draws to a close, we’ve taken a look back at the year’s three biggest stories from the money in Texas politics. Here’s a quick look at those stories and what we can learn moving forward. 1. Outside money poured in to help Democrats flip the Texas House, to no avail. A top goal …

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Contributing Writer | 12/10/2020

Texas State Senate District 30 has captured the attention of political spectators across the entire state, as two candidates with markedly different backgrounds vie for the seat in a special runoff election. Early voting began December 9 for the December 19 election. Why Is This Race Getting So Much Attention? Seasoned House Rep. Drew Springer …

Contributing Writer | 12/02/2020

To find some of the most influential people in Austin, look no further than the lobbyists employed by hundreds of entities across the state of Texas. The highest paid lobbyists in Texas politics are hired by organizations willing to spend significant resources persuading lawmakers to support legislation that is favorable to their interests.  The phrase …